View Full Version : body parts are on - mostly

05-10-2007, 10:16 PM
Got the fenders, hood, bumper, and driving lights fitted. Also did the full tie rod assembly on the passenger side. That boot was hell. Tomorrow morning the inner fenders get installed and the car gets a bath.





05-10-2007, 10:25 PM
looking good bro. Something you might want to consider that marked001 did to his s4 bumper. He took plexi-glass i believe and shaped it as a filler plate, then painted it body color and it looked perfect.

05-10-2007, 10:32 PM

05-10-2007, 10:38 PM
The car is looking really good... i like the plate too its gunna look sweet

05-10-2007, 10:45 PM
im sure you're already aware of where to get the plate fillers but why don't you get one from the dealer or online? like here; http://www.audipartssuperstore.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=26_145_174&products_id=254

cars coming along nicely. [up]

05-10-2007, 11:01 PM
filler plate is a $111 euro plate is 20. Plus the euro plate adds a bit of personality

05-10-2007, 11:04 PM
The dealership wants $122 for that filler plate. That is a huge amount for a piece of plastic. It is 111 plus shipping on that link. The euro plate was custom stamped and painted and shipped from Berlin for 50 bucks including a frame and mounting hardware.

05-10-2007, 11:06 PM
nice man, i got pissed for a second when i came on and saw no pics after talking to you, looks like you just took your sweet ass time. i want to see the finished product with the grills and lights in.

05-10-2007, 11:12 PM
A lot of little things popped up. I didn't even get to pick up the hood until today and got the rest yesterday.

The grills will be a while. I want to make sure I'm happy with the position of the driving lights before I cut them up.

05-10-2007, 11:16 PM
looking good, that hood = the sickness! keep up the good work. [up]

05-11-2007, 06:05 AM
looks good. im not sure if i like the driving lights positioned right there. just looks a little off to me. it may look a little better (IMO) if they were mounted where the regular fogs go.

05-11-2007, 06:59 AM
Not a fan of the driving lights... WHy didn't you just use the stock s4 fogs with a hig kit. (I gonna assume the price was a factor.)
Other than that car looks like it's coming along and looking good; nice progress... [up]

05-11-2007, 07:24 AM
I like the fogs.

Light output will probably be far greater than the stock fogs.

I must have missed the post, but what did you end up doing to your headlights? I have been considering baking mine, and cleaning them out, and possibly painting some of the chrome.

Hows the light output for the highbeams without any reflectors?


05-11-2007, 07:46 AM
The headlights were trashed in the accident. I picked up these for 100 bucks as temps. The Hella FF75s were something I never got around to installing in the Outback. The are driving lights with 2-3 times the range of e-code high beams. They are not in the stock location for 4 reasons:
1. That would block airflow to the smic.
2. The bumper bends back more at the sides then the middle. That makes it much harder to look good with a grill from the corner.
3. The lights are bolted directly to the bumper crash beam so they are very solid. This isn't an option out at the sides.
4. FMIC piping should route right under the lights.

I had a 2001 S4 as a company car for a couple years. The fogs on it were so weak they weren't replaced after birds took them out. The stock A4 fogs with yellow bulbs were much better. What the cars really needed was the ability to throw some real light down the road. Now I don't have to worry about overdriving the headlights at night. The Hellas are street legal rally lights. They will be my new highbeams. I'll probably put yellow bulbs in them for winter and have already thought about a HID conversion. From what I've seen that probably won't be necessary. These suckers are bright as hell.


05-11-2007, 07:50 AM
I'd bet the FF75 fogs put down twice the light as stock B5 fogs. Probably more usable light than an S4 or A4 with a low temp HID fog kit. The driving lights have a nice pencil beam pattern.

Hella FF75 driving beam pattern:

Hella FF75 fog beam pattern:

05-11-2007, 07:55 AM
Function over fashion [cool]

05-11-2007, 08:02 AM
Look at all that room for FMIC piping.

