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My A4 Avant 1.8T quattro.

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  1. JAS11N
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    [Sep 10, 2011]
    Thought I'd put up a few pictures of the new family motor.
    Planned mods are;

    HID's [done]
    LED side lights [done]
    New brodit mount for my phone [done]
    New expansion tank [done]
    Engine degrease and clean, then add left and right covers [done]

    Still to do;

    Cruise,
    Full DIS,
    RNS-E (everything bought, just waiting on the RNS-E shipping)
    B7 RS4 pedals and footrest,
    Reversing camera,
    Footwell lights,
    Black out chrome trim on upper and lower grilles.

    I'll keep this thread updated as I go, will be doing a full piccie run-through of the RNS-E, DIS and cruise installs.

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    Engine after a bit of a clean up, new expansion tank and a couple of covers (the right cover was given me by a work mate, why it's cut at the bottom I've no idea. But it was free);

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    [Sep 10, 2011]
    Very nice fella ! I viewed one more or less the same !
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    [Sep 11, 2011]
    What eggsause / tips have you got fitted ?
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    [Sep 11, 2011]
    It's just the standard exhaust. The tips were bought and welded on by the previous owner :salute:
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    [Sep 11, 2011]
    Looks like a very nice example mate.
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    [Sep 11, 2011]
    How did the mods go today Jase?
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    [Sep 11, 2011]
    Not much done today James. Seriously wild out there. I did remove bonnet grille and start with the de-chrome tape, but couldn't get it right. So ordered some Plastidip rubber paint and I'll paint next weekend.
    Then SWMBO started nagging that I needed to finish grouting some tiles in the bathroom. So to keep the peace and all that.
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    [Sep 15, 2011]
    Got a flyer from work tonight, so thought I'd take advantage of the dry weather and paint the chrome around the grilles. Forcast says it's going to be another **** weekend. There's a surprise :banghead:.
    I've painted grilles before with normal satin or matt black spray paint, but after a while they always chip.
    The jig tech lads use this stuff at work for various things, and it's brill. Doesn't chip and is very hard-wearing. It's basically rubber in a can and leaves a mat finish. Very easy to spray on, you'd have to REALLY try to get it to run.
    Dries extremely quickly too.
    I was able to handle both grilles after 6 coats, in about 35 mins without marking the finish.
    I roughed up the chrome with a 120 grit flap wheel on my trusty dremel, then rubbed in down to get rid of finger prints etc, with some thinners.
    It doesn't require an undercoat.


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    [Sep 15, 2011]
    Sweet. The pic whore returns :o.k:

    Will be interesting to see how the paint lasts, mine always chip pretty quickly :(
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    [Sep 15, 2011]
    :lmfao: :lmfao: Am I that bad? :nyah: You just wait till I do the piccie run-through of the RNS-E install!! :whistle2:
    It is really good stuff James.

    Speaking of RNS-E's. As said earlier, I had to buy another after getting stung with the first. Bought one off fleabay and the guy selling got in touch to say on testing it, it had a blue line in one corner and offered me a discount if I still wanted it, or a full refund. Took the refund. Very honest seller, so hats off to him.
    Bought yet another, paid for next day delivery, so should be here tomorrow. Hopefully do it Sunday. All being well.

    Jase..
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    [Sep 15, 2011]
    Third time lucky mate, fingers crossed.
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    [Sep 15, 2011]
    Lucky night tonight.

    Bargain, considering I was about to buy all of it new (Cruise stalk, Trip stalk and module)


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    [Oct 24, 2011]
    Few bits and bobs done since last post.
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    [Oct 24, 2011]
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    [Oct 25, 2011]
    awesome work,,
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    [Nov 15, 2011]
    Indicators on the offside started flashing fast, meant a bulb off.
    Was the bulb in the headlamp. Whipped it out only to be faced with this;

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    Great :wtf: WHY??? I hate bodges.

    To be honest, the headlamps were a bit pitted and I know yes you can polish them up, but I've not got a lot of time at the minute.
    Can't go and just replace the drivers either, or it'll just look odd. Plenty of OEM looking aftermarket lamps on ebay, but I wanted genuine.
    Managed to pick up two new genuine lamps BNIB's off fleabay for good prices (different sellers)
    Fitted yesterday. Checked aim at my local specialists and all ok.

    HELL :ohmy: what a difference. HID's (35w 6000k) and new headlamps = BRIGHT.

    The old lamps are off to quattroJames for experimental purposes..

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    [Nov 15, 2011]
    :thumbsup:

    Looks great now, the Diadems look quite blue? I fitted Silverlines (I think..) to mine and they do tidy it up nicely.

    I've got a set of 15 LED's waiting to go in, the 9 LED's I bought from your original recommendation several years ago have lost a few LED's each side, the nearside one even throws up an error code some mornings :ohmy:
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    [Nov 15, 2011]
    Very nice, a lot of hard work went into this I like it:icon_thumright:
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    [Nov 15, 2011]
    Wow, they've lasted a good while James. The ones I had in the S2 lasted a good while, but then the nearside started flickering.
    These 15 LED are bright. Probably the brightest I've tried yet.

