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adzn3k

No modding going on here... honest

How do guys,

After making the decision to sell my early mitsubishi evo last year I wanted to buy a car I've always wanted, a b5 s4

I spent alot of time and money on my evo and promised the wife I wouldn't be modding the audi just maintaining it.... ish lol

I got my s4 quite cheap really it did come with a few faults but I don't mind a bit of work and it meant I could afford a car I've wanted for a long time:



After a week or so of ownership I started to get a list of faults together:
Front lower arms knocking,
Passenger side front caliper sticking,
1 front wheel buckled,
Lumpy idle,
Down on power,
Abs fault on dash,
Airbag light on,
Bad tyres,
Huge water leak in boot,
Plugged the car in to find the cause of the abs and airbag light and found it needed the egts fixing :/

First thing I set about fixing was the abs fault it turned out to be the module under the dash so after a bit of searching I found that I can send the unit away and they repair the faulty soldering inside. A week later the unit returned and hey presto no more abs fault

While the abs unit was out I'd found the cause of the airbag light was the passenger seat bag so I gog some resistors and cancelled that out No more airbag light

With the 2 easy fixes done I looked in to the lumpy idle and lack of power so bought a boost leak tester and 1 first test showed that the car wouldn't pressurise I found 1 leak it was the pipe leading to the brake servo cured that with some silicone pipe I had spare:


tested again and now I could get up to 5psi SO :/ still a huge leak a whole bottle of soapy water later and I narrowed it down to the intake gaskets. Having a long history of working on cars I thought it would be straight forward  however I've never worked on a German car and wow the level of engineering that's gone in to these engines is impressive doing the intake gaskets was a nice way of getting to know the ins and outs of the car:


There was alot of dirt and corrosion down there so gave it a good clean and reassembled retested and popped the tester off the y pipe at about 12 psi, I still think there is a leak but i'm going to change all the vac lines and any boost lines I can in the near future but for now the car is pulling like a train.

When I scanned to find the cause of the abs and airbag fault it came up saying the egts were faulty so had a researching session to find that sid on here can provide a more reliable board to fix the fault ordered them in an instant... altho I'm yet to fit them it's too cold or raining when I have a spare day to do the job.

The rear water leak was caused by the rear lights so a bit of strategic clear silicone and sorted.

Next was the sticking caliper as it was causing a dangerous wheel wobble due to the knocking lower arms. Now I could have gone and refurbed the oem calipers BUT I always like to uprate the brakes on my cats after a bit of reading I saw the 17/18z  conversion that people fit, I did a bit of digging through my local contacts and got some bargain 17z calipers I followed that purchase with some volvo v70r 330x32mm discs, braided lines and new pads also some conversion bolts from good old sid :

I gave them a clean and a bit of paint:

And with a morning spare and some spacers to clear the balance weights:


It was at this point I'd decided I want to take the car on track nothing serious just to have a bit of fun and to get warmed up for a future idea I'm working on.

When the brakes went on the dangerous wheel wobble was gone so I've put off fitting the meyle hd lower arms I've got waiting to replace the knocking ones and set about collecting some suspension upgrades a couple of for sale section bargains later and I've now got 40mm h&r spring, some rs4 shocks and a neuspeed rear arb all ro be fitted together with the front lower arms .

I noticed that 1 of the wheels was buckled as I could feel it when turning also my tyres where a mix match of junk :/ a trip around the for sale sector and got myself some bbs 18s they are not to everyone's taste but I love them :


I also have some rs4 intercoolers and tfsi coil conversion  sat in the garage waiting to go on but i'm thinking of collecting a few more bits and going for a remap.

The next thing I'd like to do after the suspension is get a 300mm rear disc conversion to balance the new fronts up.

Well that's my progress so far
RS4Jules

Fair play mate looks well and good to see you starting with the sensible
mods first especially brakes.

Keep up the good work  
Kent

she cant argue with modding brakes. or should i say Saftey Upgrades.

Keep going
pdh 14a

Very nice! Good work on her
adzn3k

Cheers my plan is to keep it simple really.

after lots of research in to power I can't really afford any thing more than stage 2 on the ko3 turbos. I'm hoping they last a year atleast then I'll look at clutch and turbos BUT I do have a guy local to me that's not afraid of custom welding it wouldn't take much for him to fab up a single turbo setup which would be fun lol
adzn3k

I also want to re do all the rear bushes after taking it for a drive yesterday I feel the rear is very loose
FalleN

Nice work so far, love the new brakes!
adzn3k

After a few knocks on the door from various couriers I now have a double din conversion (I've fitted a spare single din unit for now till I get a decent android double unit):

I'm going to wrap the gear surround and facia plates with a black brushed metal style vinyl should hopefully look better than the worn looking surround currently on it

I took a better pic of the brakes behind the new wheels I really like the stoppers I can't wait to have a decent rear setup to match:


I went to fit the meyle hd lower arms today but turns out I need 16mm and 18mm spanners that I have never owned or needed before lol
EvoQuattro

What are your thoughts on going from an Evo to a S4?

