Spacers and extended lug bolts came in today. Pardon the terribly dirty car, but I didn't waste any time getting them installed;
Weak factory offsets;
Hub and wheel centric 15mm fronts and 20mm rears;
Cleaning up any surface rust on the hub and wheel mounting pad with some steel wool;
Difference between extended lug bolts and oems (both ball seat);
Moving on to the rears while admiring the front beefiness;
Rinse and repeat on the other side and she's sitting much better. I should be impacting my scrub radius (more positive) with spacers this aggressive so maybe that will dial some feedback into the steering. Audi tends to have a lot of negative scrub from the factory which is why the steering can feel lifeless.
Very pleased with how it turned out, springs should be in soon and we'll be in business.
Oh and I also found out I'm an idiot, and the seat belts do have buckle stops on them. One of the guys on the audi forums mentioned he had his, which made me think there is no way I don't have them--sure enough they were just pushed all the way to the floor and I didn't notice them. So that that pet peeve is solved!
Stopped by my friends at E1 Motorsports to take advantage of an APR sale. Ended up going with both the ECU & TCU tunes. Loaded the APR 93 octane Hi-torque file, which they claim raises output to 370hp/383tq, along with the DQ250 flash for the DSG. Took about 30 min to flash both files and I was out the door.
I was just as excited about the DSG flash as I was about the power increase to be honest. I definitely felt like the oem trans tune was way too eager to upshift you into oblivion in "D". My first impression is that the car definitely likes to hang on to gears much much better than the factory cal. I always wanted the car to just hold the rpms for maybe another thousand during part throttle acceleration, and this did exactly that. The shifts feel smoother at part throttle, faster at wide open, the paddle lag seems to have decreased, and its really nice to have the gear counter displayed all the time on the dash. The power increase is also noticeable, no question. It doesn't feel twice as fast or anything, but there is undoubtedly more acceleration as the car comes on boost. It seems to spool faster with less tip in lag, and you get a really nice shove at lower speeds if you mat it. Launch control is where you feel the power increase the most, the car rips off the line now, and the first 3 gears are a riot. The DSG flash allows you 3 different launch control rpms, so I have 3.5k, 4k, and 4.5k. Launching on the street from 4.5k results in all 4 tires spinning which is just hilarious fun in a car like this. Overall, I don't regret paying for either, I think the tunes compliment each other well, and the car has the absolute perfect amount of power for around town jaunts.
E1 made quick work of the install, I dropped the car off at 9am, and they were done by noon. They also gave me a nice loaner so I could get to work, which they didn't have to do, but I greatly appreciated. They are getting the car aligned and I'll be ready to rock--can't wait to see the car today when I pick it up.
So why did you go with APR? Because your friend's shop reps APR?
In the VW/Audi community, APR has acquired a bit of a rough wrap as of late, particularly in the Audi TT community (the MK2 TTRS Big Turbo kit was a disaster, and APR doesn't even sell it anymore because they never got it working right).
Not judging -- 98% of APR's products are R&D'd and are relatively high quality. But there are so many other interesting options out there that don't require you to go to a shop to flash the car, and that oftentimes provide bigger gains.
Originally Posted by cockerpunk
The "TT" embossed into the muffler is a nice, albeit strange, touch.
And ditto on the 4 jacks at one time... I would at least keep my legs out from under it. I've seen plenty of smaller shops who work on cars only supported by jacks, no jackstands. It always boggles my mind.