Audi S3 8P Remap / clutch

br20vt

Registered User
Hi,
im sure this has been asked many times on here, but here goes.

Is it almost certain that i am going to need an uprated clutch once getting my S3 stage 1 Revo / APR?
Bearing in mind i wont be launching / thrashing the t**s off it? well... not all the time :eyebrows:

How many miles have any of you S3 owners had out of the stock clutch at stage1?

Thanks.
 

N8

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Why not Shark? :wub:

The clutch will need replacing eventually, one major benefit of DSG :wub:
 

br20vt

Registered User
Why not Shark? :wub:

The clutch will need replacing eventually, one major benefit of DSG :wub:

Havent really considered shark to be honest & not heard much about it. I've used Revo before and loved it, just not looking forward to paying out around 1k+ just for a remap if thats the case :/
Recently drove my mates DSG S3, loved it!
 

N8

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VCDS Map User
yea untill that mechatronic unit goes.

Some do, some don't.

Havent really considered shark to be honest & not heard much about it. I've used Revo before and loved it, just not looking forward to paying out around 1k+ just for a remap if thats the case :/
Recently drove my mates DSG S3, loved it!

Yes but then it could still go on a stock car tbh. Consider Shark, lots of happy S3 forum members running it ;)
 

NICK-C

Nick
I had have been running my S3 with a remap for about 2 years now. I have had no issues with the clutch at all and done over 40,000 miles since it has been mapped. I do give it a thrashing now and again but have never really tried any launches!

There are quite a few well known tuners around, but I have also literally just pm'd N8 about mapping my next car though as have seen Shark recommended a fair bit recently.
 

AdriansS3

Registered User
I am in a similar position. I have a 59 plate S3 and would love to get it mapped but the thought of having to then spend £1000 plus on a clutch worries me. If I thought I could get the clutch to last a year or so it wouldn't be as bad but the cost of a clutch and remap together is expensive. I am not sure what year your S3 is but I did hear the clutches in newer models was supposed to be slightly stronger but that may be wrong.
Decisions, decisions!!
 

NICK-C

Nick
Mine is a 10 plate mate, but I am sure I read/heard somewhere the stock clutches are fine for stage 1, as long as you dont try too many drag style launches. I think once I have '******' it a little when giving it some stick and buggering up the gear change but apart from that have had no issues.
 

br20vt

Registered User
AdriansS3 + Nick-C cheers for the replys.
Mines a 2008 8P3, if i could get away with it for about a year id be happy too! Ive also heard the newer s3's come with a slightly better clutch rather than the LUK clutches some of the older models are running. I'm unsure which ones in mine :/
 

NICK-C

Nick
No worries mate and I have no idea which mine has all I know is it is a MY11 model but it has been fine.
Also I mapped/tuned my previous car (completely different vehicle), but the clutch was fine in that as well and ran that for 2 years about 50,000 miles.
I guess it would need replacing eventually but as you say if you can get a year out of it then fine.

One thing is for sure, if you do get it mapped it is awesome, even better when the mpg is slightly better too!
 

br20vt

Registered User
No worries mate and I have no idea which mine has all I know is it is a MY11 model but it has been fine.
Also I mapped/tuned my previous car (completely different vehicle), but the clutch was fine in that as well and ran that for 2 years about 50,000 miles.
I guess it would need replacing eventually but as you say if you can get a year out of it then fine.

One thing is for sure, if you do get it mapped it is awesome, even better when the mpg is slightly better too!

Yeh ive had stage 2 cars in the past, just i know the clutches seem a particular weak point in the S3's unfortunately :(
Just out of interest what remap have you got on yours?
 

S3Alex

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The stock clutch on the manual is a bit variable.

Some of us have managed to get it to hold out pretty well at Stg1,and some haven't,and that clearly means that the thing is right on it's limits at around 310-320lbs.

For Stg2 and Stg2+,the Loba/Sachs is a good choice if it's treated well,and run in carefully,and for anything above that,you would need an SMF setup with something like a Spec clutch.

The DSG clutch pack is allegedly good for around 400lbs,but much above that needs a rebuild,and currently only HPA Motorsport seem to be producing clutch packs although HGP may do also.

I think the rule on manuals is that if you remap it,you should budget for a clutch at some point.
 

