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  • Density Line Adjustable Rear Toe Links for Audi/Volkswagen Platforms

    034Motorsport Density Line Adjustable Rear Toe Links

    034Motorsport is pleased to announce the availability of Density Line Adjustable Rear Toe Links for MkV/MkVI/MkVII Volkswagen, 8J/8P, 8V/8S, and B8/B8.5 Audi models!

    034Motorsport's Density Line Adjustable Rear Toe Links facilitate simple and precise toe adjustments, making alignment changes for optimal track performance or even tire wear easier than ever. In addition, Density Line Adjustable Rear Toe Links feature Forged Steel Threaded Rod Ends with 90 Durometer Rubber Bushings to ensure longevity and minimize deflection under load - ensuring that proper suspension geometry is maintained during had cornering.

    Density Line Adjustable Rear Toe Links were thoroughly tested on the street and track on 034Motorsport's 8V Audi S3 and B8 Audi S4 Development Vehicles before release. These adjustable toe links are direct replacements for the stock parts, and designed to be fully serviceable and rebuildable.

    Compatible Vehicles:

    MkV/MkVI Volkswagen & 8J/8P Audi

    • 2006 - 2013 Audi A3 / S3 (8P)
    • 2006 - 2013 Audi TT / TTS / TT RS (8J)
    • 2006 - 2009 Volkswagen Golf / GTI / Rabbit / Golf R (MkV)
    • 2005 - 2010 Volkswagen Jetta / GLI (MkV)
    • 2010 - 2014 Volkswagen Golf / GTI / Golf R (MkVI)
    • 2011 - 2014 Volkswagen Jetta / GLI (MkVI)

    MkVII Volkswagen & 8V/8S Audi

    • 2015 - Present Audi A3 / S3 (8V - MQB)
    • 2016 - Present Audi TT / TTS (MkIII - MQB)
    • 2015 - Present Volkswagen Golf / GTI / R (MkVII - MQB)

    B8/B8.5 Audi

    • 2009 - 2016 Audi A4 (B8/B8.5)
    • 2010 - 2016 Audi S4 (B8/B8.5)
    • 2013 - 2016 Audi RS4 (B8/B8.5)
    • 2008 - 2016 Audi A5 (B8/B8.5)
    • 2008 - 2016 Audi S5 (B8/B8.5)
    • 2013 - 2016 Audi RS5 (B8/B8.5)
    • 2008 - 2016 Audi Q5 (B8/B8.5)
    • 2008 - 2016 Audi SQ5 (B8/B8.5)
    Density Line Adjustable Rear Toe Link Density Line High Durometer Rubber Rod End for Adjustable Rear Toe Link
  • Jaron's Glorious Gotland Green B9 Audi Allroad

    B9 Audi Allroad lowered on 034Motorsport Dynamic+ Springs

    Audi has a history of short changing us North American customers when it comes to high performance models and cutting-edge features on their newest cars. For one reason or another, we're typically left drooling over the cars our European counterparts own and drive. So what do you do when the exact car you want isn't available for sale in your country? For Jaron, he started with the best example of a 2017 Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI he could find stateside, and has been bringing it up to his tasteful, OEM+ standards since the day he brought it home in December, 2016. He had his sights on subtle, tasteful modifications in the spirit of upgraded lighting, technology, and convenience features based on Audi factory options available in the rest of the world. Of course, a bump in performance and aesthetics would be necessary as well.

    B9 Audi Allroad lowered on HRE Flowform FF01 Wheels

    Jaron's Allroad replaced his MkVII Volkswagen Golf R in favor of additional space (for people, cargo, corgis, etc), Audi's Virtual Cockpit, aggressive body lines, and the potential for added technology and safety features. He planned to retrofit a selection of factory Audi European convenience options and build his ideal B9 that wasn't attainable through Audi of North America. After picking through the OEM parts bin in the motherland and physically flying home with a handful of factory components, Jaron's first wave of upgrades included European taillights, rear headrests, and label-less sun visors.

