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  1. S38pkyle-ing

    S38pkyle-ing Registered User

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    Always wanted an Audi S3, and in early summer while on tour in Iraq I finally found the the perfect one online. Reserved in and picked it up July when I got back; standard Audi S3 8p 2010 black edition. White and black interior too she’s the love of my life!

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    Just thought I’d share my journey with her so far and what I plan to do in the near future.

    First thing was first: change them mirror covers for something a bit more... stealthy, then swap the grill out for the honeycomb rs3 one.

    Got the carbon covers for £150 online and the grill for £230 I think from fresh mods on instagram. I was told “yeah the mirror covers is a easy jobs mate it’s the grill your gona struggle with.”

    Well.....

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    Grill was a piece of cake...took a about 2 hours all in all but there wasn’t a single drama getting it off, fitting the new grill or getting it back on.

    The Mirrors though :/

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    These little “c you next tuesday’s” took about 3 hours, 2 coffee breaks, 5 fags, and 658 swear words to change! We literally had to break the OEM ones off to fit these. After much struggle they finally went on and I couldn’t be happier with them.

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    The last order of the day was to delete the rear wiper and murder out the badges.

    Got the wiper delete kit from Www.killallwipers.com for £25 and how badges off eBay for around £20.

    Removing the rear wiper was easy...got the blade arm off, popped the plastic put the boot lid and remove the wiper motor. Close the wiper jet pipe off, Seal the plug in with the stuff provided and pop the plastic back into the boot lid. Debadging her was easy enough too with some heat and fishing wire, quick clean up of the glue left behind then apply the new badge. She looks goooooood!

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    The weekend after I swapped the OEM panel air filter for a Jetex one. It was only around £40 and although I’d have loved a bigger better CAI, at the time it was too much money for me to justify..plus I’d read mixed reviews about them all so couldn’t actually make my mind up on a certain one.
    Once id got my new panel filter it actually took me a good 35 minutes to figure out the air filter was inside the actual engine cover haha! I stood there scratching my head for a while wondering where it went.

    Anyway....that’s it for cosmetic changes for us now but Next thing on the agenda is the ST by KW dampers and springs .

    Bilstein b8 dampers and eibach springs were my original choice but again they were a bit too pricey. Looking at about £525 for the dampers and £150 for springs, then a extra £100 quid to shorten the dampers 20mm to fit the springs...so £775 all in, And that’s without fitting.

    I know “you get what you pay for” and I’ve no doubt the bilstein/eibach combo would be fantastic but it’s just too much money for me.

    I’ve read good things about the KW shocks and springs kit...and at £450 it seems the right idea for me this Christmas, a little from me to me present haha.

    Now for something truly beautiful...

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    Got myself a Downpipe with a 200 cell sports cat from BCS. I’d read nothing but good reviews about the company and I can see why! This was something I didn’t mind paying a lot for ... the quality of the whole thing amazing!

    Anyway she was mena get fitted last weekend but while I had her in the garage changing the disks and pads for new Brembo ones we spanned the bolt holding the caliper carrier to the hub....while it was still attached :/ NIGHTMARE!!

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    Took a while and a lot of patience but FINALLY we got the rest out, would have been heartbroken buying a whole new hub and caliper carrier.

    So yeah the downpipe is scheduled to get fit this Monday coming :) I’m exited to hear the noise she makes after wards...hopefully a nice rumble in the lower ends. I’ll be sure to post the resutls.

    no doubt in the very near future I’ll be adding onto this thread with even more bits and bobs....i remember telling myself I wasnt going to spend a lot on the car but i I now realise it’s a very slippery slope once you start haha!

    Big thanks to all my mates and Pete who helped me with the progress so far, much appreciated!

    So that’s it...don’t know if this whole thread is even worth reading but if it has then happy days! Cheers guys
     
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  3. JayA3sline

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    If your after Bilstein B8s and Eibach springs drop me a line as I know someone whose selling some. Practically brand new and they’ve been shorted by Bilstein UK to fit
     
  4. prt57

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    You will hear a difference with the down pipe fitted. Certainly deeper and more noise from outside. Quite well insulated from inside though. My son has one and I can always tell when he is coming home.
     
  5. TitchRR

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    Very nice subtle mods so far


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  6. Spiezels

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    Lovely that mate!

    Desperate for an RS3 honeycomb. I've got black badges all round n all.

