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  1. #26

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    Some parts arrived

    Joint Kit

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Front Engine mount to match my two STERN race mounts

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Ignition Parts

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    These from the R8

    1 spare Just in case

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    D1S lamps for the Bixenons, again one spare

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Garage parts for easier working on the car

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    New interior parts

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Engine parts

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    So watch this space, lots of work ahead

    Cheers


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

  2. #27

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    Some more parts that arrived are some OEM, black interior roof parts, basically alla the parts that cannot be trimmed in fabric/alcantara and that i dont want to paint black because that is a half-assed job and i dont want that.

    So i bought them all.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Handles

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    B Pillars

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Sunvisors

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Wiring for the sunvisors - which i already had, but ok

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    The only which I decided not to buy is the rear view mirror, mostly because I had one painted in my other A4 which had come out very good, and it is something we barely touch to begin with, and also, i had one spare to give it a go. More on that later.

    The reason i decided to install the parts without the roof having been trimmed yet, is because the car is the safest place to store them , rather than the garage etc, they are fragile pieces with weird shapes.

    So lets see how it went.

    Handles

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    B Pillars side by side

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    In order to remove this you also have to remove the seatbelt from the seat.
    The hardest part is to then align the up and down regulator of the height of the seatbelt.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Center small sunvisor

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Before

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    And after

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    Sunvisors

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    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Refreshing the mirror

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    The only part which i didnt want to paint, to not mess up with its illumination

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Went onto installing it

    Before

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    And after

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    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    So current roof status - didnt install the clips in black to not damage then when i remove the roof again for trimming, left them for the final installation

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Cant wait for it to be completed

    Cheers


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

  3. #28

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    The passenger side headlight dipped beam oem HID lamps was flickering after some time, since i bought the car. I ordered new D1S lamps to replace the OEM ones. Sadly in order to gain access for a bulb removal, you have to take the headlight off. And in order to get the headlight off, you have to take the bumper off. Oh well.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Works great so far at an amazing cost. We shall see how long it lasts. Ofcourse i changed both lamps, to have the same date of use, and same colour.

    Tired light switch , although working perfectly

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    New fresh

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part-7 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Test fitted my Shift Light in its place in the dashboard, which is here

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Shift light

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Also, since there is another car in my garage, I need some things for it, so as to not take things from one car to another, or from one garage to another, when changing cars, especially when using them daily.

    So, with that in mind. New C-Tek charger and C-Tek case for the A4

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Case

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    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Tested the charger

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Hardwired it in place so it can stay there

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Also, found my favorite Continental tyre kit which looks great even after all these years

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Finally, i needed a place to put all these things in the trunk, neat and tidy. So I went for the solution i have in the other cars, although this time i went for the OMP rather than the Sparco Helmet case which works great, looks nice and is non slippery

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Cheers ,

    Mike


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

  4. #29

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    The maintenance went smoothly and everything that was changed was not necessarily needed to be changed but it gives me peace of mind knowing it is new.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Some of them below

    Engine mounts were shot and one was leaking, typical of these when they go bad

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Installed new STERN engine mounts.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    I new the cam follower would come out like this , good thing i changed it

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Out with the tired expansion tank

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    And in with the new. Also changed all the radiator fluids to new

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Also managed to find some matching washer fluid because OCD

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    The next update, is probably the most exciting one so far


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

  5. #30

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    So, had a day to spend some time working on the car(s) and thought I would remove the front RS4 OEM widebody parts frome the other blue car, to have then handy for some test fitting etc.

    So i started working on that early in the morning.

    Removed the bumper first

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    And then the headlights to give me access to front fender bolts.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    They were not very happy to see each other, I dont know why

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    That tape is there for 8 years now. It has protected the car, and left no glue residue after it was removed . Mad props to TESA for their quality.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    However there are two lower fender bolts that in order to remove, you need to take the sideskirt off first. So that was the sideskirt off.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    It was not hard, because, first things were very clean to work with, car had not seen any road after the conversion, and also, many parts were missing due to weight reduction in that chassis.

    Out came Fender number one

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Fender-Less

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    Did the same to the other side as well

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Passenger RS4 Fender

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Having taken almost everything I needed, i put the headlights back on.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    And thought I would leave it be like that for a while and call it a day.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    But, as you might have guessed already, that did not happen.


