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    Quote Originally Posted by richib86 View Post
    Carbon fiber KILLS all signal strength, I had a real carbon fiber case for my iPhone and rendered my phone unusable, and also a carbon fiber key cover the buttons didnít work unless I was like a foot away from the car, proximity almost didnít work at all.
    Good information here. I've been hearing that people who have swapped their rear diffuser with a carbon fiber constructed version has lost their "kick to open" trunk sensor capabilities. I guess one really needs to consider what they might lose if you want to play with carbon fiber. Personally, I dropped Sirius a few years back for online alternatives and don't think I'd miss the trunk sensor... it hardly works for me anyway since I keep my key in the same pocket as my RFID-protected wallet which happens to block the signal as well - so did my cork wallet.

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    Mops On The Move
    I'm a little jealous of this pic. I bet it was a good time. I'm going to need to figure out how to get over there one of these days.

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    Established Member Three Rings Yabi's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diokhan View Post
    I'm a little jealous of this pic. I bet it was a good time. I'm going to need to figure out how to get over there one of these days.
    Road trip!!

    If you come to the foothills to visit Mops make you hit up the stateís capital and visit your friend Yabi too!

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    BC Forged MonoBlock RS31 Series Rims
    wrapped in Michelin PilotSport A/S 3+

    The MonoBlock RS31 is a fully forged one-piece wheel made out of T6061 Aluminum and is designed to be a lightweight, durable, high-performing wheel which sits handsomely in BC Forgeís BC Racing Wheels portfolio. By being fully forged with the highest quality of 6061-T6 aluminum the result is a super strong, practically bulletproof wheel thatís built to last and weighs much less than your stock OE wheel.



    If you decide to order a set of RS31 wheels for yourself youíll notice that BCF offers over 20 different color options. From classic colors such as silver, chrome, or black to more bold colors such as yellow or green, thereís a color for everyoneís taste profile. And if you donít like the default options, you could always get them custom painted such as these - coated with Porsche Dark Grey Metallic in satin/semi finish.

    photo by Mops

    Back Story
    Iíve purchased these wheels used with approximately 6,000 miles on them as part of a S4 part out. For those who may be interested on how the deal went down, hereís the back story;

    Back on July 10th of 2018, Mops@Nemesis posted up a picture of a set of BCF RS31ís coated in Porsche Dark Grey Metallic in a liquid paint finish and within minutes I was making inquires to purchase a set of my own. I loved the simplicity of the wheel and felt that the color choice was perfect - it was love at first sight. Mops and I had many conversations regarding the custom paint finish, cost, and fitment and I was all set to seriously consider purchasing a brand new set of my own come early 2019.

    Fast forward a couple of months; Mops mentioned he ordered an RS5 and I reached out to him to ask if heíll be doing a part out which lead to a discussion if he was going to be selling RS31ísÖ lucky for me he was. We struck a reasonable deal which included the RS31ís along with a set of 034 parts which have been featured in an earlier post. Now the hardest part was waiting for the appropriate time to meet up and claim these beauties. After several weeks, my wife and I took a drove from Raleigh to the Foothills of NC to meet Mops, install the wheels, and spend a little mountain time for ourselves. Overall the experience was amazingly smooth. Mops was extremely welcoming and such a warm host, so much so that my wife has an open door for him and his family if they ever need a place to stay in Raleigh.

    Now, back to the present!

    Installation
    For those who have never installed custom wheels before there are a couple things you should know;
    1. Youíll need to make sure that the tire will fit properly. I am not an expert at this so I discuss it with people who are.
    2. You may need lug bolts. For the RS31 the OE lug bolts would have worked fine, however, we decided to use black lug bolts so they get lost in the wheel. While the silver OE ones would work, they would also stand out. Itís a matter of what you like and there are lots of color options, just make sure you order the right ones for your wheel and for your vehicle. Hereís a link to the lug bolts we used that work with the S4 and the RS31 rims.
    3. You may want to use a wheel spacer to position the wheel further out from the fender. Depending on the size of your new wheel it may or may not be flush with the side of the vehicle. Spacer can help adjust this as long as your lug bolts are long enough to accommodate them. Mops preferred a 3mm spacer in the rear while we opted to forgo the spacer - again, itís a matter of preference.
    4. Be sure to reset your TPMS in the MMI to avoid a false air pressure alert after changing wheels.

