Cuppa's S5 Supercharged V8 Coupe - Build thread

Cuppa

Registered User
WELCOME TO MY BUILD THREAD

This has been posted on another site and then cross posted to other sites as I've joined more forums. As I've recently joined this one I thought I would share with you all. Some of the wording may sound a little weird as some of the text below will date back from 2012, I'll try to tidy up the wording after I post.

The source and original thread is here, but at 806 posts long as of now have condensed it down to the following.

This first photo has been edited to show the original dealer photo and the latest photo to compare the build. Below it is a list of most modifications I have made including links to manufacturer website or place of purchase.


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MODIFICATIONS
TTS Supercharger - fitted at MRC Tuning
Cold Air Intake - fitted at MRC Tuning
Capristo Exhaust (Remote Control Guide) - fitted at MRC Tuning - later customised at Jabbasport
KW DDC ECU Coilovers (REVIEW / FITTING) - fitted at Jabbasport
JHM Short-throw shifter (FITTING) - fitted at MRC Tuning
H&R Anti-roll bars - fitted at MRC Tuning
H&R 5mm spacers (front) - bought from DC Performance and fitted at Jabbasport
H&R 10mm spacers (rear) - supplied and fitted by MRC Tuning
OEM R8 GT Ceramic Front Brakes - bought from LittleDevil and fitted at fitted at Jabbasport
OEM S7 Ceramic Rear Brakes - bought from LittleDevil, customised and fitted at Jabbasport
OEM RS5 brake booster - fitted at MRC Tuning
Rieger RS5 front Bumper - bought from UK supplier and self fit at Martin Bradley Body Repairs
OEM RS5 Grille - bought from ebay and and self fit at Martin Bradley Body Repairs
Rieger Luftseiden sideskirts (LEFT / RIGHT) - bought from UK supplier and and self fit at Martin Bradley Body Repairs
OEM RS5 rear bumper and valance - bought from llBen and self fit at Martin Bradley Body Repairs
OEM RS5 20” Titan wheels - bought from LittleDevil and fitted at MRC Tuning
OEM RS5 Rear bootlid (with working spoiler) - bought from ebay and self fit. Loom/instructions from llBen
LED rear lights - fitted by VWCruise.com/hazzydayz
Custom stereo (speakers, amps and sub) - fitted at Auto Audio Installations
S5 custom mats - fitted at Autostyle UK
Chrome interior vent trims - bought from ebay and self fit
Interior LED lights - fitted by t8ups/EM Tuning
RS pedal set - bought from ebay and self fit
OEM cupholders (Large: 8X0 864 575 / Small: 420 087 017) - bought from ebay and self fit
Facelift chrome buttons (door/boot/console) - fitted by VWCruise.com/hazzydayz
Audi North America Cargo boot luggage storage system - bought from ECS Tuning and self fit
Tinted Windows - fitted at Auto Audio Installations
Metallic red tyre valve caps - bought from eliseparts.com and self fit
R8 Oil Cap (420103485B) - bought from ebay and self fit
R8 Coolant Cap (420121321) - bought from ebay and self fit
Audi 'Legends' AMI External Hard Drive 500gb (8R0063827A) - bought from ebay and self fit
Audi Tyre Repair Gel 8E0012619 - bought from ebay and self fit
Audi Tyre Pump/Inflator 8P0 012 615 A - bought from ebay and self fit
Audi A1 LED Rear number plate lights (FITTING) - bought from Dealer and self fit
SPC Adjustable Upper Control Arms (FITTING) - bought and fitted at JabbaSport
RS6 Steering Wheel with TT Airbag (FITTING) - bought from eBay and self fit
S6/S7 (C7 Model) Start Button (FITTING) - bought from dealer
Google MMI 3G+ Nav, including DAB radio - bought and fitted by llBen
Transparent Matte Wrap - applied at Valet Magic
Mini0801 Dashcam - bought from Amazon and self fit
P3Cars Digital Boost Gauge - self fit


