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My new S3 Black Edition - Brilliant black

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by batch, Apr 22, 2012.

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    stetheo - To be honest buddy it spends long periods in the winter in a lot worse state! I struggle to find the time to keep totally on top of it!

    The Governor - There's a bit of a review above the before pics, basically feels a lot more fun, responsive, understeer is dramatically reduced and I feel it even rides a little nicer. Totally vouch for this kit on this car! See more above...
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    Sorry, I scrolled up after I commented as I've forgotten I'd read it before. The kit isn't too expensive either is it, at about £170 ish? How were the fitting costs?

    I'm liking this for my TDi BE Quattro...
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    Well I think the kit is about 160inc VAT for an S3, although remember that application only has the front springs. I paid £150 all in for Unit 18 in Milton Keynes to fit the kit, conduct a 4-wheel alignment and also a VCDS check due to some unrelated Haldex issues. If you have the spare cash, go for it. Like you said, such a dramatic enhancement in looks with such a subtle change and the handling is much improved in every area.
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    Oh and as for insurance, it cost me the princely sum of 17 quid!
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    Cars looking good buddy... I've just got a set of the H&R 25mm springs... Think it'll make such a difference to my car for something so subtle
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    Cheers Jacko, yours too.. You won't be disappointed matey if they're anywhere near as sorted as the Eibach.
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    Batch do you have any pics of your embossed leather? As I've always fancied this thanks
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    sits perfect mate! enjoy
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    Not sure what you mean mate, it's just standard S3 "golf ball" leather?
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    Cheers bro, yes it does! As I said, for such a minimal change the visual impact is massive!
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    been toying with the idea of springs either eibach or h&r but I only think it is the front that has to come down on the s3 so eibachs are looking the best way forward. have you got a side on pic? quite handy because it is rotors that I have too..
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    Not really an update, but worth sharing... Proof of the old adage, if you don't ask you don't get! Car went in for a service today, and after a chat with my salesman I ended up with this on demo...

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    These things are BEASTS! It's not as quick cross-country as my mapped S3 but the wave of torque and superb S-Tronic box are phenomenal, and I couldn't take 4 of my mates across the country with luggage at 40mpg in my S3...
    Gotta be considered for my next Audi!
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    the wheels don't suit that car and to much chrome going on, apart from that I like them
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    [May 24, 2014]
    So I bit the bullet and purchased my first serious bit of detailing kit, a DAS-6 kit with Dodo pads from Juicy Detailing...
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    Have to say I was really impressed by the helpful friendly service and rapid delivery of my kit. And, true to my form, it chooses to piss it down for the duration of the long weekend the day after I get it!
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    Eibachs are good, brings front end down just right and takes away the twitchy front end. Add decent dampers like Bilsteins to finish it off.
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    I reviewed my experience above. I feel that the Pro-Kit front springs actually match the damper piston "reach" better than the originals and also certainly make the car sit better! I firmly believe that uprated dampers aren't essential however that's me talking with a 12k car, definitely worth an upgrade rather than OEM replacement if you're on higher miles.
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    Just a quick question for those in the know - am I correct thinking that a genuine RS3 grille will fit mine? Been offered a genuine one, good price although one of the fixings has broken (top right I believe).
    Any help would be appreciated!
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    Yes I have an original RS3 grill in my S3 bumper... Straight fit. Just make sure you make the holes for the air intake at the top right of your grill
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    Cheers Ash! Just got to decide if I want the gloss black mesh or not - I've always felt it'd be lost on a black motor...
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    I went for the alu, didn't want the black on black although it has been done here by others so you should be able to find a pic to compare
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    In an ideal world I'd have alu mesh with my piano black bezel. Would suit the rotors and mirrors.
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    get the alu one and use your black bezel from your current grill
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    Not sure if you'll have seen this one if your a fan of the SQ5

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    Rather cool if you ask me
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    Yes mate, I've seen it... Gorgeous! Thanks for sending me porn as I eat my fajitas!
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    It is nice the SQ5, and I dont usually like big cars like that.
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    [Dec 9, 2014]
    Been ages since I've posted, or really even come on here - been mega-busy and nothing really to report with the car - just been enjoying it, and sadly neglecting it a bit too! She hasn't had a proper detailing session since the spring, which I'm addressing with a couple of friends on the 20th! In the meantime, treated the beastie to a refurb on the two kerbed wheels, as well as picking up a spare rotor for a bargain £180.00 - stated minor kerbing which actually turned out to be a simple mark. Also replaced the rear Bridgestone RE050s, on 2mm, with a pair of Michelin PS3 XLs at the bargain price of £195 all in, and these have been swapped to the front.
    Quick clean today after the wheels and new tyres were refitted, finally looking respectable!

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    And a pic of the under-rated Rotor as it arrived to me...

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    Got the rim from some recycling place in Essex via the 'Bay, couldn't believe the condition-price ratio! As for the refurb, I'd recommend Diamond Styling in Sevenoaks, Kent for ANYONE in London and the South-East needing rotors doing. Guy is a genius - two of mine were properly f**ked!
    If anyone reading this can get hold of a replacement black edition grille and surround please let me know, I've had a minor bump after the handbrake pinged off and crunched my number plate bar!

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