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Casual S3 build thread.

amrb1 Aug 7, 2014

  1. amrb1

    amrb1 Member

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    I'm sure everyone's read plenty build threads on here and else where, but thought I'd start my own anyway!

    So here it goes.

    I recently traded in my Black 56plate manual S3 which I loved dearly, but needed to much bits and pieces doing after all the stuff I had already done to it just to keep it up and going. So I was out looking for a new car, unsure what to get, looked at a lot of things, M3,135i,Evo10,Focus RS,Scoobs ect. But ended up going for another S3, nice to drive, good standard power, comfy(new one has recaro's) four wheel drive(sometimes) and handles pretty well.


    So this is what I ended up getting...
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    The spec..
    2011
    Ibis white
    3door
    Heated Recaro's(amazing)
    S-tronic
    SatNav
    and a few other the other usuals.

    Since then a few things had happen'd,

    Firstly It was remapped, stage 1 courtesy of Mark Brodie at Brotek.

    Then I fitted the Forge Twintake, sounds immense!!
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    Also added this little beauty..[​IMG]


    After that the front ended needed a change, RS3 grille it was...
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    It was then onto brakes...big brakes. There are a lot on the market, KSport, VWracing, Forge, AP ect. But I went for the TTRS set up, going for the OEM look kind of works for me. This wasn't an easy challenge. Bought the Callipers of a friend, the discs once again from Mr Brodie then after a lot of discussion and words of wisdom from a very helpful gentleman on here(via the RS3 forum) I went for the Red Stuff ceramic pads.
    Next was getting wheels to fit over the callipers and within the arches. Massive pain in the arse!! Firstly I bought some 19' TTRS reps...didn't fit In the arches with out rubbing... Even with out being lowered yet. So I sold them and went back to the drawing board. I went to a local wheel/supplier(Turriff Tyres) and the guy there helped a lot. I told myself I wanted to stick with 18's as this would be a hack/toy rather than show, so we set out and tested fitted around 30? Different wheels and offsets, from BBS's to Rotiforms. After a lot of playing about 2 wheels fitted, one set looked sh*t so I went for the other! Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2s in gloss black ET42.[​IMG]

    I then fitted the brakes..[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    And wow do they stop now...


    Next was a Cobra turbo back exhaust...this was fun to fit....NAATT!!!
    This is how I fitted it...[​IMG][​IMG]

    Yes they are 6 concrete blocks and 2 scaff boards...

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    This job caused ALOT of blood, sweat and swearing!

    It sounded awesome, but after about a week I ended up putting the resonated section in as it got a bit of a pain in the ass having to try and be quiet in towns/city's...

    Next was suspension..I went for Bilstein B8 shocks all round...springs are a bit of a sore point just now so don't ask!! Shocks all fitted and already a massive improvement on handling! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    I wanted the engine bay to look a bit tidier so, cut an engine cover(not mine), sprayed it gloss back with a white inlay!
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    Next on the list and yet to come,

    High pressure fuel pump.
    Coil packs.
    Revo PCV revamp/catch can, undecided.
    RS4 fuel valve(just needs to be fitted)
    Stage2+/remap
    Gearbox map



    Will try and keep this upto date..


    Cheers!
     
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  2. S3_Jacko

    S3_Jacko Well-Known Member

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    Looking good so far, least your the man to bug now if I end up going that setup haha.... N I like the exhaust fitting, danger man!! haha..

    Bought a twintake myself, so glad you gave it positive feedback as ive heard mixed reviews about it
     
  3. amrb1

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    Haha, I'll try my best to help! Yeah I wasn't keen on paying a garage to fit it of try find someone to let me borrow their ramp.

    I find it good, bit tricky to fit but, sounds good, looks good and makes a difference to throttle response and spool up.
     
  4. Doogie...

    Doogie... Well-Known Member

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    Nice little build up here. I like the direction this seems to be going in. What software are you thinking of running??
     
  5. smurfworth

    smurfworth Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    Why are the springs a sore point?

    Yeah I'm that person that had to ask :whip:
     
  6. amrb1

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    Cheers! Could be an expensive direction...! I'm thinking APR software just now. They do good deals on stage 3,4 ect kits...

    Haha, I was unknowingly sent the wrong set, fitted the rears and it sat about 35 mm higher than standard, so standard springs are back in until the situation is resolved :p
     
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  7. smurfworth

    smurfworth Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    Ah I see, could have been worse, could have been too low and you start bending things trying to get it off the jack hah
     
  8. amrb1

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    Haha, I nearly ditch the car 4 times due to the back end being so over sprung. Also when I finally got the springs out after a lot of swearing they weren't in a good shape haha.
     
