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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.  
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