    The diadems do have a blueish coating yes mate. I tried some silverline versions in the A6 but they didn't last that long. The diadems I'd fitted to the S2 way back in 2004 were still going strong when I sold her.
    7 years out of a set of bulbs isn't bad going, so thought I'd go the same route again.
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    [Nov 15, 2011]
    What did you use to do the carbon rap and where did you get it from? Looks really good :)
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    [Nov 16, 2011]
    It's 3M scotchprint 1080 RF-12. (for a matt finish, use the 3M Di-Noc)
    Bought through ebay from this seller >>>> here <<<
    Quick delivery and came well packaged in one of those really thick poster tubes.

    HTH's
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    [Nov 18, 2011]
    How much did all the wrapping take ie what size sheet did you use..?
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    [Dec 24, 2011]
    Could have sworn I replied to this? . Ah well.
    I bought a fairly large sheet as I had some stuff to do on my mates B6.
    Think it was around 40x150cm, but as said, I needed more than I used on my car alone.

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    Buggered up my drivers side window regulator last Sunday night. I'd washed the car during the day, but it was so cold the water kept freezing when rinsing and drying. Gave up in the end.
    Not thinking, I was on my way to work Sunday night (what a **** shift that is, 10hrs of sunday nightshift) and tried to drop the drivers window.
    TWANG/THUD.

    After speaking to the guys at my local specialists, they advised a new genuine regulator/lifter mechanism rather than an aftermarket repair kit from Fleabay. While they'd not done a B6 regulator before, they have done other A4 and A6 models using these repair kits and they don't last long.
    So, Tuesday morning saw a new regulator/lifting mechanism fitted and the guess of a snapped cable was right. Took around an hour or so.

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    Window lifter mechanism - 8E0 837 462C = £92.90 inc VAT from TPS,
    Door card trim clips - 8E0 868 243 = 56p inc VAT each (I needed 5 in total)

    Thought I'd add this for future searches.
    I came across this video on the tube and it is pretty much exactly as my mechanic did mine.
    I'd have defo used it if I'd have been doing it myself;

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    [Dec 25, 2011]
    Love wha your doing mate.

    How easy is it to get the gear surround and cigarette tray out to wrap?
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    [Dec 26, 2011]
    Do you live near county durham? Sure i passed you in bishop auckland.
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    [Dec 26, 2011]
    Easier to explain with pictures. I'll take a few tomorrow for you. Really is quite easy.

    Certainly do matey. I live in Spennymoor.
    Where abouts are you?
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    [Dec 27, 2011]
    ^^^ that was my next question, will hold off now for a while to see the pictorial guide (",)
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    [Jan 11, 2012]
    Sorry guys, completely forgot to get you those pics. I'll do it ASAP.
    Work is nuts and the missus is due in a fortnight, so a bit hectic round these parts.

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    Thought I'd pop this in here, although I'm 1000% sure everyone with a 1.8T will be well aware of this issue.
    I'd not experienced any problems, but since I bought her back in August it's been niggling in the back of my head to act first rather than just hope my engine would be one of those that might get away with it.


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    My local specialists removed the sump, cleaned it out, replaced the oil pickup tube and I also asked them to replace the oil pump as a precautionary measure.
    They also cleaned a few breather hoses out that were bunged up with carbon-y hard deposits.
    New oil and filter of course.
    Lucky escape me thinks as this would have got worse and the engine may have popped.

    Parts not that expensive;

    Pickup tube = 06B 115 251 @ £7.30 + VAT
    Seal for above = N0 282 222 @ £2.49 + VAT
    Oil pump = 06A 115 105B @ £65.00 + VAT
    The usual for oil (I use VAG Platinum) and a genuine filter.

    Jase..
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    [Jan 11, 2012]
    Not changing the chain and the plastic tensioner on the pump as well?
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    [Jan 13, 2012]
    well worth removing the cam cover and cleaning that out and refitting with new gasket while youre at it,
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    [Jan 14, 2012]
    thought it was you jasin , i live in shildon.
    do you have full vagcom by any chance ?
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    [Jan 15, 2012]
    Nope.

    That was done back in October because it was leaking a bit.

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    Autodim rear view mirror fitted. It's from a 2003 A3, £24 bargain from fleabay.
    Easy enough job again.
    Wired into a couple spare terminals inside the interior light. Switched 12v when the lights are switched on.
    Six pins on the autodim light, I only needed pins 1 and pin 2 (1 = switched 12v and 2 = earth)
    Everything self explanatory from the pics. Third time I've done this on various cars (S2 and A6)

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    [Jan 27, 2012]
    Probably the last update for a while at least, as my daughter was born a week ago.
    Managed to get these done before going and collecting my little family from hospital.

    B7 RS4 pedals and footrest and B7 A4 S-Line 6 speed alloy gearknob and gaiter.

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    [Jan 27, 2012]
    Congrats on the birth.

    Very nice mods you have done there, i like it.
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    [Jan 28, 2012]
    Quick 5 minute job this.
    Used a high temp adhesive (silicone based) to glue it in place. I'd already etch primed the rear of it to stop any possible Stainless Steel/Aluminium reaction going on.
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    Nice :o.k:

    CMD on here polished up his manifold which looks good too.
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    [Jan 28, 2012]
    Nice gearknob, i have the same one in my allroad- was meant for a b6 audi a4- a bit cold to touch now with the weather !
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    [Jan 28, 2012]
    :yes: :ohmy: Yeah it can get a bit cold :haha:
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