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Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Westy, May 9, 2011.

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What colour S3 Avus for the Track?

  1. Porsche Guards Red

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  2. Kawasaki Green

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  1. Westy
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    Westy Double Dark Side! Diesel & 8P

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    I'm starting to plan out the engine work and have been thinking about whether it will be easier to remove the whole block and not just the head! The reason behind this is that the gearbox is coming out to do a clutch and flywheel change so would it be easier to remove the block to do the rods and fit the new cambelt kit?

    I'm thinking about removing the front of the car and bringing the whole engine out the front. I have access to an engine hoist and an engine stand so working on the engine will be a lot easier.

    If anyone with the experience could comment as to whether this sounds like an easier alternative to leaving the bottom end in place and just dropping the box and removing the head. Also any other little jobs that might be worth doing with the bottom end out eg. replacing engine mounts, cleaning & painting the block.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    I'd do that mate if the box is coming out as well!

    Whip the whole lump out, build it in the garage, gives you more chance to clean and paint it all up as well. reassemble it all in the garage and slot it all back in! it'll make it SO much easier fitting the turbo and everything I would have thought.
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    Bill has a TT in at the moment (thread in the TT section here) thats having a BT conversion and we took the front off and engine out for that... was a lot easier but you will need to get your aircon drained down really prior to doing the work...

    I am going to do mine this way the next time my engine is coming out... that won't be for a while hopefully but when I do the rebore/stroker then it will be front off and engine out..

    http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/tt-tt-s-tt-rs-forum/148453-build-thread-pic-heavy.html

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    No problemo. I didn't get the aircon re-gassed after I changed the heater matrix ;)

    Looks like it's a plan then. Thanks for your comments guys.
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    You want it as a track car in the end anyway so whip out the aircon while you`re at it!
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    No not yet mate. I haven't decided how far I want to go with the track car idea yet.
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    There's nothing quite like a little clean to make you love your car again!

    [​IMG]

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    Car looks awesome mate, although I can't believe you still have the fkn Pajero deflectors on.. Not a good look.
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    Dane Faster than a V12 Q7

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    I fitted my brand new replacement AEM water methanol progressive controller tonight. And......... It works :yahoo: I knew my wiring was ok :)
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    ScottD3 I want your faulty electronics

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    Nice one mate.
    Now what?
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    Westy Double Dark Side! Diesel & 8P

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    Now it's time to sit back and wait for Easter :(
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    ScottD3 I want your faulty electronics

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    Not even going to play with the meth.............O wait, you can't. clutch. :(
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    At the moment I'm only running water. I have a tiny amount of meth but its pointless until the Easter work is done.

    I'm just glad the kit is now working so at least I can get some meth in preparation for the build now.
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    I cannot wait to see the outcome once you've built the engine dude, so few people bother building a proper spec engine for a ko4 turbo, So i guess nobody really knows what it'll be capable of!
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    Ca not wait till Easter either to see your build!! If you need someone to sit in the back and hide that knocking noise you know who to call !
    Glad to hear the wmi is now working shame you can't test it out yet...
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    Great news westy, what a commotion thats been...
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    Got some news from Backdraft Motorsport today about my IE rods. They are going to be another 2 weeks! It's been 4 weeks already! Good job I bought them early.

    I hope I don't have a similar experience with Awesome over their clutch kit as I'm 6 weeks from the build now.
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    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator

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    I went with brute rods after IE messed me about.

    Shipped direct from PagParts in the states. MUCH less hassle.

    Nice to see IE still havent sorted themselves out :think:
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    Yeah I remember reading about your issues getting hold of IE rods. Luckily I'm not dealing with the directly, it's Backdrafts job to get them off IE or I'll spend my money somewhere else.
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    Bill has them in stock mate...

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    Yeah I found that a week after I put my order in with BD! If they dont arrive in the next 2 weeks I'll cancel my order.
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    Thinking about it backdraft messed me about too, when i rebuilt that TT engine.

    They'd listed some used BAM piston/rod assemblies, with new big end bearings for sale for ~£200 and i baught them. Bit pricey but i figured they'd be respectable. They arrived with the big end bearings already fitted to the con rods, and the four piston/rod assemblies loosely placed into a box with hardly any protection.

    If that wasnt bad enough, then i discovered the bearings fitted were undersize ones that you'd use if you'd reground the crank, meaning they went in the bin and i had to order new ones.
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    Brilliant! I'll see what state the rods (if they arrive) and bearings turn up in.
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    I would ask Alex there whats going on but i dont talk to him anymore lol. Hopefully it gets sorted in time.
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    Hopefully they'll be fine given they're new

    I suspect these had been laying around their workshop for a while. It was just the fact that they never mentioned the bearings were undersize (and given these cranks hardly ever wear you wouldnt expect them to be!) and the way they'd been shipped/packed was awful.
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    Few more **** pics for the album!

    One CV boot kit:
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    One clutch alignment tool:
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    One piston ring clamp tool:
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    One set of small end bearings/bushes:
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    And one rocker cover to paint:
    [​IMG]

    Big thanks to voorhees for sorting me out the rocker cover and getting it sent immediately. Legend :thumbsup:
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    What do you need the small end bushes for??

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    I'm replacing them as most people re-use the existing ones. As they were only £30 I thought it would make sense.
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    Aren't you having new rods? they come prebushed.... no need for new bushes at all

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    hmm, i think you've got the wrong end of the stick somewhere.

    Your new rods will come with new little ends fitted.

    Maybe you were thinking about the gudgeon pins?
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    Oh cock! Never knew that!
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    Think that's my fault not yours :p I'll sort it when I get in tomorrow. I blame ETKA. Hey only one mistake in several bag fulls of parts lol.
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    Hey I can't blame my parts advisor, I asked you to order them ;)

    I still need a few more bits off you anyway. I'm in Bedford this Saturday if you're in work or about I can give you back the small end bushes.
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    I have just ordered 2 lots of things from IE in the states both have taken just 6 days even to here on the Isle of Man that always adds extra time!!! I have to say i have been very impressed with the service and especially the cost with the current exchange rates. from whats been said it looks like I have just been lucky.
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    I think rods have always taken a lot longer to get from IE but I wouldn't be surprised if Backdraft forgot to place my order!
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    Admittedly it was a set of 550 injectors and ARP head bolt. Out of intrest are you going to be using ARP head bolts? IE were one of the
    cheapest I could find came in at about £114 including P&P..
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    I've just got standard head bolts at the moment. I hope the head goes on and doesn't need to come off again.
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    OEM head bolts are fine at your power level... I still use them on mine...

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    rods are in stock here. rifle and non rifle drilled, 144x20

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