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SanFrancesc0
05-06-2013, 02:08 AM
Hello everyone. This is my first post to this site and must I say quite a site it is.

Anyways I just purchased a 1999 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro 5 speed and I love it. The only thing I hate is that it's stock...

I'm in College on a budget of about $2,000. I'm thinking of going for new rims and a decent set of comfortable coilovers then either an exhaust or a tune. I would love to hear what your opinions on how I should start modding my car. I will post pictures tomorrow. But basically it's silver on stock 15's. I don't know much and links/recommendations would be greatly appreciated. This car is going to be my Daily Driver so I don't need anything extreme just would like to make the car fun to drive/ nice to look at

Thanks

Btw it's had an inspection by a mechanic. Basic maintenance has been recently done including timing belt, new clutch, and battery

speedydragon
05-06-2013, 02:31 AM
Welcome! The b5 a4 1.8t was my first car as well.

On a budget, I highly suggest a set of st coilovers, used wheels from your local classifieds, and a tune from either giac, apr, or unitronic. A basic tune for the k03 will all yield around the same hp and torque gains, really depends on what your local tuner has on hand.

QuattroGinger
05-06-2013, 03:37 AM
i say it depends on what you want. you what show or go? if you want show, go coils/wheels. maybe s4 bumper. could prolly get all used for around 2k. if you want go.....GIAC flash, carbonio intake, exhaust, short shifter. that all prolly aroun 13 or 1400.

seanj130
05-06-2013, 04:38 AM
Coilovers, Wheels, Tune. Or Tune Coilovers, Wheels. Do NOT stray form that order.. ST coilovers should run about 699. a tune should run 350-400 if you get one on sale. and that leaves you 900 for wheels.

Support@KMDtuning
05-06-2013, 05:30 AM
Welcome and lots of luck with your B5 A4! If you have any questions regarding any products for your vehicle, we would be more than happy to help! We currently have some great sales happening!

Cheers

KMD Tuning and Engineering

schnellboy
05-06-2013, 05:56 AM
A decent exhaust will run you at least a grand, and I would not skimp on quality for that. Wheels as was said can be picked up in the classifieds. That will give you the most bank for your buck. ST coils are a great solution as well. Keep in mind all this stuff has to be installed, (aside from wheels, my pet monkey could do that) Is this something that you will be doing?

SanFrancesc0
05-06-2013, 06:22 PM
Thanks everyone for your responses! Im glad to be welcomed and not shunned for being a noobie lol

As for what I am looking for, I want a comfortable ride thats not gonna bounce around and be stiff as a rock but also lower my ride as the humongous wheel to fender gap is ridiculously ugly. I want the comfort and the price to be affordable if possible

Ive got my eyes on some 9 spoke 18" OEM audi rims but have no idea where to look or even price ranges.

Anyways, heres some more info about my newly acquired Audi: Its a 1999 Audi A4 Quattro 1.8T 5 Speed with S-Line steering wheel (other than that I'm pretty sure its all stock). Major work includes timing belt, clutch, and battery replacement. The only things I have done with the car so far is recharge the A/C system and repaint the plastic around the gearbox as it looked like poopoo.

PICS:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7402/8715247191_e94c573c35_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/82704148@N02/8715247191/)
IMG_1358 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/82704148@N02/8715247191/) by sanfrancesc0 (http://www.flickr.com/people/82704148@N02/), on Flickrhttp://farm8.staticflickr.com/7450/8716367414_9d4dd1144d_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/82704148@N02/8716367414/)
IMG_1361 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/82704148@N02/8716367414/) by sanfrancesc0 (http://www.flickr.com/people/82704148@N02/), on Flickrhttp://farm8.staticflickr.com/7416/8716367420_0d5d7aa288_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/82704148@N02/8716367420/)
IMG_1360 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/82704148@N02/8716367420/) by sanfrancesc0 (http://www.flickr.com/people/82704148@N02/), on Flickrhttp://farm8.staticflickr.com/7315/8716367438_d9295d36c0_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/82704148@N02/8716367438/)
IMG_1359 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/82704148@N02/8716367438/) by sanfrancesc0 (http://www.flickr.com/people/82704148@N02/), on Flickr (arch has rash on it... any tips to easy fix please let me know!)
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7438/8715247159_67fcdf63a7_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/82704148@N02/8715247159/)
IMG_1362 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/82704148@N02/8715247159/) by sanfrancesc0 (http://www.flickr.com/people/82704148@N02/), on Flickrhttp://farm8.staticflickr.com/7455/8716367394_ff3e38a8b4_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/82704148@N02/8716367394/)
IMG_1364 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/82704148@N02/8716367394/) by sanfrancesc0 (http://www.flickr.com/people/82704148@N02/), on Flickr LOL @ the 69 degrees !!

