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Stacey's Belated Yo Yo Build Thread

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by StaceyS3, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Andrew@A.L.D
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    [Jul 10, 2012]
    Well its good info for me so it benefits both of use
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    [Jul 12, 2012]
    I've eventually got of my arse and fitted my heko wind deflectors that have been sitting on my windowsill for 6 months +

    I'm chuffed with them and find that they make a big difference to the wind noise at high speed which is a bonus as have the window open most of the time as haven't got round to getting the sitcom regassed ;)

    Here's a couple of pics with them fitted, the black grill surround and the powder coated goodies

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    Also after fitting them spacers on the front coilovers just before inters it really was sitting to high on the rear so whilst it was off the road I lowered the rear back down a touch

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    What you think about the height? I think it's a lot better than at inters and I dont get scrubbing on the front like I used to so think I'm pretty much there
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    [Jul 12, 2012]
    Glad you decided to wash the wheels! Compliments of rhubarb...
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    [Jul 12, 2012]
    Looks awesome mate. Still quite low eh? Congratulations on being old and fitting wind deflectors ;)

    My ground control mounts are on their way, but I think I need to get some nuts for the strut tops. Any idea on the size?
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    [Jul 12, 2012]
    That was a pita at inters i actually had to put some effort into making my car look clean ;)

    Ive just resumed the usual practice of getting the local bosso's to do all my car cleaning needs
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    [Jul 12, 2012]
    Cheers mate and yeah is reasonably low but looks lower in that pic than real life for some reason :think:

    Iirc you just use the oem nuts that were originally on there or they come with them? Cant remember exactly but know i didnt have to buy any extras ;)
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    [Jul 12, 2012]
    Yeah, mine are used (bargain price) so not sure they will come with them. You're not meant to use OEM they reckon, because they are flat. They recommend you use a standard nyloc (which comes in the kit new). Just not sure on the thread size and pitch. To google!
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    [Jul 13, 2012]
    Ahh yes true it is a nyloc ;)

    It will be oem thread size and pitch though M14 x 1.5 rings a bell but really not sure?
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    Yeah, after a bit of research, M14x1.5. Cheers! Attempting to fit the brembos again tomorrow. Wonder how it'll end up this time :/
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    [Jul 25, 2012]
    Block is nearly prepped for painting, will hopefully be cleaning it in an ultrasonic cleaning tank tommorrow to get the last few bits and to clean the galleries out ;)

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    [Jul 25, 2012]
    By eye it already looks so clean!
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    [Jul 25, 2012]
    how did you prep it so well??
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    [Jul 25, 2012]
    Cheers guys :)

    Result of muchos time and effort and the aid of a rotary wire brush
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    [Jul 26, 2012]
    Well I'm shocked how well this has come out but put the block in an ultrasonic tank today for a good few 20 min cycles and the result is brilliant :)

    I've got to give it a wipe down as a lot of the remaining stuff wipes off and make sure that anything that was loosened in the galleries isn't still in there but the insides look like new

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    [Jul 26, 2012]
    Far too much time on your hands, and far too much useful machinery etc for you to use. I'm jealous.
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    [Jul 26, 2012]
    Me never, I'm always working with very little time off but suppose work can sometimes be a bit quiet with the nature of the job ;)

    Since mid may I think I have only been off for 2 Sunday's, 1 for inters and one to recover from Westys 30th, although one plus side of working a lot of weekends is that it's good homework time with little management about lol
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    [Jul 28, 2012]
    Nothing to exciting but manage to get the block painted today

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    Also have got a box of various goodies waiting in customs from IE and southbend, then have just placed an order with Issam at INA which will be here shortly ;)

    All that leaves is an order of oem bits and all is ready for various machining and to be carefully slapped together......really can't wait
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    [Jul 28, 2012]
    Great work on the block Stace. I'm a bit jealous of all the far you're buying at the moment.

    Oh and I can't wait for that parcel to clear customs either :ninja:
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    [Jul 28, 2012]
    Cheers... I think matey ;)

    Thoughts are if I don't get these bits in my possession asap then the chances of doing so and finishing the car will be massively reduced once loose part of the other halfs income and have to feed another mouth ;)

    Think chances of actually finishing it and getting this lot installed before mid sept are slim to none :(

    That box has many bits of car porn in it and am gagging to see it all
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    [Aug 2, 2012]
    Lots of car porn has arrived today from IE and ATP :)

    Pistons

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    Overview of most of the bits (upside down I know was in a rush)

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    Rods

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    Tial mvr 44mm

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    Manual tensioner

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    Paddle friction plate from southbend to go with my existing smf and pressure plate

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    Tial turbine housing 0.82ar which in the flesh seems tiny compared to the old one, I suspect to being cast stainless

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    Various injectors ;)

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    Casualty bent gasket possibly saved ;)

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    Just got an order of some oem bits including crank and I'm ready to roll

    Really can't wait :)
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    [Aug 2, 2012]
    I love car porn :sex:
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    [Aug 2, 2012]
    Went for the coatings on teh pistons then... nice work :)

    What comp ratio?

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    [Aug 2, 2012]
    9.0 comp ratio as the 0.4mm (iirc) thinner headgasket should bring the comp ratio up a little bit, did read somewhere that it brings it up about 0.3/0.4 which with the head having a bit off am hoping will end up around 9.5?

    Haven't done any calcs but that is all guesstimations people please correct me if they know what they're talking about ;)
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    [Aug 4, 2012]
    Well I think I may have a few issues :(

    I drove to Dorset yesterday for a long weekend camping and car was absolutely fine through the 190 mile trek but after leaving it sitting for a couple of hours, I went to move it to a different space it had an EPC fault light up and idle just seemed slightly erratic

    I was a bit preoccupied yesterday with setting the tent etc up and having a good few sherbets so haven't looked at it till now to find these fault codes on the liquid

    17950
    17972
    17579

    I've quickly looked them up on google and suspect the throttle body has **** the bed?

