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    Thread: "Moaning Myrtle" - Build on a budget

    1. 04-26-2012 06:07 PM #1
      Hey all,
      picked up this audi A4 B5 1.8T Quattro this past tuesday for $4k. It has 144XXX miles so I would like to think I got a good deal on it.
      Dome of the things which I know of right now that will need to be fixed/changed:
      1. Ride Height - right now the suspension is so high and it squeals bad
      2. Sound - one of the rear decklid subs is blown so I will most likely be redoing the whole stero with a SQ build with Ipod, usb and bluetooth hookups
      3. Drivers side rear window - it wont do jackshi* so it needs to be fixed


      If you guys have any suggestions on any of the above I would super-gratefully appreciate it and I would love help finding some cool mods you guys have done. I have been looking around the forums ever since I got it!!

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    2. 04-26-2012 09:03 PM #2
      Update on the Struts ... Took the whell off and this is what I found ... the spring is rubbing the strut


      *****the stuff that is dripping is WD40





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      04-26-2012 09:17 PM #3
      Pretty much the same car I picked up last month, milage and all. You interior is MUCH nicer Good luck and have fun with it!

    4. 04-26-2012 10:08 PM #4
      Just looking for someone to point me in the direction of some good tasteful mods that would look nice
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      04-26-2012 10:18 PM #5
      cut the springs in half

    6. 04-26-2012 10:23 PM #6
      I'm not a dumbass thank you very much
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      04-26-2012 11:27 PM #7
      What I've done so far I enjoy:

      Forge Motorsports Turbo Inlet pipe (there are different brands, they all look to be about the same)
      Forge Motorsports 007 Diverter valve (get the 008, about the same price but newer and nicer IMO)
      Sportiva 35w HID headlights slim ballast kit (literally fits in your headlight, cant tell its aftermarket until you remove the headlight)

      If you want to go tastefully low, I have neuspeed sport springs, 1.25" drop from stock height, also some bilstein shocks/struts to go with them would be good since yours are garbage anyway

      AEM 5" Brute Force Dryflow air filter (simply remove your stock airbox, leave in the heatsink attached to the bosch chip, and pop it on 2.75" inlet or whatever, 5" length)

      The filter and the diverter valve made my turbo come alive. Simplest mods you can do.

      Some other things are a test pipe with 034 motorsports 02 spacer to pass emissions, but they're a real PITA to swap.

      TurboXS also makes a pretty nice exhaust you can find on ebay.

      As for your blown subwoofer you should leave your system OEM and just replace the subwoofers. Perfect system for a DD IMO. If I had bose I deff would not have the system I do now in my car


      Just a few suggestions.
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      04-26-2012 11:29 PM #8
      Also PM me if you need parts for that rear driver side door. I have a parts car.
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      04-27-2012 02:25 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by JettaVR6drvr View Post
      Just looking for someone to point me in the direction of some good tasteful mods that would look nice
      Slam and wheels.
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      04-27-2012 09:34 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by NeedingAnAudi View Post
      Slam and wheels.
      Everyone on here with a B5 slams their car and complains about beating up their oil pans. Just keep that in mind if you go moar low
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      04-27-2012 10:05 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by EliteEmerz View Post
      Everyone on here with a B5 slams their car and complains about beating up their oil pans. Just keep that in mind if you go moar low
      A finger of gap is about as low as I'll go. I will never understand the fascination with destroying oil pans. The amount of engine damage that it can do is absurd.

      In before the "gotta pay to play" crowd.

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      04-27-2012 01:00 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by EliteEmerz View Post
      Everyone on here with a B5 slams their car and complains about beating up their oil pans. Just keep that in mind if you go moar low
      LOL I'm at 22 1/4 never broken a pan static. Aledelic is rolls sub 22 on air and has never smashed a pan.
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    13. 04-27-2012 02:12 PM #13
      Subframe is much lower to the ground than a 1.8t pan

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      04-27-2012 03:02 PM #15
      I live in NY. Roads around me do not permit lowered whips. I can't even rock rims bigger than my 17s without major risk of bending the **** out of them.