    As mentioned above, we opted for black lug bolts and no spacers for our setup. We did toy with the idea of reusing the OE bolt caps to bring in some of the Daytona Grey back into the wheels, but ultimately we decided it was too contrasty and felt it was best to keep the black bolts bare. The bolts were torqued to 98 ft-lbs.

    Overall the wheel swap took about 20-minutes and cost around $16 USD. The garage we used, Davidís Care Care Center in North Wilkesboro, NC, was amazingly friendly and accommodating. They gave my wife and I a tour of their garage, offered advice for places to visit and eat while we were in town, and even offered us coffee while we waited. The OE bolts were put together nicely in a ziplock bag which I thought was a nice touch vs them tossing the bolts into an empty box or having it be my problem on how I am to carry them out.

    The install stress was nil since it was all handled by professionals.

    Impressions
    Itís amazing how much changing a wheel can change your entire carís appearance. When the mechanic pulled around our car it immediately looked different, almost like it wasnít my car driving up to the front of the store but a fellow S4 ownerís. The day was raining which made everything look darker than normal, including the wheels which appeared to blend into the glossy black rubber that wrapped them. It was only until a little light caught the metallic flakes in the custom Porsche paint that brought the silky dark grey to life exposing pops of sparkle throughout the liquid smooth finish. The dark metallic grey contrasts perfectly against the rotors while the bright red calipers burst out from behind screaming ďbig breaks deserve attention too!Ē The black lug bolts vanished perfectly into the rim leaving the full 19 inches of fully forged excellence completely uninterrupted and fully showcased.

    Physically the complete wheel package is larger. The rim is an inch larger in width and 265/35 rubber increases the circumference adding about .25-inches of ride height. The changes are enough that it aesthetically looks larger than its OE counterpart. To help you comprehend the size differences Iíve provided the following comparisons;




    As of writing this, the car has not been lowered and there is no certainty that I will drop it to make up for the .25 inches of additional height. This is due in part of the addition of the ECS Tuning Carbon Fiber Front Lip Spoiler added previously. The ECS lip lowers the front of the vehicle approximately an inch which has made getting in and out of certain slanted areas a real hassle. I am hoping that the additional .25Ē increase will help keep the bottom from scraping, but then again I could almost match the same height I was at before - and used to - by adding in some ABT HAS springs. Only time will tell which route Iíll go, and if itís the ABT route Iím certain youíll hear about it in this log!

    Conclusion
    Transaction: Purchasing through Mops has always been a smooth process and buying second-hand was no different. The wheels were cleaned and completely detailed on our arrival. He allowed us to spend as much time as we needed to inspect the wheels and tires. In addition he was there to answer any questions we might have regarding servicing the tires, how to balance them, care for them, and more. Mops also provided us with a bottle of touch up paint in the event a stone chips the liquid finish. Overall this transaction should be the model of how must second-hand purchases should be; clean parts, friendly service, questions answered, smooth transaction. As they say on eBay, ďA+++ will buy againĒ.

    Wheels: In short, they are everything I hoped for them to be. The ride feels good and the extra meaty tires makes you feel more planted. In addition, the reduction of unsprung weight* makes a difference in the driving experience. Itís only been a few days since ownership and Iíve received positive comments from co-workers and friends who have seen the new set up. Also, itís seems Iíve been receiving a little more attention on the road. In the past 48-hours Iíve had three cars try to ďshow offĒ driving next to meÖ previously I think this has happen twice since ownership. Maybe itís simply coincidence or maybe is how one friend said, ďyou know sheís not stock anymore!Ē

    Final thoughts: Highly recommend BC Forged wheels for anyone looking to reduce unsprung weight, change their shoes, or drastically change the appearance of their car. While BCF may not be as common as other household names such as BBS, they are still a premium brand focused on quality, performance, and consumer options. Personally, I love the uniqueness of the wheel and the custom paint laid on top of them. The Michelin PilotSport A/S 3+ grips well and handled great on both the rain and dry roads.

    *For those who are unfamiliar, unsprung weight is the mass of the suspension versus weight supported by the suspension (known as sprung weight). Your wheels are directly connected to your suspension therefor they are a part of the suspensionís total weight (unsprung weight). Other components that are considered unsprung weight are wheel axels, bearings, hubs, tires, springs, parts of the driveshaft, and more. The benefits of reducing your wheelís unsprung weight is an increase in acceleration - due to the reduction of rotating mass itís easier for the vehicle to accelerate, and an increase of grip over bumpy roads - since they tend to rebound faster and be more nimble over their heavier counterparts. A negative of lighter wheels is that you can feel the road and vibrations more since you do not have as much mass to absorb the irregularities of the road.