These sit just as far back as possible. Rather than cutting oval holes in the grill mesh I'm going to cut a slit across the center of the light opening and roll the mesh back so that it fits around the light. This will be similar to the way the housing conforms to the low beam. That is Donovan, almost 5, doing the Spiderman thing. I dodged a few webs and scratched the car a bit with the screwdriver. Such is life.

05-11-2007, 08:11 AM
Does he have on your MULES!?!

05-11-2007, 08:14 AM
Function over fashion [cool]

Hells yeah. Even so, I bet these would look great with a set of e-codes.

05-11-2007, 02:27 PM
what size bulbs do those hella lights take??

05-11-2007, 02:49 PM
55w Halogen H7
Specs (http://www.hella.com/produktion/HellaUSA/WebSite/Channels/Consumers/Products/Performance_Lighting/FF_Series/FF75_FF75_Blue/FF75_FF75_Blue.jsp)

05-11-2007, 06:02 PM
I fired up the car but it ran like it was on 3 cylinders. I'm hoping it is just a bad spark plug otherwise I'll have to check the timing.

05-11-2007, 07:10 PM
bout time [cool]

05-11-2007, 07:56 PM
looking very nice jim , hood is awsome, is that the oilcooler thats in front of the radiator? if yes , then is it a bigger one or the stockky ,i dunno to me it looks big

05-11-2007, 08:40 PM
That is the power steering cooler. Eventually it will be paired with a large oil cooler and will sit where the SMIC is.

05-13-2007, 08:24 PM
Good news and bad... I got it all back together and drove it around but have a couple issues. I was about an inch low on the power steering fluid and thought it would be fine. Turns out that it was below the level of the pickup (not at the bottom of the tank!) and ran the pump dry. I'll be installing another power steering pump this week. The other issue is one of inconvenience. The new cluster that I installed is from a V6 and I have a 4 cylinder. Therefore the tach reads only 2/3 of the revs it should. My redline is now about 4000 rpm instead of 6000. Anyone know if it can be recoded?

I forgot my camera and didn't get any pics out in the daylight. It looks much better there than in the garage. I did get some pics with the grill installed. I'll be swapped the chrome plated rings for the brushed rings soon.





05-13-2007, 08:45 PM
damn, looks a hell of a lot better with the flash off. that thing is going to look mean at night

05-13-2007, 09:53 PM
Looks good, can you take some daylight pictures of the hood fitment? It's hard to find a CF hood that fits nicely.

05-13-2007, 10:25 PM
I'll pull it outside and get more pics. The hood fits beautifully. I had to refit the fenders and so it isn't perfect right now. I'll tweak it into place a bit better. I had the hood and fender gaps perfect but then the DS fender was too close to the door.

05-13-2007, 10:34 PM
looks sweet man!

05-14-2007, 08:25 AM
is it just the pics or is the clear really that foggy in places on the hood?

05-14-2007, 08:35 AM
It is that foggy in a couple places. The hood was from SoCal and probably got a lot of sun. It is only noticable under direct sunlight at the right angles or with flash photography. Eventually the center portion will be sprayed with a transparent black (like a candy color or tinted clear) that will blend the carbon in better with the car, let the weave show through in bright light, and kill the cloudiness.

05-14-2007, 10:20 AM
No hood pins?

05-14-2007, 10:57 AM
Not yet. It will take a week or so to get a new power steering pump in there so it isn't being driven right now. It has only been driven about 15 miles since January. I have a set of carbon hood locks but am waiting to hear back from safety stewards about whether or not they are allowed on track. I like the low profile look of the locks but might have to run quick release pins for safety reasons. Since the hole in the hood is different I haven't installed anything yet.

I've also come up with a design for a hidden lock system that works like a smaller version of the OE hood latch on either side. This would give the hood two small locks and one large one. It would be either an electric or cable operated system and be completely clean. I don't think I'll be taking the idea any further since it would be a lot of work that I don't have time for right now.