AdriansS3

Registered User
S3Alex- have you done a clutch change on the S3 yourself as I noticed on your build blog one of the pictures with the gearbox out appeared to be on a block paved drive. The reason I ask is I have done engine rebuilds and engine conversions before and wondered whether I could do the clutch replacement myself to save costs. Are any special tools required?
 

S3Alex

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S3Alex- have you done a clutch change on the S3 yourself as I noticed on your build blog one of the pictures with the gearbox out appeared to be on a block paved drive. The reason I ask is I have done engine rebuilds and engine conversions before and wondered whether I could do the clutch replacement myself to save costs. Are any special tools required?
No,fraid not.

That was taken while it was sitting in the corner of AMD's workshop awaiting its clutch,gearbox and various bits.
 

PaulAr

S3 (8P)
Consider SHARK, its very good. Good value too if you get a deal with the STS unit.

I managed 10K with Stage 1 REVO on my 57 plate S3 before it started to slip.
Mix of normal and occasional spirited driving but never abused. The REVO map was quite aggressive so that could have contributed to the short clutch life.

Later cars do seem to stand up to Stage 1 much better.

Good luck.
Paul
 

PaulAr

S3 (8P)

NICK-C

Nick
Yeh ive had stage 2 cars in the past, just i know the clutches seem a particular weak point in the S3's unfortunately :(
Just out of interest what remap have you got on yours?

I got mine done locally by a guy recommended on another vag forum. He had done a few ed30 golfs and other vag cars. Very nice guy and reasonably priced but no rolling road. If I get a remap on my next car or probably should say when I get a remap, lol, I would want someone with a 4wd rr hence looking at shark.
 

DJ-S3

Registered User
Mines a 56plate 2007 S3. Got stage 1 revo at 41000 miles ish. Coming up to 50000miles and still no slip :D remap will have been on for a year at the end of this month. Just about got all the stuff for stage 2+ fitted, going to get the map at the end of the month and then when the clutch slips I'll get the new one bought and fitted. Just still deciding which clutch...
 

Andy_TDi

Registered User
If anyone's on the Northwest area and want a Remap i'm based in Lancaster!
 

PaulAr

S3 (8P)

KentKid

Registered User
I am in a similar position. I have a 59 plate S3 and would love to get it mapped but the thought of having to then spend £1000 plus on a clutch worries me. If I thought I could get the clutch to last a year or so it wouldn't be as bad but the cost of a clutch and remap together is expensive. I am not sure what year your S3 is but I did hear the clutches in newer models was supposed to be slightly stronger but that may be wrong.
Decisions, decisions!!

I also have a 59-plate S3, and got mine remapped from standard to Revo 2+ around 6/7 months ago - and I'm still on the stock clutch.

Like you, I didn't want to fork out an additional £1000+ for a new clutch when I was already spending lots on all the other parts needed for the 2+ conversion.

Thankfully the stock clutch has been fine, and long may it continue... *touches wood*

I don't launch hard from a standstill, and I don't bury my foot hard in 6th gear at low revs!

It's these two traits that are sure to smoke the stock clutch...
 

PaulAr

S3 (8P)
my reply wasn't to the op was it.

Post #1 Specifically mentioned Stage 1.
Post #2 Was in response to Post 1
Post #3 Was is response to Post 2

See the logic...?
 

PaulAr

S3 (8P)
Mines a 56plate 2007 S3. Got stage 1 revo at 41000 miles ish. Coming up to 50000miles and still no slip :D remap will have been on for a year at the end of this month. Just about got all the stuff for stage 2+ fitted, going to get the map at the end of the month and then when the clutch slips I'll get the new one bought and fitted. Just still deciding which clutch...

Any record of it having a replacement/warranty clutch?

My second OEM unit fited by AUDI under warranty had a different pedal feel and was solid when I sold the car 10K miles later.
Kind of backs up the theory that later clutches are stronger.
 

br20vt

Registered User
I got mine done locally by a guy recommended on another vag forum. He had done a few ed30 golfs and other vag cars. Very nice guy and reasonably priced but no rolling road. If I get a remap on my next car or probably should say when I get a remap, lol, I would want someone with a 4wd rr hence looking at shark.

I'll be going to RS Tuning in Leeds for Revo software more than likely, and i know they have a 4wd RR :)
 

br20vt

Registered User
Mines a 56plate 2007 S3. Got stage 1 revo at 41000 miles ish. Coming up to 50000miles and still no slip :D remap will have been on for a year at the end of this month. Just about got all the stuff for stage 2+ fitted, going to get the map at the end of the month and then when the clutch slips I'll get the new one bought and fitted. Just still deciding which clutch...