S5 RETROFITS
Parking Plus System (adding 4 front sensors and parking camera) - bought and fitted by llBen
Cruise control - fitted by VWCruise.com/hazzydayz
Auto-dimming rear view mirror - bought from ebay and self fit
Folding/dimming door mirrors (FITTING) - fitted by VWCruise.com/hazzydayz
Advanced Key - Keyless Go and Keyless Entry - fitted by VWCruise.com/hazzydayz
Luggage Hooks - bought from dealer and self fit
Boot side netting - bought from dealer and self fit
Boot cargo net - bought from ebay and self fit
Memory Seats activation and door panel buttons - fitted by VWCruise.com/hazzydayz
Audi Music Interface (AMI) - fitted by VWCruise.com/hazzydayz
OEM Updated lower control arm kit - fitted at Jabbasport


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The Journey so far (28th May 2012)...


Hi all,


Been an Audi driver since 1998 and had a workhorse A4 1.8 from new until last September (2011) when at 140,000 miles with lots of outstanding repairs it had to go.


After much debating I bought a 2008 S5 Coupe in Meteor Grey with Magma Red interior. I've had her a while, not that many factory options, and a few simple mods so far, but the real work starts now the warranty has gone.


I'm having an aftermarket amp and speaker setup fitted. My car is currently with Auto Audio Installations in London. I have to say I am very impressed with their work and the workshop is full of exotic cars, made my S5 look like a bit of a joke in comparison to the Porsche, Bentley, etc.


The build will include Morel Limited Edition Elate 2-way speaker setup for the front (housed in the doors):


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Although not shown in the generic photo, the ones being fitted are actually signed by Morel's founder Meir Mordechai and are one of only 6 signed sets in the world. There are some custom mounts being made for the larger speakers to expose the signature on the cone:


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There are also some custom mounts being fabricated to hold the tweeters in a replacement for the mounts next to the door mirrors:


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A sub will be placed behind the mat in the passenger footwell. The rear passengers will get more Morel speakers (not as high spec). The 3 Sinfoni amps to drive this lot look like they've been put above the rear left wheel arch :


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This is still a work in progress and I've not seen my car for over a week now so eager to get it back, but have been sent some photos of progress so thought I'd post them. Hopefully have it back on Wednesday.

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Shots of the audio install (wish you guys could hear it)...
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Close up of the autographed speaker...
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Lost a little footroom in the passenger side...
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But gained some bass :thumbsup: ...
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Had rear tints...
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Replaced those boring stock pedals with RS ones...
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Got a nice audi 'coin and gum holder'...
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And then found it had a baby brother hiding under the armrest...
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Replaced the stock mirror with an auto-dimming one and upgraded the lights to LED courtesy of t8ups :thumbsup: ...
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And finally, one of the most useful mods...
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t8ups did all the LED upgrades for me (even in bright daylight the door lights are bright in the first pic).


Next week it's off to MRC for the 'custom' TTS Supercharger, a Milltek Exhaust, a JHM shortshifter and some spacers all round.

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Then it was off to MRC...

Some work in progress shots...


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Bit more progress, collecting Thursday now...


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Supercharger install complete, just finishing the tune tomorrow...


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Some spacers (20mm on rear and 10mm on front) to bring the wheels out slightly...
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Just driven it back. Wow. WOW - incredible, heart pumping - feels like a different car now.


The dyno runs, the green one is before and the other two are after...


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On the way back I popped in to see Richard @ TTS. Might sound a bit odd, but got him to sign the supercharger unit...


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Cuppa

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(13th July 2012)

And then popped in to see Peter Altena @ Autostyle. As I'd had some custom work done to fit the subwoofer he had to cut a custom template to do the mat for the passenger footwell. Did a great job - if you guys need any mats doing he is your man.

Making the template
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Finished mats
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Red stitching I wanted
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Nice footrest goes really well with the pedals...
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(3rd September 2012)

Dropped her off this morning for a few more tweaks...

Capristo
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Brakes
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Rims and Tyres
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Anti Roll Bars
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Much better with the rotors
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(18th September 2012)

Just pulled the trigger on my coilover setup.

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Went with these babies as this should give me all the flexibility I need without having to get technical...

