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CalumS4

Calum's B5 S4 Avant

Hi all,

As some of you might have seen in the welcome thread, I'm now the proud owner of a Faceift Audi B5 S4 Avant  

It's got some history on here, being previously owned by AndyEvo and later by MrBallBag (and turns out for a little while by Stevieyid just before I got it).

It's modifications / specs (to the best of my knowledge) include:

Engine / Cooling / Fuelling
K04 Turbo's (Genuine KKK)
RS4 Lower Intake Pipes
RS4 Intercoolers
Bosch 044 Fuel Pump
MRC ITG Air Filter
Milltek single 3" exhaust and DP's (Decat)
WOT Box
710N Diverter Valves (Audi TT)
RS2 Spark Plugs
Remap to 380bhp (although I've also been told 400bhp).

Drivetrain
RS4 Clutch
MRC Lightweight Flywheel
Shortshifter

Suspension / Handling
BC BR Coilovers
Apikol Rear Diff Mount (Blue Bushing)
3SDM Alloys (18x9.5)
Bridgestone Potenza S001 tyres (225/40R18)
S4 B7 Front Calipers
S4 B7 Front Discs (Grooved 345mm)
EBC Yellowstuff pads
HEL Brake lines

Exterior
RS4 style front grille
Carbon Fibre wing mirrors  
Factory Xenons
De-badged
Rear wiper removed
Rear Tints

Interior / Electronics
Electric Black Leather Recaro Seats
Carbon Fibre door inserts
Volt clock replaced with boost gauge
Upgraded sound system with amp / subwoofer

Here is the only picture I've managed to take of it so far, as it's dark when I leave for work, and dark when I come home..




Now for a bit of my background with cars (if anyone is interested).

The reason that I chose an S4 is because a few years ago I went for a ride in a friend of a friends Misano Red RS4 B5 (which was owned by a guy called Sam who I believe was on here). It was a 550ps MRC build and it was the fastest thing I had ever been in - so fast in fact that everything I've been in since has been compared to that as a benchmark.

Since then I've always wanted a smaller-engine turbo charged car. I'd love to own an R32 GTR one day when I have a garage to keep it in.

Prior to the S4 I had a Mazda RX8 PZ, which, despite all their negative press, never let me down once. It did make me considerably poor though, as I struggled to get more than 12mpg out of it around town and was £550 a year in road tax. It also made lots and lots of flames and noise which more than made up for the running costs, it had the best gearbox in it that I've ever used and it's handling was superb



The Mazda is actually up for sale at the moment. I also just sold this, which was my run-around. It's a 1993 Nissan Micra Super S. A guy is coming from Canada to take it off my hands in March.



With regards to the S4, the only issues I've come across so far is that it grinds going into second at high RPM and that the wheels are ridiculous for driving in London.

I knew about the gearbox issue when I bought it and got a decent discount off the asking price to cover it. Steve on here has already sorted me out with a replacement gearbox and I've arranged with CJ to get it fitted at some point in the next month.    (I'm already impressed with the help available on this forum compared to some others I've been on). I'll probably rebuild the one that comes off for future use.

Wheel wise, I would like to fit some BBS CH 18x8 / 8.5 wheels. I Just need to work out what offset will fit (suggestions are welcome).

Once I've changed the oil and sorted the above I'll get it booked into MRC for a health check and RR session to see what power it's actually putting down. The guy I bought it from claims to have spoken to MRC who said it was 'safe mapped' to 400bhp, and that it can be mapped to more - although I am sceptical until I see this for myself (as I have no printouts).

I spoke to MRC briefly before buying the car, who couldn't find anything in their system for the mapping.

I know that this car has been round the forum a bit, so if anyone knows anything to the contrary please do let me know.

Looking forward to getting involved  

Cheers,
Calum
kylebrady

Welcome mate looks a nice motor
Madpugger

Really like those alloys, sets it off
CalumS4

Thanks guys

Madpugger wrote:
Really like those alloys, sets it off


Just put them up for sale as I'm not really a fan unfortunately - either looking for some BBS CH's or B5 RS4 style wheels to replace them.

