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Title: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on January 25, 2011, 07:25:37 pm
Hi everyone.

In the summer of 2007 I decided to change my Renault Megane and get a Golf. I liked the GTI ED30 (and still like it) very much and I wanted something that resembles that car. The GT Sport was suppose to have the exact same front and rear valances and should have been close (look wise) with the Ed30.
Of course, when the car came, it was with the standard, black, front and rear valances.
The engine was a complicated choice, but, because I wanted a cheap, reliable, cheap to maintain petrol engine, I got the 1.4 TFSI 122 bhp engine.
The color is Sunset Red and it is quite rare. It was only available for some countries and only from Model Year 2008 on. I am really, really proud of the color, I like it very much.

After I bought the car priorities changed and I began modifying the car. Many people ask me why I do not sell the car and get a GTI (especially because I like to track) but I became very attached to this car and I would like to keep it.
I will describe the mods in separate posts to give every modification the attention it deserves :smiley:
So, here are the pictures of the car as I got it (new) and, then, the car with the new RLine rear valance.

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Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: big al on January 25, 2011, 09:25:43 pm
Very nice, cool to see something done differently,
And a very nice colour too. Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 26, 2011, 07:30:31 am
Thanks!

So, let me continue the story. After changing the first things I started to get the taste of it. And I didn't stop changing yet. I want to make my car the best it can be, style and performance wise. So, here are my next modifications:
- BBS VZ 032 8x17 rims with GoodYear Eagle F1 Asymmetric tires. I am really proud of these. I consider myself lucky because I love the way they look and I also got them when they were on sale so I got a good price. The tires are also great for my needs.
- Painting the brake calipers. These were light gray form the factory and I really like the red GTI look. I had the same caliper as the GTI, but with smaller disks, 288 x 25
- Painted the front valance. As I said in the post above, the car should have come with a GTI ED30 / RLine front valance. It did not. So, as a temporary solution I painted it red for the time being
- RLine bumper vents. These are better in terms of look and also for performance. Now I have more air inside the engine bay for the Cold Air Intake.
- REVO software. I met with the REVO dealer in Romania and he convinced me to have a REVO remap, great choice, if you ask me.

After these modifications (minor modifications) I had my first trip to Nurburgring and I LOVED IT. It is truly awesome, every petrol head should go there at least once. On this trip we only stayed there for 2 days and made a total of 5 laps. 4 laps were in my car and one lap was in a rented GTI DSG. As you would expect, the time was not so good. I managed 10.17 in the forth lap with my car and 9.37 on the only lap with the GTI.
This experience started my obsession with track day and I would like to visit as many as possible. Unfortunately in Romania we have NO tracks, the nearest one is in Budapest and this is opened only 3 times a year. But, I try to do my best and track as much as I can.

P.S. I will show only a limited amount of pictures since I do not want to bore you with pictures.

P.S.2. Time on the Ring is not important. I only told you the time to have an impression of how I went. I think safety comes first I and don't take to much chances on the track. This does not mean I take no chances, but I think it is better to take it one step at a time :).

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Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 26, 2011, 09:45:27 pm
And the story goes on...

I couldn't stop and so I continued to modify here and there:

- small shark fin antenna. I can not stand the normal antenna and so I had it replaced.
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- Revo Select Plus. I wanted to be able to change back to stock and have different software for different fuel. Unfortunately RSP does not have the same functionality for my engine as it does for 2.0 TFSI
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- Janus V2. This is the camera I am using to video tape myself when I'm on a track day (and not only). It is a really nice camera and it shots both inside and outside (you will see some videos later)
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- cruise control. I have about 1000 miles to get to Nurburgring and I really needed this.
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- GTI steering wheel. After I drove a GTI on the Ring I feel in love with this steering wheel and I had to have one of my own. But I still have the GT badge since my car is not a GTI
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- Bilstein B16 (PSS10).
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- K&N 57s-9500 Cold air intake
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- GTI front and rear brakes with DS2500 brake pads.
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After all of these were done I had my second trip to Nurburgring. This time I completed 14 laps (the total number of laps reached 19). This was a trip where I video taped all my laps (but one) using my new camera. I will show you some of the videos next episode. Now, only pictures:

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Sorry for the long post  :innocent:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: TrickGTI on January 26, 2011, 10:06:25 pm
Looking good and good choice on the mods so far  :happy2: looking forward to the videos  :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: TopOfTheFlop on January 26, 2011, 10:09:28 pm
Yea very good post indeed Rex!

A good read buddy - keep it up!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 27, 2011, 11:18:55 am
Thank you, guys.

As I said I will show you some Nurburgring videos. Some of you know that filming is prohibited on tourist rides. As I found out this rule was made after a lot of people were filming their accidents and these were bad publicity for the Ring.
This is the general rule but I found out that few people respect this rule. Even TopGear had a trip to Nurburgring and had footage form these tourist rides.

I would like to show you this video just to show you the thrills you get over there (even if you have a slow car and a not so good driver)…
Because of those thrills I recommend this track. This track should be a must for every car lover.

Here are some thoughts about this video:
1. It was my 8th ever lap on the Ring. The time was a modest 9.57. The time itself is irrelevant since the “fun” part is all that matters.
2. I have made many mistakes and I am aware of them (or most of them). Please don’t be too critical. I might show some other films were I made much fewer mistakes.
3. The passenger had 1 or 2 laps of the Ring, so it is not his first ride here (although you might think this). He drives a MTM Beatle.
4. Sorry for the sound. It is not my fault, the editing software (Corel Video Studio…) is messing the sound. I have my footage with great sound, but when editing it, the sound got messed up.
5. Sorry for the gym gloves. The track store was closed and I could not buy proper driving gloves (I only bought them the next day). And gloves are a must for me because I have a problem with loosing the grip on the steering wheel.

Enjoy

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: keano on January 27, 2011, 03:54:07 pm
Just watched the video. Looks great!

Your friend's face is priceless!  :grin:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: TimR on January 27, 2011, 05:49:59 pm
beautiful car man!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: cmdrfire on January 27, 2011, 11:54:42 pm
Very good looking car and in a beautiful colour  :happy2:

I think the OEM LED tail lights would look superb on that colour.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 28, 2011, 07:17:53 am
Thank you guys for you comments!

About the tali lights... I am not so sure  :confused:. I borrowed the LED tail light from a friend and I actually thought that the Stock tail lights look better (you have the images attached). The LED tail light really work well on other colors (like white, black, grey, etc) but I am not so sure it looks any better on mine.

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I also tried with RLine (ED30, R, RLine) tail lights and these seem work better for me. The tail light that you see here are not OEM RLine tail light, but they look a lot like those. These are painted stock tail light. This mod only costs about 5-10 GBP. Since I think I will redirect my money towards performance upgrades I will either go this way or leave them as stock.

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What do you think?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: York_GTI on January 28, 2011, 01:30:26 pm
The tinted light in your pictures looks fantastic - way better than the OEM LED units :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: cmdrfire on January 28, 2011, 02:31:11 pm
I agree with you, the tinted lights do actually look better on yours than the LEDs do.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on January 28, 2011, 04:16:49 pm
Nice GT, nice color combination !!

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Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 28, 2011, 04:36:48 pm
Thanks guys!

Here are 2 of my best laps at Nurburgring:

Lap 17 (from a total of 19 laps so far on the Nurgburgring) is my fastest yet around the Ring. BTG is ~9.24. Still the lines or the speed are far from perfect but you can sure see the improvement.
Please excuse the sound. I was using the same editor as last time and the editor is sh***.
Enjoy!



Lap 18 should have been my fastest but I was held by some traffic. But I do not feel bad, I am glad I got back in one piece  :driver: (and the car also) and I am glad because I had a great time. And that is all that matters.
Please excuse the sound. I was using the same editor as last time and the editor is sh***.
Enjoy!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on January 28, 2011, 11:33:38 pm
Not bad !!  :happy2:

You ran the V70 on the ring?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 29, 2011, 09:04:41 am
Nope. I didn't feel the need for more traction on the Ring. I felt the need for better tire pressure there :). Since I am not pushing very hard on the Nurburgring, for security issues, the tires did not feel like the weakest point. The driver felt like the weakest link :chicken:.
Only at Hungaroring I got to see the limits of my tires. After my first trip there I bought the v70. And with my second visit to Hungaroring I got to test them.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 29, 2011, 01:37:05 pm
I could really speak many hours of Nring but I do not want to bore you  :smiley: .I have some other videos of Nring laps and, if you want so see them, look on youtube where the previous videos were. If you can't find them or have any questions about them, please ask.

And to continue my story... After Nring I found out some of my cars faults and I wanted to fix them. First, I was really pissed because the tires would rub against the wheel arches (you can hear this in the videos, especially on the Karusell, even if I was going really slow around here because of the rubbing, approximately 40MPH) . Since my rims were 8x17 ET50 and 225/45 tires I came to the conclusion that the body roll was to big. So I got a set of H&R Anti Roll Bars. The usual kits are 26mm front/ 22mm rear or 28mm front/ 24mm rear. None of these were adequate for me because I did not intend to increase the understeer. So, I got a 26mm bar in the front and 24mm bar for the rear. This is truly a great upgrade, I recommend it to anyone. Now the roll is significantly reduced and the car has more grip in the bends. I did not get any rubbing since, but I have to go to Nring so see if the problem is fixed.

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After that I did a dyno. I got ~270 NM and 158 bhp. The most impressive thing for me is that I got more than 150 bhp from 4000 RPM. The dyno runs were made in 4th and 5th gears.

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With these new bars on I had my first trip to Hungaroring. This is the F1 track from Hungary which is open 3 times a year for tourists.
This is a track were mistakes are not cost full, were you can make a lot of mistakes and get away with it (unlike Nurburgring). On this track it is really easy to get your car to the limit and beyond. At Nurburgring the driver is the most important, at Hungaroring the car is the most important. Hungaroring is a great place to learn to drive.
Here are some photos from that trip.

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Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 30, 2011, 09:28:10 pm
And to continue with the Hungaroring experience... Below are some videos taken from that track day. The first 2 videos are with my worst driving yet :(

This is my first lap ever on Hungaroring. Unfortunately I was over confident and in the first bend I almost lost the car. Because I had really cold tires the car oversteered a lot (unusual for a mk5).


After the first session I saw that the track had plenty of space so I decided to play a little bit. I drove like a mad man. I was trying to find the lines for my later sessions.
Here are some things to look for in this video:
- at 6.35 a guy loses control of his car just in front of me and almost hits the side walls. My copilot got a little scared.
- at 11.40 my car oversteers at 85 MPH but I somehow get control of the car. This was my biggest scare of the day. It happened in the same place as the incident above. There is a little kink in the bend and, if you are not careful, you get oversteer. Although it may not seem much, it was really scary for me.


And this video is with my best lap that day: 2.26.86


From this trip I understood I needed 2 major upgrades:
- the driver
- the tires
I worked on both before my next trip to Hungaroring.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Top Cat on January 31, 2011, 08:53:29 pm
The perspective of the second vid is quite funny. You two sitting there on the left, justs looks like a Sunday drive to the shops, but on the right looks like a police chase.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 01, 2011, 11:15:15 am
Ha ha... never thought of that. The truth is that if I had better lateral support from the seats it would look even better  :smiley:. Unfortunately I have the stock GT Sport seats (equivalent to GTI USA) and they have nowhere near enough lateral support. Seats are on the update list, but not a priority right now.

And to go on with the story... As I said, I found out that my car needed 2 major upgrades: the driver and the tires, so I decided to work on those.

First of all I attended the classes of a rally school. My teacher is a pilot in our National Rally Championship. I had some theory classes and more driving classes.
My first impression was that I was miles away from where I wanted myself to be. The gap between me and my teacher is huge. I realized that this guy was gifted and had a lot of experience. I started to learn here and there and I hope I will continued my learning with some other courses.
I had driving lessons on a Dacia Logan competing in our National Rally Championship, a Dacia Logan prepared for school and a Subaru Impreza WRX STI (first generation). I truly had a blast in the Subaru, I really liked how it was balanced and that oversteer was easy to get and predictable. The rides in the Subaru and the rides around Nurburgring are the 2 thinks form motorsport that have really impressed me.
Here are some pictures.

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The second thing I worked on were the tires. After some reading I found out that Kumho V70a hard compound are the tires for me. I chose 225/45/17 tires because I only had the 17 inch BBS and these tires were cheaper than the larger 18 inch. The price was about 25 EURO less for these than for R888 (somewhere around 175 EURO).  The next trip do Hungaroring I got to put these tires to the test and I am really pleased with the performance.

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Of course, after these modification I found some other week spots in my car. I will tell you later what these were. Next episode is about the second trip to Hungaroring.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 01, 2011, 09:29:36 pm
And to talk a little bit about the second trip to Hungaroring... Well it was better than the first one in some respects and worst in other.
I will start with the better things  :smiley:. Well, I became a better driver and I could control my car better (still far from perfection). Because of those classes I had at the rally school my confidence increased and so did my lap times, helped by the new tires. I managed to shave 3 seconds a lap because of these. But there is still place for improvement.

And the bad thing is that I had a lot of traffic and I got really mad because of this.
At Hungaroring there are 2 groups: below 150bhp and above 150bhp. Since I have 122 bhp in the registration form, I signed in at the "lower league" (I had to, those are the rules). And I was really fast for this league. I do not think I could do one lap without overtaking somebody. But this is not so bad... The problem was that at this league there were a lot of crazy people. For them, track days are just like carting. They would not let me pass even though I was clearly faster than them. Some of them were really bad drivers and did not look in the rear view mirror at all. After I saw this I decided to go with the big boys. Over here, everybody was civilized and understood the risks involved. Surprisingly I wasn't the slowest and I had to cope with some traffic here also (some I overtook and some were overtaking me). From now on I only want to go with the big boys  :innocent:
Here are some photos form that track day.

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Here are the 2 friend I went with on that trip. Unfortunately they did not tell me they had theme T-Shirts  :smiley:, so I had no answer for that :).
One of them is member of this forum.

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Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: G30 MC on February 02, 2011, 12:32:44 am
Hi Friend, Your car look's superb, Do you have the part number for the R-LINE rear valance? Kind Regard's George :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 02, 2011, 07:07:03 am
Sorry mate, I don't have it and I do not have ETKA to look for them either.
Anyway, there are 2 types of RLine rear valance: the one like I have or the one identical to ED30 rear valance (for 170bhp engines and 4motion cars, non GTI or R32).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on February 02, 2011, 05:05:06 pm
Still very interesting car an nice story.

I like these mods far way from mainstream.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 03, 2011, 08:09:58 am
Thanks.
Well, because of the engine my car is far away from the mainstream. And the modifications must exclude the engine since there isn't much I can do over there. So, I must concentrate my efforts elsewhere.

So, I was last telling you about the last trip to Hungaroring. I showed you some photos and now I would like to show you a video I made this time. This video contains my best lap (~ 2.23.86). This is the last lap of the video. Unfortunately this is far from a clean lap and I am a little frustrated because I could not do some more clean laps.
In the video below I went with the "big boys". As I said previously this is the category for cars above 150bhp. Theoretically I should not have been in this category but I asked permission from the organizers. In this group all the seriously competitive cars were present. You may recognize some cars form the video as 997 GT3 RS, 997 GT3, Subaru evo IX, M3, Acura NSX, Mini, M3 E46, Z4M, etc. I am really glad I could keep up to some of them and even over take some. I was really surprised of how weak my car is on the straights and that my car is quite ok on the bends. For example the Mini in the video was a lot faster than I am on the straights but it was the same on the bends (that Mini is a modified Mini which I found it had 270bhp and a lot of mods). I am also proud of overtaking the Z4M. Of course, it is really hard to compare car and driver during these track day because everybody is going for fun and there are no real contests. The Z4M driver could be very cautious and the comparison is not correct then. I have no doubts that my car is a lot less slower than a Z4M but, that I am trying to say is that I am glad that my car is not that far behind in the real world. Hope you understood what I am trying to say  :smiley:. I am not a native English speaker so I might have not made myself understood.
Enjoy!



P.S. Another funny thing is that the 997 GT3 RS is about 3-4 seconds faster than I am on the straight in front of the pits.  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 04, 2011, 09:05:22 pm
Just one more episode and I am up to date.

After the last Hungaroring trip I found other flaws in my current setup  :ashamed:...
The biggest concern was that I needed some rims to fit my semi slicks on. After much debate I went with VW OEM Goal Anthracite Rims (7,5x17, offset 50). I have done a lot o investigating to find the perfect rims for my taste and these ones are not perfect, but are close. I wanted the rims to be:
- cheap (these are ~145 GBP / rim)
- to have a complete different look than my BBS Rims, preferably anthracite or black (because these will be used on a track I don't want so spend ages cleaning them up from rubber and dust)
- preferably with the center hub 57.1mm
- preferably light. These are 9,9 kg, nowhere near as light as a track rim should be, but these are the lightest OEM 17inch wheels for mk5 Golf.
Team Dynamics was in the final but, because these wheels cost 200 BGP/ rim in Romania, I decided to go with the OEM rims.
Here are some pictures with the wheels. The tires are not yet fitted, but I will do this in spring.

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Here is how the rims look on some other cars:

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The second thing I found that my car was lacking is more camber. I am not pleased of how much the car understeers and I would like to improve on this. I currently have -1.1' camber but I truly need some more negative camber. I will soon order some TT arms that should give me ~-2.3' camber.
Here is a car with an aggressive camber:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/935/27735819088_985eba0702_o.jpg)

And with this we are not up to date. I have some other modifications in thought but I do not want to bore you with them now. I will write later about them.
Cheers

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: keano on February 05, 2011, 12:00:12 pm
My favourite thread on the forum :D

Keep it up
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 06, 2011, 01:52:01 pm
Thanks. You make me blush  :ashamed:.

So guys, we now came to the tricky part... I need better brakes. I opened a new topic with this problem since it does not belong here.
Cheers
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on February 06, 2011, 07:11:53 pm
The Votex Goal with only 9.9 kg are nice for the price.  :happy2:

I should have gone for them instead of the heavier Denver/Monza 17" when
 I was looking for a third set of wheels.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 06, 2011, 09:03:47 pm
In the TUV it says 9.9kg but they weigh about 10.2kg. Anyway, they should be lighter than the Denver/Monza 17".
Also in Germany they cost 129 EURO/piece ~50 EURO less than in Romania  :scared: (www.volkswagen.de). They are made my Ronal in the Czech Republic.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: stealthwolf on February 14, 2011, 11:51:47 pm
I just love the colour of your car. So much better than that Tornado Red stuff.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: keano on February 15, 2011, 01:48:05 pm
^^^^  :fighting: :fighting:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: stealthwolf on February 15, 2011, 03:07:01 pm
 :grin: still mean it though!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 15, 2011, 04:45:34 pm
 :smiley:. When I chose the color my first pick was the R blue. The previous car had the same color so, it was not a tragedy that the R blue only came on a R.
I saw tornado red but I did not like that color very much, specially because it is not metallic. So, I wanted to go wild and chose the Sunset Red, a color I never saw live, before the date I picked up the car.
In the end, I am really happy I chose this color. I think this was the best color (for me at least) available at the time of the purchase and I really love this color.
Below are some older images (the car is with its OEM sport suspension so it is 30mm higher than with B16)  :smiley: for the guys who like the color  :pomppomp:.

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P.S. Sorry for the multitude of photos on this topic  :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: warrenlord on February 17, 2011, 11:06:53 pm
lovely motor
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 18, 2011, 08:24:46 pm
Thank you very much.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on March 06, 2011, 03:31:17 pm
The preparations for track days have began:

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Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Verity on March 06, 2011, 05:46:05 pm
I love your car!!! The colour is amazing! Really like it
And just enjoyed reading through everything you've done. Very nice indeed
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on March 06, 2011, 06:50:30 pm
You are way to kind  :grin:. But thank you very much  :smiley:

P.S. Some new upgrades should follow next week.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on March 07, 2011, 12:37:34 am
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fpoza4.jpg&hash=bbf7e89a3604c368152d82415cbc7751c67786d8)

 :happy2:

Thanx for this picture !!  :congrats:

Rex, your TT arms came without the rear bushes?
Will you combine them with the Whiteline ALK?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: a89 on March 07, 2011, 12:48:53 am
Love this car!  :happy2:

Bet it already handles well with the mk5 chassis, H&R antiroll bars and those Bilsteins. That's the setup I have on my mk4 track car.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on March 07, 2011, 07:59:16 am
the bruce
The arms came with the bushings but I took them off. Now the bushings are at my mechanic who is trying to separate the bushings from the brackets.
I will use the OEM TT bushing with the OEM brackets.

a89
Thank you.
It handles pretty well, but I think I can still improve the handling (I can't say the same thing about the power).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on March 07, 2011, 03:27:56 pm
[The arms came with the bushings but I took them off. Now the bushings are at my mechanic who is trying to separate the bushings from the brackets.
I will use the OEM TT bushing with the OEM brackets.


The TT bushes are the best OEM, but wouldn't this suit your demands even better?


(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.golf5gti.com%2Fupload%2Favatars%2Futool_f_1299511533_3041.jpg&hash=cdb16add0596da1a9989912545b72d8b0e191959)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on March 07, 2011, 05:20:24 pm
Well, the OEM bushes are included with the TT arms so using something else would not make much sense at the moment (I would through money of the window).
And to make matters worse, I kind of need money for other mods  :smiley:
But I might think of some other bushings in the future. Thanks for the advice!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Mk5_Tsi on March 07, 2011, 10:25:34 pm
Golf looking good man - would love to go round the Nurburgring aswell :O
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on March 08, 2011, 05:40:06 pm
Thanks. My opinion is that Nring is a must for all auto enthusiasts.

So... the mods continue:

Just arrived:

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Thank you very much Mr DaveB!  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on March 08, 2011, 06:03:17 pm
The J hooks was the clue to a set of DaveB's NQsbbk  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on March 08, 2011, 06:30:02 pm
 :happy2:

What kind of discs are these?


ps:

"PAGID RS4-4 Orange Brake Pads

A Carbon based friction material developed from RS4-2 but with a progressively increasing friction curve, giving it lower friction than RS4-2 below 300°c and higher friction above 300°c. It offers slightly less initial bite and low temperature response than RS4-2, but with the same high levels of controllability.

Check listings for your vehicle

The wear rate of RS4-4 is very similar to RS4- 2, but is slightly better in terms of wear at higher temperatures. Disc wear as with all other PAGID materials is exceptional and thermal stressing and tension cracks of the disc surface are greatly reduced.

RS4-4 also has extended operating temperature limits, increasing fade resistance, and allowing braking deeper into the corner without wheel lock and fading issues.

This compound is available in fewer pad shapes than RS4-2, and is particularly popular in Porsche club racing, and has been fitted as an OEM on such high performance road vehicles as Porsche 993 RS and GT2 for example. In road applications this compound exhibits low brake noise.

A very versatile pad for use on both front and rear axles, is also a very good rear pad in conjunction with RS14 / RS15 on front axles of front wheel drive touring cars, etc.

Friction Level

    Cold    0.39    PAGID Brake Pads
    At 100°C    0.40
    At 300°C    0.43
    Max at (@ 600°C)    0.49
    Constant working temperature: 350 – 650°C
    Max temperature for short period only: 700°C"


http://www.pagid-brake-pads.co.uk/products/rs44-orange-carbon-based.php
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: dmac1969 on March 08, 2011, 09:17:57 pm
Lovely looking Golf , that colour really suits it , and I like your new wheels.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on March 09, 2011, 07:04:32 am
dmac1969 Thank you!


What kind of discs are these?

The discs are Brembo disks that DaveB machined to make the "J" hooks. They are said to be really great both on the track and on the road.
My guess is that it is a potent disk since the design is used in motorsport:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/798/40877211674_6940fef660_o.jpg)

Haven't fitted the brakes yet so all I say is based on someone else's experience.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on March 20, 2011, 05:21:47 pm
Well guys, I managed to install all the pieces...

The brakes are now installed and bedded in. I am using stock Brembo Porsche pads and the brakes stop really great.
I have done the bedding just like Pagid says (90mph to 50mph and 110mph to 50mph sessions) and the brakes stop incredibly well. The bedding in was done on a highway. I traveled for 40miles and 20 miles the road was wet (raining) and the other 20 miles the road was dry. The brakes and the tires never let me down. During my tests I never had the slightest fear that I will loose control (a great plus to Goodyear Eagle F1 Assymetric, I had the chance to test them on the wet previously but I am still amassed) and the stopping was incredible. I never got sick behind the steering well before these tests  :driver:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/805/40877132394_a6f056d4ea_o.jpg)

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The 17 inch OEM Goal rims (7,5x17 ET50) barely fit the Porsche brakes. The space between the caliper and the rim spokes is less than 1mm. This is not safe. I am considering selling these rims (this is a pity because I really like these rims and they really look nice with the Porsche calipers) or installing a 10mm hubcentric spacer. Any ideas?

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The 16 inch winter rims fit behind the Porsche brakes but need 20mm spacers (per side). The rims would normally only need 10mm of spacers but then the caliper does not clear the rim radially. I am hoping that 1-2mm is enough between the caliper and the rim (radially). Any thoughts are welcome.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/929/41547703542_50156fd265_o.jpg)

About the TT arms I can't say much... I will be able to make a review after a track day. What I feel now is that I lost a little bit on the "feel" of the car but I gained some more stability. My current settings are 2.15' negative camber and 0.04' toe out/per wheel.

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The TT bushings are a killer on the roads I am traveling. Much to rough for my taste.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/817/26740788767_5a97776f36_o.jpg)

I got to test the car with a massive 6 degrees ToeOut and the car is was not driveable.
The setup below is just after I fitted the TT arms and before I made the geometry adjustments.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/785/41604684291_e9c4460751_o.jpg)

Any thoughts are welcome.
Cheers!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on March 20, 2011, 05:31:48 pm
1.
fine brakes, Rex !!  :congrats:


2.
Why toe out, Rex ???

I'd recommend 0°10' toe in per side on front and 0°5 on rear !!


3.
I don't felt any harshness when fittig S3 arms and bushings.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on March 20, 2011, 06:23:40 pm
1.
fine brakes, Rex !!  :congrats:


2.
Why toe out, Rex ???

I'd recommend 0°10' toe in per side on front and 0°5 on rear !!


3.
I don't felt any harshness when fittig S3 arms and bushings.

1.Thanks

2. From my studies and experience I will reduce the understeer if I use toe out for the front. I will use toe in for the back just like you said (that is how it is currently).

3. Maybe the roads you are riding are better.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on March 20, 2011, 06:33:14 pm
I know it's difficult beause everybody tells something different. ;)
I don't believe toe out on front will help, but maybe I'll give it a try again.
Usually more toe in improves initially turn in and in case of the Golf cornering grip as well.

On rear  toe out helps turn in, no doubt. But be careful, at high speeds toe out on rear
may cause dangerous situations. I never would adjust toe out on rear for street use.


ps:
no, roads here are the worst I know in Germany  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on March 20, 2011, 06:59:39 pm
You are correct...
That is why I want toe out on the front. I say that the initial turn in was reduced since then but the car is more stable. So I lost a little bit on the feel but gained stability.
I decided to go for toe out after reading a lot of things regarding wheel geometry and also a guy at Nurburgring called Teo (he has "Rent a RaceCar" company at Nurburgring) said that his rented GTI's have toe out and that improves the cornering speeds. I drove the GTI and it felt like it was on rails (my car was only slightly modified than so that is not a real comparison).
Yes, toe in is the way to go for normal usage. I would try some toe out but I do not want to make suspension geometry changes 10 times per year. Also I would not try it on Nurburgring.

P.S. I think the worst roads in Germany are better than the roads where I live.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: drsilviuro on April 19, 2011, 08:18:59 pm
Great car! It's feared by many!
Keep up the good work!  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: pat15312 on April 20, 2011, 11:53:38 am
I would say this is probably the fastest "slow" cars on here!
I think your absolutley crackers but well done anyways!!!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Top Cat on April 20, 2011, 04:12:49 pm
I would say this is probably the fastest "slow" cars on here!
I think your absolutley crackers but well done anyways!!!

 :signLOL:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on April 20, 2011, 09:16:58 pm
Great car! It's feared by many!
Keep up the good work!  :happy2:
Thank you! If someone (anyone) fears my car it means I've done something right.  :drinking:

I think your absolutley crackers but well done anyways!!!
:grin: I'll take that as a compliment  :drinking:
I would have really liked to have a 2.0 TFSI under the bonnet but when I bought the car I did not have the money and was more concerned about the MPG.
Now the priorities have changed and I don't care about MPG. I just want the car to be faster. It might have been more efficient to trade my car for a GTI and start modifying from there but this is my first car and I don't ever want to sell it.
I really agree this is a slow car but the engine will be la last thing I will change on this car. When there isn't anything left to do I will consider an engine swap. Till then I am stuck with 155bhp.


And to continue with the build thread, I am preparing for a trackday on the 25th of April. The Hungaroring F1 Track is opened for road cars and I intend to be there. Unfortunately the Hungarians planed this track day 2 days ago and it is the second day of Easter. I would have like to stay home but we all have to make sacrifices... So I will be spending the Easter away from home.
Because the track day was announced only 2 days ago I still have to do some things for the car to be ready for the Hungaroring trip:
- raise the back of the car (it is not good for performance because it increases the weight on the front, but esthetically I have to do this)
- install the Pagid Orange pads (installed them on Sunday)
- put the semislicks on the rims
- put the Motul RBF 660 brake fluid
- make another geometry setup in order to increase the camber on the back
- plus other small things
I will post some pictures in the near future.
Cheers
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on April 23, 2011, 08:45:01 pm
As promised I am returning with some pictures...
The car is ready for Mondays' Hungaroring Track Day.

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For those of you who don't know the 1.4 TFSI engine (and would, for some reason, want to learn more) here is a picture:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/847/39800827180_61cb2ebea7_z.jpg)

I also raised the back end. Now the car is a little bit higher than I like but I thing this is the was to eliminate wheel rubbing.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/935/39780193660_de096412d6_z.jpg)

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In this photo you can also see the Janus Camera (next to the rear view mirror).

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This is my current setup:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/919/40898282654_923eee0f62_z.jpg)

Not sure this is the correct one. But I will know on Monday  :laugh:. My initial impression is that the steering is much lighter and I do not like that. Before the last wheel alignment the car felt like it was on rails. Now I seems more vague. I hope I lost the feeling and gained stability. Only time will tell so fingers crossed.

Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on April 23, 2011, 08:50:50 pm
good luck, and drive carefully  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on April 23, 2011, 09:31:35 pm
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FWheelAlignment.jpg&hash=e57152ef601ea146c480c9f0238f0216d966a2a2)

Not sure this is the correct one. But I will know on Monday  :laugh:. My initial impression is that the steering is much lighter and I do not like that. Before the last wheel alignment the car felt like it was on rails. Now I seems more vague. I hope I lost the feeling and gained stability. Only time will tell so fingers crossed.


Think I told you that toe in (same amount) on front is much better
for steering feel and cornering speed.   :wink:

All the other data is perfect !!

Good luck and have fun !!  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on April 23, 2011, 10:24:06 pm
good luck, and drive carefully  :drinking:
Thanks!  :drinking:

Think I told you that toe in (same amount) on front is much better
for steering feel and cornering speed.   :wink:

All the other data is perfect !!

Good luck and have fun !!  :happy2:
Thanks!
Yes you did tell me that. But from what I read steering feel is lower but cornering speed should be grater.
Also toe out is required to balance the Side Force. Please correct me if I am not making sense:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/815/27740086348_24a059590f_z.jpg)

And if you have some date why I should use toe-in please share because I am willing to learn. Thanks again!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on April 24, 2011, 01:41:25 am
Not easy for me to explain in English.  :wink:

We both agree toe in improves turn in.


The point is dynamic toe when cornering.  :driver:

As you'll know the outer wheel has more weight.
A wheel with more weight is able to withstand more slip to it's optimum
force (a fact many people don't know).
So the outer wheel needs more steering angle and the inner wheel less
angle for maximum corner speed.

Race cars have steering geometry different to road cars like the Golf.
True race cars' steerings provide more toe in the more you turn.
The Golf gets more toe out according to Ackermann.

So toe out on front does not make any sense to my understanding
- not for turn in, not for cornering speed and not for steering feel.  :wink:

But of course, try it on the track now and report us. Stay with it if
it feels ok and change it later if not.

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on April 24, 2011, 09:18:10 am
Thank you very much for the explanation!
Yes, the car has to get more toe out when steering (Ackermann angle). But my guess is the bigger the angle the more stable the car will be on bends (I saw this in carting, correct if I am wrong).
I will definitely make a review once I am back home and I will change what is wrong. The problem is that I changed the toe-out, the front and rear camber and it might be hard to see which one is wrong.
LE: And is it correct to say that toe-out on the front, for our cars, reduces understeer?
Thanks for all your help!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on April 24, 2011, 12:58:42 pm
Stop, Rex.  :wink:

According to Ackermann toe out has to increase in corners, yes.
But this is just for low speeds and very small diameter corners
to minimize wear.

Under race conditions things are contrary different !!

On track you want to maximise grip and so cornering speed and
so you need increased toe in on corners.
Sadly a street car's steering geometry doesn't offer the needed
increased toe in.
So you have to adjust even more static toe in as you'd do on a
race car.

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on April 26, 2011, 10:39:55 pm
the bruce Thank you very very much for explaining those things to me. I really appreciate it!  :drinking:
If I am doing something wrong please do not hesitate to tell me.
Yesterday I arrived home and I can tell you that the car has more grip mid corner with the TT arms and the new setting so it is impossible to say if toe in or toe out are better. I will however take your advice and go to 0.05' toe in next time. This way I should be able to say if toe in helps or not.
I saw that the car did not have any grip when exiting the corner. Any thoughts on that (it was a little bit damp but I am pretty sure it was not that because I saw this on the dry parts also)? Could it be the toe out?

Am about my last experience on the track...
As I previously said I went to the F1 Hungaroring Track on Monday. Unfortunately the weather played tricks on us. It was really cold and raining when we woke up. But one hour after that the track began to dry. Unfortunately there were regular showers and the track never was 100% dry. Consequently I tried to avoid the kerbs and the white line between the raceway and the kerbs/grass because they were really slippery. My times refracted that. I got to improve my last times but only with about 0.3 seconds. This is a little bit considering the changes:

1. the NQSBBK:
- excellent brakes, no fade whatsoever, great stopping power and much more confidence for the driver
- I got to really cook them so that the paint job on the disc did not last for long.
- one really small minus is the noise of the disks (no an issue for me)

2. the TT arms
- the car was better than with the old setup
- I may have made a mistake as the bruce explained above; how much this affected my time, I have no idea.

The car really was a great car to drive. It was really alive and I liked that. For Nring I would need a more stable setup though.
I thing I improved my lines since the last visit but I will only know that if I am faster under normal conditions. Except one corner were I deliberately did not go over the kerb (because of the above reason) I should be faster on any corner. I guess time will tell...

Here are some pictures of my last trip:

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And here are the 2 cars I went with:
S3 Revo stage 3 500+ bhp (running only low to mid 400 for this trip) with quite a few mods
Polo GTI Revo stage 3 400+ bhp (running low to mid 300 for this trip) with few mods
The Nissan is not one of ours

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Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on April 27, 2011, 08:13:57 am
Excellent Rex, great shots and informative review.  :congrats:
What ARB's do you have? The car seems to "tilt" quite a lot through the corner.

 :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on April 27, 2011, 08:47:24 am
Thanks  :smiley:.
I have H&R sway bars: 26 front and 24 back. They both are set on HARD.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on April 27, 2011, 09:27:28 am
I'm not sure this is possible, but a link from Facebook of mister Rex:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/photo.php?fbid=211700905515149&set=a.211700762181830.61072.100000257238506&type=1&theater (http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/photo.php?fbid=211700905515149&set=a.211700762181830.61072.100000257238506&type=1&theater)

It works  :jumpmove:

Here's a Subaru with to much speed into the turn  :grin:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=211700905515149&set=a.211700762181830.61072.100000257238506&type=1&theater#!/photo.php?fbid=211701528848420&set=a.211700762181830.61072.100000257238506&type=1&theater&pid=808587&id=100000257238506
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on April 27, 2011, 11:16:58 am
I don't think the car isn't flat planted. Look at the BMW E90 and you'll agree.  :drinking:
26/24 mm set hard/hard is a nice combination with similar results to 28/24 set soft/hard.

Nice pics.  :happy2: Hope you weren't too disappointed by the weather.
Unfortunately you can't compare the lap time after the mods you did, but most important
you had no issues with an accident on the slippery track.

 :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on April 27, 2011, 12:02:23 pm
You are right Bruce, i noticed the BMW also, here's a video featuring Rex in the warm up lap  :happy2:



Rex do you know what camera he was using??  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on April 27, 2011, 12:27:32 pm
the bruce yup... Getting back in one piece was my primary concern.  :smiley: I think that is the most important thing at the end of the day.

danishmkvgti Ha ha.. I did not think you would find me on Facebook or youtube  :drinking:
He is using Go Pro Hero.  :happy2:

Here are some more photos with the car in action.

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Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on April 27, 2011, 12:49:54 pm
no helmet ???

 :innocent:

car looks great  !!!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on April 27, 2011, 03:18:11 pm
Thanks!

