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    Thread: 2001 Silver A4 1.8t Quattro Project - Breathe damn you, breathe!

    1. Member magics5rip's Avatar
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      04-07-2012 07:39 PM #1
      Hello, I'm Chris and this is my new project: 2001 Silver A4 1.8t Quattro. Car has 143k on it and it shows but for $2700, why the hell not? Car had blue smoke at idle and even more smoke while driving so the thought is a blown turbo. Shaft play on the turbo isn't horrid side-to-side but the in and out play is bad. Also while draining the oil, it looked a little milky so the headgasket is probably on its way out too.

      Plans:
      Rebuilt K03s (for now)
      ST coils
      17" VW Karthoum's
      Samco TIP
      Turn the boost up!
      Bring the service up to date.

      UPDATES
      Car has been running great for 2k miles! Still have to figure out the AC problem...

      New Pictures (sorry they are a little big) - Added S4 sides, door sills and front grill.







      Older Pictures



      Car when I first saw it



      An VW/Audi needing to be towed? No way!



      Turbo's out. Looks like no one cleaned anything for 11 years.




      Interior needs a lot of cleaning, seems like a PO was a smoker. However, all the windows + sunroof works well and there is only 1 air bag code! More to come...
      Last edited by magics5rip; 09-15-2012 at 06:14 PM.

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      04-08-2012 09:01 AM #2
      i just picked up a similar project for 1400 bucks. ran like complete poop. put some love and tlc into it and its a beast of a daily driver now!! good luck!

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      04-08-2012 12:03 PM #3
      If you are doing waterpump anyways, might as well throw a new timing belt on it.
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      04-08-2012 12:18 PM #4
      @143k I think a rebuilt head is a must too. I emailed a guy that sells them rebuilt for $375 with a core head in exchange.

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      04-08-2012 12:21 PM #5
      I wanted to know if yours was a manual or auto .I'm manual

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      04-08-2012 01:44 PM #6
      Wish I got an 01. My 99 is missing the dual din
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      04-08-2012 05:43 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by AntFarm85 View Post
      I wanted to know if yours was a manual or auto .I'm manual
      Manual as well! It's all I'll buy till I have arthritis or lose a leg.

      It is also a dual din stereo Audi Symphony with Bose speakers I believe. However, the code in the owner's manual isn't working nor do the buttons respond half the time anyway. Same thing goes with the climate control so a good electrical cleaning may be in order for those two.

      Parts ordered:

      St coils might get ordered Monday, we'll see. I want to get the engine service figured out first before I start blowing money on bonus items.

      Gpop shop K03s rebuild kit - $89 (hopefully blouch turbo will balance it for $50 or so)

      17" VW Karthoum wheels w/ 225 45 Conti's - $900
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      04-10-2012 11:08 PM #8
      Tore apart the turbo tonight.



      Looks like I'm buying a nice used turbo to rebuild as I don't like using a compressor wheel that was rubbing against the cover.

      Other purchases:

      Headlight washer cap
      new leather shift boot and center console cover from www.redlinegoods.com
      contacted AP tuning about checking the head for warpage and maybe a partial rebuild.

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      04-11-2012 05:15 PM #9
      Dual din is money for aftermarket anyway. There's also an aftermarket oem-looking navagation unit on ebay, a little pricey for the quality I imagine it is but apparently it plugs right in.

      I have a 1.8t parts car (no turbo though sorry) if you need any parts pm me with wants + part numbers and I'll see what I got
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      04-11-2012 05:51 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by EliteEmerz View Post
      Dual din is money for aftermarket anyway. There's also an aftermarket oem-looking navagation unit on ebay, a little pricey for the quality I imagine it is but apparently it plugs right in.

      I have a 1.8t parts car (no turbo though sorry) if you need any parts pm me with wants + part numbers and I'll see what I got
      *saw it in your signature
      Thanks! I have no idea what else I will need at this point, but I will keep you in mind.

      Got wheels and tires today. I like them and have always wanted a set. Happy to get them for the price I did!


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      04-11-2012 06:42 PM #11
      While I realize they're VW wheels, you going to put in Audi center caps or fashion some in?

      I've never understood rocking Mercedes or VW wheels (basically OEM but different brand) with the regular center caps. Maybe just a personal preference idk.
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      04-11-2012 06:44 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by EliteEmerz View Post
      While I realize they're VW wheels, you going to put in Audi center caps or fashion some in?
      Yes. I don't like the brand mismatching either but thats how these wheels come since they are stock VW wheels.

