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bmos
11-01-2014, 05:54 PM
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I bought my first car, a 98 A4 Avant Quattro, in Feb of 2014. ~155k miles when I bought it.

Maintenance was the name of the game as it seems that POs didn't do much of it.

After a few months, my girlfriend's sister's boyfriend backed into me twice in one night, denting my fender
http://i.imgur.com/QmR9VjQl.jpg.

Then my flex joints went so I got a stainless 3" OBX catback (which sounds amazing) and two OE-grade non-stainless cats+downpipes/flex joints.
I managed to get a '98 1.8T quattro sedan with 260k from an insurance yard complete with title for $1500 (nonfunctioning turn signals and a melted brake light wiring harness) just in time to spin out into a ditch in my Avant going like 35mph about a month later.
http://i.imgur.com/1qlrLv8m.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/s10hcdCm.jpg
This bent my bumper frames rather badly and slightly bent the supports that the fenders, power steering reservoir, airbox, etc bolt onto. It also demolished just about everything forward of the engine.

So for about a month now I've been tearing it apart, sourcing parts, upgrading bits, and generally getting closer to completion, using the sedan as a parts car.

Here is where it stands now:
http://i.imgur.com/klKsRQLm.jpg

New control arms, sway bar links, sway bar bushings, and tie rods! Only one of the control arms looked to have been replaced before along with one tie rod [facepalm]

I also replaced the brake hardware (new brakes are coming "soon") and installed some nifty stainless lines (my rubber lines were not in good shape)

http://i.imgur.com/Vkp69Qpm.jpg

Today I put together the new Helix projector headlights I bought to replace the PO's Valeo e-codes with mismatched wiring harnesses, awful fitment, and broken tabs.

http://i.imgur.com/thLu0fCm.jpg

This is where I'm fortunate enough to be able to work on my car:
http://i.imgur.com/ehRqfaR.jpg
Skip Black's European Motors (http://skipblack.com)

bmos
11-03-2014, 02:23 PM
Today I finally got my control arms tightened up at curb weight and put on my tiny stock Audi 15" winter wheels (winter tires--Pirelli Winter Carving Edge, unstudded--coming as soon as I find time to get them mounted) as I got my first snowfall of the season here in Maine yesterday.
http://i.imgur.com/9vjL48fm.jpg

After the picture was taken, I pressure washed the valve covers (and most of the engine bay) in preparation for doing my valve cover gaskets.

bmos
11-05-2014, 04:20 PM
Yesterday i took off my valve covers, cleaned the outside with a degreaser followed by aluminum cleaner.
Today, as they were dry, I put in my new gaskets and sealed it all back up.
http://i.imgur.com/zancskqm.jpg

Seerlah
11-05-2014, 04:42 PM
And I thought I had Audi problems. Best of luck, man!

How does somebody back into a car twice? That fender being folded in does not look like a soft hit, either.

bmos
11-05-2014, 04:43 PM
And I thought I had Audi problems. Best of luck, man!
How does somebody back into a car twice? That fender being folded in does not look like a soft hit, either.
Even once was nuts considering how much room he had to get out of the driveway and the size of his car (a Sunfire). It was a hell of a night, haha. Thanks man.

bmos
11-09-2014, 10:48 AM
I've noticed rather sluggish (and loud) locking performance and a code warning me that leaks were likely in my central locking system due to a pump having far exceeded its lifetime.
From my research it seems that a plate/disk in the pump wears out.
Has anybody had any experience with the "more robust" rebuilt pumps available on eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/191020780915)?