I also changed from an Evo (9) to a B5 S4, and i neither regret nor am content. More of a sidestep onto a different track i guess.
adzn3k

I had an evo 2 and the it was a completely different car the audi feels like a barge compared to the evo.

I do miss my evo and was only the other day considering selling my audi to buy another early BUT I like the reliability of the s4 and the parts are much easier to track down for the audi. If the gearbox on the evo failed parts are no longer available to fix it
adzn3k

I've not had too much time to fit the ever increasing parts from my garage but spent a bit of time the other day tidying up the double din gear surround

The rubber coated plastic had been scratched and marked NOW unfortunately blue carbon weave surrounds don't grow on trees so i stripped the rubber coating and wrapped it with some black brushed alloy effect vinyl i'm really happy with the finished result:


Took some time today and give it a good bath




i love the wheels and brake combo the next couple of weeks i'll get the h&r springs fitted
Adam L

Looks like you need some air in those tyres

Love the progress though
adzn3k

Yeah I rook the pics just before I pumped them up
adzn3k

i have a bit of a confession a few weeks back i bought another project c`ar and lost all interest in the audi but after some thinking ive set out a plan for the audi and when the other project is done i'll start on the plan for the s4

Today i made up for the loss of interest by fitting these beasties:


all bolted up


im going to do the rear bushes and fit the rear arb i have waiting to go on
Searider

adzn3k wrote:
I had an evo 2 and the it was a completely different car the audi feels like a barge compared to the evo.



A remap would make a massive difference to how the car feels.
The three B5's I've had I had remapped by MRC and the difference is like night and day.

The one regret is that on the first one I waited a year to have it done!
adzn3k

I need to change my cam cover gaskets them might go for a remap in a couple of months.  I don't want to spend too much on the current setup as I have plans for the future that's going to cost me a fair amount
adzn3k

I forgot to add I fitted some sid egt boards a couple of weeks ago easy job really sorted the fault code once and for good
adzn3k

Took the s4 out today for the first time since the arms went on and what a difference it's made  I stripped the neuspeed arb and rust proofed it today I'll get it painted next week when I'm off ready for the 034 droppings that are coming end of the month
aidank1981

adzn3k wrote:
Took the s4 out today for the first time since the arms went on and what a difference it's made  I stripped the neuspeed arb and rust proofed it today I'll get it painted next week when I'm off ready for the 034 droppings that are coming end of the month


was it a new ARB? i'm in the same boat! have a brand new plasticoat one in the box but my mates had one on a year and its in a hell of a state! wondering if i should do the same! strip it and properly rust proof it!
adzn3k

No mine is second hand there was surface rust and the plastic coating was peeling so I use a wire wheel on the ginger stripped all the peeling off and the treated the lot it'll get zinc primer and a few coats of tough black chassis paint
aidank1981

adzn3k wrote:
No mine is second hand there was surface rust and the plastic coating was peeling so I use a wire wheel on the ginger stripped all the peeling off and the treated the lot it'll get zinc primer and a few coats of tough black chassis paint


i think they get alot of abuse where there are! stone chips etc and i think there plastic coating is clearly not up to it! once thats gone it'll just hold the wtaer inside i'd think! think i'll strip and paint! i can live without the Nuespeed logos  
adzn3k

Yeah the sticker didn't stay long the knotted wire wheel ate that lol
adzn3k

finished painting the arb today:


All being well i should have new rear bushes and some adjustable droplinks to compliment the arb next week
guymcc

Nice work!!  Finished in the fastest colour too I see!
adzn3k

Haha was going to be silver but lost the paint in my tip of a garage lol
adzn3k

Today I ordered the rear axle bush kit from Hector @ Wot and bought his adjustable rear drop links  he had up for sale  that little lot should improve the sloppy handling massively.

Yesterday I set about tidying up the gear surround as it was looking very tired:


Using some brushed metal style vinyl I had left over from a double din conversion I sold I stripped then recovered it:

All fitted it looks a thousand time better:


It looks and feels quality and much cheaper than the carbon items
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