The 3SDM wheels seem to be really popular amongst VW owners.
MrBallbag

hey my old car if you wanna sell the mirrors ill have them,
specs a little diff to when i had it any questions send us a pm
CalumS4

MrBallbag wrote:
hey my old car if you wanna sell the mirrors ill have them,
specs a little diff to when i had it any questions send us a pm


Thanks  

I really like the wing mirrors so I'm afraid not, but thanks for the offer  

It's been really well kept - a credit to its previous owner(s).
Stigs dad

Welcome  along kalum ,  picture looks good.  Someone's  spent some time polishing her.  
aidank1981

Lovely wagon! Was watching this with interest on eBay!
james3

I looked at this car, but the fella selling said it was spot on and didnít let me know about the 2nd gear problem till the morning of when i set off to see it. Plus i didnít like the rear diff mount. Vibrated right through the body.

Still is a nice car though!
CalumS4

Cheers guys!

Yeah the diff mount is shocking at 70mph. I almost pulled over before I worked out what was causing it. Luckily I do most of my driving around London, so will rarely get to the speeds where it's the worst. Should pay dividends on track though - got a castle combe track day token to use up if anyone here is planning a visit over the coming months?

I knocked the guy down a fair bit to allow for replacing the gearbox, Steve has kindly already sorted me out with one and CJ managed to fit me in fairly soon to swap them over.

Will rebuild the one that comes off with Uprated collars etc for when the replacement eventually gives up as well.
Zildjian

CalumS4 wrote:
I knocked the guy down a fair bit


So, MULTIPLE attempted murder then?
CalumS4

Zildjian wrote:

So, MULTIPLE attempted murder then?


The only thing I attempted to murder was 2nd gear from a  launch controlled start  

CalumS4

A bit of an update:

Me and my mate made the drive from London up to see CJ on Saturday morning to get the gearbox fitted that Stevieyid supplied. It was all done by lunch time and I drove away a very happy man - no crunching in second! †

CJ kindly gave the car a once over and pointed out a few things that will need attention at some point (namely front driveshafts) - nothing scary though which is a relief.

The good news is that the Turbo's are in very good condition and it does have an RS4 clutch and lightweight flywheel fitted (I only had the invoice for the parts from MRC, but no fitting information to prove it had been done).

I then took a drive up to see Mike (at Ben's turbo unit) to pick up some 18x8.5 BBS CH's - had a bit of a chat then had a nice gentle drive back home.


List of things to get done over the next few weeks:

- Fit BBS wheels (had a trial fit on Sunday and they clear the B7 S4 brakes on the front without spacers) - will be fitting the Bridgestone S001 225/40 tyres that are currently on the car. Just waiting for some centre caps to turn up in the post.

- Height adjust the BC coilovers to fit the new wheels).

- Oil change (just ordered 10L of Fuchs Titan Race Pro S from OpieOils) and a Mann Filter

- Coolant Flush and fit new Febi Coolant tank (old one is mucky, but not the oil contaminated type luckily).



And during the summer:

- Replace the single 3" Milltek with a custom dual 2.5" SS system (with one silencer only)

- Fit a larger diameter brake kit on the rear (it has the backplates for a 300mm kit already, so guessing it's had them at some point in the past).

- Fit an AquaMist water/meth injection kit (already have bosses in the intake pipes for these).

- Go into MRC for a remap and RR session.

- (Probably) get rid of the Apikol diff mount and bushes. I'm hoping the buzzing/massage feeling at 70mph will reduce to a manageable level once the new wheel / tyre setup is fitted, although I suspect this won't be the case.


Pics to follow of wheels and some shots of the car - not had a chance to take many unfortunately.
Noggymike

Nice to meet you on Sat Calum and see your new ride, got some nice touches going on  


Good news re the BBS's fitting, phew!!!!



Don't forget those pics when they go on
guymcc

Aye the bbs ch's will look spot on i'm sure.  Nice one
CalumS4

Cheers guys.

So after looking through a few project threads on here, I've already realised that:

- I have some kind of modified coilpacks (as I remember spotting the harness adaptors when I took the covers off, but thinking they were standard).

- The cover on the right hand side of my engine bay is an add-on from a Passat or similar (also thought this was standard).

- There are not too many more mods I actually need to see good power/torque, as everything seems to have been covered.

It makes me wonder how many things have been done to the car that I don't know about  

Hopefully only good things....

Coming from a rotary engined car (which are famous for their lack of torque) to the S4 (which are similarly famous for being torque monsters) I thought I'd be content with the current output...