I need no helmet since I don't drive faster than my guarding angel can fly.  :laugh: That is the reason I only have a 155bhp car  :driver:

And now speaking frankly I do need a helmet and I will buy one shortly (before the next track day at Hungaroring or Nurburgring or Spa because I want to visit them all this year).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on April 27, 2011, 03:33:00 pm
Next year i would love to attend a trip to the Hungaryring along with you and your friends. Maybe Marc (Revo Denmark) could be interested also  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on April 27, 2011, 04:56:47 pm
There will be 2 more Hring trackdays this year. Usually they should be in August and October (they haven't announced them yet). If you want you are more than welcome to come. I am sure we will have a blast!
So I guess there will be only REVO cars again...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: xht20 on April 27, 2011, 07:14:45 pm
At next Hring trip i will 100% come  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on April 30, 2011, 07:49:01 am
Ha ha... Stop threatening us with that and just be there  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on May 02, 2011, 08:10:43 pm
Good evening,

I just finished uploading my first Hungaroring video so here it is:



And a few words about it:
- as you can see it is a little damp so I decided to take no chances. I started slow and gradually increased the passe. It was the first session of the day so there were no reasons to push harder.
- there was a lot of traffic in this session (both slow and fast). I am in competition only with myself so, when possible, when somebody faster is behind me I just let them pass.
- as you can see I have NO power but the car is quite fast in the bends. At a point I am laughing when I see how much the modified 335i is gaining on the straight. In order to be competitive I need much more power  :ashamed:
- I was really surprised that there was a Mk1 Golf GTI that passed me. That guy was really fast (I would say 3-4 seconds faster than me).
- sorry for the 2 seconds at the beginning where something messed up the video.
Enjoy!

P.S. I still have to upload two other videos. In these you will see better lines and the difference between a powerful car and maneuverable car. Hope I will edit them soon...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on May 03, 2011, 10:32:57 am
Nice run rex, you're faster than many others with expensive cars. I will be there in august as usual and hopefully I'll get to meet some fellas from this forum there !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on May 03, 2011, 02:57:00 pm
 :happy2:

Like the way you drive. Not brutal with a knife in your mouth but smooth and relaxed.

 :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on May 03, 2011, 09:38:40 pm
fuscobal thanks for your kind words. This was the first track day that I attended and you did not. Hopefully it will be the last!
danishmkvgti said he might come next year maybe we will convince him to come in August  :evilgrin:

the bruce Thanks. I am calm on the outside and boiling inside  :wink:

I just finished uploading the second video so here it is:



And a few words about it:
- this was my third session of the day. The track was dry but still not like on a hot, sunny summer day.
- the best lap (and the only one without traffic) was the last lap. I managed a 2.23.4 (0.4 sec faster than my previous best lap in October 2010)
- I had some problems because of the traffic:
* First of all the red Alfa 156 didn't allow me to overtake him. If you ask me that is foolish because we were not competing for anything and I was clearly faster than him. After a 6 turn battle I managed to overtake him. The Alfa had a 2.5 V6 engine and as you can see it was much faster than me on the straight (well I think all the cars were faster than me on the straight)
* Second of all I had some issues with the guy in the A6. I was fortunate that I decided not to attack him on the outside, a turn before the turn where I overtook him.
* Third of all I was slowed down my the guy in the E36 M3 (I am not 100% that it was a M3, but I have every reason to believe it was). But it was nice of him to let me pass.
* I almost caught up with the guy in the grey Alfa 156 GTA. This was a friend of the guy with the red 156 so I am glad the session ended and I was not forced to overtake him (not sure if he was as competitive as his friend).  :driver: Anyway under no circumstances did he slow me down (he was well ahead).

Enjoy!
There is one more video where you will see how my car stands up against a 400bhp Polo. You might be surprised  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: animal on May 04, 2011, 12:22:09 am
rex, I've just read this thread from start to finish. Fantastic work. You and your car are proof that you dont need big power to have fun on the track or (legally) on the road. Even with under 200bhp, a well set up chassis can and does feel fast whilst staying safe. A lot of us would do well to remember that power definitely isn't everything. Keep up the good work.

I love the colour too, such a shame is was never offered on the GTI.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on May 04, 2011, 08:30:05 am
Thank you very much for your kind words.
Well you know how it is... we always want what we don't have (power). Maybe if I had a GTI the path would have been different. Maybe my first modifications were under the bonnet. Since there isn't much I can do concerning the engine (only to try exotic things) I concentrated on making the car more maneuverable.
I also think that driving powerful and fast cars on the track is potentially life threatening. So I would like to improve my driving skills before moving on to a more powerful car.
You were really kind to say "under 200bhp" when I only have 150  :drinking:
You can imagine that I am glad that the color is rare. This way my car is more or less unique  :smiley:. But I feel bad for those who did not have much to choose for there GTI's in terms of color.
Cheers!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on May 04, 2011, 11:33:23 am
Rex, your car impressively proves that 150 HP is enough to be fast on track.
I ever knew that tyres, suspension and brakes are more important for good
lap times than engine power.
Be happy about that lightweight engine under the hood. The heavier 2.0 TFSI
won't provide a better handling and much more traction issues than you have
now with the less torquy 1.4 TSI.

I sometimes thought about better driving a significiently less weighting 2.0 FSI
Golf/A3 at Clubslalom events (Autocross). I doubt being faster with the heavy GTI.

 :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rich83 on May 04, 2011, 11:38:46 am
Excellent video...  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on May 05, 2011, 05:51:55 pm
Thanks richwig83   :happy2:

Rex, your car impressively proves that 150 HP is enough to be fast on track.
I ever knew that tyres, suspension and brakes are more important for good
lap times than engine power.
Be happy about that lightweight engine under the hood. The heavier 2.0 TFSI
won't provide a better handling and much more traction issues than you have
now with the less torquy 1.4 TSI.

I sometimes thought about better driving a significiently less weighting 2.0 FSI
Golf/A3 at Clubslalom events (Autocross). I doubt being faster with the heavy GTI.

Yes, you are right. My car weighs less than a GTI but not by much. The car weighs 1370kg with driver and the tank half full (I was hoping for 1270 as they say in the paperworks).
With a 2.0 TFSI engine I would definitely need a LSD. With my engine I also need one but not as much  :smiley:. I would really be mad to put a LSD on my car but you never know that the future holds for us  :innocent:
I doubt the 2.0 FSI weighs much less than your GTI... (BTW how much does it weigh?)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on May 05, 2011, 06:57:45 pm
My GTI has 1489Kg on paper and 1664Kg with me and 1/3 gas but it's that heavy due to the audio system. However, for the next Hungaroring session I will put the car on a diet. For the beginning I will loose about 90Kg and another 90Kg on the future (I will kepp 90% of the audio however). With about 1500Kg it should be a little bit faster :) Your times rex are very good and now that you know the track quite well you will probably have little to improve unless you loose weight or put on even stickier tires. If you loose about 100Kg, I think you could go for the medium compound Kumhos !

PS : We both have Kumho V70a hard 225/45/17 purchased at the same. After the same session at the same track mine were 2 times more worn out due to the difference in weight and power !!!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on May 06, 2011, 12:17:08 am
Thought the 1.4 TSI would be lighter.  :innocent:
 
My GTI was exactly 1407 kg incl. me (90 kg) and 3/4 tank measured on all corners at Raeder Motorsport.
Now the car weighs about 15 - 20 kg less.

So about 1380 kg incl. me and half tank or clearly below 1300 kg without driver.  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on May 06, 2011, 08:15:34 pm
Your times rex are very good and now that you know the track quite well you will probably have little to improve unless you loose weight or put on even stickier tires. If you loose about 100Kg, I think you could go for the medium compound Kumhos !
I am watching the videos and discovering new mistakes. So I think I can further improve my lines.
Compound choice is dependent on the weather. I don't quite have the money for both medium and hard compounds (nor the wheels). So I will stick to these tires and than hopefully switch to BFGoodridge GForce R1 (witch was my initial choice but could not find an importer in Romania). BTW, instead of the appearance BFGoodridge GForce R1 is road legal. Wouldn't like to drive those on the wet, though  :grin:

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Photo from here: http://www.caranddriver.com/features/10q2/track-tire_test_bfgoodrich_toyo_michelin_and_yokohama_tires_rated-gear_box


My GTI was exactly 1407 kg incl. me (90 kg) and 3/4 tank measured on all corners at Raeder Motorsport.
Now the car weighs about 15 - 20 kg less.

So about 1380 kg incl. me and half tank or clearly below 1300 kg without driver.  :wink:

OMG!!! Excuse me for asking but are you sure those figures are correct??
If they are your car is very, very, very light... NeilM has 1329kg! Yes he has DSG (30kg-40kg) and rollcage (another maybe 10kg-20kg) but nothing else...
I am really surprised that you car weighs so little  :drinking:
All the best!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on May 06, 2011, 09:19:06 pm
And this is the 3rd and final video from the last trip to Hungaroring.



A few words about it:
- as I said before I made this trip with 2 of my friends: Adrian with a 534 bhp S3 (with a lower bhp setup around 420bhp) and Vlad with a 413bhp Polo GTI (also with a lower bhp setup not sure around what figure LE: He had about 300bhp and ~380hhp on the long straight). Since this session you will see the Polo more I should tell you that the Polo had semislicks, some TA Technic suspension, stock brakes with a little improvement due to the racing brake liquid and updated pads.
- about 2 pages ago there was a picture with these cars and a GTR. Also there is Adi's film of for this session (danishmk5gti posted the link).
- first of all, everybody was amassed to see the Polo gaining ground from the GTR on the straight (the GTR's passenger started clapping his hands when he saw the Polo gaining ground  :happy2:). You can see these 2 cars side by side in the video but not much else about this 'dogfight'. Unfortunately the Polo due to the Polo's setup this battle was lost from the beginning (the S3 however has faster than that GTR)
- about 3 laps I am going behind Vlad trying to see how my car measures up against his car  :jumping:. You can see the HUGE difference in power on the straights. On the bends however is another story. I was about 1-2 sec faster per lap than Vlad but I could have never overtaken him because I just wasn't close enough when it was time to brake. But fortunately Vlad let me overtake him so I was free to try some hot laps.
- the laps were quick, but not as quick as I had hoped. I managed 2.23.6, 2.24.1, 2.24.2, 2.24.8 on my last 4 laps so I did not beat my previous best lap 2.23.4 (in the previous session)
- although from my point of view there is no competition on track days I must admit it felt good seeing a MK1 Focus RS in the rear view mirror from the beginning of the session to the end of the session. You can see the Focus in the video but because of the lower resolution 640x480 you can barely say it is a focus (there is a better view after overtaking the Corolla). But trust me, it's there. I am not sure what mods this Focus had but it definitely had Brembo BBK racing seats and 2 seats (this is what I saw). Not sure if the driver did not push his car for a reason but if felt good  :smiley:.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on May 07, 2011, 12:26:58 pm
OMG!!! Excuse me for asking but are you sure those figures are correct??
If they are your car is very, very, very light... NeilM has 1329kg! Yes he has DSG (30kg-40kg) and rollcage (another maybe 10kg-20kg) but nothing else...
I am really surprised that you car weighs so little  :drinking:
All the best!


Absolutely sure about it, Rex. I had it measured twice.
I even have photos of it.

 :drinking:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.golfvigti.com%2Fupload%2Fdirect%2Fi_14_3248_99719_61_1304767385_4666.jpg&hash=c81cd9136b40d808c75de1f6e9301ba246275b41)


(while having 3/4 of fuel and me sitting in the car, what is absolutely neccesary for corner weighting)


I know that some GTIs are heavier, but I think this is even too much.

 :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on May 08, 2011, 06:46:14 pm
I never doubted you sincerity  :smiley: I was just thinking that maybe the scale was messed up  :grin:.
I am really glad to hear that you have such a light car (same as mine  :grin:).
Cheers!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on May 08, 2011, 08:42:59 pm
 :evilgrin:

Yes, we all take advantage of having our lightweight Golfs compared to the poor RS6 guys !!

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on May 20, 2011, 08:22:26 pm
 :grin: Depends where we are...

These days I am thinking of my next modifications. My next mods will be some style mods (I think)...
Not sure what I will do next so I wanted to have one last try with the LED tail lights. Here is how the car looks with the LED's.

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I like how they look but I like stock better. I think I will paint the current taillights for a R32/ED30 look. I wanted to buy these but they are too expensive and I can have a similar look at a fraction of the price.
Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on May 20, 2011, 08:43:51 pm
I'm a big fan of the Led's as i have them myself, i never really fancyed the original ones, so keep the Led's IMO  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on May 20, 2011, 08:58:45 pm
Just an idea:

the LED lights outside and go for the R32 as inner lights  :wink:

Have seen this combination on a swiss Golf and it looked fabulous.
Guess the inner lights of the LED set dont' do not incorporate any
LED technology.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on May 20, 2011, 09:03:29 pm
danishmkvgti I really love the LED's on any Golf but mine  :grin:. On Black/White/Red they look awesome (the best tail lights in my opinion). But I they do not look the same on my car.

the bruce Thanks for the idea... I might try to see how it looks. The problem is I will have to match the LED and R32 color perfectly. Since the R32 are painted by me this will be very hard to accomplish.

Thanks for the comments and ideas.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on May 27, 2011, 07:16:15 pm
Well guy, let me tell you what happened to me today...
I was at my computer minding my own business when my boss comes to me and asks me if I have some time... I replied that I have a little bit of time so he told me to follow him. On the stairs he told me that we had to meet a very famous rally driver (the National Rally has a stage in the city I live these days) . This guy is Titi Aur (I am sure none of you heard of him since he is known in Romania mostly) and we was are national rally champion a number of times (1995, 1997,1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006).
I was thrilled and so I ran to my car to get my racing gloves and balaclava (hope this is the English word). I keep them in the car "just in case"  :smiley:.
So we got to the meeting place and soon realized that I will not be driving anything... In return I got to be copilot for the shakedown stage (3.5km). It was an interesting run but not as exciting as driving the Nurburging or a Subaru Rally Car on the gravel.
The thing that surprised me most was the acceleration. I was expecting a brutal acceleration (because of the 150bhp I am used to) but no like that... I really envy you guys which have 300+ bhp  :grin:
The rest of the journey was fast but not that impressive for me... It was a tarmac rally and maybe I am used with going fast over on tarmac  :laugh:... Hope I can be the copilot on a gravel shakedown (or better: the driver  :drool:).

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Because I had some time to kill I asked Titi Aur for some setup information (camber, suspension, tires) and I also got to have a look at many of the cars (I felt just like a kid in the candy store  :drinking:).
One thing that surprised my was the extensive use of "J Hook" disks... Of course all the disks were floating but if this pattern is used in rally, wtcc and other competitions it means it is quite competent. Thanks again DaveB for the advice and manufacturing of my brakes  :happy2:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/850/41547773052_23ec57745a_o.jpg)

The shakedown run was also captured on camera (using the same camera as I have) but I didn't have time to watch the videos yet.
Thanks for watching  :drinking:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on May 27, 2011, 07:26:44 pm
 :happy2:

 :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: GTIforpassion on May 30, 2011, 11:22:46 am
Water cooled intercooler ??  O_O  What have you mount ??
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on May 30, 2011, 06:33:42 pm
the bruce   :drinking:

GTIforpassion the water cooled intercooler is stock for 1.4 TFSI engines (and 1.2 TFSI/TSI). It is something with ups and downs just like everything in this life  :smiley:
If I would like to upgrade the intercooler I would have to add another intercooler preferably from 1.8T. But I will go this extra length if I install a bigger turbo.
The fact is that I am becoming more and more aware of my lack of power and I think I should do something about it  :drinking:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on May 30, 2011, 07:57:31 pm
You know the best way for much more power:

buy an Edition 30 or the new Edition 35.  :wink:

And fit all the parts you already have to the new car.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on May 31, 2011, 06:43:52 am
You are right... That would be the easiest way...
But some of us like to take the longer route  :laugh:. I really like my car and I do not want to sell it. And without selling it, it is impossible to buy another car. So, for the moment I have to modify this one  :smiley:.
Cheers  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on May 31, 2011, 10:25:05 am
Surely you'd love an ED30 as well, Rex !!  :wink:

I know it's hard to sell things, but sometimes it's much more sensible
to save some money and wait for a while till you're able to effort the
better suiting toy.

Or if your're lucky you may find a used K04-EA113 with DSG gearbox
for a small fee.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on May 31, 2011, 11:06:46 am
Engine swap is higher on my list than buying a GTI/ED30.
But I have to find the engine, gear box, ECU and all the wiring.
Spending 2k-3k (in the future, not now) is not a problem, but, and this is a big but, I am not sure of the reliability of the engine installation.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on June 06, 2011, 07:14:01 pm
I have just done another suspension setup... With toe in the car seems much better than with toe out...
Thanks the bruce for the tip  :drinking:. If you have any other tips please don't let anybody stop you  :happy2:.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/862/41547688872_11ce17e816_z.jpg)

I can't wait for the next Hungaroring trip (21st of June) where I really get to test this new setup.  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on June 06, 2011, 08:15:07 pm
Rex, why is your caster that different from right to left?  :confused:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on June 06, 2011, 09:41:40 pm
Glad to hear your're happy with it, Rex !!
I bet I have more toe in than you at the moment and I love it even more.

 :happy2:

Jake, I guess this difference is minmal. Don't forget the measuring tolerances
are a few minutes. I also have seen much bigger differences.

 :wink:

ps: Karsten helped me with the adjustment and was driving the car as well
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on June 07, 2011, 07:30:05 am
Rex, why is your caster that different from right to left?  :confused:
It is not that big. It is within the VW limits. I think the maximum difference allowed from left to right is 30minutes.
I have these differences after I changed the top strut mounts. The OEM ones were beginning to make noises so I decided to change them (with OEM ones but better quality).


Glad to hear your're happy with it, Rex !!
I bet I have more toe in than you at the moment and I love it even more.
 
I have to wait to see how the new setting is performing on the track.
If all is good I think I will make even more toe in.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on June 15, 2011, 05:25:14 pm
Preparing for the next track day (Hungaroring 21th of June):

(https://live.staticflickr.com/867/41608596531_a44f5b75f8_z.jpg)

Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Top Cat on June 15, 2011, 07:37:58 pm
Very nice bit of kit. Are you going to wear the spacers as protection.  :chicken:  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on June 16, 2011, 07:24:20 am
The knee pads are for protection  :laugh:.

The spacers are only for look. If I put 10mm spacers in the front (to clear the brakes) the car looks odd without any spacers on the back.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on June 23, 2011, 07:09:04 pm
Hi everyone!

Just came from another track day at Hungaroring  :smiley:. So here is the review...

I just have to tell you I am extremely pleased with my car. It was a real joy to drive it... This was the best Hungaroring trip from this point of view.
The car was extremely well balanced and very predictable. It would oversteer and understeer without any surprises. I wonder it I can make it handle much better than this.

Here is my setup:
- you have the steering setup above
- H&R 26mm front and 24mm back ARB set to HARD/HARD
- B16 (PSS10) set to 9(front)/10(rear)
- tire pressure set to 2.2 bar front and 2.3 bar rear (when tires are warm)

But there are, at least, 4 things that I think I have to work on:
- MORE POWER... Having only 155bhp it is hard to pass somebody on the straights (I had to wait one lap to overtake a Subaru WRS STI that would not let me pass although I was much faster than him). And to add to this the weather was really warm (> 29 degrees) and the car suffered a little bit from heat stroke. At the end of the straight I had 5-10km/h less than I had in April.
But, I will be true to my work and more power is the last thing I will do with this car  :chicken:
- LSD. Even for my power I sometimes have grip issues
- a better driver to get everything out of the current setup
- redo the steering adjustment because the steering wheel is not straight  :mad:.

Not sure why, maybe someone will help me understand but although the car seemed perfect and the lines were not to bad the times have not improved. In fact I was 0.4 seconds slower than in April.
From what I think the possible causes are one of the following:
- the car suffered from heat stroke (even if I have a water cooled intercooler). For some of my friends the lap was also slower by 2 sec even though they lost ~70kg from April...
or
- I do not know anything about my car and I am obviously wrong when judging it
If there are any other possibilities please do not hesitate to tell me what they are...

And here are some photos...
Here is the car when I arrived at the hotel one night before the track day:

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Here is my car in action:

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Here are some shots after the track day ended:

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Here are the friend's cars that took part in this event:
Civic Type R FN2, Championship White (LSD, semislicks, hondata and other mods)
Audi 2.0 TFSI (TT arms, Federal, KW 1, S3 brakes)
Golf GTI (fuscobal with Revo Stage 3, B16, S3 brakes, LSD and many many other mods)
Octavia vRS (Revo Stage 3, KW 1, S3 brakes, LSD and many many other mods)

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The guys:

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And yours truly all geared up:

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Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on June 23, 2011, 08:24:43 pm
I just have to tell you I am extremely pleased with my car. It was a real joy to drive it... This was the best Hungaroring trip from this point of view.
The car was extremely well balanced and very predictable. It would oversteer and understeer without any surprises. I wonder it I can make it handle much better than this.


Glad to hear this.  :happy2:

If your mates lost even more time caused by the heat you don't have to worry about your car.

Just enjoy it !!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on June 24, 2011, 05:13:24 pm
Yup... I will  :happy2:  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Top Cat on June 24, 2011, 08:05:56 pm
Good stuff Rex. nice little write up. Almost certainly the slower times will be down to the hot conditions. The ECU will be retarding the timing for sure. also though the track temerature could also knock things out a bit, its natural to think that a hot track = stickier surface, but it is not as simple as that all tyres react differently to temperature.  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on June 25, 2011, 10:33:18 am
Thanks TC!
I hate searching for answers for my relative bad times and I hate blaming the conditions. Some of you might say (and are correct to say) that maybe the driver is not good. But I am trying to take the driver out of the equation to see the other reasons.
The tires are Kumho v70a Hard compound so they should be ok for warm weather. The traction is not the same as using a medium/soft compound but the hard ones should last longer.
Thanks again for you comment and ideas!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on June 25, 2011, 10:57:53 am
And I just finished uploading the first video from the latest Hungaroring trip.

Here it is:



And a few words about it:
- first of all you will notice (in this film an all the others from this trip) that I am having problems with my shirt. Because of the shirt's sleeves I am having problems lifting my arm. This is constraining my arms movement and it is driving me mad. So, on all the films, you might see me lifting the arms for no apparent reason, lifting my shirt, etc.
- the cars that you may see in this video are (because you might not be able so see them properly because of the video quality):
* my friend with his white Skoda vRS Stage 3
* some really fast white Evos
* the white STI (GC) that managed a 2.03 best lap (WTCC's fastest lap was 1.56)
* a yellow Clio 197 Cup
* Alfa Romeo GTV 3.2
* a black Subaru Impreza WRX STI (GR)
* a Golf 1 Diesel that was really fast... I spoke to the owner and it had 1000kg (the doors only had the outer metal sheet, all the windows where plexi, etc) and 4 motion. I could not find out the bhp because he didn't speak English and I don't know Hungarian  :smiley:
* Alfa 147 GTA. A great, great looking car. One of my favorite hothatches.
- and one more thing regarding the lines: I learned to consistently be fast through bends 13 (sometimes I go very wide to overtake cars here because I am not sure if they see me or not) and 14, but I am overconfident in my powers and I began making mistakes on bends 11 and 8. All the other lines are pretty good in my opinion.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/836/40894028974_1a86b7520c.jpg)

Comments (good or bad) are welcomed!

Cheers  :drinking:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Frenzy on June 25, 2011, 11:25:11 am
i've read this thread from post 1 to its current end and it's a great read, i've watched some of your vids too - really good stuff keep up the good work  :happy2:  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on June 25, 2011, 01:01:43 pm
Your car must handle well, especially with it's lighweight engine.
You were visibly faster on corners than your mates and slower on straights.

I think of clothing and was talking to some friends about this issue as well.
I prefer cord throusers cos they 'stick' on the seat. We have to wear long
throusers on our 'Slalom' (autocross) events. Short throusers aren't allowed
for safety.
I personally don't like wearing gloves although I have tried them. I miss a
good steering feel.
What about air condition? Off?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on June 25, 2011, 03:10:30 pm
Frenzy Thank you very much for your words!  :drinking:


You were visibly faster on corners than your mates and slower on straights.
Yes, you are right. I honestly think I am the slowest car on the straights.

I personally don't like wearing gloves although I have tried them. I miss a good steering feel.
Basically my gear is:
- gloves: a must because I have sweaty hands and I can not drive more than one lap without gloves
- racing shoes: because I have a better pedal feel
- knee pads: because I frequently hit the center column and steering column with my knees
- helmet: because I look better with it  :P. Just kidding... for safety, of course...

What about air condition? Off?
Yes, air condition is off. I can not afford to lose any bhp when using this.
Instead I open the windows a little bit and put the cold air ventilation (without AC) to its maximum and facing the drive. This was it is close to acceptable on very warm days.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on June 25, 2011, 07:00:53 pm
Great review and glad you all had a great day, are the drivers in same order as the cars??
I would like to get a face to Fuscobal, since i have followed his car progres for more than 2 years  :notworthy:

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on June 25, 2011, 08:07:53 pm
Sorry Jake, Fuscobal was taking the picture.

But, you will find a picture of him on another Hring trip:
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He is the guy to the right.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on June 26, 2011, 09:34:35 pm
And here is the video with my best lap for this visit (2:23.71)



Just like above a few words about it:
- as I said above you will again notice that I am having problems with my shirt (the reason is stated above).
- the cars that you may see in action in this video are (you might not be able so see them properly because of the video quality):
* Evo X
* BMW 745i (he was all over the place)
* S2000
* the white STI (GC) that managed a 2.03 best lap (WTCC's fastest lap was 1.56)
* my friend with his white Skoda vRS Stage 3
* my friend with his white Civic Type R: I waited for him when the session began because we both wanted to see how are cars compared. His best lap was ~2.24 the last time and since than we had a brake upgrade, 20bhp more and semislicks. After about 3/4 of a lap I realized that he was faster than me so I signaled left and let him pass. After that I tried to stay close to him but he was about 1.5 seconds faster than me. His best lap was 2:22.2. I overtook him at one point because we lost his brakes. Believe it or not, he managed to use a brand new OEM pad in 100 km. During 4 sessions (to be correct more like 3, maybe 3 and a half) we went through 2 sets of front pad (one brand new, and one with 7-8mm pad remaining). He used them all till he got to the bare metal.
* a honda NSX (compresor, bbk, slicks, etc) a really nice car that overtook me in the same time with the Civic.
* the Golf 1 Diesel again
* a very nice subaru wrx sti
* a acura NSX (without the compresor, without the bbk, but with slicks); also a very nice car
* another WRX STI (GC)
* my friend (fuscobal) in his Stage 3 GTI on a cool down lap (because of his overheating problem).

P.S. Sorry for the sound but I have the windows opened and the air ventilation to the max.

Enjoy  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on July 02, 2011, 06:56:46 pm
I will bore you with yet another Hungaroring film.
This time it is made by one of my friends. To be more specific it is made by Edi, the guy with the white Civic Type R (FN2). He has ~220 bhp, a LSD, Kumho v70a and a brake upgrade.
This is the exact same session as the film above (where I am waiting for my friend and than try to see which is faster)



And like the usual, a few words about this film:
- this is a better quality video so you are able to better see the beautiful cars that participated at this track day
- you will see some great driving (from my friends part)
and regarding my car:
- this was a very sad film to watch for me... I realized that I am quite slow  :surprised:. You can hear on the video that my friend has to release the gas pedal not to run into me.  It is again very clear that I need more power  :chicken:.
- you can clearly see the difference in power when he is overtaking me. At that point I am full throttle.
- ooohhh and one more thing, if you look closely you might just be able to see some body roll  :grin:

Enjoy!

P.S. The comments are in Romanian but you will understand the names of the cars involved.  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on July 02, 2011, 08:44:26 pm
 :happy2:

No question the Type R is faster than a 1.4 TSI. And it sounds great.
Guess it it is also way more lightweight than your Golf.

But in the beginning he had some difficulties to choose the right line
in the corners.

 :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on July 03, 2011, 05:24:21 pm
Yes, the bruce, you are right, as usual  :happy2:
The civic has about the same weight as mine but he took the rear seats out so we should have been lighter (not by much, thought).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on July 04, 2011, 07:00:38 pm
Hi everyone.

I think most of you thought I am done with the movies... Well, think again  :evilgrin:
This is, I think, the last movie with this session (I have about 3 or 4 others but of little interest and I won't be uploading them on youtube):



This film contains:
- a full session including the warm up lap and the cool down lap
- the full extent of my shirt problems  :grin:
- the "excellent" lateral support provided by my sport stock seats (same model as GTI USA)  :ashamed:
- a WRX STI that gave me lots of problems when overtaking. I think that if someone is catching me on the track he is surely faster than me so I let him pass. Not all of us think the same way. And by adding the fact that I am a little bit underpowered overtaking is a big problem for me. I can only overtake on the bends, the straights are out of the question. To make matters even worse this STI had a software remap and a new exhaust so we just disappears on the straights. When I overtook this STI he almost ran into me :fighting:....
- fuscobal overtaking me but than he has the cooling issues and has to slow down.

Enjoy!

Any comments are welcome.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on July 04, 2011, 07:11:42 pm
It clearly shows how bad a driver he is, he's even got 4wd and his lines stinks, you could overtake him on the outside  :rolleye:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on July 04, 2011, 07:16:40 pm
Yup... I tried at one point (before the long straight in front of the pits).
And I remember saying "bad driver, he's got a WRX STI and I am overtaking on the outside line". Of course, he disappears from sight on the following straight  :innocent:

Oh... and I forgot to say... sorry for the sound.
I know it is really bad but I have the windows opened, the air at maximum ventilation and the camera's microphone is not the best either.  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on July 04, 2011, 07:20:02 pm
I know the feeling, i had the aircon at low when we did Donington, no need for the passengers feeling hot  :grin:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on July 04, 2011, 11:19:03 pm
Nice movie Rex. I'm showing up on your far back from 2'20'' and I'm overtaking at 3'55''. From the movie I tend to believe we carry similar speeds in corners but I'm closing up on the straights and during braking ! In the movie my weight was about 1570Kg and yours should have been about 250kg lower wich completely anihilates my extra power (we have the same tires and suspension +FSB, I have a thicker RSB and a LSD)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on July 05, 2011, 06:47:49 am
About the speed in the corners I agree, but I can't say the same thing about braking... I remember not braking as hard as I could on turn 14 (where you clearly have a better braking) because it was the warm up lap and I wanted to warm the brakes first. This does not mean that I am better on braking but I think that there is no way of telling at the moment... On the warm up lap I never brake at 100% and than I never brake 100% on the end of the straight on my first complete lap (because of the same reason).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on July 16, 2011, 05:47:06 pm
Hi everyone. Well, it's been a while since my last mods so I had to do something about that...
First of all I wanted to work a little bit on the interior, so I bought GTI pedals, and headlight control unit, mirror and window controls just like MK6 GTI. I really like the look and I am one step closer to having the interior the way I like it  :smiley:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/936/40716998735_13f7f46cbc_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/880/39800863400_87790de188_o.jpg)

I have also bought the ED30 front splitter (I always wanted this and it should have come with the car, when new). This will be painted on Monday along with half of the car. There are a lot of small scratches and I want to fix them.

Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on July 16, 2011, 06:27:25 pm
Nice details.
ED30 splitter will look really good.  :happy2:

One suggestion:  GTI/R32 shift knob. Feels (solid alloy) and looks stunning.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on July 16, 2011, 06:57:19 pm
Nice details.
ED30 splitter will look really good.  :happy2:

One suggestion:  GTI/R32 shift knob. Feels (solid alloy) and looks stunning.

Just my thought, but i would suggest an ED30 gearknob or mk 6 R gearknob instead  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on July 16, 2011, 07:35:01 pm
ED30 = Golf ball = GTI only   :P

I love my golf ball knob, but the standard GTI knob felt even better in my hand.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on July 16, 2011, 08:16:18 pm
ED30 = Golf ball = GTI only   :P

I love my golf ball knob, but the standard GTI knob felt even better in my hand.

The issue here is a nice gearknob, not what model it's from, if it fits in the 1,4 then it's usable  :P Then ED30 gearknob lies better in the hand than the standard GTI gearknob IMO, but i do prefer the R gearknob, but this is also an option

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi715.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fww160%2Fjakethemoss%2FGearknob1.jpg&hash=2d944551c16d898efe427baf67ce4135c1b504c7)

ED 30

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi715.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fww160%2Fjakethemoss%2FIMG_3663.jpg&hash=580c1e6e18770c54069a15c94076f82db998e6ef)

R

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fdaz.co%2Fmedia%2Fww160%2Fjakethemoss%2Fmk6_r_knauf.jpg&hash=17c92bdfd6b89d14f58cb504b5e9ad84df8c5e16)

Std. GTI Gearknob

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Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on July 16, 2011, 08:31:09 pm
The first one is Driver Gear / Original Volkswagen Equipment.

Just a question of personal taste though.  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on July 16, 2011, 11:44:04 pm
Well guy, thank you for the feedback and for the advice.
You are right, I should do something about the gear leaver, but I am not sure what.
Let me explain:

1. GTI/ GTI ed 30 knob are not on my taste

2. The Golf ball knob is closer to my taste, but I don't like how the alu part is connected to the leather beneath it. So I am still in doubt about this.

3. mk 6 GTI is out of the question because of the red stitching.

4. mk 6 R is nice but because of the piano black exterior I am not so sure it will look ok (even if I have black interior trim)
Jake, this is actually a mk6 GTD knob:
The issue here is a nice gearknob, not what model it's from, if it fits in the 1,4 then it's usable  :P Then ED30 gearknob lies better in the hand than the standard GTI gearknob IMO, but i do prefer the R gearknob, but this is also an option
R

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Yours is the R one. Please notice the difference:

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5. The closest to my tase is actually the mk6 GTD (the one above). But there is something I don't like in this also: the grey stitching.

So I am really confused which way to go and that is why I remained to stock at this chapter.
Any other thoughts are welcomed!
Cheers  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rich83 on July 16, 2011, 11:46:19 pm
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Thats the one i would choose.  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on July 17, 2011, 09:15:44 am
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Thats the one i would choose.  :happy2:

Rex i would say this one or the GTD one, you can easily change the stitching to your liking  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on July 17, 2011, 11:58:34 am
Don't be afraid of the stitching.

You can easily change the leather (leather-like vinyl) separately  from the knob.

I changed mine my self when fitting the ED30 knob as I didn't like the red stitching as well.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on July 18, 2011, 08:08:36 pm
Thank you very much guys for you thoughts. You gave me some great ideas.  :drinking:
I will leave the knob for now as I have a lot of money to spend on the upcoming Nring + Spa trip and for some other small things (wheel bearings, paintjob, suspension setting, etc). Hope everything is done in time for the track days.
Cheers  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on July 18, 2011, 09:33:00 pm
You're wellcome, we are allways ready to spend other peoples money  :grin:  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on July 29, 2011, 06:45:10 pm
 :grin:. Same here Jake!  :grin:

And to keep you updated, I was 'carless' for almost 2 weeks. I decided to fix all the imperfections regrading the paintwork and the car was at my dealer for almost 2 weeks. I occasionally drove other cars but I really missed mine.
And today the dealer called me and told me the car was ready  :love:. 
They fixed:
- the roof (ice fell on my roof from a truck on the Ungarian Highway some time ago)
- the front right fender, right and left door, rear bumper, rear valance, hood, front bumper, right side mirror were painted because of the various marks (stone clips, small scratches)
- the wind shield and front right fog light were replaced also because of stone chips.

The dealer also painted the ED30 front valance. I have to tell you, this is a great looking valance. I just love it! The car seems much lower and IMO looks much better. Finally the car is looking as it should have looked from the beginning.
Here are some pour quality photos (I will make some better ones but I am so thrilled that I wanted to share this information right now)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/797/41547771892_731cafdcc0_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/820/27718197238_69da7b387a_o.jpg)

And just after I took the car from the dealer I started the Nring + Spa preparations.
First I had some mechanical issues to attend... So I went to my mechanic to install some new bearing for the front axle. The front right bearing was in a real bad shape so I decided to change both sides. I think tracking, the bad roads I am traveling (even if I am going quite slow), the extra camber and the spacers all had to do with the bearing failure.

Next I will have an alignment, CAI installation and I am good to go :).
Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on July 29, 2011, 06:57:36 pm
excellent news, just the same i have to have done regarding paint correction i'll just wait until December where i'm on vacation while it's being done.
It's like getting a new car once more right?  :happy2: :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on July 29, 2011, 07:17:51 pm
Yes it is exactly like that! And waiting for it for two weeks makes "the reunion" much sweeter.
I had in plan to check each element to see that it is done properly but when I saw the car I lost all interest, I just wanted to drive off... When the dealer showed me the car it was slightly raining and the car was looking nice any clean. The car was parked with the front pointing in my direction so the ED30 front valance was visible and I just caught my eye. So, after a quick chat with the service manager about the brakes (he has a Passat and some Porsche 993 Turbo calipers and some S2 calipers and he was really amassed about my whole braking system - can't thank Dave enough) I just drove off :)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Top Cat on July 29, 2011, 09:34:20 pm
Looks great Rex.  :notworthy: Isn't all that extra paint going to add weight.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on July 30, 2011, 09:21:08 am
Thanks  :smiley:. Well it is a daily drive so I can't afford to be extreme. I might try some weight saving methods (s3 hubs, racing seats, back seats removal, carbon fiber hood, etc) but I am not sure of the path I will take. This car needs a more powerful engine first of all. But at the moment I don't want to change the engine because I can have just as much fun with this one (it's just that I am slower).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on July 30, 2011, 10:06:13 am
You'd definately benefit of some new front seats :)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on July 30, 2011, 09:46:05 pm
No doubt, but I want to keep the stock look inside and I still want to use the back seats (impossible if I buy racing seats unless they are Recaro Sporter CS, but these are really expensive)
I think it all depends if I will buy a rollcage or not. If I buy one I will definitely change the seats.
I will pay Teo from Rent-racecar.de a visit and see the rollcage on his GTI rentals. And than I will make up my mind.   :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on July 30, 2011, 09:54:23 pm
If you like have a visit to Raeder-Motorsport.de (in Oberbahr) as well.
Most of the time they have two GTIs there.

