New Spark Plugs and Aero Wiper Kit
I know.... what happened to the Coilovers? Well they are still in the box as I just haven't had the time to install them yet. Maybe some time after Xmas if I'm lucky. As for now, I replaced my spark plugs with a new set of copper NGK BKR7E from ECS Tuning. This is my second set of these plugs and they have been working flawlessly. I normally keep the gap between .020 - .024 inches but figured I try the gap of .026 to see how the car runs. In the past I've had issues with misfires because I assumed the gap recommend on forums were correct, which there weren't. OEM spec is between .016 - .024 inches, so lets see what happen. The drive to work today with a few WOT's and no issues so far.
Next I installed the Aero Wiper kit from ECS Tuning and cleaned/re-lubricated the Wiper Transmission (linkage) found under the windshield. I used the steps from this YouTube video to learn how to take the wiper transmission/linkage out to perform the cleaning. It's actually a rather simple process, but as with anything on this car, you got to get a layer of unrelated parts out of the way. For this case, it was getting the ECU box and the ECU itself out of the way. Breaking down to clean/lube the wiper transmission/linkage was a breeze. I didn't go crazy with specialized grease, but rather wiped away any junk at all friction points (aka, any points that moved, minus the motor) and reapplied with a small amount of white lithium grease. Re-installed and even with the stock wiper arms still on, everything was noticeably smooth in the wiper's motion.
The following day, Aero kit arrived so I got that installed. That is literally just popping off the plastic caps on each stock wiper arms, remove two 13mm nuts, and gently pry off the stock arms. I used a 13mm wrench and slid the open-end of the wrench under the stock wiper arms to pry them off. Apparently there is a specialized tool that can do this, but the wrench method worked just fine for me. Install the new Aero wiper arms and a few rounds of aligning those arms via trial and error I was good to go..... I do have to warn, DON'T leave your hood open with the wipers on. The driver side wiper arm will come into contact with the top of your hood. I learned the hard way. Wipers work great now and they are fully ready for winter's worst... with a lower profile look.
After 5 years of waiting, my S4 is going to get a nice well deserved upgrade.....
What did I get?
First I got a complete front control arms kits. No, I didn't go with any "HD" kits as the price is just insane for them. Let face it, for most control arms kit the only major difference is how long they are going to last. I have a very short commute to work, and living outside of Seattle, the environment is not at all harsh to my car. This low budget kit is likely going to do me very help. Not to mention, I'm likely not going to have this car longer than another 3-4 years... assuming my stock turbos hold out until them.
As for the coilovers, I went with the Solo Werks S1 Coilovers. I first read about them on the Audizine.com forum a little over a year ago and have been tracking all the user reviews very closely. These coilover are said to offer a stock like ride quality and a great range for the ride height. For the most part claims like that aren't backed and the poor souls that purchase the kit typically finds out the hard way. That said, every review I've found for these has in fact reported very positive results. The common response was that they are "slightly" firmer than stock, but not at all as harsh or bouncy like other low budget kits. Keep in mind these coilovers are not designed for "race" setups but more the enthusiast commuter. Simply put, this is exactly the quality setup I'm looking for.
I'm going to try and get all of these install sometime this month if time permits and if I can get a open lift from my buddy Erik at I.P.M. Auto Service. I'll post a initial review and lots of pictures after that install is completed. The real test is how they feel after a couple of months of use.. so I'll make sure to post another review after that point. Until then...
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