What have you done to your Audi A4 B7 today?

Ricky Burrows

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The K04 is worth it. The SE should have came out of the factory with one. Really livens the car up.

I always felt the car was underpowered when I was running the stock set up. It’s lively now, like I said in my other post I had the brakes smoking yesterday ha ha
Defiantly agree with that Dan well maybe not the special edition but defiantly the dtm's should have came with ko4's like the ed30 golfs of that era as it was supposed to be a "special" car giving it the same engine and power as a normal A4 was a terrible idea, that's the only reason why I wouldn't touch a dtm unless it had a k04 fitted but moment you do that you killed the value of the car anyway you cant win lol.
 

Ricky Burrows

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Yeah there pretty cheap now as well, the estates are weird looking but definitely different, having a 500hp 4wd dsg estate is an awesome idea id be tempted by one
 

UisT4

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Got my rear subframe finished yesterday, was pretty straightforward in the end and speed sensors were the only real casualty / expense. Was good to get underneath cleaned up and undersealed. Off to work for 5 weeks now so MOT when I'm home again...
 

boffin486

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SO - At the weekend, thought I'd do a quick check on my recently replaced oil level sensor (to see if theres any oil leaks).
BUT - once it's up in the air, after looking about (oil sensor OK by the way) find I've got a split CV joint boot on drivers side. The same side I recently had to replace the CV joint when it collapsed on me one day (see earlier in 'What have you done' thread.)
Nowadays, I can get the driveshaft off & onto the bench very quickly (10 mins) as I've done it so often.......
BUT - now it's time to seperate the CV joint to replace the boot. All seems straightforward so far.
BUT - after tapping it a few times to 'shock' it loose, it won't seperate - snap ring holding firm. Start to hit it harder for a while - still no movement but it does move/slip in the Vice. Crank Vice harder closed, try again. Nope - Hitting very Hard now (wih a 4lb hammer) and still it just slips in the vice.
SO - crank vice harder still & now the vice breaks in half!!!!! Time for some olympic class swearing. You probably know all the words to this song already.
Give up in disgust for the day - already been at it for about 4 hours now.

Next day, get another, much more substantial Vice (almost a 2 man lift), install on bench, time to start on driveshaft again. Get it all clamped up & commence hammering again. Harder & Harder & HARDER!!!!! - Still cant get it to seperate. I can't actually manage to hit it any harder than I am now so finally decide it's time for the angle grinder. Grind outer case, force out the ball bearings, grind a slot through the cage & force that out of the joint & then off the drive shaft so all thats left now is the inner cage.
Start hammering the inner cage but stiill it wont seperate. Get the grinder again and grind a slot into the side of the cage (carefully as possible 'cos drive shaft itself now imperilled). Now got a slot, use a crowbar to split/crack it apart. It'll surely drift off now? Not a chance. Had to grind another slot on other side to break the web in half!
FINALLY got the Driveshaft seperated!
Got the new CV joint (I now keep one on hand), greased it all up and fitted it (with a new snap ring) very easily. Back out to the car, refitted in about 15 mins. Job finally done!
BUT, this half hour job took 2 days to complete! Pic of broken/wrecked parts below.

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GRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!
 
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andymcleary

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Fitted my Exeo RNS-E, modified loom, GPS antenna and AMI. Just need to find a local with VCDS to code the AMI and allow the nav to show on the DIS.
 

Ricky Burrows

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Just a quick update my b7 she unfortunately will be in the classifieds in the next few days ill go ahead and get her mapped Monday but will be straight up for sale after so if anyone's interested keep an eye on the classifieds next week :)
 

Ricky Burrows

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@Ricky Burrows what you switching to mate?

Im considering switching to a b8 S4 avant
Figuring out a way to get the finances now rather than another 5 months like planned for the e63 but im not sure yet mate if its not possible then ill keep my options open nothing else really tickles my fancy tbh, yeah the b8 s4 has the best engine gives me old b5 rs4 vibes being a big litre v6 turbo
 

Sidrick

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Looked at the B8 S5? Better looking car IMO and when I initially went looking for an S4 I was able to find S5s with more options and better condition for the same price.
 

