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coullstar
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:38 pm  Reply with quoteBack to top

They won't do front though as there is a limit of 350mm if I remember right.
Did you try Northeast brakes? Richard Breakall I think is the guys name, he seems quite good for fixing and new equipment.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:24 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

coullstar wrote:
They won't do front though as there is a limit of 350mm if I remember right.
Did you try Northeast brakes? Richard Breakall I think is the guys name, he seems quite good for fixing and new equipment.


I didn't get as far out as Richard, I started by phoning nearest home/work and went out from there. I will use him if I need the fronts doing. I also found out that Wellahead Engineering in Dyce will skim disks off the car.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:06 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I owed Guy a replacement front sub frame (thanks again for the loan/trade), as luck would have it Phil (calibra_se8) had one available locally. So a quick trip over to see him and the deal was done, as a plus I got to meet Phil.

Phil and I commiserated each other on our mutual love hate relationship (addiction) to B5 Audis, I got a look underneath his freshly refurbished S4 (shiny power coating) and we had a wee run in my car.

I must say this forum has been a fantastic source of introductions to nice people.

Other than being a fugly colour, the sub frame was in good condition and fitted into my saloon boot no problems:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:16 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I needed to get the subframe powder coated and had to knock out the bushes first. To do that I used a little angle grinder to cut the rubber all around the top of the bush, then knocked it out with a hammer.

Before:


After:


There are no pictures from half way, as cutting old rubber with an angle grinder makes a hell of a mess. The spray from the angle grinder covers everything in molten rubber (it also stinks), the "powder" that dusts everything works similar to powdered paint/tar and gets bloody everywhere. The only thing that would shift it was white spirit (petrol would likely work too), even then where it had fired onto the housing of the angle grinder it had become one with the plastic and now makes my hands black every time I pick it up!

After a lot of phoning around, I dropped it off with LJF in Dyce for blasting and powder coating. They were great to deal with and worth a shout if you are local.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I can safely say, it's looking better now in black and will be on my car in the next couple of months! Cheers Lewis!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:07 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Evening gents.

This week i was in Aberdeen a day early prior to going offshore, as i was test driving a Facelift Q7 4.2 TDi, which i thought was brilliant so decided to treat the family to a new wagon.

Anyhow, i made an arrangement to meet Lewis who i had never met before, only exchanging PM's via the forum. He came to meet me at my hotel and after a quick chin wag we were away for a spin in this rather fettled S4.

Well, it was soon apparent just how different his one was compared to my completely standard saloon.

After a quick scout for the local boys in blue he opened up the taps and sunk his right foot. What happened next was the feeling of seem less thrust from low down in the rev range which just seemed to pull harder as the rev rose all the way to the red line. The power delivery was just effortless and i simply couldn't stop smiling.

I knew from that very moment i needed to invest in some K04's as a bare minimum. The head work that has been done to this engine has certainly paid off as there was just no let up in power from the moment the turbos kicked in until the next gear was needed, just a constant surge of power that was very addictive.

Now then, as if the power delivery wasn't enough what happened next surprised me more.

The way this car handles with the centre diff mod, fancy rear diff and uprated ARB's has certainly paid dividends, the handling was exceptional. The level of grip was something i was not expecting, no fronting out what so ever! The front axle just seemed to grip so well, it felt like it was pulling us harder and harder the tighter into a turn we went. I need this kind of handling on my S4, needless to say i was most impressed.

After a good talk about all things S4 i came away with plenty food for thought.

A most enjoyable experience, cheers Lewis.  
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:08 am Reply with quoteBack to top

gmac78 wrote:
Evening gents.

This week i was in Aberdeen a day early prior to going offshore, as i was test driving a Facelift Q7 4.2 TDi, which i thought was brilliant so decided to treat the family to a new wagon.

Anyhow, i made an arrangement to meet Lewis who i had never met before, only exchanging PM's via the forum. He came to meet me at my hotel and after a quick chin wag we were away for a spin in this rather fettled S4.

