MY AUDI S3 BIG BUILD

Drue1

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Here is some pics of the day I got the motor home



few weeks have past and ive not done much but I bought a AGU engine ready to strip down for my build,Sorry no pics as its still on a pallet wrapped up
I bought a set of new rear lights
 

Drue1

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I had some time to fit the rear lights while working so here is a pic of the rear end this morning

dirty behind the lights


all nice and clean/polished


dirty pic


clean pic


couple of pics with the lights on finshed ;)



and that's it at the moment but I will keep updating as I get bits
 

jamiebennett81

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LOVE these in red, best colour for the S3's
 

Drue1

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Been busy with bits with stripping everything out of my motor.Here is some pics
Still loads to strip off the car but I can't do it all at once :)






 

Drue1

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Front lights was looking abit milky so I gave them a flick over with 800-1200 grade paper then a polish up but I still need to get my da out for a proper going over


And now almost finshed plus private plate gone back to the old owner
 

Drue1

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Shocking how much stuff you can take out of your s3

 

S3Alex

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Shocking how much stuff you can take out of your s3


Have you weighed all the stuff you've pulled out?

I wouldn't mind betting you'll be surprised by just how much lard it's been carrying around.

I know mine's a different model(and therefore even heavier),but swapping the brakes for a big brake kit shaved around 15kgs off,the wheels were another 10kgs,and the rear seats when I get around to it are a whopping 50kgs.

The heated front buckets are also heavyweights at around 25kgs per side.

Good luck with the build,and you've already gained yourself quite a few bhp/tonne.
 

Drue1

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Have you weighed all the stuff you've pulled out?

I wouldn't mind betting you'll be surprised by just how much lard it's been carrying around.

I know mine's a different model(and therefore even heavier),but swapping the brakes for a big brake kit shaved around 15kgs off,the wheels were another 10kgs,and the rear seats when I get around to it are a whopping 50kgs.

The heated front buckets are also heavyweights at around 25kgs per side.

Good luck with the build,and you've already gained yourself quite a few bhp/tonne.

I thought the seats in my evo was heavy but Dam.....S3 seats are so back breaking but I've got a sort of bucket seats to go which are so much lighter.Car does feel slightly quicker.Once it starts getting colder I will start taking the sound deadening as its so much easier when the weather is cooler and it breaks off in chunks
 

S3Alex

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I thought the seats in my evo was heavy but Dam.....S3 seats are so back breaking but I've got a sort of bucket seats to go which are so much lighter.Car does feel slightly quicker.Once it starts getting colder I will start taking the sound deadening as its so much easier when the weather is cooler and it breaks off in chunks

I'm getting on a bit now,so I want some of the comforts left in the car,but the rear seats just don't get used,so I think they're coming out soon.

I still want to get the front seats sorted and have my eyes on a set of Tillet B1 seats,but only when I've saved a bit!

The original buckets are quite sought after,so there may be some value there,but like you say,the weight is amazing.

If I can get the weight of mine down to around 1400kg or a bit less,I'd be happy enough,and looking at around 400bhp/tonne,which would be nice,without being too ****** uncomfortable.
 

Drue1

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I'm getting on a bit now,so I want some of the comforts left in the car,but the rear seats just don't get used,so I think they're coming out soon.

I still want to get the front seats sorted and have my eyes on a set of Tillet B1 seats,but only when I've saved a bit!

The original buckets are quite sought after,so there may be some value there,but like you say,the weight is amazing.

If I can get the weight of mine down to around 1400kg or a bit less,I'd be happy enough,and looking at around 400bhp/tonne,which would be nice,without being too ****** uncomfortable.

Mine is a full out sprinting and hill climbing car so no comforts at all but it still needs to be road legal as I still love the odd car meets
 

S3Alex

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Mine is a full out sprinting and hill climbing car so no comforts at all but it still needs to be road legal as I still love the odd car meets

Kind of like my old Escort was!

No comforts,no carpets and no heater.

You'll love it I'm sure!
 

Drue1

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Was bored today so I drove into my lockup and started chopping the sound deadening for a few hours



 

Drue1

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You have a similar approach to weight as a very good mate of mine on all of his builds.

There must be quite a pile of bits now.

The Morrison bag is starting to fill up and get heavy so I will weigh it when its all out to see what sort of weight saving from just the sound deadening and I'm cutting all the bits that hold the rear seats on and I've bought a round metal hole maker to cut holes out of some panels that I can get away with ;)So as soon as I'm back from my holiday for 3.5 weeks it will be crack on time
 

S3Alex

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The Morrison bag is starting to fill up and get heavy so I will weigh it when its all out to see what sort of weight saving from just the sound deadening and I'm cutting all the bits that hold the rear seats on and I've bought a round metal hole maker to cut holes out of some panels that I can get away with ;)So as soon as I'm back from my holiday for 3.5 weeks it will be crack on time

I've seen that technique before,and my mate I was talking about it very fond of it!

Are you planning on a weld-in cage?
 

