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    1. Member Der T4's Avatar
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      10-24-2017 10:25 AM #26
      Nice work! I look forward to seeing how this turns out

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      10-26-2017 02:47 PM #27
      was able to get the manifold apart and cleaned, wow this has to be so overly built its mind blowing........spent 8hrs cleaning it and another 3hrs to reseal it.







      this stuff fell off while working so its staying off....


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      10-30-2017 03:15 PM #28
      not easy using a potato-phone to get detailed photos but the idea is there........... lots of carbon build up. id guess each intake runner was about .250" smaller in DIA due to carbon build up.



      the tools i found best to work on getting the carbon out



      spent a lot of time looking like this.......



      one big problem for this service was moving the motor to close cylinders for the service. solution our team came up with was to make a custom strap wrench to move the crank safely.



      hard to see but the tool fits in the limited space and is easy to use



      this is the seal for the oil filter housing to the top of the crank case......... it was the main reason for taking the motor apart due to the annoying leak it had become.



      once the cylinders were cleaned focused on a few other items like plugs, new coils and some other tweaks.....



      while waiting for the chems to soak on the carbon i popped out the HVLP gun and did this since i cant find real OE euro bumper inserts.



      final part of the SAI update was to cap the air box.......... turns out a 16oz coors cap fits perfectly...... and its aluminum so the cars keeping true to its roots.



      after the test drive last night i cant quiet explain how the car drives aside from its a whole new beast...... this carbon issue really kills these motors performance. car was fast before but now its wild fast..... wish we had dyno time before doing this service as the butt dyno says big change. at some point we will get this car on rollers and see how the Malone Tuning software is doing but i am going to guess its doing well.

      cars off to SEMA in a few hours, maybe some of the guys around here will recognize the car and come say hello.
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      10-30-2017 03:19 PM #29
      That’s excellent. What mods did you do?
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      11-13-2017 05:58 PM #30
      over 2 weeks we took the car from LA to Vegas to Phoenix. zero issues and an overall average of 20.2 mpg........... cant call that bad for a v10.

      the car has made a few solid dry lake passes and has proven rock solid around 140mph.... after the next round of work the car will be going back to the dry lake/track for more runs. there is a ton of power yet to be let loose.

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      12-02-2017 11:51 AM #31
      time to make sure the fuel system is in tip top shape before the next outing......... going to be installing some Autotech Dual High Volume Fuel Pump Upgrade Kit Audi V8 V10 4.0T 5.0T FSI & R8 Lambo V10 5.2L




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      12-02-2017 11:52 AM #32
      Have you done a tune to the car?
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      12-03-2017 01:19 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by 0-60Motorsports View Post
      Have you done a tune to the car?
      Hello 0-60, yes we are working with Malone tuning post #15 talked about getting tuning going. have you dealt with tuning these 5.2 ltr motors?

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      12-03-2017 01:32 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by carsluTT View Post
      Hello 0-60, yes we are working with Malone tuning post #15 talked about getting tuning going. have you dealt with tuning these 5.2 ltr motors?
      No but i have heard good things about them. I love what you have done with the car so far. I was going to buy one locally but when i saw the prices for the front replacement struts i was like no thanks lol.
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      12-03-2017 02:29 AM #35
      eh......... everything has a cost. the struts are cake to change and really not that much vs. performance struts/springs cost. more a mild sticker shock. our shop truck costs a ton more to keep on the road and its just a big diesel tow rig. struts last what.... 70-120k miles of use.... math says per mile vs. cost no so bad. now the biggest cost so far is me flipping about dings......... that aluminum body isn't going to protect itself!

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      12-03-2017 02:31 AM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by carsluTT View Post
      eh......... everything has a cost. the struts are cake to change and really not that much vs. performance struts/springs cost. more a mild sticker shock. our shop truck costs a ton more to keep on the road and its just a big diesel tow rig. struts last what.... 70-120k miles of use.... math says per mile vs. cost no so bad. now the biggest cost so far is me flipping about dings......... that aluminum body isn't going to protect itself!
      I understand, but personally I would rather have a 08 E60 M5
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      12-03-2017 03:13 AM #37
      you had me at m5!......... actually Ive have had a few........ they are great cars! just wanted to do something a bit different this time around. either way your winning! are you finding cars locally in Bahrain or getting them shipped in?

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      12-03-2017 03:17 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by carsluTT View Post
      you had me at m5!......... actually Ive have had a few........ they are great cars! just wanted to do something a bit different this time around. either way your winning! are you finding cars locally in Bahrain or getting them shipped in?
      Locally bud, cant import vehicles older than 5 years any more. the S8 came up as there is one for sale with less than 50k miles on the clock for a very cheap price, Something like 12-13k USD. That made me look into maintenance items and mods etc before considering the car.
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      12-03-2017 03:54 AM #39
      really, 5 year cap on import. i helped with sending 2x mk2 golf's to dhahran a while back, i know its not the same area but close. maybe laws are different there. also sold a car/shipped to dubui with zero issues but i really don't know how/if it was setup for street use upon arrival. either way ......... a really neat area to get out and drive!

