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Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by bigray, Nov 10, 2013.

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    went down to see my rallye today, and started the tedious task of stripping the sealent from the inner wings. jesus christ wish i never started it.
    but had to get it done. took me best part of 5 hours to get to the stage i got to

    before, pretty bad pics tbh sorry guys

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    also picked these up from my mate last week
    audi fat fives 18x8.5 not sure if there gonna go on the s3. trying to find pics to see what they will look like

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    also stripped and sanded curbbing from the 18" tt wheels

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    off down week so will take my decent camera and not a potato
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    Dibdub1 Suck.Squeeze.Bang.Blow

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    I've seen your passat around on E38 mate and I must say I didn't expect you'd go for an 8l S3!

    I'm stuck deciding whether to go for an S3 or B5 S4, stumbling across your Dolphin Grey example really isn't helping the matter! :(

    Going to enjoy following your progress with this mate!
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    ive always fancied a 8l s3, so when i saw this came up i took the gamble as its very good spec and best colour :yum:

    but if i had to go about it again i would go down the s4 route. but glad ive scratched that itch now, just need to finish this and sell it and buy a s4 :scared2:
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    ok another day with the mistress, again another day of stress and back ache

    better pics of last weeks wing sanded down etc

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    rhs wing before

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    also did the turrets, proper mission but needed to be done

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    also found this when i dropped the leg off, been missing a bolt off the carrier. i class myself as very lucky

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    picked wheels up from the powder coaters, hopefully have tyres on this weekend.

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    wheels all sorted, centre caps refurbed. these were goosed as there ally, so was pitted and flaking etc

    but these are them now, took me ages to sort them out. but happy with the results

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    and with the wheels on the car, after a quick clean and wax.
    should be getting top mounts and rear arms done next week aswell.

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    Very nice indeed!
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    Lovely motor....best colour for the 8L S3 :)

    Good to see your a local member too! - check out the regional meets section:

    Yorkshire & Humberside

    We would love to see all your cars....and you of course! :)

    Shaun
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    leeds2592 When I grow up, I want a 964!

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    One of my favourite S3's. Loved it on the S4 wheels but the TT wheels look equally as nice! Makes me want a Grey S3.

    Out of curiousity, where'd you get the wheels done and work on the Rallye?
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    rallye is at my mates bodyshop in barnsley called unique body and paint, he is s**t hot aswell.

    and wheels are done by a company in bradford called cas coatings, £1 per inch ie 18" £18. o
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    leeds2592 When I grow up, I want a 964!

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    Nice one, I'll keep them in mind if I ever need anything doing.Ah, I've heard good things and bad things about CAS Coatings but never actually used them myself. Finish on them looks pretty good for the price though!
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    Just had my O.Z alloys done by them, top work and cheap...
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    This is my favourite colour choice! Looks great.

    Are those xenons or just facelifted lights?
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    done alot of mt wheels cas, only did 1 ropey job on some barrels from split rims, but thats it.
    so couldn't recommend them enough really

    yeah there good Steve, them light 1's you showed me ?
    you're are in prime location were you're based aswell

    cheers bud, and factory fitted xenons
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    Drive past your car regularly (every day ) on Scott H*ll road .
    hope you can get to some meets so we can scratch your brain.
    Great to see the locals !
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    ah so you're very local then ?
    and ill try but not done a meet in ages, but weather is getting better so its a good excuse.

    also a little update got a vw sunglasses holder from a car somebody was breaking for free, but they're grey and audi never did them so i had to improvise to get it to fit in with the Audi's black interior.

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    primed/flatted

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    bought some sticky back black felt, and did a template from the previous felt stuff

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    all painted and the felt in place

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    painted the hinges tried to use the Audi 1's but they were slightly different, but used the screw flap covers

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    built up

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    and in the car

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    so in all it cost me £2.14 for the felt as i had the paint already. cant beat a good cheap mod ready for the summer aswell
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    just off scott hall road a three roundabouts and then a right ! :racer:
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    well had the tie arms fitted, and its very apparent why they need fitting.
    so daves tie arms are worth there money and some. there such great mod.
    here is the results from the camber.
    i also had the front mounts and bearing replaced bat same time, they didn't need doing but since i was having all the tracking camber done etc
    might aswell replace them now instead of later.

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    sourced a screwdriver from a local breakers yard, so now have a complete audi tool kit. and also modded it to take the wheel locking kit.

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    and also the car comes with the incorrect oil, that audi provided these with when new.