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      04-27-2012 03:15 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by EliteEmerz View Post
      I live in NY. Roads around me do not permit lowered whips. I can't even rock rims bigger than my 17s without major risk of bending the **** out of them.

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      Look Chicago isn't any better. It's perfectly acceptable not to want to roll on the ground, it's just a style thing. But do not give me the sh*tty road excuse.
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    17. 04-28-2012 12:48 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by NeedingAnAudi View Post

      Look Chicago isn't any better. It's perfectly acceptable not to want to roll on the ground, it's just a style thing. But do not give me the sh*tty road excuse.
      Nothing compares to stl. forreal.

      But anyways what brands/models of coils have u all gone with and liked?

      also found this website and I need to have my speakers redone soon so that'll be coming up with money coming in.
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      04-28-2012 08:14 AM #18
      A lot of people have ST Coils since they are basically a galvanized set of KW variant 1's. HPA Motorsports sells them for ~ $725.

    19. 04-29-2012 02:24 AM #19
      THats prolly what I'll end up going with

      On another not what have you guys replace the rear decklid speakers with/ any other speakers
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    20. 04-29-2012 09:23 PM #20
      Update 4/29/2012

      here are the things I did today

      1. Fixed Bose rear decklid speaker
      I took of the deck lid and then found that the dome in the middle of the speaker had become unglued so I simply super-glued that back on ..... Pictures on that soon.

      2. "fixed" rear drivers side window
      After attempting to fix it several times and repeatedly removing the door car I found that one wire was shorting and then had became severed all-together I rigged up some new wire in there and electrical taped it in place.. Picture up soon with a more long-lasting fix on that as well
      Last edited by JettaVR6drvr; 04-29-2012 at 09:27 PM.
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    21. 04-30-2012 08:43 PM #21
      Does anybody have some good components they put in the doors/ rear deck-lid to replace the bad-sounding bose that came factory?
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      04-30-2012 08:59 PM #22
      The rears are 5.25. The rear deck lid are 6" or 6.5" woofers.

      I used alphasonik component speakers for my rear deck lid. Impressed by the speakers themselves, but not the crossovers that come with them.

      If you're looking to stick to your bose system, replace the rear woofers with 6" or 6.5" Woofers of your choice. There aren't many out there but I think power acousik has a decent one for cheap.

      As for your door speakers these are a decent price and since you don't have any factory places to mount a tweeter the 2 way speakers are nice and cheap and these are actually nto bad for the price
      http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAu...ker_KS525.aspx
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      1999.5 A4Q 1.8T - Auto - Neuspeed springs/Bilstein struts - Forge Motorsports TIP/Diverter valve - coil pack upgrade - (2010-2014) SOLD

    23. 04-30-2012 09:53 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by EliteEmerz View Post
      The rears are 5.25. The rear deck lid are 6" or 6.5" woofers.

      I used alphasonik component speakers for my rear deck lid. Impressed by the speakers themselves, but not the crossovers that come with them.

      If you're looking to stick to your bose system, replace the rear woofers with 6" or 6.5" Woofers of your choice. There aren't many out there but I think power acousik has a decent one for cheap.

      As for your door speakers these are a decent price and since you don't have any factory places to mount a tweeter the 2 way speakers are nice and cheap and these are actually nto bad for the price
      http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAu...ker_KS525.aspx
      I found, while searching around, that it is possible to fit 5.25" in the front door. Is this true?
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      04-30-2012 10:17 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by JettaVR6drvr View Post
      I found, while searching around, that it is possible to fit 5.25" in the front door. Is this true?
      It's possible but you'd have to make or get brackets to fit them and may have to cut up some of the insulation in the door panel to fit them.