But I'd leave the car as it is. Now it's nice combination of performance,
drivability and understatement. If you go any further you will loose one
component.

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on July 30, 2011, 10:12:19 pm
True.  :happy2:

Thanks for the tip.
Are the GTI prepared for racing? If they are than they have a full rollcage which is too extreme for me since I don't take part in any competitions.
Rent-racecar.de has only half rollcages (rollbars) like SteveP or NeilM  which are the roll cages I am interested in.

My intention at this moment is to let the car as-is. The things I don't like about the interior is that the seats have very little lateral support and that I would like the car to be safer for the trackdays. I could really benefit from a rollcage and 4-5-6 point harness. This year I will definitely do nothing in this respect but who knows what will happen next year  :rolleye:...

Thank for you all comments so far. You are really helpful!
Any chance you will be at Nring the following weekend (so I can buy you a bear)?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on July 30, 2011, 11:33:42 pm
Look for a Schroth 'Quick Fit'.
And if you need it get a used Recaro PolePosition and fit it for track days only.

Both GTIs are pure track toys. Maybe they do GLP from time to time as well.
No comfort. When I say no comfort, I do mean 'NO' comfort.  :wink:

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green: the one below (red: mine)
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There's a white Mk.V GTI as well.  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on July 31, 2011, 06:01:49 am
Rex, I can give you my GTI seats next spring when I'll install the polepositions but you'll have to re-dress them to match your car's interior ! They have 26Kgs each, probably about the same weight as yours but better lateral support !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on July 31, 2011, 11:24:36 am
the bruce, thanks for the tip. I will pay them a visit.

fuscobal your seats are great if I want to keep the interior. They have better lateral support and are heated  :happy2:, BUT re-dressing them will be very difficult and expensive (I am better of buying a complete mk5 GTI interior).

Cheers! :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 02, 2011, 05:43:15 pm
Well guys, the preparations are done so The Green Hell awaits me  :grin:. I am go do go. All I have to do is to put my wheels, jack, discs, pads, bolts, DV, oil, anti freeze, etc in the car.
Unfortunately all my friends backed up at the last minute so I will be going there all alone  :driver:. Hope the weather is good!

Today I made the final adjustments including the geometry adjustment.
During this step I realized that my car is quite low because I could not get the car on the geometry stand without using some wood. The front splitter was in the way  :grin:. Can't imagine big al  :drinking: going there with his car.
And the next thing is I realized was that the bruce was right about the toe setup. I had the chance to drive my care with identical camber and caster setups but with 16 min toe in or 20 min toe in (total). I can tell you the difference is huge. With the 20 min setup you can fell the car is more stable, more responsive in a word better. Thanks again for this info, I really appreciate it.
I might try even more toe in in the future.  :innocent:

Here is the final setup...

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I told my mechanic that I want the camber to be close to 2.30' so he made them exactly that. This is one of my most "beautiful" setups yet  :smiley:.
All the best!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Top Cat on August 02, 2011, 07:02:36 pm
Good luck!, be safe.  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on August 02, 2011, 08:09:25 pm
Yes, a very beautiful alignment.  :happy2:

From me as well best wishes, be careful.  :wink:
Keep in mind you have much to loose and nothing to win (just the ''goldene Ananas'' we use
to say here).
Remember Laurent had a huge crash with his A3 this year and I had a (smaller) one as well.

 :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 02, 2011, 09:29:03 pm
Thanks guys!  :smiley: I will try not to take any chances. I'll see how that goes. My primary goal is to came back just like I left (in one piece and the car also).

The weather is not looking to good at the moment but fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on August 03, 2011, 08:17:19 pm
Have a pleasant trip and lots of good fun rex. Take care and call me from time to time to tell me how it goes :) !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 03, 2011, 10:17:15 pm
Thank you fuscobal! Wish you will join me again next year.  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 13, 2011, 07:16:47 pm
Well guys, I just returned from my Nring + Spa trip and I have to say all is good. The car is fine and so am I.
I could make one huge post telling you all about this trip but I think that is not such a good idea. So, I will make smaller posts (they are still quite long).

Well, I left my home on the 4th of august and in the evening of the 5th I arrived at Nurburgring. The car was quite fuel efficient as you can see below.

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I could have had even better mpg's but the German Highway took it's toll (no speed restrictions, roads in construction and a lot of traffic jams).

So, as I was saying I arrived on the evening of the fifth, I changed my tires (I managed to scratch one of my BBS rims), unpacked and I was ready to have a lap of the Nurburgring that evening.

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I got to the track but the track was closed. So, I tried to find a spot to park the car but I didn't have any luck. I asked somebody (they looked German but in fact were British) why the track was closed and they said that there was a big accident involving cars and bikes and the track was closed for more then an hour. They noticed my discs so I told them that these were made in the UK  :drinking: Than I set of to have the dinner. After the dinner I decided to browse the web at my hotel. There was another guy watching videos of laps in the dining room and I started chating with him. He turned out to be Roberto Merhi. He is the leader of the Forumla 3 Championship. We chatted about the Nring and Hring and Spa lines, about team mates, about cars, etc.... He also invited me to the races taking place the following day (he even gave me a paddock ticket so I could go in and out as I pleased).

So...I did just that. But first I went for 5 laps of the Nordschelife. The first ones were really slow (just below 10 min) because the track was wet (on some parts even all the track was wet and I did not want to take any chances). There was also a lot of traffic which made my work even harder. It was also very frustrating because my tires would rub against the wheel arches. So, after these laps I went to the GP track to see Roberto. I went on the pit lanes and spied on some Seats and Sciroccos (they were also racing that weekend).

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After that I saw Roberto win his first race of the day. He was very nice and he invited in the paddock.

Than I set up to have some other laps.

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The next 2 laps were really "something". In the first lap I almost hit a Porsche.

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This guy was really slow and he did not let me pass... This does not bother me too much but before a corner he braked to much and I almost hit him from behind.

The next lap was the scariest lap I have ever done (so far). I started going even though it was beginning to rain. I followed a Renault Clio RS at the beginning of this lap.

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I had to much confidence in my driving skills (very childish of me)... and in the Eschbach bend (minute 7:55 of the video below, at km 16, just before the observation post) the car oversteered a lot. I don't know how I didn't crash the car then and there. I remember thinking I would hit the rails, at a point I remember hitting the brake pedal, I remember hitting the gas pedal (not sore at what point, though). But I managed to survive and I noticed that the track was really wet and I went a lot slower for the rest of the lap.



Than it started to rain heavily and I went to eat. After I ate I went to the hotel and raised my front and removed the back spacers. I hoped this would prevent the rubbing I was telling you above and in a great part it did, as I was to find out the next lap. So, I made one more lap but at a slow pase(9.50)

Then I went to see Roberto in his second race of the day. Now I sat in the Mercedes Benz Arena and I had a great view of much of the track. Roberto stared 8th and he won. It was one of the best driving I have ever seen (on TV also). This guy is really really good.

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Then a dinner at Sabine's place ended that day.
The following days will be presented in the following posts.
Cheers  :drinking:

*Edit: I changed the video with a better version. The previous one had a editing mistake (some scenes were twice) and the new one corrected these mistakes.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on August 13, 2011, 07:51:38 pm
excellent reading, looking forward to hearing more  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on August 13, 2011, 08:12:03 pm
as always nice write up  :happy2:


ps
now you'll know why I told you  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 13, 2011, 11:56:41 pm
Thanks guys!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Frenzy on August 14, 2011, 12:08:47 am
your thread is brilliant, always enjoy reading it and of your adventures!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 14, 2011, 12:13:56 am
Thank you very much, frenzy! To see my car and my thread be appreciated among these great cars and threads is quite amassing. It means I did something right.  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on August 14, 2011, 10:07:50 am
Damn I wish I have been there with you...:) Very nice writeup, waiting for the rest of the story !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 14, 2011, 03:46:43 pm
Thank you, fuscobal!

And to continue the story...
This day, the 7th of August, was the second day of the weekend when the track was opened for the whole day. So, again I made as many laps as I could...
Unfortunately this day also had its share of accidents, bad weather and a lot of traffic. But not entirely.

Between laps of the Nordscheife I also went to see Robertos race. This time he finished second but the points are very valuable for the championship.

After pretty much a whole day of traffic and bad weather the miracle happened  :driver:. I managed to have a very, very low traffic lap with excellent weather. The track was not quite in the best state because there were a lot of oil spills so I did not push as hard as I could have on those sections. These things made me have my best lap yet. The time is quite hard to measure exactly (there are no line for BTG) but from my calculations I made a little bit better than 9:01:08. It could have been something like 9:00:80 but I will just round that to 9:01. One of my hidden objectives was to have a 8:XX time. This would have been the icing on the cake but it was not meant to be. No worries, I will try again next year.



If you look closely the film is 9 minutes and 3 seconds long. Considering that there are 3 seconds to reach the Bilstein Bridge and there are 2 seconds after I pass the Audi Bridge you might think my time was 8:58. Well, on my original film the time is 9.01 so I think that the film editor is to blame for shortening the lap.

For those of you who know the Nring I will say a few works about the bends where I feel that I could have gone faster:
- T13 - I could have had a higher entry speed (there is a small difference between my driving here and my conception of the best lines and speeds)
- Hatzenbach - I could have been faster here but I braked more than I should have. At least I had a nice "slow in fast out" approach.
- Hocheichen - I missed the apex. I lost a little bit of time here.
- Flugplatz - I could have been on the gas a fraction sooner but I lost very little time here.
- Schwedenkreus - I braked more than I should have. Considering that this is one of the most dangerous bends I am have I braked more than I should have than the other way around :smiley:
- Fuchsrohre - I was slower than the maxim the car could give because there was the oil stain sign and at 125mph I didn't want to take many chances. But I don't think I lost a lot of time here, either.
- Adenauer Forst - I should have had a different entry but I was afraid that the car would understeer on the entry. The car did understeer mid corner especially because of the higher than normal entry speed.
- I am not hitting the apex before Miss-Hit-Miss
- on the entry of Miss-Hit-Miss I am not using the whole width of the track. If I was to use the full width the car would understeer and I would not hit the apex on the "Hit" corner. So I just preferred this approach.
- Bergwerk - I had to be on the brakes sooner over here because on the previous day there was oil on the track and the entire bend was covered in sand. Now the sand was still present and that is why I use the middle of the track more. Anyway the entry and exit are very good, just a little of attention is required because there is a lot of sand on the exit also.
- Karussell - I brake more than it is required for this corner. I didn't quite get the entry speed worked out for this corner. I am loosing some time here.
- Wippermann - I could have been a little faster through here
- Eschbach - there is a slower car that is costing me some time
- Platzengarten1 - I am slower than I should be because I have rubbing issues in this bend and also because it is quite a difficult corner. If you are a little bit too fast, you will hit crash the car.
- Platzengarten3 - I am only a little bit slower than my car can go. This is because of the big incline/decline, because of the high speed (more than 100mph), because of the blind curbs and because of the differences in level between the right and the left part of the track. I just didn't feel like risking it all to go with "the pedal to the metal" from the entry point. This is, in my opinion one of the scariest bends around Nring.
- Schwalbenschwanz - I brake more than I should have over here.
Well this was the description of the lap. I hope I didn't bore you to much!

Oh, and there are 2 more things I want to point out:
1. The Kumho v70a semislicks are not helping me too much on this track. The Nordschelife is quite slippery even with semislicks (honestly I didn't feel much of a difference between the semislicks and the normal road high performance tires). And to add to this the semislicks are a little bit more unpredictable than the normal high performance street tires. The wear on the semislick is minimal on this track.
2. I tried to go right to the limit of the kerbs without touching them (except Wippermann). For a good time I think it is imperative to be more aggressive and ride the kerbs. But, again, the time was not my primary concern.

Below you have some pictures of the car taken that day:

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Thanks for watching!
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Frenzy on August 14, 2011, 04:00:19 pm
Just watched your 1st vid  :congrats:

Brilliant save at Brunnchen (i think? around the 14km marker) and how you did that without looking like you had  :ashamed: your pants is equally impressive. In fact watching your lines around the circuit they are very good and definitely brave, especially given the wet conditions and that you don't have a racing seat. Very impressive. I don't think i'd have the balls to do that in my own car  :laugh:

Would be great for your vids if you could get the kit which shows MPH/KPH and G readout  :popcornsoda:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 14, 2011, 06:14:06 pm
Thanks frenzy!

I am not sure what save you are talking about... Is it this one:
I had to much confidence in my driving skills (very childish of me)... and in the Eschbach bend (minute 7:55 of the video below, at km 16, just before the observation post) the car oversteered a lot.

If it's not, could you please tell me the minute and second where it happens?
Please note that I swapped that first video with a better version. In the original film, there were some editing mistakes and some parts were run twice. The second video fixes these mistakes.

Yes, some lines are brave, other are just stupid. Please bear in mind that I have semislicks and that the track is very slippery. It's not about balls is about insanity  :grin:. But with time I am learning to better control the car so I can be even crazier  :grin:. I know it's just a matter of time before I have my first crash because it is, in my opinion, impossible to have many track days and no accident. I just hope that when it happens I'll be fine (along with everybody else from the car).

About the mph/kph... the camera has these. But when I export the films in order to put them on youtube this information cannot be exported. So I am the only one that can see the speed. Some runs are without speed (as is the last video) because I just don't plug the GPS receiver into the camera (you can see that I am trying to do this at the start of the last video). But I can't do that so for this run I just leave the GPS reciver unplugged.
One of my longer term plans is to buy a GoProHero and have it film the dashboard. This way you will see the RPM, the speed and this way the sound would also be much better.
Unfortunately my camera does not have a G readout.

Thanks for your comment!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on August 14, 2011, 10:38:04 pm
rex, by ''save'' Frenzy was reffering to the recovering of the car you did after it badly oversteered without showing any sign of panic on your face :) !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on August 14, 2011, 11:36:52 pm
Rex, the pokerface !!   :evilgrin:

:drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on August 15, 2011, 06:36:01 am
Rex, the pokerface !!   :evilgrin:

:drinking:

 :grin:  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 15, 2011, 08:38:26 am
I wish I had that face when playing poker. I would be rich by now  :grin:.
Guys, no input about my second video (the one with the fastest lap)... Was I good, was I bad? Did I make many mistakes?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on August 16, 2011, 07:17:17 pm
The lap on 2nd video is absolutely excellent, Rex !!  :happy2:

It's just stunning how brave you were driving. I just wonder how many laps you already had on the ring?

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 16, 2011, 07:32:08 pm
Thank you very much for your input the bruce  :happy2:!
Yes, you have to be brave, nuts, or know what you are doing to drive fast around the Nring. As I don't quite know what I am doing (but trying to learn) it would be one of the first two. Yes many corners are taken with only a small (very small in some cases) margin for error. I am (and was) very pleased with that lap. I know it's not a perfect lap, but I think it's close to the best I can do right now. In the future I hope to improve my skills. Actually I have in plan another rally academy so I can take driving to the next level. But I think I have to wait till spring since there are no funds to support my plans at this moment  :laugh:.
I now have 42 laps of the Green Hell. This lap was lap number 38.

Comments good or bad are welcomed since I am trying to see what I did wrong and what I should do to fix my mistakes  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on August 16, 2011, 09:20:51 pm
No mistakes in the 2. video, Rex.  :wink:

Just one risk:  to fail. But i know ''it's hard not to push hard''.

 :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Frenzy on August 17, 2011, 12:26:39 am
Thanks frenzy!

I am not sure what save you are talking about... Is it this one:
I had to much confidence in my driving skills (very childish of me)... and in the Eschbach bend (minute 7:55 of the video below, at km 16, just before the observation post) the car oversteered a lot.

If it's not, could you please tell me the minute and second where it happens?
Please note that I swapped that first video with a better version. In the original film, there were some editing mistakes and some parts were run twice. The second video fixes these mistakes.

Yes, some lines are brave, other are just stupid. Please bear in mind that I have semislicks and that the track is very slippery. It's not about balls is about insanity  :grin:. But with time I am learning to better control the car so I can be even crazier  :grin:. I know it's just a matter of time before I have my first crash because it is, in my opinion, impossible to have many track days and no accident. I just hope that when it happens I'll be fine (along with everybody else from the car).

About the mph/kph... the camera has these. But when I export the films in order to put them on youtube this information cannot be exported. So I am the only one that can see the speed. Some runs are without speed (as is the last video) because I just don't plug the GPS receiver into the camera (you can see that I am trying to do this at the start of the last video). But I can't do that so for this run I just leave the GPS reciver unplugged.
One of my longer term plans is to buy a GoProHero and have it film the dashboard. This way you will see the RPM, the speed and this way the sound would also be much better.
Unfortunately my camera does not have a G readout.

Thanks for your comment!

Yes sorry my mistake the corner is the Eschbach corner where you have your tank slapper  :laugh:

Brunchenn is the following set of bends  :ashamed: I'll have to watch your 2nd vid when i get time  :popcornsoda:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 18, 2011, 11:56:05 am
Great frenzy!
As I said comments are always welcomed!

And while I wait for more comments I will continue with the story....
After the previous video which was my most exciting lap I have ever done on any circuit (I really had a blast) I decided to take some things of my car so that I can be lighter. For my 155 bhp car, weight is critical and with the spare wheel, some tools, back pack, etc the car plus driver weight about 1400kg. So I decided to loose ~30 kg.
Seeing that the track was completely dry I also changed the rear shock stiffness from 6 to 7. Now I was running with 8 front and 7 rear. With this setup I've done the last 4 laps of the trip and there are two things I want to point out:

1. first of all the I have to tell you that this setup wasn't the setup I was looking for... The car was suffering from understeer when entering a bend and oversteed mid way. I didn't like this at a all... not even one bit... I wasn't comfortable going fast around the fast corners so I just decided to play it safe and not push to hard.

2. I came to realize that mental preparation is extremely important when going on the Nordschleife. During my final 4 laps I was really afraid not to crash the car after a great trip. It is really true that if you are scared you are not fast. And once I got scarred it was really difficult to get over this fear. During these laps I've made a lot of mistakes and I had problems concentrating because the conservation instinct was quite intense. I am really glad that the traffic, the fact that a portion of the track was closed (before bend T13) and the speed limits in the parts where the rails were fixed (after a very eventful weekend) slowed me down to the extent that I could not do a good lap... So I didn't even try...
In conclusion these last laps were just like the should have been: safe and a nice way to end a great trip.

I still have to talk about the Spa trip (which is before these last 4 laps) but there is a lot of editing to do since I have to show you parts of all the 4 sessions I attended over there. I hope to finish the videos during the weekend.
Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on August 18, 2011, 03:39:06 pm
C'mon, let's see the Spa before the holidays !  :grin:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on August 18, 2011, 08:10:27 pm
....  I decided to take some things of my car so that I can be lighter.
For my 155 bhp car, weight is critical and with the spare wheel, some tools, back pack, etc
the car plus driver weight about 1400kg. So I decided to loose ~30 kg.

Seeing that the track was completely dry I also changed the rear shock stiffness from 6 to 7.
Now I was running with 8 front and 7 rear.


I wonder if 30 kg less + one click stiffer on rear makes such a huge difference?

 :confused:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 18, 2011, 08:28:55 pm
C'mon, let's see the Spa before the holidays !  :grin:

Soon....  :innocent:


I wonder if 30 kg less + one click stiffer on rear makes such a huge difference?

 :confused:

Well, the bruce I can only tell you what I felt. I have no concrete data to suggest that but it was my feeling that that was the case.
It also matters that those 30kg were taken from the rear. I think this also adds up to stiffening the rear.
On Platzengarten and Flugplatz I felt the car as described above. I also felt something is not quite to my taste on other corners (Miss-Hit-Miss and others).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on August 18, 2011, 09:43:55 pm
Rex, I did not doubt your feel in any way.  :wink:
I just was wondering about the Golf rear suspension reacting so critical.
You are a talented driver and I trust the impression you tell about.

 :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Top Cat on August 18, 2011, 10:49:25 pm
sh*t the bed! that was a big moment in the first vid.  :laugh:  :notworthy:  I would not suggest adjusting suspension settings and testing at the Ring. For me it is important to know were the limits of the car are, so i can concentrate on my own driving limits. I think my times when we last went were around 9:15 − 9:30 pretty sure i could have knocked some off this, but not without taking risks. We also went on the GP circuit one evening and once i realised it was very safe, i took a big step forward in learning and confidence and started to really go pretty fast.
What i am trying to say is when at the Green hell because of the overall situation it is better to go with a plan and stick to it, staying within the boundaries you set yourself and having a good understanding of how your car will handle using previous experience.  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 19, 2011, 03:13:57 pm
the bruce I know what you meant  :happy2:.
And yes, it is hard to believe but I felt a major change only by doing those 2 things. I think that at Nring you can really feel the car much better than on all other tracks I visited (only 2 unfortunately Spa and Hungaroring).
For comparison at Hring I go with a similar setup (the car is without the spare wheel, tools, etc) but with 10/10. Here the car is very good with this setup.
I still have a long way to go and I am not 100% sure that my senses are right.  :drinking:

TC Thanks for you comment. Yes it was a big moment. Anywere else it's normal but at Nring it quite scary (and except The Isle Of Man).
Here is how it is done:



The difference is that he is driving at 150mph (I am at 75mph), he knows what he is doing and he makes a clean recovery (not lucky like mine). Most certainly I will never get close to this, but I would like to learn to be a better driver than I am right now. I hope to be able to easily solve oversteer problems on my slow car.
I agree with you, usually it's not ok to change the setup at Nring. But I think that if you do it step by step you won't get hurt. Once you change the setup you have to be careful and not push to hard. It is important to change things because this way you will find the optimum setup.
Yes, the GP tracks are really great for learning your limits and the cars limits.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 19, 2011, 09:51:00 pm
Well ladies and gentlemen I hate to keep fuscobal waiting so were is the first part of the Spa trip.
On the 8th of August I woke up early and drove from Nurburgring to Spa Francorchamps in order to take part in their "public driving experience". It was raining all the way so I didn't have much hope that the weather will get better. It was quite wet and cold not quite ideal for my Kumho V70a semislick tires.
I arrived at the track:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/791/40898027684_08b7d4a3e0_b.jpg)

, parked the car and chose my laps:

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After that I had my mandatory safety briefing (in French so I understood close to nothing) I went to the car and some Ferraris were parked next to my car so I had to take a photo of the beautiful 3 red cars  :laugh:.

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I don't think I have to tell you that they are F458 Italia and F430 Scuderia...
These are the kind of cars you will find at events like this:

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Then I prepared for my first session. At the beginning of the day the circuit was very wet but it slowly began to dry out. When I had my first ever Spa session the track was partially dry. I tried to go slow and learn the lines but I could not help not driving at the edge. This is the film of the first session:



And to walk you through it a little bit:
I overtook the Elise because he was much slower on the bends but he soon made up for the lost time on the straights.
I had a big overteer at turn 6 (Les Combes). I was stupid to be that brutal with the steering wheel and there was a little bit of water on the track. As a result the oversteer you see at minute 2.38  in the video above. This time I knew how to react and I remember thinking "Don't panic, there enough room here even if you lose control of the car. All I have to do is turn the wheel and push the gas pedal". So I did just that and I had not issues. This recovery would get a 5.5 (maybe 6) out of 10, from my point of view. Than I apologized to the Elise driver for the situation and continued to learn the track. I also apologized after the lap (if I held him behind on the straights but I had no idea of his intentions or how fast he was going) and I remember the Elise driver said that that was a nice save (it might have looked better from behind).

So, after I returned from the lap the Ferrari guys (4 friends) parked again next to me and asked for my manometer (I hope I got this right, this is the instrument that measures the tire pressure). I gave them the manometer and we stared talking about where they are from (France), were I'm from, about the track, etc. The 430 Scuderia driver offered to take me as a passenger on session 11. I respectfully declined his offer (I know, I am nuts). Than we made me another offer and invited me on the 9th session. This was great for me because I was about to finish my runs at session no 8. So I said yes and I was suppose to have a ride in a 430 Scuderia on Spa  :love:.

I didn't have time to be happy about this because the second run (#4) began. This time the track was even drier and I continued my learning of the circuit.



In this film you will see that I am faster than a C63 AMG on the bends but once the straights appear he just takes off.
After this, I am caught by a Renault Clio RS (you may see him with the interior camera). I was not sure if he caught me because I was held up by traffic or he was faster than me. So I decided to find out... Again he was much faster on the straight leading to Les Combes but on the bends I disappeared. Although there is no competition on the track I was really proud of my car :). 

As a conclusion regrading the Spa Francorchamps circuit I have to tell you that it is an awesome circuit. It is miles better than Hungaroring but, unfortunately, it doesn't come close to the Nordschelife in terms of sheer thrills.
I really loved the Eau Rouge and Double Gauce (Pouhon). These are, probably, the nicest bends I have seen. The Eau Roughe is quite scary because just after the turn right the cars rear is very light and I feel that driving over the limit will cause the car to oversteer. With my power I don't brake for this corner, I just lift of (only during the first laps I brake). The Double Gauce is a very fast and trick bend and I like it a lot.
There are some other very nice corners like La Source, Blanchimot, no 9 but not quite as beautiful as the ones above.
This track is, in my opinion, another must for car lovers (along side with Nurburgring).
Cheers!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on August 20, 2011, 06:45:42 pm
Briliant my friend. The AMG looked so dull by comparison. The driver was also scared as hell by his car and turned the steering wheel abruptly instead of smoothly !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 21, 2011, 02:44:53 pm
Thanks  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 22, 2011, 07:50:20 pm
Well, here is the last episode of the Spa trip...

After my second session (run 4) we had the lunch break so I went to eat at the track's restaurant. During the meal it stared to rain heavily and I knew that the track would never dry out. But no worries... it's more fun in the rain with worn semislick  :laugh:. It really is an adrenaline rush (I think I might be an adrenaline junky). So I began my third session (run 6). As I said earlier I got an invitation to be the passenger in a F430 Scuderia so I thought I should return part of the favor (if I can say that) by offering a session in my humble car. The driver of the F430 declined but his friend accepted. So I got myself a copilot  :drinking:. From the beginning I told him this is a slow car but I think he enjoyed the session:



And to explain what is happening in this video (sorry for the poor English in the video):
At the beginning I was going behind the Porsche knowing that I am not allowed to overtake in the first lap. I saw cars overtaking behind me so I thought what I knew was wrong and, not wanting to cause a traffic jam, I overtook the Porsche and began my flying laps. After about one lap  :grin:, I reached a group of slower cars. The last car of this group is a Lotus Exige (I think it's a Exige S, but you guys might tell me if I'm wrong or right):

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I remember telling the passenger "This is a nice car". So... I was clearly faster in the twisty part of the circuit but he was faster on the straight (no wonder since it's a 942 kg 240bhp car).  I am even telling the passenger that the Lotus will overtake me since he has "about 300bhp" (mistake from my part). So the Exige overtook me and than entered Blanchimont (bend 17). This is one of the fastest GP bends. Unfortunately he missed the apex (closed to soon), understeered, reached the kerb, oversteered and hit the wall at ~ 80 mph (130 km/h). Fortunately, as you can see in the video everybody is just fine.

Well, after the shock (no more poker face now) received by my passenger the 430 Scuderia driver told us he will not go on any session so it appeared that the passenger lap in the Ferrary was not meat to materialize.
No matter, I still had a full day and one session of my own remaining.

I wanted this last session to be a nice ending session but, of course, I couldn't do that. So, after some laps with heavy traffic I decided to let everyone pass and try a fast lap.



This lap is on partially wet track and, unfortunately I missed the start because I was to relaxed on the straight before the La Source bend (between The Bus Stop and La Source). Behind me is a 225 Megane RS that is a little bit faster than me. Again he is much faster on the straights but considerably slower in the twisty part. At the end of the video he is overtaking me only because he jumps over Raidilon bend and I change to 5th gear because that was my cool down lap.
This lap is one of my best and I really like the way I drove on this lap considering the conditions.

Oh well, and I get back in the parking lot and the 430 Scuderia driver is really to go. He calls for me and asks me if I am still interested in being a passenger for the run. I didn't decline his invitation and so I got a ride in a Ferrari F430 Scuderia  :jumping:
There are many things to say about his session but I will try to be as short as possible:
- lovely interior with a lot of carbon fiber and leather.
- on the way to the pits I realize that my car is nowhere near as rigid as the F430 is. The driver also explained that the car was in race mode with the ESP not completely turned off.
- the sound is truly mind blowing. I could only talk to the driver during braking  :grin:.
- the carbon ceramic brakes (that cost as much as my Golf when new) are also amazing
- the grip when exiting a corner was impressive
- it understeered a bit when entering a bend
- the brutality of changing gears is something that can not be put into words. I would always bang my head against the head rest during an upshift. I later learned to put my head against the headrest when I saw read lights on the steering wheel  :laugh:.
- the acceleration was also truly impressive
I hope I didn't forget anything... Anyway, to keep it short, an awesome, awesome car. I also realized that what I am doing is "dust in the wind". Instead of modifying my car and never ever getting to that level I am better of saving 500 EURO a month and in 40 years I'll be able to buy a car like this  :sad1:. This ride really was amazing and I am really greatfull I had the chance to be a passenger in such a car.
Here are the two Ferrari's. Again, I had the ride in the F430 Scuderia.

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Here is a picture of yours truly during the lap. You might not be able to see me, but trust me, the person screaming in the passenger seat is me.  :grin:

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I still have to write something about Nurburgring but because of my hurry, I forgot. None the less, I will write this in my next post.
Hope you like it, thanks for watching!

P.S. I forgot to say... The orange Caterham from the begining of the first video is the actual car from the series "A race car is born". I watched the series and it was nice to see the car "in flesh".
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on August 22, 2011, 09:41:45 pm
I still like your reports very much.  :happy2:

Unfortunately you're right - a Scuderia is a different league.  :ashamed:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Frenzy on August 22, 2011, 11:43:41 pm
Watched your 2nd Nordschleife vid - in my opinion you are a very brave driver who takes excellent lines through some of the most demanding corners found on any track anywhere in the world  :notworthy:

I've read the Spa write ups and can't wait to watch the vids for these, just need to find the time but do keep the write ups and the vids coming  :party:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Top Cat on August 23, 2011, 12:09:59 am
Really enjoyed the Spa write up Rex.  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 23, 2011, 05:05:00 pm
Thanks the bruce  :happy2:!

Thank you, Frenzy. Yes, I agree that the lines are brave. Please believe me when I tell you that that lap (the best lap) was a major adrenaline rush for me. I was really on the edge (my edge or the cars edge) a number of times. I honestly think that lap is one in a life time. From now on I either learn to handle the car better and I won't have such an adrenaline rush or, if I'm stupid, I will learn nothing and go over the edge. I hope I will be smart enough not to do that.
At the moment I am out of vids, but I might make one more about overtaking on the North Loop.

Glad to hear that TC!

Hope I didn't make to many grammar mistakes in my comments  :laugh:. If I did, please excuse me!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 24, 2011, 07:57:34 am
Well guys, and to end the story about the last trip I have to talk about the last day.
Beside the post about lapping that day I have to show you photos of the parking lot.

I think my car is well camouflaged:

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At least I had Porsche Brakes  :laugh:. I also spoke to some Porsche mechanics and that were replacing OEM pads on a 911 Turbo. The pads were Pagid.
They also changed some pads on other cars in the parking lot with Pagid Blue (at the customers request). So Pagid should work well on Porsche calipers.

And I also have to tell you about the visit I made to Raeder Motorsport that day.
Well, first of all a big THANK YOU for the bruce. This trip was really worth while, great tip. I had the impression that Raeder Motorsport really know what they are doing.
Over here I spent about an hour talking to their technical support engineer. This guy was really helpful.
I still have to think what I want to do next with the car (except the Kerscher wings that will probably be bought in spring) but if I will change my seats, put in a roll cage and buy a harness I think I will go with Raeder Motorsport. This will be done primarily for safety but It's a lot o money and there are many ways to do it so I have to sleep on it.

Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Top Cat on August 24, 2011, 08:53:00 pm
It's crazy the cars that all go to the Green Hell, risking loss and injury on the most dangerous track in the world.
Its just MECCA.  :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 24, 2011, 09:42:47 pm
Its just MECCA.  :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:

Funny, that's the way I described it after my first visit in 2009.
Then I went with some guys that had GTI's and S3's and the hotel parking lot was full of Porsche's plus some other great looking cars (lamborghini). Then at the track again we saw truly amassing cars again.
So, the best was to be different and stand out in the crowd is either to have a Golf or something just as exotic like Veyron or Enzo. Both ways you will be noticed  :grin:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: 81lly on August 25, 2011, 12:05:25 am
Just been through the whole of your thread..Car is fantastic!  :congrats:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 25, 2011, 07:18:43 am
Thanks!  :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on September 27, 2011, 07:34:08 pm
Well folks, I haven't written here in a while. So, here's what is going on...
I am preparing for another track day at Hungaroring on the 2nd of October.
As I result I changed the intake. Just to remind you, I am keeping the OEM intake because there is a lot of dust in Romania (I actually think there's so much dust that we must be importing it from somewhere). It might not be much but I am really putting the engine to a lot of pressure with these track days so I want to be as safe as I can be (I doubt my engine was intended for a track day car  :innocent:)

Before

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After

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Again my car sound like I have 300+ bhp under the bonnet  :grin:.

And today the new pads have arrived. Thanks Dave!
The pads I chose are (once more) Pagid Orange RS 4-4  for the front and Ferodo DS 2500 for the back.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/926/26719762737_5ae95f890e.jpg)

The pads on the rear brakes will be changed only next year because they seem to be quite ok.
The pads on the nqsbbk are changed because I want to bed them in before the track day. I am not sure that the old pads will hold for all the track day so it is better to have another set of pads already bedded in.
Before:

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After:

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As you can the the old one are a little bit "cooked". I wounder how I managed to do that  :innocent:  :evilgrin:.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/927/27740059158_cba26dbd39.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/802/27740058888_c4817765bd.jpg)

Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on September 27, 2011, 10:57:29 pm
Rex, will the filter enclosure remain open?
Then it'l suck hot air !!  :wink:


ps: wish I could reach the brake fluid as easy as you
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on September 28, 2011, 06:46:17 am
Well, with the open filter is a longer story... But you definitely have a good point!
I have a pipe that goes to the open front RLine grille. This is for the cold air intake. This pipe is installed but not visible in the photos.
The filter has TUV, only with the top on but they say that if I want more power just take the top off...
While testing the car it seemed that I have more power with the open air filter (sightly more boost). So I guess I will go with the open air filter.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on October 05, 2011, 11:44:03 am
I am thinking of changing my track wheels and I would like to buy Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 7.5 x 17 ET 45.
Does anybody know if this wheels fits the nqsbbk without the use of spacers? Please note than the wheel I want to buy is only 7,5 inches wide and 17 inches in diameter (opposed to the 8x18 ET45 rim used by many over here).


Unfortunately I can't answer your question, but I have my own question
for you: Why change the wheels? Of course they will be a bit lighter, but
is it worth the hassle?
And if you change the wheels why not swap to a non compromise solution?
8" width and an offset of ET50 seem much more perfect to me.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on October 05, 2011, 12:02:49 pm

Great thread Rex  :congrats:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Top Cat on October 05, 2011, 01:20:39 pm
I am thinking of changing my track wheels and I would like to buy Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 7.5 x 17 ET 45.
Does anybody know if this wheels fits the nqsbbk without the use of spacers? Please note than the wheel I want to buy is only 7,5 inches wide and 17 inches in diameter (opposed to the 8x18 ET45 rim used by many over here).

I am going to guess at yes, they should fit. I had the same spec track wheels and fitted the B5 RS4 set up under a 17in TD at 7.5 width the disc was 362 mil. It is the diameter of the wheel that needs checking for clearance. i had to put the wheel balance weights on the back of the rim, because of the tiny clearance.
And i think you will be using smaller discs so i cant see why it wouldn't fit. ( though i could easily be talking through my arse. )  :rolleye:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on October 05, 2011, 03:58:35 pm
the bruce First of all thank you for all your comments so far. I hope you won't stop. You are always asking the right questions.
And now to answer your questions...
I am selling the wheels (already sold them) because:
1. I need spacers to fit behind the nqsbbk.
2. Because I use spacers the wheel + spacer combination is around ~10.8 kg. I want to buy some lighter wheels.

I want to go for 7,5 x 17 ET 45 instead of 8 x 17 ET 50 because:
1. the new rims should be lighter because of the 0.5 inch less material (which is furthest from the wheel hub, so where it counts).
2. I have 8x17 ET 50 (BBS rims) with which I have no issues with brake clearance but I have rubbing on the Nordscheife. So, wider fenders are a must. Since I will buy some wider fenders I want to increase the front track and I also want the car to look better( it looks better with the lower offset rims)

Tfsi_Mike Thanks!  :drinking:

Thanks TC for you comment!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on October 05, 2011, 04:02:22 pm

When £££ permits I would love 17" TDs that marginal weight loss, better handling and a 2nd set of wheels...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on October 05, 2011, 04:18:34 pm
When i contacted Raeder Motorsports reg. wheel sizes they recommended 18" over 17" for the golf  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on October 05, 2011, 05:04:12 pm
danishmkvgti Thanks for the reminder  :ashamed:
I think I will go for 17 inch because:
1. I already have the semislick to go with them
2. cheaper
3. lighter
4. the tires are cheaper (when I will change the tires)
5. I have to put the 18 inch rim in my registration otherwise it is illegal to have them mounted on the car. This step is not costly but very time consuming.

