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    Quote Originally Posted by Quillhill36 View Post
    Loving the constant progression of this thing. Is the plan just to daily this or will it be sort of a project also?
    Thanks! The plan is to daily it once I get it road worthy, but I am going to continue to mod it as well.

    Since it will be a daily the mods will be carefully thought out as I don't want to get into a stock version of the car and think "darn, I ruined mine a little" haha. But the goal is to eventually cover all the bases to one degree or another.


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    Coils/wheels/ducktail/end thread. Haha I really do like these and they're easy to mod tastefully. Not cheap necessarily but awesome nonetheless.
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    So it would seem that I'm pretty terrible at remembering to update this but the car is now on the road. To make a longish story short, the car failed inspection the first time because the coolant leak returned (turns out I didn't have the line all the way on the rad), the wipers and horn didn't work (remember when I pulled that fuse for the headlight leveling?), and some screws were missing from the under tray. But after some minor wrenching and a new (used) non-AFS headlight, the car passed!

    I've put ~300 miles on it so far and it's been great, here are some pics!








    THIS IS NOT THE END!

    From here on this thread will continue to document maintenance, mods, and any thing else I do to the car. Next thing the car needs is an alignment as well as some recall work at the dealership. After that I'll just continue to enjoy the car as is until my wallet recovers a little bit[>_<]


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    Yay to getting her on the road! I love these B8.5s lights. Following to see how these age, I've always wanted an A4 Avant.

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    This thing is gorgeous!!
    Some people will never understand it, why we do what we do.
    The busted knuckles and the late nights in the garage;
    it's more than a hobby or pastime, it's a lifestyle. We live it."


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    Looks great, love the contrast of the grey sport seats against the black.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkyoshi154 View Post
    Yay to getting her on the road! I love these B8.5s lights. Following to see how these age, I've always wanted an A4 Avant.
    If they sold the B8 Avants here with a manual gearbox I would've tried to hunt one down, I've always loved the Avants too but wasn't willing to give up my third pedal for one haha.
    Quote Originally Posted by Loaf31 View Post
    This thing is gorgeous!!
    Thanks man!
    Quote Originally Posted by rightfullrudder View Post
    Looks great, love the contrast of the grey sport seats against the black.
    Thanks! The interior-spec is one of my favorite things about this car, it's gonna be a pain to keep clean but it'll be worth it haha


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    Damn dude it looks great, good job getting it back together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    Damn dude it looks great, good job getting it back together.
    Thanks man!


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    I needed to thank you for this great read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I've got you bookmarked as my Homepage to check out new things you post…

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    So I've put about 2k miles on it thus far and she's been driving great. I took the car to the dealership for a much needed alignment and to have a recall done, but so far no issues!

    Still debating on what color to paint the BBK before I install it (waiting on warmer weather), I between Yellow, Red, and Lime Green. Here are some random pics.







    Side note, I'm dying to detail this thing. Going to ceramic coat it as well as apply PPF to the front of the car to protect the new paint after a full correction.


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    Well as things would have it work and school have been preventing me from getting much done on the car mod-wise but the bug has been itching so I decided to scratch it with a couple budget mods.

    First one was tinting the amber reflectors in the headlights. I did this on my E60 and it looked so much better. While I'd ultimately like to disassemble the headlight housings and make paint the reflectors grey (to mimic E-Codes) this is a quick quick temporary improvement and It didn't cost me a dime since I just used leftover tint film from the BMW!





    Next thing I did was work on improving the shifter feel, BFI sells a nice heavyweight shift knob but it's $150 so I took the budget route instead and filled my stock shift knob with lead shot used for weighting a fishing line



    That's an extra 50grams of lead added to the inside of the knob plus some hot glue to keep it all from rattling like a maraca




    Shifter feels much better now, which is great considering this mod cost less than $5! I wish the shifter height was a little shorter but for now this is perfect.

    I've just hit 5k miles since getting her on the road (current odo 62k miles) so I'm gonna order some Liqui Moly, a fresh filter and some spark plugs as well since she's due for those too. Once the semester ends I'll have more time (and money) to get this thing prepped for summer.

    And a semi-recent pic (still in desperate need of a good detail lol)


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    Great idea for the shifter. Bmw had a hack for that with a shift rod wrapped in solder lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    Great idea for the shifter. Bmw had a hack for that with a shift rod wrapped in solder lol.
    I'm gonna have to try the solder as well haha

    I love little home-brew mods like that, sometimes it's nice to do a simple, cheap, and fun project that still yields a benefit of some sort haha


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    Looking pretty good, I like the color. As for the caliper color you can't go wrong with a deep metallic red

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    Little update! I threw in some new plugs, went with the NGK Iridiums. These will be good if/when I decide to get tuned, but are perfectly fine for stock application as well


    Then I installed a dipstick (kinda funny I can consider that a "mod" lol) and gave her a fresh filter and some Liqui Moly Synthoil. Switched from leichtlauf because I prefer to run an OW oil for when the temps are colder and because it's a group 4 base oil.



    Also did a rear debadge (kept rings & Quattro badge), cleaned up some sticker residue, did some paint touch up, and fixed my license plate bracket (the screw points at the top had fallen out). The end result was that the rear of the car now looks much cleaner!

    Before



    After



    Also swapped my work plate frame for the ILLEST one I bought a while back, not sure how long it will stay though haha

    Car also started dumping coolant everywhere, water pump and thermostat seals had perished. Annoying, but now I can check that off my list of things I need to worry about in the future. My CQuartz UK 3.0 ceramic coating arrived as well, the next nice weather weekend we have I'll do a paint correction and apply it.


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    So I've always thought that E-codes were one subtle mod that makes a tremendous difference to the appearance of these cars. Unable to justify buying E-codes I decided to do the next best thing, take apart my NA-spec lights and paint the reflectors!

