2000 2.8 Quattro Build thread
Finally have something worth reporting, so decided it is time to start a build thread for my car as my old thread was a bit of a mess.
It all started in early december when i picked my self up an X reg A4 2.8 quatty to replace my V reg 1.9TDi.
i started doing a few jobs that needed doing such as the cam belt, with most of this done (detailed here in my old thread: http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/a4-s4-forum-b5-chassis/64110-a4-2-8-quattro-qs.html ) it was time to crack on with the mods.
the plan was to build an OEM+ A4, basically tidy it up, and do some subtle mods but keeping it all looking factory to the untrained eye. first on the list was the funny stance and stock sport wheels, so i decided a set of 17s from a new audi was the way to do. ideally a set of the diamond cut 17" A8 5 spokeswhich look like bigger versions of the stock sport wheels.
after ages of looking around they where always too much/too far away/too poor condition (refurbing a diamond cut wheel looks like a nightmare!) when a set of S8 wheels came up, a photoshop and some measuring around convinced me that theese where what i needed, even if they where 18".
looks good to me! after perusing lots of 'wheel /suspension' threads on forums the ride height i wanted was going to have to come from a set of H&R race springs, this was a bit of a gamble as to if they would be low enough to get the look right, mainly at the front which for some reason sat high in the first place; but i bit the bullet and got them orderd, theory being if they are wrong i will have to save up for coilies.
in the end, the car i based my measurments on was this one:
after spunking my bank balance up the wall it was time to start the work, first job was to refurb the wheels:
no pics with paint, some before and afters:
(refurbed on the left, incase you hadnt guessed. they had alreayd been victim of an appaling refurb. if my attempts dont last i will get htem blasted and painted by someone who knows best)
next was the trial fit:
looks good! but...
not so good! spacers needed!
so spacers where orderd, tyres where fitted and on a sunny sunday a couple of weekends ago the spring and wheels where fitted... the results?
OH YEA! spot on. very very pleased.
and some rolling shots by a friend:
will get some proper pictures soon.
-the dampers are a bit too worn, and seeing as im happy with the stance the springs will be staying, so some bilsteins of RS4 dampers will be going on.
- 312 front brakes and paint the calipers (gloss black)
- get the little dents pulled and the paintwork mopped
- sort the rusty patches on the boot lid, and scuffed bumpers
- i have a RNS-D navigation HU from an A8 to go in, and i want to add a sub to the bose
- clean the interior, ive started on the leather, but its taking ages! the whole car needs a good weekends scrubbing
- sort a better exhaust (rubbish stock tips atm, and very rusty), thinking about diesel style tips like the new A4.
there are also numerous other tweeks i want to do, but as it happens you will be the first to see it in here. feel free to ask any questions about anything i do as i usually take a lot of pics as i work.
Thanks for stopping by!