The only advantage the 18 inch has over the 17 inch rim is marginal performance considering the ideal rim/tire size. But, a very important thing, my car is not a GTI (I don't have the same power) so the 17 inch rim might work better for me.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: xht20 on October 05, 2011, 05:53:39 pm
rex, in our new registration paper (talon) the wheel size is not mentioned  :happy2:> And the police can't see the original wheel size
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on October 05, 2011, 07:46:15 pm
I have the old one.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on October 05, 2011, 07:58:55 pm

Great thread Rex  :congrats:

the bruce First of all thank you for all your comments so far. I hope you won't stop. You are always asking the right questions.

You know this ist one the threads I like most on this forum.
You fill it with heart & soul like no other. Go on, Rex !!  :happy2:


I am selling the wheels (already sold them) because:
1. I need spacers to fit behind the nqsbbk.
2. Because I use spacers the wheel + spacer combination is around ~10.8 kg. I want to buy some lighter wheels.

I want to go for 7,5 x 17 ET 45 instead of 8 x 17 ET 50 because:
1. the new rims should be lighter because of the 0.5 inch less material (which is furthest from the wheel hub, so where it counts).
2. I have 8x17 ET 50 (BBS rims) with which I have no issues with brake clearance but I have rubbing on the Nordscheife. So, wider fenders are a must. Since I will buy some wider fenders I want to increase the front track and I also want the car to look better( it looks better with the lower offset rims)


I understand almost all of these arguments, Rex.  :wink:

But I still would prefer an 8.0" wide rim which offers the ability to fit
235 tyres.
 :evilgrin:

I still run just the 7.5" Denver (Monza) with 225/45 Federal although
I see them as a compromise. So I will swap to my 8x18 BBS when the
Feds are blown.

I'm sure 17" and 18" perform similar. I guess a 18" might be better on
a heavier car while 17" might have slightly advantages on lighter cars
like Rex' GT 1.4 TSI.

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on October 06, 2011, 05:21:11 pm
Thanks  :ashamed:

You are right, for you the 235 tires make sense. For me not so much...

Oh... and I forgot to tell you guys... Guess what I did last weekend  :smiley:!
Some hints: Hungary, F1, and this:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/936/40695946075_b1a95c1e02_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on October 09, 2011, 08:34:58 am
And because I improved my best time on Hungaroring, here is the video with the fastest lap:



And some thoughts:
- The lap is 2.23.35, about 0.25 seconds faster than the previous best
- Although this is not a perfect lap is it the best lap of the day. The laps where there was no traffic were only a handful.
- Comparing this lap to my previous best ones you can see that I am much more aggressive. I am riding the kerbs and this is visible in better time. Roberto Merhi, the F3 driver I was telling you some pages ago (BTW we is now F3 champion  :notworthy:), told me that riding the kerbs is crucial for obtaining a better time. We was obviously right. But, riding the kerbs is not all about gaining.... I found out that the more I ride the kerbs mid corner the more the car understeers mid corner. There is a explanation for that, by riding the kerbs (which are higher than the track) the car gets more weight on the outside and the wheels loose grip because they have more weight than they can handle. So there is a balance that we must all find.
- At 1.45 in the above video is the biggest mistake of the lap. Here I miss the apex by about 1.5 meters and the result is an understeer. But, because I knew of the generous run of area I stayed on the gas and lost very little time.

Comments are welcomed.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on October 09, 2011, 08:26:55 pm
Very nice lines indeed. I noticed the small mistake you were talking about at 1.45 but it wasn't so severe. You had an early turn in followed by a larger exit wich was unavoidable. Great lap Rex ! How much meat do the Kumhos still have ? (can you approximate the number of kms done ?)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on October 09, 2011, 09:13:19 pm
Thanks  :happy2:
Yup... As we both said... An early turn in is making me miss the apex by 1.5 meters and an understeer at exit.

About the tires, I have to say I've had 4 Hungaroring track days (about 20 sessions), 23 Nurburgring laps and one Spa track day (4 sessions) ~900 miles (1400km) . The tires are worn but I think I won't change them yet....
The outer part of the front left tire and the inner part of the front right tire are slicks (no more groves) but the rest are pretty much ok... They suffer from overinflation (so the middle is a little bit worn compared to the outer parts), but other than that all is fine. I wouldn't like to use them on rain, but they might be ok for a few more dry track days.
I will make some photos of the tires to see exactly what I mean...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on October 09, 2011, 09:27:08 pm
Oh... and I forgot... some more photos with the car on the track  :smiley:
She really likes being on the track  :love:.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/907/41547582622_faaccff3a9_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/835/40877041164_cf711fec07_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/806/39800997220_7d44cfeb36_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on October 10, 2011, 02:21:04 pm
 :happy2:

Rex, now it's time to have a PerformanceBox and display some data, isn't it?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on October 10, 2011, 06:27:42 pm
:happy2:

Rex, now it's time to have a PerformanceBox and display some data, isn't it?

What the man said. Will do it myself in the future. Bruce, do you think a driftbox would be appropriate ?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on October 10, 2011, 06:34:27 pm
:happy2:

Rex, now it's time to have a PerformanceBox and display some data, isn't it?
Ha ha, doubt it...  :smiley:
I am still going on the track for fun and I am not that interested in the lap record... I am only keeping track of time to see if/how I am improving my driving skills. Once you are all about time you might take some chances you wouldn't take otherwise. At Hungaroring I can afford to take some chances but at Nurburgring I cannot.
And I still have a long way to go before my budget will allow me to spend 1000 EURO on lap recording. Before the beginning of next years track days I hope to make some major mods to the car. How, they say: I have bigger fish to fry  :innocent:.

 :drinking:

What the man said. Will do it myself in the future. Bruce, do you think a driftbox would be appropriate ?
Well then... I'll just wait to try yours before buying mine  :party:.  :evilgrin:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on October 10, 2011, 06:59:09 pm
And one small teaser from the photoshoot I took part, on Friday:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/933/39780106250_db4a8d9528_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: xht20 on October 10, 2011, 07:33:15 pm
Niiiice

Show us more  :party:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on October 10, 2011, 11:08:11 pm
:happy2:

Rex, now it's time to have a PerformanceBox and display some data, isn't it?

What the man said. Will do it myself in the future. Bruce, do you think a driftbox would be appropriate ?


Have a look at racelogic.co.uk .
A friend has a PerformanceBox, so I in the past I didn't need to buy one.
I never had the chance to try the Driftbox. Maybe 2012 when autocossing.
Guess there was a guy owning the Driftbox.


Rex, you're a smart guy. Let Fuscobal buy the box is most cost effective   :signLOL:
You know I just meant to provide some nice data (speed, G-force etc.)
to your movies.


Cheap alternative: 

use RaceChrono or similar on your phone and add an external 10 Hz bluetooth GPS
(Qstarz BTQ818). I'm no expert on this stuff of course.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on October 11, 2011, 04:23:50 pm
Niiiice

Show us more  :party:
Patience my friend  :drool:.

Have a look at racelogic.co.uk .
A friend has a PerformanceBox, so I in the past I didn't need to buy one.
I never had the chance to try the Driftbox. Maybe 2012 when autocossing.
Guess there was a guy owning the Driftbox.


Rex, you're a smart guy. Let Fuscobal buy the box is most cost effective   :signLOL:
You know I just meant to provide some nice data (speed, G-force etc.)
to your movies.


Cheap alternative: 

use RaceChrono or similar on your phone and add an external 10 Hz bluetooth GPS
(Qstarz BTQ818). I'm no expert on this stuff of course.

Ha ha  :laugh:. Actually, I have the speed, it's just that I can't show it on the youtube videos.
Here is the video player that comes with the camera:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/861/41547722272_a12729dc82.jpg)

I tried to put a camera on the dashboard but it just doesn't stick well enough and after very little time it comes of...
So I have to find another way...
Thanks for the ideas!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on October 11, 2011, 07:40:50 pm
And a small update...
I just sold the VW OEM Goal rims. I don't know what I will be replacing them with, but 17 inch TD Pro Race 1.2 are on pole position. And thoughts are welcomed.

But, just before sending the Goal rims to the buyer I made one photoshoot with them.
Sorry for the massive amount of photos I am posting  :smiley:!
Here are the results:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/918/41547603252_6edb15a412_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/833/39800959860_28ed85a468_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/795/26719918147_6b8115a604_o.jpg)

This is a photo where you can see the extra camber (2 degrees 30 minutes):

(https://live.staticflickr.com/899/40877053994_7aa7303935_o.jpg[img]

[img]https://live.staticflickr.com/908/41547595982_66c435585c_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/908/41547595982_66c435585c_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/902/41588126371_d35d4a9e08_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/910/39780107890_a9c25c3732_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/932/41588125021_4a7d7b4772_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/936/40898128714_2ac4332c07_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/933/39780106250_db4a8d9528_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/881/26740950937_6519076bc6_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/894/26740949487_f6f6da49e0_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/833/26740948657_6ea71fa658_o.jpg)

Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on October 11, 2011, 08:09:40 pm
Great shots !!!

This is a photo where you can see the extra camber (2 degrees 30 minutes):

I see it on almost every picture.  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on October 12, 2011, 12:19:24 pm
Thanks, the bruce  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Top Cat on October 12, 2011, 08:09:35 pm
Great photos Rex.  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on October 13, 2011, 02:30:19 pm
The photographer did the hard work. I just cleaned the car and drove carefully for the "rig photography" shots. The rig was quite unstable but I managed to have a steady speed and the camera vibrations were reduced. Than the photographer took the rig out of the photos using photoshop and you have the images above. Some have quite amazing colors due to the fact that the photos were taken in a shopping mall parking lot and there were a lot of commercials on the buildings behind.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on November 24, 2011, 08:32:09 am
Hi everyone.

It's been a while since I last wrote here. So, it's time for a little update: the car will have its 4th anniversary this weekend. When I bought it I remember thinking I will keep this car for 4 years. But know I have no thoughts of selling the car (only modifying it). In fact I have a lot of plans with this car. The funny thing is I like it more now then when I bought it.

And I also wanted to share a video:



Whenever I have some time I always enjoy watching Nurburgring laps. From the latest, August 2011, Nurburgring trip I only showed you 2 laps form the total of 23. I like to watch the other 21 laps as well and there is always something interesting to see and hopefully something to learn.
The above lap is a lap where I really enjoyed driving the Nurburgring. It was the first lap of that day so the tires were cold (you will see some understeer in the first corners), the driver is a more or less concentrated, the lines are not exactly what I wished for but all in all those things don't matter. The fun factor is all that matters.
Enjoy!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Hurdy on November 24, 2011, 10:57:58 am
Great thread Rex, I always pop into this thread for my 'ring fix!! when I see an update.

I now have a 1.4 too, so I now feel like the cars are like close relatives. :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on November 24, 2011, 04:07:17 pm
Thanks Hurdy!  :drinking:
Yes, our cars are distant relatives. Mine is the heavier and slower and older relative :drinking:. Honestly, I wish I had bought a twin charge engine instead of my single charge one (I only have the turbo). When buying the car I had the money to take a twin charge engine (about 500 pounds) but I thought the single charger was more reliable. Back than I didn't think I would visit the track this much  :smiley:. Our engines have the same engine block and only some other small parts in common (like Diverter Valve, some other valves, etc). But the turbo, injectors, clutch, transmission, etc are all different  :sad1:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Hurdy on November 25, 2011, 06:08:45 pm
Thanks Hurdy!  :drinking:
Yes, our cars are distant relatives. Mine is the heavier and slower and older relative :drinking:. Honestly, I wish I had bought a twin charge engine instead of my single charge one (I only have the turbo). When buying the car I had the money to take a twin charge engine (about 500 pounds) but I thought the single charger was more reliable. Back than I didn't think I would visit the track this much  :smiley:. Our engines have the same engine block and only some other small parts in common (like Diverter Valve, some other valves, etc). But the turbo, injectors, clutch, transmission, etc are all different  :sad1:.

So, a Polo GTI for your next car then? :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on November 25, 2011, 11:42:01 pm

So, a Polo GTI for your next car then? :wink:

with the battery in the rear (from factory)  :happy2: :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on November 26, 2011, 07:04:57 am

Thanks for the Vid Rex, I always find them entertaining  :congrats:

The pics are awesome too  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on November 26, 2011, 02:37:19 pm
So, a Polo GTI for your next car then? :wink:
I would really like a Polo GTI, but the parts used on my Golf don't fit the Polo. So I will keep the Golf as my track car even it it is severely underpowered.
I would like a Polo as a daily drive, though....



So, a Polo GTI for your next car then? :wink:

with the battery in the rear (from factory)  :happy2: :happy2:
Is that even possible?



Thanks for the Vid Rex, I always find them entertaining  :congrats:

The pics are awesome too  :happy2:
Thanks!
As always any comments of my mistakes are welcomed since I am trying to improve.
Honestly the photos are much better than the photographer had hoped for. All the colors are real and the only Photoshop used is to take the rig (attached to the car in order to take the photos) out of the photo.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on November 26, 2011, 05:06:41 pm


(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fgti.was-dachse-fressen.com%2Fimages%2Fbackstage%2Fpolo3.JPG&hash=7d892503e26ef488360a6183068e8fd2316597fb)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.motor-talk.de%2Fdata%2Fgalleries%2F0%2F135%2F4943%2F26054805%2Fbatterie-3205049705702692305.jpg&hash=ef7b1d947ee1e283e227b8e334ccb014c0d6aab4)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on December 18, 2011, 02:05:34 pm
the bruce: nice! That battery in the back might be more efficient than the 25kg of dead weight added to the rear bumper  :grin:.

And a small update:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/910/39801225680_fe3c4aabe8.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/924/41608878241_395bd6cf24.jpg)

 :santa:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on December 18, 2011, 02:58:16 pm
Nice wheels !!

Team dynamics? 17" or 18"?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on December 18, 2011, 04:53:36 pm

1.2 or 1.3? Cheeky hint of Vw wheel bag there too lol
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on December 18, 2011, 06:17:35 pm
Here are the specs:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/811/41608877601_e135534d49.jpg)


Cheeky hint of Vw wheel bag there too lol

 :grin:. I have to buy one more... The bags are holding the BBS rims right now. So I may need another set.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on December 20, 2011, 07:37:37 pm
Today I fitted the rims on the car to see that everything is ok and that that brakes.

But first I weighed the rims:
(https://live.staticflickr.com/818/26719906317_b93c61377d.jpg)

9.2 kg opposed to 9.0 kg that TD say. I guess that it is because of the central bore which is 57.1mm opposed to 66mm and it is made of metal.
The strange thing is that fuscobal measured his 8x18 TD Pro Race 1.2 and they also weigh 9.2 kg (with 66mm central bore).

Here are some photos taken during the test-fit installation:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/913/39801002370_be0fcc99a9_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/917/40717129555_a049826738_o.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/904/26719903117_747737ca06_o.jpg)

Another thing worth mentioning is that the brake clearance is HUGE. To be more exact 19mm. So, if anybody has the bbk and wants to have 7.5 x 17 it will go without any problems...

Oh... and one more thing... Some H&R spacers don't go well with the custom bore of 57.1 mm. Basically if you want TD's with 57.1mm central bore you can't use H&R hubcentric spacers on the rear of the car.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Top Cat on December 20, 2011, 08:07:29 pm
Very nice Rex, some sticky tyres to go with them for the summer, and you will have a good leap in performance.  :jumpmove:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on December 20, 2011, 09:02:31 pm
Cool, I told you they will clear the brakes easily !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on December 20, 2011, 10:05:19 pm
Perfect fitment !! And looks great.  :happy2:

Glad you decided for 8.o0" wide rims.
Hope you wont't get issues with fender clearence. Guess you have TT arms fitted
but I remember you wanted to go for wider fenders.  :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: jimk04 on December 20, 2011, 10:13:40 pm
I am wanting to stay with 17" so this is interesting. What size tyre are you going for? I had thought about 235 40.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rich83 on December 21, 2011, 01:16:46 am
 :notworthy: Thats brake/wheel combo is a winner!  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on December 21, 2011, 08:40:12 am
Very nice Rex, some sticky tyres to go with them for the summer, and you will have a good leap in performance.  :jumpmove:

Thanks TC. In spring I will mount my semislicks (Kumho V70a). They are more than a year old but still have some thread left. When these are worn I would like to go for some proper slicks. I'll see how it goes.


Cool, I told you they will clear the brakes easily !

Yup. I was expecting 5-6mm of clearance not 19mm  :innocent:.


Perfect fitment !! And looks great.  :happy2:

Glad you decided for 8.o0" wide rims.
Hope you wont't get issues with fender clearence. Guess you have TT arms fitted
but I remember you wanted to go for wider fenders.  :smiley:

Thanks the bruce. I went for the 8 inch wide rims because I might want to have some wider tires. I still have some life left on the Kumho v70a but I am planing for some stickier tires. These go better on 8 inch rims (even if they are 225mm wide).
And yes, I will go for the Kerscher fenders in spring.


I am wanting to stay with 17" so this is interesting. What size tyre are you going for? I had thought about 235 40.

Well I will still go with 225/45. One thing to mention here is that even if the tires are said to be 225 wide the width can be greater or smaller. I am currently hoping for Kumho S700 225/45 which are actually 238mm wide (http://www.kumhotire.com/tire/tire_detail.jsp?category_cd=001001000000000).


:notworthy: Thats brake/wheel combo is a winner!  :happy2:

Thanks! Honestly, I like the OEM Goal (the ones used for the car rig photos) better but the TD's are more for functionality and less for looks.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: jimk04 on December 29, 2011, 09:37:42 am
Hello - hope you had a good Xmas :xmassmiley: :santa:

Before you mount the wheels to the car could you do me a favour and measure the internal diameter of them please?

~I am thinking of running 330mm discs and wondered if they will fit in these 8x17"...

Thanks! :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on December 29, 2011, 10:23:26 am
Knowing the diameter of the discs won't help you much with knowing if the wheels fit. I had 345mm discs/S3 calipers inside the standard GTI rims wich have a smaller internal diameter than the TD. Being a motorsport rim, TD was designed to have the biggest amount of space for the calipers so provided you don't have huge calipers, your brakes will fit easily behind those TDs
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Top Cat on December 29, 2011, 11:13:28 am
Hello - hope you had a good Xmas :xmassmiley: :santa:

Before you mount the wheels to the car could you do me a favour and measure the internal diameter of them please?

~I am thinking of running 330mm discs and wondered if they will fit in these 8x17"...

Thanks! :happy2:

Yes they will fit easy.  :happy2: i had 360 discs and calipers inside my 17in TD's
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on December 29, 2011, 11:56:09 am
Hello - hope you had a good Xmas :xmassmiley: :santa:

Before you mount the wheels to the car could you do me a favour and measure the internal diameter of them please?

~I am thinking of running 330mm discs and wondered if they will fit in these 8x17"...

Thanks! :happy2:

I can easily measure the diameter but I'm afraid there is no point in doing that:
1. The rim is has "variable" diameter as you can see in the picture below. So it depends where I measure. And the point where I measure for a specific BBK might take some time (not to mention that the measurements could be not that accurate)...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/907/41608855441_dc8bc376f6_w.jpg)

2. As far as I know all the BBK with 330mm discs fit the 17 inch rims radially. The only issues are with the rim clearance due to the spoke design and depth (for each individual rim type).
3, TD's have massive clearance. While looking for BBK (before buying the NQSBBK) I came across many BBK's (APRacing, Brembo, Alcon, Stoptech, Tarox, Movit). Out of these the bulkiest caliper was the Stoptech one (please correct me if I am wrong). This would require a spacer of about 10mm to fit the OEM Monza wheel. From my calculations even this caliper would have about 10mm of free space for the TD 1.2 8x17 ET 45 rims.
4. If you decide upon a BBK, some BBK's have a drawing to see if they fit your rim. Just send me the drawing and I can see if it fits or not. Don't worry about me fitting the wheels because these rims will be used mostly on the track so I can measure them whenever it is necessary.

 :santa:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: jimk04 on December 29, 2011, 03:46:23 pm
Thanks very much chaps!

360s in 17s.......wow!

I saw over in the states one guy had Cayenne 6 pots on the Mercedes 350mm inside standard Audi A3 17".


I intend to use either 996/996tt or 997 over Mercedes 330x28s x-drilled
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 08, 2012, 11:58:11 am
Well, it's the middle of winter and not much to do, but I like to keep myself occupied:



This mod costs about £60.

And during this time I also like to do other small things order parts for the spring and plan the track days  :driver:

Thanks for watching!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on January 08, 2012, 12:55:31 pm
Nice mod but beware of tight spaces. I've had some situations where I had to slowly and not fully open the trunk lid in order not to hit a wall closely behind the car. If you forget about your pop mod and push the button, the lid will hit the wall  :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 09, 2012, 06:58:25 pm
Thanks fuscobal for the advice. I am and will be careful.

And another small update... This got mounted on  the car:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/911/27718205738_87873c5689_w.jpg)

In English that is an engine undertray (from here (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,22986.0.html); thanks the bruce for the thread).
Unfortunately not all went as planed and unfortunately I don't have the photos to show you because of the poor lighting and the fact that I forgot the camera home.

But I can tell you that this engine undertray is not bolt on for my 1.4 TFSI (CAXA) engine.
The area circled in the photo below (Tfsi_Mike's photo) was causing me problems.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/924/40717038885_5524bafe87_w.jpg)

The flexible exhaust is going through there and unfortunately there was no clearance. So I had to cut the plastic around that part and problem solved (so now I still have the vent over there but the air is not redirected upwards).
Now I have about 5cm of clearance between the exhaust and the engine undertray. I hope it is enough even when the exhaust gets hot. I guess time will tell  :smiley:.

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on January 09, 2012, 08:44:26 pm
Cool mod, can't wait to have mine installed and exchange opinions on the driving feeling at speed !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: xht20 on January 09, 2012, 10:48:25 pm
I've also ordered this undertray :D
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on January 09, 2012, 11:52:17 pm
Teff, ... 237 P will fit nice on your R.
Some parts shown for rear axle won't fit to 4-motion models.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: xht20 on January 10, 2012, 12:17:09 am
I don't find a picture of the 237 P :(
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on January 10, 2012, 12:37:40 am
Teff, have a look:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2F09012012024.jpg&hash=577ea704b49db4c72145075b7271fb2b7afa9330)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FPhoto0792.jpg&hash=7719a504865c82a645708667717d571f32eec759)

 :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:

 :wink:

The long slim covers of the rear trailing arms may also fit on a 4-motion but not sure.


email !!!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 10, 2012, 07:04:25 am
Cool mod, can't wait to have mine installed and exchange opinions on the driving feeling at speed !

Yup...
I am curious too see if it increases my mpg values. For the Nurburgring trip I need the best mpg values in order not to spend too much money on the gas (for the long trip from Romania to Germany). In 2011 I got 47 MPG and I now hope to have even better values.
Also with a rear wing I hope it will have some noticeable effects on the track.

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 12, 2012, 06:07:59 pm
Well guys, as I said this is a time of investigation and planning... I am currently expecting the wider fenders and searching for seat, seatbelts and rollcages  :innocent:
Also I can't help but watch the laps I made during my last Nring trip. Personally I like to watch Nring laps (mine or others) and maybe there are some of you that like do to that.
So, as long as I uploaded to youtube a new lap of the Nring I think it is rude not to share:



And as usual a few words:
- this is a lap that I have done prior to my personal best.
- although there is some traffic I managed a BTG of 9.06.
- and some interesting things from the film:
@ 4.49 - I get a little oversteer midcorner. This is not the first time I get oversteer at this corner. I also feel the backend trying to get loose on other inclines like the Eau Rouge climb (Raidillon at Spa Francorchamps). I am the only one that feels this? I think I need a rear wing  :smiley:...
@ 5.10 - you can see the difference between my 155bhp car and a M3 E46 (~350bhp). Just before the bend, in Nicky Lauda's corner I signal right to let the BMW pass but for some reason he don't overtake me. So I am able to get a decent exit out of the corner and so does the BMW (he has a better exit). This was it is easy to see the difference in bhp  :smiley:
@ 7.35 - I change from 3rd to 3rd. I laugh with my friends about occasionally changing from 3rd to 3rd. Usually this happens (it always happened till this film) when I should be in 4th but because I have to let another car pass or I have some traffic I am in 3rd. Than I forget that I am not in the normal gear and try to change. This time I think I lost concentration because of the VW Caddy I am overtaking. Anyway, my mistake...
@ 9 09 - I miss 4th gear. I think I need a short shift (the one for the GTI does not fit the 6 speed gearbox of the TSI).

All the best!  :drinking:

P.S. I just noticed that the quality is not quite the same as the raw video I have  :sad1:. Sorry!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fab5freddy on January 12, 2012, 10:07:08 pm
Rex just spent the last 2 hours reading through this thread

Great read and a great car, some really great driving  :driver:

Keep up the good work and look forward to the next installment  :popcornsoda:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 13, 2012, 07:04:43 am
Thank you very much for your comment!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: valle on January 15, 2012, 10:30:04 am
wow, great driving.  :congrats:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 15, 2012, 11:24:15 am
Thank you very much.  :notworthy:
I am not quite where I want to be concerning my driving skills but I plan to improve in the near future. I am thinking of taking some more advanced driving lessons from one very good Romanian driver.
I'll see how it fits my budget and my schedule.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: jimk04 on January 15, 2012, 07:34:21 pm
Another nice lap Rex, I have done a good few laps of the nordschleiffe but you are on top of your game!

At 4.49 into Ex Muhle - any car seems prone to oversteer into here. I attacked it like I would the similar bend at Cadwell Park in England - as the steep incline really slows you down there and you can throw it in...Ex Muhle is similar but doesnt let you get away with as much turn in as you would expect.!

Great lap tho...I love the M3 being fended off around the bits where it counts! :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 21, 2012, 09:33:14 am
Thanks!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 21, 2012, 01:56:43 pm
Well guys, there's another video from the August 2011 trip that I uploaded some time ago on youtube but I haven't shared it here. I thought there is no sense in posting another video... Well, now I changed my mind and I think this post could possibly help some forum members...

So... this is the last lap of the August 2011 trip:



And some interesting things about the video:
- the old pit lanes are opened because of some maintenance work  :driver:.
- the weather is totally different at the start of the lap (some very light rain) and mid lap (sunshine and dry track).
- and the most important thing, the reason why I am showing this video is because of the VW MK2 that overtakes me at "Angst Kurve" (min 6.30). I tried to stay with the MK2 but he was too fast for me.
Before the Nring trip and before I go on any track I am watching videos of that track. While preparing for the Nurburgring I came across these videos: http://vimeo.com/channels/nordschleife. Well, when I saw my and I saw how fast the MK2 was I wondered if this car was Nigel's car. Than I found his build thread (http://www.northloop.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?4332-Nigels-2nd-Golf-MK2-Trackcar.) and I came to realize that it was him.
My point is that if you guys are interested to learn the Nordschleife the above link is the best. Also if you have some questions I am sure Nigel will help (he even gave me a complete and very critical feedback of my best lap).

All the best!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: xht20 on January 21, 2012, 11:30:01 pm
http://www.loba-motorsport.com/en/home/news/new-product---lo270-for-vag-14-tsi
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on January 22, 2012, 02:11:26 am
Sadly for twincharger only.  :ashamed:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on January 22, 2012, 07:16:49 am
I'm glad it's available but...who makes the software for it ? They must have tested it on a car before releasing (at least I hope) so someone must have made the software for them !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 22, 2012, 10:03:52 am
http://www.loba-motorsport.com/en/home/news/new-product---lo270-for-vag-14-tsi
For the twincharger only  :sad1:
I guess nobody is crazy enough to modify my engine for more power and track use. Well, almost nobody...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 22, 2012, 04:19:17 pm
And one small update: the Kerscher front fenders (25mm wider) have arrived  :party:!

Here is how they look:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/861/26740971637_bc94841a76_w.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/822/27739903848_48595886f1_w.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/819/40898140154_2407fa376b_w.jpg)

One front fender weighs:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/883/39780052270_b73274437d_w.jpg)

The Kersher kit also comes with Mastic, rivets and the inner wheel arch extension:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/869/27739903998_3f017a7f7d_w.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/884/26740971847_2ee21cd1e3_w.jpg)

Can't wait to get them fitted (it will only happen mid February).
Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on January 23, 2012, 03:58:21 pm
I feel you bro :)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on January 23, 2012, 05:09:35 pm
And one small update: the Kerscher front fenders (25mm wider) have arrived  :party:!

Here is how they look:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P1227270.jpg&hash=f44b6e86d9f024094338ef8e1a5345915d58d640)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P1227273.jpg&hash=db24f4361174d25886bc6677b8b8d2c73574a75a)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P1227275.jpg&hash=994c7d296c3b85fdd746d862121b8980bbc39eab)

One front fender weighs:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P1227283.jpg&hash=d43bd01da39d6a8395acb65b1dcf379905d1f298)

The Kersher kit also comes with Mastic, rivets and the inner wheel arch extension:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P1227267.jpg&hash=574da7000d9ee148a3db1b8b48422aa3cc6c100b)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P1227266.jpg&hash=358cb595296f8d29af6a8fe9d33f30f6c053fb42)

Can't wait to get them fitted (it will only happen mid February).
Thanks for watching!

This is sooooo on my to do list, priority number 1 when it goes to the paintshop later this year, please share your experiences when fitting them Rex  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on January 23, 2012, 05:29:04 pm
Nice you have enough space for wide wheels, Rex.  :happy2:

Jake, guess you already had the Seibon fenders. Still unsatisfied?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on January 23, 2012, 06:06:41 pm
Nice you have enough space for wide wheels, Rex.  :happy2:

Jake, guess you already had the Seibon fenders. Still unsatisfied?

Yes, with the TT mk 2 arms i do not have enough clearance, and besides after seeing Teff's fenders and how flush they were with the bumper, the Seibon look less than good in comparison.
And as i have chipped the CF where the left fender meets the bumper they need fixing anyway, so why not go for the wider solution while i'm at it??  :laugh:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on January 23, 2012, 06:43:50 pm
I feel you bro :)
Honestly, I can't wait till March to have the other stuff mounted.  :pomppomp:

This is sooooo on my to do list, priority number 1 when it goes to the paintshop later this year, please share your experiences when fitting them Rex  :drinking:
Sure Jake. I am really curious so see how it all comes together.

Nice you have enough space for wide wheels, Rex.  :happy2:
Thanks :). I just wanted to get rid of the rubbing issue on the Nurburgring.
And just like you say, I can get some wider wheels. I have my eyes on one 225mm (238mm actual) Kumho slicks  :evilgrin:. When the current semislicks are gone I hope to go for some proper slicks.

Yes, with the TT mk 2 arms i do not have enough clearance, and besides after seeing Teff's fenders and how flush they were with the bumper, the Seibon look less than good in comparison.
And as i have chipped the CF where the left fender meets the bumper they need fixing anyway, so why not go for the wider solution while i'm at it??  :laugh:
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Good plan! I also bought the Kerscher fenders because I saw how they looked on TEFF's car. I hope the mk5 ones are of the same quality!

Cheers!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on January 23, 2012, 07:01:34 pm
Some time ago I told on this forum Kerscher fenders are top notch (and better than SRS).  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 07, 2012, 07:15:09 pm
And a small update:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/910/40716980625_0ce988a52c_w.jpg)

I am not pleased with the sound of the current camera so I will take the sound from the GoPro Hero2. And I will also experiment with more angles because the current camera stays on the car in the current position (even if the quality is not very good, the angles are excellent. I can easily see the lines and what is happening in the car and behind the car).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on February 08, 2012, 10:09:56 am
Congrats rex but the sound on these small wide angle cameras is not great either. Please compare the movies I made with my SONY HD camera vs my Drift HD170

SONY :



Drift HD :

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 08, 2012, 10:59:17 am
You are right there is a big difference between the two. But the sound from GoPro Hero 2 should be better than my old camera.
I also saw Adrian's videos and the sound was ok.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 22, 2012, 04:41:07 pm
I haven't written here for a while so it's time for an update...
Pieces are coming in and I will struggle to have everything fitted (except the roll cage which has a 8-10 weeks estimated delivery time  :sad1: and it has only been 4 weeks).
I will try to have an update here as soon as the pieces arrive and are fitted.

At the moment the car is in service for 2 reasons:

1. A woman failed to give way then changing the lanes (the bumper is scratched, and the front left wheel is a mess as you will see in the photos below)

2. Fitting the Kerscher wings.
The guys made a test and they fit very well. I want to see the finished product before saying anything else, but the future looks promising.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/901/26741040557_59b3cba48a_w.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/817/40717187415_5fbca63e6e_w.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/934/41568732552_1b08298894_w.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/942/40695763075_9aae09de9f_w.jpg)

Jake, (danishmkvgti) I remember posting a similar image and there was a large gap between the carbon fender and the bumper. Here the lines are better and in my opinion close to perfect.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/896/41588058461_d8039b838e_w.jpg)

The inner wheel arch has to be modified. I marked with a red line the area that has to be removed. The Kerscher inner fenders will be bolted to the remaining OEM inner Wheel arch.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/889/26719849337_2a5f63900f_w.jpg)

Cheers!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fab5freddy on February 22, 2012, 04:50:21 pm
Fenders are looking good so far, can't wait to see the finished article   :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on February 22, 2012, 04:56:29 pm
I haven't written here for a while so it's time for an update...
Pieces are coming in and I will struggle to have everything fitted (except the roll cage which has a 8-10 weeks estimated delivery time  :sad1: and it has only been 4 weeks).
I will try to have an update here as soon as the pieces arrive and are fitted.

At the moment the car is in service for 2 reasons:

1. A woman failed to give way then changing the lanes (the bumper is scratched, and the front left wheel is a mess as you will see in the photos below)

2. Fitting the Kerscher wings.
The guys made a test and they fit very well. I want to see the finished product before saying anything else, but the future looks promising.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P2227618.jpg&hash=5371813040655bc036b9b6301af1aa11883cb759)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P2227619.jpg&hash=30495058269e9866d4a9f72df9b9823aacdc2412)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P2227620.jpg&hash=37d58cd9f59424c602ecf7ed5c648c7d21094f6c)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P2227621.jpg&hash=9ca81506ef3d27f0eae6f18c429e62206706b407)

Jake, (danishmkvgti) I remember posting a similar image and there was a large gap between the carbon fender and the bumper. Here the lines are better and in my opinion close to perfect.
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P2227622.jpg&hash=4cf35c75cf8f5e8e12efedad785b90270ec558fb)

The inner wheel arch has to be modified. I marked with a red line the area that has to be removed. The Kerscher inner fenders will be bolted to the remaining OEM inner Wheel arch.
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P2227623.jpg&hash=1dcea3360bdb834432f802502f28f4b9f139d537)

Cheers!

Soooo looking forward to get my TT hub project over and get on with the project of painting the car and fitting these fenders. I love that they have taken into account that the bumper and fender needs to line up. Very very good news REX, same excellent fitment i saw on TEFF's last year at REVO HQ.
 :party:  :party:  :party:  :party:  :party:  :party:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on February 22, 2012, 05:13:25 pm
 :happy2:

Guess you don't miss the SRStec !!  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 22, 2012, 07:56:11 pm
Fenders are looking good so far, can't wait to see the finished article   :happy2:
Me too  :happy2:.

Soooo looking forward to get my TT hub project over and get on with the project of painting the car and fitting these fenders. I love that they have taken into account that the bumper and fender needs to line up. Very very good news REX, same excellent fitment i saw on TEFF's last year at REVO HQ.
 :party:  :party:  :party:  :party:  :party:  :party:
I saw TEFF's car ant they were brilliant. I hope the end result will be that good on my car also. Since this is a mod you're interested in I will try to keep you posted and give you as much information I have.

:happy2:

Guess you don't miss the SRStec !!  :wink:
:grin: Not at them moment. Hope not in the future also...  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: xht20 on February 22, 2012, 08:35:55 pm
Good job Rex  :happy2:
Your car will look even meaner now  :love:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 22, 2012, 08:43:15 pm
 :grin: Thanks, maybe too mean for a 1.4  :innocent:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on February 24, 2012, 12:13:16 pm
Mine are painted already and will go on the car next week. Will take photos and make comparisons to the OEM ones !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 24, 2012, 12:56:18 pm
Great!
That is the part that I missed. So your photos will be more than welcomed.
Today I am picking up the car from the painter. I am so e excited to see how it turned out  :jumping:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: xht20 on February 24, 2012, 09:32:54 pm
any pictures ?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: fuscobal on February 24, 2012, 10:35:53 pm
Tomorrow...it was dark already when he picked up the car :)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 25, 2012, 02:02:22 pm
So guys, the fenders are on the car.
I will try to write a review for those of you who are interested in these fenders. I will post this information on the Wide fenders for mk5 GTI (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,36336.0.html) thread also

First of all, the difference between these fenders and OEM fenders is ~1.2 kg/ piece: Stock 2935g cs Kerscher 1682g

Than, fitment... Well, it is not quite perfect. On the left side of the car the fitment is perfect (better than OEM):

(https://live.staticflickr.com/819/41608856701_0e3219b514_w.jpg)

On the right side things are not quite the same... There is a gap on the fender and the front bumper:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/918/39801204600_8ec62ea735_w.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/917/27740082188_ffe212acb9_w.jpg)

And there is some space between the fender and the headlight. But, the fender is aligned with the hood so I guess there was some space with the OEM fender too:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/877/40717330035_97d65efb9d_w.jpg)

All of the other joints or lines are perfect.
So, the fenders are not quite perfect but good enough (at least for my standards).

