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    1. Member PreMier's Avatar
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      01-23-2017 03:57 PM #76
      Well I obviously still don't have the car, but there was a big sale on some paddle shifter extensions I had my eye on over Christmas. I finally got them today, they're pretty nice. We'll have to see how they are once installed. I can't stand how small the stock ones are. Wish there was an oem upgrade.. but I digress


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      01-23-2017 08:10 PM #77
      Quote Originally Posted by PreMier View Post
      hind sight is 20/20!

      another update. still drinking a litre every 1200 miles (average driving), and that goes up if on the gas. its the turbo, and it has slight play. ive decided to go ahead and just get the APR k04 setup. i cant get any support for giac where im at (would have to drive 3+ hours) and i cant get the proper diagnostics done on the car unless i have apr or revo. seeing as i'll be here at least another 3 years and for future stateside maintenance its easy to go the apr route.

      if i could look back and do this all over i'd buy a £500 car and park the audi until i could traded it in, in the states. my only lasting hope is that since everything will be pretty much new, that i'll get 200k miles out of this thing

      edit: nevermind
      hey stay positive! You have a nice whip and will enjoy it years to come! It is a classic so keep motivated!!!
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      01-23-2017 11:03 PM #78
      I like those flappy paddles! Who makes them and are they held on by those small screws along the sides? It's kind of hard to tell in the pics.
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      01-24-2017 05:01 AM #79
      Quote Originally Posted by Tcardio View Post
      hey stay positive! You have a nice whip and will enjoy it years to come! It is a classic so keep motivated!!!
      Thanks mate


      Quote Originally Posted by AngryGiraffe View Post
      I like those flappy paddles! Who makes them and are they held on by those small screws along the sides? It's kind of hard to tell in the pics.
      Pinalloy.com yes they're supposed to be held on by the screws, they came with a few extra and an Allen wrench. I don't have the car so haven't put them on, but they were on sale. Looking at the site it still looks like they're on sale and they have a few designs and colours

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      02-12-2017 11:58 AM #80
      Looks like ecs made some replacements. they take a bit of work to get on, and are very nice.. but 5-6x what i paid for the ones above. once i have the car back ill install them and give a review. i would like the ecs ones, but i dont know if i could ever justify the price

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      02-12-2017 04:21 PM #81
      I ordered a set like yours. Except I have the curved paddles so I had to get a different style. Should be here by the end of the month(ordered them over a month ago) ECS ones are nice but if I'm going to spend that kind of money I would get the S2T paddles.
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      03-19-2017 12:23 PM #82
      ok story time with a quick update. seriously cant make this crap up haha

      mechanic was appreciative of me being so patient so thursday he had the car clayed and detailed, and also got me an APR dongle to monitor everything. well, he was out driving it and doing some data logging and pulled over to look at some numbers on the laptop. then, the car shuts off completely. he tries to restart and nothing.. so he has to call for a tow back to his shop. once back at the shop he starts looking into what the deal is. apparently one of the balancing shafts seized? since the car was sitting at idle, he doesnt believe there was any damage to the heads or valves. he has the motor out already and will tear it down on monday to see what exactly went wrong, and he has a new shaft on the way.

      im not even mad.. the cars already defeated me. i have no emotion to put into it anymore so im like what the fck ever. he was super pissed, and had a near mental breakdown because this is starting to cost him quite a bit of money. the guy works on tons of audis and porches and has never had anything like this happen before he tells me. its unbelievable how many times this thing is crapping on us. all i can do is just hope i get it back in working order.
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      03-20-2017 12:20 PM #83
      Man, that definitely sucks. Hopefully you will get the best possible outcome...but a balance shaft seizure does not bode well for the health of your engine

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      03-20-2017 04:19 PM #84
      Damn, sorry to hear. Hope that it's not as bad as it looks right now, good luck with everything.
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      03-20-2017 05:31 PM #85
      Quote Originally Posted by TBomb View Post
      Man, that definitely sucks. Hopefully you will get the best possible outcome...but a balance shaft seizure does not bode well for the health of your engine
      Any idea on what would've caused it? I can't find much on balance shaft seizures. Also could you elaborate on health of the engine? Does this usually ruin the block? Or can the shaft be pulled and replaced?