REVIEW: THE FUTURE OF SUSPENSION IS IN YOUR POCKET - Speedhunters

KW Page: KW DDC coilover kits /// with electronic damping control /// KW automotive GmbH

I've ordered the ECU version with wifi module, so I'll be able to customise using the iTunes app - neat. This can be done on the fly whilst driving. Again, sounds neat, as long as the wifi is secure, lol.

For anyone interested, the fitting instructions are here: http://docs.kwsuspension.de/eah39010028.pdf

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(8th October)

The 'iPhone coilovers' unboxed and ready for fitting...

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Rears are on and cabled up
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Fronts just going on
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DDC control box
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Having the updated control arms fitted also.
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Cuppa

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(10th October 2012)

Picked this up from a breakers :)

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(12th October 2012)

Trying to get this mod ready for tomorrow...
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ADI 2012

Some pics of car courtesy of joegals...
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(13th December 2012)

Some pictures of the bumper (very cold overnight so a bit frosty).

Alignment is pretty good (there were a few teething troubles with the initial fit though). Needs the side skirts to make it look a bit more integrated, but will have to go back next week to sort that out - they are sprayed up and ready to go, but I have a fair bit of travelling to do over the next few days so had to halt progress.

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(18th December)

Took the tape off today and took a few snaps (car is filthy though, will wash it later in the week and take a few more). Looks better than the original side skirts and lines up better with the lower front bumper. Raised the suspension up a few mm to compensate for ground clearance.

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(14th January 2013)

Finally got around to washing it (just in time for the snow).

Looking forward to the following upgrades in the next month or so:
- S7 rear ceramics
- Eibach adjustable front upper control arms
- New Google MMI

I've got a guard cat too...
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Cuppa

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(17th January 2013)

Stopped to take a phone call so took a pic...

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(3rd February 2013)

here's some teaser pics of my future rear brakes

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(11th February 2013)

Drove across to Jabbasport this morning with a couple of unopened boxes in the boot. Opened them up, boy these things are monsters!

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Here's a few shots before the work starts. What a rusty mess the old brakes are...

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New ones are on...

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Brakes tested and Electronic Parking Brake working fine - result :thumbsup:

These just going on now...

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Wheels back on...

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Electronic parking brake working fine, braking nice and balanced and think the tighter feel steering is down to the camber adjustments that have been made with the adjustable upper control arms.

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(26th February 2013)

Got a parcel in the post today :)

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Wanted a flat bottomed leather wheel and wanted to retain the red stitching and have been searching for one with the perforated leather for a while. So, this easy to fit?
 
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Cuppa

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(7th March 2013)

New wheel is on (instructions as per this thread)

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(11th March 2013)

Back up on the ramp today over at Jabbasport. Wanted to do something different with my brake calipers. I love the Audi ceramics, but the grey caliper colour is a little boring. Bright red is a no-no, but I really liked the R8 GT Calipers.

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So, out with the old...

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and in with the new. The R8 GT Calipers are a direct swap:

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Rear calipers have been blasted to remove the paint...

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Had the front filled in with a blanking piece welded into place...

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And just smoothed off...

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(12th March 2013)

Calipers in the process of being painted up...

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And fitted...

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Fronts

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Rears

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Need to go wash it now. HUGE thanks to Luke @ Jabbasport for the work he's done over the last two days!

5mm spacers on the front now.

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Washed it, took it for a spin and a few pics.

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(13th March 2013)

Sun came out today - you can see the caliper colours a little better...

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Got the stance exactly as I want it now. 5mm front spacers fitted.

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Just as an aside, somehow got 24.3 UK mpg (20.2 US mpg) out of my last tank.
 
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Cuppa

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(15th March 2013)

Mod of the day, taken from the new C7 model line S6/S7.

From this...
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to this...
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In the dark looks like this...
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Using this...
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Thanks to llBen for providing the part numbers and to Luke @ Jabbasport for the quick fitting whilst I popped in. I have put a DIY fitting guide up in the DIY section.

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(21st March 2013)

Caliper decals are cut
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Wrap in progress
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Finished. The valance in silver was too bright for me. This titanium is more subtle.

