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    Yabi's B9 S4 Photo Log

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    Hello everyone!

    Owning a car like the Audi B9 S4 is definitely adventure. Part of my own personal journey with ownership is to customize the vehicle to fit me - otherwise what's the point of calling the car yours if you don't add your own personal touch? Whether it's adding an additional light to brighten things up, changing wheels, or even slapping on some wild and crazy wrap, I never know what I am going to do until it's already done!

    In the spirit of those guys who keep a photo album of their car's life journey, I figured I'd keep a digital one here over the course of ownership. And just like a guestbook, I welcome any comments, feedback, or suggestions. Note, be careful on suggestions - I just might steal your idea!

    Anyway, we've made some changes to the car since ownership but I'll start at the beginning...





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    Running list of changes... (will add photos and details of each)

    After Purchase - in order of application
    3M ColorStable 35 tint
    DTUK Tune Box with US-Spec map addition *Upgraded to DTE Systems PowerControl X
    S-branded rear red calipers
    Audi Lightning cable
    Rear door Audi ring and logo welcome lights (3rd party)
    DTUK PedalBox
    Additional OEM-style trunk light
    Carbon fiber license plate frame
    Additional OEM-style grocery hook
    ECS Tuning Carbon Fiber Front Spoiler
    ECS Tuning Carbon Fiber ECU Cover

    With Purchase
    Daytona Grey pearl effect
    Magma Red interior
    Prestige package
    S sport package
    Drivers assistance package
    Fine Nappa leather interior
    Carbon fiber trunk lid spoiler
    19" Wheel package with Pirelli 245/35 summer tires
    Audi Guard protection package (all-weather floor and trunk mats)
    Audi Welcome Beams - Rings
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    3M ColorStable 35 Tint

    With only a few miles on the car the first change was adding some tint. Went as dark as North Carolina would allow and extremely happy with the results. Chose 3M ColorStable based on it's value, performance, and lifetime warranty. Overall, I am very happy with the results. It took a few days for the rear window to completely adhere but now it looks fantastic. I like that the windows are dark enough to compliment the Daytona Grey but still let some of the red interior peak through.




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    nice pics.. looks like this is going to be quite the adventure.. thanks for taking us along for the ride..

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    Thanks, Muad'Dib! Should be a lot of fun. Looking forward to having you all along for the journey!

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    DTUK Tuner with US-Spec Map

    The following is a review I posted on another forum but I think it appropriately fits here since this will be the home of the Yabi S4 adventures. Hope you enjoy... Vroom vroom.





    It's been since six weeks since I installed the DTUK piggyback tuner on my B9 S4 and I wanted to take a moment to share some feedback of the purchase, customer service, and performance of the device. Before I begin to share my experience, I want to set the level straight that I am not a car guy - meaning I cannot tell you about engine sizes or how a car actually works, but I do enjoy cars. From driving them, attending car shows, and visiting my local auto park on a regular basis to see what's new, cars are something that gives me pleasure. Every car I've owned I've modified to make it unique to me and I am very open minded that not everything people do to their cars will be agreed upon by someone else. I preference that because I know that some people are very hesitant on installing any piggyback on their vehicle; if that's you, great - for those who like to explore, I hope that you find value in what I am about to share.

    Prefix
    My first experience with a tuner was for a previously owned Dodge Charger R/T. While the car had a decent amount of go for a full size sedan, I stumped across a Jet chip which guaranteed improved throttle response, acceleration and low end torque plus a 25 horsepower gain. The simplicity of the install and the way the car handled was well worth the $300+ asking price. Out of all the modifications I did to the Charger, the simple little Jetchip made all the difference in the world to me with that car at that time. This experience is what I was seeking with the B9 S4 which lead me to where I am today.

    Pre-purchase and Purchase
    Like most, I was very hesitant in choosing a tuner that's based out of the UK. I spent countless hours navigating the rather useless DTUK UK website until I stumbled on Aaron from DT-Power. At the time, Aaron just became a local US distributor of DTUK and launched a very clean and easy to navigate website. After reading countless forums post from various websites, I decided to reach out to him to learn more about the device and was greeted by prompt, friendly service unlike I've experienced before. Within two or three PM's, Aaron reached out to me via the telephone and spend almost a good hour discussing the DTUK, Audi, S4, and other cool products to consider (which he does not represent). I was in awe of this charisma and knowledge about the car that I decided to take the leap into the DTUK Tune Box. Within moments I received an email confirmation and delivery was at the door within two business days. Needless to say, the shipping and handling was extremely fast and unexpected from a family-owned business.