    OEM+ B9 Audi Allroad Interior

    The subtlety and attention to detail Jaron gives his car inside and out is second to none. Walk around this Gotland Green Allroad for a few minutes, and I guarantee you'll still miss some of the changes he's made. For example, the warning label-less sun visors. A passerby would likely never think twice about the sun visors, but the level of care and detail combed through this car work to create a very complete and polished look throughout. This, among other small upgrades, is a simple nod to the true OEM+ mindset Jaron exemplifies when building cars to his taste.

    Lowered B9 Audi Allroad with Dynamic+ Lowering Springs

    Next up was improving the handling performance and driving characteristics of Audi's new road trip warrior. A B9 Transmission Mount Insert was installed, "eliminating a lot of drivetrain slop and providing more predictable power with tighter shifts" based on Jaron's experience afterward. In order to further tighten up the car, a 034Motorsport Billet Aluminum Front Strut Brace was then fitted and helped in "dialing in the steering with noticeably less flex."

    Stanced B9 Audi Allroad on HRE wheels

    Finally, a set of 034Motorsport Dynamic+ Lowering Springs were added to provide the perfect drop in ride height and offer OEM+ comfort levels for his daily commute and extended road trips. 20x9" HRE FlowForm FF01 wheels in Liquid Silver round out the aggressive stance and complement the body lines of the B9 chassis nicely. Michelin Pilot Super Sports in 255/35ZR20 fill out the wheel arches and give substantial confidence behind the wheel and work in unison with the rest of the 034Motorsport suspension and chassis upgrades.

    Liquid Silver HRE FlowForm FF01 Wheels on B9 Audi

    The most recent upgrade completed on Jaron's Allroad is the B9 Matrix LED headlight conversion, carrying the high-tech, angular theme forward to the front of the car. It's the world's first known fully-functioning Matrix LED conversion on the B9 chassis, and boy is it an impressive upgrade! "I'd stop at nothing to retrofit the Matrix headlights, and while silly to some, I absolutely love how they make the car look," Jaron recalls. Beyond the incredible looks of the Matrix LED headlights, watching them work their magic, and cut off light that would otherwise shine directly onto oncoming vehicles in real time is uncanny. With Audi's Matrix LED system, you get a fully illuminated road without blinding other drivers. Now this, is the future!

    Audi Matrix LED Conversion on B9 Audi Allroad

    In his four months of ownership with the Allroad, Jaron has been busy bringing his US-spec car up to European and RoW standards. He's improved upon every aspect of the car from interior, exterior, performance, and safety. Looking at his Gotland Green Metallic example however, the modifications have been so seamless that it's hard to imagine the car any other way. I believe this speaks to how detail-oriented Jaron is regarding his vision and goals for the Allroad. We at 034Motorsport are happy to have played a part in his comprehensive build and improved the handling performance and driving characteristics of this stunning B9 Allroad.

    Gotland Green Metallic Audi B9 Allroad

    Jaron has a few more plans for his car in the future including a flat-bottom steering wheel, stitched center console, and alcantara inserts for the doors. He's also keen to see what other performance pieces we have up our sleeve for the B9 chassis and ready to build upon his Allroad's capable performance.

    Look out for his Gotland Green Allroad at some of this year's events across the west coast, and see if you can pick out some of the OEM+ upgrades that make this particular B9 Allroad so special.

    Audi LED Door Lights on B9 Allroad

    Featured Products | Jaron's Gotland Green B9 Audi Allroad

    Lowered Audi B9 Allroad Stanced B9 Audi Allroad on HRE Wheels Audi Virtual Cockpit in B9 Audi Allroad
  • Top 7 Upgrades for Your 8V Audi S3

    034Motorsport Tuned Audi 8V S3

    Are you a current or prospective owner of Audi's highly-capable 8V S3 Quattro? Maybe you don't own an S3 specifically,  but a close sibling derived from the same MQB chassis. Perhaps, you answered "No" to the above questions but still love these cars anyway, and are curious how to squeeze all of the performance possible from it!