The fenders extend quite a lot and I like the look of the car with the new fenders.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/929/41608858101_201c7de6c1_w.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/876/41608856411_7750da31db_w.jpg)

Please don't mind the front left RLine grille. It has not arrived yet and I needed the car.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/796/41608856461_377757a695_w.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/819/41608856581_afb39d65b8_w.jpg)

And to make the post even longer, here are some shots with the OEM fenders and the Kerscher fenders.
I tried to have the same angle but it is not quite the same. I hope this helps anyway...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/808/27740084938_ac6f3b9a02_w.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/866/41608859141_e83ebd482c_w.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/822/41608858951_600f1024d5_w.jpg>)

All the best!  :drinking:

P.S. I Still have to make some photos of the inner fender but that will only happen when I change the winter wheels.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 26, 2012, 04:39:25 pm
And time for another small update: I changed the exterior door trim. I had the matt one and now I bought the glossy black one:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fupload_P2257658.jpg&hash=a80381286ee1bfb59135f92f4c5a180fb0e25435)

The installation is quite straight forward. Just pull the rubber next to the trim to reveal the 2 bolts holding the trim in place.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fupload_P2257657.jpg&hash=a7bcbb4bbee7c02ba8c78d318d713bb1cb9a8ae6)

Here are the before/after pictures:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fupload_P2257653.jpg&hash=f5c47251ad1f13044928f0bc780a3dc3b398cea9)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fupload_P2257661.jpg&hash=a7ff2cd0b6af0531536feb1c63af2cd131ce0e85)

Thanks for watching!
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: dmac1969 on February 26, 2012, 06:45:36 pm
That looks much better than the Matt black trim! I really like this car!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 26, 2012, 07:27:04 pm
Thank you very much!  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: xht20 on February 26, 2012, 09:11:20 pm
Much better with glossy black one  :party:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Top Cat on February 26, 2012, 09:39:16 pm
Loving the new wings Rexxie boy.  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 27, 2012, 06:40:30 am
Thank you guys!  :notworthy:

 :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: daboy3000 on February 27, 2012, 11:21:22 am
Looking good!!!

Is that gloss black door trim a main dealer part?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on February 27, 2012, 12:29:22 pm
The gloss black trim is OEM GTI.  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on February 27, 2012, 05:24:41 pm
Looking good!!!

Is that gloss black door trim a main dealer part?

Thanks!
the bruce answered the question for me.

Here (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,41766.msg487839.html#msg487839) is where I got the codes from.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on March 05, 2012, 06:06:52 pm
One comparison between the GoProHere2 and the Janus V2 camera (new vs old)



The difference is huge but the old one stays on the car since it is great for the inside shots. I will find some alternative angles to make the best out of each camera.
Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on March 08, 2012, 02:11:06 pm
Some parts just came in so a little teaser:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3087680.jpg&hash=b269ab19a98e6d3ab4b21d70cd44232a4a5004f8)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3087683.jpg&hash=d13ae98a02e853ebeec031aa41a0a8284498a330)

Can't wait to fit them!  :party:

But not all is good since one seat has it's back and bottom severely scratched:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3087669.jpg&hash=4d928c12cefc2f44ca71b64e5c773a6399cb6fdd)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3087670.jpg&hash=86f923864474f514e34b1d77a53c66826b6d886d)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3087672.jpg&hash=a90c04c655c4eb9cea1b18719182677688215994)

So I will fit it as is and the seller will replace the seat at the couriers expense (he is to blame for the incident).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on March 08, 2012, 03:05:48 pm
Are these PPs and Quick-Fits?  :happy2:

If you stay with the scratched seat let a detailer do some work.

What's the current weight of your car? About or below 1250 kgs without driver and fuel?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: xht20 on March 08, 2012, 05:04:31 pm
Take the seats to the detailer, or just repaint them. Until the courier will pay for them, long time will pass
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on March 09, 2012, 11:42:43 am
Are these PPs and Quick-Fits?  :happy2:

If you stay with the scratched seat let a detailer do some work.

What's the current weight of your car? About or below 1250 kgs without driver and fuel?

I will see how easy to fit they are over the weekend. That's when I intend to do the switch.
I will keep the scratched seat till the new one arrives but I doubt the scratches are visible since nobody is on the rear seats  :grin:
About the weight, VW say the car weighs 1270kg. I guess that with the current mods, the weight is 1250kg. I have not spent time and money to make the car lighter.
After I install the roll cage and a rear wing I will concentrate my efforts on making the car lighter.

Take the seats to the detailer, or just repaint them. Until the courier will pay for them, long time will pass
The supplier already made an order for a new seat so my wait will not be long (4-5 weeks :D ).
I will leave these as they are right now.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on March 14, 2012, 12:35:22 pm
Well... as I previously said I was suposed to fit the seats during the weekend. Well... it was not the best weekend  :grin:...
I started with taking the OEM seats out when I found out that the side mounts for the seats did not arrive (the couriers fault again)  :sad1:
I called the supplier and he was fortunate to have another set of RECARO side mounts on stock so he sent those. Yesterday they arrived  :party:. But... the bolts for them were missing  :sad1:

I was really down and lost all confidence that I would ever be able to mount the seats.  :sad1:

Yesterday I visited a hardware shop where I bought all the nuts and bolt needed and out of frustration I decided to have a go.
Here is the result:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3147728.jpg&hash=0ec9af729eed63b223e8125972345923975fce36)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3147730.jpg&hash=c4ebc1e2810df2d0451fe0959ae26237797f4c4a)

Today I have to complete the operation and install the driver side seats. Hope all goes well!

And another thing I've done over the last days (in the weekend), I changed the wheels. I've gone for the summer tires and rims.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3117699.jpg&hash=cb142e377d7a45c5dbab4c3a0a2f98a3c60d9d68)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3117700.jpg&hash=8d8c55eb78328428a9e669cbeae9b96b3a3f7c3d)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3117702.jpg&hash=8a3c1068081416a7d70ecdf0c560706d8ac3cee7)

With my usual luck, I started the operation on a warm 6 degrees afternoon and I finished the installation about 2 hours later (I also had to lower the car by 5-7mm). When I finished the switch it was snowing heavily and the snow was already 2-3 cm thick. So, unfortunately I had to go home on not quite ideal summer conditions. On the way home there are some hills and I even got to go up a 8% incline with 2-3 cm of snow (I was the first car) with my summer setup. The GoodYear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 tires were great in the snow. I had no traction issues  :confused:.

Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: Top Cat on March 14, 2012, 08:55:42 pm
The seat will make a massive difference when on the limit, helps with the feel. Just a little observation though. You have fitted it on the wrong side.  :P
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: danishmkvgti on March 14, 2012, 10:02:02 pm
The seat will make a massive difference when on the limit, helps with the feel. Just a little observation though. You have fitted it on the wrong side.  :P

Are you sure about the wrong side?

If you are right they you got a task for you by telling all the nutters in the UK that they need changing in their cars  :P
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: the bruce on March 14, 2012, 10:39:21 pm
Yes, Rex has to transfer the steering wheel !!  :P :P :P
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on March 15, 2012, 07:17:49 am
Ha ha  :grin:. Nice one guys!

I installed the driver seat also. Please excuse the dirt:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3157744.jpg&hash=7f3dd8c3fbd1d8fb3ca72e061eb6b8fb265257d1)

The seat feels awesome but I have to wait for the weekend when I will have a 5 hour drive and a track day.
I am really curious to see how the seats will be on the long run considering that this car is my daily drive.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on March 15, 2012, 12:58:23 pm
Hmm, interesting...your sidemounts look completely different than mine ! You should be 18Kg lighter with the new seats ! :)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on March 15, 2012, 12:59:43 pm

Some great eye candy / weight loss there Rex  :drool:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 15, 2012, 07:14:18 pm
Hmm, interesting...your sidemounts look completely different than mine ! You should be 18Kg lighter with the new seats ! :)
You should buy these mounts also  :happy2:. I think 18kg is too much.

Some great eye candy / weight loss there Rex  :drool:
Thanks! I haven't weighed them but I doubt they are 5kg/piece lighter than OEM.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on March 15, 2012, 07:57:11 pm

The oem Cupra seats are meant to be 35kg each!  :surprised:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on March 16, 2012, 07:05:26 am
I think that's a bit too much Mike. My GTI front seats with leather, electric lumbar support and heating only had 26kg each while the Poleposition with the sidemounts and sliding rails had 17Kg, so 9kg less ! Rex's OEM seat must have about 24-26Kg also !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on March 16, 2012, 02:35:28 pm
Interesting.

I thought the GTI seats are ~ 32 kg, the VW Motorsport seats are ~ 22 kg.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on March 16, 2012, 03:35:29 pm
Hopefully my measurement was correct since I weighed the seats on a body balance wich is much smaller than the seat so the seat might have touched the ground around the balance (from what I remember, it didn't but who knows ?)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on March 16, 2012, 03:37:57 pm
I didn't do the measurement on my own. I just have read about it on a forum.  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 16, 2012, 05:58:04 pm
Well guys, I wanted to weigh the OEM seats but forgot.
I will weigh them as soon as I come back from Hungaroring  :driver:.
All the best!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 20, 2012, 07:15:18 pm
Hi everyone!

Yesterday I came back from the Hungaroring track day and I wanted to share a few thoughts...
I haven't seen the videos yet so I have no idea if I improved my best time. But I can tell you some strong points and minuses that the car has.

Strong points:
- I love the way that the car is balanced. It oversteers slightly in some corners and understeers in other (normal behavior I would say)
- the seats are ok ("okish") for normal road use. I used them for a 450km (~300 miles) trip with no back pain.

Minuses:
- the brakes are not enough. I overcooked them. I need some brake vents (advice on this chapter is more than welcomed) and maybe some proper track pads.
- missfire issues. I got some missfire errors and these interrupted my sessions (I had to stop the car and start the engine to make them go away and to make the car get out of the limp mode). All these errors were above 6200 RPM and I think the coils are to blame (these one are on the car for the last . Have you guys (the ones with 1.4 TSI engines) changed the OEM coils? If yes, with what? Thanks!
- the OEM seatbelts are rubbish with the RECARO seats. I need to have the 4 point harness installed a.s.a.p.
- I need to change the OEM engine and gearbox mounts because in one particular corner I could not shift into 4th  :confused:

Here are some photos with the car in action:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_3007.jpg&hash=895611aada016df3c35a600fbd6febc5fe2fa242)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FDSC_2622-100.jpg&hash=002ca28a5627d81b5b5bb0357842409a8b7ce45c)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_2917.jpg&hash=b78c1de1d8926c6217e67c8339fa59d09ec470ac)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_2800.jpg&hash=42959c9d6c824c99fbd2c8957cd5b20fb27fbfbe)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_2778.jpg&hash=80de9e8c510a817b7a95df219f44b2a8bb9afc19)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_2707.jpg&hash=f2adcb3ea1c834b9cb1b65550d88112c3b95f7b3)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_2674.jpg&hash=2f12cea5fc19e5d2d87b03fa7b45d9aedec495cd)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_2589-100.jpg&hash=d7d5c71708505a5c2aaf9fcfff8978119d36fff1)

Thanks for watching!

Edit: for better quality images: http://maynheim.blogspot.com/

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: danishmkvgti on March 20, 2012, 07:21:52 pm
Rex, what engine is in the blue golf and how did yours do compared to it?  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 20, 2012, 08:35:46 pm
2.0 TDI 8v (140ps stock) with a software remap ~160 - 165cp (it was not tested on the dyno). The car is faster than mine on a straight line (we made a 50 km/h - 180 km/h test and we won by about 10m)
This guy is an old friend with whom I always have a good time on the track. We's got pretty much the same mods as me: B16, H&R sways, semislicks, GTI front brake setup with Tarox + steel lines + Carbotech (unlike my nqsbbk). And this guys is a very good driver  :smiley:.
This time, with a passenger in my car and none in his, I was just a little bit faster than him. Without passenger I am about 1-2 seconds faster (I don't have the official times yet  :grin: ).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on March 21, 2012, 02:38:15 am
Nice pics !!  :congrats:

I like the red color in the sunshine even more and more.
But I wonder about your brake issues.

Vents from the fog lights? RS3 vents? Pagid RS29 or Endless MA45B for the Boxster caliper?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 21, 2012, 06:24:58 am
Thanks!  :happy2:

I was thinking of installing some vents from the open fog grills.
Pagid RS29 are not available for the Boxster caliper  :sad1:.
But my mind is on RS 14 at the moment...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on March 21, 2012, 07:27:25 am
If Pagid doesn't offer the proper pads for your calipers there are others too:

Carbone Lorraine (some are extremely noisy), Performance Friction, Endless, Carbopad RS.

They all do fantastic stuff.  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 22, 2012, 07:55:23 pm
I'll definetly try some full racing pads in the near future.

I will continue with some photos because I like these photos a lot and I think it would be rude not to share.
So here is maybe the best shot that my friends took:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite1_DSC_3452.jpg&hash=c8efb43b154aae41ef9cf83f4f839fd8c1c441e3)

And here are some shots with the car on the track:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FDSC_9389.jpg&hash=fd7ac07289365ebf0ecccc77514899def1c7228e)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_3005.jpg&hash=9af62d4680a571d740cd9bd4fdd0468585e931b0)

With my friend fuscobal:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_3203.jpg&hash=6a049b37c060f3a9d50cfa9ba3f70989791e1578)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FDSC_9581.jpg&hash=5401d89fe1c37922dc348791f6981cd91c140cb9)

Preparing to overtake the GTR on the straight that follows the pit entry:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FDSC_9686.jpg&hash=af71b4761ce14a5f171d1be349a3b5dbad385743)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FDSC_9692.jpg&hash=e7bceaa1c931118547f28934ee7c6ff5a60cf35a)

... just kidding... no chance with my bhp  :P

Here is an interesting shot (3 mk5's):

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FDSC_9577.jpg&hash=2304607f271e9dfb03ebdb3e52654c96b1dc6872)

And these are the tires after 5 Hungaroring track days, 1 Spa + 23 laps of the Nurburging (almost slicks  :innocent:).

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite1_DSC_3407.jpg&hash=73e15882837670876723c98461ea2d0ea4eeac3a)

Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on March 23, 2012, 09:09:49 am

Excellent pics  :congrats: :congrats:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: monte on March 23, 2012, 09:50:17 am
Stunning  :drool:  :congrats:  :notworthy:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite1_DSC_3452.jpg&hash=c8efb43b154aae41ef9cf83f4f839fd8c1c441e3)

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on March 23, 2012, 09:59:08 am

^^ +1

Next years calender entry?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 23, 2012, 11:00:49 am
Thank you guys!
I like that photo best  :smiley:. The photo has to be edited a little bit so it will look even better.

I hope I can provide some good photos for the calendar but I am a little bit afraid that the competition will be fierce since there are so many nice cars and great photographers around here  :smiley:

Oh, the bruce I agree with you. I like how my car look in the sunshine and mot of all I like how it looks at sunset. No wonder they called it "Sunset red".
 :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on March 23, 2012, 01:11:05 pm
Sunset fits !!  :wink:
I'd never thought a metallic red Golf would ever look so good.  :happy2:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite1_DSC_3452.jpg&hash=c8efb43b154aae41ef9cf83f4f839fd8c1c441e3)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: DaveB@Vagbremtechnic on March 23, 2012, 03:32:09 pm
Rex

I suspect you may have outgrown the NQSBBK....they have however got you through many track days and no doubt improved your abilities considerably so they owe you nothing

which is well done when you dont have an abundance of power....

10/10 bud

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on March 23, 2012, 04:05:31 pm
I'd guess Nordschleife isn't any issue to the brakes. Hungaroring is a completly different thing.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 23, 2012, 05:54:08 pm
Sunset fits !!  :wink:
I'd never thought a metallic red Golf would ever look so good.  :happy2:
Thanks  :notworthy:.

I suspect you may have outgrown the NQSBBK....they have however got you through many track days and no doubt improved your abilities considerably so they owe you nothing

which is well done when you dont have an abundance of power....

10/10 bud
Thanks Dave!
Honestly I never thought I would outgrown the NQSBBK with my power. But apparently I brake harder and harder. I think the kit is good enough for my needs but I just need a better pad and better cooling. I have to buy the air ducts and the cooling is done...
BTW, I send you a few mails regarding some disks and pads (for me and for a friend of mine). And Dave, since we are at it, what about a RS 14 for track days? Or is there anything else that is better?
Cheers!  :drinking:

I'd guess Nordschleife isn't any issue to the brakes. Hungaroring is a completly different thing.
Nurburgring is quite easy on the brakes.
I found out that Spa is quite demanding on the brakes (much more demanding than Hungaroring).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 24, 2012, 01:01:17 pm
Well guys, I was wrong about my times... Seems that my best time improved with over 1.2 seconds...
In fact all the laps from the session below are better than my previous best (my previous best was 2.23.35 and this session the times are 2.23.31, 2.22.74, 2.22.11, 2.22.34, 2.22.41)



And a few comments:
- I tried some different camera angles and this video is with the older Janus device for outside and inside shots and with GoProHero2 for RPM and speed reading.
- at the end the Janus and GoPro are slightly out of sync.
- please notice the multiple missfire issues I had  :sad1: BTW did anyone with the 1.4 TSI engine change the OEM coils?
- at 10.40 I lose the back a little bit but, probably because of my previous episodes, I correct the movement at once. I hope to be able to do this every time  :innocent:.

Comments are welcome!
Enjoy!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on March 24, 2012, 01:23:14 pm

Very entertaining as usual & congrats on the quicker time!

How are you finding the seats, I would love to try them in mine at some point.  More practical for me to try now its not our everyday car
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 24, 2012, 01:30:18 pm
Thanks  :happy2:!

The seats are awesome even for everyday use. The only issue is getting in and out for the car. But apart form that they are better when OEM.
And the OEM seatbelts don't quite go well with these seats so a 4+ point harness is needed to keep you firmly in the seat.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on March 24, 2012, 02:36:09 pm
nice vid, congrats for the lap times !!

 :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: jimk04 on March 24, 2012, 05:37:42 pm
Great stuff as usual and I am sold on the 8x17 TDs, they sit perfectly - I will definintely be getting some at some time!

I think if the Mini wasnt there you would have wound some steering lock off and not had the oversteer moment...looked cool anyhow! :driver:

Keep up the good work! :congrats:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 25, 2012, 09:52:04 pm
nice vid, congrats for the lap times !!
Thanks!
I am not so happy about the video so I have to post a better copy (without the sync problem).


Great stuff as usual and I am sold on the 8x17 TDs, they sit perfectly - I will definintely be getting some at some time!

I think if the Mini wasnt there you would have wound some steering lock off and not had the oversteer moment...looked cool anyhow! :driver:

Keep up the good work! :congrats:
Thanks!  :drinking:
You are right about the oversteer  :notworthy:. One correction though... it was a Renault Clio Sport (I know that the video quality is crap).


And another issue.... After the debate a few post above I got to weigh the OEM seats. Each one weighs 20.9 kg.
Based on Fuscobal's weighing the Recaro's weigh 17kg each (seats, rails, mounts, etc). So I managed to reduce the overall weight of the car by 7.8 kg.
So buying the Recaro seats just to lose some weight is not the most cost effective way. I bought the Recaro's to install the 4 point harness and roll cage so the weight issue was not a concern.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on March 25, 2012, 09:53:53 pm

If it wasnt for concern of unplugging the airbags Id take a Leon seat out & weigh that too.  Thanks  for the update Rex  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 25, 2012, 10:03:57 pm
Don't worry about the airbag. Taking a seat off is very, very easy (even I can do it)... just 4xM8 bolts and 2 connectors (airbag and seat belt). If you do something wrong an error will appear in the dashbord. One thing that the fitting instructions said was to disconnect the battery for 10 minutes before taking the seat off (this is to make sure that the airbags don't go off by accident; but even this is not necessarily)
If weight is a big issue I would definitely advise you to weigh the OEM seats so that you won't be surprised.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on March 26, 2012, 12:52:24 am
Possibly GTI Top Sport seats are heavier than GT seats?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 28, 2012, 09:10:42 am
It's possible...



And here is the same video as above but without the sync problems:

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on March 28, 2012, 11:04:08 am


3 Days to go Rex  :laugh:   :party:   :laugh:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 28, 2012, 01:04:50 pm
And one more video with a different angle:



Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car - new videos
Post by: rex on March 30, 2012, 05:38:03 pm
And here are the same sessions filmed from the car behind (the 2.0 tdi I was telling you above):





Sorry for the shaky camera!

I really like to see the videos from behind because I can easily see what I am doing wrong.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on March 31, 2012, 12:09:19 am


3 Days to go Rex  :laugh:   :party:   :laugh:

1 day to go!  :jumping:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car - new videos
Post by: rex on March 31, 2012, 10:56:51 am
 :laugh:. The calendar?  :laugh:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car - new videos
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on March 31, 2012, 11:10:12 am
:laugh:. The calendar?  :laugh:

 :happy2:   :signLOL: :signLOL:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car - new videos
Post by: rex on April 01, 2012, 04:21:06 pm
So, I finally got to clean the winter + track wheels:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3267747.jpg&hash=152c6e966642e5e1d73ea5c9d3cb55f6669a725b)

After all was done I got to inspect the track wheels...
Looks like I might have to change them soon.
Here is how they look new:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fpoza1-1.jpg&hash=dc92e3baa06b9b3618d3507502cd8a532635c754)

And after 5 Hungaroring, 1 Spa and 23 Nurburgring laps:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3267754.jpg&hash=3f40ceb0fcd608cc4e1c24e5bb1378cc8ddf95ee)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3267756.jpg&hash=31aa2b31eb004350d650c9b08d658105a8d36a3b)

The wear is pretty even considering the circumstances (on Hungaroring we get a lot of wear on the outside of the front tire and on the inside of the left front tire).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on April 24, 2012, 02:45:53 pm
@ rex:

If you still have the scratched seats, I suggest vinyl wrapping the backs.

I didn't like the high gloss black on my Recaro's so carbon vinyl wrapped them:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fdaz.co%2Fmedia%2FRedRobin_05%2FCarbonfibre%2Fcarbonvinyl_Recaro_detail.jpg&hash=1d47e339b262db779ad1f23dde71c3de90c734f8)

What material are your Kerscher fenders/wings made of, please?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: danishmkvgti on April 24, 2012, 02:49:23 pm
@ rex:

If you still have the scratched seats, I suggest vinyl wrapping the backs.

I didn't like the high gloss black on my Recaro's so carbon vinyl wrapped them:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fdaz.co%2Fmedia%2FRedRobin_05%2FCarbonfibre%2Fcarbonvinyl_Recaro_detail.jpg&hash=1d47e339b262db779ad1f23dde71c3de90c734f8)

What material are your Kerscher fenders/wings made of, please?

Kerscher wings are made of glassfiber RR
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on April 24, 2012, 03:00:04 pm
^^^^
Cheers, Jake  :drinking:

I thought that they might be. My front wings/fenders are this week being repaired or replaced under VW warranty for rust.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on April 24, 2012, 05:38:50 pm
Have a look at the German TÜV certificate. I'm sure there will be some material specs.

(guess it's glass fiber reinforced)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 24, 2012, 06:42:23 pm
@ rex:

If you still have the scratched seats, I suggest vinyl wrapping the backs.

I didn't like the high gloss black on my Recaro's so carbon vinyl wrapped them:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fdaz.co%2Fmedia%2FRedRobin_05%2FCarbonfibre%2Fcarbonvinyl_Recaro_detail.jpg&hash=1d47e339b262db779ad1f23dde71c3de90c734f8)

What material are your Kerscher fenders/wings made of, please?

Top advice RR! Thanks!  :notworthy:

The Kersher fenders are fiber glass.
The last weekend I took the front bumper off to adjust the fender mountings and now there is only a little gap between the bumper and the fender. So it was my mechanics fault and not the fenders!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 24, 2012, 07:37:40 pm
And one update...

Today I had the car serviced. I changed all the filters + engine oil (Motul 300v 5w40) + brake fluid (Motul 660) + coils (hope to get rid of the missfire problems):

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4247827.jpg&hash=8f4da7e4b867ea9627f79a83be83f3ff3ce1679e)

I also changed the rear pads (I am keeping the Ferodo DS2500 compound). The old ones were not quite done but I decided to change them anyway.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4247829.jpg&hash=36d38b860d2bc42c8b534122f183e24dca95a007)

And last but not least, I changed the lower engine mount / torque mount. I went for Tfsi_Mike's Volkswagen Racing mount (from what I saw it could be a prototype, Mike correct me if I'm wrong) because THS didn't quite know what engine mounts are ok for my 1.4 TSI engine...

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4247823.jpg&hash=e4e59d555548c87f45907225300a7306a7e7355d)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4247832.jpg&hash=efd47806702ccd804b2c8c11e8112ace668ab4b1)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4247835.jpg&hash=33bdbb7c80cd5b708c2f4f86b0aca717cd7788c6)

I have to write my thoughts in the review section but I will share my thoughts here also...
Well, I can tell you that the mod was felt right away. First of all the exhaust has a different sound (it is not only me some other people noticed also).
Than I can tell you I feel that the engine + gearbox are not moving when accelerating or releasing the gas pedal. I like this a lot. The car feels much much better.
The only downside is that at 1500 RPM some engine vibration is transmitted in the cabin (similar to diesel engines at very low RPM) so I have to avoid 1500 RPM.

Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on April 24, 2012, 07:57:06 pm


Very glad you've experienced the benefit of your new mounts Vlad!  :happy2:

The engine movement was reduced so much when I upgraded my lower mount too.

It is VWRs new lower mount
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on April 24, 2012, 11:31:17 pm
Glad to hear you solved the fender/bumper gab issue.  :happy2:

You went from a poly insert to these?
Do you already have uprated upper engine mounts?

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 25, 2012, 07:14:11 am
Yes, it is a poly insert.
No, I have the stock upper engine mounts because THS don't quite know what mounts I need for my 1.4 TSI engine and I decided not to take a chance and blow 200 GBP.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: danishmkvgti on April 27, 2012, 07:10:15 pm
@ Rex how long did it take from you ordered the Kerscher fenders until they arrived??  :drinking:
Just ordered mine today  :party:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 28, 2012, 09:13:55 am
Well done Jake! They arrived in aprox 2 weeks.

After some miles with the new torque mount I can say I am very pleased with it... The trepidations at 1500 RPM are greatly reduced and the benefits are still there.
And another update... I ordered the TTRS brake vents.

Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on May 01, 2012, 04:38:48 pm
Yes, it is a poly insert.
No, I have the stock upper engine mounts because THS don't quite know what mounts I need for my 1.4 TSI engine and I decided not to take a chance and blow 200 GBP.


http://www.thsperformance.co.uk/product/FR3_TOP_Engine_Mounts_1.4_TSI_THSFR3-TSIMK5TOP
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 01, 2012, 05:03:08 pm
Thanks Holger, but THS say it's not enough  :surprised:...
I knew that link and I tried to order for the 1.4 TSI/TFSI engine and with my VIN code. THS said that they have 2 engine and gearbox mounts for the 1.4TSI/TFSI... And they then asked for some photos of my original mounts. I sent them the images and they said that my original mounts look like 2.0 TFSI engine mounts and not 1.4 TFSI  :surprised:.
So I came to the conclusion that they don't know what mounts I need for my engine and went for the VWR ones instead...

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on May 01, 2012, 07:32:59 pm
So I came to the conclusion that they don't know what mounts I need for my engine and went for the VWR ones instead...

Vlad, did you order some upper mounts from VWR?
If so I must have overlooked it. Just saw the lower mount.

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 02, 2012, 06:56:24 am
No, my friend... VWR does not make engine mounts for the 1.4 TSI/TFSI engine.
I wanted to buy all 3 mounts from THS but because they did not inspire faith and they seemed not to know what they are doing, I gave up the thought and went for the VWR lower engine mount  :happy2:. And I will keep the stock engine and gearbox upper mounts.
A little bit complicated so I understand why it is hard to understand  :innocent:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on May 02, 2012, 07:48:17 am

I wanted to buy all 3 mounts from THS but because they did not inspire faith and they seemed not to know what they are doing, I gave up the thought and went for the VWR lower engine mount  :happy2:. And I will keep the stock engine and gearbox upper mounts.
A little bit complicated so I understand why it is hard to understand  :innocent:.


....I'm surprised to hear that about THS. Isn't their intercooler reckoned to be a well made piece of kit?

On the question of mixing an aftermarket lower engine mount with OEM upper mounts, I thought it was advised to match all three in the longer term.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 02, 2012, 08:10:30 am
I might just match them on the longer run.
But as you did RR, I will keep only the lower one at the moment. I do not want to waist 200 GBP by choosing the wrong mounts.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 13, 2012, 05:33:37 pm
Hi everyone!

Every weekend I like to work on the car either on mods or just maintenance work.
This weekend I got to fit the TTRS Brake Vents (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,30249.0.html):

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5137839.jpg&hash=08ef187ce2674a2cbc21ae0ba04a36861cb1590b)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5137840.jpg&hash=267ffc5354fdd03dabe1fa0600b13444d54f25f6)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5137841.jpg&hash=d0cd32633b994336f545923cc65e3c0f586fdd5e)

And a week before I got the roll bar (Wiechers-Sport is the manufacturer) mounted:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5137843.jpg&hash=9a26737c848fc7ac1f66879674bf1257da3ef84d)

Unfortunately the work is not at the standards I am looking for, so I will have to redo some of it.
I will post some more photos with the roll bar once I am finished with it.

Thanks for watching!
 :drinking:
Title: 1.4 TFSI GT Sport
Post by: the bruce on May 13, 2012, 07:06:52 pm
Thanks for sharing the pictures.  :congrats: Does the RB add some stiffness?



ps: remove the shields !!  :fighting:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 14, 2012, 08:28:55 am
I didn't get the chance to take the car on the track so I have no idea about the stiffness.

I will see if the bakes fade with this setup and if they do I will remove the dust shields and improve the brake venting (similar to NeilM).
This is still my daily drive so I do not want to be to extreme  :grin:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 22, 2012, 07:15:26 pm
Last weekend I also got to work on the car to fix some of the known estetic issues.

First of all I had to take the roll bar out to prevent rust from forming around the wholes drilled for the rollbar and for the seatbelts:

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Then I had to paint some parts of the roll bar because by taking it off and then putting it back on this happend:

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Then, inevitably, the mechanics that worked on the car left they mark on the ceiling (sorry for the out of focus photo):

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And here a photo with the ceiling cleaned and the roll bar painted:

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Then, when first mounting the Recaro seats I noticed that the interior carpet (not sure this is the wright name) was cut for the stock seats (seat rails) and mounting the Recaro seats left some body parts not covered by the interior carpet:

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So I had to make it look ok... I bought some carpet and not everything is fine:

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And the last but not the least thing I did was to mount the Schroth Clubman II asm:

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As you can see, the back mounting is different to Steve's or Neil's car. Schroth say that this is the correct mounting if the distance from the seats to the mounting point is more than 50cm.
I will still keep the oem seatbelts for daily drive and the Schroth ones for track days.

Comments are welcomed as always.
Thanks for watching and all the best!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fab5freddy on May 22, 2012, 07:53:33 pm
Devil's in the detail mate  :happy2: looking really good

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: jimk04 on May 22, 2012, 08:11:51 pm
Great stuff, you cant beat a cage and some Schroth harnesses + Recaros! :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 23, 2012, 07:55:08 am
Devil's in the detail mate  :happy2: looking really good
Thank you!
Yes the devil's in the details. Still not done though... I still have to cover the place where the back seat was and the wholes made for the roll bar.
But working on these is a pleasure so no worries.

Great stuff, you cant beat a cage and some Schroth harnesses + Recaros! :drinking:
Thanks!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: xht20 on May 23, 2012, 07:06:12 pm
How much does the rollcage weight?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 24, 2012, 07:24:22 am
I have no idea Stefan. I could not weigh it when I mounted it.
And to be honest it doesn't really matter. I just hope it will do it's job if it ever comes to it.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on May 24, 2012, 07:37:58 am
I have no idea Stefan. I could not weigh it when I mounted it.
And to be honest it doesn't really matter. I just hope it will do it's job if it ever comes to it.

I hope you never need it for its main purpose Vlad, but it will no doubt do a great job of stiffening the chassis up as a handling enhancement  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on May 24, 2012, 08:38:12 am

How much does the rollcage weight?


....Most of the manufacturers state weights on their web sites. It will at least give you a clue about weight according to type of rollcage. The problem with fitting a rollcage to a road car with a nice interior (like yours!) is that it has to cut into it and would need lots of customising but I'm sure that doesn't put you off!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 25, 2012, 05:04:51 pm
I changed the spark plugs to NGK Iridium. Thanks Hurdy for the codes!

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5257881.jpg&hash=929d5bedd4bc4f442759abf407daaab139db1d79)

I hope to leave the missfire errors behind.
Here are the old ones:

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They look ok to me. But I am no expert. If you guys think otherwise please share  :drinking:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on May 25, 2012, 10:14:55 pm
I also think the old one looks fine. Have you ever measured the coils?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on May 26, 2012, 06:29:06 am
It's the same sparks I'll install once my engine work is complete ! HAd them in the past and worked smoother than OEM but were prone to blowing during the cold winters !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 26, 2012, 05:58:06 pm
Thanks guys! The coils are great. They even seem smother than the OEM ones (NGK Platinum).
Holger what do you mean my measuring them?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on May 26, 2012, 10:56:59 pm
I thought of you misfire issues. Have you checked the coils? Guess there might be a way to measure their resistance.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on May 27, 2012, 07:12:10 am
Rex, they are smoother also because they are new :)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 27, 2012, 08:30:23 am
The coils are new. So there shouldn't be a problem there.
I will check for deposits on the valves that might prevent them for closing fully (as I understand this is a common problem with direct infection engines).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on May 27, 2012, 08:50:22 am
Yes, it is. After 80.000km mine was choked by deposits. However, now, at 110.000km my engine was clean inside !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 27, 2012, 04:05:30 pm
I now have almost 70.000 km so it might be time to clean the valves. Thanks for the info!
I will check this next week, before another track day at Hungaroring.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: jimk04 on May 28, 2012, 07:20:25 am
How do you clean the valves.....and keep them clean?!
Cylinder head off or a fuel additive?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: danishmkvgti on May 28, 2012, 08:15:21 am
How do you clean the valves.....and keep them clean?!
Cylinder head off or a fuel additive?

Since the fuel never reach the valve stems as it's injected directly into the cylinder there's no idea in using fuel additive for this specific problem  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: jimk04 on May 28, 2012, 07:56:36 pm
Oh yeah :ashamed:! :happy2:

So head off job?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 28, 2012, 08:17:39 pm
Or use a oscilloscope (I hope this is the English word for it).
I talked to a mechanic and I will use this tool to see if there are deposits ore if I have any problems with the timing belt (mine is on chain so hopefully no problems here).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rich83 on May 28, 2012, 08:21:13 pm
Or use a oscilloscope (I hope this is the English word for it).
I talked to a mechanic and I will use this tool to see if there are deposits ore if I have any problems with the timing belt (mine is on chain so hopefully no problems here).

I think you might mean a borescope.  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on May 28, 2012, 11:59:53 pm
In German: "Endoskop" to have a look into engine internals.  :evilgrin:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 29, 2012, 07:24:08 am
I made a more detailed search and it seems it is called oscilloscope. It is used on cars also:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscilloscope
http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/automotive-diagnostic-oscilloscope.html
http://www.autoditex.com/Download/Oscilloscope_FAQ_en.pdf

By interpreting the data it will be able to tell me if there are any timing belt problems or deposits or many other issues.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on May 29, 2012, 07:48:54 am
^^^^
JKM recently used one on my car and referred to it as a 'scope'.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rich83 on May 29, 2012, 08:37:31 am
I made a more detailed search and it seems it is called oscilloscope. It is used on cars also:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscilloscope
http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/automotive-diagnostic-oscilloscope.html
http://www.autoditex.com/Download/Oscilloscope_FAQ_en.pdf

By interpreting the data it will be able to tell me if there are any timing belt problems or deposits or many other issues.

Oh yes. Sorry I thought you meant they  were using a borescope to look at your valves.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on May 29, 2012, 07:10:14 pm
Oh yes. Sorry I thought you meant they  were using a borescope to look at your valves.


Me as well.  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: xht20 on May 30, 2012, 03:11:33 pm
I smell some Dunlop Direzza D03G :D yummy
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 30, 2012, 03:15:40 pm
 :happy2: You are ruining the surprise...  :P
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on May 30, 2012, 06:05:41 pm
New lap record at Hungaroring?  :evilgrin:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: drsilviuro on May 30, 2012, 06:09:07 pm
@rex it's all over facebook!  :signLOL:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 30, 2012, 08:06:22 pm
New lap record at Hungaroring?  :evilgrin:

If I am to be honest, I would bet against having a new Hungaroring lap record:
- the missfire issues is not resolved so I will avoid going over 6000 RPM
- the geometry is not the best (by far): the maximum camber is 2.08' one one side and the minimum camber is 2.25' on the other side. I will post the setting...
- the weather doesn't look very well right now


@rex it's all over facebook!  :signLOL:

I know... it seems I can't keep a secret around here or there...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 01, 2012, 04:40:33 pm
And here are some pictures of the new rubber (medium compound):

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Old vs new:

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And here is my current setup:

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It is not an ideal setup but it was the best I could do at this time. I will try to increase the negative camber later on.
Thanks for watching!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on June 01, 2012, 05:00:40 pm
Just can't wait to see the difference between these and the V70 as your driving is pretty constant now that you know Hungaroring very well !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on June 01, 2012, 11:22:52 pm
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Damn, nice tyrers !!  :drool:


Vlad, can't you harmonize front camber with little subframe shift and/or the TT arms?
Both values aren't too bad though.  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Top Cat on June 01, 2012, 11:25:20 pm
I ran a set of these tyres, used to love the sound of them at about 20 MPH. It sounded like you had a lolly-ice stick in your bicycle spokes.  :pomppomp:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 09, 2012, 08:21:08 pm
Well guys time for a little update...