    To remove the lens I used a heat gun which worked quite well. I practiced on my spare light beforehand using the oven method and melted part of the housing so I played it safe by using the heat gun and it worked great. Having trim removal tools to pry the lens away from the housing helps a lot as well!


    Here is the bezel with the reflector in it. I tried to remove the reflector but it became apparent that I would likely break it so I masked it off while still attached to the bezel




    Scuffed it up with some sandpaper and then hit it with a couple coats of BMW Silver-Grey Metallic paint (had it laying around from my old 5series)





    All put back together! I reused the adhesive, just reheated it with the heat gun. It's been a couple weeks now and still no condensation or anything in the lights!


    To top things off I finally got around to doing a full paint correction on the car and applied CQuartz UK 3.0 ceramic coating, here's the finished result!




    Then this weekend I did a 600mile round trip to Watkins Glen, NY for some hiking!





    Parked up at the campsite

    The car ate up the miles, what a great highway cruiser. It was caked in mud and bugs when I got home too, but the CQuartz ceramic coating made everything wipe off with ease and after a pretty basic wash it looked as it did the day I detailed it! Can't recommend this stuff enough!

    On another note I've noticed by steering getting a notchy feeling [o_o] . I have read that there are a bunch of potential causes to this, one of which being the exposed intermediate steering shaft requiring a good cleaning and some lubrication. I'll do that Wednesday when I'm off work and report back, hopefully that solves it because I'd rather get tyres for the new wheels than spend money on repairs [:p] As always stay tuned for more!


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    Headlights came out great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    Headlights came out great.
    Thanks! Easily one of my favorite visual mods so far and much easier to do than I originally thought


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    So today I tackled the notchy steering issue. So far it seems to be solved with $20 with of Brake Clean and Deep Creep


    This knuckle here is the culprit, I forgot to take a before pic (this is after I cleaned it) but it was covered in black gunk which is likely why it was binding up


    I then sprayed it with liberal amounts of deep creep from a couple angles to make sure it was nice and lubricated, and after taking it around the block it feels good as new! I'll probably hit it with more deep creep tomorrow just for good measure.

    Here are a couple random pics I took recently






    My next move will likely be ordering paint for the A7 bbk here in the next week or so and get that installed relatively soon. After that things will slow down as a save a set of tyres to put on the new wheels that I've had in my shed with the bbk all these months haha


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    So everyone says that the CR15 brace is a must have for these cars. Knowing what a strut brace did for my old MKIV Golf I figured that the CR15 would provide a similar improvement. Only thing was, unlike a traditional strut brace the CR15 is a straight aluminum bar that goes behind the false firewall, a secondary strut brace so to speak. So, instead of shelling out $150 for one, I went to Lowes and bought $12 worth of aluminum to construct my own.

    Here is where the brace is supposed to sit, over top of this factory brace that primarily acts as a mounting bracket for the positive battery terminal and the washer fluid bottle.


    And here it is with my custom piece installed

    Relatively simple to make, just took a little while to get the holes measured correctly and drill everything out. As far as functionality goes, it's great! When the front end loads up around mid-corner you can feel the extra rigidity which translates into a little extra front end grip (which these cars need mid-corner) and a more direct steering feel. I would say that the difference is worth what they ask for the legit CR15, but if you have some time, a drill, and a dremel you can have yourself a nice bargain mod!


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    Little update for you guys! So I recently got what is probably the most utilitarian mod I could get, OEM Audi base bars. I have wanted a roof rack for ages as I missed being able to transport my bike (I refuse to risk beating up my interior by putting the bike inside) so I'm stoked. The Thule OutRide bike mount I used on my Volkswagen mounted right up. The design of the bars is actually pretty thin (especially compared to the OEM VW bars on my Golf) so wind noise isn't bad, I might not even buy a fairing as originally planned. I also love the look of them, I put the roof bars on my Golf a couple months after getting my license way back when, so having a set on my daily driver really makes the car feel like "mine". Just needs to stop raining so I can go biking haha.

    Here's the only pick I have of the setup currently

    Now remember that A7 bbk I snagged from the parts car we had laying around a while back before the car was even on the road? Well it's been sitting in my shed ever since, and I finally found the motivation to get it cleaned up, painted, and ready to go on the car.

    Here are some before and afters of the cleaning process; a scotchbrite pad and some brake clean goes a long way




    Then using POR15 Caliper paint, I brushed on the first coat of yellow...as you can see the coverage isn't great (typical of any yellow caliper paint)


    Four coats later and we're looking good!


    Painted the anti-rattle clips black and put some "S" logos on for that extra OEM+ touch

    Next I just have to paint the rears to match and then they can go on! I really excited to install these I'm really happy with how they turned out and can't wait to have some real braking power at my disposal!


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    Nice job on the brakes -- and I might have to try the DIY CR-15 strut brace on the S5! Any particular type of metal you bought?
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    Cant beat and oem roof rack. Thule is good, but never mounts or looks as clean. Great job on the brakes too, they are looking good. Cant wait to see them installed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rightfullrudder View Post
    Nice job on the brakes -- and I might have to try the DIY CR-15 strut brace on the S5! Any particular type of metal you bought?
    Thanks! Just used some aluminum box bar from lowes,nothing special, was $12 Great mod, I definitely recommend it, especially being such a cheap and simple DIY
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    Cant beat and oem roof rack. Thule is good, but never mounts or looks as clean. Great job on the brakes too, they are looking good. Cant wait to see them installed.
    Thanks! I can't wait to get them on, might do them this weekend if I can find the time! And yeah with the racks I wanted something that mounted up to the car perfectly so OEM was the only way to go. So far I'm super happy with them!


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