    It can be difficult to know where to start modifying when there are so many enticing parts for this car in the aftermarket world. We're here to help break down the various aspects of tuning an 8V Audi S3, and provide a little insight on what we think makes some of the best upgrades for Audi's modern small-chassis rocket ship. We've categorized the type of mods into distinct areas including drivetrain, suspension, intake, and forced induction.

    Drivetrain Upgrades

    As it goes when building a car to suit most peoples needs, manufacturers typically err on the side of comfort by installing rubber mounts with voids at any location where suspension or drivetrain components mate to the chassis. This provides a quiet, supple ride down the road, but also creates a more removed driving feel and uncertainty when pushed to the limit. 034Motorsport has inserted themselves (get it?) as one of the premier producers of drivetrain inserts, which effectively reduce drivetrain movement and limit bushing flex without introducing additional noise, vibration, or harshness (NVH) into the cabin. This means the driver experiences a tighter feeling chassis and predictability at the limit without sacrificing ride quality on the street.

    1 | 8V Audi S3 Billet Aluminum Dogbone Mount Insert 

    The "best bang for your buck" drivetrain insert is by far the 034Motorsport Billet Aluminum Dogbone Mount Insert. The dogbone mount, or torque arm, connects the motor and transmission to the front subframe and exists to limit the amount of "twist" from the motor under acceleration and deceleration. The factory bushing allows for significant flex in the rubber however, so we developed an insert to limit the movement.

    034motorsport MQB billet aluminum dogbone insert

    After months of CAD prototyping, real world testing, and revisions, we settled on the optimal thickness and profile for the billet aluminum insert to eliminate slop without increasing any NVH into the cabin. While driving with a 034Motorsport Dogbone Mount Insert, you will experience crisper shifting and less "clunkiness" during on-off throttle transitions.

    2 | 8V Audi S3 Density Line Motor Mount Pair

    Once you've begun to lock down your drivetrain with the Dogbone Mount Insert, the addiction to further limit drivetrain movement and develop a more "connected" feeling to the road will likely overcome you. Don't fret however, when that feeling hits, 034Motorsport is here to help.

    The next step in eliminating unwanted drivetrain movement is the 034Motorsport Density Line Motor Mount Pair for the 8V Audi S3. Engineered with performance in mind, this MQB Density Line motor mount pair is manufactured from void-free and fluid-free 50 durometer (engine) and 60 durometer (transmission) rubber. The higher durometer rubber is roughly 25% stiffer than the factory counterparts, and solid-filled construction results in significantly less drivetrain movement without being too harsh on the road. With Density Line motor mounts, you will experience crisper shifting, reduced wheel hop, and a more connected driving experience due to decreased engine movement under load.

    Density Line vs Stock MQB Motor Mount Comparison

    Why rubber instead of polyurethane? Rubber is an inherently better damping medium for mounts and bushings, hence why OE manufacturers such as Audi and Volkswagen use it extensively on their cars. Higher durometer rubber accomplishes the same goal of limiting movement similar to polyurethane, however it is better able to deal with stress under both tension and compression compared to poly. While polyurethane can pack out and wear during use, rubber is more consistent and durable over time, lasting longer for a more reliable component.

    Suspension

    034Motorsport R460 8V Audi S3 On Track

    The 8V S3 is a nimble and capable chassis out of the box due to its compact size and all-wheel drive Quattro (dare we say Haldex?) drivetrain. In a typical AWD, front-engine layout however, these cars like to push the front end and understeer at the limit. There are a couple different options when looking to gain a more neutrally balanced car, through different spring rates, different sway bar rates, or a combination of both.

    Audi spends significant amounts of money in research and development on their vehicles to create a well performing chassis, and slapping the biggest bar you can find underneath your car can upset the handling characteristics in a negative way. Alternatively, 034Motorsport took various spring rates into account based on available suspension options when developing their own upgraded sway bar, and calculated an optimal sway bar diameter after months of testing different configurations.

