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Old 24-08-2019, 03:07 PM   #431
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NOW its all coming together and starting to look epic.

Each job you have been doing has looked fantastic but there has always been the next job to do in close relation. It seems like with this job completed, it has now pulled all of your hard work all together and the car looks superb now.

Have I mentioned I still find it amazing the car lives outside
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Old 24-08-2019, 06:03 PM   #432
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NOW its all coming together and starting to look epic.

Each job you have been doing has looked fantastic but there has always been the next job to do in close relation. It seems like with this job completed, it has now pulled all of your hard work all together and the car looks superb now.

Have I mentioned I still find it amazing the car lives outside
Thanks very much!

I do feel like I'm turning a corner so to speak - however there's plenty still planned.

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Old 24-08-2019, 09:33 PM   #433
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That's some dedication!! Looking great and an example of what I'd like to achieve with the running gear on the keeper fleet here
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Old 25-08-2019, 08:52 AM   #434
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As echoed by others and my previous posts, its inspirational. I want to get my Mini to this standard now, stickers and all bit I don’t think I will be able too get as good as yours.

Where are you getting all your technical info like torque values etc?

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As echoed by others and my previous posts, its inspirational. I want to get mine to this standard now, stickers and all bit I don’t think I will be able too get as good as yours.

Where are you getting all your technical info like torque values etc?
Thanks again!

For technical info/reference I have both the Haynes and Bentley Publishing manuals for the TT Mk1.

http://www.bentleypublishers.com/aud...ir-manual.html

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Old 31-08-2019, 11:44 PM   #436
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Passed a mileage milestone in the last couple of days!
40,000 miles - 16,000 miles in five years ownership



Made a trip to independent Audi specialists Quattro-Tech, Peterborough to check the brake function after I replaced both the pressure sensors and bled the system. I was a little concerned that the pedal felt soft at the top - but after a test drive the assessment was it was fine and no further work was needed.

So in doing the work myself I've saved myself approx £300 compared to estimates.

Excellent customer service at Quattro-Tech - thanks to Paul for the honest assessment and advice.



I also made a trip to the Tyre Warehouse in Brackley to have the rear alignment set/adjusted after fitting the new control arms.

Achieving the factory settings was a little tricky but achieved thanks to the adjustable lower arms - I was surprised how much negative camber is factory set on the rear. I'm going to give this a trial ad see both how it feels. Accounting for current ride height (335mm - 340mm) -2º43 is near enough correct from the data available.

I could notice that the rear feels much more tighter and seems to follow the front.





Took the rare opportunity to snap a couple of pics of the underneath - I'd definitely like to refurbish the rear subframe, trailing arms/mounts and transmission components.




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Look how clean it is under there!

Suspension geometry has always been fascinating to me, I would love to fully understand it and setup a car from scratch. At best I can explain that camber has this effect etc.
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Look how clean it is under there!

Suspension geometry has always been fascinating to me, I would love to fully understand it and setup a car from scratch. At best I can explain that camber has this effect etc.
Obviously with the mods I've made this is perhaps the most attention I've payed to alignment. On the 8N (mk1) TT you can easily reach the limits of the available factory adjustment. I'm maxed out on front camber - and only top adjustment plates or modified ball joints will change that. The rear is tricky in that camber and toe adjustments affect each other and have to be balanced. Adjustments to control arm length/camber causes a torsional twist on the trailing arm that affects toe in - and theres limited lateral adjustment for toe at the trailing arm forward mounting plate - so you soon max out if too low.
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To celebrate the MOT pass with no advisories and passing 40,000 miles, I wasted no time in adding miles by taking a twisty rural drive near Bradgate Park, Leicestershire.

Can definitely feel the collective benefit of the suspension tweaks! Turn in feels much sharper/precise and the rear wants to follow the front - more planted. I think the Michelin Pilot Sport 4's are significantly contributing to the improved feel too.



Once home It was time to clean off nearly 2 weeks of dirt from standing, plenty of brake dust from testing and the obligatory fly splats.

Ive been using Sonax Xtreme Brilliant Shine Detailer during drying during the last couple of washes and found its added an impressive hydrophobic coating.
After nearly two weeks standing outside a snow foam pre-wash (AG Polar) and a rinse was almost all that was required.

Wowo’s Crystal Sealant is performing well on the rims too - allowing brake dust to be mostly rinsed away with the pressure washer and a misting of diluted ValetPro - Bilberry Wheel Cleaner.














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Todays post brought another little addition/detail in the form of a new old stock drivers side interior release handle (8N0837020A) - new from Audi these are £86.40 inc VAT but I sourced one cheaper via eBay.

Usually these look very scruffy as a result of scratches and chips caused by keys and fingernails. The one fitted was a replacement for the original and though very good it did have some small blemishes, plus the new part matches the more satin finish of the passenger side/original.

Its these little details I like to get right.










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