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      03-20-2017 06:05 PM #86
      Quote Originally Posted by PreMier View Post
      Any idea on what would've caused it? I can't find much on balance shaft seizures. Also could you elaborate on health of the engine? Does this usually ruin the block? Or can the shaft be pulled and replaced?
      Honestly, I am not familiar enough with the TSI engine to know what else is involved with the balance shafts as far as collateral damage. I know on the FSI, the balance shafts and oil pump are all one assembly, so a balance shaft seizure means no oil pressure which most likely means bad things for your bearings and valvetrain. It could be a totally different deal on the TSI though, so hopefully it will not be catastrophic!

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      03-20-2017 07:45 PM #87
      Quote Originally Posted by TBomb View Post
      Honestly, I am not familiar enough with the TSI engine to know what else is involved with the balance shafts as far as collateral damage. I know on the FSI, the balance shafts and oil pump are all one assembly, so a balance shaft seizure means no oil pressure which most likely means bad things for your bearings and valvetrain. It could be a totally different deal on the TSI though, so hopefully it will not be catastrophic!
      I'm hoping that there isn't any damage because the car was on the side of the road when it happened (or so I'm told). everytjing that I can find on this though seems like you're right, and they're connected to the oil pump. Guess I'll wait and see =(

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      03-21-2017 03:25 PM #88
      Man that sucks. I feel for you. You have gone through a lot with this car. I hope it gets sorted out and you can enjoy it.
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      04-16-2017 10:36 AM #89
      Well, had the car back almost a week.. and it drives beautifully so far. The power with the K04 is amazing. It really brings out the fact that I need bigger brakes now also I don't care for the GIAC TCU software. It seems like it has a hard time finding gears, or the right gear to be in. In the states it wasn't a huge issue because the traffic lights. Over here though, with roundabouts, when I slow as I approach it seems to hesitate horribly when I go to give it gas again. Considering switching to APR as well. The dongle is nice as well, I can change between 4 tunes, view codes, and check realtime data.

      I need to order new paddle extensions, the ones that I ordered previously don't fit due to my paddles being curved. Also washed the car over the weekend, she looks good. Here's a few pics.










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      04-17-2017 12:35 AM #90
      Good to hear, good news ! She looks great, indeed !!
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      04-17-2017 12:00 PM #91
      Glad you got it back already! So I guess the failure was not catastrophic then?

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      04-18-2017 07:42 AM #92
      Fortunately it was just the balance shaft that seized. He showed me both of the old ones that he pulled out and replaced. Also as he was re testing it, the radiator sprung a leak?! Haha he was pissed.. but replaced that as well.

      Overall he was over £1000 in parts out of pocket, not to mention the hours into it. I need to get some recalls taken care of (airbag and the abs) on it along with the door lock issue. I'm just tapped out on money 😒

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      04-18-2017 11:06 PM #93
      Glad to see you got the car back and that it wasn't as bad as you though it was going to be. Sucks about the paddles. I personally like the look of the Pin Alloy extensions for the curved paddle better than the ones you had to return.
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      04-30-2017 03:22 AM #94
      I ordered the curved ones like yours in black. Mine are up for sale, because it was just as much to ship them back as I had paid. So just another waiting game on getting the new ones. I also ordered a phone mount from Audi phone holder.com because there are strict laws in the UK about driving and cell phones. I use mine for GPS quite often.


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      04-30-2017 11:34 AM #95
      Let us know how you like that phone holder. I have one from http://www.proclipusa.com/
      I really like it, but might be putting it up for sale in a few months. Thinking about getting a new radio and won't really need it if I do.
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      04-30-2017 11:40 AM #96
      Quote Originally Posted by AngryGiraffe View Post
      Let us know how you like that phone holder. I have one from http://www.proclipusa.com/
      I really like it, but might be putting it up for sale in a few months. Thinking about getting a new radio and won't really need it if I do.
      Check these things out too. I have one, and if you don't mind the little nubbin on the back of your phone, it's probably the least obnoxious looking phone mount I've found yet. http://www.niteize.com/product/Steel...-Mount-Kit.asp

