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I can now say that I have technically taken the Expedition Allroad off road! The actual trail is absolutely nothing to brag about, but hey, it's offroad so I'm counting it. It's just a nothing fire road just outside of town. I was picking up some parts for my beater DD (a Volvo V40) and this trail was near the guys house out behind the town of Ramona, so I figured I'd go a little ways up the trail and take some poser shots lol. I'm still not going to actually do anything offroad with this until I get the tire rub, skid plate, and bump stop situation sorted out.

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Poser shots accomplished. I will eventually be putting it through its paces, but it just isn't ready for that yet.
 

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How do you like your v40?

I'm looking for a compact AWD DD.
the short list is an x drive 3 series or a haldex equipped volvo.
My wife has an XC70, so I've already got VIDA and am familiar. My brother has a 535XI wagon, so he's all into BMW right now.
 

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How do you like your v40?

I'm looking for a compact AWD DD.
the short list is an x drive 3 series or a haldex equipped volvo.
My wife has an XC70, so I've already got VIDA and am familiar. My brother has a 535XI wagon, so he's all into BMW right now.
Mines a year 2000, so probably not what you're looking at, as that generation was FWD only. Picked it up for $400 because it didn't pass smog, and I was putting too many miles on my 300ZX daily-ing it. Weirdly enough, I actually bought it the same weekend I bought the Audi.

The newer ones are pretty damn nice though, and if you get the T5, they're surprisingly fun to drive as well. Volvo interiors in recent years have been seriously excellent.
 

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yeah, I think I'm sold on a v50 T5M AWD.

yeah, unicorn, but I got time.
especially after my brother's lamentations about changing the waterpupm on his 535. At least I haven't gotten the impression that Volvo engineers hate me yet.
 

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The V50s are probably their best looking car of the past few years. Nice!

yeah, I think I'm sold on a v50 T5M AWD.

yeah, unicorn, but I got time.
especially after my brother's lamentations about changing the waterpupm on his 535. At least I haven't gotten the impression that Volvo engineers hate me yet.
 

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Replaced the turn signal stalk this weekend. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but it was still a bit of a pain. Audi packaging is nothing if not tight and complicated, so getting the panels for the column apart and then back together correctly was the worst part of the whole job. Oh, and the fact that they use a different type of electrical connector with different ways to unclip them for every freaking connection. Oh well, it's done.

Airbag out:



The one triple square bolt holding on the steering wheel (annoying):


If anyone ever tackles something similar to this on this generation Audi/VW (maybe others, I don't know), make sure to tape the clockspring in place! Otherwise you will run into all kinds of headaches with the steering angle sensor and it will throw off the ESP and ABS system until you recalibrate it in VAGCOM. Fixable for sure, but an unnecessary headache:



New hotness VS old and busted:


Luckily the new turn stalk worked perfectly, but the new hazard light switch/relay they sent me did not work. It would just stay locked on or off and wouldn't flash. Luckily my old one actually still worked fine, so I just put that back in. I bought both just to be safe, so the new one will be going back so I can get my $20 back. Cheap as hell, I guess you get what you pay for.

Next I tried to install the skidplate, but ran into some issues. I bought the plate used off of a guy on another forum, and he had told me that it was actually the skidplate for the A6, and not the Allroad. That meant the front mounting locations were a bit different, and they actually tie into the plastic tray that held in the splash guard in the front, but those mounting points were completely torn out by the previous owner offroading, so I'll have to drill some new holes in the skidplate to mount it to the bottom of the front carrier instead -- which is where the actual Allroad version of the skidplate bolts in, so it will be more sturdy this way. That will be a lot of measuring and some drilling that will have to wait until next weekend.

This skidplate is plenty beefy, though. It will definitely be able to take some hits once it's installed. I'll have to take some better shots of it later to show the thickness.


Up on ramps trying to install it next to my buddy's 1944 Desoto Firedome Coupe that he's restoring. It's fucking gigantic! It has to be close to 20ft long, and it's a coupe.



Other than that I was just trying to take care of a slow oil leak I have from the rear oil distribution block to the turbo feed lines. One side is weeping a bit of oil, and it's bugging the **** out of me. I might have to remove it and try a different crush washer, because I think it's still leaking after torquing it down some more. Also the rear bags are starting to sag overnight, so it's time to order up a new set. I knew these were on their last legs when I bought it, so I was going to have to replace them eventually anyway.
 