Drue1

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I've seen that technique before,and my mate I was talking about it very fond of it!

Are you planning on a weld-in cage?

Weld in cage but I'm Debaiting weather too buy one or build my own one to my spec
 

S3Alex

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Weld in cage but I'm Debaiting weather too buy one or build my own one to my spec

I guess there's advantages and disadvantages either way,but I think you know what you're up to!

I'm kind of thinking about a half cage for mine,as I want a bit of practicality left for the road,but the rear seats are on their way out,and then a bit of trimming to sort out.
 

Drue1

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Right got back off our holiday in Spain for 3 and a half weeks so not done much but bought some bits while I was out there v3 rentless mani,bung for my hole when I take the rear wiper out and a pair of one piece headlights
I've started stripping them down to paint black





 

Drue1

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Sprayed and rebuilt the lights today



All back together now but I need to get the wet n dry out and my da to get it back to a nice clear lense

Bought a set of winter wheels so I can refurb in a few weeks time ;)
 

Drue1

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Said it won't take long Alex hehe
Bought a 4 pot Porsche setup for stopping me better once I power up so here is a pic of how they look at the mo till I refurb them.Ive got a new set of stickers and I've ordered yellow paint for them so I will keep em updated

 

S3Alex

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I won't be stripping it out fully,as I've had a real hair-shirt car before,and I'm too old for that now!

Rear seats are worth around 50kgs,and the few other bits like brake calipers and wheels have shaved a bit more off the total,and I do still fancy at least one,maybe two Tillet seats which would cut another 30kgs from the car.

I thought about a half cage,but will probably settle for a Unibrace or two.
 

Drue1

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Fronts are Porsche and I will try and uprate the rears if I can get a nice set :)
 

Drue1

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I won't be stripping it out fully,as I've had a real hair-shirt car before,and I'm too old for that now!

Rear seats are worth around 50kgs,and the few other bits like brake calipers and wheels have shaved a bit more off the total,and I do still fancy at least one,maybe two Tillet seats which would cut another 30kgs from the car.

I thought about a half cage,but will probably settle for a Unibrace or two.

I'm still having problems trying to find the right place for all my engine parts
 

S3Alex

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I'm still having problems trying to find the right place for all my engine parts

My first call is to Integrated Engineering.

They do a lot of parts for your engine as well as mine.

http://www.performancebyie.com/

If you drop them a line I'm sure they'll be able to help.....Cassidy is very efficient.
 

Drue1

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But I'm still unsure on what to use because I've had 3 people say 3 different things which has totally done me in
 

S3Alex

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But I'm still unsure on what to use because I've had 3 people say 3 different things which has totally done me in

I know what you mean.....I've found the same thing over and over again.

In the end,I've often taken a bit of a dive,and gone with something that has good feedback from other areas,and so far,as with IE for instance,it's served me very well.

The quality of their stuff is excellent,and their customer service is amazing.
 

Drue1

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Sorted a place out to get all my bits so I will be paying for that on the phone Monday morning
Nice spec and it should be able to handle what I want so let's see what I get with my gt30 first then take it from there.Just cams and triple plate clutch :).....Been stripping down bits off my engine that I'm using for the rebuild while ive has a spare bit of time and ive had to order loads of bits to help me with building the engine as ive not got any special tools for that kind of work so it's all going good
 

S3Alex

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I think that tufty and Badger Bill are the guys to talk to,but I know you've already looked them up.

Those two will be able to give you any help and direct you to the right parts.

500bhp is I think attainable,and can be reliable if built correctly(for which read expensively!).
 

Drue1

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I've spoken to both and they sure know there stuff but I got a few quotes from tuners and gone with the best
Place that's going to get me there :)
 

Prawn

My other car is a MINI!!!!
Interesting looking build, I hadn't seen this before.

Which porsche calipers are those? I think the question above was asking if they were from the front or rear or a porsche.

Good luck with it!
 

Drue1

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Interesting looking build, I hadn't seen this before.

Which porsche calipers are those? I think the question above was asking if they were from the front or rear or a porsche.

Good luck with it!

They are front porsche boxter 968 calipers after having a look about for the day
There both stripped down and I ordered new connecting pipes and nipples but there is so much paint on them that I'm getting shot blasted before painting them
 

Drue1

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Gearbox went on the s3 last weds on the way to brands hatch last summer meet so I missed that
Got another gearbox for it that I need to clean up and paint
Been stripping my AGU engine down but just waiting for a tool to take the head bolts out so its split apart then I can crack on with the job at hand ;)
 

Drue1

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right few more up dates
fitted my lights and sorted out the chrome on the front grill



 

Drue1

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few other bits
cooler that's going on
donor engine being stripped down

because the gearbox went ive started stripping my motor down so I can take the old lump out and build up the new lump but im waiting on parts

 

fyans1974

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Nice motor mate, when you did your headlights were they easy to dismantle and spray, also did you have to prepare your front grill before spraying. I'm wanting to tackle this myself but worried in case I muck it up. Looking forward to seeing the finished project.
 
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