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Audi SUVs (Q7 & Q5) and other V6 TDIs Discussions area for Audi Q7 and Q5 TDI (2009+ in Canada & the US) as well as others with the V6 TDI such as the A6, A7 and A8 sedans.

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Old April 17th, 2020, 07:20   #61
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Hey Pittdawg- I have! Iíve had it on for the last ~80 miles and love it. The shifts are much better: they are faster, the gears are no longer held at awkward RPMS (which happened after I deleted, straight piped, and tuned) and they donít jerk nearly as hard as before when going from a stop to driving; the car feels much better and overall more refined. When I put my car into dynamic mode, the difference is huge. The car shifts incredibly fast. Apparently the car is still ďlearningĒ during the first 100mi after the TCM tune is installed. One of the biggest reasons I got the TCM tune is because I plan on getting a bigger turbo along with an upgraded fuel pump in the future (Iíve already communicated with Darkside Developments regarding the specific pump upgrade) and wanted to make sure my transmission could hold the increased torque and hp. I believe the tune was worth the money and install was very simple. Install took about ~7min total which includes the 5min idle time after installing.
Thanks for the update. Please remind me which one you went with, the 240ps model?
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Old April 17th, 2020, 10:29   #62
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Thanks for the update. Please remind me which one you went with, the 240ps model?

Yup! The 240ps model.


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Old April 17th, 2020, 11:17   #63
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Yup! The 240ps model.


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Just purchased one. Needed something to break up the monotony of this Coronavirus lockdown!
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Old April 20th, 2020, 13:11   #64
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Oh nice! Just make sure you read the instructions and follow them for installation. Let me know what you think after you install the TCM tune and drive it ~100mi. Iím looking forward to hearing your review.


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Old April 22nd, 2020, 11:00   #65
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Oh nice! Just make sure you read the instructions and follow them for installation. Let me know what you think after you install the TCM tune and drive it ~100mi. Iím looking forward to hearing your review.


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Just had it delivered this morning and installed it right away. Went for about a 10 mile or so drive to go through the rev ranges in the different driving modes. Definitely seems to shift both faster and smoother. The biggest difference I noticed is the downshifting in Sport/Dynamic is now smooth whereas before it was super jerky and suffered from excessive engine braking. I now enjoy Sport/Dynamic mode much more.
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Old April 24th, 2020, 18:26   #66
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I couldnít agree more. The shifts in sport/dynamic mode are insane now.


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Old May 6th, 2020, 23:28   #67
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Default Question! Just straight piped my Q5Ė Turning into Deedsí Q5 TDI Ownership Log

Just sound deadened the rest of my trunk (pulled the battery) and the rear hatch. I had to change my tail light anyway because it was leaking water to the inside so I figured I might as well sound deaden the hatch while I had everything pulled apart. Unfortunately I had to buy an entire tail light since the whole unit is full of LEDs and a bulb canít just be pulled. BUT! - I scored a good deal on the tail light through a guy on offer up who had a wrecked Q5!!

Leaky taillight vs new one


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I also sound deadened my rear doors a while back but didnít take any pictures. The sound difference is definitely noticeable- very big difference. I plan to do the front doors sometime soon and will take pics!


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Old June 4th, 2020, 07:14   #68
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Hey Diesel,

Hows the tranny tune now? ( I assume your past the 100 mi breakin at this point ). Still loving the handling / drop?

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Old June 6th, 2020, 22:20   #69
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Hey Diesel,

Hows the tranny tune now? ( I assume your past the 100 mi breakin at this point ). Still loving the handling / drop?

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Hey Daemon,

I am yeah- I think Iíve put ~1000mi on with the the tranny tune and everything is rock solid still; no complaints. Are you thinking of making that leap soon?

Im loving the drop too- I just installed some new Continental Extreme Contact DSW06 tires on. Handles good for all seasons but I donít know enough about tires to pick out good all seasons that offer a quiet ride. If you know of any tires that are a great blend of handling and quiet ride, let me know!

Next thing to do for me is to change the center diff fluid; which I had a reputable German auto shop tell me heís never changed center diff fluid on any Q5, SQ5, A4, or any B8 model. He told me itís not needed unless Iím beating the living hell out of my car all the time or frequently doing track days. Have any thoughts on this?

Also- is the rear sway that and end links that you installed worth the purchase?


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Old June 7th, 2020, 08:40   #70
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Hey diesel,

I'm currently trying to figure out why my car makes a clicking sound when I turn the wheel over... mostly from a stop, slow speed or backing up. Power steering fluid is below minimum when cold so it might be that... hahaha.... well see. But if it is suspension related I am going full all in... vogtland springs, bilstein b8, full camber correcting 034 control arms, new rear tow links and etc...etc... so I can drop it AND get the alignment perfect.... which ofcourse will also refresh the suspension.