Well, it was soon apparent just how different his one was compared to my completely standard saloon.

After a quick scout for the local boys in blue he opened up the taps and sunk his right foot. What happened next was the feeling of seem less thrust from low down in the rev range which just seemed to pull harder as the rev rose all the way to the red line. The power delivery was just effortless and i simply couldn't stop smiling.

I knew from that very moment i needed to invest in some K04's as a bare minimum. The head work that has been done to this engine has certainly paid off as there was just no let up in power from the moment the turbos kicked in until the next gear was needed, just a constant surge of power that was very addictive.

Now then, as if the power delivery wasn't enough what happened next surprised me more.

The way this car handles with the centre diff mod, fancy rear diff and uprated ARB's has certainly paid dividends, the handling was exceptional. The level of grip was something i was not expecting, no fronting out what so ever! The front axle just seemed to grip so well, it felt like it was pulling us harder and harder the tighter into a turn we went. I need this kind of handling on my S4, needless to say i was most impressed.

After a good talk about all things S4 i came away with plenty food for thought.

A most enjoyable experience, cheers Lewis.


Thank you for this post, it was nice to meet you, glad you enjoyed my car. Driving it all the time it doesn't feel that special to me anymore. As I said earlier in the thread, the diff mods are one of my favourite upgrades. Really change the feel of the car, even as a passenger you can tell. Much more noticeable from behind the wheel.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:29 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I have been driving with the new B7 brakes front and rear, plus the new master cylinder for a while now. Right off the bat I have to say this was a very worthwhile upgrade, the braking is definitely more balanced now and the pedal feels so much nicer. How much of the improvement is due to the master cylinder I cannot say, but I am going to cut open the old one to see how worn it was. Should see a post sometime soon.

The Ferodo premier pads are good, working well on the road, lovely initial feel even from stone cold. I haven't managed to make them fade, so more than adequate for my needs. As an illustration of the better brake balance, here is a picture after a family holiday back in July, this is it after 1000 odd miles of "normal" driving. Note that the brake dust is fairly evenly deposited on all the wheels.



I am not really a fan of drilled disks, to be honest they are more about style than anything else. But my sons pressured me into getting them, because they looked better. I must admit to having to agree with them, given how ordinary my car looks it is nice to have a little bit of bling.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:26 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Good stuff.  Ive got a nicely modded centre diff to fit now, well when I pick it up from Guy.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:42 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

coullstar wrote:
Good stuff. Ive got a nicely modded centre diff to fit now, well when I pick it up from Guy.


Delivered in person this morning!  Got a coffee out of it, oh and a t-shirt from Kyle for Fergus!  He wet himself in your garden    

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:58 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Haha, nice.  Cheers.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Was the Master cylinder replacement for a new one or did you get a larger/smaller/B7 one?

Should also say, your car seems to be such a well specced car for the road! How the B5 Rs4s should of left the production line

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:41 am Reply with quoteBack to top

confusionhunter wrote:
Was the Master cylinder replacement for a new one or did you get a larger/smaller/B7 one?

It was just a new B5 one. I haven't really looked at the old one yet, but I expect the seals just run in the aluminium. I am also expecting that the cylinder will be worn, given how little the pistons actually move anything weird in the cylinder will affect the pedal quite a bit.

confusionhunter wrote:

Should also say, your car seems to be such a well specced car for the road! How the B5 Rs4s should of left the production line


Thank you, I am happy with how it goes, stops and handles. Need to do something with the in car audio now, plus get the bodywork sorted.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:00 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi Lewis,

I have almost the same S4 like you (same color, wheels, recaro), but without remap.

I follow your post from the beginning, very interesting !

Here some pics of my S4 :







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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:51 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

mans39 wrote:
Hi Lewis,

I have almost the same S4 like you (same color, wheels, recaro), but without remap.

I follow your post from the beginning, very interesting !

Here some pics of my S4 :









Nice looking car! Though your paint is way better than mine, you also have a sunroof, spoiler and your steering wheel is on the wrong side......

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