    Unboxing and Installation
    The package arrived in perfect condition. Inside the box was the tuner, the wire loom, wire ties, and a multi-page guide that covered installation (with pictures), programing steps, and a little about the device it self. I spent a good 20-30 minutes reviewing the instructions and looking at my engine on how I would connect the device and run the wires in a way that would allow for seamless removal and reinstallation. I decided to go with velcro tape for the tuner and to run the wires in a weaving pattern that would eliminate the need to use the wire ties, yet well enough routed that they would not shift around during driving. Once I've laid out my wires and mounted the box with velcro it was on to connecting the sensors. There are three sensors in total that you will need to disconnect from the car, plug into the wire harness, and plug the wire harness into the car. Disconnecting the factory sensors was fairly simple as they are secured with a retractable clip which once pressed down allow the plug to slide out effortlessly. The only caveat is the plug to the far left (facing the engine). Do to the position of this plug it can take a little time to finagle it out and slide the tuner's plug in. My recommendation is to take your time and do not rush. Once you learn how to slide the plug out it's easy to do again, your fingers just need to learn how to release the clip and move it away in a limited amount of space.

    After the unit was connected I did take an opportunity to review the install with Aaron who was kind enough to FaceTime me to verify that the unit was connected properly and spent extra time walking me through assigning maps.

    Tuning and Results
    The unit has three maps. As I understand, all the maps provide the same gains it's more about how the gains are applied (faster/harder or slower/softer). Map 1 is the most aggressive while Map 2 is considered conservative. If you purchased the DTUK directly from the UK, Map 3 is economy while if you purchased the unit from DT Power, Map 3 is a special USDM map made specifically for US-based vehicles. Each map has seven settings, 3,2,1,0,-1,-2,-3. At first I assumed that 0 was baseline and the + and - either made the map more or less intense; however, I later learned that the map starts at 0 and increases each step from -3 up to +3. For example; you start at Map 1/0, then go to Map 1/-3, then Map 1/-2, and so on up to Map 1/+3. Based on Aaron's recommendation, I started out with map 3/-2 based. I took the car out of the garage and immediately noticed a difference in the way the car responded. As I drove down the highway the car felt like it was more nimble. If I hit the gas, the car went without a sensation of lag or hesitation. In one moment I was transported back to when I chipped the Charger - that feeling that you are one with the vehicle. If you want to go, you go. Immediately I saw the value in the tuner and was extremely satisfied with the results. The next morning I was excited to go to work, specifically the "driving there" part. Personally anything that makes going to work more enjoyable should be priceless to begin with. Please don't get me wrong, I love my job but now I love the commute as well (can't believe I just said that). Recently a co-worker who owns a new RS3 took a test ride with me and commented that he thought the car pulled just as hard as his and is now looking to purchase a tuner for himself. I'm not extremely familiar with the RS3 but I took it as a compliment.

    After six weeks I've must have adapted to the extra performance as removing the box to take the car into service made the driving experience feel surprisingly flat. My service was fine, everything checked out normal and there was no trace residue of the tuner being installed (which is what you'd expect from a piggyback). Once I got the car back from service the box went immediately back in taking only minutes to reinstall and set the tune.

    "Picky" Criticism
    1. I'm very grateful that Aaron provided the time to explain each map with me. Without him there is really no guidance on map settings or even where to start. As I understand, no two cars perform the same so it makes it hard to create baselines and recommendations which makes this hard for someone like me that's learning as I go.
    2. Having to open the hood to change the Map setting each time can be annoying when you first start experimenting with the settings. Once you find a setting you like it's less a problem since you won't be changing it as frequently. Also, there is now a Bluetooth controlled version that's out which would eliminate this hassle but the convenience comes with an up-charge.
    3. While the car is more agile then before there still seem to be an initial pedal to acceleration lag. It's minor and it's most likely the ECU trying to make the engine more efficient based on my driving daily habits. But when I need to go, I need to go! I am hoping that the PedalBox further eliminates this feeling and will post a review once I acquire one.