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

  6. #31

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    I quickly decided i had to throw the new parts onto the more recent A4. The thing is, that this car, given its age, and mileage, would give me a hard time working on it, mostly due to the road grime and debris. All in all the car was in great shape, never seen and accident of any kind, that is why I bought it in the first place after looking for quite some time for the right one.

    I will guide you through the process of the swap, which took about 12 hours, and did it all by myself. It needs patience, and some good quality beer and music. Other than that it is pretty straight forward if you have basic skills.

    I started by removing the sideskirts first, then the front bumper, then wheels. front wheel arches, and front fenders, and then put everything back together - hopefully.

    Driver Side sideskirt removal

    First you remove this plastic to gain access to the bolts beneath it

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Many bolts that need to come off

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Here is what you are left with, once you remove the sideskirt.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    After some degreaser and a lot of time

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    Passenger side sideskirt before and after cleaning

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    Passenger Sideskirt off

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    Then we lift the car on the air to work on front bumper and fenders

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Out came the bumper and the washer fluid

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    No going back now

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Passenger side was definitely the hardest one to work on, more things in there.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Lower fender bolts gave me some trouble due to grime and corrosion not letting the torx bit sit in as it should. Then when it did, this happened.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Nothing some angle grinder cant fix though

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Instead of this

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr


    To the left, the stock A4 fender - sideskirt support and to the right the Rs4 one which is wider

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Installed in place

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    First fender was on

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    It was now time to see whether the fender line could at least be put in place although it is to be expected to be smaller than needed

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Yeap, and smaller it was. However it fit in place, and nothing rubbed so it will do until i get the RS4 fender liners - if hopefully they are still in production, fingers crossed.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Headlight washer system was removed, I always found it useless and also it will interfere with the future IC setup.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Clean bumper ready to be installed

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    However I had to do something about this here which led to washer fluid leaking if not plugged.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    At first i thought of doing another route or something.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    But then I remembered i have some silicone hose plugs, which is a big win especially when you have them in stock and can also choose colour lol.

    There, super clean, and neat

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr


    Bumper and Fenders were, on, time to put the remaining things back on

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    This is missing and is on order

    Part 9 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Time for the sideskirts which at the rear part were wider due to the rear fenders not being on yet.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Touching ground and as you can see the car got significantly wider

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    As for the rear bumper, I can install it in place, however, the side parts of the bumper stick out too much unless the fenders go in. Pics from my old test fit for reference

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Some random pics of the car, that day

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    9 years between these two photos, in the same location

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Hope you liked this as much as I did.

    Cheers

    Mike


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

  7. #32

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    A nice addition to the man cave is this one

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Keeps the project moving for sure.

    A subtle changeI use to do to my project cars, is all red tails. Here it is mostly red as you can see

    Part 10 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    So added a strip of red tint film on the lower part. A subtle change but it is there nevertheless.

    Part 8 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 10 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Also, for anyone looking to buy a car charger to match the Audi interior light, look no further, i am here for you

    Part 9 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 10 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Great, because the blue one from Belkin was bugging me

    Part 10 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Also, these arrived

    Part 10 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 10 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 10 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 10 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 10 by mgpdoc, on Flickr


    Cheers, more to come

    Mike


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

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    Always nice to read your treads and posts!! Awesome work as always!

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    Thanks a lot


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    So satisfying to watch you swap everything over. Do you have the part number on that omp storage thing? I would love that for the vette to match my seats.
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  11. #36

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    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    So satisfying to watch you swap everything over. Do you have the part number on that omp storage thing? I would love that for the vette to match my seats.
    First of all thanks a lot, it means a lot, especially coming from you mate. Much appreciated.

    As for the OMP, surely, it is NA/1864/N. I love it, it is classy and does the work nicely.


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

  12. #37

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    So, like i said I received these cf mirror caps

    Part 10 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    First you remove the glass and then the mirror cap, it is relatively easy in this car

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Then you see a whole lot of dirt.

    Before

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    After

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    Before

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    After

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    Then it is reinstalling time

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    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Some heavy coats of this wax

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    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Ready

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    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Cheers

    Mike


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

  13. #38

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    Two more things that were done to the car are about wheels.