What 2+ setup are you going? You using uprated intercooler, RS4 fuel valve? Cheers for the reply mate gives me faith my clutch may last a good while haha. Where did u get it mapped?
 

DJ-S3

Registered User
Any record of it having a replacement/warranty clutch?

My second OEM unit fited by AUDI under warranty had a different pedal feel and was solid when I sold the car 10K miles later.
Kind of backs up the theory that later clutches are stronger.

Not in the service book, and I went to Audi (as it has full service history) and asked them about the car before i bought it and they never said it had been replaced...

I'll be going to RS Tuning in Leeds for Revo software more than likely, and i know they have a 4wd RR :)

Are they still doing revo? Revo website used to say they did them but when I looked before Xmas they wasn't on it anymore. Then I went onto RS Tunings website and they say sold out...

What 2+ setup are you going? You using uprated intercooler, RS4 fuel valve? Cheers for the reply mate gives me faith my clutch may last a good while haha. Where did u get it mapped?

I don't have the stage 2+ yet... I've got the uprated intercooler (didn't need to get one but I got it for a steal of a price which I couldn't turn down) I have the uprated fuel pump internals, full system milltek, ITG Maxogen, I don't have the RS4 fuel valve as of yet, going to see if the power dips on the dyno before I buy one. Yes I know there only £40 but someone people haven't had a problem.
 

br20vt

Registered User
Are they still doing revo? Revo website used to say they did them but when I looked before Xmas they wasn't on it anymore. Then I went onto RS Tunings website and they say sold out...

I gave Paul an E-Mail a few months ago before i bought my S3, and he said it wouldnt be a problem, not sure if thats recently changed. I hope not as i dont know of any other reputable services in the North East doing Revo :/
 

AdriansS3

Registered User
Dj S3 - do you currently have them normal or linear revo stage 1 map as I am trying to decide which to have.
 

PaulAr

S3 (8P)
I gave Paul an E-Mail a few months ago before i bought my S3, and he said it wouldnt be a problem, not sure if thats recently changed. I hope not as i dont know of any other reputable services in the North East doing Revo :/

Steve at Triple H Motorsport is a REVO agent and pretty knowledgable.
Based in Benton just off the A19.
Give him a buzz.

Good luck:icon_thumright:
 

DJ-S3

Registered User
Dj S3 - do you currently have them normal or linear revo stage 1 map as I am trying to decide which to have.

I have the normal remap. There has been an update to it but been trying to get to stage 2+ for that map so not bothered with it.
 

GNJ_Motorsport

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They are hit and miss. My S3 has REVO stage 2 on the OEM clutch when I got it and they previous owner claimed it had been fine for months like that. However it didn't last much longer and Shark stage 3 completely butchered it.

I have mapped quite a few S3's and they have been fine but I put stage 1 on a friends S3 and within weeks he needed a new clutch.

Also, I can't recommend a Shark map enough. The REVO maps are no doubt good if a little over aggressive (in my opinion) but they are very, very expensive.
 

S.

Save the manuals
as said above. if you don't do launches and hard accelerating from 2000rpm in 5th and 6th gear your clutchwill last long enought.
my oem clutch was done on 40000km. 10000km stock, 20000 stage 2, and last 10000 stage 2+. there were few launches and thats it.
now i got loba&sachs SMF clutch kit and it seems that it's a great replacement.
 

bmh.01

Registered User
One thing to bear in mind having just put a Sachs clutch in mine is that it is a decent bit heavier in operation than the standard clutch, i'm still not convinced that it hasn't been a mistake yet.
 

br20vt

Registered User
as said above. if you don't do launches and hard accelerating from 2000rpm in 5th and 6th gear your clutchwill last long enought.
my oem clutch was done on 40000km. 10000km stock, 20000 stage 2, and last 10000 stage 2+. there were few launches and thats it.
now i got loba&sachs SMF clutch kit and it seems that it's a great replacement.

This is what i like to hear :) If mine held up for 10k miles id be happy! :D
 

br20vt

Registered User
One thing to bear in mind having just put a Sachs clutch in mine is that it is a decent bit heavier in operation than the standard clutch, i'm still not convinced that it hasn't been a mistake yet.

Yeh it has to be expected with an uprated clutch, a few of my previous cars have had uprated clutches so it shouldnt be a problem. Cheers
 
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