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S3 intercooler connecting pipe removal??

welshy_s3 Jun 24, 2013

  1. welshy_s3

    welshy_s3 Member

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    I have read the stickies on fitting the front mount intercoolers to the s3's, but think I've missed where it says if it's a good idea to remove the connecting pipe or not?? I have just fitted an ah v2 to my car and in doing so have obviously modified the front bumper support bar. The thing that concerns me to be honest is that there isn't anything strong and structural infront of the engine now, as I've removed the connecting boost pipe! Am I wrong in doing this as I've also had to relocate the power steering cooler pipe too?! :/
     
  2. superkarl

    superkarl MAN OF STEEL

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    its normal to get rid of the pipe, and you will have to remount the PAS pipes yes.
     
  3. <tuffty/>

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

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    Its not structural (A3's and other Mk4 chassis cars don't have this or anything like it fitted)... the LCR has an alloy pipe version of this and is held in with clips rather than bolted on... removal is completely up to you... I have removed mine and there are no adverse affects... Prawns A3 (arguably the best handling A3 on the forum) doesn't have one...

    You will of course (as you have noticed) have to make a bracket of some description to support the PAS pipe... I made a small bracket for mine...

    <tuffty/>
     
  4. Scullies

    Scullies Well-Known Member

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    Use the cross pipe as an additonal CAI to the filter area, if you have a cone style filter, and you should do :)

    You can have CAI feed from left and right sides of the bumber with some additional piping.
    Could also use it to direct more air onto an side mounted oil cooler.
     
  5. <tuffty/>

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

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    bloody thing just gets in the way of the oil filter... bin it off lol... ;P

    <tuffty/>
     
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  6. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    Not to mention it weighs a metric ton!
     
  7. welshy_s3

    welshy_s3 Member

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    Ok thanks for your comments guys.. Much appreciated!! :) I noticed that other mk4 plarform cars dont have them but was just concerned as there's nothing infront of he subframe to take the stress whilst cornering etc. I've cut my bumper support bar righy down to the point where its only purpose is to hold the cooler in place lol.
     
  8. Gops

    Gops Badger 5 Edition VCDS Map User Gold Supporter Audi S3

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    I'm gonna remove mine soon. Damn thing!
     
  9. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    Every time I go to remove mine I can't be arsed to fix the pipework so just leave it!
     
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  10. superkarl

    superkarl MAN OF STEEL

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    Think of that extra 10th of a second on the strip fred...
     
  11. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to take another look before Inters. I must have something I can use as a bracket In my spares bin ;)
     
  12. Dani_B19

    Dani_B19 Audi-sports own special child.

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    So whats involved with removing this? Any guides or pictures? How easy is it? Whats people used for this power steering pipe bracket?
     
  13. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    It's about 6 bolts, easy peasy. It's just fixing the pipes some how. I might just bust out the tie wraps.
     
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  14. superkarl

    superkarl MAN OF STEEL

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    mine was tied to something with a jubilee clip lol
     
  15. <tuffty/>

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

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    Pipe...
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    Bracket to hold PAS pipes...
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    Job done!

    <tuffty/>
     
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  16. Dani_B19

    Dani_B19 Audi-sports own special child.

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    Right cheers boys. So will this be do able on my back with the car jacked up or is it a ramp jobbie?
     
  17. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    Get under the car you tart ;)
     
  18. Dani_B19

    Dani_B19 Audi-sports own special child.

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    Mate ive not been on the spanners since christmas properly and when I did last month it resulted in me been £200 lighter due to me disturbing my mates **** up that he did on my sump :( haha.
     
  19. Gops

    Gops Badger 5 Edition VCDS Map User Gold Supporter Audi S3

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    It's piss easy dani. 3 bolts either side. On the passengers side there's a plate that holds up the plastic under tray thing, just pop that back on. Make some brackets like tuffty as they look simple enough! I'll probably do mine in the weekend.
     
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  20. Gops

    Gops Badger 5 Edition VCDS Map User Gold Supporter Audi S3

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    hehe same here. "Oh ill do it next time, CBA doing it this time, I'm too hungry" lol. I always end up saying that to myself!
     
  21. welshy_s3

    welshy_s3 Member

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    I've been saying that about everything I've done to the car whilst the projects lasted.. Hence why it's taken coming up to two years to complete it lol
     
  22. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    Remove mine yesterday:

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    4kgs of dead weight being carried around!
     
  23. vrbob

    vrbob Thats no Moon, Thats a space station!

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    Good work fella,

    Out of interest while it fresh in your memory can you elaborate on how you did the brackets to hold up the PS pipe? did you use ties or fashion something more substantial?

    As gonna have a mini tinkering session 2moro after work and this defo looks like a good job to do so any pointers would be v useful.
     
  24. Westy

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    Cable ties are a mans best friend ;)

    1 tie round the plastic section of the water pipe that goes into the rad on the passenger side. Then a 2nd on the drivers side through a hole in the rad fans casing stuff. Nice and tight. All good.
     
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  25. vrbob

    vrbob Thats no Moon, Thats a space station!

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    I was hoping you would say this :)

    Cool well have many cable ties to hand so defo think this is the job for 2mor night then.

    Cheers Westy
     
  26. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    I thought about a bracket but just couldn't be arsed and cable ties were quicker. I'll keep an eye on it to make sure its ok.
     
  27. Gops

    Gops Badger 5 Edition VCDS Map User Gold Supporter Audi S3

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    I have enough metal pieces lying around, gonna make myself a bracket!
     
  28. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    That was my plan but the weather was too nice and I wanted to get in the garden lol.
     
  29. Gops

    Gops Badger 5 Edition VCDS Map User Gold Supporter Audi S3

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    haha fair play! I didn't bother doing anything, the F1 was on!
     
  30. vrbob

    vrbob Thats no Moon, Thats a space station!

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    Cable ties FTW :)

    Removed said pipe on both mine and Futures cars last night. Took about 30mins per car once up in the air on stands. Used 2 cable ties and the PS pipe is nice and secure.

    So well worth the effort and I have some more bits to add to the collection in the shed
     
  31. Dani_B19

    Dani_B19 Audi-sports own special child.

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    Well finaly got my lazy arse into car mode after losing interest.

    Removed the pipe today, nice and easy apart from the searing sun, even made a proper bracket for the pas pipe, no cable ties here haha :).

    One thing though, mine pas pipe is looking shot to ****e, its heavily rusted, whats the procedure for renewing this?

    Ooh and how much easier is it to get to the oil filter now :), worth doing it just for that.
     

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