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My Belated build thread

S3AMJ May 20, 2018

  1. S3AMJ

    S3AMJ OEM+ Team Brilliant Black Audi S3

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    Hi everyone,

    Some may remember me and some of you are new. I’ve come back on to the scene after about a year and a half as things were changing. Now working and living in London and settled in, I’m now able to give my S3 a little bit of TLC that it deserves. Nice to see a few of the old school owners still on here and sorry to hear about those that are no longer. Life throws all sorts our way.

    Anyway, I should have started this thread about 3 years ago when I first bought the car, but to bring everyone up to speed.... the following is what I have fitted/changed.

    Bilstein B8 shocks
    Apex 30mm springs
    Milltek non-res catback
    Audi RSTT 18” genuine alloys
    Goodyear Aysemetric 3 225/40/18
    20mm spacers rear and 10mm spacers front

    Nice subtle changes to bring the car up to date. The things I did have but have removed were.

    De-cat pipe
    Oddessy extreme racing 680 battery
    Large K’n’N filter like @superkarl

    Only reason why I removed the race battery was because the car went into storage and those batteries really don’t like being fully discharged.

    It’s not going to be a forged engine, big turbo upgrade thread I’m afraid..... but I’ll try and keep it entertaining! Ha
     
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  3. S3AMJ

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    Some things I did today, gave the car a deep clean in and out, I use autoglym car shampoo and conditioner, clay bar, poorboys black hole and collinite no 845 wax.

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    Changed the light module which was looking very sorry for itself, the replacement isn’t soft touch but you wouldn’t notice to being on its own

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    Changed the gearknob and gater for an Audi S3 8P, the chrome on mine had gotten sharp and was cutting my hand!

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    I also made a start on my PCV simplification! Nothing worse than vacuum leaks, so ripped it all out and it was split in 3 places, and the elbow coming from the oil filter housing was a F@#ker to get out!

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    Still waiting on parts to come to finish this, so won’t be another couple weeks until I get another chance to do more.

    Lastly I changed the steering wheel badge, was contemplating changing the steering wheel for the S3 8V flat bottom.... might still do it later on down the line a long with the RNS-E.

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  4. Tj 0785

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    if doing the flat bottom steering wheel you don’t want the s3 8v one you want the s4/5 one with mode button on as when I spoke to HazzyDayz they said the other you won’t get the controls working properly
     
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    S3AMJ OEM+ Team Brilliant Black Audi S3

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    Cheers TJ I’ll keep that in mind if I decide to do it, alternatively could use the S3 8P steering wheel and bypass the secondary airbag sensor. That said it’s far far away from happening, power steering hose was leaking today so I’ll be replacing that next. Along with various other stuff.
     
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    Treated my leather seats to colourlock mild cleaner and conditioner cream with UV protection. The cars outside and not used so trying to keep them from getting damaged

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    Fitted my genuine floor mats as well, can certainly see the difference from what the original carpet should have looked like!

    After I put everything almost back together in the engine bay, still waiting on my oil catch can, I have it a good soaking in engine degreaser, I sprayed all the electrical connections with WD40 beforehand to protect them before rinsing.

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    3 years ago when I bought the car I noticed a smoke smell, previous owner was a heavy smoker. An almost impossible thing to rid of! But I researched into “fogging” basically you buy/hire and o-zone generator, plug it in, shout the doors and windows, turn it on and leave for 2 Hours..... it breaks down bacteria, odours and anything else that lives in your car, I.e. spiders, flys you name it. With that said, do not inhale for long periods the stuff that comes out of this device, it WILL kill you.

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    I bought this off amazon for around £100 and has 5000 hours before you need to change the plate inside. You can use it in your house, etc too.

    Once it’s finished doing its thing, leave for about an hour before entering in the car again.... odours all gone!


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    Typically I get back home to London and what’s that in the porch? My new oil catch can, will have to wait a couple weeks before I can fit it when I go to where my cars stored.

    This will give you a comparison of the two as I’ve not sent it back yet, waiting on the eBay seller......

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    As you can see, similar, but build quality is miles apart!

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    The new one has a much bigger baffle and it looks like it’s in 2 stages, removable as well for cleaning.

    Holds just under a pint of oil/gunge and a very easy, simple way to empty. Less is more they say!


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    Nothing to interesting to note, ordered a load of parts, paint, bits and bobs to tidy up the car. Contemplating on going ahead with a hybrid setup...

    Bought a lovely pair of LCR brembo’s from @SamHendry which I’m going to give an overhaul, and he kindly threw in some braided lines and a pair of MTEC 323mm drilled and grooved discs.

    The discs had a fair amount of rust on them, but nothing this old trick can’t sort out!

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    That’s right folks good old £4 bottle of white vinegar!
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    I left the discs to soak for around 48 Hours as you can see the vinegar boils the rust off, all I did then was empty the bucket and rinsed them off with water! Taa daaa. Almost like new. It does inside the vents, the lot.

    I’ll give them a good spray with clutch and brake cleaner, let them dry fully and a light dusting a VHT Matt silver paint at the weekend.


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    Decided to get these done before the weekend. Freeing up some time to spend with the misses.... got to keep her sweet!

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    Lots of brake cleaner and wiping to remove all the residue left from the vinegar.

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    Then a couple thin coats of VHT matte silver paint. Don’t think they turned out to bad at all.


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    Little update, been trying to catch up with stuff on the car.... time is not on my side. That and my car is 170miles away from me!

    So finished all the forge coolant hoses and replaced my expansion tank and cap, filled up and no leaks! That was the easy job

    Then I went on to replace both power steering cooler pipes, one from the power steering pump to steering rake had rusted badly and split, the other one that loops under the radiator to two flex hoses under the passenger wheel area had rusted beyond belief! Only a matter of time before that split..... so out with the old and in with the new.

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    Filled up with power steering fluid, turned the steering wheel left to right several times, checking for leaks and all good to go again.

    Finally got round to finishing my PCV simplification! So removed the old servo pipe and replaced with a silicone hose, I pulled all the old PCV pipework out a month or two ago, badly split in 2-3 areas. Had to fabricate a mounting bracket for my catch can to attach to the bulkhead.

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    Made this from 0.9mm stainless steel, kind of wished I’d gone for 1.2mm. Might change this again at some point.

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    Just mocking it up making sure it fits and doesn’t foul on anything.

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    Sprayed it up with my favourite paint VHT black wrinkle!

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    As you can see, it’s nicely tucked out the way, retaining full OEM-ness. To empty all I have to do is pull the air box out and unscrew the bottom of the catch can. However I’ll be changing the airbox somewhat when I further progress with the hybrid set up.


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    When are you junking the stock tip and air intake?
     
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    That’ll be all going when I give the car to Bill to whack on the AET hybrid turbo setup.... just want to get the car all ready before hand. Get rid of all the niggggly bits that I can do. Fitting brembo’s and FMIC will be next on my list.


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