Feb 12, 2016
Sadly spotted this... will need to replace at some point.
You'll have to replace the whole bumper if you want that fixed.
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It's only the grill, not the bumper. Still a lot to replace though for one and common broken mount!
Yup, you're correct. I misspoke on that.
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Changed air filter - doddle - although astounded by the number of flies and bugs in both the air filter and the air box. Had to Hoover them out. Literally 1,000’s yuk.
I got round to wrapping 70% of the chrome trim today. Its not 100% perfect but i intend to do them properly when i remove the chrome for the respray.
Also the new oem bluetooth wiring patch lead turned up today too so hope to get that job finished eventually, especially now I've found the SDS software update files too.
And lastly potentially found the source of the damp smell issue in the form of a small puddle in the spare wheel well, which i believe to be related to a previous leak i found in the boot and fixed. So all in all another very productive day
Looks very nice Alex, I think you can get away with the black trim very well against Red paintwork as its still a good contrast, not sure it would look
as good on a black bus though.
One can have too much black on a black car in my opinion, but its great on yours Alex.
Cheers Rob and you are absolutely right, it goes very well indeed. Not going for a full decrome though as im keeping the badges original chrome.
Im also not a fan off the whole murdered out black look either, your black bus needs some chrome/silver to keep things looking classy.
How easy was it to wrap? As thinking of doing mine.
Looks amazing with paint in such good nick!
An Absolute pain in the ****! I gradually got better as i worked around the car. Well worth visiting ebay and buying some basic wrapping tools like a couple of super sharp scalpel type blades. But with a bit of patience you can get a decent finish.
Cheers, unfortunately shes a "ten yarder" at the minute. Desperately in need of some paintwork!
Yeah I'm getting a bit better at wrapping after doing a few bits. Currently wrapping my girlfriends kitchen cupboards, so hopefully this will give me some practice for when I attempt to wrap mine! ha. Will probably give mine a go when the weather warms up a bit.
Looks a good job though!
Steep learning curve for me this weekend !! Bumper off to fit new grill what a pain, but becomes very easy when you’ve had it on and off as many times as I have. Firstly foolishly I never took any pics before I started to remind myself of the gap between bonnet and grille. Became obsessed that’s its to big and still am. Have the adjusters right at the top to the point there only just in. Then every time I tried to nip them up on the bumper they started to wind back down even though I was pressing down to tighten. Ended up getting them set as best I could bumper of yet again, mark them take em out and filled the bottom with no nails, screw back in to marks more no nails and then leave over night. Worked a treat however keep lookin and thinking the gap is to big. Is there a std gap ? ie 1cm etc, tried to get a good pic but it’s dark.
That was first problem !! Next foglight grilles I got from China (really nice actually) all honeycomb like grille. Because my cars white, the bit on the outside of the fog looks terrible as you can see the white of the bumper so gonna have to blank the grilles off on that side. Next the piece behind the grill which directs air to the inter cooler one side is all cracked and bits missing searched in vain on the parts section to find it, nope not in bumper, body, wing anywhere. So eventually got it back together to a std where I’m reasonably happy and now the f....... parking sensors don’t work. I know I plugged them in right.
Next fitted fan jets which I really needed. Oh and they won’t go up high enough !! Got them fitted correctly shims and all adjusted as high as they’ll go and they just spray the bottom of the screen. There not hitting the bonnet either just not high enough. So all in all brilliant weekend achieved f... all and have takin bumper off yet again to look fwd to, to sort sensors out. Happy days
Not a good weekend then Mick , but its pretty well the norm when working in that part of the car, but hey practise make perfect.
Just hopin I don’t have to practice too much !!
May sound obvious but i put my shims on and found the fan was only hitting the bottom of the window so I took the jets back off removed the shim and put it the opposite side of the hole and refitted the jets and it now sprays more or less half way up the window, so you could try that, as far as the bumper alignment goes to the bonnet i really don't get what people mean i haven't got any adjusters as its part of the oem crash bar which gets binned with the airtec fmic and I haven't got an issue, well not one that i notice or bothers me so in my experience they cant do that much.