    One for the wheels of the car, which is spacers.
    To at least temporarily make the car sit nicer.

    The other, is steering wheel, because as much as I tried, the OEM steering wheel is ugly to say the least. One of the ugliest stock wheels I believe for this brand. Not sure if I will go 8V/TTS/R8 flat bottom steering wheel like my A1 for instance, because I do like the feeling of the one I installed very much. And it will match the future seats I have in stock for this project.

    So let's see some pic of the process.

    A/ Spacers.

    Had some 20mm 5x100 spacers in the garage, and decided to make them also 5x112, and take them down to 15mm for square fitment. Although in the eye, it would need 25mm in the front and 10mm in the back. However do not want different sizes on axles of a 4wd car. That's just me.

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    This is how it was before

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    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    And after

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    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Before

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    After

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    Installed 19mm plastic caps for cleaner look

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Also bought another of these Audi tools for the caps

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Washed the wheels

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Here they are

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    B/ Steering wheel swap

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

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    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    And some pics of the exterior of the how the car is sitting on the new setup

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 11 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Cheers


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

  14. #39

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    Need to update this, to bring it up to the current status of the car as we speak.

    So, firstly, the drivers door card handle was looking a bit tired from the past, and it had some stickers, plus one of the window switches was broken and those had to be addressed.

    This is how it was

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Scratched switch

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Removed the door card

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    New trim from the dealership

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    New switch set

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    Installed in place

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Removed and cleaned the door handle from the door card , which is help in place by like 10 billion bolts

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    50:50 shot of before and after

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    Put everything back in place

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Much better

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Steering wheel collection going strong

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Looks ok for now, more on the interior later to follow

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Now, for the wheels. I wasnt feeling comfortable with the thread engagement of the studs and nuts after the spacers' installation, although it was surely safe, more than 2 thirds of the threads were secured. However I wish I had longer studs.

    Which, as i found out that day, i did have but had forgotten about them, LoL

    So, pics of before.

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    50:50 shot

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    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    The forgotten stud kit

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Marked them to check if they are spinning

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    All done

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    And plastic caps can also be installed for that cleaner look

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    So that is better and safer at least in my mind.

    Cheers

    Mike


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

  15. #40

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    One day, I was like, f*ck it, let's try the rear bumper, although I know the rear fenders are not on, and nor will be anytime soon, considering the time delay in available appointments/bookings in the shop i am interested in taking this job.

    Anyway, as I said, it was not something sensible to do, but I did it anyways.

    Here is how it went.

    Removed the tailights

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    the amount of dirt i was faced with, was to be expected, however it didnt make me less sad. I had to clean these, because they are potential rust spots if you leave them like that under the seals.

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Removed the Cobra parktronic that was installed and labelled the wiring and installed rubber grommets in place of the old ones

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    I then cleaned everything as you can guess and then went ahead with the installation of the RS4 bumper.

    I however had to remove this crash bar as well, to paint it, cause it is visible through the bumper

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    And after

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    Installed in place

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Fender to bumper mounts are different for the RS4.

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Removed the old ones, and cleaned underneath

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Installed the fixings for the bolts

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Then the mounts, 3 of the 4 bolts given, cause the 4th one, is only available in the RS4 rear fender

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Also fixed this, because someone had pulled the front part off, now allowing the gas cap door to lock like it should. All fixed now.

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Time to throw the bumper on

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Here's how the situation at the back is currently

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    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Car is fully driveable, and also in high speeds, zero problem of things breaking from air, etc, they are very solid there cause they are held in place with bolts in the mounts beneath them . However I have to decide what I am gonna do with fenders.

    They are currently on the other car.

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 12 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Cheers,

    Mike


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

  16. #41

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    Honk for more updates

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    So, after the installation of the front RS4 fenders, the fender liners were fitted, although looking a bit sorry for themselves, making the car look like a scrap car or something.

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Ugly to say the least

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    This was something that couldnt stay like this, obviously even if noone saw it, I knew it was there.

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Ordered Front Fender RS4 Liners and also some other fixings and bolts, as well as the lower fender liner lip part which is also larger in the RS4. I didnt have these parts in the past cause I didnt intend running fender liners in the other car, at all.