If anyone's ever seen Jeremy Clarkson shout 'POWERRRR' - that's what I am like now   It took 10 minutes of driving before I decided that I wanted more
Stigs dad

Power is adictive,  just watch your wallet as you chase the numbers  ,  it's got a way of emptying it before you fill it. Lol.   Good to see another convert to the audi club.  
Noggymike

Take things 1 step at a time Calum
CalumS4

Noggymike wrote:
Take things 1 step at a time Calum


I think you mean one 'stage' at a time  

Think I'm quite far off needing ceramic brakes just yet  
CalumS4

Stigs dad wrote:
Good to see another convert to the audi club. †


I think I was converted to Audi's long ago, when I went for a ride in a B5 RS4 - that was by far the most rapid car I've ever been in!

I would love to have an RS4 one day, so I need to be careful I don't spend so much on the S4 that I should have just bought an RS4 in the first place!

There's something quite nice about having an S4 though, it's somewhat understated and doesn't seem to get the respect it deserves from non-audi folk.
Noggymike

CalumS4 wrote:
Noggymike wrote:
Take things 1 step at a time Calum


I think you mean one 'stage' at a time †

Think I'm quite far off needing ceramic brakes just yet †


 
CalumS4

A few photos of the wheels that I picked up from Mike.



Polished using some Autoglym super resin polish and sealed using Poorboys rim sealant (which smells amazing if you have never used it)



I was impatient to see what they looked like, so went out in the rain on Sunday afternoon for a trial fit on the front.







That's without spacers, there is plenty of clearance for the B7 caliper. The rear has some 15mm spacers fitted, I might swap these out with the 5mm ones which are currently on the front. Wheels are going on this Friday, so will get some proper photos up then.

I wound the coilovers all the way up this evening in preparation for the new wheels. Will adjust them back down once I'm happy with the fitment, then go for an alignment.
Noggymike

Sexy.........................
CalumS4

Spoke too soon about having adjusted all the coilovers...

I wound the N/S front up about 1/2" and both rear ones up by about 1" to give plenty of clearance for the new wheels - they adjusted without to much effort and some Plusgas.

It started to get late and my hands and feet had gone numb from the cold, so I decided to leave the O/S front until the next day.

Somehow, for me, it's always the last one (of anything) that I have problems with - this was no exception

The night before last, I went back down to finish the job and no matter how hard I tried, the shock body would not wind up or down into the lower cup. I soaked in Plusgas with no luck, leaving it and coming back later and still nothing. Soaked it again, left it until last night, still nothing.

I even got out my big boy hammer and still can't get it to budge. I already know that the coilover will be coming off, going in a vice and I will have to free it that way †

Question though - my coilovers (BC BR) have a threaded / adjustable rod at the bottom, where most just have a solid arm (leading to the lower mounting hole). I can't see why I wouldn't just be able to wind this up or down to change the ride height...

Am I missing something? Will it affect the geometry differently to winding the shock body up or down into the lower cup? I'm not trying to cut corners, just interested as I can't see a difference between the two.

The most I can figure, is that the more of the lower rod that is exposed (higher ride height), the more flex there will be in the shock.
CalumS4

If it helps, the part of the coilover I am talking about can be seen in the pic below. The front ones can be seen to have a locking nut on the thin threaded rod at the very bottom of the coilover. Not seen this feature on other A4/S4 coilovers before.

Noggymike

Have you wound the adjustable lower rod fully in/out to see what length you have for adjustment

I personally think this is for finite adjustment once you have set equal compression on the spring.
CalumS4

Noggymike wrote:

I personally think this is for finite adjustment once you have set equal compression on the spring.


I haven't checked how much thread is available yet, but I don't think it can be that much otherwise it would interfere with the main shock body when would all in the way in to the lower cup.

Adjusting the height in the normal way doesn't actually change the compression of the spring, as the spring seat locking collars keep it in the same place on the damper.

I have a feeling that the lower rods simply exist so that BC could use a universal type damper without modding it to fit the B5 specifically...

I might be able to adjust it just enough to clear the wheel until I get the shock off at the weekend.
Noggymike

CalumS4 wrote:
Noggymike wrote:

I personally think this is for finite adjustment once you have set equal compression on the spring.


I haven't checked how much thread is available yet, but I don't think it can be that much otherwise it would interfere with the main shock body when would all in the way in to the lower cup.

Adjusting the height in the normal way doesn't actually change the compression of the spring, as the spring seat locking collars keep it in the same place on the damper.

I have a feeling that the lower rods simply exist so that BC could use a universal type damper without modding it to fit the B5 specifically...

I might be able to adjust it just enough to clear the wheel until I get the shock off at the weekend.