Bordom
11-09-2014, 12:06 PM
I've noticed rather sluggish (and loud) locking performance and a code warning me that leaks were likely in my central locking system due to a pump having far exceeded its lifetime.
From my research it seems that a plate/disk in the pump wears out.
Has anybody had any experience with the "more robust" rebuilt pumps available on eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/191020780915)?
Use the locking pump from your parts car if it's still good

bmos
11-09-2014, 02:05 PM
Use the locking pump from your parts car if it's still good
I considered that but with the car being at 260k I doubt its pump is going to last that much longer, either. Mine still works fine, anyway; it just takes a second to operate and seems weak.

bmos
11-10-2014, 02:26 PM
Today I improved the front alignment (in preparation for a full alignment), bolted on my "new" hood, and rolled my Avant outside in preparation to finish stripping my parts sedan.
http://i.imgur.com/yHUnVzu.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/PGsQ68N.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/MPgINWt.jpg

bmos
11-17-2014, 02:42 PM
Today I put my new radiator onto my new radiator support and started attaching all the little bits (power steering cooler, ambient temp sensor, etc).
I also angle-ground the bottom ends of the fenders from my parts car, masked the part that isn't covered by the plastic trim, and coated them with Por-15 blackcote to stop the rust buildup and make them last long enough for me to get better fenders (maybe even new ones [emoji6] ). As they are now, I hope I can get a year out of them. The worst of it is the drivers side.
Here it is before getting painted:
http://i.imgur.com/HrDG0Czm.jpg

I also ground back the corrosion on a bunch of metal brackets and such (such as the bracket that holds the hood latch and those for the ac condenser) and painted them with black rustoleum because I can.

I am pretty much stuck now until I can find a source for a new lower radiator support (the bar that connects the two bumper frames and which the snub mount bracket bolts onto).

bmos
11-25-2014, 07:20 AM
Does anybody know what effect installing an RS4 airbox might have on a 2.8? I'm just interested in the changes to the intake noise, I know this engine isn't starved for air.
Specifically in comparison to the stock airbox or a ram air filter + filter for SAI pump.

Audifurdasleben
12-01-2014, 04:19 PM
I can't imagine it changing the noise much at all if any. Just run a diy short ram imo

bmos
12-01-2014, 06:27 PM
I can't imagine it changing the noise much at all if any. Just run a diy short ram imo
What's your opinion on that vs stock airbox with holes drilled in the bottom + mesh to catch any spray?

bmos
12-17-2014, 06:03 AM
Finally mounted my new tires, now waiting on a wiper linkage and portapower to fix bumper frame.
http://i.imgur.com/7OKKidQl.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/10ZE9Jim.jpg

My new tires are Pirelli Winter Carving Edge mounted on stock 15s.

Cgoon009
12-17-2014, 06:08 AM
Yus[:d][up]

Cgoon009
12-17-2014, 06:13 AM
Does anybody know what effect installing an RS4 airbox might have on a 2.8? I'm just interested in the changes to the intake noise, I know this engine isn't starved for air.
Specifically in comparison to the stock airbox or a ram air filter + filter for SAI pump.

You wont see much of a change in sound unless you have a non stock exhaust. I went for a DIY intake and it helped deepen the note just a bit.

https://cleanaudidotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/dsc_0665.jpg

I need to improve the heat shield, but I used a dry filter to protect the maf. That being said, it still shortens the life of the maf, over the stock box.

bmos
12-17-2014, 06:15 AM
You wont see much of a change in sound unless you have a non stock exhaust. I went for a DIY intake and it helped deepen the note just a bit.I have two eBay cats +downpipes and an OBX catback (sound clips to come once I get this thing running again)
Thanks for weighing in on the intake topic ��

Cgoon009
12-17-2014, 06:20 AM
I have two eBay cats +downpipes and an OBX catback (sound clips to come once I get this thing running again)
Thanks for weighing in on the intake topic ��

Np you should get a nice deeper note from the V6. You will notice it on accel. I am loving the progress man!

bmos
12-19-2014, 04:11 AM
I got my new remanufactured front calipers yesterday and will be painting them (red) to guard against corrosion. A friend of mine got new calipers in August and didn't paint them; they already look like they are years old at this point.
If I don't like the red look I'll probably just get another set, sell these, and paint the new ones with a high-temp clearcoat.

Wiper linkage was returned to ECS due to my choosing the wrong shipping service (USPS doesn't deliver to the garage I frequent [:(] ), delays based on mistakes you make are the worst delays.

