Not a case of "what have you done to your A4 B7 today", more like .....

Charlie Farley

Chilling out.
Staff member
Moderator
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
22,292
Reaction score
9,435
What have you planned to do to your A4 B7.
I have a few project things in the pipeline but nothing set in stone yet, but there are a few more pressing areas of the old bus that require attention ASAP.
Currently on 86k miles and it needs a cambelt/water pump service urgently now, I've been holding back but I must get it sorted.
Add to that I don't trust my clutch, it's working ok without any slipping etc but I have a feeling the DMF is starting to play up again, so a new clutch and DMF to add onto the todo list.

The coolant header tank has a ruddy big split in it just above the outlet pipe, another bit on the list.

I have noticed recently that the engine feels like its rocking sideway when you blip the throttle, I know both mounts had been leaking so I suspect they are now well past there best, two more bits on the list.

I had not planned on doing anything with the balance shaft issues but what better opportunity than whilst I'm doing the rest, and having been sold on the mod, why not.

The other thing is I may have another look at the cam chain/tensioner, just make sure it's behaving.
Removing the engine will be the best route , yes a bit more involved in someways but will make doing all the individual tasks so much easier in one go.

I think that little lot will keep the old bus going for a few more years, well hopefully it will, look after the mechanicals and that's 90% of the battle won, then all the rest is just enhancements.

Hopefully that lot won't cost too much, labour charges can be a bit steep on some jobs , DIY route will cut down total bill by a lot of pounds.


Right, that's my next few weeks sorted, what about you lot.
 

Charlie Farley

Chilling out.
Staff member
Moderator
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
22,292
Reaction score
9,435
Engine mounts can be a bit costly though .
 

Ricky Burrows

Registered User
Joined
Feb 28, 2019
Messages
1,876
Reaction score
968
Engine mounts can be a bit costly though .
I may need to get stiffer engine mounts after the tune being fwd it does tend to want to jump and wheel hop on a quick launch in first another 60hp may make that a tad worse lol
 

AvantAlexB7

Registered User
Joined
Feb 4, 2018
Messages
1,161
Reaction score
642
Im at the same stage at the minute Rob. My bus has never really had or needed anything doing to it over its life time but now its getting to the age where things are wearing out on it.
 

AvantAlexB7

Registered User
Joined
Feb 4, 2018
Messages
1,161
Reaction score
642
My list includes

-full front suspension refresh
-2x fromt wheel bearings replaced
-rocker cover gasket replacement
-new clutch and flywheel
 

Pie-eyedpiper

Registered User
Joined
Jan 26, 2009
Messages
1,027
Reaction score
428
I have my washer jets to change (thanks Rob).
Wheels to swap to pre-painted Stuttgart grey 5 spoke S lines.
Mudflaps to fit.
Pedal rubbers to change to RS ones.
Bosch wiper blades to fit.
320 mm front brake discs and calipers to fit. (thanks BobbyTea).
Arm rest lid to swap over.
Flip up cigarette lighter to fit.

Been think about a swirl flap delete, but after EGR valve removal wondering if it's worthwhile.
 

tr7

Registered User
Joined
Nov 15, 2019
Messages
784
Reaction score
336
Full brake refresh. Painted at the least, maybe powder coated. Thinking handbrake cables also as it's needing adjusted each time on past couple of MOTs.
But have been tempted by 18z although I've absolutely no need for them.. Just simply nicer looking caliper and much easier cleaned, which appeals to my ocd.
 

tr7

Registered User
Joined
Nov 15, 2019
Messages
784
Reaction score
336
18z Audi B7 Upgrade


Damn that looks good
 

Charlie Farley

Chilling out.
Staff member
Moderator
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
22,292
Reaction score
9,435
Thats the same colour as my 18z's , not sure i can allow that.:whistle2:
 

tr7

Registered User
Joined
Nov 15, 2019
Messages
784
Reaction score
336
I'm thinking White or Silver as they currently are
 