Cgoon009
05-06-2013, 06:49 PM
Audi wheels on a budget? Try this:

http://www.oewheelsllc.com/Wheels_3/Wheels-for-Audi_3

Worth noting, they are replicas, not OEM. That might matter to you, but the prices are low.

SanFrancesc0
05-06-2013, 07:02 PM
Audi wheels on a budget? Try this:

http://www.oewheelsllc.com/Wheels_3/Wheels-for-Audi_3

Worth noting, they are replicas, not OEM. That might matter to you, but the prices are low.

Thanks for the site. Im not too concerned if theyre legit or not I just really like the style. I noticed the center caps have 2030 on them, will mine from my stock 15s fit on the similar style centercap? Im planning on painting them as the original paint is fading and the yellow plastic looks trashy.

The site is legit though?

Cgoon009
05-06-2013, 07:09 PM
Thanks for the site. Im not too concerned if theyre legit or not I just really like the style. I noticed the center caps have 2030 on them, will mine from my stock 15s fit on the similar style centercap? Im planning on painting them as the original paint is fading and the yellow plastic looks trashy.

The site is legit though?

Not sure about the centers fitting, but they will sell you Audi caps. As for the site, I have bought 2 complete sets of rims from them, as well as a spear. They have held up well, the only problem Ive ever had with them was the fact that a rim was back ordered and took a long time to get here from overseas.

biketsai
05-06-2013, 07:44 PM
Welcome! The b5 a4 1.8t was my first car as well.

On a budget, I highly suggest a set of st coilovers, used wheels from your local classifieds, and a tune from either giac, apr, or unitronic. A basic tune for the k03 will all yield around the same hp and torque gains, really depends on what your local tuner has on hand.

Where have you been dude?!?!

walky_talky20
05-07-2013, 05:15 AM
My suggestion on the wheels is to find a set of used 17" OEM Audi wheels from a newer model and bolt them on. Like these:

B7 A4 17" Split 5-spoke
http://www.audiworld.com/features/tests/b7a4015.jpg

They look bigger when lowered, of course. They also look bigger when shod 225/45 rubber instead of the chunkier 235's they come with on the B7.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f188/Gen1xB/A4/IMG_20110430_122615.jpg

And they even look nifty without center caps:
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6230/6303949595_212fe2ae01_b.jpg

There is also the B6 Sport 17"
http://www.bira.org/images/2002_sport_wheel.jpg

They look quite nice on our B5's. They give a nice updated look:
http://www.audizine.com/gallery/data/500/IMG_0687.jpg

If you want to go bigger, there are the 18" B7 S-Line (aka RS6) wheels, which look nice:
http://teamaxion.smugmug.com/Cars/Fall-2009/DSC4195/690622375_yhBDC-M.png

Or the 18" B6 S4 Avus wheels:
http://i50.tinypic.com/2ypkdci.jpg

And lots more to choose from.

Anyway, what I'm getting at is there are lots of benefits to using OEM wheels. First is wheel quality, you know what you are getting. Secondly, they actually look good (which can't be said for a lot of aftermarket wheels I see). And what I believe is most important, they are inexpensive and *available*. If you bend or otherwise damage one of them, it isn't Mission (http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/143432-Anyone-got-a-suggestion-on-finding-a-4th-wheel) Impossible (http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/178519-Any-recommendations-for-wheel-straightening) to find a replacement.

U_know_me
05-07-2013, 07:02 AM
As for what I am looking for, I want a comfortable ride thats not gonna bounce around and be stiff as a rock but also lower my ride as the humongous wheel to fender gap is ridiculously ugly. I want the comfort and the price to be affordable if possible
Honestly good luck on your budget, because a good quality coil that will give you a great ride will kill %85 of it. (warning not a Vortex approved comment) you might want to consider new shocks and lowering springs if you dont want to budge on the ride quality. Springs dont go that low but with a good 18' wheel you should be looking at lot better than stock.


Ive got my eyes on some 9 spoke 18" OEM audi wheels but have no idea where to look or even price ranges
Fixed [:D]


Not sure about the centers fitting, but they will sell you Audi caps. As for the site, I have bought 2 complete sets of wheels from them, as well as a spear. They have held up well, the only problem Ive ever had with them was the fact that a wheel was back ordered and took a long time to get here from overseas.
Fixed [:D]

Cgoon009
05-07-2013, 07:20 AM
Fixed [:D]

Haha I see what you did there

euromob
05-07-2013, 12:18 PM
Audi wheels on a budget? Try this:

http://www.oewheelsllc.com/Wheels_3/Wheels-for-Audi_3

Worth noting, they are replicas, not OEM. That might matter to you, but the prices are low.

your recommending wheels that are going to bend and are super heavy, and might not balance properly.


if you want cheap replicas that are at least decent quality, get ALZOR's from ECStuning

euromob
05-07-2013, 12:20 PM
they are inexpensive and *available*..

real OEM wheels brand new run up to $2,000+
how is that inexpensive?

used, maybe. but you have to settle for curbed wheels, paint peeling, cracks,repairs,ect.

schnellboy
05-07-2013, 12:27 PM
Ive used OEwheels twice so far. Never had a problem with them balancing out properly. Yea they weigh a little more, but he isnt tracking this thing, he just wants a clean look. ECS rapes on shipping, and lets be honest great products but they are expensive. If you can find a decent set of OE's then go for it. If not try OEwheels

SanFrancesc0
05-07-2013, 08:05 PM
Thanks everyone for the replies! Much appreciated.