Look good Alex i looked into this and honestly don't see a way that it can look 100% or at least stay in place over time, let alone the amount of patience it must take that i cant be bothered with lol, what's it really look like up close? Is it worth the hassle or will someone pick up its wrapped up close? To me it looks like one of them jobs that it needs to be removed to get it right?
Ricky might sound obvious to you but to me (as he looks at the ceiling) ok never even entered my mind so thanks for that enlightenment appreciated will try tomorrow night. Looking at the adjusters I thought exactly the same but surprised how much they do lift the bumper, so maybe you were just lucky with yours. Think my problem is never even thought about the gap until I changed grill now I can’t stop looking at it !! It’s all in my head. That all said it’s a really poor design as are quite a few things on the b7, son in law has a a5 and we took his bumper off and on absolute doddle. But we all love em all the same
Almost forgot fitted new battery cleaned scuttle panel out and removed bungs, that all went well so must have done something wrong !!
Ok chaps, on the subject matter of the bumper adjusters.
I need to get you all straight on the subject as there seems to be a fair bit of confusion on what purpose they are for.
They perform several important functions, whether you have them fitted or not is entirely down to personal choice.
Are they really needed, my answer is yes, Audi designed them to be used and they do work for the intended purposes, and the same applies, whether you use them or have them fitted is entirely down to the individual owner.
They are designed to be bumper support stand and also an adjustment point for bumper positioning.
Do they work, yes they do if you understand their basic design and your mounts are in working order.
They provide centre support and rigidity to the centre section of the bumper and grille assembly, without them the bumper a larger section of the bumper is only retained by a few bolts , once you loose that centre rigidity the whole bumper is able to flex ,which is not the best plan.
They are so cheap and easy to replace and even retro fit onto another crash bar .
It's a very simple device which Audi found performed an important enough job to design and fit, otherwise why bother.
I have them on my old bus and have always found them to work very well for the designed job.
Don't get me wrong, Audi have made some really less than ideal parts for the B7, i don't think this is one though.
Use them or don't use them, your choice chaps.
Absolutely Ricky, removing the parts to wrap them is ideally the best way, unfortunately removing the chrome trims on a b7 isn't as easy as you may think, hense why this is a temporary job. Up close theres a few iffy bits i could rectify if i re did it now i have some practice but on the whole its pretty decent.
I fitted the shims without thinking about and thought its all genuine parts and there terrible then a brain cell switched on and i though id just put the shim at the opposite side so the jets are closer to the edge of the bonnet (near windscreen) and that solved it, there not amazing compared to previous cars but there night and day difference to the dribbles i had before fitting the "fan spray" jets. Good luck mate sound like your having a bit of bad luck, sit back have a cup of tea and look at it another day.
Well my bumper looks ok to me without the adjusters and it hasn't fell off at a couple trips to 150mph (in Mexico) so I must be the exception lol, if for some reason my bumper isn't aligned properly its not enough for me to notice or worry about and sturdiness seems more than fine to me, some people and manufactures over think bumpers, they really don't need much to stay on safely, don't get me wrong though i have seen some very poorly aligned front bumpers on the b7 but me personally I haven't tried to align mine in the numerous times I've had it on and off and its always fitted fine to me.
That was my worry you know being a painter you always look at things and think that could be better and I know its time consuming and don't think I can spend that amount of time on a job that's not right, if you do go the route of removing the strips let me know how you get on as id be up for doing it but I know these vag trims are a complete ball ache, your car looks awesome with the black trims so i may be up for it ill just let you go first and see after how many days it takes and what you break lol.
