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There appears to be a gap in the market now for refurbing these headlinings. The open skies are apparantly starting to suffer the most due to heat and leakages.
 
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2work

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View attachment 87213Started the headlining recolour project!



Fabric removed, foam and adhesive on its way to being removed. A & C pillars almost coloured to the depth needed
Great work Steve,

You’ll soon have a very fresh finish which I cannot wait to see. A reupholstered headlining is such an improvement after living with an ugly sagging fabric. Cannot wait to see the black switch packs and buttons finally fitted into an A2.

A top tip to ensure the fabric fully adheres within the folds of the biscuit is to fill some plastic food/sandwich/freezer type bags filled with water and use them to weigh down the fabric in these areas.

Good luck Sir.

Kind regards,

Tom
 

2work

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There appears to be a gap in the market now for refurbing these headlinings. The open skies are apparantly starting to suffer the most due to heat and leakages.
Evening Dave,

Soon as I find the time I will certainly get to this. Before I start to offer this as a service I need to master the A Pillar removal as I do struggle removing them without the odd clip being damaged. Doing this on my own A2 is acceptable but not if it was a paying customers A2.

Hopefully though, with more members having a go themselves it might make others realise how simple (although not easy) a process it actually is. There is nothing specialist about it in my mind. Just being confident and executing the techniques that are very easily found online will get great results.

Kind regards,

Tom
 

RS11SMS

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Great work Steve,

You’ll soon have a very fresh finish which I cannot wait to see. A reupholstered headlining is such an improvement after living with an ugly sagging fabric. Cannot wait to see the black switch packs and buttons finally fitted into an A2.

A top tip to ensure the fabric fully adheres within the folds of the biscuit is to fill some plastic food/sandwich/freezer type bags filled with water and use them to weigh down the fabric in these areas.

Good luck Sir.

Kind regards,

Tom

Thanks for the tip Tom, makes sense to hold in place whilst the adhesive cures

Looking forward to getting the next step done.


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dj_efk

A2OC Donor
Today I filled up Akoya with diesel (£1.43 a litre by the way!!!!) and was pleased to see the calculation by Spritmonitor (my consumption app) of 57mpg, which considering that tankful was mostly short journeys on hilly country roads and then 150 miles of 75-80mph cruising (well above normal) to get to a family emergency in South London, I’m well pleased with. On the first tank which was 75% cruising at just under 70 I recorded 63mpg, and this is with an aftermarket Circoli thermostat that I think is a touch slow to bring the car up to temp from cold, so I am pleased with the car’s economy overall.

I’m less pleased with the increasingly grumbly right wheel bearing which needs sorting as a priority - less urgent but will need attending to is at least one occasional front suspension clonk over bumps (I’m thinking drop links and anti roll bar bush kit should sort this) and also a similarly occasional clonk from the rear that I hope is just a loose exhaust - but is more likely to also be suspension bush related isn’t it?

This weekend a change of track rod ends and drop links looms for Audrey following the MOT man picking up on deteriorating rubber dust covers - I’ve found Merle HD links and Merle TREs for £52 delivered, or roughly one quarter the total quote from my local garage to do the work, who are good (and know to jack A2s in the right place!) but pricey.
 
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Don't forget to have both front wheels removed and off the ground at the same time before attempting to change the drop links David. I found out the hard way 😂
 

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I don't think Audrey has the Allen key drop links but not sure. On some of them you have to lock the thread in place with an Allen key in order to remove the nut and stop the thread from spinning.
 
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philward

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I don't think Audrey has the Allen key drop links but not sure. On some of them you have to lock the thread in place with an Allen key in order to remove the nut and stop the thread spinning.
I've had those, drop links that can't be held with an Allen key. Had to jack up the drop link and lock the ball joints in the ARB and what ever is at the other end; not been there for a while.
 

Fredaudi

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Today I installed new damping over the suspension strut domes (in the engine bay).
8Z0 863 815 B.
235mm x 150mm x 85mm.
€11,22 each from Audi.
 

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dj_efk

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Just got in from a horrendous drive in Akoya from Maidenhead (my parents’) to home near Honiton, with a detour to Frome to pick up an excellent pepper pot alloy bagged off eBay for £25 (I now have two out of the four I need to make up a winter set, and I have a third located on Facebook marketplace in Ottery St Mary reserved). Total of about 200 miles mostly in rain coming down so thick the wiper was completely outwitted.