Ricky Burrows

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Ok just found out the rs4 was a
Looked at the B8 S5? Better looking car IMO and when I initially went looking for an S4 I was able to find S5s with more options and better condition for the same price
More than likely because the A4 is more useable/appealing as its more family orientated, looks wise it will have to be the b8.5 the b8's are a bit of an ugly duckling interiors are nice on both though saying that though all Audis from 2010 onwards seem to have upped there game drastically.
 

Alex Holmes

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Fitted a pair of new rear springs today and a new steering rack boot. Also gave the rear discs and backing plates a quick tart up too whilst i was there.

Be glad when the new springs settle in, its like I've fitted a lift kit lol
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Ricky Burrows

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Sad day the old girl has been sold went up for sale this morning now she's gone I knew it wouldn't hang around but its a shame they don't have the value they deserve from the cars specs compared to similarly priced cars it should be a 4k car all day long but oh well done now, its been emotional.
 

Alex Holmes

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A week and a boot full of kit over the weekend later and the rear springs seem to have settled in now to there pre replacement days and im quite happy with the ride height again.

Another new issue to solve though now in the form of towbar wiring. I've been informed that the brake lights on the trailer stay on after releasing the pedal and come on on there own, so a call to PF jones later and im stripping the interior down again.

Not strictly a B7 defect this time though for a change
 

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Allways something Alex, life would be a bit boring otherwise.. :yes:
 

jimmyjamms

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You don’t have LEDs on the trailer do you? When I hooked up my boat trailer after installing towbar the lights were doing all sorts of weird things. I thought I’d messed something up with the wiring but was just the LEDs on the trailer not drawing enough juice. Resistors on every light sorted it out
 

MrSaetervik

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My car sits on original sline suspension and they need to be changed. What’s your recommendations? I like the rear stance but the front needs to go lower. I haven’t checked if it’s the dampers or the springs that’s the issue yet, but I’ve heard sline’s not the best... even tho I think they ride pretty ok.
 

Pie-eyedpiper

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You don’t have LEDs on the trailer do you? When I hooked up my boat trailer after installing towbar the lights were doing all sorts of weird things. I thought I’d messed something up with the wiring but was just the LEDs on the trailer not drawing enough juice. Resistors on every light sorted it out

Could you give me a run down in fitting resistors on the lights please. I have weird ESD happening to my trailer and caravan rear lights after fitting LEDs.
Thanks.

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My car sits on original sline suspension and they need to be changed. What’s your recommendations? I like the rear stance but the front needs to go lower. I haven’t checked if it’s the dampers or the springs that’s the issue yet, but I’ve heard sline’s not the best... even tho I think they ride pretty ok.

S line suspension is bad, especially when old. I'm biased but fit some Eibach Sportlines or Pros, coupled with Bilstein dampers.
 

MrSaetervik

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Installed my new (old) MFSW today, got it pretty cheap so it got a few marks here and there that I’ll try to work on. Waiting for the new wiring loom and slip ring before I can code it, already got the correct comfort module so that’s a positive.

thanks but I’ll stick to this wheel, but if you got the pinout for adding the multi function connector to the wiring loom myself I would appreciate that
Today I connect the mfsw buttons to the airbag wiring loom myself, searched far and wide and finally found the correct diagram. Connected and coded and everything works perfectly. I’ll leave the photo here in case other needs it.
Have a great day all!
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jimmyjamms

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Could you give me a run down in fitting resistors on the lights please. I have weird ESD happening to my trailer and caravan rear lights after fitting LEDs.
Thanks.


