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Lots of Lovely New Hoses (with pics)

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Tallpaul, Aug 13, 2006.

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    [Aug 13, 2006]
    Some of you may be aware that i decided to splash £250 on a complete set of silicone hoses for my A3 1.8T.

    Well they arrived and i set about fitting them today:

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    By far the hose to be the most significant improvement over OE is the Turbo Intake Pipe (TIP):

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    The thin end connects to the turbo but look how restrictive the OE one is:

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    Some Golf owners claim that this TIP can improve mass air flow by 10%.

    I'll be doing some VAG-COM logging to see how much it improves by, on the road it certainly pulls better at the top end so i am expecting to see a significant improvent :)
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    how hard was it to take out and replace the TIP? I would of thought it was a :motz: to do since the turbo is soo far down. How'd u do it?:jump: how'd u do it?:jump:

    p.s. what are those black wires for?
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    Paul ive got the same set as you can see from my gallery , ive still not got round to fitting the TIP yet, was it a nightmare to fit ? Ive just got to find some time to get it up on the ramps , got to be easier to do from underneath i would say

    My Gallery link http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/vbpicgallery.php?do=view&g=39

    as you can see ive gone for red tho as it gives a nice contrast against the black car , looks really sweet in the flesh :thumbs-up:
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    I would say its vacuum tubing mate, ive got some red off my DV
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    [Aug 13, 2006]
    Hey there Neil. just been lookin at your album, got better pics of those red DV pipes round the back of the engine? did you buy the pipes as a ket or seperate pipes for the different sizes?
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    The back pipes are in the kit of 5 that i got ,the vacuum tube i bought seperately by the metre , i'll pm you the pic under the cover
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    It was a bit of a pain in the arse, but in the end easier than some of the other ones!

    The OE TIP is secured to the turbo with a 5mm allen bolt, this needs to be removed from under the car - after that all the fitting is done from the bonnet, except tightening the hose clamp to the turbo, again this needs to be done from under the car.

    You need to remove the airbox, MAF, DV, N75, that funny saucer thing whose name eludes me, and generally clear as much space as you can from around the TIP. With the 5mm allen bolt removed you just pull/twist the OE tip free and pull it up through the engine.

    Now you've got a nice big whole at the back of the engine you can see down to the turbo inlet - the first thing you notice is a rubber coolant pipe and a solid metal coolant pipe, both running right were you want the new bigger TIP to be :(

    The rubber coolant hose gives enough to be pulled aside but the metal one doesn't. My engine is an AGU, i'd read on other websites that the solid coolant hose was mounted to the cylinder block with an 8mm allen bolt and that loosening this bolt allows it to be moved enough to fit the TIP. Well, that wasn't the cas on mine. No mounting points, it just ran from the front of the engine to the back.

    I decided brute force was the only answer and set about forcing a square peg in to a very small round hole. In the end the force of me pushing the TIP down actually bent the metal coolant pipe a little, oops. Fortunatly i don't appear to have damaged it and the room it created allowed the end of the TIP to pop straight on the turbo inlet :cool:

    All that took about 45mins, so i then proceeded to spend a further 2 hours only fitting half the remaining hoses. By 7pm i was hungry and my hands hurt so i'll attack the rest next weekend.

    I did have an idle problem, some of the OE rubber hoses to the N75 were slightly split at their bends, swapping these for new silicone ones appears to have cured the idle issue (so far anyway, touch wood).

    I logged the g/s MAF results last night. Unfortunatly i'm not seeing an increase in peak air flow; however, it is flowing more air earlier in the rev range. As this is an increase in area under the curve that means i've freed up more 'usable' power so that's something. It definatly pulls noticeably better on the road so i'm still happy even though my peak power output appears to be the same.
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    [Aug 14, 2006]
    Any idea whether you can buy the remaining hoses seperate from the T.I.P? As I've already got that.

    Also do these hoses replace all of the OE ones?
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    [Aug 14, 2006]
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