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Jay A3 's 1.8T On-Going Build Thread

Jay A3 Dec 8, 2011

  1. crazy88

    crazy88 Loving the anonymity

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    Yeah, it is fun. I just want some snow now!

    You seen the pics of it? I put a thread in the b5 section.
     
  2. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    Yeh the silver one. Slightly dropped? Can't remember what wheels you had
     
  3. crazy88

    crazy88 Loving the anonymity

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    It's actually standard height. And it has standard bolero(?) wheels. Ha! I did consider putting my s4's on, but I'm gonna leave it as standard.
     
  4. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    As long as the car is healthy and running well
     
  5. crazy88

    crazy88 Loving the anonymity

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    Seems to be so far mate. It doesn't seem to reward me well for driving it carefully either. I get like 2 mpg more, so might as well have fun.
     
  6. Paradox1

    Paradox1 Active Member

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    Jay...

    No pics

    Sort it out!
     
  7. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    Of the rear calipers? Previous page :)

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  8. ScottD3

    ScottD3 I want your faulty electronics Supporter Team V6 quattro Audi A8 Audi S8 Team Akoya TDi saloon

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    Could have cleaned the wheels mate!!
     
  9. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    Not everyone has as much spare time as you :p
     
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  10. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    I will wash this weekend. Need to pick up more meguiars alloy cleaner
     
  11. Paradox1

    Paradox1 Active Member

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    nooo not the bloody calipers

    the car! lol

    take some nice snaps, Shouldnt have to tell you this lol
     
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  12. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    Will do mate. Car isn't photo worthy at the moment. Still planning a respray
     
  13. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    For you paradox!
    Even gave it a wash today

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  14. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    Small update...


    Spent the last 2months looking into fitting a oem remote to my car. Had enough of the aftermarket set constantly locking me out of the car!

    Remote central locking



    I also got a bit bored and creative...

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    great what some stickers, paint and lacquer can do
     
  15. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    Justly picked this up for no less than £30!
    Job for tomorrow

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    Anything I should look out for? Or easy enough to swap over?
     
  16. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    Not sure of anyone still follows this thread, but it's more of a "what I have done" thread

    Didn't get round to fitting the bushes. Too much work on, maybe this weekend...

    On another note Ben has sourced some seats for me along with door cards. (Massive thanks again)

    Little worse for wear as they had a lot of surface bobbling.
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    I used a de-bobbler (costs £4 off eBay)
    Top half done and bottom half not...
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    Done all the seats and also picked up some meguiars gold leather giving a nice clean. I found this really easy to use and no residue.
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    I've read a few posts on cleaning the alcantera and it seems race glaze is quite popular, so I have a bottle of this on the way to try out.
     
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  17. superkarl

    superkarl MAN OF STEEL

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    If you find anything decent and relatively cheap to recondition black leather let me know. I know paintwork stuff, but ive never touched my seats other than a wipe.

    Very pimpin btw!
     
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  18. MIGGZ

    MIGGZ nanananananananan BATMAN

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    nice transformation dude going to look good!!!
     
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  19. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    You tried auto glym? They do both a leather cleaner and then a leather balm which you treat every few months.

    Thanks miggz can wait to get them in
     
  20. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    So my cleaner for the alcantera turned up today
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    Easy enough to use:
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  21. Prawn

    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    this is suddenly looking all very pimp :blackrs4:

    Best colour combo for S3 seats, they're going to look great in your white car!
     
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  22. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    Comfort ;)
    Thanks Nick.
    On another good note I have been driving around this week with no back seats or sub etc...

    Noisier bit feeling the weight difference!!!
     
  23. Jay A3

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    With the help from Ben and Reesy - got the front seats in.

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    Just need to sort out the airbag light issue. The original plugs were 2 wires and the loom used from the s3 and under the seats have 3 wires.

    I have read a few threads about taking out the bulb or sticking a resistor on it then clearing it with vagcom. I don't really want to go down this route. Any one shed some light on what wire is what??
     
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  24. Westy

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    With the help of Ben then ;)
     
  25. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    He did help honest! Dont think they will again. It was freezing outside
     
  26. Reesy

    Reesy Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    Eat a d*ck Fred!!

    and yeah, that job was bullllllsheet. Was absolutely freezing but they look a lot better than the old ones did..
     