    Conclusion
    Overall I am deeply satisfied with the performance and have been wow'ed by DT-Power's customer service. Even after a week of owning the box, Aaron reached out to see how everything was going and we still keep in touch for the occasionally "this is what I done to the car recently" talk. I mentioned before that I am not a car guy and lack the talent to replace engine parts or even know what half of the stuff is under the hood, so if I can install and operate this tuner anyone can. Finally, while it may be pricey at first glance the dollar to performance gain is extremely good. I've seen people add air intakes for almost the same amount of money with much less performance gains and this is less intrusive than such. In short, my wife is looking at an A5 for a future purchase and my gift to her will be a DTUK tuner from DT-Power.

    Lessons Learned: Some maps might be too aggressive if your S4 is stock which might throw a CEL. This happened to me while I experimented with various tunes to see what worked best. When I experienced a CEL I simply pulled over, dialed down the map, power cycled the car and drove normal. The CEL was non-persistent and the car operated as expected once the power cycle was completed. Also, before you install be sure to allow your engine to cool. Your hands will be really close to parts that could potentially burn you if the engine is too hot. Finally, there is a Facebook group for DTUK owners that purchased through DT-Power. While there's not a lot of chatter on the group today I can see this being a hidden value as people use it to discuss settings, results, etc. Be sure to ask for an invite and say "hi" when you join.
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    Subscribed! Great write ups and lots of information. Curious about the oem trunk lighting do you have pictures? How it looks now?


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    Great write up, thx for sharing.
    2018 S4 ó current ride
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    Subscribed. Great info on that piggyback system. I'm actually looking into getting a B9 in the next 5 or 6 months. Waiting for the mods to start coming out more. Can't wait to see what else you have in store... good luck. And I have been looking at the same paint and interior set up as you have along with the sport package.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S4_Pedro View Post
    Subscribed! Great write ups and lots of information. Curious about the oem trunk lighting do you have pictures? How it looks now?


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    Thanks, Pedro. I sure do, I'll post that one next for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F80Dreamer View Post
    Great write up, thx for sharing.
    Thanks Dreamer! Be sure to share any cool mods you come across!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicknice91303 View Post
    Subscribed. Great info on that piggyback system. I'm actually looking into getting a B9 in the next 5 or 6 months. Waiting for the mods to start coming out more. Can't wait to see what else you have in store... good luck. And I have been looking at the same paint and interior set up as you have along with the sport package.

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    Nick, you'll love you car. I'll be honest, I didn't set out for a Daytona Grey with Red Interior when I first started looking at the S4's, but then I saw it in person and immediately knew it was for me. It's an attractive ride that gardens a lot of complements - you'll love it! As for the piggy, I highly recommend it. It takes the driving experience to a whole new level especially with the PedalBox (will write up soon!). Let me know if you have any questions, be glad to chat!

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    Additional OEM-style Trunk Light

    If you've spent some stocking your A4 or S4 with groceries you might have noticed a missing trunk light on the right side of the trunk. I suppose Audi needed a way to reduce some cost and decided to pull the dual light configuration in the trunk. To be honest, having the additional light wasn't a must for me. I mostly use my trunk to carry my pool cues and grab beer at the local bottle shop , but having a square cut out in the trunk and being left with an empty hole bothered me to no end! Thankfully I stubbled across a gentlemen named Eric, "ekyp" on the AudiWorld forums, who sells a high-quality kit that allows you to piggyback off the OEM trunk light with no wire splicing or factory modification.

    At first glance the kit is high quality. The wire harness is wrapped to protect the wires and to keep them bundled together. The light itself is an exact replica of the OEM light; so much so that I wouldn't be surprised if they are from the same manufacture. Shipping was quick, received the package in about three-to-four business days (not bad from CDN to USA).