Ive seen a vid on YouTube of a guy taking them off a saloon, but im not sure if the avant is the same. He removed the black trim under the chrome then drilled the rivets out, Removed the rear 1/4 glass ( which i dont think was necessary) then you have to take the door frames out to remove the weather strips.
I had thought about painting them too but not sure how well the paint would adhere. I had my roof bars powdercoated but tbh the finish is a bit naff
Yeah its a tricky one I did the mrs chrome fog light surrounds using plastic primer, etch then a couple coats of wet on wet then 2k paint and after a year they got maybe 2 stone chips in but seem to be holding up great I did the same on my Mercedes trims and they looked terrible after a year, surprised about the powder coating though id have thought that would hold up the best, paint works in mysterious ways.
Not today but recently:
Cambelt and water pump
Error free LED number plate lights with new screws
And took delivery of this
It’s a CTS k04 that’s plug and play for our longitudinal engines with no DV relocation. It’s being fitted Thursday and hoping to take it to badger5 soon as we’re allowed to travel again as they’re only about 45 mins from my house.
Binning the hybrid I bought from Beach Buggy Turbos. It’s caused me a load of problems over the last year. Blown the seals and dumped a ton of oil in the SMIC’s and started having problems with over boost. Started spiking at 27psi!!!
I emailed BBT for advice and support but they said they don’t support tfsi turbos anymore and offered no advice. Really disappointing for a company that supposedly has a good reputation in the VAG scene.
I'd heard that about BBT too. Seems a very strange decision given how common they are.
Be interesting to see how the CTS holds up.
Another local running bigger turbo ;-)
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The Americans seem to love the CTS k04. Been reading loads of threads on other websites and it’s got a lot of recommendations.
Just noticed it already has a turbo muffler delete in it too. If you look at the charge pipe outlet it’s solid, normally there’s a slit either side which dampens the spooling sounds
@Jon13s are you running a k04? whats the spec of your car?
What power you hoping to make from this cts ko4 Dan? I only need the s3 injectors to run this ko4 set up I really like the fact its bolt on and specifically made for the b7, being fwd I wouldn't want to push past 350hp anyway without an lsd and I'm sure this will make 320-350hp with all the bolt ons needed so I may well get one ill see how your build turns out and seriously consider it, I'm still yet to get the stage 2+ map but its only my turbo that will stop me going north of 300 and I'm not sure I'm confident in an old ko3 running near max boost hence the lack of motivation to book it in, so this cts kit may be on the cards this year, really looking forward to seeing the results mate.
Oh and I really really need some sound clips especially with that turbo muffler delete, not everyone's cup of tea but id be sticking a screamer pipe on there I'm literally a child when it comes to turbo spoolies and flames lol
Nothing as exciting as some of you guys today but still a long overdue job partly dealt with.
Collected a pair of new engine mounts, not superfandgo high performance ones but still they will be a massive improvement over the totally knackered ones fitted at the moment.
Not too bad at £90 for the pair, just need to spend a few hours fitting them.
What's wrong with being FWD? I've well north of 350hp at the wheels (just a guess, no real data to support this) and everything is fine.
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I didn't say anything was wrong with fwd? I opted to buy the fwd over quattro as its suits what I wanted to originally build the car for and me personally the quattro wouldn't of added anything in fact it would hinder it, just saying in my experience of "high powered" fwd cars there's a limit of usability and 350 ish maybe 400 crank hp max seems to be the sweet spot with an lsd and a good map to make a serious track weapon or fast road car.
Dans car is a quattro you may of mis read the part of me saying i wouldn't go past 350hp that wasn't directed at him that was me talking about my own build
I don't have quattro either but really it's just a matter of preference in terms of power and goals. A high hp car is still capable of being tracked and a lot of fun and still very much a daily commuter. I would say that most people will get good satisfaction out of K-04 power and still have a lot of fun too. I've heard good things about the CTS kit and the GIAC K-04 tune but I always will recommend a custom remap to get the most out of the car.
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