I just want to have my car back to go hoon about next time it snows! (although on pavement where I belong, next time)

Bordom
12-19-2014, 09:20 AM
(although on pavement where I belong, next time)

It ain't no Allroad [drive]

bmos
12-22-2014, 06:15 PM
Today I had a couple hours so I got the first coat of paint onto one of my new calipers.
I will be taking all the rubber fittings off my next one to prevent the (very minor) issues I ran into in regards to painting the rubber by accident [;)]
http://i.imgur.com/zcJeLB8m.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/r9jTSuUm.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/9ikPE0qm.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/HsfQVlYm.jpg

I can't wait to get the car detailed when it's back on the road. My dad's '01 BMW 540i/6 just got detailed at Portland Auto Detailing and I never would have guessed old black paint could be made so vibrant.
http://i.imgur.com/LqAwyvBl.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/zwalxlAl.jpg

BaseDrifter
12-22-2014, 06:32 PM
While you have the calipers off I'd take the time to rebuild them. Replace the seal, dust boot, and bushings. Use some fine steel wool to polish up the caliper sliders (though they look pretty good.) I'd also put a coat of clear over the calipers once the red dries. I didn't do that and wish I had. I used the same paint on red caliper paint though.

bmos
12-22-2014, 06:42 PM
While you have the calipers off I'd take the time to rebuild them. Replace the seal, dust boot, and bushings. Use some fine steel wool to polish up the caliper sliders (though they look pretty good.) I'd also put a coat of clear over the calipers once the red dries. I didn't do that and wish I had. I used the same paint on red caliper paint though.
These are remanufactured calipers. Mine are pretty corroded so I didn't even want to mess with them.
http://i.imgur.com/bwVHYUUm.jpg

I'll probably get around to fixing them up someday and sell them.
Thanks, 'though

BaseDrifter
12-22-2014, 06:48 PM
Ah for sure, you'll be good to go then.

bmos
12-24-2014, 05:38 PM
I'd also put a coat of clear over the calipers once the red dries. I didn't do that and wish I had.
I missed this part of your post, why would you recommend the clearcoat? I'm already planning on ~3 costs of red before putting them on my car.

Cgoon009
12-24-2014, 07:44 PM
I missed this part of your post, why would you recommend the clearcoat? I'm already planning on ~3 costs of red before putting them on my car.

the clear is typically formulated to dry into a hard shell, which increases the longevity of your paint. I would also highly recommend it as well, the brakes will get hot. That plus the dust makes for a harsh environment for the paint, so protect it as best you can to avoid flaking later.

bmos
12-24-2014, 07:45 PM
the clear is typically formulated to dry into a hard shell, which increases the longevity of your paint. I would also highly recommend it as well, the brakes will get hot. That plus the dust makes for a harsh environment for the paint, so protect it as best you can to avoid flaking later.
I guess I'll pick up a good high-temp clearcoat then. Thanks.

Cgoon009
12-24-2014, 07:50 PM
I guess I'll pick up a good high-temp clearcoat then. Thanks.

[up] You can spray them, for an easier time.

bmos
12-24-2014, 07:57 PM
[up] You can spray them, for an easier time.
You wouldn't know of a good matte clear caliper paint, would you? I definitely don't want glossy calipers and I only see gloss clear on Amazon…

Cgoon009
12-24-2014, 08:20 PM
You wouldn't know of a good matte clear caliper paint, would you? I definitely don't want glossy calipers and I only see gloss clear on Amazon…

Im not sure, but the rough surface of your calipers should make them more satin then gloss. So you may be ok.

BaseDrifter
12-24-2014, 10:46 PM
I used Krylon ColorMaster Flat Clearcoat on my valve cover and oil cap. It's not listed as a high temp clear, but it has held up fine to engine temperatures. Brake temperatures can get much hotter, might be worth a shot though. I got it at Ace Hardware.

bmos
12-25-2014, 07:36 AM
I used Krylon ColorMaster Flat Clearcoat on my valve cover and oil cap. It's not listed as a high temp clear, but it has held up fine to engine temperatures. Brake temperatures can get much hotter, might be worth a shot though. I got it at Ace Hardware.
Oil caps and valve covers get warm but not all that hot in my experience. I wouldn't risk it on calipers but I appreciate the suggestion.


