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SMIC middle lower hard pipe

S3AMJ Jul 8, 2018

  1. S3AMJ

    S3AMJ OEM+ Team Brilliant Black Audi S3

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    Evening everyone, just been working on the car this weekend. I’m going to be removing the standard SMIC’s and was wondering, the hard pipe connecting the two in the middle lower. Is it “structural” strengthens the chassis, etc or can it be removed? Would free up a lot of useful space.

    Thanks,

    Ash


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  3. Bez480123

    Bez480123 New Member

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    I’ve left mine in...mainly due to other pipework been mounted from it! Maybe something I’d revisit at a later date & possibly fabricate some mountings for the other bits? It is a big lump like! Lol

    Bez


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  4. scotty_24

    scotty_24 Well-Known Member

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    Same, left mine as there's stuff bolted to it
     
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    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition...Its all about the flow... Staff Member Moderator Audi S3

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    I removed mine and made a bracket to hold the PAS pipes...

    Some say it helps stiffen the chassis but I don't think Prawn has any issues going round corners without it....

    Its not really anywhere near the loaded point of the suspension so can't really see it being that useful... I'd rather have the access to the oil fiter

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  6. S3AMJ

    S3AMJ OEM+ Team Brilliant Black Audi S3

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    You read my mind Tuffty! That’s exactly why I wanted to remove it, getting your hands/arms in and around there is a PITA with it in the way! I changed my power steering pipes over the weekend and it was a pig. Being as Prawn has removed his I’ll be doing the same when I change my SMIC’s


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

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    Prawn didn't remove his... the A3 simply doesn't have one.... K04 turbo'd engines only... and some 180hp TT quattros iirc... the LCR has an alloy version thats not bolted to the chassis

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  8. S3AMJ

    S3AMJ OEM+ Team Brilliant Black Audi S3

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    Sorry my mistake, I thought I read prawn had removed his. I’ll be pulling mine out then, although when I had a quick look at it Sunday... it looks welded to the chassis?


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

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    Nah... its bolted on... :)

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  10. desertstorm

    desertstorm Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group quattro TDi

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    The factory must think it does something as it's fitted on the 3.2 v6 TT's and they have no side mount intercoolers. It does stiffen the front structure, along with the front bumper these are the only 2 things solidly locating the front of the chassis rails.
     
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    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition...Its all about the flow... Staff Member Moderator Audi S3

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    Would imagine its more they couldn't be bothered to design a bracket to replace the one the hard pipe provides for the PAS pipe

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