Im not so much looking for performance or authenticity. Its more of the nice look for the least amount of money for now. As long as there is hardly any difference in appearance, I dont see why I would shell out extra money when I could have replicas that look the same.

As for coilovers I was quoted a great price for a set of ST's (shipped for $725). If anyone has a better deal PLEASE PM ME!! Im a full time college student and every penny counts right now.

As for the WHEELS** (thanks u_know_me [facepalm] I really like the look of these, and was wondering if anyone had any pictures of a b5 sporting them (preferably in silver if possible!) http://www.oewheelsllc.com/Wheels_3/Wheels-for-Audi_3/Audi_Wheels_Tires24

I also really like the look of those 18" b6 s4 Avus wheels [drool]. Pics on a silver car?

Any other suggestions and opinions is MUCH WANTED! I dont want to end up having a ugly looking b5 just cause I thought it would look good in my head...

THANKS!

Nateness
05-07-2013, 10:01 PM
Might want to check out the classifieds section in the NorCal section of this website. I recall a few locals posting up wheels for sale recently.

Don't pay for a flash unless you're absolutely certain that you want to stay limited to ~200-ish crank HP for a long time. Also, the stock clutch may not live long on a flashed ECU, so hold off on power mods until you can also afford a better clutch.

Cgoon009
05-07-2013, 10:23 PM
As for the WHEELS** (thanks u_know_me [facepalm] I really like the look of these, and was wondering if anyone had any pictures of a b5 sporting them (preferably in silver if possible!) http://www.oewheelsllc.com/Wheels_3/Wheels-for-Audi_3/Audi_Wheels_Tires24

Here is the same wheel in Hyper Silver, I would go with a regular silver if I was doing it again. I didn't like the shininess of the hyper silver.

http://cleanaudidotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/pb0400861.jpg

schnellboy
05-08-2013, 06:01 AM
I have a friend that rolls on OE RS6 on his B5. It is midnight blue, and it looks real sweet. I also had them on my B6 USP as my snow shoes, and LOVED the look!

sbaer2
05-08-2013, 09:10 AM
Welcome man...car looks clean. Goodluck and post pictures of progress!

SanFrancesc0
05-08-2013, 11:50 AM
Here is the same wheel in Hyper Silver, I would go with a regular silver if I was doing it again. I didn't like the shininess of the hyper silver.

http://cleanaudidotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/pb0400861.jpg

Yeah the bright silver doesnt really go with the silver of the car, but I really like the look of the deep dish.

Anyone have a picture of these on a silver b5? http://www.oewheelsllc.com/Wheels_3/Wheels-for-Audi_3/RS4-Deep-Dish

Also, I'm not sure if I want to go with 17s or 18s now... im ordering a set of ST coils that i got an excellent price on and now im not sure if I want to go with 17s or 18s. With 17s it will be a little smoother ride, but the wheel gap would be bigger right? Im sorry im only 18 and this is my first Audi Ive never really modded a car and I dont want to f**k anything up lolol

walky_talky20
05-08-2013, 12:10 PM
The wheel gap shouldn't change much. The total diameter doesn't change when you increase the wheel size because you decrease the sidewall height of the rubber at the same time. So the wheel gap should be the same, however the distance between the rim (the outer edge of the wheel) and fender will be decreased with larger wheels because there is less rubber there. The result of that is an arguably better "stance" (be careful with that word, lol).

Personally, I'm not a fan of the "deep dish" on the RS4 design. I think the original design appears visually larger even at the same 18" size because the spokes extend all the way to the edge. This gives your eye a longer line to look at from edge to edge (or something like that). Case in point, I think these wheels look larger than the ones above, even though they are indeed the identical size (but that's just my opinion):

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/volumebikec0/_DSC4704.jpg

Of note, the black car is lower with side skirts and window treatment, and was photographed at a more flattering focal length for the B5. All of which adds up to make those wheels look better than the photo above. yes, I cherry picked the photo to prove my point, so what?

U_know_me
05-08-2013, 12:54 PM
Of note, the black car is lower with side skirts and window treatment, and was photographed at a more flattering focal length for the B5. All of which adds up to make those wheels look better than the photo above. yes, I cherry picked the photo to prove my point, so what?

And thank you for doing this. Black cars always look lower, and that angle makes any b5 look good!