Bit of TLC

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Bit of TLC

Post by markshepps » Wed May 15, 2024 8:38 pm

This one still puts a smile on my face.
Owned for 12 years & was due some TLC.
- New discs / pads all round
- New AC condenser
- Exhaust resonator delete
- Wheels refurbed
- Respray of several panels, front bumper and roof

Best she’s ever been, ready for another 12 years of ownership!
Sound on: https://share.icloud.com/photos/042mSIC ... QVrtbwJIIw
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Re: Bit of TLC

Post by daytonamart » Thu May 16, 2024 7:41 am

Lovely example, wheels look great.
Gone B8.5 A5 Sportback Black Edition Plus Floret Silver
Current C6 A6 Avant Silver TDi S line snotter
Gone B7 RS4 Sprint Blue Avant
Gone 8P A3 Sportback Reflex Silver
Gone 8V A3 Saloon Daytona Grey
Gone B7 A4 Reflex Silver
Gone B7 RS4 Daytona Grey Avant

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Re: Bit of TLC

Post by 12th » Thu May 16, 2024 7:51 am

Had my wheels done and some minor corrosion issues sorted recently - amazing how much of a difference it makes. Looking good.
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Re: Bit of TLC

Post by highrise » Thu May 16, 2024 9:45 am

Looks epic.

Any recommendations on wheel refurb near London?

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Re: Bit of TLC

Post by markshepps » Thu May 16, 2024 10:38 am

highrise wrote:
Thu May 16, 2024 9:45 am
Looks epic.

Any recommendations on wheel refurb near London?
I'm close to https://platinumalloys.com in Swindon. They do a proper job of stripping them right back.

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Re: Bit of TLC

Post by highrise » Thu May 16, 2024 10:56 am

Thanks.

I recently discovered a weld on one of my wheels. I might get a replacement, never really trust a fix.

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Re: Bit of TLC

Post by JRC1 » Thu May 16, 2024 1:39 pm

highrise wrote:
Thu May 16, 2024 9:45 am
Looks epic.

Any recommendations on wheel refurb near London?
MyAlloys in Basingstoke are fantastic. Audi/Lamborghini use them to repair factory wheels.
They refurbed my OEM RS4 wheels in L8AU and they look fantastic.

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Re: Bit of TLC

Post by JRC1 » Thu May 16, 2024 1:41 pm

OP - what tyres and spacers are you running? Stance looks great.

Reason I ask is I have 8mm front 10mm rear and the stance was perfect when I had Bridgestones fitted (prev owner). But since swapping these out for brand new Michelin Pilot Sport 5's, the stance has changed. I hadn't considered that a brand with a tyre wall that sits less over the rim would impact the stance so much :s

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Re: Bit of TLC

Post by markshepps » Thu May 16, 2024 3:14 pm

JRC1 wrote:
Thu May 16, 2024 1:41 pm
OP - what tyres and spacers are you running? Stance looks great.

Reason I ask is I have 8mm front 10mm rear and the stance was perfect when I had Bridgestones fitted (prev owner). But since swapping these out for brand new Michelin Pilot Sport 5's, the stance has changed. I hadn't considered that a brand with a tyre wall that sits less over the rim would impact the stance so much :s
I'm running 8mm fronts & 10mm rears also. I'm on Goodyear Asym 3's. I have Bilstein shocks vs. standard DRC.

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Re: Bit of TLC

Post by JRC1 » Thu May 16, 2024 4:15 pm

markshepps wrote:
Thu May 16, 2024 3:14 pm
JRC1 wrote:
Thu May 16, 2024 1:41 pm
OP - what tyres and spacers are you running? Stance looks great.

