Hi all, Im 21 and this is my first project/upgrade car, im a mechanical and electrical apprentice, im fairly confident with most tasks ill always have a go but I like to find out about what im doing first so I have a chance of getting it right first time. Im seriously contemplating upgrading my car but not sure where to start, I understand roughly where and what I need to start with but I could do with some pointers on whats good and whats not. I have a 2001 1.8t Quattro, which i want to turn into a fast road car with around 240-270ish bhp, but I may take it on a track day every now and again. I don't want stupid power where parts start to fail because they weren't designed for the power or stresses. Suspension Coilovers are a must im guessing but I only really want to spend around £400- £450 on this so has to be reliable I don't want silly drop just around 40-55mm where it doesn't effect the geometry of the car too much. ARB's and Strut brace is it worth putting stiffer ARB's in if its only really going to be a road car am I going to see a knoticable difference in cornering G's. I hear good things about polybushing the ARB's so will have to get done at some point. Apex RDX Coilover Suspension Kit A3 8L 1.8T Quattro, 1.9TDI Quattro 01/99> - £417.10 : The premier online mail order VAG suspension and performance specialists. We offer a wide range of all the best branded suspension and performance parts for all V FK Highsport Coilover Suspension Kit A3 8L 1.8T Quattro, 1.9TDi Quattro 08/98> - £375.00 : The premier online mail order VAG suspension and performance specialists. We offer a wide range of all the best branded suspension and performance parts for a FK Silverline Coilover Suspension Kit A3 8L 1.8T Quattro, 1.9TDi Quattro 08/98> - £450.00 : The premier online mail order VAG suspension and performance specialists. We offer a wide range of all the best branded suspension and performance parts for Any comments on these coilovers would be nice if they are any good or not. Brakes Im thinking either S3 (with drilled and groved and some good pads) or something similar as I am on a budget, Brembos would be nice but realistically can't afford if I want to do other upgrades. Braided cables and good fluid to match. Wheels and Tyres I haven't had too much expirence with this as my previous car was a standard 1.1 106 was my first car so just ragged it untill it was dead. I currently have some old AMG wheels with some cheapo tyres (225/45/17) so im guessing that seeing as im not fitting massive disks im not going to need anything bigger that 17s so might keep or swap if I get a good deal, weight saving and all. Tyres is where I fall down i know having some awesome rubber is going to make the car handle awesome but there is a point where the money spent and the grip gained give negative results to my wallet which isn't thick to start with. So im thinking a happy 2 sets which give good grip in summer month and have a cheap long lasting for winter. Which im guessing is what most of you do? Wheel spacers If I get some wheel spacers it would obviously handle better but will make bearings wear quicker, but the car would look much better with them on, what is a good width front and back to space out. Weight I still carry 4-5 passengers every now and again so I can't really strip the car out how ever much I want to, its also going to be my daily, but I do have a work van so its not doing hundreds of miles, But if the day comes when I can strip it out how much weight am I actually going to save being the quattro after all. Engine This is where I fall down im afraid, I understand the principles of a Combustion engine and whats involved im just not sure if I change one part will I need to change another one to cope with the change I've made. Air intake must not exceed the exhaust flow otherwise a back pressure is created causing wastage in power , and obviously the fuel that is pumped in can only be asmuch as the fuel pump can handle. So increasing the Bore size of the air intake and intake manifold and putting a new exhaust on I can achieve greater power, also having to upgrade cooling systems aswell such as a nice FMIC not sure on fitting and pipework as ive never really had a good chance to do anything yet. If someone could point me in the right direction here as im starting to waffle on, What parts would be worth upgrading and whats capable. Remap would have to come into play ofcourse who and where know what they are doing, Ive read some good stuff about Badger 5 and that I should probably be talking to them for alot of this stuff. If you could do a list to start with, such as silicone tubes, bigger tip, induction kit (or would the panel filter be ok), exhaust, valves, cams, injectors, in/ex manifold, Catch Can .... and what parts to get Steering Is there an upgrade to be fitted such as less turns of steering wheel to get to full lock. Fluids Im currently using Tesco Ultimate 99oct not sure if there is anything better out there. I have run some redex through the system. I have done an oil change in october, and im going to do another one at end of febuary when I fit my magnetic sump plug (only doing so close together to make sure there was nothing in the oil as the car was crashed im pretty certain just to make sure no fillings in the system. Turbo I have the K03s so im pretty certain that its up to job. is it worth running some turbo cleaner through it. If I have forgotten anything please let me know, Thanks all for your help if you decide to I just want to get a start on the car. I will post some pics up of my engine bay shortly.