    Installation
    Installation for the light is virtually straight forward. You'll need to gain access to the existing light so you can disconnect it and plug in the new wiring harness. The wire harness is shaped like a really long 'Y' so you'll unplug the OEM light, plug it into the wire harness, then plug the wire connection into the factory connection clip. Disconnecting the wire from the OEM light is pretty simple; it's held in by a retractable clip that once pressed down it allows the light to slide out from the factory plug. All your new wires simply snap/plug into place - pretty easy. The biggest challenge is determining how to run the wire. Unfortunately for me I couldn't run the wire the way I intended to. While the wiring hardness is pretty long, it wasn't long enough to run a 'hail mary' around the trunk and use the trim of the car to hide the wire - my preferred option. That left me with two choices:

    1.) fish the wire up one of the open holes in the trunk and run the wire passed the subwoofer and out the other side and out a different hole, or;
    2.) tuck the wire under the rubber stopper for the trunk

    After evaluating options, I opted to go with tucking the wire under the rubber stopper for the trunk for two reasons. One, I didn't like seeing the wire "looping" from the trunk light, up a hole, and coming back out again; and two, I was concerned about potential rattle with the cable being so close to the sub woofer (did I ever mention that my wife likes the volume control located in the center console?). Before I committed to tucking the wire, I spent a lot of time looking at the way the trunk closes and making sure that it wouldn't pinch or crush the wires over time. The way the trunk stop is designed I feel confident that this shouldn't happen, however, I plan to keep an eye on it by spot checking the wire's condition and make sure I don't see early signs of crushing or pinching.

    As for connecting the new light, once the wire is ran across the trunk you simply plug in the wire harness to your new light and snap it into the pre-existing factory hole. The fit was a tight which means it will stay in place for a long time and there shouldn't be any worries about it popping out when hitting a bump or physically bumping into it.

    Conclusion

    Once in place, the additional light looks OEM and it definitely brightens up the trunk. Overall, I am happy with the install, product quality, and service. While this wasn't a "must have" modification for me, I am very glad I did it. The only criticism I have is I wish the wire harness was longer so I could have routed it the way I originally hoped to, and I wish there were directions. While instructions weren't needed, it would have been nice to have suggestions on the best way to get access to the OEM lights and how to run the wire - a little email how-to would have been great.

    Lessons learned:
    There is a black plastic clip that holds the trunk liner in place near the trunk lights. To help gain access to the lights I recommend removing this clip and carefully pull the liner away from the frame of the car. Also, I recommend using a trim removal tool to pop out the clip and the OEM light. I'm always resistant using a screwdriver or anything metal with installs like this as one slip can result in an irreversible scratch.

    I hope you enjoyed this write up and that it brightened your day... or should I say 'night'?

    Below are some pictures. If you've installed an additional trunk light, I'd be curious on how you ran your wires - do share!






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    Nice! Thatís perfect I will be ordering that very soon as I work nights and I need the lighting sometimes to put my stuff in the trunk or grab stuff..etc, Iíll keep you posted if I run my wires different thank you !


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    Quote Originally Posted by S4_Pedro View Post
    Nice! Thatís perfect I will be ordering that very soon as I work nights and I need the lighting sometimes to put my stuff in the trunk or grab stuff..etc, Iíll keep you posted if I run my wires different thank you !


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    My pleasure! It definitely increases the brightness and I think you'll be satisfied with the purchase. My next "trunk upgrade" will be adding an additional grocery hook. Admittedly, when I first was introduced to the grocery hook I said, "silly thing"... then I realize I use it all the time! Anyway, I look forward to seeing your results and how you end up running your wires. Be sure to take lots of pictures!

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    Iíve been looking to also get that too haha I was surprised at how much I use it now that I need more


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    Audi OEM Lightning Cable

    OK, so why on earth would you spend a small fortune on a iPhone charging cable when you most likely have extra ones laying around? It's a great question and it's exactly why I didn't include one when I purchased the vehicle. However, with a little digging you can find the same Audi OEM cable online for a fraction of the price (and with some negotiation skills you can have your service center match the online price *hint hint*) Yes, the cable is still a premium over the cost of a traditional Apple Lightning cable (you have to pay for Apple and Audi license rights) there are some really nice benefits to consider;

    1. The cable is built with high quality materials that should last a the life of the car (or iPhone connection type)
    2. It bends at the connection point allowing for easy disconnect and reconnection (reduces frustration)
    3. The cable is retractable enabling ease of access in the drivers seat without having extra cable length to manage

