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First time Audi owner - upgrades?

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Hi All,
Got my A3 for almost a month now and I LOVE IT!
I'm looking to tune my car with chip, brakes and suspension. But want to keep a comfortable ride.
Any suggestions of what I should do, which first, what products and the best place to buy and install.
Any reply would be much appreciated.
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First thing I would probably do is chip. I personally went with the APR chip, do a search there are about 3 threads on the APR chip. Revo will be coming out soon, and Superchip also has one. Which one is better? That's hard to say, everyone will say they are the best. APR claims 250HP 300Torque at crank.
There are a few threads on suspension upgrades as well. But comfort and stiffer suspension don't really go well together. If you got the sport pkg, the stock suspension is actually decent for every day driving. But if you wish to get something that will give you a firm ride, H&R, Neuspeed and very shortly Bilstein, Koni are all out there again, opinions will vary.
Brakes, not sure why you want to upgrade the brakes. The common misconception is that in order to stop the car faster, you need better brakes. While this is true to a certain extent, tires has a more to do with that IMO. Better brakes can help you stop or lock up the wheels faster, then it's up to your tires to stop the car. Just like shocks, the stock brakes is actually very decent. I would probably upgrade your tires first before brakes.
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Re: First time Audi owner - upgrades? (BKLYN)

Quote, originally posted by BKLYN »
Hi All,
I'm looking to tune my car with chip, brakes and suspension. But want to keep a comfortable ride.

Eltonsi is right^...
Just take a few days off work, and read the thousands of threads on this forum. TONS of great info, but a lot of the 'A3 101' stuff is going to be back in the May, June months of the forum. I would search for things you're interested in, and obviously refine the search by using only this room.
Chip for this car is actually just a laptop plugged into a port near your hood release. For $599 expect a 30% GAIN OF HP with 93 octane. I guess you may opt for a diff program with the lack of good gas on the left coast. Apr has 1 program now, Revo will be available with everything in approx. 2 months give/take (hopefully). For Audi, a majority of people go with apr, revo, or giac.
Suspension has really taken off this month, several companies have springs and/or coilovers.
Welcome and good luck. Pics?
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Re: First time Audi owner - upgrades? (RyanA3)

You guys are very helpful. I have alot of searching to do.
Here are some pics:

Finally figured out how to post.....
Modified by BKLYN at 11:40 AM 9/13/2005

Modified by BKLYN at 11:42 AM 9/13/2005
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Re: First time Audi owner - upgrades? (BKLYN)

I would do Suspension before a chip, el is defintly right about the tires over the brakes though.

Modified by judgegavel at 10:19 PM 9/13/2005
Re: First time Audi owner - upgrades? (judgegavel)

thanks. plan right now is to do tires first.
for suspension, i am very concerned that i would lose the feel of my ride. don't want it too rough. any suggestions?
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