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    also found a sharan aerial in 1 of my box's of bits so fitted that aswell

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    well made some progress recently for both cars but ill update the s3 1st

    firstly, the cup holder was chipped etc.

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    so prepped, primed and laquered, end result

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    and i had 1 side painted, but the other side was showing its age. and it had the standard audi supplied rust, which audi are proud to offer.

    so i sanded, and dug the rust out of the gutter.

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    so started to take wing off, found this behind the drivers wing.
    nice pile of damp muck.

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    on the floor.

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    stripped rest of the car.

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    sanding and prepped the new wing, and rear bumper, spoiler etc.

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    used the car as storage.

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    car filled, ready to be sanded and primed.

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    also didn't have much to do today, so i sanded down headlights again, and re polished them.

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    more to come this week, and got a nice update on the rallye. ill post when i collect some more bits this week
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    Good work on this! That's a lot of muck behind the wheel arch lining!
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    i know, after seeing that, i know why there was so much rust on the wing now.
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    any ways cars back built up etc washed and waxed it tonight,
    so here are a few pics

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    reflection + mk5 aerial

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    brand new s3 badge

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    brand new audi rings

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    rear end shot with reflection

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    Awesome color. Just needs a new non kinked rear plate now :)
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    funny you say that i went to audi this morning and bought some. and got a free tax disc holder aswell :icon_thumright:

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    Do you still need to display a tax disc over there? I thought you didn't any more?
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    Sam, as of this October I think, the da disc will be phased out and not replaced,

    Pity really as I like to get a receipt when I gave to pay for tax! ( angry face)
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    Same as here then. All online now. Makes the windscreen a bit tidier.
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    difference is you guys will probably do it right, dvla here will most likely make a shambles out of it :laugh:
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    Don't be silly. Australia is pretty backwards with most things. Too much to list. Basically, it costs at least $1k a year to own a car (rego, MOT equivalent, compulsory third party personal injury insurance) then you have to get insurance. Not cheap. The only good thing is how basic the MOT equivalent is. Basically check the brakes, the lights, tyres and that's about it. 5 minute job.
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    looked best with the s4 wheels imo, best colour too!-) i will give you my s3, my fireblade and my dog for that rallye!-) lol??
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    yeah i agree about the wheels, i might stick them back on but we will see

    and what dog is it :eyebrows:

    just a little update on the rallye

    got a few bits back from the powder coaters, they been blasted and sanded etc

    went with sating black, as i thought this be as close as oem i would get.

    parts of the front subframe not bad for 25+ years old

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    and had them seam welded

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    brake cable brackets not the best but still original parts

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    then made an order with vw heritage, new track rod ends, new sub frame bolts etc

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    and the haldex conversion kit

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    yeah i agree about the wheels, i might stick them back on but we will see

    and what dog is it :eyebrows:

    just a little update on the rallye

    got a few bits back from the powder coaters, they been blasted and sanded etc

    went with sating black, as i thought this be as close as oem i would get.

    parts of the front subframe not bad for 25+ years old

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    and had them seam welded

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    brake cable brackets not the best but still original parts

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    then made an order with vw heritage, new track rod ends, new sub frame bolts etc

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    and the haldex conversion kit

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    and started with some polybush parts

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    new wheels

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    Bloody hell, you go through wheels like they're going out of fashion! Looking forward to seeing them on though, never seen them before.

    Making some good progress with this mate. I'm still yet to sell my A3 and look for an S3 :(
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    :laugh: i know, worst thing is ive still got all my wheels :banghead:
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    and cheers not to most peoples tastes as its pretty much standard but its how i wanted it, with having the rallye as my modded car.

    and get it sold man ha
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    Think it looked nice and clean on the S4's myself.

    I'll sell mine, then you've just got to sell me this for around £4K ;)
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    Need some wheels myself not selling any or you dont know anywhere thats got a good set of OEM wheels?
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    i agree i looked so good on them. and i wish i could but car owes me way to much now :keule:

    i would like to say yes but i cant seem to let go of my wheels, may sell the fat fives ?

    also 1 of my rear calipers are sticking. so i thought about painted all of them.
    then seen these forsale so i bought the full set gonna repaint them, but all the hard work of stripping them is done.

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    all brand new nipples seals etc etc
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    a little update on the rallye finally got the wheels sorted

    so a recap

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    and now

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    had the centre caps made from g23 engineering, and there anti theft bolt up from behind etc

    and my pal painted the barrels for me at unique body and paint in barnsley, and that is the colour ive chosen for the rallye aswell
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