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    Holy cow man, I don't know that I've ever met someone capable of writing up a detailed analysis on wheels like this lol. Lots of great info here for the uninitiated, you're great resource to have.
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    Great review! I enjoyed reading it and viewing the pics. You have some great roller shots there!

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    Thanks richi and Diokhan! Glad you guys enjoyed the write up. Special thanks to Mops for capturing those rolling shots!

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    This thread is so pro. I cannot get over it!

    It was such a pleasure to hang out with you both, Louis. I'm so pleased to know all of my parts will remain on the Zine.

    The wheels look fantastic! And I know they feel great too. I could instantly tell I gained a good 7 pounds per corner.

    Enjoy the new goodies my man! You're going to be very pleased with the 034 additions, too. I'm sure we'll get together again before too long. A mountain drive would make for a great Sunday.
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    Damn sick write up!! Wheels look great and your car is coming along nice! Keep it up brother.


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    That looks fantastic! Love the detail in the write ups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mops@Nemesis View Post
    This thread is so pro. I cannot get over it!

    It was such a pleasure to hang out with you both, Louis. I'm so pleased to know all of my parts will remain on the Zine.

    The wheels look fantastic! And I know they feel great too. I could instantly tell I gained a good 7 pounds per corner.

    Enjoy the new goodies my man! You're going to be very pleased with the 034 additions, too. I'm sure we'll get together again before too long. A mountain drive would make for a great Sunday.
    Pleasure is all on my side, Ben. We enjoyed our trip and love the new weeks. Thanks for all you do for the Audi community.

    I'm totally down for a mountain drive. Would be cool to get some Audi's to meet us and make a day of it. Maybe we need to discuss this further!

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    Quote Originally Posted by S4_Pedro View Post
    Damn sick write up!! Wheels look great and your car is coming along nice! Keep it up brother.


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    Thanks Pedro! Appreciate the feedback!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKO View Post
    That looks fantastic! Love the detail in the write ups.
    Thanks AKO!!

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    Yabi, good write ups. You should come to my work and write my manuals, specifications, and reports

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paintedblack View Post
    Yabi, good write ups. You should come to my work and write my manuals, specifications, and reports
    Haha, thanks Paintedblack! I appreciate the comments!

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    They look great! Quite the write up as well lol

    Lowering on the cards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by King James View Post
    They look great! Quite the write up as well lol

    Lowering on the cards?
    Thanks James.

    Considering ABT HAS for a drop. What's stopping me is that the ECS Front Spoiler already makes my front an inch lower which causes some challenges getting around city parking lots and when we travel to the mountains. I want to do some measuring on extreme angles to see what kind of clearance I am currently working with before I start to play around with a drop. I'd hate to spend a grand to lower the car then ruin a $500+ lip my first day out. Part of me has also considered bags so I can adjust for shows, regular driving, and for navigating steep inclines. So I guess the short answer to your question is, I am still researching options.

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    Yabi, noticed you were getting ready to install some 034 stuff. On the transmission front, any reason you are doing the transmission mount insert but not the Street Density Transmission Mount upgrade?

    Trying to get my spring time part list together

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFatArmadillo View Post
    Yabi, noticed you were getting ready to install some 034 stuff. On the transmission front, any reason you are doing the transmission mount insert but not the Street Density Transmission Mount upgrade?

    Trying to get my spring time part list together
    Because Mops didnít sell them to me!

    A more thorough response is I didnít see them necessary. The reviews indicate vibrations are felt in the cabin at low RPM and idle periods. The reviews along with the following comments turned me off from installing the transmission mount insert in a daily driver;

    From 034, ďInstallation of this upgrade will result in increased noise and vibration transmission into the cabin, especially in vehicles equipped with the Tiptronic transmission.Ē

    Hopefully the new additions will be enough to transform the driving experience. If not, we can always add canít we?

    Curious on what your list looks like, mind sharing?

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    Well, your thread has been quite the inspiration.

    The spring additions are likely:
    034 Strut Brace
    034 Transmission Mount Insert
    Painted Reflectors
    AWE Airbox (although concerned about the amount of time required to service the filter since I typically put about 30k miles on a year).

    Contemplating the 034 rear subframe mount kit. Very interested to hear your thoughts on whether you feel these are worthwhile once installed.
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    I'm also very curious about the subframe mounts. Seems to be a must-have for a few people's builds, but I don't know if I'd really notice a difference or not.