      Edit: I also have a pretty thin plastic case on my Nexus 5X. I drilled a hole the same diameter as the nub, so this way it's countersunk into the case, which helps take a few mil off the thing from sticking out. An added and unintentional benefit is that you can now stick your phone to metal things when you're too lazy to hold it.
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      05-02-2017 04:13 PM #97
      I'll post an update and review as soon as I can! Also my friend has the steelie one (that's what made me start looking) and it works really well. Only issue has is the magnet is quite strong and won't let him use android pay. The states are a bit behind in contactless payment methods and I didn't want it to affect my phone when I try and use Apple Pay. Also I wanted something that fits in the car without sticking to the dash (that was the deciding factor). He does love his steelie mount and it works very well. The one I purchased doesn't allow the movement that that one does, but I'm sure it'll be ok.

      Also I got a blue tooth for the car because I use Spotify (there is terrible cellular service where I'm at, so downloadable playlists are key. I used to use Sirius/XM, but it's not available overseas). My biggest complaint is that it doesn't shut off when the car does (due to the outlets constantly being supplied with power), but that's not the blue tooths fault. So I have to manually disconnect it. Sound quality is excellent and I'm very happy with it. To pair I just have to hit the giant button when I get in the car.

      Also you can mount the button anywhere with a sticky pad they include, but I keep it under the arm rest because it's low key


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      05-02-2017 08:15 PM #98
      Quote Originally Posted by PreMier View Post
      I'll post an update and review as soon as I can! Also my friend has the steelie one (that's what made me start looking) and it works really well. Only issue has is the magnet is quite strong and won't let him use android pay. The states are a bit behind in contactless payment methods and I didn't want it to affect my phone when I try and use Apple Pay. Also I wanted something that fits in the car without sticking to the dash (that was the deciding factor). He does love his steelie mount and it works very well. The one I purchased doesn't allow the movement that that one does, but I'm sure it'll be ok.

      Also I got a blue tooth for the car because I use Spotify (there is terrible cellular service where I'm at, so downloadable playlists are key. I used to use Sirius/XM, but it's not available overseas). My biggest complaint is that it doesn't shut off when the car does (due to the outlets constantly being supplied with power), but that's not the blue tooths fault. So I have to manually disconnect it. Sound quality is excellent and I'm very happy with it. To pair I just have to hit the giant button when I get in the car.

      Also you can mount the button anywhere with a sticky pad they include, but I keep it under the arm rest because it's low key

      Oh ok, nice! My bluetooth solution was this thing: http://www.dension.com/automotive/pr...ateway-lite-bt which I have where the CD changer would be in my glove box. It works pretty well and heat hasn't seemed to bother it in the last year and a half I've had mine. It plugs into the back of the radio head-unit where the CD changer would go, so the bluetooth audio signal it receives from your phone essentially pretends to be coming from the CD changer from the head-unit's point of view. It takes power from the radio directly, so there's no charging or batteries involved, and it's only on when the radio is on.
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      05-08-2017 07:16 PM #99
      Quote Originally Posted by Hawkman312 View Post
      Oh ok, nice! My bluetooth solution was this thing: http://www.dension.com/automotive/pr...ateway-lite-bt which I have where the CD changer would be in my glove box. It works pretty well and heat hasn't seemed to bother it in the last year and a half I've had mine. It plugs into the back of the radio head-unit where the CD changer would go, so the bluetooth audio signal it receives from your phone essentially pretends to be coming from the CD changer from the head-unit's point of view. It takes power from the radio directly, so there's no charging or batteries involved, and it's only on when the radio is on.
      That's actually really nice! Was it easy to install? Does it affect satellite radio at all? Does it pair when you turn the car on? I got my current one because it was cheap and seemed to have good reviews. I can't complain really, but that looks like a better long term solution

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      05-08-2017 07:30 PM #100
      Went on a drive the other night, car is running ok.. but I have an oil light issue. I keep getting the red oil light coming off/on and after checking levels it's fine. It'll literally flash 2-3 times then disappear. I don't know why it's the red one and not the orange one? It'll go back to the shop next week. Any insight would be appreciated though.

      Also the new paddles arrived, they are pretty nice!










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