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1999 1.8T - New to this modding lark, but keen learn. Suggestions?

Stunt Codpiece Sep 5, 2012

  1. Stunt Codpiece

    Stunt Codpiece New Member

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    Says it all in the title really, I've just bought a V reg 1.8T A3, love it to bits already and am well up for getting my mod on. Doing a few necessaries at the moment - just had a new front right tire, MoT, standard service. New front anti-roll bar links and bushings and getting the cam-belt done on Friday.
    I thought I'd start with cosmetics as that's something I can appreciate just from looking at it. There's some rust bubbles on the roof rails and a wee bit on the roof itself, plus age related nicks, scratches and mini-dents so I was going to get that sorted, but that's kind of escalated into a full respray and I'm going to get it smoothed on the sides and front bumper (losing the side rails, not sure if that's the proper name for them?) cos I got a banging quote for it. Also getting the black plastic all round the bottom sprayed.
    Eventually I want some BBS dares with the stretched tires and lowered, but until I have the funds I'll probs just refurbish the alloys already on there.

    I guess I'd just like some suggestions on...anything really. Under the hood, general mechanic tweeks, aesthetics, so on, so forth. Cheers guys :)

    Here's a pic of how it is now.
     

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  2. Grale1

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    Nice looking car mate, really like the colour, I've just got into the modding thing myself, I recently bought a silicone tip, silicone turbo outlet pipe, jetex cone filter, getting it remapped on the 22nd of this month to, I got a red poly bush in the dog bone mount, and a 3" downpipe and decat, I am going to get a forge 007p diverter valve also, hope that helps you mate.

    Everyone on here is very helpful, I'm always asking for advice,
     
  3. s3dave

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  4. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    Welcome mate, it's an addiction this modding malarkey. Good luck with it all. I take it you got the 150bhp a3. Engine code agu?
    Have you thought how far you want to take your car? Sticking with the k03 turbo, upgrading to a k03s which is a direct swap, or completely upgrading to a k04? (same turbo as the s3 boys) good place to start is dv and air filter.
     
  5. Stunt Codpiece

    Stunt Codpiece New Member

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    Hmm cheers, deffo stuff to think about - I'm not sure about doing anything to it's output yet cos it would rocket my premium (only 22) and there're some proper nutters round here so I wouldn't feel too safe not being fully insured...but stuff that's just better quality than standard parts/ replacing typical parts that would make it perform better etc I'm well up for :)
     
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    Cheers bro, yeah that's the one :D eventually I'll remap it but I'll let my premium go down first! Not thought much about replacing the turbo tbh, but a dv seems kinda necessary if I want to get the most of the T part of 1.8T haha. I think I would stop when mods start seriously affecting fuel consumption though - atm I'm interested in aesthetics and performance rather than power..dunno if that makes sense. Feeling the bug though!
     
  8. Jay A3

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    Search te stickies that s3 Dave posted. Dog bone mount seems to be a common one
     
  9. ruffrida

    ruffrida Well-Known Member

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    Really like the color, a good slapping with the lowering stick would do nicely.

    Loads and loads on here fella, have a good search round you will be surprised what you can find that wont effect the insurance alot, if any
     
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    Any recommendations? I found this [h=1]Powerflex Golf Mk4 TDI Engine Dog Bone Bush PFF85-420R[/h]seems to be the right one - read through some stuff in the stickies about vibration in the cabin; not really up for that, and every one seems to be going for the diesel version...like I said, super new to this - the diesel one does go on my petrol audi right? Didn't think EVERYONE had a diesel...
     
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  11. s3dave

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    Yes mate the red one fits....
     
  12. Stunt Codpiece

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    Cheers bro, sorry to be the annoying newb!
     
  13. Grale1

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    There is no vibration when fitting the red one which I have done the other week, the yellow one I think is stiffer tho, but it seems the people that have the yellow don't get vibrations either, I would have thought if you over tightened red or yellow ones they would vibrate, either way it's a good mod better gear changing I have found its more positive
     
  14. Jay A3

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    Now the fun begins....
     
  15. Stunt Codpiece

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    I'll get me some red one ordered then, cheers :D
     
  16. Stunt Codpiece

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    Definitely ;)
     
  17. jezzy

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    Welcome nice motor.
    Modding?
    Sell it and buy an S3 easy :)
     

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