Im not sure, but the rough surface of your calipers should make them more satin then gloss. So you may be ok.
Did your non-coated painted calipers flake/peel? How many coats did you apply?

bmos
01-21-2015, 08:15 AM
I started my first semester of Automotive Tech at SMCC (Southern Maine Community College) last Monday so my available time is even less now but I'm about to go install my new Wiper Transmission and hopefully soon I'll start fixing those pesky bumper frames
At least I'm close to being done...I hope.

Update: wiper trans installed and planning to fix frame in the next couple weeks.
I suppose I'll need to put new oil in it, too, after the months it has been sitting...

bmos
04-12-2015, 05:10 AM
It's almost done!!

Here's the current state (bumper frames are aligned horizontally, fender and hood aligned in relation to each other, font end reassembled for test fit).
Last step is lowering the front bumper as the bumper frames got pushed up, too.

Sadly my new DEPO turn signal broke when the hood shut, hopefully I can get a replacement without buying a whole new pair. On the plus side, the smoked lights look great with the RS4 grille, IMO.

http://i.imgur.com/9qiTN1Nl.jpg

Also, here are my calipers after paint:
http://i.imgur.com/D95Nbgzm.jpg

I ordered summer tires, too (looks like I won't get a chance to run those sweet Pirelli Winter Carving Edge tires this year after all)
Ventus V12 evo2 (205/55ZR16) (http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Hankook&tireModel=Ventus+V12+evo2&sidewall=Blackwall&partnum=055WR6K120XL&vehicleSearch=true&fromCompare1=yes&autoMake=Audi&autoYear=1998&autoModel=A4+Avant&autoModClar=Quattro&zipError=true) to be run on my stock sport wheels (which I'm going to have sandblasted and powdercoated in Bronze)

bmos
04-28-2015, 05:09 PM
Since I last posted I have replaced calipers (rear and front), installed all four rear braided stainless brake lines, changed the oil, and installed new pads and rotors (hawk performance street pads and meyle platinum rotors).

Now for the bad news: While replacing my rear calipers I noticed that my right rear spring is broken. Whether this occurred during my crash or before, I'm not sure. It might even have been that way since I bought it. Also both rear shocks are pretty rusted out.

So it looks like bilstein HDs and new oem sport springs in the rear, unless someone has a better idea.
I'm hoping to keep my ride height pretty close to the stock sport height (~1" lower at the very most).

Now for the photos:
right rear brakes:
http://i.imgur.com/5uN6NTMm.jpg

front right brakes:
http://i.imgur.com/HV6Tclxm.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/GOdOHRDm.jpg

2015/05/05 update:
I'm now considering H&R Sport Springs With Bilstein Sport Shocks (http://www.ecstuning.com/ES659/) with new mounts, dampers, and hardware (http://www.ecstuning.com/ES2581954/).

bmos
05-20-2015, 04:05 PM
Installed my new front shocks and springs today.
Ride height is just where I want it! A 'bounce test' on the front shows it to be quite a bit stiffer! Should be fun :D

As usual I didn't take enough pictures. Here's what I did take:
http://i.imgur.com/jXa9OA7m.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/L4W2ERum.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/3MMJd2em.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/893LLAVm.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/sKU0JQnm.jpg

I really need to get my summer wheels and tires on...

cclarkb5
05-20-2015, 10:47 PM
Calipers look great. I know painting stock calipers is kinda cheesy, but it didn't prevent me from doing it to mine anyway. Just in love with how it looks.

bmos
05-21-2015, 04:57 AM
Calipers look great. I know painting stock calipers is kinda cheesy, but it didn't prevent me from doing it to mine anyway. Just in love with how it looks.Thanks, man.
I really did it for the rust protection, the visual flair is just a bonus. I can't stand how nasty calipers get here in Maine after just one winter.
I painted the calipers on my other car ('73 BMW Bavaria) black to get the rust protection without the flashy effect but I haven't installed them yet so I don't know how I'll like the look.