    For me, I got tied of dealing with the extra cable length so I swapped for a mini Lightning cable which made disconnecting and connecting the device a pain. I had a chance to use the OEM cable and I felt like it solved all my problems, so I took the crazy pill and paid the brand luxury tax. I'm happy with it... and besides, if I have CarPlay problems now Audi can't blame the cable



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    Great thread! And congrats again. I look forward go meeting up one day for booze and chats. Bring your CC info! 😁
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    Thanks, Mops! I look forward to it! Now time to go lock the CC in the safe and throw away the key! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NC_Detail_Garage View Post
    Welcome from Charlotte
    Hey there! I was just in Charlotte! Seems like there are a lot of us North Carolinians on here... maybe we need an NC meet... go ride the Blue Ridge or something!

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    You know... the single trunk light didnít bother me until this thread.
    Nice work and damn you


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yabi View Post
    Additional OEM-style Trunk Light

    At first glance the kit is high quality. The wire harness is wrapped to protect the wires and to keep them bundled together. The light itself is an exact replica of the OEM light; so much so that I wouldn't be surprised if they are from the same manufacture. Shipping was quick, received the package in about three-to-four business days (not bad from CDN to USA).

    Installation
    Installation for the light is virtually straight forward. You'll need to gain access to the existing light so you can disconnect it and plug in the new wiring harness. The wire harness is shaped like a really long 'Y' so you'll unplug the OEM light, plug it into the wire harness, then plug the wire connection into the factory connection clip. Disconnecting the wire from the OEM light is pretty simple; it's held in by a retractable clip that once pressed down it allows the light to slide out from the factory plug. All your new wires simply snap/plug into place - pretty easy. The biggest challenge is determining how to run the wire. Unfortunately for me I couldn't run the wire the way I intended to. While the wiring hardness is pretty long, it wasn't long enough to run a 'hail mary' around the trunk and use the trim of the car to hide the wire - my preferred option. That left me with two choices:

    1.) fish the wire up one of the open holes in the trunk and run the wire passed the subwoofer and out the other side and out a different hole, or;
    2.) tuck the wire under the rubber stopper for the trunk

    After evaluating options, I opted to go with tucking the wire under the rubber stopper for the trunk for two reasons. One, I didn't like seeing the wire "looping" from the trunk light, up a hole, and coming back out again; and two, I was concerned about potential rattle with the cable being so close to the sub woofer (did I ever mention that my wife likes the volume control located in the center console?). Before I committed to tucking the wire, I spent a lot of time looking at the way the trunk closes and making sure that it wouldn't pinch or crush the wires over time. The way the trunk stop is designed I feel confident that this shouldn't happen, however, I plan to keep an eye on it by spot checking the wire's condition and make sure I don't see early signs of crushing or pinching.
    Totally agree on the quality of the kit and the factory look when done... I ended up fishing the wire within the holes of the package shelf so its hidden and out of site. I am getting zero rattling from that wire.

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    Got my wire harness ordered!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yabi View Post
    Hey there! I was just in Charlotte! Seems like there are a lot of us North Carolinians on here... maybe we need an NC meet... go ride the Blue Ridge or something!
    I'm so down for that!! Only about a 30 min drive for me. We're up there often exploring new roads. Hell, I have some awesome roads within only a few minutes from my home. We're right at the foot of the mountains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nez136 View Post
    You know... the single trunk light didnít bother me until this thread.
    Nice work and damn you
    Haha, I'm sorry! It's funny how you don't notice the little things until someone points them out... they all of the sudden the little things become a big deal!

    Good luck on adding your future second light

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    Quote Originally Posted by m332is View Post
    Totally agree on the quality of the kit and the factory look when done... I ended up fishing the wire within the holes of the package shelf so its hidden and out of site. I am getting zero rattling from that wire.
    Hey m332is, any pictures of your run? I'd love to see what you've done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by S4_Pedro View Post
    Got my wire harness ordered!
    Awesome! Be sure to share pictures once you get it installed. Good luck with it, I think you'll be happy with the results!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mops@Nemesis View Post
    I'm so down for that!! Only about a 30 min drive for me. We're up there often exploring new roads. Hell, I have some awesome roads within only a few minutes from my home. We're right at the foot of the mountains.
    AirBNB stay at Mops house?

