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My ming blue S3

Vex182 Jul 29, 2018

  1. Vex182

    Vex182 1x S3 and 3x Fiestas.

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    Sooooo I used to have a Silver S3 for nearly 6 years and sold it in October 2016 and brought 2x new Fiesta’s for me and the mrs to replace her aging Fiesta.

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    Fast forward to March this year and I had decided that as we still had the 15 year old Fiesta and the 2 new ones, it won't hurt to get a 4th car! To be fair, I had been using the old Fiesta for work meaning it was doing 500-600 miles a week. Started looking into S3s again and felt like maybe moving to a 8P shape as the budget I was looking at was around 10k. Then I decided that I preferred the 8L shape still more. After looking at 5/6 different ones, I found this one owner Ming blue S3, 75k, 1 owner from new and a great spec. (Sunroof, cruise control, double dim Symphony with Bose, heated seats, arm rest with 2x cup holders and parking sensors. Anyway, pictures!

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    After driving it for course before purchase, I knew the car was good and completely standard. Just a few niggling normal 8L issues to sort.

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    Brief list of what I then did (Not all work was needed but made sense to while doing other bits):

    • New OEM shocks/springs all round plus fixings
    • Powerflex top mounts and bearings
    • OEM Porsche oil cap
    • OEM Diverter valve
    • OEM inlet manifold trim
    • OEM engine bay cover fixing bolts (x5)
    • Meyle HD front drop link
    • Meyle HD rear drop links
    • Turbo intake pipe plus caliper bolts from Badger5
    • Thermostat from Euro car parts
    • Full coolant change from Euro car parts with coolant and distilled water
    • Larger lower engine mount bush changed to red Powerflex
    • Forge DV and N75 pipes plus fittings
    • OEM N75 valve plus fittings
    • Forge brake booster pipe plus fittings
    • Powerflex black steering rack bush
    • Set of front and rear discs from Pagid plus OEM carrier bolts
    • Set of front and rear pads from Pagid plus OEM caliper bolts
    • New window clips fitted on n/s door (O/S was already changed when I checked).
    • Mann pollen filter
    • Mann fuel filter
    • Mann air filter
    • OEM Quantum Platinum engine oil change
    • OEM Haldex 4wd oil change
    • Haldex earth strap replaced
    • OEM Audi dipstick holder
    • Alternator from Euro car parts
    • Drivebelt from Euro car parts
    • OEM headlight to slam panel rubbers both side (Full length)
    • OEM VW rear brake helper springs
    • OEM Audi S3 8p gear knob and gaiter
    • Full set of premium car mats
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    After this I went off to my stag do in Ibiza for 5 days and told the lads what I had brought, when I got back, the car felt nicer to drive after the refresh and I guess very OEM from what it would have felt like when it was new back in December 2002.

    Since then, I have also changed the coil packs and gone for OEM spark plugs. Did a dry compression test and all cylinders were coming out at 178-180 psi which I was pleased with. Car has done around 500 miles by now. I then dropped the sump and degreased it and changed the oil pick up pipe (which was clean) and replaced it anyway with a new rubber seal, OEM sealant and new bolts.

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    New oil and filter sorted of course again. I then changed the gear box and transfer box oil with OEM oil.

    I then took 2 weeks out and went and got married

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    Anyway! I came back and changed the rocker gasket for OEM and used the gasket sealant in the required places. Good degrease of the rocker cover while I was at it. My new number plate arrived which I got round to assigning.

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    Then I took the car to work to make sure it was all good! 100 mile round trip.

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    Since then, I have added 10mm spacers front and 15mm rear to improve the stance a bit

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    Also fixed a niggling fault with a fixing under the bonnet

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    Also as I want to keep this pretty OEM feeling and just doing adjustments that aren't permanent or fit in with the age of the car:

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    I have just added mk4 flat wiper arms and blades which suit the car more. Also added the ambient lighting to the S3 at the front (will take a photo at some point) which adds a little more light to the gearstick area at night when the lights are on at night. Added new boot struts with helper springs so the boot pops open on the key button.

    The rear anti roll bar has now been replaced with a R32 19mm and added super pro rear bushes.

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    I had a guy come round and make me two new keys that look a bit more modern, other two originals are kept in the safe just in case :)

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  3. Oscorp

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    Very nice! I bet she drives like new... congrats on the marriage as well!
     
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  4. Vex182

    Vex182 1x S3 and 3x Fiestas.

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    Cheers. Yeh it’s really nice to drive, feels really tight and the suspension is very taught. Even though it’s standard power output, it’s enough for me now. My last S3 was a 260bhp Stage 1 R-Tech for 5 years.
     
  5. Vex182

    Vex182 1x S3 and 3x Fiestas.

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    Forgot to mention earlier, also fitted a jetex filter and used the original trim cover to shield the filter so it looks OEM but you can hear the turbo spooling.

