What have you done to your Audi A4 B7 today?

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If you install B5 spring perches on the front suspension then it should take care of the reverse rake.

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But they won't fit over bilstein dampers, well the OE spec replacements maybe but not the B8 etc as they have wider diameter tubes, been there and it was a non-starter.
 

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Cant stop buying alloys ,it’s becoming a problem..just stitched myself into a set of 19” 3sdm 0.06.Everybtime I buy some I justify it by saying I’m gonna sell a set but can’t bring myself round to it .Very seriously thinking of buying some eibach pro springs for the rear to level out the reverse rake I still have with the sportlines ,it’ll also give me a bit more room for all these different tyres sizes that keep turning up on wheels I buy


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I'm still trying to get to this setup, hopefully with the new bilsteins and a set of D2's I may get close.
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But i may need bigger discs and calipers aswell to fill the void..lol
 

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I was £100 short of doing a deal on air ride a few weeks ago ,didn’t think I could justify the price this close to Xmas ..thoughts on air ride anyone ?


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I've had the 18" version and the 19" ones , the 18" nice but look a bit chunky , the 19" look much better due to lower tire sidewall and longer spokes.
The 20's are soo much better though , nice long slender spokes which really compliment the B7 chassis especially the avants.
It is a matter of getting the right tyre sizing, I'm thinking 245/35 20 but its still 5-7mm taller than with 19" 235/35.
235/30 20 is all most spot on the same as 235/35 19" but not sure a 30 sidewall is ideal on our rubbish roads, by using the B14 bilstiens i will get the ride height spot on and ride quality will be as good but just concerned about rim damage in pot holes etc.
 

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In reality i dont use my old bus that much now so maybe its less of a factor, a lot on beemers have 30 profile rubber and they are run flat which are like driving on solid tyres..lol so it cant be as harsh as those.
 

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I was £100 short of doing a deal on air ride a few weeks ago ,didn’t think I could justify the price this close to Xmas ..thoughts on air ride anyone ?


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Quite an expensive outlay for Air and not really sure its worth doing it, well all down to personal choice but a lot of other non air setups are very good
 

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IMO the holy grail short of an rs4 , gorgeous wheels,20s fitment for a daily is the issue on an already lowered car ...hindsight’s a beautiful thing


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Your good self lead me to believe Audi didn’t make this rim in a 19 ?


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Your good self lead me to believe Audi didn’t make this rim in a 19 ?


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They didn't , the 19" ones are all aftermarket, audi went from 18" to 20" for some bonkers reason..lol
 

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They are not all chocolate ones, there are a few 3rd party brands of them , I had two sets first that were utter tosh , third set were much better which I had refurbed a few times to change the look, for me this was the best effect of that style rim.

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Mmmm single malt ,just building up to either a mccallan or glenmorangie


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How did you know those are my two absolute favourite tipples? CHEERS! :icon thumright:
 

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If you install B5 spring perches on the front suspension then it should take care of the reverse rake.

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I bought a pair of these - then discovered there was no way to make them fit? They wouldn't go onto my ProSport Dampers as Rod too thick.
 
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I've had the 18" version and the 19" ones , the 18" nice but look a bit chunky , the 19" look much better due to lower tire sidewall and longer spokes.
The 20's are soo much better though , nice long slender spokes which really compliment the B7 chassis especially the avants.
It is a matter of getting the right tyre sizing, I'm thinking 245/35 20 but its still 5-7mm taller than with 19" 235/35.
235/30 20 is all most spot on the same as 235/35 19" but not sure a 30 sidewall is ideal on our rubbish roads, by using the B14 bilstiens i will get the ride height spot on and ride quality will be as good but just concerned about rim damage in pot holes etc.

Yep - had 35 profile tyres on one of my Calibras (with 18s) - forever getting punctures - usually in the (minimal) sidewall so writing the tyres off each time! Reckon the sidewall is too narrow & allows a 'pinching' action between road & rim when hitting a pothole.

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Look great but a financial disaster......... :frown new:
In fact, had a tyre writeoff once, replaced it & then brand new tyre written off ONLY 4 DAYS LATER!!!!!! :frown new::frown new::frown new:
 
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Yep - had 35 profile tyres on one of my Calibras (with 18s) - forever getting punctures - usually in the (minimal) sidewall so writing the tyres off each time! Reckon the sidewall is too narrow & allows a 'pinching' action between road & rim when hitting a pothole. Look great but a financial disaster......... :frown new:
As soon as I bought my old bus it was a financial disaster..lol
 

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I'm sitting on the fence this evening , I was going to do the deal on the S8's but then I thought will I be stuck trying to sell the 19" veemans with there nearly new tyres, I may struggle to sell them and don't want to be buying more alloys and not offload what I have, let alone letting them go for silly cheap money...:sadlike:
 

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Picked up a new coolant header tank to replace my 13 year old split item, fitting that tommow now.
Also decided to shelve the 20" alloys project, it would be nice but by the time I have a nice perfect set to fit and with decent tyres it's going to be a lot of pennies and I doubt I'll be able to move on the veemans even with nearly new goodyear eagles fitted, so thats a project off the list.
Just waiting for the B14 to be shipped now.
 

