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Offline hagan

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Re: My A3 Sportback Progress Thread/Diary
« Reply #30 on: April 23, 2013, 09:04:37 pm »
Check out 3M 1080 much more conformable than di-noc
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Re: My A3 Sportback Progress Thread/Diary
« Reply #31 on: May 12, 2013, 01:30:45 pm »
Decided to switch out my original grandpa shifter for the 'S-Tronic' knob from the 2009-2013 model. This has been covered on forums in the UK and US a fair bit - the main issue being the orientation of the shift rod being different between the earlier and later models; the shifter button being on the front on the later models. I wont do a complete DIY as this can be found elsewhere, but have posted a few pics below of the process. If you stuff this up, the complete shifting mechanism needs to be pulled out and replaced, which is a $1000 part and will involve around 5 hours labour.

I used the 'grub screw method' with a replacement piece for the top of the shift rod I got off a guy in the US - pre tapped. This involves sawing off the top of the shift rod and drilling down 5mm into the centre of the rod, using a 2mm tapper and then joining the 2 pieces with an M2 grub screw. Couldnt find a 10mm grub screw locally so had to grind the head off a normal M2x10mm screw.

Picked up an RS3 knob from Ebay UK for a good price. It isnt branded 'RS3' so I dont have a problem with using it in my A3. This came in cheaper than the 'S-Tronic' branded knob and has punched leather and a silver stitched leather boot. However it is for LHD, so had to swap over the base on the leather boot, glue and tack it on.

When I was about to put the new knob on, I pushed in the button on it accidentally. This meant it wouldn't install and I had to pull the whole knob apart and 'reset' the button.

All done now. Very happy with the look. Up there with the best mods I have done on the car to date.





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Re: My A3 Sportback Progress Thread/Diary
« Reply #32 on: May 12, 2013, 01:47:07 pm »
Also did a couple of other minor mods recently. The 3m Di-noc film was peeling off a bit in places - partly to do with the method I initially used and partly to do with the film.
Used an Oracal Carbon film which is a lot more pliable and used an improved method to wrap it and set the glue.

The film is very similar in look to the 'Aluminium Race' film that is an option on RS3s. This is the RS3 trim: http://image.eurotuner.com/f/editorials/eurotuner-project-audi-a3-20t-for-sale/36523414/eurotuner-project-audi-a3-20t.jpg (I had to use a wide piece of film to ensure the door blades had the correct OEM orientation).

Another pic in the gear knob post above. I think it looks like an OEM trim piece now, which is what I was after.







Also added some LED Number Plate Lights. Updates the rear of the car nicely at night. Looks like much more of a difference in person.

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Re: My A3 Sportback Progress Thread/Diary
« Reply #33 on: May 12, 2013, 06:12:17 pm »
Very nice  8)
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Re: My A3 Sportback Progress Thread/Diary
« Reply #34 on: May 12, 2013, 08:00:16 pm »
Those are really cool mods

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Re: My A3 Sportback Progress Thread/Diary
« Reply #35 on: May 12, 2013, 11:21:42 pm »
Recent dyno day - 145.5kw at the wheels. Feel that is a bit down on where it should be but could be anything I guess at 115k kms. Dodgy thermostat making it run rich, carbon buildup or even a clogged cat.. will fix those things at some point soon and see where it sits then.

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Re: My A3 Sportback Progress Thread/Diary
« Reply #36 on: May 16, 2013, 05:38:07 pm »
Car is looking good! Really liking it!

145 is quite on the low side though, without reading what mods have you done /tune/intake wise?

Normally with a tune+intake you would be around the 145-150 mark maybe with DP around 150-160 depending on dyno reading i suppose.

The carbon buildup wouldnt be such an issue on power overall. What gear was he also running?

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Re: My A3 Sportback Progress Thread/Diary
« Reply #37 on: May 16, 2013, 09:58:56 pm »
Just APR stage 1 tune and Forge Twintake. There was DSG GTI there at the same time that did 148kw atw with just the APR tune (no intake). Maybe the car will wake up nicely with a downpipe and Stage 2 tune and the benefits of the intake will be more apparent.

Replacing thermostat tomorrow as it has been a bit intermittent with getting to temperature. Will see if that makes any difference.

Torque runs their own 'dynotorque' dyno: http://www.torqueperformance.co.nz/dynotorque.php
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Re: My A3 Sportback Progress Thread/Diary
« Reply #38 on: May 17, 2013, 09:50:20 am »
Aren't the 2.0T rated at 147kw stock?
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Re: My A3 Sportback Progress Thread/Diary
« Reply #39 on: May 17, 2013, 11:14:04 am »
Aren't the 2.0T rated at 147kw stock?

The dyno is 'at the wheels'. So it will be around 170kw at the flywheel.

On paper with the APR Stage 1 tune and Forge Twintake it should be around 200kw at the flywheel.
APR quotes 188kw and Forge quotes around 10kw increase (backed up by loads of dyno sheets).

Torque Performance may not have dynoed it properly however, as there is apparantly a bit of an artform to dynoing a DSG car to give it full throttle but avoid it downshifting while on the rollers.

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Re: My A3 Sportback Progress Thread/Diary
« Reply #40 on: May 17, 2013, 11:18:58 am »
The dyno is 'at the wheels'. So it will be around 170kw at the flywheel.

On paper with the APR Stage 1 tune and Forge Twintake it should be around 200kw at the flywheel.
APR quotes 188kw and Forge quotes around 10kw increase (backed up by loads of dyno sheets).

Torque Performance may not have dynoed it properly however, as there is apparantly a bit of an artform to dynoing a DSG car to give it full throttle but avoid it downshifting while on the rollers.

gotcha! sorry for the noob question  :P
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My A3 Sportback Progress Thread/Diary
« Reply #41 on: May 17, 2013, 01:51:44 pm »
Just been to torque to get your run sheet!

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Re: My A3 Sportback Progress Thread/Diary
« Reply #42 on: May 26, 2013, 11:25:03 pm »
Few more pics post detail.









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Re: My A3 Sportback Progress Thread/Diary
« Reply #43 on: May 27, 2013, 10:39:37 am »
That's looking really nice Jared.  8)

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Re: My A3 Sportback Progress Thread/Diary
« Reply #44 on: June 07, 2013, 06:59:13 pm »
Looking great! Better get some mods on to my A4 ;)
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