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  6. <tuffty/>

    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition...Its all about the flow... Staff Member Moderator Audi S3

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    Wonder where you got that idea from? lol

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  7. Vex182

    Vex182 1x S3 and 3x Fiestas.

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    Well it’s the best way lol, as proven by you. Also keeps from needing a heat shield.
     
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  8. S3AMJ

    S3AMJ OEM+ Team Brilliant Black Audi S3

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    Good work on the car bud, looks great. Very clean!
     
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    scotty_24 Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful, good work
     
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  10. Vex182

    Vex182 1x S3 and 3x Fiestas.

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    So a few updates. The car went into R-Tech Saturday morning for a Stage 1 remap, car was checked over and was found to be running well. First run is made just short of 235bhp / 218lb-ft with only a cone filter, badger5 TIP and running on V Power. Making about 10bhp/10lb-ft more than standard.

    Final amount settled in by Niki was 265bhp / 286lb-ft. Car feels more “fruity” lower down and pulls better of course.

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    Took the car shopping this morning as first proper drive, all feels good and the extra power ties in nicely with the new suspension.

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  11. S3AMJ

    S3AMJ OEM+ Team Brilliant Black Audi S3

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    Really nice results there! Good work.
     
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  13. basil brush

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    And of course Ming blue is the best colour :D
     
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    Great work!
    Love the first photo with the car on the ramp:sunglasses:
     
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    Vex182 1x S3 and 3x Fiestas.

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    So recently the car has been hiding at the back of the drive, did some cleaning under the rear which made the back box look smarter.

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    Then I did some MOT prep work on a friends 1.8 Corsa so had to move the S3 to make some room.

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    The S3 is a far better looking car

    Also been using my Dragy box and app to measure 0-60. The 0-40ish is good but the gear changing is bad! Will try and improve when I get a chance.

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  16. superkarl

    superkarl MAN OF STEEL

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    I think I managed a 6.6 using a racelogic timer. Stock map, just TIP+filter. Can’t remember if I had downpipe at the time.

    Lovely car by the way. Really makes me miss mine
     
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    Cheers, the car is going to be popped back into R-Tech to have the rev limiter raised so I can get 60 in second to improve my times a little lol. I was worried about my clutch pedal but fitted a extra welded pedal now so no issue there.
     
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    Vex182 1x S3 and 3x Fiestas.

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    Decided to do some preventative measurements on the S3. Ordered from TPS a coolant temperature housing, a new genuine sensor, seal and the plastic circlip. The housing was original going by its date stamped to it, I had one split on my last S3 so I thought changing it will give it some more life. The temp sensor I had was not genuine but had been ok for 6 months, again rather make sure it’s genuine.

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    Also noticed the area around the injectors were greasy and I already had a Newsouth power gasket to fit to try and keep the inlet manifold temp a little lower. I have sent the injectors off to the R-tech garage as they do injector cleaning and testing and will replace the seals. I’ve cleaned up the inlet and decided that I’m going to leave it pretty normal and original looking rather than painting or polishing it. I just need to clean up the throttle body now.

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    lovely car! Want another now!!
     
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    So the injectors have come back and have been cleaned with new baskets and seals fitted. Had a wipe over the throttle body and refitted everything again. Decided to tidy up the cables for the injectors too.

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    I then fitted my new cover to the front of the inlet manifold which I thought tidied it up a bit.

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    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition...Its all about the flow... Staff Member Moderator Audi S3

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    Loving the engine bay.... I remember somebody posting in my build thread asking if my pursuit for keeping the OE look was preventing me from getting the power I was looking for... kinda inspired me to try harder ;)

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    Vex182 1x S3 and 3x Fiestas.

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    Fiddled with the hoses around the left side of the inlet manifold today to make them sit better and then messed about with my iPhone Xs camera.

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    Been fiddling and buying some parts in the last couple of weeks. I purchased a set of brand new Hella headlights, new ballasts included which was handy as they are a pain to swap over! Car looks a lot fresher and like new now.

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    I also fitted the coil pack cover from the TFSI engine to keep the wires in check.

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    Also (not pictured) I fitted the Cookbot heat shield for the turbo and the gear slop bush which is supposed to make shifting into 1st and 2nd easier. If I am honest, it’s not changed how they feel but has had a positive feeling on all the other gears.

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    I have also ordered the Cookbot inserts for the wishbones, new ball joints, trackrod ends and Meyle HD wishbone rear bushes. That’s a nice job for likely the spring as the current setup is still fine.
     
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    A few bits have arrived now. Also purchased this 6ton press for my workshop at home.

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    It should help with the wishbone bushes etc.

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    So far I have the rear Meyle HD wishbone rear bushes, new ball joints, new top mount bearings, new wishbone bolts and new bolts for the wheel arch liners which are looking poor. A new small water pump and coolant tank will be fitted as preventive measures and to keep the bay looking fresh.

    On a side note, I have another OBD relocation quote to fit to one of my Ford Fiesta is, to reduce the likelihood of it getting stolen.
     

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