Later today I'll be replacing my rear sway bar endlinks (with Meyle HD metal replacements) and sway bar bushing hardware.

Bordom
05-21-2015, 05:39 AM
I don't understand why people paint the caliper and carrier the same color. Is it trying to look like a bigger caliper? Lol (Not to bash but I've noticed this locally and among forum members)

Creativity never hurt anyone. My setup. Shitty pick but you get the idea.
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/21/e4d5b0251167783b2e446d17d3eabeb2.jpg

Everything graciously mispelled by Android

bmos
05-21-2015, 01:38 PM
I don't understand why people paint the caliper and carrier the same color. Is it trying to look like a bigger caliper? Lol (Not to bash but I've noticed this locally and among forum members)I was actually looking at your thread before you posted on this and wishing I had done it similarly to yours. I honestly didn't think about the paint choice much since I was mostly doing it for utilitarian reasons.
If I were to do it again I would probably clearcoat the carriers and do the calipers red.

bmos
05-21-2015, 02:11 PM
Today brought good news and bad news. I got the metal sway bar end links installed:
http://i.imgur.com/y9kcD2xm.jpg

but found this mess when I removed the strut mount/bracket:
http://i.imgur.com/O6isvokm.jpg

~$425 later and I should have new mounts by next week.
This 'budget sport suspension' is getting expensive!

The right side mount was so rusted that there was only about 1cm of metal actually holding the strut top in place horizontally!!:
http://i.imgur.com/dj4F8vDl.jpg

Once I have recovered from this big expenditure, I'll be getting all the rust fixed and the front bumper repainted.

crazexr7
05-21-2015, 02:20 PM
I was actually gonna take my strut towers off soon! Could have saved you some money! New is pretty cool though.

Nice progress [up]

Murph_129
05-21-2015, 02:31 PM
Wow. That's a scary amount of rust...

Liking it so far, can't wait to see it "finished". I love reading these Avant threads. Makes me more and more excited about getting one once I'm out of college! [up]

Nollywood
05-21-2015, 02:41 PM
Jeeze! That's some serious rot there. Where was your B5 originally used? I've never seen one rust that bad.

bmos
05-21-2015, 04:36 PM
Wow. That's a scary amount of rust...
Liking it so far, can't wait to see it "finished". I love reading these Avant threads. Makes me more and more excited about getting one once I'm out of college! [up]They're terrific, I hope you find a great one.


Jeeze! That's some serious rot there. Where was your B5 originally used? I've never seen one rust that bad.IIRC (don't have the the info on hand right now) it was bought in NY and has lived between there and Maine (where I am) ever since.
For some reason the rear is pretty terrible but the front is actually pretty nice (for a Maine vehicle).


I was actually gonna take my strut towers off soon! Could have saved you some money! New is pretty cool though.I actually considered posting here to ask if anyone had some clean used ones but I didn't. My loss (although having nice new ones in there will feel nice).

bmos
05-24-2015, 04:22 PM
Does anyone know the part # for the right angle connection between the airbox and the secondary air pump hose?
If not, a compatible filter size would be great (as people use when converting to a pod filter).

Murph_129
05-24-2015, 04:31 PM
Does anyone know the part # for the right angle connection between the airbox and the secondary air pump hose?
If not, a compatible filter size would be great (as people use when converting to a pod filter).

Just delete the SAI and switch to a pod filter! I think the factory TIP is like 2.5".. Or you can leave the airbox and just delete the SAI and plug the airbox hole..

//I probably have the hose your talking about laying around if your actually wanting to just restore it all..

bmos
05-25-2015, 03:57 PM
Just delete the SAI and switch to a pod filter! I think the factory TIP is like 2.5".. Or you can leave the airbox and just delete the SAI and plug the airbox hole..