    3 | 8V Audi S3 Adjustable Solid Rear Sway Bar

    034Motorsport spent considerable time on the street and track with the in-house S3 development vehicle to learn the handling characteristics in all different types of scenarios. Altering chassis dynamics is not taken lightly, and 034Motorsport makes sure that any suspension product sold is a true upgrade over the factory unit. In order to reduce understeer, a larger rear sway bar is required to effectively pivot the car better through corners. Biggest is not always best however!

    034Motorsport R460 Turbo 8V Audi S3

    The 034Motorsport Adjustable Solid Rear Sway Bar was thoroughly tested on the street and track with our S3 development vehicle to find the right balance between improved turn-in and reduced body roll while maintaining comfort on the street. Our bar is made from a single piece of high-quality 22.2mm spring steel for ultimate rigidity. The 034Motorsport Solid Adjustable Rear Sway Bar offers a 37% rate increase over the factory S3 hollow rear sway bar in its soft setting, and a 52% rate increase in the stiff setting.

    The result is a car that corners flatter, turns in tighter, and feels more agile and responsive through the corners with a hint of oversteer when desired. Canyon carving and track day sessions have never been so fun until you've installed one of these!

    4 | 8V Audi S3 Dynamic+ Lowering Springs

    The same concept applies to developing lowering springs as it does to sway bars, and that's the notion that every product we sell must be a true upgrade over the factory component. When we stepped into the lowering spring market, we wanted 034Motorsport Dynamic+ Lowering Springs to be different from the rest. We wanted to eliminate the reverse rake typically seen from other spring manufacturers, and we wanted a functional drop that provided an aggressive stance without going stupid amounts of low. Most importantly however, we wanted to improve handling without creating a significantly harsher ride compared to the OEM configuration.

    Lowered 8V Audi S3 2.0T Quattro

    After further engineering and testing on the street and track, we arrived at what we believe to be the ultimate specifications. An even 0.75" drop from factory ride height brings the car's center of gravity closer to the pavement, and accents any wheel choice (factory or aftermarket) quite nicely. The linear 310 lbs/in front and 400 lbs/in rear spring rates help to reduce body roll and combat understeer due to the higher rate in the rear compared to the front. Above all else, 034Motorsport Dynamic+ Lowering Springs were developed with Audi Magnetic Ride in mind and offer a truly OEM+ ride quality with increased precision and handling performance.

    5| 8V Audi S3 Spherical Rear Trailing Arm Kit

    With a more neutral handling chassis, it's time to further increase precision and consistency by eliminating bushing flex from the rear end. Factory rear trailing arm bushings are made from a soft durometer rubber to dampen sound and vibrations from the rear wheels, but allow for inconsistency and deflection when the vehicle's weight transfers in corners. The 034Motorsport Rear Trailing Arm Spherical Bearing Upgrade Kit is designed to replace the factory rubber bushings, and allow full suspension articulation without binding.

    034Motorsport Spherical Rear Trailing Arm Upgrade

    By eliminating the rubber bushings from the factory rear trailing arms, the unsettled and loose feeling from the rear is gone completely! The replacement Aurora spherical bearings eliminate any flex from the trailing arm and still allow the suspension to travel through it's full motion as it should. Instead, a planted, confidence-inspiring road feel takes over and provides precise and predictable handling on any road surface. With the bearings pre-installed in factory replacement arms, the 034Motorsport Spherical Rear Trailing Arm Upgrade is a simple, bolt-in installation with no bearing press needed here!

    Intake

    034Motorsport MQB X34 Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake System

    The turbocharged four-cylinder engines of this past decade have proven to be very responsive to aftermarket tuning, and Audi's latest generation of 2.0 liter engines is no different. The EA888 Gen 3 is potent from the factory, but we all know as enthusiasts that we can't leave things alone. For example, the factory airbox on the 8V S3 is decent, but the engineers at 034Motorsport knew they could do better.

