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SSGSS Rose
01-23-2019, 02:18 PM
Hey guys,

I am pretty new to the forum and this may have been addressed elsewhere, apologies if that's the case. I am looking to do upgrades to my 2013 RS5. I want to be able to push it hard and wind on roads at 180km/h comfortably. The car is stock as is so, I'm planning on getting an APR stage 1 ecu tune, mounts and inserts installed on the drivetrain, subframe and differential to make the car stiffer and manageable. My package doesn't have the sport suspension, but taking into account how terrible our Kenyan roads can get, I'm in no particular hurry to get lowering springs.

What else could be added (from 1st to last mod)? Strut bars or sway bars? What else? The car is already fast as is. But I'd like to push it further. Refine it more.. Y'know?

Thanks.

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BuyTheWarranty
01-23-2019, 03:08 PM
Hello sir, and welcome!

DO NOT GET the APR Tune. I would highly reccomend looking through this thread and grabbing the JHM tune (https://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/823878-JHM-Stage-1-RS5-B8-Tune-Megathread) as it has been proven to add anywhere between 25-30AWHP.

There are also a few vendors who make intake systems but they are quite expensive. A free flowing exhaust would be a good option and depending on your sound tastes, there are a few options.

Ape Factory
01-26-2019, 05:35 AM
Start with tires and go from there. Not sure what you have on the car now but try a set of Michelin PS4S tires. Michelins usually have more sidewall bump compliance with no loss in steering precision, turn in or grip. They'll work better on bad roads. Make sure you have a good alignment and check it at least once a year.

For the differential and transmission inserts, I'd probably stick with ECS as they have a polyurethane portion which'll transmit less noise, vibration and harshness to the cabin on bad roads.

Definitely go with the JHM tune over APR. The APR tune really isn't worth the money and the JHM makes a noticeable difference that you can feel throughout the rev range.

If you do decide to go with suspension, consider an adjustable kit with progressive rate springs. On the softer settings, they'll actually ride better than your original suspension.

Roll bars are going to increase your effective spring rate and may make the ride more harsh. If you do purchase roll bars, get the full kit, front and rear, not just rear. I would suggest GMG here in the States with H&R second. H&R's come with noise free bushings and no need for lube. The GMG's are hollow and a bit lighter.

I will say the car, as is, is pretty competent. Not sure if you've just purchased it but I'd suggest driving it for a while to try and figure out what you don't like about it's handling or specifically what you would like it to do better.

Welcome to the forum! Great to have you here. Post photos!

SSGSS Rose
01-26-2019, 07:18 AM
Start with tires and go from there. Not sure what you have on the car now but try a set of Michelin PS4S tires. Michelins usually have more sidewall bump compliance with no loss in steering precision, turn in or grip. They'll work better on bad roads. Make sure you have a good alignment and check it at least once a year.

For the differential and transmission inserts, I'd probably stick with ECS as they have a polyurethane portion which'll transmit less noise, vibration and harshness to the cabin on bad roads.

Definitely go with the JHM tune over APR. The APR tune really isn't worth the money and the JHM makes a noticeable difference that you can feel throughout the rev range.

If you do decide to go with suspension, consider an adjustable kit with progressive rate springs. On the softer settings, they'll actually ride better than your original suspension.

Roll bars are going to increase your effective spring rate and may make the ride more harsh. If you do purchase roll bars, get the full kit, front and rear, not just rear. I would suggest GMG here in the States with H&R second. H&R's come with noise free bushings and no need for lube. The GMG's are hollow and a bit lighter.

I will say the car, as is, is pretty competent. Not sure if you've just purchased it but I'd suggest driving it for a while to try and figure out what you don't like about it's handling or specifically what you would like it to do better.

Welcome to the forum! Great to have you here. Post photos!It has p-zero tyres, though I'm not too sure I'd stick with them. They do offer some level of grip for some 275/30/20 tyres. I considered the PS4S, but the pricing model in Kenya is so crappy, you'd get a set of wheels and tyres for the price we have in this country. And I plan on sticking to them. I do freeway driving mostly and they are okay. When on a dirt road is where things get crazy, though I haven't driven the car there yet. Going to see the folks usually has me switching cars to a Nissan cause the wheels are 195/60/14. The road isn't level in the slightest sense. It's uneven and rocks aren't flattened in any way.

I got the dynamic ride pack on the car, and I was thinking about struts and roll bars which would make more of an impact on the car. It is capable as is, but I want more power (insert Jeremy Clarkson voice). The inserts are something I want to put, there's a bit of a shift I feel, and want to rid the car of.

It's still new for the country and I'm getting a feel of it. It's just that there's a Drags/gymkhana coming up and I wanted to take part. So this was more of a fact finding.

Photos are coming soon. I'm having her fully detailed next weekend.

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SSGSS Rose
01-26-2019, 07:19 AM
Hello sir, and welcome!

DO NOT GET the APR Tune. I would highly reccomend looking through this thread and grabbing the JHM tune (https://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/823878-JHM-Stage-1-RS5-B8-Tune-Megathread) as it has been proven to add anywhere between 25-30AWHP.

There are also a few vendors who make intake systems but they are quite expensive. A free flowing exhaust would be a good option and depending on your sound tastes, there are a few options.@apefactory agrees with you but I'm not sure jhm do shipment internationally? Do they?

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JimmyBones
01-26-2019, 07:25 AM
@apefactory agrees with you but I'm not sure jhm do shipment internationally? Do they?

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Yes they do. You would get the Cheetah cable shipped to you and then load the software to your car thru the server. Easy process.

Ape Factory
01-26-2019, 12:21 PM
Roll bars offer a greater bang for the buck so to speak but they will increase your effective spring rate and the car will not absorb imperfections as well.

That's too bad on the Michelins, great tire, probably the best for road work. But definitely not for dirt. No high performance "road" tire is going to do well on dirt unfortunately. An all season might do better.

Definitely do the ECS Tuning inserts. https://www.ecstuning.com/b-ecs-parts/complete-drivetrain-mount-insert-kit/008288ecs01kt1/

For the subframe, only 034 Motorsports makes them and they're solid. I have them, no noises to speak of that I notice.

There's also the CR-15 tower brace. It's inexpensive and easy to install. It apparently stiffens up the front end.

Jake@JHM
01-28-2019, 02:03 PM
Thanks for the support guys [up]

Here is a list of parts we currently make for the RS5:


JHM S-Series Lowering Springs: https://jhmotorsports.com/lowering-springs-s-series-jhm-for-b8-rs5.html
JHM Front 380mm Lightweight BBK: https://jhmotorsports.com/front-rotors-pair-380mm-bbk-jhm-2-piece-lightweight-for-b8-rs5.html
JHM Front Lightweight Rotors: https://jhmotorsports.com/front-rotors-pair-jhm-2-piece-lightweight-for-b8-rs5.html
JHM Rear Lightweight Rotors: https://jhmotorsports.com/rear-rotors-pair-jhm-2-piece-lightweight-for-b8-rs5.html
JHM Performance ECU Software: https://jhmotorsports.com/jhm-tuning-for-b8-rs5-4-2l-fsi-32v.html
JHM Flashing Cable for remote flashing: https://jhmotorsports.com/jhm-tuning-flashing-cable-for-jhm-ecu-tuning.html
JHM 2.75" Performance Valved Exhaust System: https://jhmotorsports.com/exhaust-full-2-75-performance-exhaust-valved-downpipes-and-cat-back-for-jhm-b8-rs5-4-2l.html

Yes, we ship world wide!

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