I couldn’t go faster than 50mph on the A303 at first - the wiper just seemed to smear the water on the screen rather than clearing it, so I cursed myself for not fitting a new genuine Audi wiper blade (I have two in stock, eBay bargains).

Stopping at Merryhill services for a coffee to steel my nerves, I had the idea to buy some bug and tar remover from the shop while the car was under the canopy and have a go with it to see if I could at least improve the performance of the wiper a little by cleaning it. Well the amount of black filth this stuff pulled off the wiper was amazing, I must have sprayed it and wiped it down at least a dozen times and each time the cloth had a thick black line.

When I was finally sure I had done a thorough job I set off again and my word, what an improvement! The effect was almost like replacing the blade - I can thoroughly recommend trying this to others if your blade is doing the same thing.
 

AndyP

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With Rain-X I seldom ever use the wipers above 40mph - proved that this evening! I've also driven from Devon to Essesx in the sort of rain that feels like it would sink some ships and never once used the wipers.
 

dj_efk

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Interesting - when I tried rain-x years ago I thought it was useless. Guess I did not apply it correctly.

@johnyfartbox - it was a last-ditch get me home that happened to do the trick nicely, I’ll see how long the effect now lasts and simply replace the blade if not long.
 

Stan H

Member
With Rain-X I seldom ever use the wipers above 40mph - proved that this evening! I've also driven from Devon to Essesx in the sort of rain that feels like it would sink some ships and never once used the wipers.
Rain X is good and lasts around a month. On the front screen above 40 mph just beads off. Can be prone to fogging on cold mornings after 3/4 weeks.
 

kp 115

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Just got in from a horrendous drive in Akoya from Maidenhead (my parents’) to home near Honiton, with a detour to Frome to pick up an excellent pepper pot alloy bagged off eBay for £25 (I now have two out of the four I need to make up a winter set, and I have a third located on Facebook marketplace in Ottery St Mary reserved). Total of about 200 miles mostly in rain coming down so thick the wiper was completely outwitted.

I couldn’t go faster than 50mph on the A303 at first - the wiper just seemed to smear the water on the screen rather than clearing it, so I cursed myself for not fitting a new genuine Audi wiper blade (I have two in stock, eBay bargains).

Stopping at Merryhill services for a coffee to steel my nerves, I had the idea to buy some bug and tar remover from the shop while the car was under the canopy and have a go with it to see if I could at least improve the performance of the wiper a little by cleaning it. Well the amount of black filth this stuff pulled off the wiper was amazing, I must have sprayed it and wiped it down at least a dozen times and each time the cloth had a thick black line.

When I was finally sure I had done a thorough job I set off again and my word, what an improvement! The effect was almost like replacing the blade - I can thoroughly recommend trying this to others if your blade is doing the same thing.
Hi dj_efk,
I can highly recommend a company called Gtecniq
they make a product for glass which is fantastic hydroscobic properties & lasts for a long time.
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I’ve used these products for years & can highly recommend them as a company.

Ps: no affiliation just a very satisfied customer.
I do 800 + miles a week & wouldn’t be without it!
Hope that helps.
Keith.
 

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I cleaned the wiper blade a couple of days ago with vinegar and it worked a treat. Used RainX as well, (as it was on offer at Costco), and now have a lovely clear screen.👍😀
 

dj_efk

A2OC Donor
Hi dj_efk,
I can highly recommend a company called Gtecniq
they make a product for glass which is fantastic hydroscobic properties & lasts for a long time.
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I’ve used these products for years & can highly recommend them as a company.

Ps: no affiliation just a very satisfied customer.
I do 800 + miles a week & wouldn’t be without it!
Hope that helps.
Keith.
Interesting - at that mileage how long does it last?
 

AndyP

Member
Rain X is good and lasts around a month. On the front screen above 40 mph just beads off. Can be prone to fogging on cold mornings after 3/4 weeks.

Agreed, I reapply more frequently in the winter, obviously the less you use the wipers the slower it wears off. I also use it on the shower door.
 
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