Yes I see you point as you have damper adjustment and spring adjustment on these so the universal fitment lower rod would make sense.
Stigs dad

Hi callum. Try to find someone who can lend you an induction heater. These are fantastic  for freeing off seized nuts. They are basically  a large coil which covers the nut and heats it up. Which in turn makes it expand and easier to move. Just be careful not to leave it on too long. Better to free this off than wind it out on the bottom arm.
  Hope this helps
                             Adie.  
CalumS4

Stigs dad wrote:
Hi callum. Try to find someone who can lend you an induction heater. These are fantastic †for freeing off seized nuts. They are basically †a large coil which covers the nut and heats it up. Which in turn makes it expand and easier to move. Just be careful not to leave it on too long. Better to free this off than wind it out on the bottom arm.
† Hope this helps
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † †Adie. †


Perfect, thanks Adie!

One of my mates suggested heating it up till it was really hot using a hot air gun. I wasn't keen on  the idea due to the compressed gas I  the damper though, and that the heat would be localised.

The induction heater sounds like just the kind of thing I need. The fact it's been freezing cold whilst I've been trying it can't help!
Stigs dad

Hope it helps mate ,  don't like seeing people getting stuck.  
CalumS4

Stigs dad wrote:
Hope it helps mate , †don't like seeing people getting stuck. †


They actually fit well without winding them up on the front, so it was a bit of fuss over nothing  

Will still have to get it unstuck though, as it will keep niggling at the back of my mind till I get it sorted!
Stigs dad

At least your  mobile.  
CalumS4

Finally got some half decent pictures, even though it was dark. The wheels went on with no spacers at the front, and I swapped the 10mm rear ones for the 5mm ones that came off the front.

It could probably do with some 5mm ones on the front now as well to even things out a bit. I'm happy with the clearance overall, it looks like the arches have already been rolled though and the arch liners trimmed in places, which is maybe why they fit so well.







Also, I got it booked into MRC for a health check and rolling road session at the end of Feb.

I've noticed that the max boost I seem to be getting is 16-17 PSI, which seems pretty conservative given its modifications (possibly stage 2 map?).

Looking to get a water meth kit fitted and a new exhaust following the health check. It's a toss up between a single 3.5" or a dual 2.25"/2.5" (single box or straight piped).

After that it would be nice to get a more aggressive map as I'm rarely at full boost around London, so not exactly worried about abusing the engine all the time. In fact, I've found it takes a good 20 mins for the oil to get to operating temperature, by which time I'm normally at my destination.

A friend with a 2.7t Allroad reckons that with the supporting mods I've got, the K04s will easily get up to 25-30 PSI, we'll see what MRC have to say though.

Oh... and I've made a massive decision...

For the first time since owning a car I have swapped from V Power to Momentum
S4 John

Love the bbs ch.  it's a classic.  I don't think you nddd a bigger spacer up front.  It looks great and I wouldn't want to worry about rubbing.
C J

Ah mate that looks loadsssssssssss better!!
Good choice on the fuel too!
Noggymike

Boooooooooooooooooooooooooom!!!!!          











Looks ace now Calum
Stigs dad

Someone's been a busy boy. Looks tons better. You need to show it off now  at a few meets  
CalumS4

Thanks guys  

It was a choice between some CH's or Rota Grids - glad I went for the CH's now though, as they look like they belong on the car.

In a way I almost wish I'd just stuck some standard S4 wheels back on it to get the full sleeper look. Although, when the cars moving I guess it's hard to tell that it's modified.

I need to work out if I can get some slightly wider rubber on them for some track time in the summer. Semi-slicks tend to run a little bit wider than normal tyres, so hoping that some 225/40's will eliminate what's left of the stretch in the sidewalls.

If not, I might go up to a 235/40 and remove the rear spacers.


List of things to do this weekend:

- Polish the Y-pipe to a mirror finish. It's currently painted a bronze colour.

- Trim the front engine cover to fit around the uprated bi-pipes.

- Give the car a detail and get some proper pictures.

- Try and fix the remote key fob (currently locking the car using the key). I'm hoping that it just needs some fresh batteries and a re-sync. Not sure if the re-sync is possible as I read that another key needs to be left in the ignition, and I only have one key..
CalumS4

A quick snap of it next to my gf's E46.




Her's is a work in progress as well. So far I've refurbed the wheels, which were in horrendous condition, and done a detailed restoration of the interior, including repainting the seats and leather inserts.