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    S-branded rear red calipers

    After several months of working with my local service dealer, I finally was able to have Audi replace the "cut out" rear calipers to the S-branded ones. In short, this was not an easy ordeal. It took a lot of effort on not only my part, but the service representative as well to have Audi approve the replacement under warranty but also source the proper parts.

    For those of you who are not in the know, the S4 was originally released with S-branded red calipers if you purchased the S sport package. Without notice, Audi decided to no longer ship cars to the US with the S-branded calipers and opted for a "cut out" version. The reason for this is unclear; some claim it was a victimized part in reducing the cost of manufacturing (such as the missing trunk light and grocery hanger), while others claim it's due to heat generation. Either way, some S4s seem to have the "completed" caliper and others do not. In certain instances Audi will replace them under warranty but this seems to be on a case-by-case basis. For me, I struck luck with a Regional VP was at the dealership with my service advisor and he was familiar with the "completed" caliper look of the S4. Even with the RVP on board, I still had to provide a lot of information that Audi had replaced the calipers under warranty which needed to be backed by screen shots. I also leveraged Audi's S4 homepage that displays the S4 with the "completed" look.

    While it took months for Audi to approve the repair, sourcing the parts wasn't any easy feat either. On more than one occasion my service department received the incorrect parts and had to start the sourcing all over again, many times needing to wait a month or more for a package to arrive from Germany before they could determine if it would fit the vehicle.

    Because sourcing the correct parts was such a herculean effort, I wanted to take a moment and share the part numbers for everyone trying to have them replaced as it may save a lot of time;

    Left: 8W0-615-403-H
    Right: 8W0-615-404-H
    Repair Kit: 8W0-698-221

    Ultimately I am very happy with the results and it was well worth the time investment. I am very grateful to my local dealership for working as hard on this as they did. They were amazing in keeping me posted and updating me as they sourced different parts until they found the right ones. As my service center said, it's a small but noticeable upgrade. I'm very pleased.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Yabi View Post
    AirBNB stay at Mops house?
    You bring the rum!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yabi View Post
    Hey m332is, any pictures of your run? I'd love to see what you've done!
    Pics won't help as you can't cant see any of the wire.
    The process is not too time consuming - maybe 30 minutes? I fished the wire up through a factory cut out hole on the one side and then back down through a factory cut out hole on the other side. You need to lay on your back in your trunk and you'll see the cut outs... there is a void between the top and bottom of the package shelf which is where you snake the wire. You need to remove a couple of the plug clips to pull the trim back to give you more room to work. Just fish a coat hanger through there. In order to make sure I didn't break the clip, I snipped off the end, fished the wire through and then sliced it back together. It's all hidden and no one would know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mops@Nemesis View Post
    You bring the rum!!
    I can do that!



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    Quote Originally Posted by m332is View Post
    Pics won't help as you can't cant see any of the wire.
    The process is not too time consuming - maybe 30 minutes? I fished the wire up through a factory cut out hole on the one side and then back down through a factory cut out hole on the other side. You need to lay on your back in your trunk and you'll see the cut outs... there is a void between the top and bottom of the package shelf which is where you snake the wire. You need to remove a couple of the plug clips to pull the trim back to give you more room to work. Just fish a coat hanger through there. In order to make sure I didn't break the clip, I snipped off the end, fished the wire through and then sliced it back together. It's all hidden and no one would know.
    Thanks m333is, I might take a look at this next weekend. I appreciate it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yabi View Post
    I can do that!
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    Added a little carbon fiber,




    Cleaned her up too... while I am 500 miles from home. Speaking of which, am I the only guy that packs a detailing kit when they travel?






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    Added a little carbon fiber
    nice! It took me three tries to get that CF frame, I ordered from amazon and twice it was just a black metal frame in packaging indicating it should have been CF... seems like someone did a little swap. Gave up amazon for this part and finally got the right one from ecs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by will13k7 View Post
    nice! It took me three tries to get that CF frame, I ordered from amazon and twice it was just a black metal frame in packaging indicating it should have been CF... seems like someone did a little swap. Gave up amazon for this part and finally got the right one from ecs.
    Sorry to hear! I had full intentions of grabbing the ECS one and when I went to order it I saw it was backordered for a couple weeks. Decided to give this one a try and if I didn't like it I could always upgrade. Got some shots of the ECS? You happy with it? Do share!