As I said before, last weekend Hungaroring was open for the public. I almost didn't make it because of some health issues (I caught a cold). On the way to Budapest I had to let my friend drive because I was a mess... I was expecting my health to turn for the worse so I was thinking of abandoning the track day. Fortunately after a very unpleasant night my health was partially restored and I was good to go on the track (better said with no health issues to obstruct my judgement or driving).

There are lot lot of things to say so please prepare yourselves for a long post  :party:....
Unlike many other trackdays there were only a handful of cars. There were even sessions with only one car on the track.
Here is a picture of the deserted parking lot:

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Than there was the weather... Great sunny weather but the temperature was too high. Before 12 o'clock I saw the official temperature in the air and it was 30 degrees. I think it got even warmer. Not very good for me or my car...

Than, a few things about the car...
1. The Dunlop Direzza 03G medium compound proved to be good but:
- they are amazing when cold but when they get warm they lose grip
- I think that the tires show their worth on a more powerful car with a limited slip differential. I had the feeling that the tires were really griping the road but I had no power to really put them to work.
- for warm weather I think Hard compound tires are better
- the wear was 2mm on the front tires and 0mm on the back tires. I will rotate them next track day.
- I think the tires are great for Nurburging because of their ability to be very good while not warm...

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2. The cars handling was ok but not as good as the last time because:
- the suspension setup was not optimal (as you can see in the posts above)
- until the last session I had the spare wheel, jack and other tools in the truck. I completely forgot about them and I was really frustrated that the car would understeer more because of this weigh on the back.
- I was forced to brake mid corner (because of the understeer) to through the back out but this nearly cost me an accident (I will tell you more when I edit and post the video).

3. The sets and seatbelts are awesome. I really liked them and so did the passenger.

4. The engine was ok but:
- I changed gears at 6000 RPM to prevent the missfire issues (I still had one missfire). I think this cost me some time...
- because of the VWR lower engine mount I could really change gears mid corner. Really impressed with this mount.
- the car suffered from heat stroke. I think that my air cooled intercooler is better suited in a city than on a track. I think that on a track, where the speed is high and there is enough airflow a FMI is better than my air cooled one.

5. The brakes were oki and it appears that the TTRS brake vents are doing a good job. But more venting is required still.

And about the time... Well, I did not manage to beat my precious record (2.22.11) but I came really close. I hope that in autumn the temperatures will allow me to have better times.

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And a few more photos from this trip:

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The movies are next. Stay tuned!

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on June 09, 2012, 11:14:45 pm
Sad to hear you were ill and couldn't beat you previous record. 2:22:XX is still great for a 150 HP hatch.
Nice pics as always.  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on June 09, 2012, 11:28:10 pm

Glad the mount has made a notable difference  :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on June 09, 2012, 11:48:47 pm
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Great photos  :congrats: :congrats: :congrats: :congrats:

Glad you had fun in spite of your cold and the heat. Fabulous red on your GT  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 10, 2012, 08:36:04 am
Sad to hear you were ill and couldn't beat you previous record. 2:22:XX is still great for a 150 HP hatch.
Nice pics as always.  :happy2:
No worries there is enough time to beat the record.
Thanks for the photos, the photographer (the friend that came with me) is getting better and better :).

Glad the mount has made a notable difference  :smiley:
Major difference Mike! Thanks!

Great photos  :congrats: :congrats: :congrats: :congrats:

Glad you had fun in spite of your cold and the heat. Fabulous red on your GT  :happy2:
Thanks RR!
 :drinking:


And here is one video:



Some interesting facts:
- this is la last session of the day so I am not pushing very hard (still going fast though)
- you can see how good the seats and seatbelts are
- at the beginning I follow the Clio RS (I think it was the CUP version because of the Recaro Seats) but he is not going as fast as I hoped
- later on in the video I try to follow other cars but the Caterham was ~4 seconds faster and the GTR about 3 seconds faster (they probably didn't want to or couldn't go any faster)

Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on June 10, 2012, 09:03:19 am
^^^^
Very comprehensive piece of filming  :congrats: :congrats: :congrats: :congrats: - It really demonstrates well what the Hungaroring is like.

When I first started watching the top righthand screen of you two guys I wondered where the heck the steering wheel was!!

I really hope you don't mind me offering my opinion [I am absolutely a novice 'X' but have had some track training]: If you check out the lines which the cars you are following through the corners you will see that they generally turn in later than you do. Try that and use your gears much more to be able to apply more power earlier when exiting the corners. Of course, some corners need an earlier entry line for the sake of better entry line and exit for the second corner when it immediately follows.

Can I tempt you with a Quaife or similar diff?  :evilgrin:

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Acidutzul on June 10, 2012, 03:09:25 pm
That Catherham is turning in later indeed, but if you notice, he starts turning when the finishes braking, so he's not trail-braking at all which in my opinion is not in his advantage (while Rex does that beautifully). He might be turning in late because of a late braking. Seeing that Catherham on the track, I can tell you that the car could do more. Also, you can see that neither the Caterham, not the GTR gained anything on the corners from Rex. I don't say that the lines cannot be improved... just that I wouldn't necessarily take those vehicles in Rex's movie as models :). But your advice about turning in late is a golden one and always welcome :happy2:.

Also the filming angle from inside can be misleading (you can't really have a precise image on the corner approach). From the movies below, I think you can get a better picture about the way Rex is cornering... in my opinion he's doing a very good job  :notworthy:.



Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on June 10, 2012, 03:40:10 pm
^^^^
Yes I did occur to me after I posted from my armchair that the filming angle may have misled me. I was mostly basing my view from where the other cars were turning in, especially the GTR. I can now see much better from the two latest vids that Rex is indeed taking much better lines than I had thought  :ashamed:

A Warm Welcome to the forum by the way!  :drinking: - Do you also drive a Golf?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Acidutzul on June 10, 2012, 09:05:33 pm
Thank you! Yes, I drive the Mk5 blue Golf TDI that you might have seen in some previous pictures/movies from Rex. The two clips are recorded from my car. But this is kind of off-topic... maybe I will make a thread about my vehicle here one day, although I am quite far from being a GTI owner  :ashamed:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on June 11, 2012, 12:35:48 am
^^^^
This forum isn't just for GTI owners, so feel free  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 11, 2012, 07:54:08 am
RR, first of all, my philosophy is that it doesn't matter if someone is a novice or not, he might be right. So your advice and any advice for that matter is welcomed. I am trying to improve my driving skills so if you or anybody else think I am doing something wrong please don't hesitate to share that information.
Than, about the lines, I think Acidutzul explained it very well. Late turn in is a very very good advice. I tend to have a sooner turn in because, as you can see on Acidutzul's videos I brake on entry also. If I was to have a very late turn in and brake in the same time the car would understeer heavily. So I think my lines are more efficient than the Caterham or GTR ones (those cars should be much, much faster than me).
Acidutzul's videos are great to see the lines from behind. The video I posted has 2 forward videos, the one behind the driver and the one next to the rear view mirror. The camera next to the rear view mirror (bottom right) is great to see the lines (at least for me).

A Quaife LSD is something I want but I have a different manual gearbox so it won't work with my gearbox. So first I have to change the gearbox and than add a LSD. But if I am changing the gearbox maybe it is better to take a 2.0 TFSI/TSI engine with a gearbox. Unfortunatelly there are no funds at the moment.

And RR, Acidutzul is a friend of mine driving a 2.0 TDI Golf 5. We made a lot of Hungaroring trips we are always having fun following each other on the track.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FDSC_6155.jpg&hash=1d4c2a78fd0e04f9e643a8462ccafaddee76fd45)

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Aciduztul: welcome, my friend!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on June 11, 2012, 08:43:10 am
RR, first of all, my philosophy is that it doesn't matter if someone is a novice or not, he might be right. So your advice and any advice for that matter is welcomed. I am trying to improve my driving skills so if you or anybody else think I am doing something wrong please don't hesitate to share that information.

Than, about the lines, I think Acidutzul explained it very well. Late turn in is a very very good advice. I tend to have a sooner turn in because, as you can see on Acidutzul's videos I brake on entry also. If I was to have a very late turn in and brake in the same time the car would understeer heavily. So I think my lines are more efficient than the Caterham or GTR ones (those cars should be much, much faster than me).
 
Acidutzul's videos are great to see the lines from behind. The video I posted has 2 forward videos, the one behind the driver and the one next to the rear view mirror. The camera next to the rear view mirror (bottom right) is great to see the lines (at least for me).


....Agreed. Whether road or track, I always try to do my braking while the car is straight and before any kind of turn in so that the car doesn't become unsettled. This probably results in me being slower into a corner but then I use the gears to power out sooner helped by the Quaife.

It would probably be more satisfactory to change your whole car to a GTI rather then just change engine and gearbox for the sake of a Quaife. Best to enjoy and work with what you've got - You obviously enjoy it and that's all that matters.  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 11, 2012, 09:05:16 am
I like this car to much to change it all together (at least right now). I will try to keep the mods to a minimum from now on and just enjoy the ride...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: xht20 on June 11, 2012, 01:59:25 pm
Just saying... :drool: http://www.bar-tek-tuning.de/tfsi+rennmotor+300ps+race+engine.htm
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 11, 2012, 03:45:15 pm
No money no temptation my friend  :P!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on June 11, 2012, 09:41:26 pm
No money no temptation my friend  :P!

No money doesnt stop the wanting, I know it too well  :sad1:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 12, 2012, 01:26:30 pm
 :grin: You are right Mike. But due to the lack of finances a better engine is on my wish list not my mod list  :innocent:.
The car is pretty much where I hoped it would be and I plan only minor changes (aka not expensive ones) this year.
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on June 12, 2012, 03:36:43 pm

 :grin: You are right Mike. But due to the lack of finances a better engine is on my wish list not my mod list  :innocent:.
The car is pretty much where I hoped it would be and I plan only minor changes (aka not expensive ones) this year.
 :drinking:


....You are very wise, Rex - Don't let these hardcore modding addicts tempt you!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on June 12, 2012, 05:21:34 pm
 :innocent:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 12, 2012, 06:42:30 pm
....You are very wise, Rex - Don't let these hardcore modding addicts tempt you!
I had this plan before... just after I bought the Bilstein B16 suspension and it was an epic fail (I can say I only started spending money after the suspension).
Hope I can stick to the plan now  :grin:

:innocent:
:grin:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on June 12, 2012, 10:33:58 pm
....You are very wise, Rex - Don't let these hardcore modding addicts tempt you!

 :happy2: :happy2: :happy2:

In Germany some say "less is more".

We all know sometimes it's easier spending money than stopping it, particularly when it comes to modding cars.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on June 12, 2012, 11:17:33 pm

We all know sometimes it's easier spending money than stopping it, particularly when it comes to modding cars.


....So true! I have stopped spending money on mods several times!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on June 13, 2012, 01:02:45 am
 :grin: :grin: :grin:

 :congrats:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 13, 2012, 07:37:20 am
In Germany some say "less is more".
I agree  :happy2:.

....So true! I have stopped spending money on mods several times!  :laugh:
:grin:  :grin: :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 15, 2012, 07:31:21 pm
Well guys, after a long time editing (I had some issues over here) I managed to post one more video.

Here it is:


And a few words about it:
- this film contains my best 2 laps (identical time) and the lap where I lost control of the car
- the first lap of the video is the first lap from the third session. This is a lap where I did not push to hard but still I got a good time. There is also some traffic that slowed me down a little bit.
- the second lap of the video is the last lap from the fifth session. This is a lap where I was really pushing and where I made a lot of mistakes. But, none the less, I still got a good time. Unfortunately the GoPro made this video without capturing the sound (I have no idea why, did any of you experience this?) so I added a soundtrack. I hope you like the soundtrack.
- even though I had identical times on the first two laps of the video you can see a big difference between them.
- the third lap of the video is the lap where I lost control of the car (min 7:20)... To be more specific I made a lot of mistakes at that bend. To start with, I braked to hard on entry to induce a slight oversteer. I wanted to brake on entry (and after that) because the car understeers midcorner and on exit due to the fact that I left the spare wheel + jack + stuff in the trunk. Well, I braked to hard and the car oversteer heavily. From that point I tried to control the slide but I was just a passenger. I fit the gas pedal but nothing happened (could it be my lack of power?), even changed to 3rd gear to have more power but that did not help. Fortunately the car came to a stop. During this entire episode I am really disappointed of the way I moved my hands on the steering wheel (left curves should be taken with the left hand and vice-versa). It clearly shows I am a beginner and there is a lot to improve.

As always any comments are welcomed!
Thanks for watching!
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on June 15, 2012, 08:43:48 pm
 :congrats:

I'd suggest to leave your hand on a 9:15 position. You will easier be able to compensate (slight)
oversteer (and much faster).
At least from the beginning of this last lap you got hassle with your hands on the steering wheel.

 :driver:

If I remember correctly you had an oversteer issue at entry of 'Brünnchen' as well. You might
consider to increase rear camber a bit. What's your current data front and rear?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 15, 2012, 08:59:27 pm
Well Holger, the hand position is debatable...
I agree that the normal position is at 9 o'clock and at 3 o'clock but styles differ from there on.
I had a rally driver training and rally drives have a different style than track drives. My hand movement over the steering wheel is more like this:



As you can see there is a lot of movement.
This is the style I am aiming at (because I think this is well suited to road and track).

The oversteer happened only because I provoked it.
At Nurburgring I was going to fast on rain and that is the reason of the oversteer.
But to answer your question I have 2 degrees negative camber and 0.05 degrees toe in.

Thank you for your advice, my friend!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on June 15, 2012, 09:33:26 pm
I agree that the normal position is at 9 o'clock and at 3 o'clock but styles differ from there on.
I had a rally driver training and rally drives have a different style than track drives. My hand movement over the steering wheel is more like this:


I know, mate.  :wink: Rally drivers need way more steering angle.

Some say they even don't know to deal with GRIP.  :grin:

Tommi Mäkinen is a world class driver. He varies steering position but never get's in hassle.
Surely hard to do it the same way. For track driving I'd still strongly recommend the classic
position.

Don't get me wrong - you have to find your own style - I just think it's much easier that way.

 :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: DFish on June 15, 2012, 10:11:36 pm
Also remember that smooth driving doesn't appear to be fast.

Fish
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 17, 2012, 09:24:05 am
I know, mate.  :wink: Rally drivers need way more steering angle.

Some say they even don't know to deal with GRIP.  :grin:

Tommi Mäkinen is a world class driver. He varies steering position but never get's in hassle.
Surely hard to do it the same way. For track driving I'd still strongly recommend the classic
position.

Don't get me wrong - you have to find your own style - I just think it's much easier that way.

 :wink:
I agree completely.
The only reason I am trying the "rally driver style" is because practice makes perfect. And the track is the best place to practice.
 

Also remember that smooth driving doesn't appear to be fast.

Fish
Cheers mate! I know  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on June 17, 2012, 12:08:04 pm
Just watched that part of the video several times and at that kind of corner I would trail brake into it and press slightly harder to induce oversteer if needed. There's not much wrong with your driving style at all looking at the rest of the laps. I think in this case it was just too hard a prod on the brakes just a little too late into the corner. More power could have helped you out of it and looking back a few seconds taking the corner in the same gear as the previous one, rather than gearing up could have helped with that power without losing you any time, but it is hard to tell what revs you are at just by the sound. :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 17, 2012, 12:30:20 pm
That's exactly what happened Hurdy. Too hard on the brakes and too late.
3rd gear helps but I was trying to avoid the missfire issues by going into a higher gear sooner (I would change gears at 6000 RPM instead of 6300 RPM before the missfire issues).
Also in this case left foot braking would help but the pedals are not positioned ok. From what I saw, for RHD Golf's the pedals are in the middle (I might be mistaking) but for LHD Golf's the pedals are far to the right. This is making it impossible to use the left foot on the brake and not hit the steering column or have an awkward position.

And since I mentions the missfire issues, I had a oscilloscope test and it appears I have some mechanical issues. Not sure what they are because I could not mount the osscilospcope on the intake of the car.
But, one cilinder looks to be worse than the others at some points (95-100% for 3 cylinders and 75%, at times, for the 4th one). The crank shaft is ok. I will continue with the tests.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on June 17, 2012, 03:57:52 pm
If you have mechanical issues you'd be best sorting them before the next trackday. Altering your driving style/gearing points can make the car handle slightly differently to normal and you end up making mistakes by having the differences.

Fingers crossed that you sort the cylinder 4 issue out. Some guys on SeatCupranet also have problems with cylinder 4 too. The theory floating about at the moment is that it is not getting the full fuel rail pressure to the injector that the others get due to it's position. Not personally fully onboard with it in practice, but there could be something in it I guess.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 17, 2012, 06:48:36 pm
Yup, I intend to solve the issues but if not I will just go like the last trip (a little bit slower and changing at 6000 RPM).
I may have misled you. I am not sure it is Cylinder No 4. I only know I might have issues on one cylinder but I am not sure yet which one.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on June 17, 2012, 07:53:31 pm
Usually it has been cylinder 4 on the forums...furthest right as you look under the bonnet. :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 19, 2012, 11:19:27 am
I've cleaned my track wheels and tires and this is what I found:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2F09062012070.jpg&hash=bb579c8409114ebdbca04a94967d3865744cb6c8)

I was really lucky because it did not cause a puncture. The screw is caught in the excess rubber collected from the track so no damage to the tire. I only went on the Hungaroring track so I am glad I collected this screw and not somebody actually racing over there.

This is one of the disadvantages of buying expensive track tires. If you manage to puncture them there are a lot of money lost...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Top Cat on June 19, 2012, 01:33:15 pm
Are they your new Direzza's ! :surprised: i used to get quite a bit of tread beading with mine but not as much as that, i thought your car was a fair bit lighter than my GTI.
Perhaps i wasn't trying hard enough.  :rolleye:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 19, 2012, 01:58:29 pm
Well, It should be a little bit lighter than a GTI. But the rear should be identical...
Those are the rear tires and I always collect rubber with the rear tires. In fact, I have more rubber on the rear tires at the end of the track day than in the beginning  :evilgrin:.

Maybe you didn't push hard and the rear tires never got warm enough to collect a lot of rubber...
Anyway... I don't think this is a good indication of how fast we are going. It might be that there is not much rubber on the track for us to collect...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 25, 2012, 10:46:31 am
So, as I said before I like to work on the car when I have the time and here is my last update...

Because of the rollbar installation there were some estetic issues. First of all the rear seats came off and I had to do something about the space. Second of all the interior was trimmed to acommodate the roll bar. These gaps had to be covered.

Here are some photos...
Before:

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After:

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Before:

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After:

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As you can see now I have a very big trunk  :innocent:.
Unfortunately I could not make the trunk at the same level because the piece sitting where the back seats sat is taken from a friends S3 (Adrian since some of you know him) and the S3 has a higher trunk due to the 4WD system. I trimmed the piece but this is as low as I could get. Anyway, this is good enough for me...

Before:

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After:

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Before:

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After:

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As you can see the carpet is not closed around the rollbar because I still want access to the rollbar nuts and bolts. I will probably use some velcro to bring the two pieces closer together.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6247927.jpg&hash=c91fc18a9e3df9b334c7e27e873b22c4c61c8c7a)

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So one step closer to having the car just the way I like it  :smiley:.
Comments are welcomed and thanks for watching!

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on June 25, 2012, 10:56:46 am


Fantastic touch Vlad  :congrats:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on June 25, 2012, 11:37:17 am
Nice work. It is the finishing touches that make a car. :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Fcan_PT on June 25, 2012, 11:40:24 am
Great job!  :congrats:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 25, 2012, 11:46:25 am
Thank you very much guys!  :ashamed:

 :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fab5freddy on June 25, 2012, 12:26:30 pm
Superb mate  :congrats:

Love your attention to detail. Keep up the good work  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 25, 2012, 01:03:54 pm
Thank you  :notworthy: !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 29, 2012, 07:25:22 am
So, yesterday the tests were finally finished. Spark plugs are ok, injectors are ok, camshaft is ok.
But, the mechanic found some issues when measuring the cylinders compression:

Cylinder No1 - 7,5 bar (I think bar is the measuring unit)
Cylinder No2 - 10 bar
Cylinder No3 - 10 bar
Cylinder No4 - 9,5 bar

So it looks like the valves (at least at Cylinder 1 and 4) are not working ok. I will clean them as soon as possible and than redo the test.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on June 29, 2012, 09:50:47 pm
Took a look today with my mechanic in VW technical papers and it seems a difference of 3bar between cylinders is accepted !?!? That's quite weird so I read it 2 times to be sure !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on June 30, 2012, 12:04:20 am
Any guidelines as to what pressure they should be running. I'm sure when I had mine tested they were 175-180psi = 12.4bar  but it may be that mine run a higher pressure than yours?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on June 30, 2012, 06:47:28 am
Hurdy, I don't think we can compare the 2. Yours and mine are the turbocharged & compressor 180HP version while rex's engine is the older turbocharged only 122HP version so they might have different compression indeed !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on June 30, 2012, 07:58:02 am
That is what I thought Fuscobal :happy2: and why I asked if he had any guidelines as to what the pressure should be when testing.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 01, 2012, 09:36:29 am
Took a look today with my mechanic in VW technical papers and it seems a difference of 3bar between cylinders is accepted !?!? That's quite weird so I read it 2 times to be sure !
Yup... that is strange...
During one test that shows the overall efficiency on all cylinders (compression, spark, fuel injection) one cylinder was at 70-75% and the software said it is only a "warning" not an "error". At times it would go below 70% and than the system would tell me that this behavior is not acceptable (but at times it would also go back to 100% on the same cylinder).


Any guidelines as to what pressure they should be running. I'm sure when I had mine tested they were 175-180psi = 12.4bar  but it may be that mine run a higher pressure than yours?

That is what I thought Fuscobal :happy2: and why I asked if he had any guidelines as to what the pressure should be when testing.
Unfortunately I found no guidelines to the absolute pressure. I only found the ratio value which is 10.1 for both our engines. I will visit my VW dealer to see his thoughts (he investigated a similar problem with a 170bhp twincharged 1.4 TSI engine with random missfire issues above 6500 RPM and found some deposits on the valves and a loose timing belt and I am curious to see his opinion. From that the owner of this car told me there might be a recall on the timing belt issue for some models...).

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rich83 on July 01, 2012, 10:29:52 am
If the compression ratio is 10.1, you should see 10.1 times atmospheric pressure when the cylinder is in compression. So ~ 10bar
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 02, 2012, 08:01:11 am
Thank you for the info!  :notworthy:

Hurdy... if the compression ratio is the same why do you have 12 bar compression pressure?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 23, 2012, 07:00:47 pm
Over the past weekend I had no time to spend improving the car because I was on a road trip  :pomppomp:.
Along with two of my friends I visited the highest two mountain passes in Romania (one of them is the mountain pass that Top Gear visited during their show in Romania).
This was a really nice trip and I enjoyed the scenery, the car and the company.

The cars that my friends came with can be seen in this video:


the bruce you may not be able to see this video because it seems to be blocked in Germany...

One friend had a 335i with BMW Performance package (a previous mk5 GTI owner that he sold a day before the trip). I got the chance to drive this car and it is nothing like my car  :driver:
Fuscobal was driving his Polo GTI (his Golf GTI is being serviced).

A few photos:

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And one small update... I decided to have the valves checked (and cleaned/replaced) so tomorrow I will pay my mechanic a visit. Hope all goes well...
Any comments are, as always, welcomed!

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 23, 2012, 07:33:28 pm
And the video with the Tranfagarasanul climb (the one pictured in Top Gear):

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on July 24, 2012, 12:17:39 am
The cars that my friends came with can be seen in this video:


the bruce you may not be able to see this video because it seems to be blocked in Germany...

sadly you're right - it's because of the music  :wink:

like all these cars, even more these mountains and much more driving them  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on July 24, 2012, 02:04:49 am
Thank you for the info!  :notworthy:

Hurdy... if the compression ratio is the same why do you have 12 bar compression pressure?

Just spotted this Rex :ashamed:

My compression test came out at 170-175psi, which is just over 12 bar. i don't know why it was so high unless it included atmospheric pressure on top?? Even then it is still 1 bar over pressure!.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 24, 2012, 07:40:56 am
sadly you're right - it's because of the music  :wink:

like all these cars, even more these mountains and much more driving them  :happy2:
I wonder which song is not allowed in Germany? Michael Jackson - Speed Demon?


Just spotted this Rex :ashamed:

My compression test came out at 170-175psi, which is just over 12 bar. i don't know why it was so high unless it included atmospheric pressure on top?? Even then it is still 1 bar over pressure!.
That is strange... Once I have the engine back on I will redo the compression test to see the results...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on July 25, 2012, 01:05:18 am
I wonder which song is not allowed in Germany? Michael Jackson - Speed Demon?

Music from "SME"?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 25, 2012, 11:29:47 am
I have no idea what SME or any of the other abbreviations (EMI, UMG, ...) stand for...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on July 25, 2012, 08:14:12 pm

Great vid Vlad, fantastic route!!! Shame about the few sections that were being worked on.  Love the thought my old engine mount was part of that journey!  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 26, 2012, 06:10:37 am
Thanks!
I wanted to have more shots and angles but it was not meant to be... I also wish I had more editing skills but I guess there still is time to improve...
Yes, the route and the roads are really great. The thing I dislike about the road is the lack of side rails  :confused:. But these will come later...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on July 29, 2012, 08:28:40 pm
Do you know this?

http://www.vwclub.bg/~dragocl/pdf/SSP/ssp405_d.pdf

http://www.vwclub.bg/~dragocl/pdf/SSP/
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 29, 2012, 08:44:47 pm
Yup. But thank you!  :notworthy:  :drinking:
I have the pdf in English for 1.4 turbocharge & twincharge If anyone is interested...

And now the engine is in pieces... I had the cylinder heads checked and it looked like it was loosing some pressure because of the deposits on the valves.
The mechanic also found out that the timing belt was a little bit worn. I have a chain timing belt so that is pretty unusual (I only have 50k miles). The mechanic said it was not a must to change the belt but I decided to change it just to be on the safe side. Tomorrow the engine should be put back together and I will hopefully post some pictures of the operation.

All the best!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on July 29, 2012, 09:13:02 pm
Any possibility to fit the natrium filled valves of the Twincharger-TSI?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 29, 2012, 10:12:28 pm
Basically the cylinder head should be 100% identical. So the valves on the twincharged TSI should work on my car.
Could you please give me more info on the valves?  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on July 29, 2012, 10:48:18 pm
I just remember that the Twin has natrium filled outlet valves (which the 2.0 TFSI also has).
Natrium filling improves heat conduction. So the outlet valves run cooler.
VW saved the money for the 122 HP engine because it produces less heat (refer to SSP).
There's a second SSP432 related to the small 1.4 TSI by Audi.


By the way:
Interesting that the small 1.2 TSI are just 8 Valves.  :chicken:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on July 30, 2012, 02:49:37 pm

And the video with the Tranfagarasanul climb (the one pictured in Top Gear):



....Excellent! I enjoyed that very much  :drinking: - Great road and great choice of music "I'll see you when you get there". Thanks!  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 31, 2012, 12:03:57 pm
I just remember that the Twin has natrium filled outlet valves (which the 2.0 TFSI also has).
Natrium filling improves heat conduction. So the outlet valves run cooler.
VW saved the money for the 122 HP engine because it produces less heat (refer to SSP).
There's a second SSP432 related to the small 1.4 TSI by Audi.


By the way:
Interesting that the small 1.2 TSI are just 8 Valves.  :chicken:

Thanks for the tip! I will investigate...
Now the cylinder heads are investigated because some cracks were found.... The cylinder head has to tested to see if there are any losses at 12 bar...

Yup, very interesting... I could have bet that it was also a 16 valve engine

....Excellent! I enjoyed that very much  :drinking: - Great road and great choice of music "I'll see you when you get there". Thanks!  :happy2:

Thank you!  :notworthy:.
I am glad you liked the video!

It was very hard editing the videos (with my level of skill) but I hope to improve. The first video was more challenging. I guess you don't like the music and scenery on the first video  :sad1:...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on August 06, 2012, 01:45:55 pm
Did I already recommend this great book?

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.autocourse.com%2Fimages%2Fstore%2F__products%2Fhuge%2F221.jpg&hash=e758461aed035196c20f621cbb3aaec6f6f0cca4)

http://www.autocourse.com/products/driving-on-the-edge/

"Driving on the edge"; Michael Krumm; ~35,-- €, ISBN: 978-1-905334-63-6

 :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: brough74 on August 07, 2012, 05:39:54 pm

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FP8066744.jpg&hash=8dbfcf4a85dfe62306c8c5feeaeb65e999dfa054)

Nice splitter on the R has anybody any idea who makes it ?

But back on topic stunning colour and well put together car mate
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - slightly modified
Post by: rex on August 08, 2012, 08:06:31 am
Did I already recommend this great book?

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.autocourse.com%2Fimages%2Fstore%2F__products%2Fhuge%2F221.jpg&hash=e758461aed035196c20f621cbb3aaec6f6f0cca4)

http://www.autocourse.com/products/driving-on-the-edge/

"Driving on the edge"; Michael Krumm; ~35,-- €, ISBN: 978-1-905334-63-6

 :happy2:
Thanks for the tip! I now have two books on my "have to read" list.  :happy2:

Nice splitter on the R has anybody any idea who makes it ?

But back on topic stunning colour and well put together car mate
Sorry mate, I have no idea who makes it...
Thank you for your comment!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 08, 2012, 07:53:32 pm
And here are some photos of the operation taking place...

The current state of the work:

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The cylinder head and valves:

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The upper part of the cylinder head:

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And the "gigantic" turbo:

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The car is still at the mechanic because, when examining the valves, some valve guides were damaged and needed to be replaced. But these small hollow cylinders who's only purpose is to guide the valves can only be ordered with the whole cylinder head. Not wanting to spend 1000 EURO on a new cylinder head I am now searching for other cylinder guides from other VW cars to see if they fit. So, fingers crossed, I hope to have the car running next week.

All the best!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 31, 2012, 04:08:22 pm
And a small update...
Last week the remaining parts arrived:

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So, by Friday the car was ready.
I decided to go slow to make sure all the components were ok. So for the next 4 days I didn't push the car. During this period I was very careful with the engine's behavior. Monday and Tuesday the car began to make strange noises. So I visited the mechanic and he said the roller cam followers were to blame. I asked him to take a closer look and then left for work. Unfortunately, after 15 minutes he called back and he said that 5 minutes after I left we wanted to go for a test run and he didn't have the chance because a missfire occurred on Cylinder 4. The took the coils and plugs out and he saw there was oil in the cylinder. He then showed me the spark plug and the cylinder and I decided to leave the car over there to have a complete review of the engine. Basically the oil is entering the combustion chamber either from the bottom or from the top. I will have some new cylinder seals and check the cylinder head once more to eliminate the problem.
I opened up the engine to eliminate a small missfire issue and ran into a lot of problems  :sad1:. A new engine is starting to make sense (twincharge or 2.0 TFSI)...
Hopefully everything will be ok and I will be able to visit Nurburging and Hungaroring in October.

All the best!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: danishmkvgti on August 31, 2012, 04:42:01 pm
Sorry to hear REX, 2,0 TFSI makes sense, more reliable and cheap by now and mated with the LOBA LO04xx, (I'm a bit partial i know  :laugh: ) youre going to show the rest of your trackday buddies your rear wheels  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on August 31, 2012, 05:14:49 pm
 :sad1:

Ouch!  Sounds to me like you've deliberately broken the engine so you can get a newer improved one!  :wink:  :laugh:

Ed30 block and a Loba should perk things up Rex. :jumping:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on August 31, 2012, 06:01:52 pm

Ouch!  Sounds to me like you've deliberately broken the engine so you can get a newer improved one!  :wink:  :laugh:


....You shouldn't judge others by your own actions, John!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on August 31, 2012, 06:40:46 pm

Ouch!  Sounds to me like you've deliberately broken the engine so you can get a newer improved one!  :wink:  :laugh:


....You shouldn't judge others by your own actions, John!  :laugh:

Damn!  .....busted again!  :signLOL:

So Rex, what are you going to do?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 31, 2012, 08:36:13 pm
....You shouldn't judge others by your own actions, John!  :laugh:
Ha ha  :grin:...

So Rex, what are you going to do?
Well, honesty I have to spend the money on something different than the car so I have no idea...
If, after this try, I can make the engine work ok and also be reliable I would stick to this engine. If I can not do that I will look for other ways...
The problem in Romania is that making the engine swap (to 2.0 TFSI) legally is very costly and time and energy consuming. By contrast, a twincharge is much, much simpler... If I keep the current engine block it is not even necessary.
So if I can make this engine reliable it will stay on the car for a long time (or until I will get another daily drive and keep this car only for trackdays).

Any plans on replacing the twincharge on the Polo with a 2.5 TFSI one (and selling the twin charge)?  :innocent:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on September 01, 2012, 01:03:27 am
Basically the oil is entering the combustion chamber either from the bottom or from the top. I will have some new cylinder seals and check the cylinder head once more to eliminate the problem.
I opened up the engine to eliminate a small missfire issue and ran into a lot of problems  :sad1:. A new engine is starting to make sense (twincharge or 2.0 TFSI)...
Hopefully everything will be ok and I will be able to visit Nurburging and Hungaroring in October.

Ouch !! Hope it'll end soon and not too costly.


All the best for you, mate !!   :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on September 01, 2012, 07:29:29 am
Any plans on replacing the twincharge on the Polo with a 2.5 TFSI one (and selling the twin charge)?  :innocent:

I haven't got the Polo GTI anymore Rex. :innocent:

Traded it in and bought a low mileage Golf .:R DSG  :evilgrin:

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 01, 2012, 11:08:30 am
Ouch !! Hope it'll end soon and not too costly.

All the best for you, mate !!   :happy2:
Thank you Holger!  :drinking:

I haven't got the Polo GTI anymore Rex. :innocent:

Traded it in and bought a low mileage Golf .:R DSG  :evilgrin:
Sorry Hurdy, I seem to have missed the part where you traded in the Polo...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on September 01, 2012, 08:41:29 pm
I haven't got the Polo GTI anymore Rex. :innocent:

Traded it in and bought a low mileage Golf .:R DSG  :evilgrin:


That doesn't matter, Hurdy. Rex will also accept your R engine.  :signLOL:


To be more seriously:

Getting ED30/S3/Cupra engine and gearbox is simply a budget question.
A AXX or BWA would be much cheaper but regarding future plans a K04
engine would be the wisest decision.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on September 01, 2012, 10:05:20 pm
Sorry Hurdy, I seem to have missed the part where you traded in the Polo...

No worries Rex I'm sure you'll see plenty of the .:R in due course.

I agree with The Bruce - get a K04 engine in that engine bay ASAP, you'll not regret it.  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on September 07, 2012, 06:58:30 pm
Sunset Red (6K6K) will stay up to date, mate. It's still available on the Mk.VII.

 :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 08, 2012, 04:46:59 pm
Getting ED30/S3/Cupra engine and gearbox is simply a budget question.
A AXX or BWA would be much cheaper but regarding future plans a K04
engine would be the wisest decision.
You are right, my friend!

I agree with The Bruce - get a K04 engine in that engine bay ASAP, you'll not regret it.  :happy2:
I am sure I won't. It's just that this car is my daily drive and I do not have much time to scout for the engine and to install it.

Sunset Red (6K6K) will stay up to date, mate. It's still available on the Mk.VII.
I am really, really happy for the future owners. I absolutely love this color (I might be subjective though).
But the down side is that there will me many more sunset red's on the road  :sad1:.


And an update on the car's status...
This time with the removal of the cylinder head, I decided to have the entire engine investigated...
I decided to change the piston rings (I hope this is the English name, these rings are attached to the piston and lubricate the cylinder, create compression and, then removes the oil from the cylinder sides).
Once the mechanic removed the pistons he found some issues with the roller bearing:

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So, another part that needs changing...
Then, I heard from the mechanic that was in charge of fixing the cylinder head. And the news weren't good...
First of all, he told me that without proper valve guides, the engine would not be ok and that by making some valve guides (like we previously did) would be in vain. The problem would reaper... So, I searched hi and low for valve guides that were made for my engine and did not require machining. Fortunately I found the valve guides I was looking for!  :pomppomp:
Well, that was before the valve guides arrived, that it.... When they arrived, the new guide lines were 3mm shorter than the OEM ones.

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The mechanic said that this did not matter very much and that the valve guides might be ok. But, the valves had signs of wear and there was some gap between the valves and even the newly bough valve guides (the interior diameter was the same with the new valve guides). So the valves also had to be changed....  :sad1:
In total, on the cylinder head I had to change:
- valves
- valve guides
- valve seals
- roller cam followers
So, I was forced to go for a new cylinder head all together (1500+ EURO). At least, this way I can be sure the guides, valves, etc are ok. The new cylinder head will arrive Monday and after putting the parts together I hope not to have engine problems for at least 2 years or 1500+ miles on the track.
Unfortunately this hole episode was quite expensive and, financially speaking, I might have been better of with an engine swap. I did not find an engine fast enough and I really need this car asap because it is my daily drive. I also want to make the Nurburgring and Hungaroring October trips and I can't make them without an engine. I needed time to buy the new engine, to fit it, to make a few thousand miles with it before going to Nurburgring. This was impossible so I chose the more expensive and less powerful alternative. I hope to buy another daily drive sometime next year so, if engine problems reappear, to be able to make the engine swap easier and under no time pressure.