    Looks class. Get the alloys refurbed to black in middle! Match the rest of the car.

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    Still buzz off mine every time I walk away, walk upto and drive!

    Was thinking about doing carbon wing covers but the silver matches my alloys so I may leave it.
     
  7. S38pkyle-ing

    S38pkyle-ing Registered User

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    Looks beautiful that mate!

    Cheers appreciated mate
     
  8. Spiezels

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    Nice one geez.

    Was there any issue with parking sensors when replacing the old grill?
     
  9. leshkin

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    Epic start to a progress thread and the car looks amazing too, with very tasteful mods to boot! Definitely worth the read, so please keep the updates coming.

    I've been thinking about dewipering mine too - even have the kit from the same place too. How did you block the water jet pipe?

    Oh, and if you ever get the chance, see if you can paint the lower front lip in gloss black too - will really work well with the grill!
     
  10. tcardio

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    just two words...Love it
     
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    I got the one without parking sensors mate
     
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  13. S38pkyle-ing

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    Thanks mate, I actually started this thread after reading yours haha it was a top read . For my wiper once I’d took the motor out I just used a wee pipe blank and a small jubilee clip on the washer pipe itself, seems to have held ok.
     
  14. leshkin

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    Ah, I might do that too then. I've never been as undecided about a mod as I am about the dewiper for some reason... I never use the rear wiper and I guess that I can always put it back in..

    I found that having a progress thread is quite nice as you can go back and reminisce about the good old days on occasion :)
     
  15. S38pkyle-ing

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    Yeah I was the same mate, one thing I would say is if you get rid of it make sure you have a really good glass coating like g tehniq or a few coats of carbon collective platinum glass on there. If not water just sits on there.
     
  16. leshkin

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    I'm getting the whole car professionally ceramic coated by @FranA3 using Max Protect coating very soon, so will see what he can suggest on the rear window. I've been using RainX on all glass and it's pretty good, but only lasts for a month or so. Looking forward to having an easy time with keeping her clean now :)
     
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    I gave mine a full detail yesterday, carbon collective hybrid coating, then finished her off with a layer of absolute wax’s: absolute show off, and 3 coats of carbon collective platinum glass on all windows. Hopefully that’ll be enough to get me through winter and I’ll Just need to do maintenance washes.
     
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    19739102-CDD4-40EE-ADB9-E7F222E02243.jpeg 36A72367-3CB4-4880-8EEF-34D649C05AEC.jpeg And the BCS downpipe is on! Sounds amazing, not really any louder in the cab but a noticeable noise change from the outside, car pulls a bit better too in the lower gears too. brilliant bit of kit....worth every penny.
     
  20. Spiezels

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    Kyle, where did you get the step by step for the grill?

    Just ordered one from fresh mods!
     
  21. S38pkyle-ing

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    I follow a guide off here and a YouTube video, I’ll attach the links in here mate if I can find them. It’s pretty easy once you have a look about and locate all the relevant screws and such.

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    Hope the help mate, if you have two people working on it it’s a hella lot easier
     
  22. Spiezels

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    Safe! Cheers mate
     
  23. leshkin

    leshkin Hold my beer... VCDS Map User

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    BCS probably make the best systems for our cars - top quality and with full systems the sound is very nice. I always worried about the drone, but no such thing on PowerValve, so if you ever decided to get the rest of the system you will not be disappointed.
     
  24. Kaine19

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    Nice car same as mine but 3 door. I have been wanting to do black badges for ages still havent done it, same with the rs3 grill. I chose CAI over the grill at the time. Why did you wiper delete cost £25? Have the prices gone up! I only paid £12 inc pnp i think. Again i have been wanting to detail mine for ages also haha, just dont seem to have the time
     
  25. S38pkyle-ing

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    Update on the bcs downpipe, once the engine gets hot I get and almighty clunking and rattling from underneath the car. I think the new bigger pipe is hitting the heat shield above it once it heats up and expands. Will have it up on the Ramps tomorrow to see if I can shift the heat shield a bit out of its way
     
  26. samuelh_888

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    Hi @S38pkyle-ing - when Dave at BCS was fitting my system he mentioned hat in the past he’d received calls from people fitting the dp but it was knocking; he’d point them to the flexi mount to check it was on the correct way round (not upside down) - it’s slightly offset so can make all the difference. Just a thought ah

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