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      04-11-2012 07:02 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by magics5rip View Post
      Yes. I don't like the brand mismatching either but thats how these wheels come since they are stock VW wheels.
      Oh yeah I get that all day, I like the wheels themselves. Just would look funny with VW symbols
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      04-11-2012 10:33 PM #14
      if you need any parts pm me, i got a 2001 audi a4 1.8t 5 speed silver black interior i'm parting out. i'm up in NH which isn't too far to meet halfway if you need a decent stack of parts.
      Good luck with the build they're fun cars

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      04-11-2012 11:00 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by roots92 View Post
      if you need any parts pm me, i got a 2001 audi a4 1.8t 5 speed silver black interior i'm parting out. i'm up in NH which isn't too far to meet halfway if you need a decent stack of parts.
      Good luck with the build they're fun cars
      Thanks man, I know some interior bits might need changed out; center console, drivers seat has a few tears (typical). I'll let you know

      Bought some Audi caps...


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      04-11-2012 11:02 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by magics5rip View Post
      Thanks man, I know some interior bits might need changed out; center console, drivers seat has a few tears (typical). I'll let you know

      Bought some Audi caps...

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      04-15-2012 12:03 PM #17
      Ordered a bunch of service parts, nothing too exciting.

      Checked out the head before taking it out and it looks like someone else did some major cleaning; the intake ports had no carbon buildup and the valves were shiny as new. That being said, I'm not touching it unless the head NEEDS rebuilt. Timing belt still has its white print on it, looks like its approx 20k miles old and the other parts look clean as well. Again, unless I see signs of requiring replacement, I'm not fixing what isn't broke.

      I've also started keeping a Google spread sheet of all this stuff. Service parts list


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      04-18-2012 11:02 PM #18
      Parts pile is starting to grow. Only waiting for a few boxes from ECS to show up so I can re-assemble the car. Rebuilding the turbo tomorrow night, hopefully have the car running by Friday!



      Also, a picture of the head with the valve cover off. It looks SUPER clean!

      Last edited by magics5rip; 04-18-2012 at 11:20 PM.

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      04-19-2012 11:16 AM #19
      Did you drain the oil in it? I wonder where those metal flakes from the turbo ended up?

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      04-19-2012 11:28 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Kylelipscomb View Post
      Did you drain the oil in it? I wonder where those metal flakes from the turbo ended up?
      Probably stuck to the insides of the turbo plumbing since there is a small film of oil on the inside. Drained the oil, it looked OK. I'm no too worried about it.

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      04-19-2012 04:29 PM #21
      so dumb question, but i have same car, pretty close to same mileage. this is my first turbo car, should i pull my turbo to clean it? i'm sure it was never done from previous owner.
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      04-19-2012 05:16 PM #22
      I'm not the only one who uses excel! I would never want to do it to keep track of maintenance costs though... i dont wanna know

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      04-19-2012 06:26 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by JsmokeVR6 View Post
      so dumb question, but i have same car, pretty close to same mileage. this is my first turbo car, should i pull my turbo to clean it? i'm sure it was never done from previous owner.
      I'd at least pull the turbo inlet tube and check the shaft play of the turbo. If there is a more than very small side to side shaft play or any in and out play, the turbo probably needs rebuild. This turbo shows exactly what happens when you just let it blow; by the time it blew, it was too late.


      Quote Originally Posted by meloman View Post
      I'm not the only one who uses excel! I would never want to do it to keep track of maintenance costs though... i dont wanna know

      Lol, yeah I'm sure I don't want to know either! But when I price shop or put together a big order, I look to save as much as possible that this method seems to work well.

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      04-19-2012 08:54 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by magics5rip View Post
      I'd at least pull the turbo inlet tube and check the shaft play of the turbo. If there is a more than very small side to side shaft play or any in and out play, the turbo probably needs rebuild. This turbo shows exactly what happens when you just let it blow; by the time it blew, it was too late.
      So what is shaft play? I know by definition what it is, but what am I grabbing to move side to side or in and out?
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      Your car is powder blue, and calling something "jazz" anything doesn't make it less gay.

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      04-19-2012 10:46 PM #25
      I wouldn't bother rebuilding the K03 unless you have the dumb expensive equipment to do it like a "pro".