    25. 04-30-2012 10:49 PM #25
      Okay then ... How bout woofers should I just go with two 6" or should I port a twelve or something ? ... I want sq not necessarily super bass
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      04-30-2012 11:18 PM #26
      My 5.25" speakers in my doors are mounted like ****. I wish I bought smaller ones. Lesson learned. If you have bose, you should just use the OEM fronts if they're still good.
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      2001 GTI VR6 2DR- 5spd - KYB AGX struts - wagon springs - not much done yet - (2013-DRIVING)
      1999.5 A4Q 1.8T - Auto - Neuspeed springs/Bilstein struts - Forge Motorsports TIP/Diverter valve - coil pack upgrade - (2010-2014) SOLD

    27. 05-01-2012 02:41 PM #27
      WHy do they not sound good? is it the way they are mounted? or the speakers themselves... I hate bose
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    28. 05-01-2012 09:14 PM #28
      Door TEMPORARY fix:

      So I opened up the door on sunday real quick and didnt find anything, tried the window, It Worked!!

      put the door card back on and it didnt work

      so I pulled the door card off and the process repeated about 3 more times... Finally I got smart and started checking wires and found that one of the wires was helld together by quite literally a thread

      SO next I got some heavy gauge speaker wire for home theater and took off the second wire and electrical taped them together like so....



      This weekend Ill completely re-do this single wire



      **on a separate note I found found some thing odd:
      after turning the car on I have to open and re-close the passenger door or the overhead light will just stay on signaling the door is open ... what could cause this.

      Also.. how can I get the lcd screen in the center of the cluster to work ... should I just buy a whole new cluster/ go to junkyard and pick one up?
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      05-01-2012 09:22 PM #29
      They're mounted crappy because I didn't have adapters handy so they don't sound amazing, still sound good tho.

      As for your cluster LCD, buy a new one on ebay for about 50-75$ and put it in. Anything you get from a junkyard will have dead pixels.

      As for your rear subwoofers, if you want your trunk space hook up whatever system fits you. I have 2 10" sonys in a ported box I got for free running off an Alphasonik amplifier (5 channel, runs all 4 speakers also) and my system is plenty loud for having sh*tty subwoofers.

      If you'd rather keep your trunk and have alittle bump, just replace those 6"/6.5" woofers with something aftermarket. Such as these
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/KICKER-2010-...75db1b&vxp=mtr

      (Kicker CVT 6.5" Shallow mount subwoofer)
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      2001 GTI VR6 2DR- 5spd - KYB AGX struts - wagon springs - not much done yet - (2013-DRIVING)
      1999.5 A4Q 1.8T - Auto - Neuspeed springs/Bilstein struts - Forge Motorsports TIP/Diverter valve - coil pack upgrade - (2010-2014) SOLD

    30. 05-03-2012 04:15 PM #30
      So I have been looking around and have been mostly unsuccessful on finding the LCD.. Cany anyone point me in the right direction

      also Staggered wheels... Can I do it if its only width or not at all?
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      05-03-2012 11:14 PM #31
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Audi-LCD-Clu...0f631f&vxp=mtr

      Theres the LCD
      Simple to replace. You can find mad videos and DIY's using google.

      And for rims, you should find some OEM 17" or 18" rims, RS4 or A8 style are my personal favorites
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      1999.5 A4Q 1.8T - Auto - Neuspeed springs/Bilstein struts - Forge Motorsports TIP/Diverter valve - coil pack upgrade - (2010-2014) SOLD

    32. 05-06-2012 07:00 PM #32
      So I was looking around today and I came across http://www.etektuning.com... have you guys ever heard of them? good or bad. Let me know thanks
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    33. 05-15-2012 02:41 PM #33
      Hey guys,

      So i fixed the speaker and Ill have pics on that up tonight

      Question about injectors - What else do I need to have done when I get 650cc injectors

      Do I need to get a new ECU, intake, DV, head parts?
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    34. 05-16-2012 10:39 PM #34
      do I need a new flywheel when I buy a new clutch/where can I get a core refund?
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      05-16-2012 11:58 PM #35
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