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Tom5190's Dolphin S3 8P

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Tom5190, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Tom5190

    Tom5190 Active Member

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    I did consider the MY11s but these popped up at a decent price and they are pretty much un-used. I wasn't really too bothered between the too so the price was the main selling factor. I might go for a set of My11's later down the line if I can borrow some to test and see what they look like.
     
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    S3_Jacko Well-Known Member

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    They still transform the back completely though eh... Still looks good...
     
  4. Tom5190

    Tom5190 Active Member

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    Yea they look a lot better than the standards, need to get rid of the standard ones now cant see anybody wanting them!
     
  5. S3_Jacko

    S3_Jacko Well-Known Member

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    I've just kept mine to be honest Tom... Possibly return the full car to standard when selling it, due to the ammount of folk that wouldnt want a non-standard example...
     
  6. Tom5190

    Tom5190 Active Member

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    Yea I'll probably do that too actually good point. I've got a problem with selling cars.... I've never sold one! So I've still got my three previous ones. I've still got my first car I've had it nearly 7 years now!
     
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  7. Tom5190

    Tom5190 Active Member

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    Car passed MOT on Saturday.

    I've not used this camera to take any night photos so I thought I'd give it a go tonight, the car isn't especially clean mind but looks ok in the photos.

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    Oh also my dads bought me some LED interior bulbs off t8ups for the front & rear
     
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  8. S3_Jacko

    S3_Jacko Well-Known Member

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    Some nice pics again there Tom ;)
     
  9. S3_Mat

    S3_Mat Active Member

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    Sweet pictures Tom. Hows the clutch? :)
     
  10. Tom5190

    Tom5190 Active Member

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    Cheers lads. Me and my mate have almost finished putting his clio back together so I'll try again at the night shots in a few weeks with that.

    The clutch is spot on now, it's well bedded in (around 2000miles iirc) The noise at idle is a little annoying when its cold but I don't notice it now if I'm honest. The only real noticeable thing is the resonating noise at around 2000rpm at part throttle but again I don't really notice that as I'm never sat in that rev range. I just need to get the power now to actually put it to proper use!
     
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    I did read about a trick of overfilling the gearbox by 0.3 - 0.4 of a litre might help dull the noise from the smf, needs verifying though. Good job mate. Would really love some good pictures of mine, need to crack the DSLR out.
     
  12. Tom5190

    Tom5190 Active Member

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    Well to be honest I didn't change the gear oil when I did it as I simply forgot to buy it. I was planning on changing Gear/Diff/Haldex fluids at the end of this month so I might see some improvement just from that then hopefully. I imagine the box has done the car mileage so the oil in there is likely to be pretty old!
     
  13. s3_trev

    s3_trev Northern Ireland
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    Not sure if that lower lip really suits the car. Was thinking about it for my own car but seeing it on yours has kinda put me off. Do you have any plans to lower it?
     
  14. Tom5190

    Tom5190 Active Member

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    Yea after the bodywork, wheels, tyres & map I think I'm going to go for some KW's & some decent arbs with as many polys as I can get. That's probably going to be September time I would imagine though.
     
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    S3_Jacko Well-Known Member

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    Car will be awesome Tom... Following this thread with great interest!
     
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    Lovely Car mate, Dolphin Grey is one of my favourite audi colours.
     
  17. Tom5190

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    Cheers for the compliments! Feel like its coming together a lot more now especially with the decent weather I've really been able to unleash it and enjoy it. Here's another update.

    So since last time I've done the following:

    Oil & Filter change
    Rear bumper lacquered
    Both front doors lacquered
    Front bumper repaired
    4 x Michelin PS3's
    Wheel re-furb

    This leaves me with a few small things to sort out, Haldex oil & filter & a centre arm rest lid, then its finally time for an intake & a map.

    The car is currently in 'Le Mans' trim for the drive over on Wednesday, this is only temporary of course.

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    Haha looks ace!
     
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    Le mans trip was awesome, the car did really well on fuel and didn't let me down too much at the toll booth's! I've booked the ring for September and I'm going for a standard dyno run on Saturday so I can compare before/after the map which is coming soon.

    Since the last update I've not done a great deal I've been working a lot lately and not had much free time. Here's what's changed:

    Haldex Oil & Filter change
    Glass de-wiper bung
    Carbon dipped rear diffuser
    Full paint correction
    Arm rest lid clip
    4-wheel alignment

    Here's a few photos, I'm going to take some tomorrow night after work with a mate of mine so I'll update this with them too.

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    Correction looks awesome. What products did you use?
     
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    Lovely pics as always, needs some lows though!