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Material, surprisingly is carpet here, instead of plastic. Premium parts I guess

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Also bought a tow hook cover which is different in the Rs4 bumper - didnt know that

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part number for whoever is interested in it

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    Out came the wheels

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    And then the regular A4 fenderliners

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    New ones on

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    Proper

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    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Much better

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Also, ordered the rear ones, although rear fenders are not yet on, cause you never know when production will stop these days. Like I said in the previous post maybe, production on certain parts of this car, has stopped.

    So yeah, gotta stock parts I guess

    Cheers

    Mike


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

  17. #42

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    Cleaning and detailing wise, the only thing left untouched in the car, was the interior's carpet and lower surfaces.

    The exterior hadnt been polished, but it was waxed and looking decent

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    All in all car was very well cared after, no smoking inside it etc, but still you gotta go the extra mile and deep clean those fibers when u buy a used car, in order to feel like home, and not in somebody else's car. It is what it is.

    So, despite the 45oC [that is 110-115in F] in my country currently, out came the rear seat bench

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Front seats next

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    First we did the floormats

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Koch Polstar, agitate, scrub and pressure wash and then the extractor vacuum

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    We then did the same to the interior carpet. It was a big job, but so well worth it. Massive difference even in car that was cared for. The years of ownership are there, and so is the difference in smell and feeling when opening the door and getting in.

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Then that was out of the way, there was another thing on the list.

    If you have noticed my cf parts, hood and trunk, they have Aerocatch Quick release pins and locks installed. In the front, I had initially installed them, cause there was a lot of air coming through and at high speeds the hood was instable and didnt wanna risk it breaking the hood latch and coming towards me. It is not rare that we have seen this happening in cars with cf / light hoods . At the back it was a different case, of removing weight of oem lock mechanism.

    When I transferred the two parts, in this car, I opted for OEM locking mechanisms and latches, so didnt install the pins. However in the front, when I go above 60mph (100km/h) the hood starts bouncing, and makes me feel unhappy to say the least. So the pins had to be installed again it seems just to be on the safe side.

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Transferred the points to drill like this

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Some tape from the other car, and marking the hole, and then transferring the tape

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Drilling

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr


    Installed the old pins from Aerocatch

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Worked great

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Wanted a less racing look, so opted for wrinkle black paint

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Came out clean

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Boom ready, and safe

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Now onto the next update.

    Teaser

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

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    So, here is a big update. At least for me.

    As you might have seen, the rear of the car, was looking a bit weird after the rear RS4 bumper installation. The reason for that, are the stock exhaust tips.

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    It is time we do something for this.

    So here is how the brainstorming procedure came for the design of the exhaust on this car.

    In the past, I had two exhaust setups, one was with mufflers on both sides , which was the first setup and looked something like this

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    A420vt Exhaust by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    And then came the single exit muffler which was more aggressive and I loved it, which was this

    A420vt Exhaust by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    A420vt Exhaust by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    A420vt Exhaust by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    A420vt Exhaust by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    So this time, I was debating whether I would go dual exit, or single.
    Let's see what I opted for, although I cannot promise I will not do both. LoL

    Cat was sure, this was a small diameter and had to go.

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    The inspiration for the muffler fabrication was this custom muffler I found in a Celica GT4 from my country scene.

    Part 13 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    It ticked all the boxes for me. So I gave my order for what we wanted to fabricate, and first thing I received was some photos of the mufflers.

    Engine side

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Exit side

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    I tried on some tips that would look nice on an OEM+ car, powedercoated in black. Kind of like the RS4 ones but a bit more aggressive. Dont get me wrong I like these, however they dont match the theme with the cf trunk and the holes, currently.

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    So the plan about the catback was the following.
    Starting from below the driver, 90mm pipe, going into two 70mm pipes, one v-band clamp in each side, and then going further back, to 2x 90mm
    straight through mufflers, again with one v-band clamp on each side, before the muffler to be able to remove it for cleaning polishing etc. Also , I wanted the interior passing of the muffler, to be the same diameter a the pipe, and have no difference whatsoever.

    90mm is 3,5inches for my non metric friends.