Rob Avant

Registered User
Joined
Jan 21, 2018
Messages
515
Reaction score
463
Get it working again… fix the IC pipe work. Then the fun begins…
Cam belt & water pump, Cam follower again.
Fit CTS K04x with S3 injectors and a few other supporting mods.
Back to Unicorn for a new map.
Fit ECS rear diffuser, mesh fog light inserts, Maxtone skirts & splitter.
Sort the paintwork out (possible re spray and new wing)

Then drive it, enjoy it and stop fiddling with it! well for a bit anyway :whistle2:
 

Charlie Farley

Chilling out.
Staff member
Moderator
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
22,292
Reaction score
9,435
Sounds like a great plan Rob. :yahoo:

not sure you stick with the lack of fiddling , but worth a go.:yes:
 

CTR

Registered User
Joined
Aug 17, 2020
Messages
18
Reaction score
6
Get it running again, plucking up the courage to drop the sump to investigate oil pump and pick up.

Had considered selling up or breaking, but cant bring myself to do it, so time to roll the sleeves up.
 
  • Like
Reactions: tr7

Mothy69

in gear but clutch slipping
Joined
Dec 19, 2007
Messages
235
Reaction score
20
Dual exit cat back stainless Steel exhaust is on the agenda (2.0tfsi se with stage 1 map)
 
  • Like
Reactions: CTR

Donfero

Registered User
Joined
Sep 17, 2016
Messages
612
Reaction score
171
Having Fuel cuts at high boost, ordered the 034 Motor Sprot High-Pressure Fuel Pump, Piston.
 

Gmac

Registered User
Joined
May 1, 2012
Messages
358
Reaction score
109
In no particular order…

front honeycomb grill and fog light surrounds.
Wrap chrome windows and roof rails.
Custom exhaust
Remap from somewhere- Unicorn?
Fit new HU - thanks Rob
Front cupra splitter - fingers crossed from Rob
Roof, bonnet and front wings resprayed

Ooft… plenty to get on with!!

oh and figure out what the small drl button does next to the lights switch! Lol
 

Charlie Farley

Chilling out.
Staff member
Moderator
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
22,292
Reaction score
9,435
In no particular order…

front honeycomb grill and fog light surrounds.
Wrap chrome windows and roof rails.
Custom exhaust
Remap from somewhere- Unicorn?
Fit new HU - thanks Rob
Front cupra splitter - fingers crossed from Rob
Roof, bonnet and front wings resprayed

Ooft… plenty to get on with!!

oh and figure out what the small drl button does next to the lights switch! Lol
DRL button is a manual way of turning off daytime running lights.
 

Gmac

Registered User
Joined
May 1, 2012
Messages
358
Reaction score
109
DRL button is a manual way of turning off daytime running lights.
Ah, okay, don’t think i have drls…or if having the drl switch mean i have? Not sure what part of the lights act as drl’s. Mine are xenons Noob question!
 

Charlie Farley

Chilling out.
Staff member
Moderator
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
22,292
Reaction score
9,435
If you have the DRL override switch , which you do, which is what it is , then you have daytime running lights. :thumbs up:
 

Charlie Farley

Chilling out.
Staff member
Moderator
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
22,292
Reaction score
9,435
Might have to ammend my original list now as things have been done, changed, aborted and shelved..lol
 

Rob Avant

Registered User
Joined
Jan 21, 2018
Messages
515
Reaction score
463
Get it working again… fix the IC pipe work. Then the fun begins…
Cam belt & water pump, Cam follower again.
Fit CTS K04x with S3 injectors and a few other supporting mods.
Back to Unicorn for a new map.
Fit ECS rear diffuser, mesh fog light inserts, Maxtone skirts & splitter.
Sort the paintwork out (possible re spray and new wing)

Then drive it, enjoy it and stop fiddling with it! well for a bit anyway :whistle2:
Sorted most of this…
Still on the ever expanding list:

Fit CTS K04X and S3 injectors (if I ever find some at a decent price)
Back to Unicorn for remap
New rubber and fit Oz wheels.
Fix passenger side Recaro motor, fit rear seats.
Re spray front and rear bumpers.
Build 3 way speaker pods into A pillars.
Wrap Crome around the windows.
 