The interior turned out so well, that I'm considered starting a side business over the summer.







We were quoted a little over a grand for the restoration by an interior specialist. It cost me just under 180 quid and about 3-4 days. 4 months on and the leather still looks as good as new.

If anyone's thinking of restoring their seats and isn't certain how to do it, feel free to drop me a PM.
CalumS4

Some engine investigation

The first thing I realised is that y-pipe is plastic, so can't be polished   From a  bit of research I now realise that all S4 pipes are plastic, so I'll have to find an RS4 one and Polish that instead. In the meantime I'll just paint this one black.



Y Pipe, airbox lid and engine covers removed



I found some oil in the edge of the accordion pipe, and a little in the Y-Pipe itself.  



I'm putting it down to this pipe, I guess it's the cam breather? Haven't been able to see where it goes yet.



Airbox has been modified - I've reason to believe it's an RS4 box, but will have to measure the MAF inlet to be sure. (The accordion tube does look quite big though).



State of the BMC air filter. Looks to be a localised concentration of dirt, could be from the ram air duct or holes drilled into the box, hard to tell.



Not sure if anyone can tell from the next pic, but the injectors have supposedly been modified, as I have a reciept from MRC for injector adaptors (amongst other things). They reckon that longer RS4 ones were probably fitted.



Coils are all OEM aside from one on the N/S bank at the rear, can't see any mods to the loom so my earlier thoughts of uprated coils was false.





Pulled one of the plugs to have a look and they don't look great tbh. Bosch Platinum F5DP0R.





Usual oil leak from the O/S cam cover gasket. Get the occasional ail smell when the car has been sitting for a while, I guess it's this.



Got a camera down in the front of the engine bay to see what brand the bi-pipes are, turns out they are XS Power. As CJ pointed out to me when he fitted the gearbox, they've been mounted on one side to the chassis, which obviously is bad, as when the engine twists under load, the mount stays where it is and pulls at the pipe.



List of things to do now:

- Replace spark plugs (not sure which ones to go for yet)
- Replace air filter (again, nothe sure which one)
- Replace cam cover gaskets
- Paint cam covers (red of course )
- Find, polish and fit an RS4 Y-Pipe
- Replace coolant tank
- Flush coolant system
- Create new engine mounts for bi-pipes
CalumS4

Just did a bit more research and I think I'll be sticking to Bosch F5DP0R type plugs.
English Expat

Looking very nice now. I am in awe of the interior refresh on the E46 too!
CalumS4

English Expat wrote:
Looking very nice now. I am in awe of the interior refresh on the E46 too!


Thanks! This is how it all looks now.



Just found these pics of the work I did on the wheels as well - not sure I'd have the patience to do it again









They took 4 weekends (all day, both days).

Back on topic, ordered some NGK PFR7Q plugs and sanded and repainted the Y-Pipe in satin black.





I have some quality gold reflective heat tape left over from a previous project, I'm half tempted to wrap the Y-Pipe and all the other intake pipes †(mainly for bling)

I don't expect thato it would help much pre-turbo, but would look pretty sweet all the same. Tricky shape of the Y-Pipe put me off, but if I get bored...

It's this kind of thing I'm talking about

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTE4WDgwMA==/z/MssAAOSwDk5UKlE1/$_57.jpg
calibra_se8

Nice work mate, you've honestly transformed it with the CH's. I cringed when i saw the car listed with those other wheels!

PS airbox looks like S4, RS4 box has a flap on the lower half. Standard coilpacks and injectors maybe standard RS4 items, RS4 ones are shorter so require the adaptors.
CalumS4

calibra_se8 wrote:
Nice work mate, you've honestly transformed it with the CH's. I cringed when i saw the car listed with those other wheels!


I wasn't a fan either, they go better on VW's I think. Each to their own though. Cheers for the info  

Did a bit of engine bay tidying today



Think I'll leave the front cover off, it doesn't fit very well due to the bi-pipes, and makes the engine look a bit too plasticy for my liking.

Turning more and more towards the idea of gold heat reflective tape  
English Expat

Very, very clean. Have you ever been in the valet trade?
CalumS4

English Expat wrote:
Very, very clean. Have you ever been in the valet trade?


Nope, although judging by the amount of time I spend detailing cars, I probably should be  
Noggymike




This is your spider hose.

It goes all over the place!

replace your 1 way valves while your at it.

B5 will give you some oil in the Y pipe.