    The shop normally polishes all the exhaust, however I asked them if they can leave the welds unpolished cause I like the tig colours.

    So, the shop removed the OEM catback, and packed it for home

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Then started working from scratch.

    The hard part was the first section, due to the massive diameter difference. However the shop made a really good job here, and it is only temporary as I will do the front section pretty soon.

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    The split starts here

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Welded

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Installed in place

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Despite being so big, the clearance was pretty good very happy with that

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Moving further towards the back

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Then , the turn

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Driver side

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Time for driver side muffle

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    In the back the v-band is visible

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Grinded some bolts for maximum space available, cause the muffler body was 180mm which I asked for .

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    First side done

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Moving on the passenger side

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Also welded a bracing in the turn of the two rear pipes for extra support in between them, not visible in the photos

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    As for the passenger side muffler, all I can say, is that we finished the exhaust fab at about 18.30 and were aligning tips for about 2 hours. Wasnt before 21.00 that i left the shop. Talk about ocd.

    But as the owner said, "we will not leave the shop until it is what it should and you are happy". I appreciate that more than I can describe.

    Some finished photos then

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    And some of the next day in daylight

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Came out exactly like i planned it, and I couldnt be happier with the looks, and the sound clip it brought in the car. More on that in a photo on the first start after the fab. It made a deep tone, that sounds very serious without drone. Love it.

    Ofcourse , after the future downpipe fab, and decat status, it will be louder, but we shall see then, when time comes..

    Hope you like the update, and uploading a sound clip in a minute.


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

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    Sound clip, although not proper



    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

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    So before the next update, I would like to ask if anyone has tried these vinyl/decal kits for the a/c controls or any other interior buttons for tha matter.

    These scratches here make me wanna change the whole Ac unit sadly

    Part 14 by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    I know that in the end i will do just that, was just hoping has any experience, since I sadly sold my perfectly great looking one from the previous car. Wish I hadnt.

    In other news installed some caps on the OEM Audi wheels that were installed on the Golf for now, and they dont look so bad. Might even colour match them with the car, and see how they are

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Installed the quick release i had for the steering wheel

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    On

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Off

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Now, for some other changes in the center console.

    Started with this

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Started pulling things apart

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Ashtray leaving the car

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Removed the assembly and will be keeping only the boot

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    This is going as well as the knob, in perfect condition after all these years

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    This can go back in for now.

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Boot needed some love

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    But came back like new with this product from Koch

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    So I was left with this

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Time to cut the upper part for two reasons. One, I wanted to shorten it, to reduce the throw a bit, second, you cannot make threads in the upper part due to the metal being like that. Well, you can, just not so easily.

    So, let's start cutting after applying some protection for metal chunks

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Hand cutting took a bit too long

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    So I went to my pneumatic saw

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Boom, easy

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Took care of the sharp edges and started with this

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    There we go, M12 ready

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Not bad for some garage hand tools.

    Test fitting the custom billet gear knob we made in the lathe some time ago

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    All was great, and will add blue thread locker in the final installation as well.

    Time to put this in then

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Fits in OEM locations and sits perfectly

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Boot installation

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    And then, the whole thing - ignore the splatter of wd40 in the AC unit from when i was making the threads haha

    Aug21 Knob by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    I really like how it came out

    Kevlar by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Boom ready for now

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Till next time ,

    cheers

    Mike


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

  21. #46

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    So some more things to show you guys .

    First I ordered a 12v plug for the lighter plug, I think it is from an Audi A8.

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Looks very clean I think

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Then, I had an idea. Why not replace the door blades of the latest A4 with the ones of the other car that were painted and scratch free. Given the chance, I could also clean underneath them, where I was sure I would find some lovely grime, given what i had found during the sideskirt replacement.

    Speaking of the old A4, here is the interior status currently, lol

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Oh well, so, got to work.

    Driver door before

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Used this combo for cleaning

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Cleaned

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Rear driver side door

    Cleaned

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Passenger side door

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Cleaned

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Previous blade

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Super dirty on the inside too

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Whereas the other ones are super clean on the inside

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    And also no scratches

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Rear passenger side door

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Cleaned

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Fresh blade

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Used loctite on all the mounting bolts of the blades because I have seen that due to door closing and vibration, bolts tend to go loose over time. Not days or weeks, but months or years. So a little blue loctite prevents that

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    When I find some time, i want to replace some tired window/door seals from one car to another

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    On another note, rear OEM RS4 B7 fender liners and trim arrived from the dealership

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Will currently keep them in store, because I havent converted yet the RS4 rear fenders.

