audi 1.8t sport 1997 agu

ethanwilkins24

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Hi everyone, so I'm new to audi-sport and also a proud new owner of a audi 1.8t 1997 a3, I will be upgrading bits and bobs as I go along and will try to keep you guys updated as I go, also I will more than likely need to ask for opinions and help on certain things so I hope this is the right place! I will be posting up some photos a bit later after a good clean up and Polish to tidy her up a bit
 

ethanwilkins24

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Here I a few photos of how it is at the moment, anyone have any recommendations on what I should do t the general look, I'm after a new bumper for the front as mine only has the old shape with no fog lights in the grill, I personally think it look ugly, but I'm finding it very hard to find an s3 front bumper , anyway here she is...
 

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Hi and welcome to the site. You will get good information from some good people on here. 1st thing i would do would be to blacken the back windows and put in a decent set of car mats. Personally i think when you open the door its 1 of the 1st things people see. Good luck with whatever ur plans are.
 

ethanwilkins24

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Little update, gave her a good clean this morning inside and out, painted the front grill gloss black and deranged the back, slowly getting there
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ethanwilkins24

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Cleaned up the bay today, only took half an hour but looks a lot more tidy now
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ethanwilkins24

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It does mate, cleans it right up, anyway so I went on holiday over the weekend but just before I left I thought I would service the car, I fitted a new fuel filter, oil filter, pollen filter, brake pads all round, and a cone filter that I got on the bay for about 25 quid, and also a full oil change, the car runs a lot better and sounds quite nice with the new
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induction kit fitted, so I'm pleased with the results.
 
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ethanwilkins24

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So when I got home today from work I thought I would start on colour coding th little bits on my car, started by doing the front bumper as I hate the black, just just a clear coat now but I will let the paint harden and do that tomorrow, have to say I'm very pleased with the results, especially as I'm doing this on a bit of a budget, I will be tidying it up panel by panel as I go along, all the work I'm also doing myself with a bit of help from a friend time to time, anyway here's a couple photos, let me know what you guys think!.
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ethanwilkins24

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Cheers mate, I personally think it freshens it up a lot as well, I will be painting the rest later on today,along the sides o th doors and the rear bumper if this rain dies down where I am, so ill keep it up to date and let me know what to think.
 

ethanwilkins24

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Like I said I would keep everyone updated and after waiting a full day for it to stop raining I've managed to get the rest of the black trim painted this evening, I think it looks a lot better, just need to wait for it to harden then to give the whole car a good clean and a full Polish, I'll also wet and dry the parts I have sprayed and Polish them up to irradicate any orange peel and imperfections, but for a 25 quid job I'm very pleased with th way it has turned out, let me know what you lot think aswell.
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tcg

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Looks a different car mate,the angle of the first picture for me gives it a bit of the look of the next gen A3.

Facelift headlights and taillights next?
 

ethanwilkins24

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So after a hard days work and a bollocking from the wife for always been out in the garage, I thought what better to do than to give the car a good lean and a full Polish, also wet and dry sanded and polished the parts I'd sprayed, have to say she is coming along just as I wanted her too, and the car is now beginning to look a lot better, tcg I am going for the face lift headlights and tail lights but first I have a fmic that I hopefully will get fitted this weekend coming, I'll keep this updated as much as possible, thanks for the good feedback it's much appreciated. Anyway here's a few pics of what it's looking like now...
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ethanwilkins24

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So I haven't done anything on the car today, but I did pop out to the garage and fish out an intercooler, a load of pipework and silicone hoses and hundreds of clamps, hoping I can get the intercooler fitted with the parts tha iv managed to gather together but we will see...
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Ah I see, looks like I may have to buy new pipework then
or get them bead rolled... you can even make your own tool very cheaply
http://www.d-series.org/forums/diy-forum/163148-diy-$5-charge-pipe-bead-roller.html

Just make sure the pipe is still round and the bead you add is consistent... don't use those massive t-bolt clips either as they are rubbish... use a quality clip like the JCS hi-grip... they have great feel as you tighten so you know when to stop tightening... if you get the click of death on any clip you will need to bin it... t-bolts have no feel so generally either too loose and you get a leak or too tight and it crushes the pipe... the piece under the bolt needs to be aligned correctly else it doesn't clamp evenly and will leak.

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ethanwilkins24

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or get them bead rolled... you can even make your own tool very cheaply
http://www.d-series.org/forums/diy-forum/163148-diy-$5-charge-pipe-bead-roller.html

Just make sure the pipe is still round and the bead you add is consistent... don't use those massive t-bolt clips either as they are rubbish... use a quality clip like the JCS hi-grip... they have great feel as you tighten so you know when to stop tightening... if you get the click of death on any clip you will need to bin it... t-bolts have no feel so generally either too loose and you get a leak or too tight and it crushes the pipe... the piece under the bolt needs to be aligned correctly else it doesn't clamp evenly and will leak.

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Ahh OK mate thanks for that, I'll do that instead, and I have got quite a few normal clips aswell, so ill bin the t bolts off and use them as well as buying some new ones with good grip, info is much appreciated
 

ethanwilkins24

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Sorry for not being on here for a while, to be honest I haven't been doing anything on the car the last week or so, but today I did manage too pick up a set of 17" to wheels with good tyres for a bargain at 80 quid, so I bought them and I also thought while I'm changing the wheels over I'll paint the callipers, I thought yellow would be nice as usually red is common an I do like to be different, let me know what you think, also anyone think I should go gloss black with these alloys aswell? Or any colour preferences?
 
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Agree with you on the brake collection I think the yellow brakes look good Ina silver car. I'd leave the alloys standard just get the centre caps for them
 

ethanwilkins24

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So, sorry I haven't been on here for a bit guys, just haven't done a lot recently, but I hav decided I'd spray the bottom grill black just to give the car a bit of contrast, I reckon it's better like this
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maknight

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Hi Ethan - are you still working on this project? P928 FEP was my first car almost 20 years ago and I would love to know how it is getting on.
 

superkarl

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Hi Ethan - are you still working on this project? P928 FEP was my first car almost 20 years ago and I would love to know how it is getting on.
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