Keep an eye on the amount in the intercooler lines.

Good work on the seats btw


Also Calum



Fooooook that coolant expansion bottle off asap plz!  
CalumS4

Noggymike wrote:

Fooooook that coolant expansion bottle off asap plz!


It's high on my list of things to do

The rear brakes are crusty as well..

There are 300mm backing plates fitted, I'll take that as a sign  
CalumS4

Fake spark plug alert



Needless to say, they've gone straight back. Two of them actually looked okay, the other four had dodgy blurred writing and a different coloured coating.

I bought them through a power seller on ebay, with good feedback.

Just put an order in at the dealership instead, plus 3 litres of G13 and a new N75 valve, as it's not been done in 4 years (as far as I know).

Buy cheap buy twice as they say
CalumS4

Next time someone asks me if I've got nothing better to do with my time, I'll think back to tonight, where I spent 2 hours masking my engine cover so that I could spray the logos silver...



Needs a bit of touching up / tidying, but turned out pretty decent I think.

CalumS4

Now that's what I'm talking about!  

Next time I've got a spare weekend, it's happening..

Noggymike

CalumS4 wrote:






Turning more and more towards the idea of gold heat reflective tape †




CalumS4 wrote:
Now that's what I'm talking about! †

Next time I've got a spare weekend, it's happening..







Is there a poll on this?



If so can I start it off?














































No to gold.



Soz dude.
CalumS4

You sound like my other half.. At least I'll save a fortune on jewelery  

I'm not sensitive to criticism by the way (I did drive around a pimped-out nissan micra for the last few years)  

I'm more interested to find out how effective this kind of thing would be to cooling if all the intake pipes are wrapped? Nearly all the intake pipes appear to hug the engine fairly closely, which can't be good for heat soak.

The tape I've got is made by DEI, which I think is fairly decent quality and this kind of thing is proven to work on other applications.

Every little helps right, and if gold heat reflection is good enough for the McLaren F1...
CalumS4

Slowly starting to collect a few parts.

New plugs (from Audi this time) NGK PFR7Q's



New Febi coolant expansion tank.



New BMC air filter - not a fan of trying to clean and oil cotton  filters, and for £34 quid, more reasonable just to buy a new one imho.



Also meant to pick up an N75 valve, but Audi gave me this...



After a bit of reading on here, seems to be a common mistakes due to numerous types of 'solenoid valve' listed on their system under the code N75 - even though this is technically an N249 valve. Went back to the dealer and ordered in the right one. The technician gave me a detailed intake diagram with part number etc. which is quite helpful for future reference.  

If anyone's ever been to the big glass multistorey Audi dealership in Brentford, they will know how awesome it is - I could have spent all day there!

I think I'm going to get a professional to flush the coolant, as I dont fancy trying to bleed the system without the proper tool. Don't have access to an air line either.

On a side note - did a bit of engine bay detailing today on the Jaaaag



My dad reckons he'll take me at Santa Pod this year, I can't wait for the look on his face when he gets whooped by a 17 year old wagon
Jism

Dude never buy ebay parts when it comes to sparks and all. Always go for original audi, these engines are very sensitive for the wrong type of sparkplugs.
CalumS4

Jism wrote:
Dude never buy ebay parts when it comes to sparks and all. Always go for original audi, these engines are very sensitive for the wrong type of sparkplugs.


Yeah, I was pretty shocked at how a decent seller could be stocking fake plugs. I've heard that even some high street retailers are selling dodgy stuff over the counter

A lot of the Jap guys I know source their plugs from ebay, so will have to share my experience with them.

You might pay more at Audi (in this case almost twice as much), but at least you get peace of mind!
Jism

Yeah well there you have it, it's imitation and as you said they dont match the original ones.

You cant be having a spark plug that breaks off or anything. Man, remove ebay from your favourites when you need new parts. Seriously.
CalumS4

Jism wrote:
Man, remove ebay from your favourites when you need new parts. Seriously.


I wouldn't say ebay is on my 'favourites' list

Unfortunately, a lot of the parts places where I live in London are just as likely to be selling dodgy parts as the sellers on ebay, and would give you far more hassle over returning them if you're not happy with them.

I did originally enquire at Audi, but they couldn't tell me if the plugs were PFR7Q's as they can't see that information on their system. In the end (after the dodgy ones) I just decided to wing it and order them. It's not exactly a quick drive down the road for me either cos of traffic, plus I probably spent 15 quid in fuel driving to and from them today to sort the incorrect valve out.

