This is my first post so if it's in the wrong place please let me know.
I just bought my first B5 A4 Avant '98. It's only a 1.8 SE manual, but I bought it as a runaround as I just sold my Chrysler 300C and need an estate I used to have a 2000 S3 and I do like Audis. I have heaps of questions which i'm hoping I may be able to get some answers to here
Here's a quick pic of how the car is today (well, when I pick it up on Saturday), and a quick photoshop of how I think i'd like it to look:
So.. the questions...
As much as I hate lowering cars (as it's usually detrimental to the handling), I think i'd like this to be a bit lower. I think the photoshop I did above is a bit excessive as I don't fancy driving around on the bump stops.
- What spring or damper combos are available for the B5 Avant? I've seen some Eibach springs, two types, one of which is a ~30mm drop, the other a 60/40 drop.. If anyone has the latter and can confirm it doesn't ride around on the bump stops let me know..
I'm really interested in seeing some B5 Avant photos that have been lowered - if you could post some pics up please?
- Can anyone tell me what the standard brakes are on the 1.8 SE model? The wheels are 16" and i'd like to fit the biggest OE brakes I can underneath.
- What are common brake conversions on these? I'm a fan of retro-fitting a larger brake package from another model if possible?
Obviously i'm not planning to tune the original n/a engine as it'd be a waste of time without spending an absolute fortune, but I wouldn't mind a different exhaust system. Any recommendations for cat-back exhausts on the B5 Avant? I've not really found anything yet.
This model comes with a crappy non-sporty cloth interior. I know of the RS4 model, but what other interiors were available in the other models that I could do a straight swap for? Leather or cloth, or a mix is fine. I'm a fan of big recaro type seats (i'm no small lad), the kind of thing you'd get in a sierra cosworth or rover, not tiny bucket seats.
I'm a bit of an electronics nerd and i've done a fair bit of work in the past with interfacing car electronics. I know of vagcom, but are there any other nerdy products/projects out there that'd work on this car? I'm curious about everything so don't hold back!
Out of interest, is there a DIY remapping kit for these? I'm interested to know what kind of ECU this runs and whether it uses an EPROM, flash-in-micro, or seperate flash? Can it only be programmed via the OBD port (or by removing the ecu itself). I'm particularly interested in any plug'n'play calibration kit.
I think that's it for now. Many thanks in advance to any questions you can answer/comment on