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    Yabi's B9 S4 Photo Log

    I also added a little carbon fiber plus a full detail kit including window cleaner and a window only towel.
    The dealer screwed up my plate mounting by using the wrong screws.
    I ended up using gm plastic plate clips and super glued them in
    the stock bracket problem solved.IMG_0779.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe biker View Post
    I also added a little carbon fiber plus a full detail kit including window cleaner and a window only towel.
    The dealer screwed up my plate mounting bu using the wrong screws.
    I ended up using gm plastic plate clips and super glued them in
    the stock bracket problem solved.IMG_0779.JPG
    Sorry to hear about all the challenges around the license plate. I had something similar where they used the wrong screws and had to source alternative ones that would work, but it doesn't seem as nearly as bad as what you went through. Hopefully the super glue holds up for you. Plate looks good!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yabi View Post
    Sorry to hear about all the challenges around the license plate. I had something similar where they used the wrong screws and had to source alternative ones that would work, but it doesn't seem as nearly as bad as what you went through. Hopefully the super glue holds up for you. Plate looks good!!
    Once you put the screws in the nylon nut expands and holds tight to the bracket.
    I should have got the plate to say
    ZZZZR 🤪



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    DTUK Pedal Box

    There's seems to be two types of S4 drivers, drivers that feel like the car has lag and drivers that think they are crazy. I will officially admit, I am with the crazies. In my own driving experience there have been many times where I felt like I was hitting the gas but the car did not accelerate to match how much I pressed down on the pedal. In situations like this I felt that I had to press the pedal further for the vehicle to respond the way I wanted it to which caused it to 'spring' into action. For me, that's where the sensation of lag comes in - it's the attempt to accelerate the car and not feeling like it's moving as you anticipate, only to accelerate more which causing the car to launch forward. That delay in not moving to moving makes it feel like the car suffers from lag. In reality, this is likely the ECU controlling the vehicle's fuel efficiency and our ability to keep the car under control. This was more noticeable in Comfort D mode which I would expect given that Audi has a lot of ingenuity invested to make Comfort D a comfortable driving experience. However, one can not always predict the road ahead when they'll need a more responsive experience on demand. Even when I could predict what's next, like making a left hand turn onto a street between opposing cars, I felt the sensation of "no go... oh, you want to go? then GO!" too many times.

    At the end of the day, if you're one with the "drivers of lag" then you already understand; and if your not, please feel free to skip this write up (unless you are completely bored)!

    Now, when I first sought out to destroy this lag monster I tried to do it by adding raw power - the DTUK Tuner. In it's own right, the tuner is an amazing piggy that changes the driving experience and almost virtually eliminates the lag mentioned above. Yet there seemed to be something left to be desired in Comfort D that drove me mad. While I was beating the lag monster in the head with a power stick, it would keep popping back up just to let me know that I haven't won yet. Speaking with Aaron at DT Power about my experiences, he insisted that adding a Pedal Box would resolve what frustrated me and gave me a gaurentee that if I didn't have noticeable improvement within 14-days I could send it back for a refund. Feeling like I had nothing to lose, I charged ahead and decided to make purchase.

    The Pedal Box arrived in about three business days and I immediately cracked the box open to marvel at the controllers simplicity. Essentially, the Pedal Box is a wired remote control that has three buttons and LED indicators. The buttons are used to change the different modes of the box which include a circle button (for changing modes) and two additional buttons (plus, minus). The Pedal Box has four base modes; OEM, City, Sport, and Sport+. Each mode becomes more responsive to how quickly the car accelerates based on how hard you touch the pedal. In addition, each mode has the ability to be more aggressive by pressing the plus button or less aggressive by pressing the minus button (both up to three times). To share an example, if you want the vehicle to launch into high speed without mashing the gas, set the box to Sport+/+3 and you'll be lightning in a bottle. In stop and go traffic? That's where the City mode comes in. You can change modes while driving and can experiment with each setting to find one that you like. For me, Sport/0 gave me everything I was looking for in a way that felt comfortable for every day driving. Want to compare your new setting with your pedal response prior to the pedal box? No problem, that's where the OEM option comes in. Switch to it to recall what the stock pedal experience is like then switch back to your new setting and compare the difference. Trust me, you'll notice.