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I'm sitting on the fence this evening , I was going to do the deal on the S8's but then I thought will I be stuck trying to sell the 19" veemans with there nearly new tyres, I may struggle to sell them and don't want to be buying more alloys and not offload what I have, let alone letting them go for silly cheap money...:sadlike:

Trying to find the pic u posted of those veemans


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you mean this one, doesn't really matter now as I've aborted the 20"s, I'll stick with what I have and they are great anyway, sometimes it's easy to loose track and then mess it all up by changing.


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I still need to organise a new pair of front drive drive shafts and pair of engine mounts, a better plan to channel the funds into those bits really.:yes:
 

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Just managed to secure a nice tidy set of oem Bi-Xenons for my old bus. Been contemplating doing this retrofit for a while but was put off by the lack of auto self levelling and headlamp washers to make it a retrofit to full oem spec, however i appear to have found the relevant information for those parts so its a go-er
 

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just make sure the washer are fully functioning Alex, after a few years they tend to fail , well they pop out to wash but don't fully retract and you have to push them back in by hand.
 

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Hardly a big job but the old fixings had rusted and sheared off so had my plate held on by double sided up until today .removed the boot lid lining ,drilled out from the inside ..retapped and fitted the genuine German plate holder my sis got me for Xmas ,just need a new plates now ,wondering how long I’d get away with German font
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just make sure the washer are fully functioning Alex, after a few years they tend to fail , well they pop out to wash but don't fully retract and you have to push them back in by hand.

Not quite got that far yet Rob, i will have to collect the rest of the parts yet to do the washers and self levelling side of things. Will probably buy new washers anyhoo.
 

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sounds like a plan, my offside washer has a habit of sticking now , it goes back but not fully so a gentle push is needed, it needs a new one but I just haven't got round to it yet, another job on the never ending list..
 

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Yep, ive had issues with headlamp washers in the past on other vehicles at work, im not a massive fan of them tbh, i think there a bit of a waste of time really, unless you have an old volvo with headlamp wipers! Lol
 

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After Saturdays oil and filter change , today was the header tank replacement.
As per normal ECP made a complete hash of my order so it never arrived, the wife had a snoop on facebook and found the same part new and boxed for £10 and only a 15min drive away, bonus or what..:yahoo:
So off with the split original item including the instant gasket sealant that did not work..lol , and on with a nice new one, job done .

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After Saturdays oil and filter change , today was the header tank replacement.
As per normal ECP made a complete hash of my order so it never arrived, the wife had a snoop on facebook and found the same part new and boxed for £10 and only a 15min drive away, bonus or what..:yahoo:
So off with the split original item including the instant gasket sealant that did not work..lol , and on with a nice new one, job done .

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Great to see you've discovered the world of Facebay bargains Rob.
 

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I was very surprised at the amount of kit on there to be honest, also the amount of utter tosh aswell, and what some guys are asking for that tosh..:wtf:
 

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Just pulled the trigger on a new pair of SKF front driveshafts from autodoc, SKF seamed to be mid-way and they were BUL parts , not that it really matters but at least they should be the same as what I have at present spec wise.
£314 didn't seem to bad on the scale of things..lol
Still not sure why the left and right have to be different, still they are.
I was going to hang on a bit longer but I suspect brexit will have a negative impact on parts prices from Germany after 31/12/20 so just did it now, best just get it out of the way.

not sure what the time frame is , I expect 14 days or something unless anyone has better ideas on del times from autodoc.

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Jamsmoo

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Just pulled the trigger on a new pair of SKF front driveshafts from autodoc, SKF seamed to be mid-way and they were BUL parts , not that it really matters but at least they should be the same as what I have at present spec wise.
£314 didn't seem to bad on the scale of things..lol
Still not sure why the left and right have to be different, still they are.
I was going to hang on a bit longer but I suspect brexit will have a negative impact on parts prices from Germany after 31/12/20 so just did it now, best just get it out of the way.

not sure what the time frame is , I expect 14 days or something unless anyone has better ideas on del times from autodoc.

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My strut mountings and control arms took about that long ..pre covid


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That is what I thought really, so I'd be looking at them toward the mid-end of Jan then, I'm not in a rush as such its just the original are starting to get a bit irritating now, with anyluck they will turn up around the same time as the Bilstien B14's.
 

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not sure yet, possibly .
 
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