    Anyones ideas or experiances on faults like this would really be appreciated as got to get home on Monday and am really limited to what I've got with me (iPhone with patchy signal as in the sticks and a small tool kit which I always keep with me)

    I'm going to attempt to take the car for a drive in a bit once peoples are awake around me as have reset the fault codes and will go from there
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    Do you think the WMi has killed it? Welly has been through 2 I think as the WMI gets in the electric part and eats at the PCB.

    Drop me a text if you need any help.
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    [Aug 4, 2012]
    I had suspected that as went through 2/3's of a tank of meth getting here and was my first fears but have been telling myself that hopefully it's a glitch and dont need a new TB?

    Cheers mate will possibly be giving you shout when I've had a play ;)
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    [Aug 4, 2012]
    Have you removed the boost hose and checked the actuall butterfly flap is able to move freely?
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    [Aug 4, 2012]
    Welly had this, as did my mate Dan with an LCR, lasted for 6 months or so, then the water somehow got into the circuitry on his TB and it started playing up a treat.

    He removed the plastic cover on the TB and it was full of water!
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    [Aug 4, 2012]
    Well had it off and took it apart and there wasn't anything out of the ordinary but when started up idle was still rough

    Took it for a drive and all seems a lot better :)

    Idle is now steady and drives fine, I suspect there was a bit of **** on the contacts for the variable resistor and opening and closing it a few times has cleared it

    When I get home I will clean it with some electrical solvent cleaner and hopefully that'll see me through to when I put the r32 TB on with the new inlet ;)

    A couple of pics anyhow

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    Cheers for the help etc guys as was really panicking I would be stuck in Dorset after the weekend

    Suppose I have still got to make it but all seems well now :)
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    [Aug 18, 2012]
    Little update :)

    Went to AITP and had a brilliant time, the clubstand was impressive eapecially after inters, was good to meet a couple more of you as well as see some familiar faces
    Had to add that the Saturday night at the holiday inn was also a laugh and will hopefully be doing it again

    The only downside of the weekend was getting a crack in the windscreen from a rather large stone on the way there, does anyone know if the rubber strip above the screen gets replaced when the screen does or do I have to buy one?

    Had a bit of spare time at work so I thought I'd start stripping and cleaning the head up as my valvetrain is now in the country from INA who sorted me out a really good price ;)

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    Should hopefully be sending this off shortly for some work as well as new valvetrain etc to be installed

    The only other problem I've had lately is the throttle body has played up since bringing up fault codes once more and having rough idle occasionally but each time I turn the meth off and reset the codes and all seems to be well after a few miles, think I may need the meth off most of the time until the work is all done as will be changing the TB to a R32 TB with the bigger inlet Mani then don't need this one any more so if it lasts until then it's a bonus ;)
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    [Aug 21, 2012]
    Well the valvetrain has arrived :)

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    If anyone else is going to be purchasing some ferrea valvetrain in the near future please give me a shout as could save you some £££ ;)
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    [Aug 21, 2012]
    Excuse me whilst I just nurse my semi....
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    Lmao it does get me a wee bit excited ;)
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    [Aug 22, 2012]
    Yesterday was a bit of a light day ;)

    I had a ballast fail on one of my lights which I had already replaced a year earlier but anyhow ordered another pair from eBay for £40 to get me going again and should remain with one spare for if another Chinese ballast goes again lol

    I had to cut the connectors off of the end and resplice them on there once had put the cable through the gland

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    Pic of the ballast under the headlight

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    Whilst I was at it I thought I may as well give the headlights a proper going over with wet and dry as had tried a few weeks back with a megulars refurb kit but still was pretty poor

    Here's a couple of shots of a completed one with the other left to attack

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    I'm really chuffed with the results and the photos really don't do them any justice to how bad they were, it makes the car look so much newer and better from the front end

    I also whilst I was at it decided to fit some LED fog lamp bulbs that I had attempted at an earlier date and couldn't fit as they have 170 SMD's per lamp iirc and it made them slightly to big to fit in the mounting hole in the fog lamp housing.....so out came the dremmel to open them up a bit and now looks sweet as a nut ;)
    Will upload some pics of the lights on when I get a chance
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    What did you do to the headlights?

    I need to do the same to some of mine. I went over them with 1500 paper which removed the marks i wanted rid of, but now they're all hazy. Do i need to just use a few finer grades? Or do i need to use some sort of rotary polisher with cutting compound?
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    How to in the stickies :)

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    [Aug 22, 2012]
    I could only get my hands on 800 and 1200 wrt and dry so went over with both of them then went over a few times with the megulars headlight restoration kit (polishing pad and plasti rx) to polish the haze out

    Pretty much the stickies guide ;)

    May do a guide for the headlight ballast replacement when I get a chance because iirc audi will try and pull your pants down and sell you a complete new headlight where as for a little bit of work can fit aftermarket ones (all be it not as reliable) but a for a small percentage of the price and does exactly the same job?
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    [Aug 22, 2012]
    I have considered going for a 55watt unit over the normal 35watt to see if I can improve the rather **** headlight beam thats std with our cars... even the missus fiesta has better lights! :(

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    [Aug 22, 2012]
    Yeah I was really torn this time but thought at least if I got another 35w I've now got spares ;)

    Would be keen to see how they fair up though
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    [Aug 22, 2012]
    Problem with 55w is no-one makes proper 55w lamps. Philips and Osram only make 35w ones, so you end up with not only a chungwa ballast but chungwa bulbs too.

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