    6 | 8V Audi S3 X34 Carbon Fiber MQB Cold Air Intake System

    Upon initial design, the idea was to create a one-piece intake that provides noticeable gains in horsepower and torque across the powerband over the factory air box. From there, the engineering department at 034Motorsport 3D scanned the factory intake and identified problematic areas to improve upon. They found that even with the stock turbocharger, intake airflow was limited and restrictive.

    Having scanned the factory engine bay, a one-piece design was created to eliminate jagged edges and unnecessary couplers within the intake tract. The result is a completely smooth intake tube to the turbo inlet, almost completely eliminating pressure drop in the intake system before the turbo inlet. A 4" inlet diameter cone filter ensures ALL of the air available is drawn into the intake and fed into the compressor side of the turbo.

    X34 MQB Cold Air Intake System Flow Animation

    The result of this smooth, one-piece design leads to some staggering power increases on an otherwise stock S3. With the 034Motorsport X34 Carbon Fiber MQB Cold Air Intake System installed on a stock 2016 Audi S3, peak gains of 24 WHP and 20 WTQ were realized on 034Motorsport's in-house Mustang AWD dynamometer! Cars with Stage 1 tunes and alternative engine modifications will notice even greater gains across the powerband.

    034Motorsport Carbon Fiber 8V Audi S3 Engine Bay

    To further set the 034Motorsport X34 Carbon Fiber MQB Cold Air Intake System apart from the rest, a carbon fiber weave was carefully chosen to match that used on Audi's RS vehicles. This gives a true OEM+ look to the engine bay with a one-piece carbon fiber intake system that will only attract positive attention.

    Power

    Circling back to the original notion the the S3 is already an impressive car in factory form, 034Motorsport intended to keep the lively and eager character of the 2.0 TFSI motor alive, and build from the solid foundation set by Audi. Rather than slap a big turbo on the car and introduce turbo lag for the sake of big hp numbers, 034Motorsport engineers opted for a more elegant, OEM+ solution with lightning fast spool and increased top-end power through the use of a LOBA hybrid turbocharger.

    7 | 8V Audi S3 R460 Hybrid Turbocharger System

    The R460 Hybrid Turbocharger System is a large piece of the winning combination that brought 034Motorsport victory in the 2016 European Car / Continental Tire 2.0T Tuner GP with their 8V S3. The LOBA LO462-EA888 turbocharger features a CNC-Machined billet compressor wheel to allow for higher flow, and a clipped turbine wheel to maintain quick and responsive factory spool characteristics. The backplate, compressor housing, and turbine housing have all been machined as well to eliminate any turbulence and provide optimal flow for the 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 motor.

    R460 Hybrid Turbocharger System for 8V Audi S3

    While the turbocharger is an impressive piece of machinery, the real magic comes from 034Motorsport's proprietary ECU tuning to make for the best driving experience possible. By optimizing the factory ECU's boost, fueling, and timing maps, 034Motorsport's R460 Hybrid Turbocharger System provides gains of 133 HP and 110 FT-LBS on 91 octane over the stock configuration, and a neck-breaking 143 HP / 124 FT-LBS gain with 104 octane. Depending on the octane of fuel used, peak boost ranges from 24-26 PSI and tapers to 22 PSI by the new 7,200 RPM redline for optimal turbocharger efficiency.

    034Motorsport R460 Hybrid Turbocharger System Dyno

    The R460 Hybrid Turbocharger System is a true bolt-on upgrade that offers staggering performance in any scenario. No internal engine modifications or additional fueling components needed here! Simply enjoy breathtaking power and OEM+ driving characteristics whether on the street or track. Improved throttle mapping from 034Motorsport's calibrator allows for precise inputs and better part-throttle modulation for sweeping corners and those tempting, perfectly-banked freeway off-ramps.

