[BiturboS4] RE: Mods (esp. short-shifter)

john sonty erhti at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 19 07:46:10 EDT 2002

Wait, I thought the Milltek exhaust was the 'best' out there
with respect to enhancing performance?? I've heard/read of
several that claim it adds an additonal ~20hp.

--- "Edwards, Dave" <Dave_Edwards at iOra.com> wrote:
> I'm going from memory here, but my stock (Euro) shifter had a
> 6-7cm throw
> each way. After the short-shifter it came down to 4-5cm. For
> me it was an
> absolute must: I was missing shifts and crunching gears with
> the stock shift
> so I had to do something!
> I've pretty much got all the mods you can do to an S4 except
> changing the
> turbos (which I won't do as I don't want more lag). I think
> the biggest
> impacts are:
> Short-shifter (as mentioned above but I suppose it's a
> personal thing).
> Suspension (I have H&R coil-overs and they have TRANSFORMED
> the handling).
> Brakes (I have Porsche 993 turbo front brakes).
> Chip.
> I have a Miltek cat-back and it hasn't done much to the
> performance. It
> started off loud but now is almost as quiet as the stock
> exhaust but has a
> deeper note. I'm soon going to invest in the rest of the
> Miltek system
> (downpipes and cats) and this time expect better power at the
> top end (up to
> 350bhp) and a little less lag. I'm told that it won't get much
> louder but I
> don't really believe it. I'll put up with the extra noise if
> it happens.
> I can't comment on the order of the mods really as I think
> they are a
> package. I wouldn't chip without the brakes. When I imagine my
> car's
> performance with the stock brakes...ouch - try not to think
> about that!
> Having the chip & brakes without the suspension? Well you
> could put up with
> it for a while but soon you'd be cursing it as the stock
> suspension would be
> holding back the car's true abilities.
> I'm not sure about the exhaust. Cat-backs aren't too expensive
> so for the
> marginal gain they give and better sound you might consider
> it. I'll let you
> know what I think of the full Miltek system in a month or so.
> By the way, all my mods were set up by a tuner using a rolling
> road. I do
> NOT have an off-the-shelf chip, mine has been set up
> specifically for my
> car. When I get the full Miltek fitted the tuner will again
> make any
> adjustments needed to the chip in order to optimise
> performance. I consider
> this to be the real bonus of using my tuner. We have other
> tuners in the UK
> who mail out chips like you have in the US. I'm sure that they
> are good
> chips, but they are a standard program and not tuned to a
> specific car.
> I suppose if your only choice is mail-order chips then you
> need to ask which
> is best. However if the chip is designed for your particular
> car then you
> know that it's the best.
> Just my 2 cents...
> --__--__--
> Message: 6
> From: Andy Turner <andy at palomar.demon.co.uk>
> To: BiturboS4 at audifans.com
> Subject: Re: [BiturboS4] First Mods - Advice please
> Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 21:07:33 +0100
> On Wed, 17 Jul 2002 14:35:07 -0500, you wrote:
> >My own personal recommendations are as follows:
> >
> >1. Shortshifter (Tanoga, Stratmosphere or Neuspeed.  Don't
> bother with
> >the UUC).  Stock shifter is sloppy and has the longest throw
> I've ever
> >encountered. $250-$280
> I don't find the throw much of a problem, which leads me to
> believe that
> either it was modded before I bought it, or I'm a girly nonce.
> Anyone got
> any before/after photos of the different positions of the gear
> lever?
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