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Rear calipers now complete
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Have to say a big thank you to The Sign Team for wrapping the front valance and cutting the decals, plus a big thank you to Luke @ Jabbasport for all his hard work getting the rear brake calipers to this finished result.

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(2nd April 2013)

Just preparing for a few tweaks...

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Cuppa

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(3rd April 2013)

Just a shell...
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Some of the goodies going in...
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(4th April 2013)

As I'm sure you'll know llBen is rebuilding the interior of my car this week. All this is happening at the premises of Auto Audio Installations in Acton, London.

Firstly, thanks to Greg @ Auto Audio for allowing the work to carry on at the premises, not only the upgrades they are doing, but also working around and helping the work Ben is doing. I cannot speak highly enough of Auto Audio. Seems a little weird sharing the workspace with Bentleys, Aston Martins, Rolls Royces and a McLaren! Steve @ Auto Audio has been working on the car and has been excellent!

Secondly, huge thanks to Ben. Been a hard slog to get pretty much all the electrics stripped out and re-done. With everything required to sort out (and Ben is treating it as though it's his own car in terms of care and attention to detail) I know it's delayed him getting back home.

To date this week fitted:
New Google MMI3G+ with Google Navigation and Google Street View - this really is something else - turned it on today and wow. The head unit also works with my Android phone over rSAP and uses my phone Internet connection, provides a wifi hotspot and just about everything else!
Replaced the canbus and other modules to accommodate the move to a MOST fibre network required for the NAV - this shouldn't be underestimated and has required a lot of components to be replaced and new cable runs, especially with my weird factory config.
Installed rear parking camera.
New shark fin on roof for GPS.

Ben has worked really hard and has kindly donated a few bits from his own car to fill the need when I've asked for something - top drawer!

Re the Audio system supplied through Auto Audio. The Audison DA1 unit integrates into the MOST fibre network and takes the optical audio signal and passes it out over a toslink optical cable into the Bit One digital processor. It also passes the balance, volume and tone control signals from the OEM head unit through the toslink optical cable and allows you to retain the head unit for all media control. It's been a bit of trial and error and a few steps forward and back on occasion, but today we breathed life into it and got it working after some firmware updates. Very happy at the moment as it means I can get a digital signal fed through the DSP and into my aftermarket amps/speakers. Audison are due to release a unit in September called the Bit Play (HD) which will allow you to play back FLAC files, so I'll finally be able to get lossless audio.

Tomorrow, there's a bit of tidying up to do and a final few things to sort out and then reassemble the interior of the car. Then in the afternoon an audio tuning will be performed.

Couple more pics from today (sorry for blurry cam).

Doesn't get much more bare than this
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When the Google Maps fired up - didn't manage to keep the camera steady when rushing to take the photo of the initialisation screen and just missed it.

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(6th April 2013)

Managed to get it all put back together last night and did some testing, driving around and no squeaks and rattles so thanks Ben and Steve @ Auto Audio for reassembling so very very well.

Here's some more pictures from the week. Just to recap, Audio changes were to replace the rear speakers with the same models as the fronts with a new amp to match. Audison DA1 and Bit One to take the digital audio from the head unit and feed it directly into the amps (it cannot be underestimated how much of a difference this has made). There is also a remote control unit which sits under the arm rest for the DSP unit.

Then Ben has put in the Google MMI 3G+, rewired pretty much the whole car, replaced various modules and bits and pieces, fitted RS controls, fitted reversing camera, replaced shark fin, plus lots of stuff I can't even begin to remember now.

Anyway, here's a few snaps of my car, some other cars around us and some of my car once reassembled last night and this morning.