I get avoiding ebay for engine critical parts like plugs, but reckon it's still useful for sourcing other parts, especially when it's from a reputable seller as there are always savings to be had. †Opie oils have an ebay site for example, and quite often offer decent savings (their ebay page offered my oil at the same price as their main site with the SRS discount we get).

I was just more shocked that a seller with +120k feedback would be selling dodgy stuff!

Lesson learnt....
Jism

I've learned my lesson pretty quickly when my car once had non-original parts. The only reason why i come on ebay is to rather buy things from a scrapped RS4 from a german seller, and nothing more.

Parts should always be genuine. This way you can rest more comfertable knowing the car is alright.
Stigs dad

I ended up buying my plugs from audi  for my s4 and it does give you piece of mind that these are genuine parts which won't let you down.  Glad your chaging the water bottle. The other one lets the engine bay down a bit.
CalumS4

Sure I almost caught frostbite tonight, but at least the motor's got some fresh plugs in it now.

CalumS4

Got the spark plugs fitted, air filter changed and coolant tank fitted.  

The plug on the bottom of the coolant tank wouldn't come off so I just cut the wire and made my own plug, also snapped the t-piece that goes on the top coolant line. I couldn't fine an 8mm t-piece at short notice, so I used a y-piece and if anything, it fits the the pipe layout better.

Couldn't resist tidying up the engine bay (again)



As some of you will notice from the above, I've trimmed the front cover to fit the bi-pipes. Mike also just pointed out to me that the coolant cap has been painted (I wondered why it was blue on the bottom!)

Stigs dad

How much  better does that look. Good work so far.  
Noggymike

Windscreen wash and PAS fluid caps also modded
Adrian

Wow, car's looking awesome! Love the detail in the engine bay, and the BBS make me fall in love with your car! I'll be getting some bbs ch's for my b5 s4 for sure after seeing this!
CalumS4

Thanks chaps

Adrian wrote:
I'll be getting some bbs ch's for my b5 s4 for sure after seeing this!


I haven't actually seen any other wheels I'd rather have so far. Apart from some wider CH's which would only fit an RS4  

I was almost tempted by some replica CH's, but the 8.5 inch ones are only available if you go for genuine. Glad I went for genuine now as the extra width makes all the difference to the fitment  



Realised tonight that my bi-pipes are literally a hairs width away from the fan (that blur on the right).



And here are the plugs that I pulled. They're ordered as if you were looking into the engine bay from the front of the car. Never seen plugs look so burnt around the top of  the collar (probably from the heat of running boost). Looks like the car is running pretty rich from the state of them?

Jism

Damn man, where did you get the right cover from?



That is awesome.
CalumS4

Jism wrote:
Damn man, where did you get the right cover from?


It was there when I bought it, think it's off a B5 Passat (V5 / W8 engine model) - there's a discussion on this forum about it with part numbers etc if you are looking for one.

http://audisrs.com/viewtopic.php?t=37514&start=0

It definitely makes the bay look tidier. Needs a bit of trimming to fit though I think.
dhali

Looks tidy   . The black caps look neat too. Am going to have to pinch that idea.
TurboTy

I have the same bi-pipes, I noticed how close they were too so have put some washers behind the fan to space it out a couple mm. Beware, the methanol bosses that you can see in your picture leak from the grub screws, I noticed this when trying to seal up the intake system... some ptfe tape on the threads did the trick

Love the engine bay, I want mine like this †
CalumS4

TurboTy wrote:
I have the same bi-pipes, I noticed how close they were too so have put some washers behind the fan to space it out a couple mm. Beware, the methanol bosses that you can see in your picture leak from the grub screws, I noticed this when trying to seal up the intake system... some ptfe tape on the threads did the trick

Love the engine bay, I want mine like this †


Thanks for the tips   I'm only getting about max 17 psi boost at the moment, which makes me think either there is a small leak, the N75 is playing up, or it is just a very conservative map. If I get the time, I'll make myself a pressure tester - failing that though it's going into MRC at the end of the month for a health check, where I guess they will perform a boost leak test anyway.

Hopefully over summer I'll be getting a water meth kit installed, I was quite happy when I found out the pipes already have bosses in them! Will certainly save some hassle / cost when fitting it.
CalumS4

dhali wrote:
Looks tidy † . The black caps look neat too. Am going to have to pinch that idea.


