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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Granta, Aug 19, 2013.

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    Evening all, picked up a 57 plate s3 with 45 on the clock in sprint blue. Very impressed with it so far although it is already back at the dealer as EML came on and has a lumpy idle, probably down to a dodgy coil but the dealer wants to take care of it so they picked it up today. Plans are a stage 1 map and TBE, milltek probably and see from there. Any members local to Surrey?

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    Ha ha I'm sure you guys can! I've just got out of a mk4 GTi 1,8T with a few mods and looks like the audi mods don't come cheap!
    can someone please e plain different stages?
    my understanding stage 1 map
    stage 2 TBE map & new diverted vale & clutch
    stage 3 turbo, fuel pump and intercooler?
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    Some tuners such as Revo call the HPFP upgrade Stg2+.

    Either way that amounts to around 360 bhp and the uprated pump maintains midrange torque.

    A big turbo upgrade is costly and above 440lbs torque you'll need the engine rebuilt as well.
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    Great thanks for the help. Is it recommended to change the diverter valve at stage one? What year/dates did the s3 come out with the revised items?
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    10 plate onwards I presume
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    Oh right. Also can anyone tell me if they have had their ignition coils changed under a re-call?
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    Still on the original coils here.

    No problems so far.
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    Welcome on board & good choice of car!

    The guys to talk with in your area are The Phirm, drop them a line, I've attached their details below.


    | The Phirm


    As for tuning, this is where we start -

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    What the S3 really needs is a bit more power and torque,and once you've had that done,it feels like a different car.

    Much more usable and responsive,and a better drive all round.

    I had mine mapped after a while thinking that it had a lot more to offer,and chose Revo for the support and upgrade path,and obviously a few years down the line,others can offer the same,but I'm very happy with what I've had,all the way from around 310bhp,to north of 500 now,and I think what did surprise me was how well the software has worked straight off.

    I'm sure as Steve said in another thread that the dealer has a lot to do with that,as I've had excellent service on that front,and the car has just got better every time.

    I'm hoping for more shortly!
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    Completely agree, even Stage 1 lights a bit of a fire up its backside and makes it a lot more fun.

    Also, because you have quattro it would be rude to stop at that point eh! :)
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    whats the 0-60 time around for a stage 1 remap? thinking of getting mines done n few months by APR
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    Definitely up for a remap. And Quattro is the way forward as with the golf over 220 bhp and spins up. I have driven a stage 1 AMD s3 and was very impressed so will be getting it done when I get my car back :(
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    Glad you feel that way too.

    Even though the Haldex isn't the same as a full torque sensing setup,it's pretty good at putting the power down,and gives a feel of what a full time 4WD system can do.

    Will you be having one of AMD's maps?
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    What power are you aiming for/going to stop at Alex? Just making my way through yr build thread :yes: where Bouts are you based?
    thinking of getting an rtech map, do people rate them?
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    As far as I know,R-Tech seem well rated.

    You also need to look at Revo,Shark,APR and AMD,(which you've already tried),and pick whichever suits you best,as well as taking into account what's geographically suited.

    I'm within striking distance of Lakeside,which is one factor that drew me to AMDTuning,but I'd go there now if I was in Scotland,as I know exactly what I'm getting in terms of service and build quality.

    Power......a very good question.

    The limit without extra injectors,and a stand-alone ECU is around 580bhp,so once the head and manifolds are done,if I can get close enough to that,I'll be happy.
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    I suppose your loyalty to them is like what I feel towards r tech. They did me well on the golf. I suppose it's what work you have seen and have had before which wins over your loyalty. They only thing being they are pretty far away but it makes for a nice drive home :yes:
    next time I'm in the area I wouldn't mind a to in your car to see what the s3 is capable of?!
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    Exactly.

    I believe in rewarding good work and service with recommendation and further work from myself.....equally so,if someone does a botch job,I'll let everyone know who to avoid in the future.

    One time,I took my Sierra Cosworth to what at the time was a very well known London based tuner,and being relatively new to this sort of thing,thought everything was OK,until I saw a head being rebuilt on a piece of cardboard on the floor,and that put me off a bit.
    A little later,when I needed a water pump urgently,I went to a chap with a very long racing history,and he showed me the "quality" of some of the previous work,including an exhaust that looked as if I'd welded it myself.

    Most companies nowadays work hard to get a good name,as the market is very competitive,and these guys have built me an excellent car,that I can drive every day.

    If you're ever around that area,let me know.
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    I will let you know if I am in the area. Well got the car back this afternoon and nice to be back in it. They seemed to have resolved it as the idle is very smooth but I don't know exactly what has been replaced. Will call up tomorrow and find out. Also does anyone know if they make iPod adapters for iPhone to go in the glove box for the iPod connectivity? Can find any on fleabay​
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    Glad it seems to be fixed now.

    Still having a few issues with the fuelling on mine!
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    What's the problem with the fuelling on yours? well went round mine tonight and pretty happy with it, no broken springs or leaking shocks the only thing I'm not happy about is the rear diff oil seals seem to be weeping... There is a slight misting of oil where the drive shaft joins the diff, is this something I should be worried about or do they all do this?
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    It's turning out to be a detective job.

    It was running rich for a bit before going in to AMDTuning for all of the booked work,and now that the turbo etc are all fitted,it runs,but still pops and bangs a bit,as well as an uneven idle and a tendency to stall.

    The MAF was dirty and has been replaced,the throttle body is clean and accepts adaptation etc,the lambda probe is fine,and so on.....
    What did turn up was the engine does not get over 70C,so it appears that the thermostat is knackered and the car is running rich,hopefully because of that alone.

    Fingers very crossed.
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    Does sound like thermostat needs to be replaced. Personally I think it's something to do with the map as it runs rich now but on full boost will probably be alright. I drove an evo on about 500BHP (so I was told) and that had been up to rising sun performance in Leeds and that would stall if left to idle and had things like the maf mapped out out of the car and that ran horribly rich!
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    I don't think it's anything to do with the mapping,as nothing has been changed on that since loading the Stg4 software a good while back.
    What's happened is something new relatively speaking,and running rich is a result of that.
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