In the workshop @ Auto Audio
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Some of the cars around us:
Aston Martin DBS (incredible car)
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McLaren (needs no introduction really)
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Reassembly underway
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New RS Control panel (with the S6 start button transferred and the stupid coin slot blanked off and the KW DDC button mounted there - thanks again to Auto Audio for a very quick modification there to mount).
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Nav Unit
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Rear left boot cubby hole. In here we have right at the back an OEM amp to drive a single centre speaker to push out system sounds (parking, telephone, etc. when the ignition is not on). Then two of the three amps behind the MDF panel to drive the Entertainment Audio, then the Bit One and the DA1 mounted on the panel, along with the Audi DAB Radio unit. The third entertainment amp is mounted in the spare wheel area.
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Bit One remote control (to control master volume, sub and DSP settings) is under my centre armrest. Once setup though you don't actually need it, the tone balance and volume inputs are all passed through from the head unit.
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Nice to have an updated screen and finally be able to see album art
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Cuppa

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(5th May 2013)

So whilst I've been happy with the looks of my car from the front and side, one thing has always irritated me - the rather crappy S5 rear valance - a boring lump of grey plastic. I ordered a duplicate to try to customise, but soon succumbed to the inevitable. There is only one rear valance I truly like and that is the one on the RS5. I knew this could be done after seeing a project by rudiyoda, but it would mean surgery to my Capristo which had always put me off, but after consulting Luke @ Jabbasport he was convinced he could sort that out.

So, after taking inspiration from rudiyoda's excellent thread and sourcing the parts from llBen it was rear valance time and some surgery! This is a rather long post and rather picture heavy!

I collected the bumper from Ben and took the undertray section to be wrapped to match the front.

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I really do like this brushed metal wrap. Whilst out I took the car over to Jabbasport to have the back boxes taken off so the bumper could be fitted. Once that was done I took the car over to Martin Bradley to start the process. First we had to get the old bumper off which was surprisingly easy...

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Popped the lights out...

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To make the new bumper fit there was some refinement required, some packing of some areas, trimming and removal of others, but the main thing was the need for new brackets...

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Then the new bumper was put on - like I said, some packing pieces were required to bring the panels flush, but nothing major. The bumper once on showed the difference which needed to be addressed with the use of a special tool which was like a piston with a hand pump - this was placed between wheel arch and main body to force the wheel arch out...

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Once the arch was lined up it was a case of filling and profiling...

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Bit of work to adjust the lug holes and put packing pieces in...

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Once lined up, then fill and sand until lined up...

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Once everything was lined up it was time to start preparing for painting...

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Cuppa

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Then the painting began. I mixed up the paint - this is what makes Meteor Grey...

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and then let Martin get on with what he does best...

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Then brought her out into the sunshine...

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Refitted the rear lights...

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And finally put the rear valance and chrome exhaust rims on...

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Part 1 was complete. Now just needed to get the Capristo back boxes modified and back on. Over to Jabbasport. Below are the backboxes prior to modification...

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Luke had to adjust the angle, protrusion length and placement of both the brackets and valves. By the end of the day the backboxes were modified and fitted...

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Huge thanks to Luke @ Jabbasport (again) and Martin Bradley.
 
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Cuppa

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(7th May 2013)

Whilst the last of the major mods is done, been working on finishing off some of the other mods which have been a work in progress. Today the front parking sensors were fitted to the bumper and hooked up to the wiring which had been laid previously. The reversing camera has also been enabled with the addition of the new parking module. Some pics of installing the front parking sensors...

Had to position them as they would have been positioned on the Rieger PDC bumper...

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Wiring up the back of the Rieger bumper...

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All working a treat - thanks to llBen for supplying the bits and the install. Still getting used to the front beeps and also the display and camera - a bit freaky to start with.

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(21st May 2013)

Tuesday tweak...

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Capped the red valves with a Titanium spinning cap to tone down the red a little.

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ADI 2013

Couple of pics from ADI.

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Managed a whopping 28.5 mpg (UK) on the way there and back :)
 
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Cuppa

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(25th October 2013)

Bit of a makeover, Meteor Grey now covered in transparent Matte.

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(27th October 2013)

Just done a 150 mile round trip, so car is a bit grimy, but wanted to take some shots of the colour...

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Cuppa

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(24th November 2013)

Black grille installed (but the rest of the makeover is waiting on some vinyl coming from the US.

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A night shot of my car, courtesy of valetmagic.com and Nick at nwvt.co.uk

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Another night time shot...

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(16th December 2013)

Here's another little mod and thanks SB for the tip off on this one.