//I probably have the hose your talking about laying around if your actually wanting to just restore it all..
I considered swapping to a pod filter but didn't think the cost was worth it for negligible performance gains (at least without a protune). If you'd be willing to mail it to me I'd happily pay shipping and whatever it's worth (I can't find it on any Audi part diagram). I could probably also make one out of some tubing but I figured there had to be one somewhere.
Wouldn't deleting the SAI system set a check engine light?

bmos
05-27-2015, 06:14 PM
Just a general reminder to people, change your brake fluid.
The fluid on the Audi wasn't too bad but it definitely is firmer now (although that's likely the braided steel hoses).
I just did the fluid on my BMW today and it was terrible! 3 of the lines and calipers were full of a rusty-brown mess of fluid and the first of the three bleeders on the front right was milky!

Old fluid is bad for your ABS (not that I have to worry about that with my Bavaria), bad for your caliper pistons, and it doesn't stop as well.

I just ordered a vacuum brake bleeder since pressure bleeding seems to be a major pain... I have high hopes.

Bordom
05-27-2015, 08:08 PM
IIRC (don't have the the info on hand right now) it was bought in NY and has lived between there and Maine (where I am) ever since.
For some reason the rear is pretty terrible but the front is actually pretty nice (for a Maine vehicle).

The front suspension mounts, or "top hats" as I like to call them, were originally made of steel until 98 when Audi switched over to aluminium. Post 98 top hats will not ever rust, however, they may oxidize.

bmos
05-28-2015, 04:51 AM
I was referring to the overall condition of the front and rear, not just the mounts (I should have been more specific).
My '98 does indeed have aluminium top hats--I replaced them anyway.

The only bits I'm re-using are the front lower shock mounts, as ECS didn't include them in their "cup install kit."

bmos
06-02-2015, 01:55 PM
I got the rear suspension done yesterday.
http://i.imgur.com/mQzbd10m.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/jcUFSZsm.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/9OB5Dk1m.jpg

Old vs New Shock Mounts:
http://i.imgur.com/4DnIwMim.jpg

Also spent some time messing about in Photoshop to create these custom Fire Extinguisher stickers:
http://i.imgur.com/ww6aTWBm.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/KrLYJr4m.jpg?1

Murph_129
06-02-2015, 04:03 PM
I considered swapping to a pod filter but didn't think the cost was worth it for negligible performance gains (at least without a protune). If you'd be willing to mail it to me I'd happily pay shipping and whatever it's worth (I can't find it on any Audi part diagram). I could probably also make one out of some tubing but I figured there had to be one somewhere.
Wouldn't deleting the SAI system set a check engine light?

And of course I can't find it. I maaaay have thrown it away. [headbang]

But yes, if you delete the SAI pump you will get an incorrect flow code and fail readiness for the SAI.

//Sorry for such a late reply!

bmos
06-03-2015, 03:50 PM
And of course I can't find it. I maaaay have thrown it away. [headbang]

But yes, if you delete the SAI pump you will get an incorrect flow code and fail readiness for the SAI.

//Sorry for such a late reply!No worries! Unfortunately the county in Maine that I live in has emissions testing in addition to the statewide safety tests. If my car has an illuminated emissions/engine light, it won't pass.
I suppose I could probably get a pod filter for the top of the sai intake hose and just plug the corresponding hole in the airbox...

bmos
06-03-2015, 03:58 PM
Today, after changing the oil-cooler o-ring (which was leaking even before I'd cranked the engine over), I filled up the remaining fluids and went for a test drive in the parking lot.
Strangely, one of my almost brand-new NGK spark plug wires (I installed them a month or so before my accident) was arcing where the insulation came near the valve cover.
I just ordered some Bosch Premium wires, hopefully these prove more reliable!

