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I built them up myself from a supplier of these kind of parts. Pretty straightforward to replicate the standard ones. Just be aware the rears have m10 and m12 bolt

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For a reason I thought an exige would be easier to work on!

I haven’t done much on my R8, or had to thankfully, but I have done a few little tweaks/ small jobs on it and am getting a better understanding of the car as a result. It definitely drives so much better than when I bought it - despite being looked after by Audi for the previous 5+ years!

Thanks Jay for continuing to push boundaries and demonstrating that these are just cars, they can be worked on, they can be improved and enjoyed more as a result.
 

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For a reason I thought an exige would be easier to work on!

I haven’t done much on my R8, or had to thankfully, but I have done a few little tweaks/ small jobs on it and am getting a better understanding of the car as a result. It definitely drives so much better than when I bought it - despite being looked after by Audi for the previous 5+ years!

Thanks Jay for continuing to push boundaries and demonstrating that these are just cars, they can be worked on, they can be improved and enjoyed more as a result.
Haha, the main thing that makes the Elises and Exiges difficult to work on are the front and rear clamshells. If you need to access the plumbing in the front or the engine in the back for anything other than oil changes and spark plug changes the clams do not come off easily. After a few times removing them, it's gotten better. Not a complicated job, but a pain, and then you have to store the giant clamshells somewhere. The R8, on the other hand, you can remove just a few pieces on the back end and have access to muck about with the engine.
 

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Had a day off work today so finally sorted my side mesh in the engine bay to fit around the X brace. Going to paint them satin black I think, but good thing is they are back in and the side panels are removable with them attached.




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Had a day off work today so finally sorted my side mesh in the engine bay to fit around the X brace. Going to paint them satin black I think, but good thing is they are back in and the side panels are removable with them attached.




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That looks perfect Jay, far neater than mine🙄, looking forward to the single wiper write up & ordering the modified arm from you😝
 

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Had a day off work today so finally sorted my side mesh in the engine bay to fit around the X brace. Going to paint them satin black I think, but good thing is they are back in and the side panels are removable with them attached.




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Looks like OE. Great job.
 

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Cheers. Few more touches to do (including painting the mesh and header tank cover black) to hopefully finish it off


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I painted mine earlier this year but kept with silver.


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All black for the side pieces is the only way to go🙂

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They are from a company call Vargalant. Yes it made a big difference. The V10 ones are different in size on some but not all.


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hi jay going back to your post on replacing the wishbone ball joints i am also going to go down that route as both my rear ones are shot.can you let me know the best way to remove the ball joint i have made a tool to remove and used a lot of force but cannot get it to budge and am afraid of stripping the threads.did you use any heat or just brute force. also i have tried sending messages to vargalant reguarding price and postage but no luck,how did you get yours.any help greatly appreciated many thanks jimmy
 

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You have to heat it up enough to free the thread lock off. As for contacting vargalant I had no problem through their normal emails.

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I also got no response from Vargalant after our conversation. Maybe the current world situation has affected their response ability?
 

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Bit of routine maintenance this morning. Fitted a new fuel filter. A job I have been meaning to do for a little while so nice to have it freshened up.
Followed the Audi process of removing the side blade and the ECU bracket and it was very easy to change over. This car is so easy to work on



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Bit of routine maintenance this morning. Fitted a new fuel filter. A job I have been meaning to do for a little while so nice to have it freshened up.
Followed the Audi process of removing the side blade and the ECU bracket and it was very easy to change over. This car is so easy to work on



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More like a gratuitous gloss shot
 

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So Matt black grilles and header tank cover really tidy up the finished bay and highlight the inlet manifold and xbrace nicely




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Wow, I’ve just spent the last hour or so going through this thread.

Some amazing work.

car Looks stunning!
 

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Nice, did you rattle can / spray paint it? Or something a bit more involved? Either way, it turned out very nicely indeed!
 

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Wow, I’ve just spent the last hour or so going through this thread.

Some amazing work.

car Looks stunning!
Thanks. It’s been a lot of work over the last 18 months, but I finally feel like it’s where I wanted it to be.


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