Whatup! My name’s Arjun… the proud owner of a 2007 Ibis B7 A4 2.0T FSI S-Line Quattro 6MT. Welcome to my build thread! ive wanted to say that forever, haha! I remember reading VRT gli builds on the vortex when I was 15, drooling all over my keyboard… and now its finally my turn.
32% tint (measured by the 5-0 haha)
Brushed aluminum trim
Some early pictures:
(that’s my roommate)
Bought the car in August 2010, it was originally purchased in late August of 2007 so I got the car with 3 years 47,000 miles on it. Came with brand new pilot sport plus a/s, which was nice!
Two weeks after I got it I got a carbonio intake, custom high flow cat, APR R1 diverter valve, APR catback, and APR stage 1 installed. Totally changed my opinion of the car, and made me realize how much I needed suspension (originally I thought that my s-line suspension was sufficient). My stock dv was failing as well so I’m sure the R1 helped me hold boost. Also got an escort 9500ix.
Debadged the rear end except for the rings. Love the clean look in the back!!
Put a 034 Motorsports turbo inlet hose in. sounds awesome, feels way more sturdy. Not sure about gains though, lol.
Also got an rs4 style grill…
Bit the bullet on suspension, brake, and wheel upgrades. Bought OZ Ultraleggeras new from tire rack. Recently sold these to help pay for the kit, gonna be rocking stockers for a bit. To be honest I quite like how they look! Much less aggressive, I have fallen out of love with the gaudy, black OZs… 18x8 et35 5x112
Finally get my Stasis (Koni) street sport coilovers, stop tech rotors, pads, and ss braided brake lines in the car. Painted my calipers flat black while they were out. Also did the vag-com mods to get the rtw headlight settings and key fob window control and seatbelt chime. Not happy with my stoptech purchase… going for EBC Redstuff soon I think.
Got the mod bug again… Installed RS4 Rear Sway Bar
Painted the roof and rear valence black!! I think it turned out quite well. Also had front and rear bumpers resprayed b/c of rock chips. I had previously painted all four reflectors, but my reflectors were repainted here and it looked a lot more even than my paint job…
JHM short shifter. top three mods of all time… if you don’t have it, check out someone in your area who does and see if u can drive their car. will never own a car without a solid throw shifter again, the difference is shocking. Also installed apr stage 2 (test pipe file) to get rid of the CEL, something I should have done a long time ago.
034 motorsport snub mount, eurocode 2.5” test pipe, and adams front rotors (warped my stop tech ones pretty fast) in the car. Much happier with how the car sounds now, even though it is only for a little while!
Podi boost gauge also installed… I like it but it has to go… whoever guesses why can have first dibs on it, only been used for a few months.
Clear cornered my headlights and painted the housings black… was very unsure about this for a while but I’m really happy with how it turned out! Also fucked with my headlight switch to have my fogs on without the projectors.
After a LOT of deliberating and talking to Ray @ RAI (mad props to their customer service! A++, and trust me I don’t say this lightly… this is the one area where I am very demanding, and the RAI crew has continued to impress me over and over again. PM if you want examples) … build components ordered!! been a dream to me, I can't wait to start the install.
What’s on the car right now…
Apr stage 2 tune
JHM Short shifter
APR R1 Diverter valve
APR downpipe and catback
Eurocode test pipe
034Motorsport turbo inlet hose
034Motorsport snub mount
Stasis/Koni Street Sport Coils
RS4 rear sway bar
Stainless steel brake lines
Podi boost gauge
HID Fogs 4300k
Sitting on blizzak ws-70s… need tires for the summer
What is on the way…
RAI GTX Kit
- GTX2867R w/ .63 A/R turbine
- Exhaust manifold
- 3” test pipe
- 3” intake
- Synapse Synchronic Diverter Valve
- RAI Catch Can
- FMIC Pressure pipe
- Stainless steel oil lines
- S3 Injectors
HPFPUpgrade stage 2 hpfp
HPFPUpgrade 155 bar prv
Eurodyne boost manager +
Integrated engineering rods and install kit
What needs to be bought/done before the turbo goes on…
Passenger side bumper adjustment bracket
BG Cleaning, or at least inspection
What is immediately following the kit:
Clutch & flywheel upgrade (not sure what direction I’m going yet)
What would make my car “finished” (an ever-growing list, of course):
Vinyl my window and interior trim
LED plate lights
10" shallow mount + amp (to replace bose 8", going in stock location)
Add hex mesh to my fog grills
Fix my glovebox
Paint filler plate gloss black
Hard-wire radar detector, with a funk button
Strip and retint car with ceramic 35%
Upgrade to 2010 RNS-E
Adjustable control arms + Thor skid plate + go lower
Upgrade coilovers to ohlins SL (fell in love ever since riding in a b7s4 with them)
Get my dream wheels (not sure what they are yet, but plenty of time here)
Make the top half of my interior match the bottom half (make it black. Probably never going to do this… I just hate how the bottom half is black and the top is white lol)
Last thing we need to discuss, if I’m not mistaken. Numbers!!! I have to preface this with I don’t really care about numbers… I am merely looking to make the car more fun and competitive, I will definitely be tracking it… as I have more money and/or a second vehicle I will be tracking it more and more often. That being said, RAI pushed 419awhp @44psi out of a GTX30 on a 1.8… yup these turbos like to flow at really high pressures! so 350-400 range is what I am expecting (trying to keep it conservative so as not to be disappointed when I do eventually dyno it lol). Ray at RAI said that he thinks we could potentially push the turbo to 460awhp, but I am more concerned about reliability as this is my only vehicle and a huge investment, I am going to keep the tune relatively conservative to start with. Ray said he will teach me how to use maestro… I consider myself a fast learner so that will be very nice if I move to an area where they sell 93 octane or to sea level… and when I get a second vehicle I will tune the car more aggressively.