Reason I ask is I have 8mm front 10mm rear and the stance was perfect when I had Bridgestones fitted (prev owner). But since swapping these out for brand new Michelin Pilot Sport 5's, the stance has changed. I hadn't considered that a brand with a tyre wall that sits less over the rim would impact the stance so much :s
I'm running 8mm fronts & 10mm rears also. I'm on Goodyear Asym 3's. I have Bilstein shocks vs. standard DRC.
Nice yeah I'm running KW V3's. Your stance is more pronounced than mine, despite running the same spacers. I will have to look into it. I cannot believe the tyre manufacturer/sidewall can make that much of a difference but it's the only thing I have changed! Both tyres are 255/35/19. Previous were bridgestone potenza and new ones are PS5's.

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Re: Bit of TLC

Post by 12th » Fri May 17, 2024 8:22 am

JRC1 wrote:
Thu May 16, 2024 1:41 pm
OP - what tyres and spacers are you running? Stance looks great.

Reason I ask is I have 8mm front 10mm rear and the stance was perfect when I had Bridgestones fitted (prev owner). But since swapping these out for brand new Michelin Pilot Sport 5's, the stance has changed. I hadn't considered that a brand with a tyre wall that sits less over the rim would impact the stance so much :s
How do you rate he PS5s, and are they 5s or 5Ss? I'm assuming there are two version like with the 4/4S, and I'm still on the latter.

I ask as they haven't yet featured in magazine tests that I've seen - certainly missed out in evo's last year.

EDIT - seems the 5 doesn't have an S version.

Anyone tried the 4 Supersport, and thoughts about how it is in the wet and dry in comparison with the regular 4S?
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Re: Bit of TLC

Post by JRC1 » Fri May 17, 2024 9:17 am

12th wrote:
Fri May 17, 2024 8:22 am
JRC1 wrote:
Thu May 16, 2024 1:41 pm
OP - what tyres and spacers are you running? Stance looks great.

Reason I ask is I have 8mm front 10mm rear and the stance was perfect when I had Bridgestones fitted (prev owner). But since swapping these out for brand new Michelin Pilot Sport 5's, the stance has changed. I hadn't considered that a brand with a tyre wall that sits less over the rim would impact the stance so much :s
How do you rate he PS5s, and are they 5s or 5Ss? I'm assuming there are two version like with the 4/4S, and I'm still on the latter.

I ask as they haven't yet featured in magazine tests that I've seen - certainly missed out in evo's last year.

EDIT - seems the 5 doesn't have an S version.

Anyone tried the 4 Supersport, and thoughts about how it is in the wet and dry in comparison with the regular 4S?
They're amazing tyres. Night and day compared to the rubbish Bridgestones that were on the car before. I've always ran Michelin Pilot Sport tyres on my cars and they have always been fantastic. I couldn't decide between 4s or 5 for the RS4 (I have 5's on my R32), but there's a chap on YouTube that reviews them around a track and the 5 not only has greater longevity, it also offers better wet weather performance. In the dry, around a track, the 4s was ahead but only by a fraction. For me the wet weather performance and longevity outweigh the half a tenth or whatever per second you'll notice around a track that won't be noticeable on a road.

Camskill is the place to buy them from. I managed to get all 4 for £512 - they often run Michelin cash back promotions.

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Re: Bit of TLC

Post by 12th » Fri May 17, 2024 9:41 am

Great to hear, thanks for that.
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Re: Bit of TLC

Post by lugars4 » Sat May 18, 2024 10:58 am

Looks great.

Looking at shops to do my bits of corrosion, front wings, roof, and front bumper, possibly bonnet too.

What wheel colour did you get, looks great, did they apply a standard colour?
Powder coat or spray?
Any particular laquer finish?

I had my wheels done a few year ago at Lepsons, they had standard colours, was never sure if it was close to factory as my wheel had previously been done so never saw the factory colour / finish.

I like the idea of a flat looking silver on the wheels, not metallic.
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Re: Bit of TLC

Post by lugars4 » Sat May 18, 2024 6:27 pm

Looks as good as its debut at the Geneva Motorshow.
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The thing that strikes me in the image is now crystal clear the headlights look.
Need to give mine a polish with some Plast-RX
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