All the best!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on September 08, 2012, 05:50:28 pm
What do you mean by roller bearing ? Those are the rod bearings and yes, I had the same problem 3 years ago so you need better ones. This is what I bought and holds just fine after 30.000km (all track days have been done in this interval, not on the first 80.000km) > http://www.intengineering.com/4-cylinder-vw-calico-coated-race-rod-bearing-set.html Unfortunately, Integrated don't do them for your engine so maybe you should talk to them. The bearings are made by ACL and coated by Calico !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 15, 2012, 04:44:49 pm
Yes, I was talking about rod bearings (I write roller bearings because I thought that was the English name for it   :ashamed:)....
At the moment I will go with OEM rod bearings...

And to continue the story, I got this on Monday:

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It was actually cheaper to buy a new cylinder head with all bits and parts attached to it than to buy the bits I needed separately and trade my old cylinder head...
Even if the picture tells another story, I did not trade my old cylinder head:

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So, now I have a spare cylinder head  :grin:...
By Wednesday the car was up and running but by Friday I discovered some leaks (oil and coolant) and took the car back to the mechanic. Looks like he made a few mistakes by not tightening the bolts properly on a coolant duct and on the timing belt cover. Hopefully the car will be in my possession on Monday. Fingers crossed!

All the best!  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on September 15, 2012, 11:46:20 pm

 Fingers crossed!


 :happy2: :happy2: :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 30, 2012, 06:11:03 pm
Well guys, I guess I am not the lucky type...
The weird engine noise was still there so I took the car to a Audi/VW engineer who took the engine appart once more.
He notices wear marks on the crank shaft at cylinders 2 and 4 and on the cylinder walls:

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The wear on the cylinder walls was quite big (from that the mechanic told me the allowed limit is 0.08 and I had 0.2x).

But, the masterpiece was the piston no. 4... Here is a photo with piston no. 3 and no. 4:

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And here are the closeups from piston no. 3 and no. 4. The wear on piston no. 4 is very, very big  :sad1:.

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I am really pissed of on my previous mechanic because he should have noticed these things when we took the engine apart. I would have been in the same situation but with 2500 EURO in my pocket  :mad:...

So I had/still have 2 choices:
1. re-machine the crank shaft, the cylinders and buy new pistons
2. buy another engine (because VW won't let me buy only the crank shaft and engine block unless I trade in my original engine and pay 5000 EURO)...

Because the first choice was more expensive, more time consuming and not quite safe, I chose to go for another engine (still working on this).

So... I am now searching for another engine (1.4 TFSI or 2.0 TFSI).
The problem with 2.0 TFSI is that I have to find the engine, the gear box, the wiring, the ECU, the air filter, the battery, the FMIC, etc. So I have to buy a wreak and take all the parts of it to complete the engine swap. At the moment this solution is not the first on my list just because of the complexity and duration of the job.
Now, I am mostly looking for a complete 1.4 TFSI (CAX) engine (turbo, injectors not necessary).

I found some interesting engines in the UK but delivery is around 250 GBP so I am looking for alternative solutions.
This is the most interesting engine I found so far: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Volkswagen-Golf-1-4-TSI-Used-Petrol-Engine-For-Sale-CAX-Motor-Moteur-/170738033196?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item27c0c7a22c
Has any of you bought anything of these guys? Do you have any other ideas?

Thanks for your help!
All the best!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on September 30, 2012, 09:06:48 pm
I am really pissed of on my previous mechanic because he should have noticed these things when we took the engine apart. I would have been in the same situation but with 2500 EURO in my pocket  :mad:...


I really sympathise with you after you spent all the money.  :confused:
I still think looking for an accident GTI is the best solution in the long run.
A new 1.4 TSI will be just be a new one, but still not as reliable as a BWA
or even as a BYD. And probably not reliable enough for you.

What we can learn from your desolate issues: The smaller 1.4 TSI is no
proper engine to remap and no proper engine to track. Sorry to be that
honest, mate.

 :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: xht20 on September 30, 2012, 09:26:30 pm
http://item.mobileweb.ebay.de/viewitem?itemId=150777929716&index=4&nav=SEARCH&nid=78402604795
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fab5freddy on September 30, 2012, 09:38:47 pm
Rex really sorry to hear of your woes  :sad1:

Hope your up and running soon  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on September 30, 2012, 10:26:51 pm
Gutted for you Rex. Really wanted the engine rebuild to work for you.

I know you probably don't want to think about this, but what would the cost of moving to a GTI be over doing the 1.4 build?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on September 30, 2012, 10:35:21 pm
.
I'm really gutted to hear this too - You really don't deserve this, Rex!

However, always think positive and as some doors close, others open. So, if the 1.4 engine isn't suitable for what you enjoy doing, then go for a different one. You are now being presented with an opportunity which may be better in the longer term.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 01, 2012, 07:27:00 am
I really sympathise with you after you spent all the money.  :confused:
I still think looking for an accident GTI is the best solution in the long run.
A new 1.4 TSI will be just be a new one, but still not as reliable as a BWA
or even as a BYD. And probably not reliable enough for you.

What we can learn from your desolate issues: The smaller 1.4 TSI is no
proper engine to remap and no proper engine to track. Sorry to be that
honest, mate.

 :wink:
Thank you, Holger!
BTW, am really curious how well a 2.0 TFSI engine looks after 1500 (2400) km on the track. I know fuscobal had similar issues with his engine at about the same mileage...
Yes, I agree with you, the 1.4 TFSI engine is not reliable enough for the track (I don't think the remap had much to do with this)... But, on the other hand, buying another engine every 3-4 years is not that bad...

http://item.mobileweb.ebay.de/viewitem?itemId=150777929716&index=4&nav=SEARCH&nid=78402604795
Thanks for the link, but I need a donor car (for the wiring, ECU, etc).

Rex really sorry to hear of your woes  :sad1:

Hope your up and running soon  :happy2:
Thank you!

Gutted for you Rex. Really wanted the engine rebuild to work for you.

I know you probably don't want to think about this, but what would the cost of moving to a GTI be over doing the 1.4 build?
Well, I still have to get an engine for this car in order to sell it.
And, transferring the parts is not an easy job (roll bar, brakes, fenders, suspension, sway bars, etc..). At 10k EURO I can get a GTI and when comparing with 5k the cost of an engine swap (donor car + labor), I wounder if it is really worth it...

I'm really gutted to hear this too - You really don't deserve this, Rex!

However, always think positive and as some doors close, others open. So, if the 1.4 engine isn't suitable for what you enjoy doing, then go for a different one. You are now being presented with an opportunity which may be better in the longer term.
Thank you very much for the encouragement RR! You have a good point but the cash flow is not sufficient at the moment. I wish I could keep this car as my daily drive, buy a GTI and transfer all the mods to the GTI. This is not the case so I have to find alternative solutions first of all to have the car running and then to be able to have about 4 trackdays per year.


Thank you very much for all f your thoughts and encouragements!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on October 04, 2012, 02:53:24 pm
On a side note:

If you keep the 1.4 TSI consider additional oil- and water coolers to run
the lowest possible oil- and cylinder head temperatures. I'd guess engine
life will benefit from lower temps.

Even more I wonder if there's an oil pressure issue. Have you ever heard
of the 'Accusump'?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 05, 2012, 08:14:58 am
You have a good point Holger! I will try to improve the cooling.
And no, I have never heard of 'Accusump'. What is it?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on October 05, 2012, 12:08:56 pm
http://www.accusump.com/

http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billavista/Oiling/Accusump%20instructions.pdf

http://www.racerpartswholesale.com/category/Accusump2

http://www.scienceofspeed.com/products/engine_performance_products/NSX/ScienceofSpeed/oil_accumulator/
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Janner_Sy on October 05, 2012, 01:20:33 pm
Id love to know how much it would be to stick a 2.0TFSI in mine as well tbh.  I know the engines are cheap, so thats not an issue, but fitment wise and installation costs, who knows.  Maybe then i could drive around in confidence knowing i had a reliable engine that wasnt likely to break lol.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on October 05, 2012, 04:21:03 pm
Id love to know how much it would be to stick a 2.0TFSI in mine as well tbh.  I know the engines are cheap, so thats not an issue, but fitment wise and installation costs, who knows.  Maybe then i could drive around in confidence knowing i had a reliable engine that wasnt likely to break lol.

Ive thought 2.0tfsi about yours a few times  :party:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 07, 2012, 11:38:32 am
http://www.accusump.com/

http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billavista/Oiling/Accusump%20instructions.pdf

http://www.racerpartswholesale.com/category/Accusump2

http://www.scienceofspeed.com/products/engine_performance_products/NSX/ScienceofSpeed/oil_accumulator/
As always, you are very helpfull!
Thank you, my friend!  :notworthy:

Id love to know how much it would be to stick a 2.0TFSI in mine as well tbh.  I know the engines are cheap, so thats not an issue, but fitment wise and installation costs, who knows.  Maybe then i could drive around in confidence knowing i had a reliable engine that wasnt likely to break lol.
Exactly my concern...
I think the best way to get a 2.0 TFSI engine in a small car like yours is to by the A1 with the 2.0 265bhp (the price is, however, a bit high).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on October 07, 2012, 01:52:39 pm

Id love to know how much it would be to stick a 2.0TFSI in mine as well tbh.  I know the engines are cheap, so thats not an issue, but fitment wise and installation costs, who knows.  Maybe then i could drive around in confidence knowing i had a reliable engine that wasnt likely to break lol.


Exactly my concern...
I think the best way to get a 2.0 TFSI engine in a small car like yours is to by the A1 with the 2.0 265bhp (the price is, however, a bit high).


....A very important consideration though when shoehorning a bigger engine in is power to weight ratio and also weight distribution. You have to avoid going 2 steps forward but 3 back.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on October 07, 2012, 10:19:06 pm
It's exactly what I've told rex. The balance of the car might be pretty bad after installing a much heavier engine. The whole car is like 100-150kg lighter than a GTI and not only because of the engine. Installing a heavier engine might lead to something like 65-70/30-35 weight distribution !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on October 07, 2012, 10:37:52 pm
Changing from a 1.4 TSI to a 2.0 TFSI with DSG I calculated would add 37kg to my Polo GTI. It would do the same to yours Rex as it is basically the same swap. Moving the battery from the front to the rear would swap 14kg, a net swap of 28kg. Swap to a carbon bonnet and you should lose 7kg from the front, so, basically only a 2kg balance swap, which is neither here nor there in a 1.3 ton car. :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 08, 2012, 07:57:03 am
From what I read, the twincharge engine is 40kg heavier than the simple charge one (quite a big difference)....
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: monte on October 08, 2012, 08:52:28 am
Rex....Have I mentioned that your signature pic on the right is EPIC?  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on October 08, 2012, 09:10:49 am

I think your experience is outgrowing the 1.4 Vlad.  If it's financially viable it would be great to see you in the realms of modified 2.0 Tfsi  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on October 08, 2012, 10:36:03 am
From what I read, the twincharge engine is 40kg heavier than the simple charge one (quite a big difference)....

Bloomin' 'eck!

That would be nearly 80kg weight difference by adding the 2.0  CDL block!!! That is a LOT! :surprised:

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 08, 2012, 12:21:29 pm
Rex....Have I mentioned that your signature pic on the right is EPIC?  :notworthy:
Yes, I think you have :laugh:  :notworthy:

I think your experience is outgrowing the 1.4 Vlad.  If it's financially viable it would be great to see you in the realms of modified 2.0 Tfsi  :driver:
Yes, I would like to, but at the moment I don't have the finances (mostly due to the money already spent with this engine)...

Bloomin' 'eck!

That would be nearly 80kg weight difference by adding the 2.0  CDL block!!! That is a LOT! :surprised:
I know... I also find it hard to believe... I can't find the document where I read this but I will search some more.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 18, 2012, 07:55:14 pm
The engine has been ordered, payed and is on the way... Nothing to do but wait...

In the mean time, though...
During my last year's Nurburgring trip I noticed what I had to do with the car:
- wider fenders
- racing seats
- 4/5/6 point harness
- rollcage/rollbar
Well, all there are done but I had to have this year's Nurburgring trip without the car because of the engine problems  :sad1:.

So, here is a short review of the 2012 Nurburging trip (12-16th of October). I will write this review over here even though it has nothing to do with my car because, for the future trips it is easier to make comparisons when all the reviews/comments are all in one place.
Well, this was a pretty strange trip for me because I did not have the same emotions as last year. I might becoming more accustomed to Nurburgring or I am just getting more unconscious of the risks... This year I only did 13 laps. I had one lap of the VLN track (Sprint Strecke and Nordschleife) with my friends Golf 2.0 TDI (similar setup as mine) and 12 laps of the Nordschleife on a rental Suzuki Swift Sport.
My friend let me drive his car because I wanted to go on the Sprint Streke. This GP Short Track is very nice but also very challenging with cold tires.  :evilgrin:
And, as I said, the other 12 laps were done in a Suzuki Shift Sport. The very first ones were very demanding... The car was all over the track because of the cold weather (4 degrees), the wet track and the cold semislick tires (Yokohama Ad08). The rest of the laps were quite a lot of fun but I had no traffic free laps so no great times to brag about...
When comparing to my car, the Suzuki Swift Sport was a little bit faster in a straight line but it had a lot of body roll. Also the ESP could not be turned off (but after about a half a lap the ESP would come completely off). I would advise anyone who wants to rent a car on the Nurburgring to go for the Swift (either from Rent4Ring where they have really fast Suzuki's or from RentRaceCar where I went because the others were all reserved). I rented a GTI in 2009 and the Swift is much more fun (slower though)...
Here are some video taken from this trip:



A few interesting things about this one:
- 2:58 - a poorly signaled accident after a blind curve taken with ~100 mph (before Adenauer Forst); it is not very well visible on the video but I had some problems keeping the line while decelerating
- 4:44 - I overtake a Passat CC but it is a risky maneuver because I try to keep momentum.
- 7:10 - I overtake a Clio RS but I am a little bit excited in Hohe Acht
- 7:38 - I overtake another Clio RS in Eschbach but, because of the line and the speed I am at the limit (as you can see and hear). I really liked this curve...
- 7:55 - I overtake a Mondeo in Brunnchen (like my friend told me, I tend to make risky maneuvers)
Besides that, as I said, you can hear how close I am to the edge because the Yokohama Ad08 tires are very noisy at the limit.

And another one:



This is a faster lap than the previous one but I am really slowed down before Adenauer Forst (2:50) where a Series 1 M is being towed. The only risky part (except always pushing the car) is when I overtake a Subaru Impreza that was very slow to move to the right side (again the problem with being too aggressive when overtaking).

And a few photos with my friends car and me:

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And a few photos with the car in action (the body roll is quite visible):

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All comments are welcomed!  :drinking:
Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on October 20, 2012, 06:32:43 am
Sorry I couldn't join you guys...hope to be there next time :) The Swift sounds quite nice and I agree one doesn't need more until he learns the track !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on October 20, 2012, 02:19:36 pm
..hope to be there next time :)


+1 !!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 24, 2012, 12:27:38 pm
The engine has arrived:

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It is a stock 1.4 TSI (CAXA) engine. The seller (http://torqueengines.co.uk/) says the engine only has 7411 miles but there's no way of telling if that is the truth...
Hope it all comes together soon and well.  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on October 24, 2012, 10:11:13 pm
Will you keep your ECU (including the aftermarket software) ?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 25, 2012, 07:18:38 am
Yes, of course... No reason to change it...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on October 25, 2012, 01:10:18 pm
^^^^
Glad to see you back on the path to enjoying your car again, rex  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 01, 2012, 04:49:44 pm
Thant you RR, but the path is very, very long...

I installed the new engine (it needed some minor parts because even thought it is also a CAXA engine it is not 100% like mine) but I have missfire issues on cylinders 2 and 3 with 10-30% load. I can duplicate the problems by reving the car to 2500 RPM and remaining at that level. The engine is ok and it is functioning ok under boost...
The injectors, coils and sparks have been changed between each other and the missfire remains on cylinders 2 and 3. Compresion is ok.
I am really desperate for so ideas... Can anyone give me a few hints? Has anyone encountered this?

Thank you!  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on November 01, 2012, 05:14:16 pm
Injectors ?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 01, 2012, 06:28:19 pm
The injectors, coils and sparks have been changed between each other and the missfire remains on cylinders 2 and 3. Compresion is ok.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on November 01, 2012, 11:39:57 pm
Any leak somewhere in the intake area? Did you already do a "spray test"?
Guess you did - but to make sure.  :wink:

Any damage on the fuel rail / fuel feed system? Please inspect twice. 

Good luck, mate !!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 02, 2012, 12:40:23 pm
They were all ok.
The problem is that the wheel attached to the crank shaft is different between the 2 engines. This wheel was sending "false" data to the sensors and these were causing the errors...
So there are 3 solutions (still haven't decided what to go for):
- change that wheel (pay for the labor)
- update the ECU - might find problems with other sensors
- buy a new ECU and program it - might find problems with other sensors.
At the moment the first solution is in pole position but I have to give it more thought...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on November 05, 2012, 05:13:35 am
Change the wheel for sure. Did you get to weigh the wheels and see the difference ? Why not use the wheel from your old engine ?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 05, 2012, 09:36:16 am
Well, it is easier to have a software update than to take the gearbox off the car.
The software update (for my ECU so not for a newer version of car) did the trick so now I have a 100% functional car  :pomppomp:.

There is one think I do not like, though... The car vibrates a little bit at idle speed. The engine speed is a constant 640RPM but it seems to shiver a little bit (I might be just me)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on November 05, 2012, 03:46:12 pm
... so now I have a 100% functional car  :pomppomp:.


Did I get this right? Sunset is running again?

 :happy2: :congrats: :happy2: :congrats: :happy2: :congrats:



ps:
guess I never had 640 rpm on the 2.0 TFSI
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 05, 2012, 06:44:51 pm
Thank you my friend! Yes, the Sunset red car is running again with a 2010 engine  :wink:
I have to change the software because it stock at the moment. I will pay the REVO guys a visit in the following weeks. Seeing what happened to Jake, I am thinking not to do a dyno run this time with winter tires...

Yes, 640 RPM and 0.3l/h  :happy2:.

 :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: danishmkvgti on November 05, 2012, 08:49:09 pm
Thank you my friend! Yes, the Sunset red car is running again with a 2010 engine  :wink:
I have to change the software because it stock at the moment. I will pay the REVO guys a visit in the following weeks. Seeing what happened to Jake, I am thinking not to do a dyno run this time with winter tires...

Yes, 640 RPM and 0.3l/h  :happy2:.

 :driver:

I'm not sure it's down to the type of tyre. But they are 2 years old and can have had a damage, but 2 new tyres are now fitted  :happy2:
It's great you car is running again  :congrats:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fab5freddy on November 05, 2012, 09:07:51 pm
Thank you my friend! Yes, the Sunset red car is running again with a 2010 engine  :wink:
I have to change the software because it stock at the moment. I will pay the REVO guys a visit in the following weeks. Seeing what happened to Jake, I am thinking not to do a dyno run this time with winter tires...

Yes, 640 RPM and 0.3l/h  :happy2:.

 :driver:

Great news mate, glad to hear your back in business  :happy2:   :driver: :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on November 05, 2012, 11:51:28 pm
Great news my friend...it was about time !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TFSI GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 06, 2012, 09:05:01 am
I'm not sure it's down to the type of tyre. But they are 2 years old and can have had a damage, but 2 new tyres are now fitted  :happy2:
It's great you car is running again  :congrats:
Thanks!
My tires are 4 years old but had no damages.... I'll see how it goes...

Great news mate, glad to hear your back in business  :happy2:   :driver: :driver:
Thanks mate!

Great news my friend...it was about time !
Yup...  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 19, 2012, 06:31:31 pm
Well, as I previously said, a crankshaft wheel was different on this newer 1.4 TSI engine and I needed a VW factory software update to solve the issue. This meant I no longer had the REVO software.
This problem was solved today... I visited my REVO friends to have a software update based on the factory update. So now, the car is pretty much as it was before the engine problems:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FGolf14TSIRex.jpg&hash=ff01b77b5b46aa1aa64ea5594778d9937a764964)

The car seems to have gained 8 bhp but it may be the newer engine or the fact that this dyno was made at 10 degrees Celsius and the last one was made at 35 degrees Celsius  :laugh:.
Thanks for watching!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on November 19, 2012, 07:20:42 pm
^^^^
Either way, I'm glad to hear that your car is back to 'normal'  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on November 19, 2012, 07:23:10 pm
 :congrats: :congrats: Perseverance paid off in full. Well done Rex :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on November 19, 2012, 10:17:48 pm
Great my friend...it was about time. Now raise some dough for a holiday :)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 20, 2012, 09:46:39 am
^^^^
Either way, I'm glad to hear that your car is back to 'normal'  :happy2:
Thank you RR!  :notworthy:

:congrats: :congrats: Perseverance paid off in full. Well done Rex :happy2:
Thank you Hurdy!  :notworthy:

Great my friend...it was about time. Now raise some dough for a holiday :)
Not an easy task, I'm afraid... the swap (and prior swap stuff) was much more expensive than I thought...
I hope to sell a few of the remaining parts to get back on track, financially speaking...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on November 20, 2012, 06:22:40 pm
May I recommend you to row a boat or hijack an aircraft instead of paying for the ticket ? The holiday will be much cheaper and you'll get to improve your physical condition for the incoming track days !  :jumpmove:

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on January 12, 2013, 09:18:10 pm

Vlad, you might also get some inspiration from in this:

http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,59674.msg669054.html#msg669054
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on January 13, 2013, 08:23:20 am
Thank you very much, my friend! Interesting reading!

I already have the future plans for the car but, unfortunately, the engine swap was a very expensive deal and I am still recovering from that. I will tell you the plans as I go...
At the moment, I am planing on doing the brake ducts. Found a hub and now I need to buy/get one extra mud guard and start working...  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: bojann. on January 14, 2013, 02:51:25 pm
really nice project, well done  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on January 14, 2013, 03:50:29 pm
Thank you very much!  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on January 14, 2013, 04:47:36 pm
Conclusion: The best Golfs are made Romania. Period.  :evilgrin:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on January 15, 2013, 06:45:08 am
Thank you Holger!  :notworthy:
The truth is that there are some great cars in Romania (like fuscobal's and TEFF's) but I bet there are awesome cars elsewhere also... Maybe Romania is well represented on this UK forum  :happy2:
As I said at the beginning:
...I want to make my car the best it can be, style and performance wise...
I am not sure if I get another chance of modifying a car so much, so all the mods I want will go on this car.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on January 15, 2013, 09:21:16 am
^^^^
And there are some hot babes in Romania too!  :evilgrin:

It would seem that perhaps there are more opportunities and resources for modifying cars in Romania than in some other Eastern European countries. Romanian folks are generally very friendly too  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on January 15, 2013, 11:41:28 am
 :smiley:. Yup... can't complain about the girls  :happy2:
I think that language is a big plus over here. A lot of people learn English and thus we have accounts on many foreign forums.  :wink: This is one of the reasons you see a lot of us on English forums!  :grin:
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: circoloco on February 27, 2013, 09:53:06 am
Great car Rex! Sorry about the engine problems you had, but still happy hearing that it's ok now!

Good luck!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 27, 2013, 10:21:10 am
Ha ha... nice to see you here, my friend!  :drinking:
As you may know, I no longer have an account on vwforum, but I heard you now have a 1.4 TSI Polo GTI  :evilgrin:
About the engine, I just hope this one lasts at least as long as the old one... I will make a baffled sump to avoid oil circulation issues and than just hope for the best!
But still plenty of mods planed for the rest of the car (as soon as I recover, financially speaking).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: circoloco on February 27, 2013, 09:06:02 pm
I know! Missed your car, so i made an account here :)

That's right about the little one. It's the same with fuscobals. Just different rims. I have the polished ones

I'm subscribed, so keep posting.

Good luck!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: itsmeGAV on March 01, 2013, 09:44:29 pm
Love the colour man  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 02, 2013, 08:25:08 am
Thank you very much!  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 22, 2013, 03:47:19 pm
A small update...

A couple of weeks ago I change the wheels, going for the summer setup. I am fortunate that I have another daily drive because, otherwise I should have taken a taxi (right now it is snowing in Romania).
I also lowered the car...
I still can lower the rear (a lot):

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3098573_zps3d1c3a7e.jpg&hash=e5b8edcb24406290b059ebda90fd488fecf4b97f)

But I can only lower the front by about 5mm.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3098577_zps33d83f1f.jpg&hash=b0be08183565f00fc0cd96ed498c9520b3993162)

Anyway, I like how it looks at the moment...


The car now has 77.777 km and 4.330 km with the "new" engine.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3208593_zpse28faa72.jpg&hash=0a6df5f1be25971f7a8ebd6a1c7832669f865bbb)

So I just had an oil change (Motul 300v 5w40) and brake fluid (Motul RBF 660) change.
I need to finish the brake ducts (hopefully this weekend) and I am ready for Hungaroring an the end of the next week.
Fingers crossed!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 24, 2013, 07:50:39 pm
As I previously said, I wanted to finish the brake ducts today... mission completed!

I look the front bumper off to install the air inlets and, with this, I also took a look under the car and around the car...

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3248613_zpsffecece4.jpg&hash=b61b88820986e2158a07db20324b3cf450121aae)

1. I tried to fix the fitment issue with the Kescher front fender on the right side. I manage to improve the situations...
2. I took a look at the under-tray which has some heat makes on them. I found out that the exhaust is too close to the under tray and it is melting it (because the turbo o my 1.4 TSI is in front of the engine), but no real issues.
3. I installed 10mm hubcentric spacers on the front to fill in the Kerscher front fenders. Now the car looks very nice! Pictures will follow later.
4. I installed the K&N Cold Air Intake for the Hungaroring trip and for my software update.

And here are the brake ducts visible through the front fog grills:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3248615_zps023f9d93.jpg&hash=2a37544b2bec2b9ffa7f684c3c9ba4cd307cedb7)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3248625_zpsb320cfce.jpg&hash=1e923236c822cf7ea4416fa1520582bb1f0c4d98)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3248624_zpsb6185353.jpg&hash=a2281852207570d499a37536acd99ae356b169f7)

For more information about the brake ducts please visit the Brake ducts (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,59104.0.html) topic.

All the best!  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on March 26, 2013, 01:05:54 am
2. I took a look at the under-tray which has some heat makes on them.
I found out that the exhaust is too close to the under tray and it is melting it (because the turbo o my 1.4 TSI is in front of the engine), but no real issues.

If you feel a need I'd suggest two ways to fix it:

1.
If you still have the old small stock tray, cut one or both the NACA vents out of it and fit them
to the current big one below/in front of the engine's oil pan.

2.
Get some perforated aluminium sheet and fit it underneath the oil pan/exhaust area this way:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fup.picr.de%2F13893245be.jpg&hash=0f0747b2757e45aaf5cc0f902eb2e898cfc4d211)


On a side note: The Audi TT-RS has a two-piece undertray with a rear section made of aluminium:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fup.picr.de%2F13893246lb.jpg&hash=72e3c8588d4680e1e8cc53080841349d416f6d31)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fup.picr.de%2F13893247nl.jpg&hash=a777227a1dcc7d5a2597331bff6bc2c201e65bb9)

Of course the rear section isn't where you have issues on the 1.4 TSI.



Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: JUG on March 26, 2013, 11:56:24 am
Rex, what spacers and lug-nuts did you use(brand)?
Is there any vibration through the steering wheel after install?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 26, 2013, 12:13:59 pm
the bruce Thanks for the ideas!
Here is where the cover is melting:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2F13893245be_zps33b58c31.jpg&hash=0518fa80d23144162f73a957223b603398ce8ad0)

I think it is easier just to cut that piece...

JUG I use H&R hubcentric spacers and bolts.
There are no issues with vibration but I have a slow car and don't go very fast. I have 10mm and 20mm spacers and there are no issues with the vibration...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Veee-dubber on April 05, 2013, 01:23:51 am
great thread!

I think after seeing this, If I could choose my car to be any standard colour then it would have to be this, something about it sets it off so well!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 05, 2013, 10:14:52 am
Thank you very much!  :notworthy:

As I previously said, buying this color was a gamble (haven't seen any car in sunset red) but it payed off. Am am very very pleased with the color.
For all those who like this color, Sunset Red is available on Golf 7! :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 20, 2013, 03:00:42 pm
Well, I haven't written here in a while, some time for a few thoughts and some photos.

After the engine swap, I was really disappointed with the stock engine software... The car was behaving well once the oil and water were up to temperature but it was not behaving well when cold. Sometimes the engine would stop (when coming to a complete stop and the car was not in gear and the clutch pedal was not pressed). Unfortunately, the REVO software, based on my latest stock software did not fix this issue. I told my friend, Adrian (REVO dealer in Romania) about the problem and he called me for an update that would solve the issue. I delayed my visit because I was very busy, but yesterday, I managed to pay the REVO guys a visit. Today I got to test the car (as I said there were only issues when the engine was cold) and so far so good. The car is much better but only after a few days/weeks I will come to a conclusion. But I hope for the best!

On the 30th of March there was a track day at Hungaroring but, unfortunately the Hungarians closed it at the last minute because of the snow... So I still have no kilometers on track with the new engine. Thus, first I have to do a track day somewhere close by to see that the car is in order (although I tested it many times at full throttle and max RPM) and after that, if the finances are good have another Nurburgring trip sometime is the summer.
Unfortunately the closest track is in Hungary (Romania has no tracks for cars  :sick: ) so, I should be in Budapest for a track day on the 13th of May. I really envy you guys who have a lot of awesome tracks and trackdays!

And since kind-of every topic is worthless without pictures below are a few pictures of the car, taken during the past week.
How the car looks at the moment:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_1783_zps437d5c59.jpg&hash=344a52df675602364513bf39ecbc4840b24e1daa) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_1783_zps437d5c59.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_1780_zps443f89fc.jpg&hash=72fb6b00d5743e77c3b68c379c83b5f218a0db38) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_1780_zps443f89fc.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_1781_zps4490ab5b.jpg&hash=ff9278670b90ea26eaac13337b09921b95ba7d99) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_1781_zps4490ab5b.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_1790_zps096107da.jpg&hash=e54dea77a2b40194f3831357cabf8ee9a41dc2a3) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_1790_zps096107da.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_1787_zps265468fd.jpg&hash=0729a8b181f1fad23172b18302aee21bc5612af5) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_1787_zps265468fd.jpg.html)

For those of you who want wider fenders here is how the car looks with 17 inch, 8 inches wide, ET50 rims (the front has 10mm spacers on each side), TT arms and Kerscher fenders:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4178633_zps10cf4367.jpg&hash=bbcc3ab2d9b9bf1fae308d5c3e631361ee2c07f8) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P4178633_zps10cf4367.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4178635_zpsad18f574.jpg&hash=e7a69b1e90193f9a212b21e2f24b24e0664fd560) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P4178635_zpsad18f574.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4178636_zps04ef15f1.jpg&hash=718b9de68b06acc8e0e6109a0f1ca6c34ff69835) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P4178636_zps04ef15f1.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4178638_zps029ea070.jpg&hash=72063b52df0040279fd8a44bf1a889e810927e0c) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P4178638_zps029ea070.jpg.html)

And an experiment:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fabb5465b-2c24-4311-9428-46ba722cb631_zps74f292d0.jpg&hash=fa4f890a1e1dcd124e603093ebf5eeec2e4364c3) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/abb5465b-2c24-4311-9428-46ba722cb631_zps74f292d0.jpg.html)

This photo is not quite on my or the photographers taste but it is a beginning. We have to make some other photo shoots to correct the mistakes. So please don't be very critical!
We used 2 flash lights to light up the car (from 2 different angles) and only a few lighting was added by Photoshop. Anyway, hope we improve and come up with a better picture...

Thanks for watching and all the best!
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: alfboden on April 20, 2013, 03:32:38 pm
Great pictures, love the colour!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: jimk04 on April 20, 2013, 11:00:50 pm
Great photos Rex, a shame about the trackdays tho! :sad1:

What tyres do you prefer for everyday performance driving on 17"?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: xjay1337 on April 20, 2013, 11:40:24 pm
Great pictures my man. Shame to hear about the problem with the track day but I bet you can't wait for the chance to finally drive the car hard on the track in the near future.  :driver:
TT arms are great, I need some myself lol.

Hope to see more progress and pictures soon.  :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on April 21, 2013, 06:26:49 am
Hopefully bad news are gone for both of us and we will enjoy many beautiful track days from now on :) I will be replacing the clutch disc next week and by the weekend I should know if everything's well !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 21, 2013, 08:11:13 am
Great pictures, love the colour!
Thank you very much!

Great photos Rex, a shame about the trackdays tho! :sad1:

What tyres do you prefer for everyday performance driving on 17"?
Thanks! I am using Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 (I had the Asymmetric 1 before).

Great pictures my man. Shame to hear about the problem with the track day but I bet you can't wait for the chance to finally drive the car hard on the track in the near future.  :driver:
TT arms are great, I need some myself lol.

Hope to see more progress and pictures soon.  :smiley:
Thank you!
I hope to see some progress soon also. But my main concern is enjoying the car as is.
I have some minor plans for near future (some Pagid RS-29 and some rear wiper delete) and some bigger plans for the following years.

Hopefully bad news are gone for both of us and we will enjoy many beautiful track days from now on :) I will be replacing the clutch disc next week and by the weekend I should know if everything's well !
I sure hope so my friend. Best of luck with the clutch!
BTW, we should make the reservations in Budapest!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on April 22, 2013, 03:52:38 pm
No hurry as there are plenty of hotels around :) I should be knowing for sure if everything's fine next weekend which is still 2 weeks before the event !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 16, 2013, 07:20:56 pm
This Monday I payed another visit to the Hungarian F1 Track, Hungaroring. I really wanted to go to see if everything is ok before a Nurburgring trip this summer. And, thank God, everything is ok!

I've had a very pleasant trip with some close friends and we all had a lot of fun on the track and we all came back safe and sound (and so did our cars). The weather was colder than expected (14 degrees at noon) but this weather was great for the engines. Unfortunately, I had some troubles getting the tires to temperature... During the first session the car was not quite controllable. Because the tires were not warm the brakes were not working as expected and the car would oversteer a lot. I saw this as a chance to practice oversteer recovery and had some limited success. I understood that I am not quite as good as I though I was after I span out of control. I really liked playing with the car but I would definitely not do the same on the Ring  :innocent:.
As I previously said, I really wanted to test the new engine and see if everything is alright. The engine was great, no errors were recorded but I did not change gears at the rev limiter in order not to push it too far.
The brakes were awesome. I had absolutely no issues with them even though I have done 2 sessions (aka 40 minutes) straight (twice) and no brake fade. I am not sure if it was because of the colder weather or because of the brake ducts, but I suspect the brake ducts have a great contribution to this (also the heat radiated from the discs, after the session was done, was much less than before).
The car, as a whole behaved wonderfully. The balance was just right and I was happy/scared that the car would surprise me with an oversteer from time to time, in places where it would normally understeer. Although some of the oversteers were at speed above 130 kph (80 mph) I somehow managed not to lose the car out of control. But, I must admit that I found some of them quite scary!

Here is the only photo from the event (I will post some others as soon as I have them):

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg822.imageshack.us%2Fimg822%2F3259%2Fimg3770v.jpg&hash=deca0dd4d486e89476a689a3ceaab58787720e7b)

And the session with the best lap:



You might find this session boring since almost all 6 laps are the same (and times) and they are mostly influenced by traffic.
The scariest moment of the trip was the oversteer at min 3:35 . That is the corner where you are most likely to crash the car.

Thanks for watching! Any comments are welcomed!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on May 16, 2013, 07:24:11 pm

Great stuff Vlad, as always  :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Top Cat on May 16, 2013, 07:33:30 pm
The car looks very neutral Rex, I think the oversteer was due to the car taking off over the curb kind of like lift off oversteer as the weight transferred.  You certainly know how to carry the speed through the corner.   :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RENNTAG on May 16, 2013, 07:39:52 pm
Nice video  :happy2:

Looks like a well set up car. And good save with the oversteer.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 17, 2013, 07:32:51 am
Thank you for your comments guys!  :notworthy:

Great stuff Vlad, as always  :smiley:
Thanks Mike!  :driver:

The car looks very neutral Rex, I think the oversteer was due to the car taking off over the curb kind of like lift off oversteer as the weight transferred.  You certainly know how to carry the speed through the corner.   :happy2:
Yup, it seems very neutral (at least according to my standards and my driving technique). The curb definitely had something to do with it. That bend is the trickiest one at Hungaroring (in my view) because on turn in there is a little peak that can make the car oversteer and because you have to ride the curb in order to be fast. Combined with very limited run of to the left, it is pretty much a bend where you do not want to lose control. I have seen quite a few accidents over there (from other videos or even live, with the car that was in front of me).
Because of my lack of horsepower I really need to be very efficient with carrying the speed through the corner. I really hope I am doing a good job over here but I think I can do better.