    R460 8V Audi S3 Tuned by 034Motorsport

    Performance upgrades are plentiful for the Audi 8V S3, and at the end of the day it's up to each owner how they wish to modify their own car. Whether looking to add power, improve handling, or simply look better, 034Motorsport has an extensive catalog of products specifically developed and curated for the 8V S3 enthusiast.

    See more on the 034Motorsport R460 8V Audi S3 develoment vehicle here, and check out our entire catalog of products for the 8V Audi S3 below.

    034Motorsport 8V Audi S3 Catalog

  • Introducing the SnorkelCharger™ Climate Change Intake System

    In this age of uncertainty, survival means being prepared for the unexpected.

    Are strange men in Russia reading your emails? What's lurking behind the door of the women's restroom at Target? Is Clean Coal actually cleansed with Holy Water?

    Most importantly, is Climate Change an elaborate hoax by Polar Bears? If not, is it really caused by humans?

    We're here to tell you that we have absolutely no clue. But we're prepared.

    Meet the SnorkelCharger™ Climate Change Intake System by 034Motorsport.

     

     

    WHY THE SNORKELCHARGER™?

    Let's face it - strange things may or may not be happening. Sea levels might be rising. Some parts of the country might be flooding. Other parts of the country might be turning into dusty, desolate wastelands.

    With 034Motorsport's SnorkelCharger™, you can safely navigate Earth with no regard for the perils of Climate Change.

    Engineered to allow your Audi A4/Allroad to operate in flooded cities and arid deserts, the SnorkelCharger™ combines the latest in ClimateProof™ Technology with innovative Performance Features from 034Motorsport.

    Want to know more? Learn about the the SnorkelCharger™'s unique features below to see if it's right for you.

    CLIMATEPROOF™ TECHNOLOGY & PERFORMANCE FEATURES

    Elevated Ram-Air Inlet - The SnorkelCharger™ features an Elevated Ram-Air Inlet design, allowing your vehicle to drive through standing water up to its roofline without the engine ingesting water, while also directing cool, pressurized air to the air filter - like boost before you even put it through the turbo!

    Reverse Oxygen Ionization Pass-Through - The SnorkelCharger™ draws in air from a higher elevation than the factory airbox, which is less dense than sea level (or maybe below sea-level now - thanks, Climate Change!) air. To compensate for this, the SnorkelCharger™ uses a revolutionary Reverse Oxygen Ionization Pass-Through to deliver doubly ionized oxygen to your turbocharger inlet, resulting in increased horsepower and torque.

    Wave-Particle Duality Filtration - To be compatible with both flooded city streets and dusty, arid wastelands, the SnorkelCharger™ incorporates some real next-level physics stuff. We're talking truly mind-blowing physics that you probably haven't even come across on Reddit. Wave-Particle Duality Filtration is unique to the SnorkelCharger™, and ensures that your engine is only breathing in pure, unadulterated oxygen waves and particles. No dust waves or water particles can make their way through!

    Vantablack Stealth Finish - Perhaps the most important feature of the SnorkelCharger™ is its ability to blend in when it matters most. The SnorkelCharger™'s proprietary Vantablack Stealth Finish makes your vehicle invisible to angry gods who may be planning to exact revenge on you based on your vote in the recent presidential election, all under the guise of Climate Change.

    SNORKELCHARGER™ APPLICATION GUIDE

    Fitment:
    • 2017 - Present Audi A4 (B9)
    • 2017 - Present Audi Allroad (B9)
    • 2018 - Present Audi S4 (B9)
    Tools Required for Installation:
    • Power Drill
    • 3" Hole Saw
    • Average-Sized Hands

    FAQS:

    Is this product real?

    Yes, it's as real as those tiny little hands of yours that you used to type this stupid question.

    Will the SnorkelCharger™ fit my Focus ST?

    No. You will probably die.

    Why is shipping so expensive?

    The cost of shipping for the SnorkelCharger™ includes a second SnorkelCharger™ to be mounted on the delivery vehicle. Shipping you a product to save you from Climate Change in a vehicle not prepared for the perils of Climate Change would be dumb.

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