After a quick rinse to get off the months of dust:
http://i.imgur.com/yAwqwfKl.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/1qpjM6ol.jpg

Murph_129
06-03-2015, 04:29 PM
No worries! Unfortunately the county in Maine that I live in has emissions testing in addition to the statewide safety tests. If my car has an illuminated emissions/engine light, it won't pass.
I suppose I could probably get a pod filter for the top of the sai intake hose and just plug the corresponding hole in the airbox...

but.. you wont have an airbox if you switch it out for a pod? haha. You could plug the SAI hose, which I don't recommend since its still needed, and you'll get an incorrect flow code since your not pushing extra air into the exhaust manifold. If you DO put a pod filter on and leave the SAI line undone, your then running the risk of sucking unfiltered, dusty, possibly (however unlikely) dirt and rocks into your SAI pump which COULD make it to the combi valve... and if past that.. your turbo turbine.. Lots of "IFs" but still haha..

I'm sure people do it, but I don't know how they keep the SAI system fully functioning with the airbox deleted.

rockbeau25
06-03-2015, 04:42 PM
Those fire entiguisher decals are seriously cool!

crazexr7
06-03-2015, 04:44 PM
^ x2

bmos
06-04-2015, 04:44 AM
Those fire entiguisher decals are seriously cool!
Thanks, PM me if you'd like the file so you can get your own printed.
I could also make a white-text variant so it'd match the other Audi safety gear.

but.. you wont have an airbox if you switch it out for a pod? haha. You could plug the SAI hose, which I don't recommend since its still needed, and you'll get an incorrect flow code since your not pushing extra air into the exhaust manifold. If you DO put a pod filter on and leave the SAI line undone, your then running the risk of sucking unfiltered, dusty, possibly (however unlikely) dirt and rocks into your SAI pump which COULD make it to the combi valve... and if past that.. your turbo turbine.. Lots of "IFs" but still haha..

I'm sure people do it, but I don't know how they keep the SAI system fully functioning with the airbox deleted.
I mean a tiny pod filter to go right on the top of the vertical SAI tube. Not one for the engine intake.
Also, no turbo = no turbine damage haha.

Murph_129
06-04-2015, 04:54 AM
Whoops. Shows how much I read! Didn't know its not turboed.. If I look back.. It probably isn't even a 1.8.. Is it? Lol

bmos
06-04-2015, 12:21 PM
Whoops. Shows how much I read! Didn't know its not turboed.. If I look back.. It probably isn't even a 1.8.. Is it? Lol
No sweat, we've all been there. Mine is a 2.8 30v V6.

bmos
06-22-2015, 05:03 PM
Bought #MrAudi (http://www.audizine.com/forum/member.php/316447-MrAudi)'s sport cloth seats (http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/651946-B5-Sport-Cloth-Seats) today.
I'll be selling the rear bench seat and swapping the buckets in up front.
http://i.imgur.com/Zn9KgeTl.jpg

His new Santorin A4 (with absurdly low mileage <40k) looks damn nice.

bmos
06-29-2015, 03:56 PM
I replaced my broken ABS sensor today.
Surprisingly, it came right out by hand without any trouble. It was dated '98 which makes it very likely to have never been changed.
Upon removal:
http://i.imgur.com/h0aLinHm.jpg

After cleaning, I can see why it failed!:
http://i.imgur.com/a8idHZmm.jpg

Based on the failure mode, the new one might fail quickly. If so, I'll clean the sensor rotor before replacing it. At least they're super cheap sensors.

bmos
07-12-2015, 03:49 PM
I drove home in my Audi today!
Tomorrow I hope to get it inspected, followed by a 4-wheel alignment at my local dealership, and (once I've fully woken it up from its slumber with some daily driving) professional repair of the body rust.

Anybody have advice as to what drivetrain mount(s) is/are likely to be causing some 'bucking' when getting on/off the throttle? I just replaced my snub mount with a poly mount from ECS but can't afford to replace both motor mounts, trans mount, and rear diff&carrier mounts at once right now.
My assumption so far is the diff/carrier mounts.

bmos
07-15-2015, 06:23 PM
Passed inspection today, just had to replace a couple bulbs (that's why it took a few days).
I noticed my caliper carriers had loosened so I torqued them to spec (92 ft lb) which I don't think I did last time since I only had a large torque wrench at the time. (I just got a 3/8" digital torque wrench that is easily the coolest tool I own)

bmos
07-18-2015, 05:19 PM
Installed the first of my sport cloth seats today. It's SO much better bolstered than the original leather.