The tranny tune I might do in the next few weeks as well. Well see what the budget brings.... hahah

As far as tires we've run the continental DWS 06 tires on literally every car weve ever owned, 2015 kia forte, 2013 golf tdi, 2018 wrx, 2011 wrx.... they are not on my Q5 yet only because I want to get bigger rims and change the tire size to 255. So I love them and have never noticed their noise... hahahaa

On the center diff. I had my mechanic do it. It is a more expensive fluid because it has a special additive in it. I think with the amount of power and weight we have in these things it's just relatively cheap insurance... I might be a little overkill with it my mom used to be a cert mechanic so I do things a little more than most people.

I did the rear swaybar, endlinks, front subframe, and some inserts at the same time. But doing all that it made the cornering amazingly neutral and you can push the rear now just slightly if you want to. It completely transformed the handling of the car... it was amazing.
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Old July 23rd, 2020, 08:39   #71
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Alright so I have a few new experiences to add to the thread:
1. I raced my neighborís SQ5
My neighbor is a super intelligent gear-head who has helped me through anything Iíve ever needed on my Q5. He helped me do my suspension and answer any questions Iíve had. He also has a stock 2019 SQ5. Even though we know the SQ5 is faster, we wanted to see how my modded Q5 stacks up against his SQ5. So we took a quick trip to Mexico and ran a hard launch from 0-95mph a couple times and we were very surprised how well the Q5 TDI did. The Q5 TDI was neck and neck with the SQ5 from 0-55mph and after that the SQ5 began to pull and by the time we hit 95, the SQ5 had 2 car lengths on my TDI.

2. I did a round of autoX and have some small video snips of the experience (a 15sec one that Iíll add today).

So I did my first round of autoX last weekend in my Q5 and it was great! Iím new to the autoX scene but my neighbor has been doing it for years in 3 different cars that heís owned. He actually bought my wifeís 2007 A4 with S-Line suspension and stasis exhaust . After he bought the car, he had the engine pulled the next day and he replaced the clutch, sensors, spark plugs and coils, and added a 034 rear sway last week (which made a huge difference in handling). He took the A4 to autoX and we drove each otherís for a few rounds. Reason why I mention all of this is because my neighbor ran faster times in my Q5 TDI than he did with his A4 with S-Line suspension and a rear sway. Hereís a very short snip for now which is really only good for hearing a little of my exhaust:

https://youtu.be/ubED-k2SDWI


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Old July 24th, 2020, 07:25   #72
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Diesel,

Thats awesome man. Congrats, and the autox vid looks awesome. Sounds awesome too. Best I could get w/ tranny tune and such is 0-60 in 5.48s... Yours must be quicker being no alphabet soup and being me that's not enough hahaha!

I think I've decided that early to mid next year I am custom ordering one of the 2021 Q5 PHEV Prestige w/o the pano, normal is 0-60 in 5s, pano removes 200lbs so should get sub 5s, electric motor torque is instant, and the 2.0 makes peak torque @ 1350 rpm, so earlier than my TDI. Going w/ the sport package so adaptive air ride, and the such... pretty much I save around 25k in mods I'd so to mine, between that, and the resale value of mine I'll be up around 40k to invest in a new one. Plus I do tons of 5 - 6 mile trips so having PHEV is a win win for me, and I still get to tow w/ it. Sorry to disappoint, I like diesels, but the PHEV is just as efficient, and when i remove the extra weight it will have more grunt, and the same weight as my Q5 currently. If you look on fuelly you will see people getting 44 - 62 MPG with them because of using more electricity, I only average 27.2 w/ mine. And i have to believe with all the city driving I do have the PHEV part will reduce my carbon footprint significantly. http://www.fuelly.com/car/audi/q5/2020
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Old July 30th, 2020, 10:51   #73
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Daemon thatís awesome! I have been thinking of that option also. My work is 7.5mi away which means 5 days out of the week, my driving would be electric and weekend trips would be the only times Iíd be spending money on gas. Have you seen what ABT was able to accomplish with the Q5 PHEV? They tuned the Q5 PHEV car and were able to squeeze another 57hp and 36 lb/ft by tuning the 2L ICE. With that little extra power and the 200lb savings, Iíd imagine people will be able to hit 4.7-4.8 0-60. Hopefully APR and other tuning companies start to tune them and make the tunes publicly available! Not bad for a SUV that is fuel efficient!


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Old July 31st, 2020, 05:53   #74
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Diesel,

Yes I did see that sounds pretty awesome. I think the big differences for me also are the near instant torque / power, yet being efficient, and if i spec it with the air ride i can get as low as 6.75"( lower than you current or same height ) and as high as 9" at will. Also I wasn't too impressed with the 18 - 20 styling, but seriously look at the PHEV 2021 it looks awesome.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dxNtN_8ndE

The one in that video is the SLine+ package which is what is on the phev / w/ sport package. I agree on the mods but that would be down the line for me, can't mod a 70,000 car right out the gate... hahaha...
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