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      12-03-2017 03:56 AM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by carsluTT View Post
      really, 5 year cap on import. i helped with sending 2x mk2 golf's to dhahran a while back, i know its not the same area but close. maybe laws are different there. also sold a car/shipped to dubui with zero issues but i really don't know how/if it was setup for street use upon arrival. either way ......... a really neat area to get out and drive!
      Dubai you can send any more year car, mk2 is more than 25-30 years old so that is allowed to be imported.
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      03-10-2018 02:21 AM #41
      poor S8's been parked in the shop since X-mas, been busy and the car developed the classic vw/audi "random misfire" code with no time to dig into it . Today the S8 got 2 new Bosch throttle bodies installed along with rewiring cylinder 5 and 10's coil pack plug. the misfire codes are only on 5 and 10 so if the new plugs don't fix the issue next the car will get all new injectors. at this point the car has had a fair amount of new parts so this misfire code is a bit odd but after all its a vw/audi so game on

      new spark plugs

      new Bosch coil packs

      new Bosch throttle bodies

      carbon cleaning of intake valves

      clean and reseal intake manifold

      reseal oil filter housing

      new high pressure fuel pumps

      SAI update

      new Maf's

      new CTS

      new valve cover gaskets

      new Front air struts

      new suspension air pump

      malone tuning software

      muffler valve mod

      i hope to get time to do a few more test drives but so far all is looking positive. there are plans to take the car out to the dry lake late March/ early April for some runs.

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      03-31-2018 09:03 PM #42
      time to open the top of the motor for the 2nd time since owning the car............. new injectors/seals and a few other odds and ends are inbound..... while the cars on the lift tranny service is going to happen. not real happy with the non-existing tranny dipstick or any real solid way to measure oil level aside from the "is it dripping out of the hole" method........ but so goes life.

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      10-25-2018 03:28 PM #43
      boy, where has the year gone?...... been collecting parts and finally the S8 got some attention over the week.....

      new wheels
      new coil packs
      new tires
      new injectors
      new park plugs
      new fuel filter
      lots of new gaskets
      developed a plug-n-play catch can (pvc dripping into manifold go by-by)
      clean all hard fuel lines on motor
      new air filters
      new maf sensor
      new green coolant temp sensor

      once the car gets a bath i will have some photos.

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      10-25-2018 03:29 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by carsluTT View Post
      boy, where has the year gone?...... been collecting parts and finally the S8 got some attention over the week.....

      new wheels
      new coil packs
      new tires
      new injectors
      new park plugs
      new fuel filter
      lots of new gaskets
      developed a plug-n-play catch can (pvc dripping into manifold go by-by)
      clean all hard fuel lines on motor
      new air filters
      new maf sensor
      new green coolant temp sensor

      once the car gets a bath i will have some photos.
      That’s a good list. Looking forward to the pics.
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      10-25-2018 03:50 PM #45
      also re-placed the plugs for both Throttle bodies and re-placed the plugs for #5 and #10 coil packs. had a few issues over the last year with getting the dreaded EPC light with associated loss of power. Looks like the throttle body plugs where the cause of the EPC light. What a pain to track down but super glad to not have the problem come back since replacing the plugs. best part about the Throttle body plugs, mk4 vw's use the same plug and can be bought much cheaper than D3 parts. think it cost all of 31 buks for 2 mk4 plugs with 6" pig tails installed vs. 50ish for just 1 D3 plug with no pig tail and the plug not assembled.

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      01-15-2019 12:38 AM #46
      Aaaannndd???
      DCI - Party time, excellent.

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      07-14-2019 03:10 AM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by Bicycle019 View Post
      Aaaannndd???
      the poor S8 has been in limp mode ( limp as in i cant drive it as i would prefer ... not motor issues) for a while due to waiting for 1 suspension part.......... got to love/hate the multi-link suspension. not worth getting into detail but i have had issues getting 1 specific part for almost 18 months........... not to get excited but i have a tracking # and box is inbound.....been through this before and if this box is a winner than wow! nothing like a trip to SEMA to be face to face with a supplier and ask them about 1 odd ball part for a 10+ yr old car they dont care about.


      aside from parts supply issues the car is a well........... not for taking the kids to soccer! ............. yes i owe photos if only i had a way to take photos not from a potato. my webfoo is slipping......... but ideas are sparking so!............

      on a side note the catchcat setup is working wonders. pulled the manifold for the previous oil change and everything is 100% clean on the top end. guess the time tig welding and planning and designing parts paid off...........




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      07-22-2019 02:37 AM #48
      Thanks for the timely reply!

      Good luck, fun car, like the new wheels, maybe I can drive it next time I'm in town, who knows when that'll be??
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