Cheers † It's only after looking at a few pics where they are still blue / green that I noticed what a difference it makes, will have to paint the top of the dipstick now to match.

I'm thinking of carbon skinning either the y-pipe or all of the engine covers. The holes in the covers are putting me off though, as it would take ages to drill them all neatly.
Noggymike

CalumS4 wrote:
dhali wrote:
Looks tidy † . The black caps look neat too. Am going to have to pinch that idea.


Cheers † It's only after looking at a few pics where they are still blue / green that I noticed what a difference it makes, will have to paint the top of the dipstick now to match.

I'm thinking of carbon skinning either the y-pipe or all of the engine covers. The holes in the covers are putting me off though, as it would take ages to drill them all neatly.



Don't forget brake fluid reservoir  
THQuattro

Good work mate and very nice car.
CalumS4

Cheers guys.  Just picked up a genuine Audi N75 today to fit in prep for the health check at MRC.



Also enquired with Niall about one of his 3.5 inch systems with bypass valve, which I'm quite keen on. I think I might only go for a single box though. If the car comes back with a clean bill of health from MRC it will be a new exhaust and stage 3 map before summer I think  
Hoyle

Was it a dealer job for the N75?

I'm thinking I may as well swap mine for peace of mind.

Best price I've found is TPS for £73.98 inc vat.

Great work!!
CalumS4

Hoyle wrote:
Was it a dealer job for the N75?

I'm thinking I may as well swap mine for peace of mind.

Best price I've found is TPS for £73.98 inc vat.

Great work!!


Yeah I got it from the Brentford Audi main dealer. It was £73.98 with my 10 per cent discount (which is probably how TPS end up with the same price).

I'll take the old one off and test it and if it's good keep it as a spare I think. When I spoke to MRC they reckoned they've gone up in price by a fair bit over the last year or so.
CalumS4

After a bit of consideration, and researching other S4 builds, I've decided to shoot for the 500bhp barrier.

A lot of people say don't chase figures, but where's the fun in that  

I have decided on the following upgrades:

- FMIC (keeping silicone joins to a minimum)

- 3.5" exhaust from Niall with full bypass

- Bosch EV14 750cc injectors

- WM injection (either Devils Own or AquaMist)

I'll collect these parts over the coming months and then after doing a bit of general maintenance (cam gaskets need attention etc.) I'll get them fitted and go to MRC for a stage 3 map.

When the turbo fairies eventually visit, it means I will have all the supporting to mods to warrant some hybrid K04's.

Advice would be appreciated, so if anyone can think of stuff that would be worth adding to the list whilst I'm considering the above, please let me know. Want to make sure I do this properly first time around.
Noggymike

New clutch
CalumS4

Noggymike wrote:
New clutch


CJ had a look at the RS4 one that's on there when the gearbox was off and it still looks like it's got plenty of life left  

I've lit all four up a few times in the dry as well, so I don't think it will let go any time soon  

More importantly, the cam covers will be painted whilst the gaskets are being replaced. Now, what colour to go for....
CalumS4

Before taking this to the track in summer, a few things need sorting, first being the rear brakes.

Option 1: Trig's brackets / lines and some 300mm Discs (~£200)

Option 2: B5 RS4 312mm rear brake setup (~£250) although I guess I could make some money back selling the facelift brakes that come off.

I know the RS4 discs are +£400 to replace, but they look so much better than the B6/B7 upgrade and the pads cover the whole rotor, which they don't on the B6/B7 setup.

Will make my mind up over the next few days. Logic suggests the B6/B7 option, but the petrolhead part of me says go for the RS4 brakes..
CalumS4

What can I say.. I'm childish  

CalumS4

B6/B7 Rear discs arrived. Inner most c-hooks machined further outwards to stay in  the swept area of the pad.



Trigs brackets/ hoses on order.

Also picked up these up from Stevieyid



Bells will be painted black and fitted with 356x32mm hooked discs from Reyland Motorsport and the calipers will be fully rebuilt with all new hardware.

Going to go for DS2500 pads front and rear.
CalumS4

Little test fit of the hi-specs today to make sure they fit before I start taking them apart for the rebuild.

These 6 pots calipers are actually smaller than the B7 S4 ones fitted at the moment. Pads in the hi-specs are a lot bigger though.




They fit under the wheels with about 10mm to spare.



And finally given the bodyworka proper clean since getting it.



guymcc

Nice update Calum!   Some good stuff going on with the brake mods too!  Looks well!
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