First off, thanks to all of you B8-S5 V8 guys for your support with all of your encouraging comments, emails, PMs, and phone calls. We really appreciate you guys waiting on us to build more products for your cars. Also, a big thanks for all of those who have already purchased our JHM "Solid" Short Throw Shifter, Lightweight Rotors and a special thanks to those who have been running some parts still not to market for the last few years. Now with the acquisition of this vehicle, keep an eye for our B8-S5 V8 product line to expand very soon.
B8-S5 Section in the JHMotorsports.com online store to see what we currently offer.
This is the official JHM B8 S5 4.2l V8 FSI build thread for our new in house 2008 S5. We will cover each and every modification and repair we make to the vehicle as we build it to push the B8-S5 4.2L V8 performance to new levels.
Specifications on the car as purchased on 6-02-13. I flew to Los Angeles to pick it up with friend and drove it back the same day.
-Completely stock 4.2L FSI V8
-6-speed manual transmission
-100% bone stock except wheel spacers and a rusty Magnaflow downpipe back system. (See picture below of how we got the stock cat-back to one of our dealer’s shops to have it shipped back up to us in Northern California for Research and Development reasons.)
-Meteor Gray Exterior
-Magma Red interior with Carbon Fiber trim
The story of how the purchase went down.
Jake here at JHM was tasked to find a car for us to purchase so we could kick our B8 S5 V8 program into high gear just like we had done with our B6-B7 S4 and B7-RS4 programs. I told him the higher the mileage, the better so we could run into issues and learn more about what fails on the car. This is just like what we did for the B6-B7 S4 starting back in 2009 as shown here -> JHM B6 S4 Build thread. It took about 6 months for him to find a good candidate since most were super clean, super low mileage, or too far away. Then this one popped up in Los Angeles at 80,000 miles and it looked clean for the mileage. I talked to the owner and jumped on a plane to LA the next day. The car ended up being as advertised and I purchased it on site so I could drive it back to Lathrop with my good friend. Here are some pictures from my phone at a Target parking garage close to LAX where the owner of the car picked us up:
This is the fun picture. So I figured we would go to a store nearby LAX after the previous owner picked me up and have them bring the stock cat back in the truck to take the owner of the car back home. That way we could buy towels and tie down straps to get the stock cat back to JHM by dropping it off at one of our dealers down in LA.
Plans for this car performance wise Running as far as we can in the 12s all-motor is the utmost priority.
1. Carbon clean and JHM B8 S5 intake spacers. Our intake spacers have been on B8-S5s already for around a year so it is ready for release, coming soon.
2. JHM Lightweight Flywheel and Stage 4 clutch. We’ve been developing this kit for over 2 years and it’s been on customer cars for over 1 ½ years. With this car purchase and our long term testing complete, final units are in production as we speak.
3. JHM Tuning. We have already tuned several B8-S5s so we just need to finalize details for a 91 octane and 93 octane file release.
4. JHM Test Pipes, JHM True Cat-back (with downpipes). We have been pretty far along with our exhaust on this car for some time now. NOTE: OEM downpipes are just resonated pipes (no cats) so for a true cat back you need to replace the downpipes as part of the system. These cars have separate pipes that are about 2 feet in length for the cats and would be upgraded to a test pipe or high flow cat pipe, basically just like a 1.8t or 2.0t but times two. Audi just configured the the B8 chassis exhaust different with an extra component for just the cats that used to be in the downpipes on older B6-B7 V8s.
5. JHM Lightweight front and rear rotors. Previously released. Click here: -> B8 S4-S5 Front and Rear Lightweight Rotors in the JHMotorsports.com online store.
6. Lightweight wheels. Time will tell what brand we’ll go with.
7. As the JHM B8-S5 4.2L V8 Program progresses, I am sure we will find more goodies.
8. (or later depending on other products we develop) JHM-Vortech Supercharger Kit.
Only time will tell what other parts we’ll release for this platform. The more you continue to support us, the more we can do with this car.
Thanks again, guys!