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10-06-2010, 10:23 PM
Hey guys, I'm a long-time vw owner but just bought my first Audi... figured I'd introduce myself. I posted most of this up on vortex too, so some of you have probably seen it. I picked up this 01 1.8tqm that had bent valves for $500. It has 200k on it but overall is way above average condition for the miles. Interior is super clean. Exterior has a few minor issues that will be addressed, but again, above average for the miles. Here it is the night I got it home... excuse my crappy camera and the fact that it's dark, the nice pics will have to wait until it can re-emerge from the garage in one piece.

The previous owner had it towed to a shop after the belt slipped and after he decided he couldn't afford to have it fixed, they sorta kinda threw the front end together, which is why the gaps are crazy in these pics.


Flash from a crappy camera makes carpet look way dirty.



I had a day off work this week so I pulled the head. I see evidence of all 20 making contact...


So my questions are as follows...
1. I understand the AEB head is more desirable because of bigger ports. I've read that they can be swapped in place of the AWM head but how simple is it really? Would it yield a noticeable difference in power vs the AWM with a stock K03s, chip, and exhaust? Eventually the car will probably get a bigger turbo, etc, but since I've never driven the car, the current plan is to just help it breathe a little better and get the most out of the K03s. What programming would need to be done to avoid codes for a lack of SAI and EGR with the AEB head?

2. As of now I'm planning on adding a boost gauge, replacing most of the vacuum lines, getting a 710n, and some combination of hopefully used exhaust stuff to build a turbo-back system without spending tons o' cash. Maybe a chip right away, but probably not if I end up rebuilding the AWM head and using that. Is there anything else that should definitely be replaced while I have everything apart? Is a wideband a good investment on an almost completely stock 1.8t? I want to do this project right and not cut any corners.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

10-06-2010, 10:33 PM
Timing belt and water pump?

10-06-2010, 11:53 PM
Chipping it is well worth it, if your already planning on getting a bigger turbo do you research big time before you get a chip... Look into what up-tunes you can get to support a bigger turbo.

10-07-2010, 06:03 AM
Timing belt and water pump?

Of course. I will be doing all the obvious stuff while it's apart... tbelt, water pump, all top end gaskets, etc. I meant to ask about anything 1.8t-specific that I might not be thinking about.

10-07-2010, 06:29 AM
Welcome! And have fun on your new project [up]

10-07-2010, 07:14 AM
those lower door moldings, i got mine real cheap on ECS tuning that and the front bumper grills will tie the car together before you lower and do wheels[wrench]

10-07-2010, 01:03 PM
Welcome to az

10-08-2010, 07:54 PM
thanks all.

those lower door moldings, i got mine real cheap on ECS tuning that and the front bumper grills will tie the car together before you lower and do wheels[wrench]

Yeah, I heard ECS has good prices on a full set, I need to check that out. I have the bumper grilles, they were just left off the car for the ride home.

10-08-2010, 09:02 PM
Holy crap your drivers seat does not have a giant tear in the middle! Congrats!

Papa Stone
10-08-2010, 09:11 PM
Welcome, nice car..
flashing your car is the most HP per $$ you will get. If you are going BAT, make sure that your flash is upgradable for the HP goal you want to achive. Ex. GIAC is a great flash, but is you grow to gt28,30r or bigger GIAC has no support for this. Plan your mods, is important so you don't expend extra money

The AEB flow better because the port are way bigger, however their are getting rare, and expensive.. You might want to go with other mods first.

BTW, if you got that for 500 bucks, you stole that car!! good find

10-08-2010, 09:13 PM
Get an AEB head and just put the valve cover from your old head on. Might aswell do rods and pistons now. Just use the motor you have with a AEB head. You wont get any more power out of it now, because the tiny snail wont push enough air to make the small port vs big port worth it, but if you do plan on upgrading later, its the way to go.

10-08-2010, 09:30 PM
Ditto on the no seat tear!! Ridiculous.

10-09-2010, 08:16 PM
Haha thanks guys. Yeah I couldn't believe the condition of the interior, especially with the high mileage.

After doing some research, I think I'm going to go ahead and have the awm head rebuilt, mainly for simplicity/budget's sake. I may go bt later, but for now this thing just needs to be a reliable daily. Flash and exhaust seems to be the most reasonable route for now.

Also, I finally jacked the car up tonight and was pleased to find red struts, and the fact that all my control arms seem to be nice and tight! I'm shocked!!

10-11-2010, 03:13 AM
wow, not a bad deal for 500. You must not mind working on car either. good luck

10-12-2010, 10:44 PM
Update: tonight I bought a 99 Passat wagon to resell and make some extra cash. The seller (who obviously knows NOTHING about cars), told me it had a V6. When I went to pick it up, I was pleasantly surprised to find out he was wrong. [cool] The Passat has 147k on the clock, the A4 has 200k. The machine shop hasn't touched my AWM head yet. I picked up the passat for next to nothing, I could easily pull the motor, part out the rest of the car and still make some coin. Should I swap the entire AEB into the Audi? Or keep the 06A block and take the AEB head from the Passat? Any advice from the Audi gurus?

Papa Stone
10-13-2010, 05:03 AM
keep the block, it has internal water pump and other upgrades. The aeb engine has stronger wrist pins and a bigger rods, but that can be upgraded with real rods..

10-13-2010, 06:33 AM
Welcome! Nice pick up.