B7Tourer

Active Member
Joined
May 14, 2022
Messages
132
Reaction score
102
Very little left to do now on the 2.0 TDi 140 Avant, since most all the major stuff has been addressed (oil pump, camshaft belt, heater/aircon, new wings), but these include:
Full suspension overhaul, including all bushes etc. (around £1000)
A bit of minor painting at the front (most of the body has been resprayed now)
Waxoyl - I was too late for this winter but I might still try and have done before we get any further bogged down.

Things I would like, but non-essential:

Retrofit cruise and trip computer stalk
Retrofit foldback electric wing mirrors
 

Jamsmoo

Registered User
Joined
May 5, 2020
Messages
727
Reaction score
442
Rs4 rarb ? Anyone done it ? Or upgrade of any sort ? Worth it ? …3.0 tdi Quattro ,mines a 18mm …are those extra mm worth it ?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

Charlie Farley

Chilling out.
Staff member
Moderator
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
22,292
Reaction score
9,435
my B7 came with the RS4 ARB from the factory and the body roll is very little compared to other B7's I have driven with the s-line spec arb's etc.
I'd say it ia a very good option to be honest and for those with the smaller dia ARB it is rated as a must do upgrade.
 

Charlie Farley

Chilling out.
Staff member
Moderator
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
22,292
Reaction score
9,435
It is not the cheap retrofit it used to be though, and there are other aftermarket RARB kits around that may work out less.
 

Charlie Farley

Chilling out.
Staff member
Moderator
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
22,292
Reaction score
9,435
I did have a spare RS4 RARB in the garage somewhere, i'll have a look, I cant promise anything as its been a few years now.
 

Jamsmoo

Registered User
Joined
May 5, 2020
Messages
727
Reaction score
442
I did have a spare RS4 RARB in the garage somewhere, i'll have a look, I cant promise anything as its been a few years now.

What size are they Rob ,I’m reading 20 and 22 ? Is the 22 from ss+


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

Rob Avant

Registered User
Joined
Jan 21, 2018
Messages
515
Reaction score
463
I’ve got the Eibach front and rear ARB kit, well worth the money. I had the RS4 one on the back from the factory and still noticed a difference when changing
 

Charlie Farley

Chilling out.
Staff member
Moderator
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
22,292
Reaction score
9,435
What size are they Rob ,I’m reading 20 and 22 ? Is the 22 from ss+


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
rs4 B7 rear is 22mm
 

Charlie Farley

Chilling out.
Staff member
Moderator
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
22,292
Reaction score
9,435
just for reference.
B7: SE bar = 16mm S Line bar = 18mm S4 bar = 20mm RS4 bar = 22mm

you will need a pair of brackets and bushes to go with the ARB
 

Charlie Farley

Chilling out.
Staff member
Moderator
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
22,292
Reaction score
9,435
I'm not sure but you may only need the bushes and new bolts, i seem to recal the brackets are the same just the bushes have a larger bore , maybe wrong though its been a while .
 

Charlie Farley

Chilling out.
Staff member
Moderator
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
22,292
Reaction score
9,435
I’ve got the Eibach front and rear ARB kit, well worth the money. I had the RS4 one on the back from the factory and still noticed a difference when changing
Hey Rob, I was just admiring the list of upgrades in your signature that you have on your Avant, looks awsome indeedy :icon thumright:
 

Rob Avant

Registered User
Joined
Jan 21, 2018
Messages
515
Reaction score
463
Hey Rob, I was just admiring the list of upgrades in your signature that you have on your Avant, looks awsome indeedy :icon thumright:
Cheers Rob, have a few more I’ve not added in too. Although if I add them all up I probably could’ve bought a RS4 instead. I do love this old wagon though :rockwoot:
 

Charlie Farley

Chilling out.
Staff member
Moderator
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
22,292
Reaction score
9,435
That's the thing, if you keep these B7's for a number of years they become part of your life, and expense is not really an option, they are worth more to us than just a used car price tag.
I spend way too much on my old bus, but hey, I love it and it keeps me happy which is all that really matters. :yahoo:
 
Top