      I just ordered a B5.5 K03 for 600$, but from what I've been reading a lot of guys on here have bought the GodSpeed K04 turbo off of ebay and have had good experiences as long as you replace the oil feed line and properly install it.
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      04-19-2012 11:17 PM #26
      i have a ko4 godspeed turbo, and i got like 5 k miles on it so far. maybe more... but i do not get into boost well past 5 psi untill its warm, and i let it cool down for a short period befor i shut off specialy if i been driving hard. so far my godspeed experience is good. i would recomend it at this point

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      04-20-2012 06:39 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by JsmokeVR6 View Post
      So what is shaft play? I know by definition what it is, but what am I grabbing to move side to side or in and out?


      As for the godspeed turbo's, I've heard mixed reviews. If my choice is to rebuild a genuine borg warner K03s for $200 vs a knockoff k04 for $600, I'll rebuild.

      Dropped the turbo off at Blouch Turbo in Lebanon, PA for a balance so next Friday when I'm home from a business trip, I can hopefully fire this baby up!
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      04-20-2012 06:33 PM #28
      Fixed the front bumper cover. Whom over the previous owner was broke several of the tabs for holding the cover together near the headlights. Some Plastic Weld 2-part epoxy took care of that! Also put the washer cap on and fixed the lip too.



      Big things will happen in a few weeks. Right now I'm finishing up my final semester as an EE student so there are few projects to complete.

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      04-22-2012 02:54 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by magics5rip View Post


      As for the godspeed turbo's, I've heard mixed reviews. If my choice is to rebuild a genuine borg warner K03s for $200 vs a knockoff k04 for $600, I'll rebuild.

      Dropped the turbo off at Blouch Turbo in Lebanon, PA for a balance so next Friday when I'm home from a business trip, I can hopefully fire this baby up!
      there 300-330...and if u took it to a shop to get ballenced its just as good as kkk turbos. the main issues with (ebay) turbos are there not ballenced... even at 300 bucks... u get 6 months out of it. n buy a nother one... still cheaper then going oem. if they do not follow thrue weith the warrenty

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      04-23-2012 08:59 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by bc_awd_98 View Post
      there 300-330...and if u took it to a shop to get ballenced its just as good as kkk turbos. the main issues with (ebay) turbos are there not ballenced... even at 300 bucks... u get 6 months out of it. n buy a nother one... still cheaper then going oem. if they do not follow thrue weith the warrenty
      What type of places balace turbos? performance shops?

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      04-24-2012 01:31 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by EliteEmerz View Post
      What type of places balace turbos? performance shops?

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      Specific shops can do it. BlouchTurbo.com, turbocity.com are the two I know of. You could also lookinto a shop that rebuilds diesel turbos for trucks, they may be able balance for you as well.

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      04-29-2012 01:09 AM #32
      Car is 99% put back together. Tomorrow the airbox goes in, Tuesday the oil filter/cooler gasket changed, oil filled, coolant filled and she should be ready to run!

      After this, the brakes need replaced/bled, inspection and the ST coils go on.

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      05-01-2012 05:52 PM #33
      The good news: Car starts, runs, drives. No more turbo whine, builds boost like it should.

      The bad news: After the car ran for a bit, there was still some smoke coming out the exhaust. When I got my hand behind it and gave it a sniff, it didn't smell like oil which means its coolant....however I'm not sure if its residual or if the headgasket is going.

      Im leaning towards headgasket (which I was originally going to do, but in the interested of possibly saving some $$$ upfront, I skipped.)

      Lastely, the wheels fit but damn are the tires close to the suspension. I can even get a pinky finger between the sidewall and the front suspension bits. Wheels are 17x7 et 50 wrapped in 225/45's. From what I understand, the S4 wheels were 17x7 et45. 5mm isn't much and I'm not sure I'm even comfortable with that! So, some spacers might be on the order list now...

      tl:dr - car still smokes.

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      05-11-2012 12:11 AM #34
      I have 5 words: I learned the hard way. Thats right, upper control arm bolt. No amount of MAPPgas/pb blaster/beating with a hammer has loosened this bolt so I have resorted to drilling. Hopefully I can get that finished rather quickly tomorrow...wish me luck.

      Replaced 2 CV boots, those were surprisingly simple. Suspension and wheels will be going on tomorrow as well

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      06-04-2012 10:50 PM #35
      Quick picture with the coils on in the first post. Car is looking better. Still have a smoking issue out the tailpipe that needs addressing. The more I think about it, the more I think I should have done what I originally wanted: get the head decked/rebuilt and put a new HG on. Oh well, live and learn!

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