So basically I've been meaning to do one of these for a while, its a progress/picture thread because i don't exactly build cars and i don't think changing a few things like alloys, lights and lowering means you "build" a car.
Anyway, basically i started out on the forums at the age of 18 just after christmas with my first A3, the main reason for having an A3 at 18 was not because mummy and daddy are rich but because i ended up in a pretty horrific car accident where a drunk driver hit me almost head on with an impact speed of nearly 100mph. After my first car did a good job of saving myself and others i wanted a stronger car.
I started out with a 2002 1.8T, which turned out to be such a problem child and having to spend almost every weekend working on. Anyway heres a picture of how that ended up.
So i had that for almost a year, and then got fed up of spending so much money on it and went out and bought a 2006 A3 2.0TDI 140.
I intended, like almost everyone else on here, not to modify or play with it and save for a S3 8P like I've always wished for. Famous last words ay. This is how it looked back then.
So after rolling around like that for a while, i started getting a little bored of the sluggishness of the tdi as standard. So after a month a remap was applied, this made it so much better and fed my need to modify. I also changed a few other things like having MY09 rear lights as one side was cloudy, LED sidelights and philips diamond vision bulbs as the standard halogens are horrid.
I always wanted a set of BBS LM's when i had my old car so a bargain set came up on ebay and i foolishly bought them while i was bored at work. I polished the lips a little and installed some H&R 50mm lowering springs which i ran for a few months.
Polishing in your bedroom, as you do, mum loves me
A month or so later i bought a snow foam lance, which is really cool, helps to remove the majority of the dirt before you go rubbing it into the paint.
As a result of that, a wash and wax we ended up with two shiny A3's
Then of course a few days later, and this being england it rained, producing this
So then a few months later i started to think the ride was getting bouncy and i always wanted it lower than the lowering springs could give me so a set of AP coilovers were bought. They were wound all the way down and i was alot happier with it. As far as I'm concerned its now on the limit of being practical and looking nice, ideal for a daily.
I was rather amused when i looked underneath to find what was dragging along the floor
The under tray kind of fell off due to the height its at, doesn't scrape anymore unless you go over bumps like a lunatic where the subframe hits the floor, thats not a nice sound.
I then started looking for some winter wheels and always wanted a set of fat fives and after months of searching found some that were in a pretty bad way.
i then spent some time doing a little refurb on them myself, sanding down, filling, painting etc
They were then sprayed with the wurth rattle cans producing this
A few days ago i then had them put on the car, it looks better than i thought it would and these pics are taken after going through some of the deep dark lanes we have here in the south west so excuse the dirt.
So thats it now, all upto date, always been meaning to tidy the rear up by dewipering and debadging and been meaning to order some pressed plates but apart from that, comments/critics welcome