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  27. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    Still not got the rear door cards in yet. Just fitted some 2 way coaxial 165mm pioneer speakers along with speaker adapters and they will go in just after Xmas.

    This week and next I will be rolling around in this while the car is in the shop. Not a fan of the mini although this one is only a 1.4l

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    Missing my motor already and it's only been 4 or so days...
     
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  28. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    So 2weeks and I still don't have my car back yet...

    But I do have a small update on where it is at. I have been contemplating over what grey I wanted it painted. After going to the tour round Maidstone Audi dealership I saw an a1 in Daytona grey and I had to have it! [LZ7S color code] with a gloss brilliant black roof [LY9B]

    Firstly all the wrap has to come off

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    Prepped
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    Brilliant black
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    Doors and bonnet off
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    Hated the door moulds. Removed welded metal plates behind the holes and filled.
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    I started putting the lights back on and plate
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    Rear bumper back on
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    Colour has come out really well with a pearl effect. Hopefully I can get all the trim and door cards back on tomorrow and hand this mini back over!
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  29. Prawn

    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    Looks awesome Jay!

    nice work mate, can't wait to see it finished :)
     
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  30. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    Thanks mate. Really eager to get to the garage tomorrow and finish it all
     
  31. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    What a day! I have been collecting parts over the last few months for a facelift double din. I've read a few threads and it's fairly straight forward.... Not for me it wasn't! Taking the console out was an easy task

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    While I was hoarding parts I mocked everything up to save time

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    Issues I came across:
    - The cup holder. On my a3 the space behind where the cup holder sits is very tight! The centre vents funnel down behind the head unit and stops the console and cupholder fitting flush.

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    Sorry for the poor picture.
    This is of the slot where the cup holder would go. If you look straight through to the back you can see two upright trims (looks like a 7). I had to trim these I half.

    - The hvac all plugged and didn't work. No response so I will need to look into it or try another hvac.

    - rear window de mister cabling didn't reach so I need to get hold of some 12v wire to extend.

    - The cigarette lighter wires
    My car had 2 plugs:
    (White plug) Red & black = live
    (White plug) Brown = ground

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    (Black plug) black x3 = ground?
    (Black plug) red = live
    (Black plug) blue = ??

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    - The obd port has to be relocated. Currently out the way but I plan to extend it to under the steering wheel as the facelift models.

    All in all it's temporarily fitted and I'm happy with how it looks.

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  32. ScottD3

    ScottD3 I want your faulty electronics Supporter Team V6 quattro Audi A8 Audi S8 Team Akoya TDi saloon

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    The two extra cables from your new lighter would be for illumination I'd assume.

    Looking good though mate.

    Any luck with the HVAC?
     
  33. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    I plan to borrow a tester and find out what these wires are. Hoping to try reesys hvac as his is a working one which would eliminate whether my one is faulty or not
     
  34. g60leigh

    g60leigh Well-Known Member

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    I've a bundle of 12v cable if you need some Jay.
    The blue wire should be illumination.
     
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  35. Gops

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    Mate those seats are gorgeous! I've always wanted them! How you getting along with the facelift console?
     
  36. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    Thanks Leigh. Will let you know how I get on


    Cheers Gops
    Facelift console is halfway there. The head unit works well so far will play with it later. Just teething problems fit wiring for the hvac and cigarettes lighter. But once they are sorted it's all done!
     
  37. Jay A3

    Jay A3 #because Racecar Team Daytona Audi A3 Manual

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    Well seems like the old hvac works so wiring is all ok during conversion. Hoping to collect and try another FL hvac to find out if my one os faulty or not
     
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  38. Jay A3

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  39. ScottD3

    ScottD3 I want your faulty electronics Supporter Team V6 quattro Audi A8 Audi S8 Team Akoya TDi saloon

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    That stereo looks really good mate.
    It fits in there well.

    Shame about the HVAC unit though but if your PFL one works it must be the FL one being faulty?

    Can you watch TV, films or AV input on it?
     
  40. Jay A3

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    No tv or films. But should be able to watch stuff from YouTube etc... The satnav and music from my iTunes were the main priorities
     

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