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Newbie owner with a few questions!

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by stevieyid, May 18, 2008.

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    [May 18, 2008]
    I have got myself this s3:
    http://pistonheads.com/sales/514334.htm
    I have a few questions i thought u might be able to help with.
    1:It has the recaro black leather but there not heated. Is there anyway of getting them heated?
    2: What are the anti roll bar upgrade options and what sort of price am i looking at?
    3: What are the fron brake upgrade options and what sort of price? Im looking for something that would be good for a track day thats not going to cost over a 1k.
    4: Whats the haldex controller i see advertised in the tuning shops and what are the advantages of it?

    Thanks for your help, there will be more questions to come im sure.
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    [May 18, 2008]
    One other thing, the temp gauge sits at one notch below 90 sometimes, is this normal/worrying? My s4 used to sit constantly on 90. If the thermostat is going how hard is it to change?
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    [May 18, 2008]
    Do a search on the forum mate, all the answers are there...The brake upgrade and thermostat questions are answered a few lines down from this one...

    Welcome
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    [May 18, 2008]
    Welcome mate!!

    your seats might have the heating element in them, i think some did anyway,l have a look for some loose wires under the seat!

    ARB's are usually about £250 some use R32 ones, there are plenty to chose from

    Basic brembo upgrade is £800 but the pads are **** and the discs can warp easily add £500 for solid discs and good pads.

    The Haldex controller adjust how the power is put down i think, i believe it brings the 4wd in to play a lot more and the power is transfered more violently.

    Read Ess Threes sticky at the top of the page on tuning some great info on there!
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    Thats nice looking car and has good upgrades on them, so did you px the S4 then?

    1. Check out http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/showthread.php?t=53213 either you have the pads or you don't, if you don't then it's a bugger.

    2. You have Neuspeed, HR, R32 to choose from as well as thickness. Around the price BS said. http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/showthread.php?t=4594

    3. Same as BS; for a grand you can get a bit of braking power but need to shop around, you can get the KSport Kit for just under a grand with good pads or a good 312mm for under £500.

    4.The Haldex Gen ones are good for the 8P as you have switchable traction for different styles - not sure if you can get it on the 8L? I think Ed Harris got the Gen1 upgrade but not sure how well it did or what was expected - straightforward to fit: http://www.neuspeed.com/data/installs/HALDEX.01.pdf more info: http://www.thettshop.co.uk/performance.asp?cat=3107&product=600427

    5. Temp, check your temp sender to see if it that, failing that agree on the thermostat.
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    [May 19, 2008]
    thanks for the info. Ill have a look into the all those posibilities. With regards tot he temp thing it seems to go to 90 and then every now and then drop to 80 then back up again. Bit strange
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