Here’s a couple pics. I just basically got 6 resistors 21w12v to mimic normal bulbs and put them in line on each positive wire. Married all the negatives together and glued them into a sealed aluminium box on the trailer. There was enough slack in my trailer wiring so I didn’t have re-run any of it
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Pie-eyedpiper

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Here’s a couple pics. I just basically got 6 resistors 21w12v to mimic normal bulbs and put them in line on each positive wire. Married all the negatives together and glued them into a sealed aluminium box on the trailer. There was enough slack in my trailer wiring so I didn’t have re-run any of it
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Ok, does that effort mean that the LED bulbs are more effective than filiment bulb fitment?
 

jimmyjamms

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Ok, does that effort mean that the LED bulbs are more effective than filiment bulb fitment?

What do you mean by effective?
I’d just installed a new waterproof sealed set of leds on the boat trailer so just did this to make them work. They worked fine when hooked up to my Hilux. Normal bulbs would be fine if I didn’t already have the led set installed


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Pie-eyedpiper

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What do you mean by effective?
I’d just installed a new waterproof sealed set of leds on the boat trailer so just did this to make them work. They worked fine when hooked up to my Hilux. Normal bulbs would be fine if I didn’t already have the led set installed


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I mean are LEDs worth all the extra hassle of fitting resistors?
I've fitted tail light and indicator bulbs to me trailer and caravan and had nothing but issues with them since. I think traditional bulbs might be the answer.
 

jimmyjamms

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I mean are LEDs worth all the extra hassle of fitting resistors?
I've fitted tail light and indicator bulbs to me trailer and caravan and had nothing but issues with them since. I think traditional bulbs might be the answer.

Yeah I’d just put normal bulbs in if I were you.
I think they’re worth it for the boat trailer as the whole light unit gets submerged at the ramp and might last longer


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Alex Holmes

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Well i fitted the new clutch and Dual mass flywheel this morning took around 5/6hrs all in and pretty easy to do especially on a ramp.

Started with mixed emotions tho, dropped the box out and removed the old clutch to fin it was in very good condition, very little wear on the disc and no signs of faul play on the pressure plate either, although we do suspect that the clutch has been recently changed as the DMF (supplied oem by LUK) was original but the clutch was missing the audi stamps plus a few other tell tail signs of it being previously tampered with. Our thoughts are maybe that the pressure plate has worn significantly quicker than the disc? Also the gearbox input shaft hadn't been greased either so could have been that too?

Anyhoo its all back in and drives loads better, no more hoping it can manage a hill start anymore
 

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Had to address a low brake pad lamp today, it couldn't be the pads as they are not low and more to the point I don't have the wear blocks fitted.
off with both fronts to establish what was to blame.
Nearside all good, drivers side loop fly lead must have been rubbing just shade on the rim at some point as there was clear patch around the entire rim inner edge and had worn through the cable, well just one side but enough to break the circuit and ping up the alert.
Due to a lack of a spare plug and lead, plan b, make a new contact inside the plug, the job is done.

Gave the interior and leather a good clean and recondition, almost looks half decent now.:yahoo:
Not B7 oriented but still audi, refiited my TT centre pipe having ventured over a somewhat taller speed bump and swiftly detached it, oops darn speed bumps, luckily it went on without issues and no other damage to the rest of the system.

The B7 is all good for tomorrows MOT now, fingers crossed it will be a pass.:thumbs up:
 
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Having just looked at my milage from last years MOT , I've only covered 3967 miles since then, that's half the previous year.
Can't be much to go wrong then given that short distance.:icon thumright:
 

Jamsmoo

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Larger tyres fitted to the bbs that I’ve been itching to try out meant a rethinking of spacing.
3 adult size people sat in there


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Larger tyres fitted to the bbs that I’ve been itching to try out meant a rethinking of spacing.
3 adult size people sat in there


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what size tires now chap?

i can see a face through the back window....lol
 

Jamsmoo

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what size tires now chap?

i can see a face through the back window....lol

245 x35 .almost new good year eagle ,they came on another set of wheels that I put 235s on so had these sat around and didn’t want to waste them ,the ones that were on the bbs were bargain basement rubbish so flogged them on flea bay


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sounds like a plan, i like the goodyear eagles, very surefooted tires.

i have them on the old bus too.
 

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Lol.....
 
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