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    Love the list Jordan. As for the AWE Intake, I like it too much that pulling it our to service the filter would be worth it. Just be sure to add the AWE Tuning Green High Performance Air Filter Cleaner and Re-Oiling Kit. The product claims that you only need to service your S-FLO Filter once every 15,000 miles or once per year, whichever is first.

    For the 034 parts, I am still kicking around the idea of doing the installs myself. It appears that the average shop wants to charge $500-600 for installing them. I could order some Race Ramps and the couple missing tools for around $300, saving half the cash and now I have some new tools. What's stopping me is the uncharted territory; I never done adjustable end links and subframe mounts before. I do have a call out for another quote so I am waiting to hear from them before making any commitment.

    Regardless the way I go, I will most likely do everything at once - even if I do my own install - which will make it hard for me to tell what particular part made a change to the over handling of the vehicle. From what I understand;

    Rear Sway Bar will reduce body roll and decrease understeer
    Transmission Mount Insert will limit the transmission movement and reduce drivetrain slop.
    Rear Subframe Mount Kit will reduce understeer and improve the effectiveness of the rear sway bar
    Sway Bar End Link, Front will reduce body roll and improve the effectiveness of the front sway bar
    Sway Bar End Link, Rear will reduce body roll and improve the effectiveness of the rear sway bar
    The Front Strut Brace, which I've already added, improves handling by reducing chassis flex

    I listed each of these out because I feel that while they all serve their own purpose yet they work together to deliver a common result - better steering and increased handling performance. For someone who uses their S4 as a daily driver, I probably don't need any of these items since I don't track my car or drive aggressively. The real test for me will be, can the average person notice the difference in city and highway driving? As for my own personal expectations, I will be pleasantly surprised if I pull out of my driveway and immediately notice an improved handling experience. Regardless if I do or don't, you all know you'll be the first to hear about it either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yabi View Post
    Love the list Jordan. As for the AWE Intake, I like it too much that pulling it our to service the filter would be worth it. Just be sure to add the AWE Tuning Green High Performance Air Filter Cleaner and Re-Oiling Kit. The product claims that you only need to service your S-FLO Filter once every 15,000 miles or once per year, whichever is first.

    For the 034 parts, I am still kicking around the idea of doing the installs myself. It appears that the average shop wants to charge $500-600 for installing them. I could order some Race Ramps and the couple missing tools for around $300, saving half the cash and now I have some new tools. What's stopping me is the uncharted territory; I never done adjustable end links and subframe mounts before. I do have a call out for another quote so I am waiting to hear from them before making any commitment.

    Regardless the way I go, I will most likely do everything at once - even if I do my own install - which will make it hard for me to tell what particular part made a change to the over handling of the vehicle. From what I understand;

    Rear Sway Bar will reduce body roll and decrease understeer
    Transmission Mount Insert will limit the transmission movement and reduce drivetrain slop.
    Rear Subframe Mount Kit will reduce understeer and improve the effectiveness of the rear sway bar
    Sway Bar End Link, Front will reduce body roll and improve the effectiveness of the front sway bar
    Sway Bar End Link, Rear will reduce body roll and improve the effectiveness of the rear sway bar
    The Front Strut Brace, which I've already added, improves handling by reducing chassis flex

    I listed each of these out because I feel that while they all serve their own purpose yet they work together to deliver a common result - better steering and increased handling performance. For someone who uses their S4 as a daily driver, I probably don't need any of these items since I don't track my car or drive aggressively. The real test for me will be, can the average person notice the difference in city and highway driving? As for my own personal expectations, I will be pleasantly surprised if I pull out of my driveway and immediately notice an improved handling experience. Regardless if I do or don't, you all know you'll be the first to hear about it either way.
    I noticed you also did not list the "BILLET ALUMINUM REAR DIFFERENTIAL MOUNT INSERT KIT". I really haven't seen any reviews on this, not even on 034's site. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places. Have you heard anything about the rear diff kit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlewisii View Post
    I noticed you also did not list the "BILLET ALUMINUM REAR DIFFERENTIAL MOUNT INSERT KIT". I really haven't seen any reviews on this, not even on 034's site. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places. Have you heard anything about the rear diff kit?
    I haven't, but I looked into it. What turned me off was the install process - I simply don't have the gear to do this at home nor would I feel comfortable with doing it myself. With the other parts I listed previously I feel as if I could tackle them on my own even though there are a couple things on there that I haven't done before. With that said, if 034 wanted to sponsor the part and install costs I would be more than happy to make a write up and share my experience

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