    Really want to put my DA over mine looking at that but its still too hot!
     
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    Cheers, I didn't do the correction I'd probably burn the first panel I touched lol.

    I'll probably miss some but:

    Valet pro Snow foam
    Aqua-wax Shampoo
    Valet pro APC
    Valet pro citrus pre-wash
    Wolfs chemicals Medium Clay bar
    Aqua-wax QD
    Various chemical guys Hexlogic pads - mainly yellow, red & green
    Meguiars #101
    Menzerna PF2500
    Menzerna PF4000
    IPA
    Autoglym HD wax
    Aqua-wax H2GO on all glass
    Billberry wheel cleaner
    Dragons Breath wheel cleaner
    Auto finesse tyre dressing
    Chemical guys wheel sealant
    Metro-vack sidekick (Awesome!)

    It does indeed need to be lower but I'm pretty set on the KW's so I imagine it wont be any time soon! I was going to get a DA for myself and go over it but i don't think it would have touched most of the marks on mine it had a fair few swirls and some really suspect areas so a rotary was the only option really.
     
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    Didn't get chance to get some decent photos of the car but here's a few of the diffuser. I'm not hugely impressed with it to be honest I may get it done again.

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    Hi mate I got the identical car haha, what diffuser is that you just fitted?
     
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    Ha, there is a few dolphin grey ones on here. Its the standard diffuser hydro dipped.
     
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    Best colour see, lol ahh is it looks nice but looks totaly different also.
     
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    Yea I really like the colour, it looks a lot better since the correction too. Yea it does look a bit different, its a lot more noticeable now.
     
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    Yes i would agree totaly, have you thought about geting the front grill done also?

    Im looking for a nice grill at the moment but cant seem to find anything nice, or when i do it wont fit S3!! Gggrrrr
     
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    Yea I thought about it but I think it would probably be a bit overkill. I'm not a huge fan of carbon 'looking' stuff to be honest I just fancied seeing what the diffuser would be like. I want an RS3 style grille with Alu surround rather than the chrome one that's on there now.

    Yea I seen that Xenons one, pretty stupid idea to not make one for the S3.
     
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    +1 ^^:icon_thumright:
     
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    Cars a credit to Tom, Keep up the good work!!!!!!
     
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    Cheers to the good comments!

    Right so I mentioned I was going up to an RR. It was a group day so there was a large range of cars there. A few people seemed a little disappointed with there power figures early on the morning, and it was only getting warmer so I was a little sceptical. I had no idea how healthy or bad my engine was, I've never been in another S3, never seen another one on the road and couldn't really find any standard RR figures on here. Anyway long story short I was really surprised and happy with the figure considering most people there were under what they expected.

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    how much did hydro dipping the diffuser cost?
     
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    It was £50 for the dip.

    I've not updated this in a while, mainly because not a lot has changed. I've been spending most of the time replacing OEM parts for maintenance stuff really & generally trying not to spend much money on the car.

    So... I made it to the ring in September, managed 5 laps over 2 days and the car went really well, I was impressed with the PS3's and generally had a trouble free trip.

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    Unfortunately my GoPro mount that I had on the dash decided to 'un-stick' its self coming out of Flugplatz on the first lap so no videos :(

    When we got back I thought it best to get a few service things out of the way & I decided I would get it mapped after Christmas so ended up changing the following parts before then:

    Plugs
    Oil & Filter
    Air filter
    HPFP Cam follower
    Timing belt kit
    Water pump
    Aux belt
    Both front brake disc dust covers (one was bent and catching the bottom arm when going full lock)

    None service things changed are:
    New set of genuine floor mats
    Shark Stage 1 Map
    Black coolant bottle cap
    Black washer bottle cap

    MOT is due again at the end of March, I need some rear pads & discs before then and I'm going to change the rear dust covers too as they are flaking & look tatty. Annoyingly the PS3's haven't lasted long and I need another set for the MOT so I bought them a few weeks back. I grabbed a few photos of it today as we actually had a warm day!

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    I didn't get a before & after of the map at Shark, & to be honest I wasn't all that impressed so I took it to the RR again today to see what the graph looked like. This is what it made & the second graph is the before & after graphs overlayed.

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    I've booked up for the ring again in May so likely to be no updates before then. Hopefully I should be able to get some good videos this time around. Plans before the end of the summer this year are:

    Revo intake
    TT engine cover
    Whiteline front & rear ARBS
    Whiteline anti-lift kit
     
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    Nice car, great pics.
     
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    Lovely colour. Nice thread mate
     
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    Get the H&R ARBs quality bits of kit
     
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