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In my quest to get rid of my tire rub, I have two choices:

A. Go with bigger spacers (currently at ~25mm spacers)
B. Get wheels with an appropriate backspacing

I don't like the idea of throwing even bigger spacers on there, so wheels are a better bet (also more expensive of course. The issue there is that there are almost no appropriate wheel options for this application in the Audi 5x112 bolt pattern. Luckily, there is a solution there, which I thought was sketchy as hell at first but after reading and talking to people running them, seem to be legit: Wobble bolts.

https://www.ecstuning.com/News/Wobble_Bolts_14x15x27/

These will allow me to run 5x114.3 wheels, which is equal to the Jeep TJ, YJ, XJ, etc 5x4.5" bolt pattern, which opens my selection up quite a bit.

My top choice is definitely the Method NVs in 16x8 with a 0mm offset:

But then there are the Fuel Vector wheels in 16x8 with a +1mm offset, which are pretty much a knock off of the NVs:

The Fuel's obviously are not as high quality, but damn they are cheap. I will be needing 5 (full size spare), and the Fuel's are 2/3rds the price:

I'm also torn on whether to go with the machined face/silver ones or the all black. Decisions, decisions!

A few random pics:

Also tightened up the loose light mounts, they were turning all over the place, haha
 

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The methods or the fuels would look pretty pimp on the Allroad. Definitely give it the unique off-road look.
Cheap wheels on a heavy truck or other 4x4? maybe not such a good idea. Cheap wheels on your comparatively light Audi? probably be just fine.
I came to the decision that I might as well do it right the first time around and just get the Methods, although that may not happen very soon at this rate. Way too much going on and too much to pay for right now!

It's been slow going for the build for the past few weeks. Replaced some misc interior panels and switches, still have plenty more in boxes to install. Unfortunately I'm still not going to have much time to install anything as there is still just way too much shit going in in the next few weeks. Frustrating, but it happens.

One thing I did do this weekend is get a software tune and get the SAI delete finalized in the software to get rid of this check engine light so I can smog it finally! So I'll be doing that this week.

The Allroad definitely pulls stronger, but it wasn't as huge a difference as I had thought it would be -- probably due in no small part to the big tires messing with the final drive ratio and all that rotational mass they've added. Either way, the stage 1 tune was more of a bonus, because I really just needed it to clear the check engine light. This really isn't a "drive fast" sort of car, that's what I have my Z for.

That's all I've got for now.

 

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double check. I know they're available in a 16x7
just maybe not at tire rack
Terra - OZ Racing
That's what's frustrating, is according to their site, the 16" is only available in 5x100:


The universe is conspiring against me on these!
 

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A lot of family stuff going on right now, so I haven't been able to really do much lately. Mostly just driving it, and I'm trying to find a cheap set of 4 matching stock sized tires to throw on the stock wheels to run just when I'm driving around town. The more I drive it, the more I'm feeling the power bump from the tune. This thing pulls pretty hard now, and definitely gets off the line quicker than my NA 300ZX.

One thing I did do though, is finally put in the replacement seat I bought.

Out with the old:


I think this is how Shaq drives his cars:


And somehow I forgot to take a picture of the new, non-ripped one. Just picture that seat, but nicer and no rips. /shrug
 

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Roof rack time!


It's not the greatest cargo basket of all time, but it was dirt cheap (got a killer deal on it). From reading online it just needs some TLC in preventing rust, and the fit and finish is a little iffy, but I can tell already that it is plenty solid for what I'll need it for. If I hadn't gotten such a ridiculous price on this, I definitely would have gone with a Yakima LoadWarrior instead. If I had paid full retail for this, I would have sent it back for something else. But for what I paid, I can't complain one bit.

Got the extension with the rack, so it came in three sections:


This is the updated version, so it came with these rubber sleeves for where the bars connect together, but there were some issues with fitment that made it just about impossible to put together with them on. I ended up draping a rag over the bar in a few places and whacking it into shape with a dead blow just to get the extension to fit in with the rest of the rack. Like I said, if I had paid retail on this, I wouldn't have even bothered and would have sent it back immediately. Oh well, I eventually got it together without a scratch on it, and skipped the rubber sleeves since they even covered the holes for the screws anyway.

You can see here how poorly everything lines up:






The screws were all self tapping, and since half of them didn't line up correctly, I'm sure the screws took out plenty of the powder coat on the edges going in, not to mention that it was a pain in the ass to even get them to thread. I'll be taking them out tomorrow and sealing everything up tightly with RTV just to be safe -- not that rust is a huge worry here in SoCal anyway, but I'd rather just do it right.
 
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