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S3 down pipe fitting question

Colly Sep 10, 2012

  1. Colly

    Colly Member

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    Hi I got a price to fit my dp today wasn't cheap I was wondering is it possible to fit without a ramp?
     
  2. <tuffty/>

    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition...Its all about the flow... Staff Member Moderator Audi S3

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    Anything is possible... I know someone that changed a clutch on an A3 quattro on his drive... so arguably yes but in reality.... Good luck.... :)

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  3. vrbob

    vrbob Thats no Moon, Thats a space station!

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    i did it recently with the help of Future on here and we did it in a day. We only used axle stands and normal tools, the worst part is removing the old downpipe. But if you remove the subframe (you will need to get it realligned after) you can drop the steering rack to almost get it out. I ended up cutting it a short as possible with an angle grinder to be able to twist it out.

    Fitting the new one is relatively easy in comparrison Then its just a case of tightening everything back up.

    I am no mechanic but its quite straight forward its just awkward.

    So if your feeling brave and have the time to give it a whirl why not as the m oney you save on labour can be spent on more go faster bits hence why i am now waiting for my FMIC to be delivered. Bring on stage 2 :)
     
  4. phil miller

    phil miller Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    i changed the engine on my quattro on my drive, in and out within a day inc swapping all the bits over
     
  5. Greg-S3

    Greg-S3 Active Member

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    How much was expensive?
     
  6. Colly

    Colly Member

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    250+vat just labour
     
  7. Greg-S3

    Greg-S3 Active Member

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    That is expensive, that's a joke, 5 hours labour to fit the down pipe, I'd have a ring around mate see what other garages are saying. I'd say 2 hours labour. Only problem with attempting it on the floor is if you run into problems, stud snaps or rounds off etc, it becomes a massive problem! I assume you don't have a massive choice of garages on the isle of man!
     
  8. Colly

    Colly Member

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    there is a fair few just most are rough as .... or expensive. i might have somone to help me do it his dad has a big garage so ill see. thanks for thr help guys
     
  9. vrbob

    vrbob Thats no Moon, Thats a space station!

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    We had no issues on my car rounding anything off or undoing any bolts. Infact i managed to undo the OEM downpipe from the car on my own in about an hour following the guide on here i just soaked all i could in WD40 before attacking them and also a breaker bar can be v helpful for those subframe bolts.

    Now i have done 1 i think i could do it in about 4-5 hours with a bit of help on axle stands the most time consuming bit is getting what can only be described as rusticles that used to be bolts of the exhaust off so an ange grinder is a must.
     
  10. <tuffty/>

    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition...Its all about the flow... Staff Member Moderator Audi S3

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    Have you done a DP on an S3 before? its the devils own job... the only way to get it off anywhere close to that time would be to air chisel the flexi as it won't come off in one piece without dropping the subframe (which is VAGs documented method) and access is pretty limited...

    5 hours is arguably a little excessive but I would be concerned if it only took 2hours as how well stuff was done tbh... not sure a specialist would do it in that time...

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