    To determine what mode you are at use the following cheat sheet;

    OEM = White Circle
    City = Green Circle
    Sport = Orange Circle
    Sport+ = Red Circle

    Easy way to remember, the more aggressive the mode the more aggressive the color.


    Installation

    On the opposite end of the remote there are two plugs; one to connect into your driver's pedal and one to connect in place of the driver's pedal. The plug for the driver's pedal is next to the acceleration pedal (near the top of the pedal). The biggest challenge of installing the Pedal Box is disconnecting the OEM plug and inserting the new plug in its place. The reason or this is that there is a stiff plastic trim that sits almost on top of the OEM port where the plugs connect to. It took me about 15-minutes to finagle the OEM plug out and put the Pedal Box plug into it's place. It required a lot of patience and carefully pushing the plastic out of the way while trying to seat the plug in a tight spot with almost no room to maneuver. If you take your time and keep at it you'll eventually get it. Just remember, the OEM plug has a little gray clip that needs to be released before you can disconnect it. It's the same style locking clip that the boost plugs have in the engine bay. They need to be pulled back and pressed in (down) to release the plug.

    Once you have the cable connected, you need to connect the pedal's cable into the pedal box. This is a trivial exercise which needs no explanation. The rest is up to you on how you want to route the cable and where you want the Pedal Box to reside. Manufacture's recommendation is to mount the remote to the right of the steering wheel on the open space to the right of your dashboard. They provide two-way non-abrasive tape and a remote holder which you install first and then simply slide the remote into the holder. For me, I opted for an alternative install. I ran the cables down the side of the center console and brought the remote up by the side of my driver's seat. To allow the remote to stay without using two-sided tape on the plastic trim, I used magnets. By putting 3M adhesive on the magnet, I slid a magnet up the inside of the plastic trim and stuck it in place. On the remote, I used the same adhesive and adhered a magnet on the back of the remote. To prevent scratching I used a piece of velcro that I adhered to the magnet to give it a soft touch to the plastic when it "clicks" into place. Eventually I'd like to clean up the back of the remote but I haven't determined how I am going to tackle it yet. In the end, I have what I would call a "stealth" install of the Pedal Box. The magnet works great as I can easily access the remote while driving and "snap" it back to place without taking my eyes off the road. For visuals, check out the picture below.

    Conclusion

    Aaron was right. There is something beautiful that happens when you complement the S4 with the Pedal Box. I feel like my foot, the accelerator, and the engine are one. If I want power, I have it. If I want to let it up a bit, it does it. If I say jump it doesn't say "how high", it jumps before I finish given the command. It's almost like the car and I are connected. It knows what I want, when I want it, and it never says no. While the Tune Box brought the S4 to a whole different level of driving experience, the Pedal Box cleaned everything up and made it the perfect car. Honestly, I can't imagine wanting a different experience then what I feel with the two boxes combined. In summary, I would say that the Tune Box makes the car faster while the Pedal Box makes the car feel faster - and together they are an amazing combination of pure driving brilliance.

    For those of you wanting a little more, try the Pedal Box by it's self. I've experimented with disabling the Tune Box and the car was still very responsive (just not as fast with the piggy off). As for the purchase, I'd do it again and I kick myself for waiting as long as I did. Honestly, I didn't believe it would make much of a difference and it certainly did. I am glad to say that not only am I crazy, but I was wrong.

    Lessons learned:
    Do not start out in Sport or Sport+ mode until you experience City mode. My recommendation is to drive with the OEM mode and switch to City for a while. Try upping City to +2 and get comfortable with it before going to more aggressive settings.
    Seriously take your time with disconnecting and connecting the OEM pedal cable. It's very easy to cut or pinch yourself with the close quarters between the plug and the hard plastic trim.
    Finally, your cell phone's camera light works as a great flashlight when installing the pedal box. It rests nicely behind the break and gas pedals and can be positioned to shine light exactly where you need it to be. Plus it takes up little space in what is already a cramped area to work in.








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