  9. Doogie...

    Doogie... Well-Known Member

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    You thinking of going straight to stage 3?? bigger turbo etc?
     
  10. amrb1

    amrb1 Member

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    Nah, I'll go 2+ first! then carry on "researching" what direction to go next. But I think a bigger turbo will be coming at some point.
     
  11. mechanic69

    mechanic69 Well-Known Member

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    Great build, Take a look at the TTE420+
     
  12. Dan-Jnr

    Dan-Jnr Well-Known Member

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    Nice car, top list of modifications.
     
  13. supanova

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    Looking good buddy!! loving the grille!! keep up the good work dude!!
     
  14. amrb1

    amrb1 Member

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    Cheers lads! Will do @mechanic69, is that what your running?
     
  15. mechanic69

    mechanic69 Well-Known Member

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    Love too, just a BCS exhaust and intercooler to go before I get one
     
  16. amrb1

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    Ahh ok, it's the software I'm unsure about! Not sure who to go with! Any suggestion?
     
  17. amrb1

    amrb1 Member

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    Quick update then.


    Since writing the start a few bits have changed on the S3..

    Springs have been fitted, ( correct ones! ) sits nice with no rubbing and now handles like a gokart compared to before!

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    HEL braided brake hoses have been fitted, see them in that pic /\ haha. Peddle pressure has improved.

    Loba HPFP fitted..

    Uprated coilpacks..

    Forge Recirc/dump valve...

    Changed the forge intake for a CTS..[​IMG]


    Friday just gone was done at Ecotune, where it received an APR map, and custom gearbox map. [​IMG][​IMG]


    Safe to say its good fun...

    What next though..?
     
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  18. Mario8P

    Mario8P Active Member

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    Looking great buddy! Congrats.
    May I ask hows the ride comfort compared to stock suspension setup?
     
  19. Dean_T

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    Nice ride!

    Did you have to use spacers to get the TD 1.2s over the TTRS calipers?
     
  20. amrb1

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    Cheers!
    Ride comfort is brilliant, bilsteins are the way to go!

    I don't need to the wheels are et45, but I only have about 0.5mm clearance, so I use 3mm spacers just to make sure haha
     
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  21. Dean_T

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    Where did you get the spacers from?
     
  22. amrb1

    amrb1 Member

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    eBay, £40 I think for decent ones, or £10 for **** ones
     
  23. Keane

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    Do you not have any trouble with grit getting behind your calliper and scratching your wheels ? I do and yours look close also.
     
  24. amrb1

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    Yeah I do, wheels aren't to bad, but back of the callipers aren't pretty, I've got about 3/4 of a mm in one place at the back off the calliper
     
  25. Mario8P

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    May I ask what springs you went with? How much did they lower it?

    Hope ride comfort isn't worst than stock
     
  26. TomL83

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    Great car mate and loving all the mods so far.
     
  27. manor13

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    what was your reason for swapping from Forge to CTS intakes? I am thinking of going the opposite or ceramic revo.
     
  28. Mario8P

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    I bet he had very bad fuel trims. Twintake is well known for that
     
  29. amrb1

    amrb1 Member

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    I didn't even log any fuel trims, I just changed before I got it mapped. I thought the twintake performed well at stage 1, but I wanted the best out of 2+ so I changed it for a better performing one.
     
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  30. Mario8P

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    Glad to hear that
    Can you please comment on my earlier post above?
    Much appreciated
     
  31. S3_Jacko

    S3_Jacko Well-Known Member

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    My LTFT are sitting at 7%... Pretty much the same as i had with my last intake... 345hp from a stage 1 apr twintake aint bad tho.. 5 off shark stage 3
     
  32. amrb1

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    As jack says, the forge will perform well, very well infact as proven... I guess it's down to personal choice in the end, also depends on the car as well I think. Not every car is the same.
     
  33. Mario8P

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    Amrb1 what springs you went with at the end? How much did they lower it?

    Hope ride comfort isn't worst than stock
     
  34. amrb1

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    I've got ST springs, made my KW, lowered about 35mm, paired with the bilstein shocks, the ride is very comfy, plus handles 100x better. Just purchased VWRacing anti roll bars which will be fitted this weekend.
     
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  35. Mario8P

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    Cheers bro! Appreciate your reply.
    How do you compare it to stock on a bumpy road?
     
  36. amrb1

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    It is a bit firmer, but a lot more controlled, the back end of the S3 is bad for rebounding back up on bumpy roads, bilsteins cured this
     
  37. mechanic69

    mechanic69 Well-Known Member

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    Ditto, great shocks
     

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