2 years ago, i was in the 'need' for something faster. I've already owned a A3 2.0 TDI with DSG for ~ 1.5 year. Garage / friend of mine had this RS4 imported from swiss, from the very first owner, and decided to sell it. He and i had a word and we came to the conclusion after a testride, i wanted that RS4.
The car is a 2001 genuine RS4, had lots of fixes and was kept pretty much stock. The ECU is remapped by Sportec (Swiss) and does around 440HP with the right fuel. The first bank of catalytic converters is emptyd and everything is still as good as stock.
In the 2 years, i've did ALOT of fixes together with the garage. These cars can be defenitly expensive. First: pics!
(Old pic, that display is fixed now!)
What front brakes you running?
Fixes and upgrades!
Powerflex the complete car:
After 15 years, most of the rubbers where litterally flat, worn out or completely broke. They had to be replaced. I've read alot of good stuff on poewrflex, since i wanted my car to become more 'stable'. So i went to the local shop, had a word, and at the end we had the complete upgrade package together.
So it was time to disassemble all parts as much as we can.
While we where at it, coating & spraying parts:
Next step was steel brakelines all around:
Replaced transmission mounts as well:
Old vs new:
Some old bushes where really torn apart.. even the oil came out.
Billstein's P16 PSS9, adjustable in height & hardness.
Upon installation, we figured out 'some' parts on the car had their best time:
So replace them with brand new ones:
And after work time for some relaxing
RS4 B5 Clutch upgrade
After replacing the original clutch with a OEM one, it took less then 4 months for the clutch to slip and become glazed. I had to replace it, so i took a Sachs pressure plate + clutch which is good for up to 600nm:
You can see the old marks on the flywheel:
Condition of turbo's = excellent, no shaft play:
Bose subwoofer upgrade
Since the original audi symphony sounds like shit (esp with "bass") i wanted to upgrade the sub, without putting in a huge crate / box on the back. So i searched for something more elegant:
So i had to hack out the old system:
The woofer is powered by this small amp:
And i needed a bigger woofer ofcourse:
The complete audio is driven by these 2 bose amps:
So i had to hack into remote, and make sure my new Class D amp gets the right source:
That is into number 5:
And in practical daily use:
Really IS an improvement to the car's sound!
RNS-D MP3 upgrade
I was kind of tired burning audio CD's so i wanted to use MP3 or something in that matter. I bought something from ebay, it is'nt as good as it look but it suits the job:
And a extra to switch between CD changer & MP3:
But as usual ebay stuff hardly ever works out of the box. The RNS-D is very picky and so is the MP3 player. Something it works, and when it works it just starts on 00:30 seconds upon next track (MP3). Right now i'm using the analog input connected to my Iphone with Spotify which works good, however, the system is very sensitive against disturbance, you can hear the dynamo on your speakers upon charging your phone lol.
The sound is good tho!
My car came with the original Et25 RS4 B5 rimms, however, they are the soft ones, and audi never did a recall in holland and all. So i had a problem when going onto bumps, it would just become shit. I've replaced the rimms for a while with other ones (the black ones as seen on top) and i happend to bought original hard top ones:
Currently stock ones. I was about to upgrade them untill i figured out Audi was charging 2200 for the non-perforated GMBH brakes, and 4200 for WITH perforated ones, lol.
I had 'm adressed the day we went to nurburgring, they are good for a few thousands of KM's before replacing.
But on track they are really underperforming lol. I am working to get big brakes which have a decent reputation and not some sort of chinese type of brake.
What upgrades and mods
Not much, i like it as it is. Better clutch / pressure plate, billsteins shocks / coilovers, excellent car.
People cant park in amsterdam parking lot. Someone bumped my licence plate.
Had to drive home with licenseplate behind dash, informed police about it.
Fixing was pretty easy:
Redrill a hole in the plastic of the license plate, apply and done.
Are the upper arm inner bushes supposed to be installed like this?! They look inside out!
Hi there, nice work...but I think on your rear upper wishbones you're missing half of the bush for the two inner bushes?? On mine, there were two halves to each one, so 4 bushes per side in total for inner ones. I'm just doing the same, and I've just removed my old power flex black series bushes..
I did'nt put them down, garage did. Assembled all parts basicly we had.
Always a beauty to see when you come back to your car!
Nice work and a lovely car
Some nice work,
IMO brakes are about the first thing that should be upgraded on these.
We're working on the brakes. We had it checked yesterday, and there are some repairs coming up. Mostly rubbers and service such as oil swap and all. Had to losen the shocks one notch since they became really tough after a few months now.
Found some old pics the moment the car was brought from Switserland to Holland:
The previous owner had the car for less then 9 months. I figured out it's officially mines for 2 years, 4 months and 15 days.
What a beautiful example of a b5 rs4 , stunning paintwork and really great mods.
Was in Rotterdam/Amsterdam at the weekend (for the third time) Holland is great,
I did notice the Dutch have a sweet tooth and judging by your boot full of goodies you have too.
Looking to get round 'the ring' in the B6 at some point, but after a track day (as you have found) you really notice how standard brakes on heavy Audi's are just not up to heavy use! Some race pads iam sure will definitely help.
Holland = tax country, lol.
As for the brakes, yes they are underpowered. Having different pads only extends this for a very short amount of time, but no huge numbers. At the end of the day it's still fading huge after a few corners and heavily braking.
Knowing that tracks only occur a few times a year, i dont think it's worth it for me to switch to keramic brakes. They need to be heated up properly as well and thats not really suited for daily use.
Personally i'm really pleased with the stock brakes of an RS4 B5. I had todo 2 times a emergency stop and trust me, that boat stops right when you want it. The side effect is that brake warping occurs very quickly.
For my work i am weekly in Amsterdam. But you should never park your car without a decent alarm or security system in either amsterdam or rotterdam. Problem is is that these cars get stolen often, and usually set on fire after a robbery and all.
It's a plague.
Nice work and write up!
How is the all powerflex drive?
Much stiffer and more solid, esp in cornering, but some said if you dont maintain the powerflex with lubricant once in a while it will start sqeeking at minimum movement and all.
On the ring it's a blessing; hard cornering and well balanced.