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Cuppa

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(11th February 2014)

Parcel arrived :D

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Another parcel arrived today, ordered 22nd November 2013!

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Now for the final bit of the makeover.

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Photo as promised

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(10th March 2014)

These arrived last week and not had chance to fit them until yesterday. It was a beautiful day in the UK, clear blue skies and unusually warm for this time of year.

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I'll post up some impressions after I've done a bit more driving.

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(13th March 2014)

Just watching this being applied...

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Got the black chrome on the front lip and splitter, the mirrors and the rear trim.

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In the dark with flash off the camera is struggling, but much more stealthy

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(31st March 2014)

Notched up 80,000 miles yesterday - lovely weather outside (17.5°C) and great MPG on my round trip.

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(2nd April 2014)

New Wheels Teaser...

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(9th April 2014)

Replaced the front rings with black chrome ones to match the other recent changes

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You can see the darker colour, but also the smaller size in the top one.

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Fitted this afternoon.

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Cuppa

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Will get it washed later, but some more for now.

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And finally up to date. The build is not over yet, more to come, but for now these are a teaser of the new wheels which are coming...

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Thanks for reading so far, stay tuned :)
 
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NotNormal

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A truly impressive and refreshing build thread !
It's been a pleasure to read through - I look forward to further developments too

I'm guessing you're based in/around Peterborough - personally I'm based in Lincoln but cover the the whole county for work
I hope to see this car - when I had my S4 (b6) I wanted to supercharge it, but back then there was only one kit around and no development was going on to progress the kit
Seeing the results yielded by yourself, make me want another V8
 

Cuppa

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A truly impressive and refreshing build thread !
It's been a pleasure to read through - I look forward to further developments too

I'm guessing you're based in/around Peterborough - personally I'm based in Lincoln but cover the the whole county for work
I hope to see this car - when I had my S4 (b6) I wanted to supercharge it, but back then there was only one kit around and no development was going on to progress the kit
Seeing the results yielded by yourself, make me want another V8

I'll be at ADI, AITP and GTI Inters with possibly one or two other shows this year. Say hi if you get chance :thumbsup:
 

tsnewman125

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Just read through the entire build and I can honestly say, very impressive. Gorgeous, extremely clean and very tastefully done. Wish I had more than two hands because you need atleast 3 thumbs up.
 

XFi

In need of a V8.
where abouts in Lincolnshire are you from?

You should bring it to the LVS racing track day in July at Blyton Park.
 

Prawn

My other car is a MINI!!!!
Oh my word, that's properly unreal!!!!

Seriously impressive car, absolutely love it!

One question though - the rear calipers - why did you want to weld in a blanking piece? Surely that creates a problem when wanting to use a wind back tool when changing pads?
 

Cuppa

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Oh my word, that's properly unreal!!!!

Seriously impressive car, absolutely love it!

One question though - the rear calipers - why did you want to weld in a blanking piece? Surely that creates a problem when wanting to use a wind back tool when changing pads?

The A5 has electronic parking brake so you need to use VCDS to retract, the hole is redundant - they haven't changed the caliper design.
 

stetheo

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Awesome car, thoroughly enjoyed reading/looking through this thread!

Love the current look with the matte wrap and black grill, I bet it sounds/drives amazing.
 

stetheo

Registered User
Nice! Looking forward to the update...
 

warren_S5

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MRC are a hell of a drive from you. Are they short on tuning centres in your neck of the woods?
 

stetheo

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A cheeky video of it after the MRC lovin' would be an absolute treat!

Just want to hear that SC V8.
 

Rich M

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Oh my what an awesome example this car is. Looks stunning in the pics and you can tell there's a lot of time and effort gone in to this (and I imagine plenty of dollars - all worth it though!)

Rich
 

Cuppa

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Some progress on the wheels - they have been brushed now, just waiting finishing.

Been a while since I did a mod so made a purchase a few days ago and it arrived today.

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After...
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stetheo

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Subtle but nice improvement.
 

Woody86

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It's ****** lovely mate. Can't imagine the money you've put into it but it worth every penny. You must have a big pot of gold or you rob banks.
 

Cuppa

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