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Old 14th January 2020, 10:32 AM
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Default 600 GBP!!? That sounds outrageous 0_O esp. converted to AUD!

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That's a good price for the INA kit. The parts when ordered separately are (as many will know) in the order of 600.
Am I missing something here? Why are these kits from FCP Euro seemingly so cheap? I would appreciate any schooling or comments here.

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/aud...ro-audia8tbkit
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Old 14th January 2020, 02:27 PM
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Am I missing something here? Why are these kits from FCP Euro seemingly so cheap? I would appreciate any schooling or comments here.

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/aud...ro-audia8tbkit
I have no idea how they can be that cheap and still have quality components such as INA included. Contitech do kits over here for similar price to FCP Euro but the components are not INA made/branded. When I had my timing belt done in 2015 i didnt know about the Schaeffler kits - i wish i had done. I wanted OEM replacements for the dodgy lot fitted. Ive just checked my invoice and the timing belt parts actually came to 469 (the other costs were waterpump/thermostat/seals etc). But that still a hefty difference. Wish I had also known that the kits were so cheap in Oz - I have been visiting Oz (perth) every year for the last 6yrs and could have run an import business on the side....
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Genuine parts are 600-800 ish I think? I only asked TPS once for the D2, laughed, and bought INA instead, who make the original parts for Audi anyway. I had a belt kit for my A6 come from TPS in an INA box with an Audi label stuck on it They hadn't even bothered to put the Audi rings or part numbers on the contents of the box either. I've seen Dayco, Gates and Contitech come from TPS too.

I've never priced the INA parts individually, but the kit for the 40V has always been sub-300. If you shop around and wait for it you can sometimes find it for under 200 so I think FCP's price for the 32V kit is entirely reasonable.
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Bearings came for the alternator. I forgot to show the front one, but they just press on to the rotor shaft, then the front one presses in to the front casing.





The front bearing is retained by a plate behind it, attached with these four screws



The rear bearing sits in this plastic bushing



Two halves back together - four more screws hold it together



Regulator goes back on



Rear casing



Pulley on and its done



The engine bay was a bit of a mess from splashing around Devon lanes



Much nicer



Filthy manifold too



Finished for today. Front end back on tomorrow.

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Old 15th January 2020, 03:24 AM
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....Wish I had also known that the kits were so cheap in Oz - I have been visiting Oz (perth) every year for the last 6yrs and could have run an import business on the side....
I don't want to be misleading about the price. I would still have to pay shipping to Australia on that price, which can be pricey, but still way cheaper than I could buy the equivalent parts for locally! And forget about asking Audi Australia for a part. If I ever want a good laugh I just go in to Audi and ask them for a price on such and such a part. Eye watering! I remember when I got my first C4 in 2008, I went in and priced a CV joint - $880 AUD! The Chinese ones were $45 AUD on ebay at the time (which I would never use), but equivalent OEM parts from USA were a fifth of the price quoted by Audi - including shipping.

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Genuine parts are 600-800 ish I think?

.....If you shop around and wait for it you can sometimes find it for under 200 so I think FCP's price for the 32V kit is entirely reasonable.
The big US parts places seem to have great prices from my experience....even after paying the shipping to Australia. I have used AutohausAZ and FCP Euro FCP Groton in the past and been very happy.
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The engine bay was a bit of a mess from splashing around Devon lanes



Much nicer



Filthy manifold too


Nice cleaning MJ.

May I ask how you go about cleaning in the engine bay, or have you got any posts on here about your methods that I could look up?


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Usually I'll wash down oily bits with naptha-based brake cleaner first to degrease, but this one didn't need that because its not leaking anything

I then use Gtechniq W5 Citrus All Purpose Cleaner (one of my favourite products) and a soft wheel brush to work it in to the dirt, and a toothbrush for the small details. Rinse with water from a spray bottle and re-apply W5 where needed. Final rinse then dry with a microfibre & air line.

Once its dry I spray the paintwork with GTechniq Quick Detailer and buff off with a microfibre. This is an FL1 so has clearcoat under the bonnet, as does the PF. An FL2 (2001/2002) doesn't have clearcoat so I'd do the paintwork with a sealant rather than QD to try and keep it cleaner for longer.

Hoses are cleaned and treated with Autoglym Instant Tyre Dressing on a microfibre (silicone based so I don't spray that near paintwork). Plastics cleaned with the same, and then coated with AMDetails Multipurpose Dressing. The Autoglym tyre dressing works surprisingly well on plastics, but the AMDetails one lasts better.

That corner took about 45 minutes. The other side is a lot easier since there is less stuff in the way.
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Nice cleaning MJ.

May I ask how you go about cleaning in the engine bay, or have you got any posts on here about your methods that I could look up?


Thanks
Take a look at MJ's series of "What's in the workshop this week?" threads on this forum, hours of fascinating reading about D2 overhauls, engineering feats, and engine bay cleaning demonstrations, truly amazing work
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I use FCPEuro all the time. Their pricing and freight is difficult to beat.
Don't forget Paul that we have to pay the 10% GST on all imports now too
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