    Gave a quick clean on the alcantara of the steering wheels of the Audi and the Golf

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Stay tuned, more to come

    Teaser pic. Any guesses

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Cheers

    Mike


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

  22. #47

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    Some photos in the sun after the blade swap

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

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    Another thing on the list, was to add MP3 playing on the car's capabilities. The soundsystem, although old, is very capable, and at least to my ears, very satisfying. So the options were to go for the RNS-e or add a module that will allow me to play mp3 in the current unit I have.

    The option of the RNS-e is not bad I had already sourced a good unit, scratch free, however it is not so good in terms of maps / navi etc, it is old, that is why, and also, in order to gain the 2nd din space, I need to move the AC unit further lower. However I cannot do that cause I have the custom gauge pod there, where I want to host two new gauges instead of the Defi ones I ran there in the past. Those will probably be a boost controller, and also, a multiple reading gauge from the OBD. All in time though. What I currently decided is that I wanted to keep my single din unit.

    So searching for something that would work, shops in my country found little info, most probably because they didnt want to invest time in it. It is not the most profitable thing I guess. So I came across this video on youtube while searching



    It was on an A3 8P, however unit is the same, so decided to order it. Couldnt go wrong for its cost.

    Received this from Germany

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    It had these things inside

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    One end of the adaptor

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    And the other

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    The unit which is pretty good quality

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Card and USB and jack(ipod/ipad) side

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    BT, and main power connection sockets

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Headunit removal tools, which i wanted either way, the main cable with the ground, and also jack adapter, basically everything you needed

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Oh and this, which also came handy, I will show you later why

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Before doing anything, tape the console, you will thank me later

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Also add some cloth to the gear knob, cause this is where you will be resting the unit while doing and testing things

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Adapter installed in place on one side

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    In order to connect the ground , which is the last thing i did, you need a T8 torx bit, I used this kit

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Worked perfrctly just like in the video I showed before. Veru helpful video overall, except for one part. We are getting there.

    So time to test the card which was basically what I will be using

    I kept getting this reading and the unit did not play music

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    I thought, ok we lost some money no biggy. However, I tried further. Still nothing. Reduced the songs and files, thought maybe that was the problem.

    Then before giving up, I thought I would RTFM. That is Read The F*cking Manual for those who are new to this term.

    It clearly says that in order for the unit to read the files, like they would be a CD on the CD changer (6 CDs in there to be exact, so 6 files is the maximum files you can have), you have to name them CD01, CD02, etc. up to CD06.

    So i tried that.

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Boom, it worked. I was very happy with that. It could play as many songs as you liked in there, as long as the files were like that to begin with.

    Yes, you cant see the titles, however you now have MP3, in the OEM unit, and with perfect quality. Also ,the usb works. The other modes I didnt even bother if I am honest.

    So with all of it working it was time to put it all together and pass the module unit to the glove box compartment and make it neat. That was the easy and non stressful part.

    Passing the wiring through

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Used an existing hole which I slightly opened a bit more

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Passing through

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Connection was made , now to mount this

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    I wanted somewhere within reach from driver side, and not taking space from the capacity of the glovebox, so . . .

    Heavy duty velcro

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Mounted

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Looks great, but can you see a problem as I am ?

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    There is a hole visible from where the wire come through which I dont like. Lets see if i have something in the garage that can fix that

    Boom, clips from the heat and sound insulation of the hood of the car

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Used two of them

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Much better now

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    Easy within reach

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

    And it shows on the screen as it should

    Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr
    Last edited by mgpdoc; 08-18-2021 at 01:08 PM.


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

  24. #49

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    And a video of how it works, and the delay it has the first time u turn it on, that reads the music files



    Cheers, I hope you like it guys

    Mike


    Audi RS4PRA | VW Golf MKV GT-Y | Audi A1 SportBack

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    You attention to detail is inspiring

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