Sadly I have to wait to install the driver's seat as I need to fabricate a power seat-to-manual seat conversion bracket.
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/07/18/f18348a312dfc574839ff75b2ee44914.jpg

Also, does anyone know why my radio clicks when I set it to cassette?
It works well but has this ever-present click-click-click pattern.
Weirdly it works fine when I set it to the radio.

I also notice an ever present hiss from the speakers even when I have it turned off. I have the Bose system.

Turbo_B5
07-18-2015, 05:40 PM
Also spent some time messing about in Photoshop to create these custom Fire Extinguisher stickers:
http://i.imgur.com/ww6aTWBm.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/KrLYJr4m.jpg?1

Ooooo i like. Where are you mounting it? Willing to make me some for a $treefiddy paypal donation perhaps?

bmos
07-19-2015, 06:02 AM
Ooooo i like. Where are you mounting it? Willing to make me some for a $treefiddy paypal donation perhaps?
I ordered two in case I aligned it badly.
PM me your address and you can have the extra!

I attached mine to the cover plate for my jack with allan-head screws and speednuts. I haven't gone for any spirited drives since install so YMMV.http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/07/19/81b34bc063290da3f934d764365cdf25.jpg

If I were doing it again I would probably put it rearward on the driver's side panel like this:http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/07/19/4fdc7815facc96c59aab821ac4d21d20.jpgI'd also make the text white so it matches my OEM first-aid kit.

#MrAudi
07-19-2015, 06:42 AM
Nice work man!

bmos
07-19-2015, 02:30 PM
Nice work man!
Thanks, the seats are awesome.
Well worth the price and trip up there.

bmos
07-26-2015, 06:42 PM
So, while I was driving through Columbus Ohio with my dad (in his 2001 BMW 540i), a matte black B6 without headlights or taillights on (just angel eyes--and it was pitch black out, just street lights), blew by going at least 15over, and shifted with a pop of fire from his loud exhaust. A cop (who was two lanes over on the fairly empty road) just kept on driving.

I wish cops in Maine were so chill.

bmos
08-04-2015, 07:21 AM
Is an Audi four-wheel alignment supposed to include necessary front subframe adjustment to even out camber?
I was told by my service adviser that it was available at additional cost.

Bordom
08-04-2015, 09:30 AM
Is an Audi four-wheel alignment supposed to include necessary front subframe adjustment to even out camber?
I was told by my service adviser that it was available at additional cost.
No experience but if you pay almost $200 for a 4-wheel alignment it should be included. Tell that SA to stick it

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bmos
08-05-2015, 03:22 AM
No experience but if you pay almost $200 for a 4-wheel alignment it should be included. Tell that SA to stick it

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They did only charge me $129 but that was the primary reason I went there for my alignment.

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Bordom
08-05-2015, 03:41 AM
They did only charge me $129 but that was the primary reason I went there for my alignment.

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Really? 4 wheel alignment at my dealer is almost $200. How much extra to do it?

You can find a performance shop that could do it all for about $100

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bmos
08-05-2015, 03:45 AM
Really? 4 wheel alignment at my dealer is almost $200. How much extra to do it?

You can find a performance shop that could do it all for about $100

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I should probably ask, I didn't think to. If I get that info I'll post about it here.

I have to go back anyway after replacing my rear adjustment hardware so they can get the rear in spec.

EDIT: 2015/08/11
Just noticed this while looking for the source of an ongoing power steering fluid leak (which turns out to be leaking banjo bolts on the rack).
What sort of backwards cut-rate tech thinks leaving both steering rack boots like this is okay???
http://i.imgur.com/aqCDio9l.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/8OdbZyG.jpg