Nice video  :happy2:

Looks like a well set up car. And good save with the oversteer.
Thanks! I like the current setup and I would change nothing about it!
Although I managed to keep the car on track and I have had plenty of practice with oversteers this time, I am afraid most of the saves where instinctively. I wish I were more comfortable with oversteers but there is plenty of time to improve...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: liver on May 17, 2013, 09:59:19 am
awesome work

hope you enjoy the nurburgring

the car looks great on track
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 17, 2013, 06:27:43 pm
Thank you very much!  :notworthy:

Yup, after last years engine problems when I had to rent a car, I hope to be able to go around the ring with my car! Fingers crossed to find the finances (because of the long trip ~ 1300 miles to get to Nurburgring, the gas cost is quite high even for a 1.4 TSI).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 22, 2013, 08:21:07 pm
And a few shots with the car "in action" (from Hungaroring):

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_IMG_3770_zps2a78dd30.jpg&hash=bd01c40c65ea6f17833ff7b4858a00021d0c5284) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_IMG_3770_zps2a78dd30.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_1953_zpsa6f34f18.jpg&hash=77acea6f1abba2f828853b46118c33bdbe4d89b4) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_1953_zpsa6f34f18.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_1871_zps812d27fa.jpg&hash=c12c586635ee11ea5f093c19f17ad92dc459fb62) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_1871_zps812d27fa.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_1814_zpsd8386779.jpg&hash=a5029c6932fc8fcc68263f1d86f133a548f961ab) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_1814_zpsd8386779.jpg.html)

Thanks for watching!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on May 22, 2013, 10:42:50 pm
^^^^
I like the first shot best  :happy2:

Great car colour.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: xjay1337 on May 22, 2013, 11:04:40 pm
Car looks awesome on track  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Mk5Dom on May 22, 2013, 11:19:42 pm
Money shot's. Looking fantastic!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: danishmkvgti on May 23, 2013, 05:12:09 am
Great shots Rex, but most importantly it's great to see you back on track and enjoying your car again after all the heartache  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 23, 2013, 10:59:56 am
^^^^
I like the first shot best  :happy2:

Great car colour.
Thank you RR! I like that one the best because it is the clearest of the bunch!
I wanted to wait more for other pictures but, since in my opinion a build thread is pretty much worthless without pictures, I decided to go ahead and post these. If newer, better pictures will arrive I will post them too.
As I said many times before, I really love the color (really really lucky that I had the inspiration to order the car with this color)!

Car looks awesome on track  :happy2:
Thank you!  :notworthy:

Money shot's. Looking fantastic!
Thanks!  :notworthy:

Great shots Rex, but most importantly it's great to see you back on track and enjoying your car again after all the heartache  :happy2:
Thanks Jake! Yes, I agree with you and I am very happy that the car is working fine!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on May 24, 2013, 01:47:54 pm
Great shots Rex, but most importantly it's great to see you back on track and enjoying your car again after all the heartache  :happy2:

Agree with this. Happy to read the engine is running again and all seems fine !!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 26, 2013, 08:35:36 pm
Thanks! Me too!
Holger, I think I will go to Nurburgring on the 13-14th of July. Wanna come?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on May 26, 2013, 10:48:13 pm
Thank you very much for this invitation.   :drinking:

I'll see if this manageable for me. Perhaps Jake is willing to come with.

 :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 29, 2013, 11:00:59 am
OK, I will  :drinking:
Hope we can take each other around a lap of the Ring :).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: danishmkvgti on May 29, 2013, 03:41:18 pm
Thank you very much for this invitation.   :drinking:

I'll see if this manageable for me. Perhaps Jake is willing to come with.

 :smiley:
Holger i would love that but i'm on a plane to Vienna on the 15th so time will be to tight for me to get down to the ring and back in time for my plane  :sad1:

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 31, 2013, 01:24:23 pm
I may bore you with this post but hopefully that's not the case...
I want to post another video from the Hungaroring trackday. This is the best passenger lap till now, about 1.5 seconds faster than the fastest one before. This is still about 1.4 seconds slower than the best solo lap but adding another 80kgs is a huge factor for my 160bhp, 1280kg without the driver, Golf.



A few remarks:
1. this lap is an aggressive one and this aggression is seen in the overall time.
2. a point for those of us who ride the curbs: when riding the curb mid corner, the inner wheel will lift and a lot of the pressure is transferred to the outer wheel. If this wheel is already at it's limit, the car will understeer. I am sure most of you already know that but I wanted to share that thought for those who don't know. So careful when riding the curbs!
3. I often get distracted when driving with a passenger and I always want to share my thoughts with them. As I was about to share the above thought with my passenger I lost concentration and I did not brake for the bend at 1:53. Usually the cars understeers when going to fast through there but now, all wheels lost grip and especially the rear. As was fortunate to keep the car on track.
As a conclusion, the car behaved strangely, but wonderfully, this trackday and I had lots of fun. I would not like the car to be so unpredictable at the Ring, though  :smiley:

Comments are, as always, welcomed!
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on June 02, 2013, 10:01:14 pm
Well done when you kept it !!  :happy2:

 :congrats: :congrats:
 :congrats: :congrats:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 03, 2013, 09:14:31 am
Thank you! It was an instinctual save.
I was lucky once again. I know it's just a matter of time till my luck runs out but I hope nothing major will happen when it eventually does.
 :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Acidutzul on June 04, 2013, 08:49:11 am
One of your most enjoyable to watch laps on Hring!. It looks really smooth, with perfect transitions, and still very very fast and close to the limit (sometimes a bit beyond... and that was just an opportunity for a nice save  :happy2:). The lap time speaks for itself.

If we put aside the timing and think about fun, I guess it would be very nice to watch the very first session of the day :pomppomp:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 04, 2013, 03:10:45 pm
Ha ha, you have a good point! I've seen the first lap only once and I have to see it again. If there's anything to learn either from my mistakes or from my saves for sure I will post it.
Too bad you missed this Hungaroring track day because I was really miss the chase and I was curious to see if you still are faster than me in the straights...
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 07, 2013, 06:47:21 pm
Well, Stefan, here is the video you requested with the first session of the day (first lap of the first session):



The tires were cold and the weather was very cold so it was an interesting session. I knew the car would oversteer but I was overconfident in my skills.
Firstly, in the first bend, I was 99,99% sure the car would oversteer so I was, lets say, prepared for it. But, as you can see in the video, I did not handle it well. I was expecting a nice drift but there was no such thing  :chicken:.
Than, I started to warm up the tires and I was throwing the car around mid corner. Some corners the car did not need to be throw to oversteer. It was very, very interesting.
Lastly, at 2:12 I wanted to have some fun with the car and try to control a bigger oversteer. Unfortunately, this time I wasn't even close, so I ended up doing a tete-a-queue. I remember this corner perfectly and this is how it all happened: I looked in the rear view mirrors to see that nobody was around. Knowing this was a place with a large runoff I knew not much could happen... I went a little bit too fast in that corner and the back began to slide. I steered in the opposite direction and pushed the throttle. But surprisingly, the car did not respond to my commands and continued to oversteer. So I steered more to the left hoping that would resolve the situation. Then, surprisingly, the car did a 180 degrees turn in the opposite direction. I was really surprised and I was just a passenger when this happened. I did not expect it to be so violent. Of course the engine died but at least I was safe and sound and I, once more, I have seen my limits.
I was expecting to solve the oversteer in a similar fashion to a rally car on gravel (I did this during my race driver training) but those oversteers were nothing like the oversteers at Hungaoring. My car is much more stable than the gravel rally cars and when I loose traction I find it harder to control the slide...
During both of the slides, the hand movement on the steering wheel is rubbish! I manage to turn the steering wheel quite fast but I am doing that with the wrong hand :grin:. I should be steering with the right hand when turning right and with the left had when turning left.

This is not a video I am proud of, because it clearly shows my limits. But I think all of us should learn to push our limits in a safe and controlled environment (and not on the streets).
Hope I am mature enough not to try this at Nurburgring!  :grin:

All the best!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Acidutzul on June 12, 2013, 05:05:51 pm
Ha ha, massive fun! It reminds me of my first lap with brand new and cold semislicks. It's obvious you were looking for it, and that was actually the right thing to do  :grin: . I think any given opportunity to try and practice car control in a safe environment should be properly used, since there aren't so many (for me at least).

I've heard from others that B16 is quite violent and hard to grab when it goes beyond a certain point, but I think one mistake we do (by "we" I mean people who don't quite master drifting and rear sliding, me included of course) is that we tend to use more the steering to get out of the drift, when we actually should use the gas more. It seems to me the same happened to you when you spun. If you had used more gas with less steering input from the start, it would have been probably a nice drift. Instead, you steered more and more and when the engine started to build up revs, it threw you in the opposite direction (according to the steering angle of the wheels). Of course there's a long way from theory to practice, and unfortunately that's what we miss... practice. It should be kind of easy for us (having FWD) to just give it gas and a low steering input to control a rear slide, but my brain and instinct often commands only my hands to turn the wheel a lot and my foot to keep just a slight positive gas. Sometimes I'm lucky, sometimes not :).

I also hope you'll resist the temptation to try this on the Ring, as I wouldn't call it quite a safe environment :)) and you are quite a naughty boy :P (I can clearly remember you tempting me to do some "nasty" things on a soaking Nordschleife last year... fortunately my limits were very clear to me :)) )


Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 13, 2013, 05:28:20 pm
Thanks for the comment Stefan!
You have a good point about recovering from an oversteer. I used to much steering angle and when I regained traction the car trowed me in the opposite direction.
I definitely need much more practice until I can make a nice and clean recovery. Unfortunately, by controlling the car at low speeds over gravel and snow I lean nothing. The semislicks go from immense grip to none and back very quickly and I am nowhere near prepared for that.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 20, 2013, 11:26:15 am
Time for some minor updates....

1. The Pagid RS 4-4 Orange pads needed replacing after one year of daily drive and trackdays. Although I was really happy with the current setup I wanted something different and I chose the Pagid RS-29 Yellow pads. I managed to install the pads yesterday and there was no time for bedding them in so I can't offer a review yet. Here are some photos:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6198673_zps0821ad5b.jpg&hash=0df631dc136017248c38c93c040c804acede1cc8) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6198673_zps0821ad5b.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6198672_zps10be7cfd.jpg&hash=ac6cfc3b912204ae688af967ac3a7727ead19cc2) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6198672_zps10be7cfd.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6198677_zps4919bbc4.jpg&hash=276ad7e85870687f414b0aca99a40d562dff323e) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6198677_zps4919bbc4.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6198681_zps79ba695b.jpg&hash=335e67d92d8044cfe04e09ff161dae43e5f88163) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6198681_zps79ba695b.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6198685_zps5da70ae5.jpg&hash=bf4013a4835781f67f653d563269acba32ea9843) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6198685_zps5da70ae5.jpg.html)

2. I will try to get rid of the rear wiper, so I bought these:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6198667_zpsc20ed9c9.jpg&hash=d0ac2d506245140c7c04c7f1022c94cbcabbbd76) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6198667_zpsc20ed9c9.jpg.html)

Hope to do the operation this weekend (not sure if I have the time).

3. I tinted the tail lights but not enough for my taste so I will redo the operation and post some pictures when I am done.

All the best!  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on June 20, 2013, 06:11:06 pm
Good, these pads should have much better byte at higher speeds !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 21, 2013, 09:22:08 am
Honestly, if they are as good as the RS 4-4 ones but last longer, I am, very, very happy.
Can't wait to test them on the Ring  :smiley:  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Deako on June 21, 2013, 07:41:36 pm
I didn't realise but I took some pics of this at Spa in 2011. Noticed as I was looking through my pics.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 22, 2013, 04:54:42 pm
Nice !  :happy2:
Can you please post them over here or send them to vlad_panut@yahoo.com?
Thank you!  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 22, 2013, 08:55:33 pm
I managed to remove the rear wiper!

Before:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6228687_zpsc55f6414.jpg&hash=6dc35030269e7487ed2ca9b5bb90b15cdc47998e) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6228687_zpsc55f6414.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6228688_zps28256925.jpg&hash=cdf1f9fbe30a32e563919ad3bc89011753ed2ea8) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6228688_zps28256925.jpg.html)

After:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6228698_zpsab95b1b2.jpg&hash=3836db954d500be70e0ff84aaac02bf6ee607d50) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6228698_zpsab95b1b2.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6228696_zps9d551609.jpg&hash=85fdf27fc2b1e501422730bf64c06ec454c0a7aa) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6228696_zps9d551609.jpg.html)

I really like how it looks without the rear wiper!
Not to mention I managed to save about 1 KG (that's how much the rear wiper weighs)  :grin:  :evilgrin:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on June 23, 2013, 07:29:35 am
Only the wiper or motor included ?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 24, 2013, 07:40:35 am
Aproximatly 1kg for the whole assembly (motor included). I didn't quite have time to weigh them but they are really light...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Biano44 on July 09, 2013, 09:29:39 am
Hi Rex,
I really like the look of clean rear end on your car!

Could you tell me please where you got the wiper delete kit from?

Ta.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 09, 2013, 09:40:39 am
Thank you!
I got the wiper delete from Gecleant (http://www.gecleant.de/shop/glasstopfen-fuer-audi-vw-seat-skoda.html).

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: chrisr763 on July 09, 2013, 01:58:56 pm
Thank you!
I got the wiper delete from Gecleant (http://"http://www.gecleant.de/shop/glasstopfen-fuer-audi-vw-seat-skoda.html").

 :drinking:

Link isn't working!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 09, 2013, 03:14:37 pm
Fixed it! I had quotes in the link and that is why it was not working.  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Yodi on July 09, 2013, 03:31:18 pm
Just read all of this thread, love it mate and you've put so much work into it.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 10, 2013, 06:32:42 pm
Thank you! Hope you enjoyed the reading!

In the last days I managed to tint the rear lights...
If you remember the earlier conversation (on the first pages of the thread), I wanted to do something about the rear light but I was not quite sure what. I found out that the cheapest way was to buy some black lacquer and make the rear light look like the R32 (ED30 ones).
So, I bought the lacquer, took the light off

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6088654_zps666de2e7.jpg&hash=d5e1560c58e20d6790e84493d7401d4c66509abf) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6088654_zps666de2e7.jpg.html)

masked them (a very very time consuming job but only if this is done properly can you expect a nice finish)

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and painted them in 2 steps. The first time I used to little lacquer and the difference was only barely noticeable. The second time I used all the lacquer and, unfortunately, I still don't have the rear lights as tinted as the R32/ED30 one.
But I like the result, so until I get used to these or decide to buy some now R32/ED30 or OEM LED ones, I will stick to these!

Before:

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After:

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And a few more photos of the car before leaving for Nurburgring in the morning:

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(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P7108706_zps5f52d2bf.jpg&hash=8088d8b3095af3df7a25bbcf0b9aa1b5c3422ce0) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P7108706_zps5f52d2bf.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P7108699_zpse237338d.jpg&hash=081d9427a26836b813187171efdda1e69824bdbb) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P7108699_zpse237338d.jpg.html)

And a new position of the GoPro for the Nurburgring trip (or, if the video rules are relaxed, I might attach the GoPro to the roll bar, as before):

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P7108704_zps5acc67b5.jpg&hash=b56967774d0e49aef7adb012a54a279e56b47c91) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P7108704_zps5acc67b5.jpg.html)

Thanks for watching!
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Top Cat on July 10, 2013, 08:01:55 pm
Have a good time Rex.  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 11, 2013, 09:19:29 pm
Thanks TC!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 17, 2013, 08:31:16 pm
Time for a Nurburgring trip review... As it was the case with my previous reviews, I will have more posts about this trip because there are a some interesting things to see, some interesting videos to see and it would be a shame to create one huge post.

As I think I said previously, in 2009 when I first visited the famous Green Hell, I made a pact with myself to get there at least once a year. Things have gone my way and I was able to visit Nurburging during all these 5 years...
Each time, the trip was different in one way but I had fun in all of my trips and this was no exception...

Compared to my previous trip with the Golf (last year the engine was being replaced so I had to rent a Swift) this trip was nowhere near as scary. I decided to play it safe and not take to many chances.
Performance wise, I had better brakes, larger fenders, different semislicks and a new interior:
- the brakes were really awesome (Boxster calipers, Pagid RS-29 pads, Brembo J-Hook discs and brake ducts) and flawless. I really had no issues with these and could do much more than 3 laps continuously.
- the fenders did their job and there was no rubbing whatsoever
- the semislicks (medium compound Direzza 03G) were miles better than the previous Khumo v70a. But it is not a fair comparison because the temperatures were completely different.
- the new interior is, I think, heavier than the OEM one but safety was my primary concern. Again, the seats and seat belts are awesome (even for the 1000 miles trip to get to Nurburgring).
- the engine was ok but I was really really slow on the full throttle parts of the track and that got me in some trouble... Because of the hot weather, the engine would overheat so I had to do only 2-3 laps in a row.
- the suspension was great. I set it to 9 (front) and 6 (back) and, even though it was not quite on my taste, I did not want to try different setups during this trip. Maybe next year...

Enough of the technical stuff, lets talk about the trip as a whole...
This is the second year I go with a friend of mine, Stefan. He has the blue Golf you will see in the pictures below. His car is a 2.0 TDI (140bhp) with a remap and similar mods to mine (Bilsteing B16, TT arms, bigger brakes, semislicks). Our goal was to have fun and get back home in one piece and as a bonus get below 9 minutes BTG. Being Touristfahrten this was not a must because we knew there will be a lot of traffic and it was not safe to push that hard. We planed for 25 laps each during 2 full days of touristfahrten and 1 day with the track opened for 2 hours. During the first day we've done some warm up laps and we were stunned when we saw that we got to 9.04 without taking any chances (the track was empty during these warmup laps).
The next days, there was a different story though... There were a lot of people on the track and the track was closed for a number of times because of the crashes. And we had a lot of problems with Porsche drivers that didn't want to get out of the way  :fighting: . They probably hate to see Golfs get past them   :innocent:... Also had some problems with the bikers who think the circuit is all theirs and they never check their mirrors.
But all in all everything was ok...

As far as my driving goes, I was a little bit scared and I took no chances. I only had issued because of my stupidity and nothing to do with going fast. For example:
- I never hold a car behind me. My philosophy is that if a car gets behind me, he is faster and I let him pass. Because of this I would even let cars get passed  on dangerous pars of the track. For example before Fuchsrohre I wanted to let a Porsche pass and I went over the kerbs. The car unsettled (I was doing about 100 mph) and I almost lost control. I should have waited and let the Porsche pass on the next bend...
- I was scared of pushing the brakes to hard with the wheels turned so I used to brake to to little to late. I corrected this error and I decided to use the brakes at 100% and have different lines even if I was not using all of the tracks width.
- I sometimes got over or, even worse, braked on kerbs!
I tried to fix these mistakes and if I did not manage to do that at least I know where I have to work some more.
As far as the laptimes are concern, am I pretty happy with the results. I managed 6 or 7 laps below 9 minutes. I had 8.59, 8.58, 8.57 and the best time of 8.55.9 (I will say 8.56). This is not bad for my standards (please don't forget this is a 160bhp Golf and it weighs 1370kg with the driver), also considering I took almost no chances and that there were no laps without traffic.

The video will be in another post and for now here are some photos:

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To be continued...
Thanks for watching!

P.S. Sorry for the long post!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Pikey Motorsports on July 17, 2013, 08:34:09 pm
looking good.. what cage have you got
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 18, 2013, 06:07:30 am
Thanks! I've got the Wiechers Sport roll bars.
When looking for the cage, I found some UK companies that were selling roll bars at 1500 GBP and the Wiechers Sport that were 500 EURO.
I am not sure there is a difference in the design or material used but there sure is a difference in the cost!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on July 18, 2013, 07:32:45 am

Great post Vlad :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: anorganix on July 18, 2013, 07:52:43 am
Hey mate,

Happy to see you keeping your promises and visiting the Ring yearly.  :happy2:
Congrats for the times, I bet you and Stefan had a blast! I can't wait to meet with him and talk more about your trip.

Quote
the brakes were really awesome
I bet they were! Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that they get "killed" more on Hungaro, since N-ring is a speed-track and allows better cooling.

Quote
Because of the hot weather, the engine would overheat
Maybe go with fuscobal's approach? (hot climate rad)

Apart from that, eagerly waiting for more posts & vids!  :pomppomp:
Cheers!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Pikey Motorsports on July 18, 2013, 08:24:09 pm
Thanks! I've got the Wiechers Sport roll bars.
When looking for the cage, I found some UK companies that were selling roll bars at 1500 GBP and the Wiechers Sport that were 500 EURO.
I am not sure there is a difference in the design or material used but there sure is a difference in the cost!

thankyou do you have any pics of yours inside with the bars? havent got around to reading your build thread properly im sure there are some pics but dont have the time tonight to read everything lol
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Pikey Motorsports on July 18, 2013, 08:32:26 pm
found the pics mate looks good
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 18, 2013, 10:06:21 pm
Great post Vlad :happy2:
Thanks Mike!

Hey mate,

Happy to see you keeping your promises and visiting the Ring yearly.  :happy2:
Congrats for the times, I bet you and Stefan had a blast! I can't wait to meet with him and talk more about your trip.

Quote
the brakes were really awesome
I bet they were! Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that they get "killed" more on Hungaro, since N-ring is a speed-track and allows better cooling.

Quote
Because of the hot weather, the engine would overheat
Maybe go with fuscobal's approach? (hot climate rad)

Apart from that, eagerly waiting for more posts & vids!  :pomppomp:
Cheers!

Thank you very much, my friend!
Yes, the brakes are used much more at Hungaoriring but, at Nurburgring there is some high speed braking...
Well, my engine is quite different to yours. I have the water cooled intercooler and putting FMIC is not a very neat solution. The engine did not suffer form overheating but from the warm ambient temperature.
And I can never give up the AC...

found the pics mate looks good
Great! I think I have some more photos here somewhere so if those are not enough please send me a PM and tell me what other pictures to send and your email address!

Thanks for all your comments, guys!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on July 18, 2013, 10:51:36 pm
Excellent pics and a great B to G time Rex.  :happy2:

Video!  :popcornsoda:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on July 19, 2013, 02:11:33 am
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.uedn.de%2Fnos%2FT13072013%2FImages%2FDSC_0136.jpg&hash=da89494ab6c57fff5d6bb0410f6d033f7d3fe627)

 :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 19, 2013, 06:06:27 am
Excellent pics and a great B to G time Rex.  :happy2:

Video!  :popcornsoda:
Thanks Hurdy!
The video will follow in the next days.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.uedn.de%2Fnos%2FT13072013%2FImages%2FDSC_0136.jpg&hash=da89494ab6c57fff5d6bb0410f6d033f7d3fe627)

 :happy2:
Yup... too bad that Ulrich Emmerich (as I remember he is a friend of yours) has no photos of me, this year  :sad1:!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 19, 2013, 05:28:58 pm
The video with the fastest lap of the trip (BTG 8:56).



As you can see, it was not an ideal lap regarding the lines or the traffic.
I was a little bit held up by the BMW in the beginning and by the Porsche in the end. Since the Porsche driver had some interesting lines, I did not push as hard when he was in front because I was scared he would do something stupid.
This was also my last lap of the trip so I also was a little bit on the safe side (didn't want to screw it in the end).
Considering what I said above, why this was the best lap of the trip is a mystery to me!

Comments are, as always, welcomed!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Matto on July 19, 2013, 06:53:28 pm
Great video Rex. A mate of mine has just got back from a trip to the Ring. Although the car didn't due to engine failure. I love seeing people like him in that Porsche show how to do it by a lesser car.

Top stuff and I'm sure you had fun  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Biano44 on July 19, 2013, 09:31:09 pm
Brilliant videos Rex......can't believe it's a 1.4!!

Ta

Matt

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 20, 2013, 10:02:49 am
Great video Rex. A mate of mine has just got back from a trip to the Ring. Although the car didn't due to engine failure. I love seeing people like him in that Porsche show how to do it by a lesser car.

Top stuff and I'm sure you had fun  :happy2:
Thanks Matto! Yes, I had a lot of fun.
Did your friend have a grey Seat?

Brilliant videos Rex......can't believe it's a 1.4!!
Thanks Matt! Yup, most guys think I am nuts to do so much with a car equipped with a 1.4 engine. And they are probably right... I could use some more power but frankly, I am having lots of fun right now, so not worth the investment...

Thanks for all your comments!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: benj1989 on July 20, 2013, 10:33:48 am
Great vid. You definitely have some skill beating much faster cars.

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Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Matto on July 20, 2013, 04:07:02 pm
Rex, my mate was in a black Supra with a private plate. Went with someone with a tuned Peugeot 205.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 21, 2013, 08:53:22 pm
Great vid. You definitely have some skill beating much faster cars.
Thank you!
Am not so sure I have skills, it might be the fact that I know the car very well and I learned the track pretty well...
 :driver:

Rex, my mate was in a black Supra with a private plate. Went with someone with a tuned Peugeot 205.
Oh.... I will be on a lookout for any black Supras or 205 in my videos!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 25, 2013, 07:49:00 am
And another video from the last Nurburgring trip...

This is filmed from by friends car (you have the car specs in the video's details). We have similar cars and drive similar lines so it was not hard to film each other  :smiley:.
This is a warmup lap and we didn't have the best lines because we were afraid to push with cold semislicks. We prefer to be safe than sorry.



There will be some more videos (at least another one) and hopefully some better photos.
Hope you guys will not be bored with so many videos!

All the best!  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 26, 2013, 02:53:55 pm
Sorry for the broken link above.
Problem fixed!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 27, 2013, 09:20:19 pm
Probably the best lap of the 2013 Nurburgring trip:



The time for BTG is 8:57.72 so it is almost 2 seconds slower than my fastest lap. But, as you can see, I think the traffic made me lose much more than that...

A few thoughts:

1. The Passat you will see throughout the video is a R36. I tried to find the car/owner after the lap to see what mods he had but I only saw the car on the road or on the track.
As you can see, he is much faster than me on the straights but I seem to catch up in the bends.

2. Except this lap, I have never overtaken on the right side, on my 77 (I think) laps of the North Loop. This lap, I overtake 2 cars on the right side.  :ashamed:
The Porsche driver in the beginning was sleeping on the left side of the road and I think I had no chance but to follow the Passat.
The Passat braked, signed left and than sat on the left side of the road so, again, I think I had no chance but to overtake on the right side.
I, honestly, wouldn't overtake on the right side in order to have better times, I always wait for the car to let me pass but these cars let me pass on the wrong side  :ashamed:

3. I honestly don't understand why the Porsche drivers were so, so slow and why they would remain on the racing line when they saw cars approaching...

Any comments (good or bad) are welcomed!
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 06, 2013, 05:00:42 pm
Because lately I was concentrated on "performance" mods, I decided I was time to do something about the "styling".
I needed a CD changer to make changing the audio CD's easier and also a CD player that can read SD cards. Because of this and because I wanted an OEM look, I went for the RCD 510 unit:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P8068721_zpsd7da6f3b.jpg&hash=99d1c4cdaaff0f9ce9fc850a45c8408e35d17560) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P8068721_zpsd7da6f3b.jpg.html)

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Prior to buying the unit I read some reviews and most people said that the RCD 510 si much, much better than the RCD 300 (with mp3) as far as the sound quality is concern. I thought it was placebo and I did not care about that but I found that they are right. Miles better than the RCD 300. Of course it don't come close to what I head in my friend fuscobal's car but it is good enough for me.

I had some problems with the installation because the RCD 300 has 2 plugs for the radio antenna and the RCD 510 (with DAB - not sure about the NON DAB unit) only has a large plug.

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So I bought the adapter above. Here is the code for those of you who are interested:

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I had no issues with battery drainage because the car is MY 2008.

As I think I said, the goal is to make the car as I like it to be and as it should have been from the beginning  :innocent:. So, I am one step closer to that goal, but still much to do...
Thanks for watching!

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on August 18, 2013, 02:49:45 am
Still a nice headunit. I did the same.  :happy2:

If you want MUCH better sound I'd highly recommend this:

http://www.carhifi-store.net/haussystem-light-golf-p-567.html

Frank Miketta is highly regarded as the most knowledgable guy in Golf V hifi.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 19, 2013, 06:12:59 am
Thanks, my friend!
Great idea  :happy2:. Not sure I have the money at the moment but I will keep that link  :notworthy:!
Title: Re:
Post by: circoloco on September 21, 2013, 07:00:36 pm
Can remember and i'm on the phone. Pretty hard to search. Why did you change the engine?

I'm changeing my 1.4tsi 180hp engine too. Only 30k km and at 170km/h 3 pistons (2nd, 3rd and 4th) were burned and destroyed :). VW sad that were a few problems with the producer of the pistons and now they changed him. Hope we will be ok from now one


Sent from my măr
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on September 22, 2013, 12:11:03 am
Sounds like bullsh*t for me. Your car is OEM and you weren't even at WOT so the car should have been quite far from piston's limits. I suspect your failure had to do with how the mixture is burnt. Somehow temps increased drastically inside your engine so the pistons got melted !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 23, 2013, 02:20:14 pm
Can remember and i'm on the phone. Pretty hard to search. Why did you change the engine?

I'm changeing my 1.4tsi 180hp engine too. Only 30k km and at 170km/h 3 pistons (2nd, 3rd and 4th) were burned and destroyed :). VW sad that were a few problems with the producer of the pistons and now they changed him. Hope we will be ok from now one


Hello, my friend and sorry, for only now did I see your post!
I heard what happened to you (fuscobal told me, since I don't have the vwforum account anymore) and it is such a shame... Do you happen to have some photos of the pistons?

I changed my engine because the no. 3 piston was rubbing against the cylinder sleeve (I hope it is the correct English term). My guess is that it was due to the mechanics stupidity and nothing to do with real mechanical failure. When I changed the engine I had about 73k km, 55 of which were with the Revo software and about 3000km on track. And, unlike the more powerful, cars around here, I am going most of the time full throttle (because of my low bhp and great grip). If you think that the engine is not really made to cope with all this tracking I am pleased I lasted for so long.
I installed a MK6 TSI CAXA engine and so far so good. Wonder how much this will last... After that, if I have the money, I hope a 2.0 TFSI is the next engine for my car...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 12, 2013, 09:46:45 pm
Last week I had the last trackday for this year at Hungaroring. There are many things I want to share with you, so here is a review of that trip...
Before the trip I was watching the weather (it snowed in Romania 2 days before the track day in Hungary) and I must say we were lucky because it was sunny. But it was very cold... In the morning there were 2 degrees and in the afternoon it got to 12-13... This had a severe impact on the cars handling and power. During the first session I felt like I was on ice. The car was very, very unpredictable and I must say I was quite scared. The brakes were also rubbish because of the cold tires that had no grip. The only positive thing was the power output. I've never seen the car pull so hard. Compared to my friend Stefan (mk5 Golf 2.0 TDI with a remap) I was faster on the straight line and even with a passenger in my car he still couldn't get closer to me on the straights (in spring we was faster than me).
The tires didn't get to temperature until the last laps of the second session. And after that I still had the felling the car was unpredictable and would oversteer without a warning. It was really strange considering I haven't done any mods since spring... I managed to regain control of the car on a number of occasions but I lost control of the car on three occasions. On two occasions I saw that I could not control the slide so I hit the brake pedal and the car just did a Tet-a-queue. I will speak about the 3rd case on another post.
Incredibly, I got to improve my time by 0.08 and now I got to 2:21.60 (even a bit below that). I say incredibly because I had about 4 laps (during the 5 sessions I've completed) without traffic and the best lap (best 2 laps) were in the second session when the tires have just came up to temperature but the car was still a little bit loose because of the cold tarmac and I did not push so hard. I was really, really surprised.

This trip we were quite a big gang... The cars from our group were:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Ffacebook1_zps40ea7553.jpg&hash=7d48484cfc878b31a216f6d497105d7b0286356f) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/facebook1_zps40ea7553.jpg.html)

Renault Sport R26 F1, VW Golf 2.0 TDI, Stage 3 TTRS, BMW 335i Performance, BMW 335i MSport, Civic FN2 Type R Championship White, my 1.4 TSI Golf and a 2.0 TFSI Stage 2 A3.
Guess who had the best time?
Nope, it wasn't the TTRS because, even if he had the fastest car in a straight line, the tires were rubbish and the driver didn't push so hard. The fastest car was the A3! He's got Stage 2 Revo Software, semislicks, TT hubs front&back, APRacing brakes, LSD, etc. It is a very fast and balanced car. You can see this car in a video below (I tried to stay with him on a fast lap, in the twisty part of the track).

A few pictures of my car 'in action':

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_2409_zpsa7a7e37d.jpg&hash=a931986b7e30d50cdbdce4d1ec9b3c46c4b97988) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_2409_zpsa7a7e37d.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Ffacebook7_zpscafc6f92.jpg&hash=5fc6a65b91ad14ce0c35cbaed01e80a78c0dbb0d) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/facebook7_zpscafc6f92.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Ffacebook2_zps52adec50.jpg&hash=dd061f77cc2d26e90f8947a87d69247c5c426231) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/facebook2_zps52adec50.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Ffacebook8_zpsb43943e4.jpg&hash=6c1d4b5e7540a97be2f88b9a1051e331ca80763f) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/facebook8_zpsb43943e4.jpg.html)

The fastest lap (the film is rubbish because I had the GoPro facing downwards and the focus is on the interior of the car, even if I had the Spot Metering ON):



And the session when I had a friend (Alex with the BMW 335i MSport) as a passenger (again I had issues with overexposure) is below. He was really amassed with the brakes and suspension...
In this session I try to stay with Silviu, the A3 driver but I really can't. He is about 6-7 seconds faster than me on Hungaroring (2.15 vs 2.21).
I almost lose control of the car in this video also @ 6:14.
And the second part of the video is the same session filmed from Stefan's car (mk5 Golf 2.0 TDI):



All comments are welcomed!
Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: xjay1337 on October 12, 2013, 10:15:23 pm
Great update . Nice to read that the car is being enjoyed still!  :party:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on October 13, 2013, 08:54:26 am
Happy for you my friend and hopefully will be able to join you next time !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 13, 2013, 03:19:56 pm
Great update . Nice to read that the car is being enjoyed still!  :party:

Thanks! The car will be 6 years old this November and I enjoy it more and more.
As I previously said, I wanted to keep the car for 4 years but now, after 6 years, I don't plan on selling it. This car really suites me and my needs.

Happy for you my friend and hopefully will be able to join you next time !

Hopefully so!

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 14, 2013, 07:18:02 pm
And now for the hard part...
As I said 2 post before, during the last Hungaroring trip the car was all over the place and I lost control of the car on three occasions. Twice I managed to turn the car 180 degrees and stop it but once I did not. This is the story about that case...
It was the last session of the day and the last or second to last lap. Since I had a lot of traffic during the previous sessions and because I really wanted to go as hard as I could, I pushed hard even in this closing session (I never ever push hard in the first or last session). So now I was on a fast lap and there was a car in front. I was in "racing mode" (aka stupid mode) and I thought the Peugeot left the racing line open for me to pass. Once I got mid corner I realized the Peugeot was still committed and I realized our lines will intersect (I was at the cars limit and my line would take me to the outside of the corner, into the Peugeot). So I decided to release the gas pedal (that corner is flat out) and immediately the car severely oversteered. I tried to control it, that I tried to brake but none of these actions prevented me from fitting the barrier.  :sad1:
Considering the fact that I lost control of the car at ~130km/h (~80 mph) I can consider myself fortunate the car only had the following damages:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FCrash1_zpsf5c0fd99.png&hash=d764965651f6d71a185ba1281817b002ed1e07d9) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/Crash1_zpsf5c0fd99.png.html)

And I also have a rear hub and TD Pro Race 1.2 rim damaged (I have to see how bad the rim was damaged).
In the end I am fortunate I could drive the car back home.
Really happy I was untouched!

I am posting the video so that other people may learn from my mistakes:



I know I've been reckless and I am ashamed of my driving. I think I should only drive like that when I am alone on the track and not close to other cars. So shame on me  :sad1:!
When there are slower cars in front, I sometimes push harder because the only way I am going to pass them is on/after the corners. I have no chances of passing cars in the straight lines (with very few exceptions). But this is not an excuse.
I hope I learned my lesson and I hope none of you will repeat my mistake!

P.S. After the crash I asked the officials to give me a paper saying I crashed the car at Hungaoring so that I would not have problems with the police in Hungary, Romania or when crossing the border. I ended up in the F1 Control Room where the manager was. I got to see what view they had (32 cameras around the track) and I got to see my accident from one of those cameras. It was pretty unspectacular, just like any other crash you seen on TV when racing....
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on October 16, 2013, 11:07:27 am
It's a shame that happened...damage is not that bad considering what I'm seeing on the video. I'm keeping my opinion that something's wrong with your car's balance (F/R weight ratio, geometry, B16 settings...) !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: woahnowboys on October 16, 2013, 12:01:30 pm
Sucks about the damage, I feel for you :sad1:

But the car looks beautiful, I'm sure it'll look even better with some fresh paint on that quarter :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 16, 2013, 07:32:52 pm
It's a shame that happened...damage is not that bad considering what I'm seeing on the video. I'm keeping my opinion that something's wrong with your car's balance (F/R weight ratio, geometry, B16 settings...) !

Yes, the damage is quite light. I am very fortunate about it.
Thanks for you input but I am maintaining my point of view: the cars balance is just right (on my taste) and my stupidity alone caused the accident. I should not have gone on the inside of that car...

Sucks about the damage, I feel for you :sad1:

But the car looks beautiful, I'm sure it'll look even better with some fresh paint on that quarter :happy2:

Thank you! The car is in service right now and I will have a full respray. I had some previous minor scratches and now, with the accident, the whole car will get some new paint.
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Top Cat on October 16, 2013, 08:19:46 pm
Every time we take our cars on track we learn something it is a big part of why we enjoy driving. Sometimes those lessons are painful but we are still learning.   :happy2:

I have a set of rules that I try my utmost not to break. I remind myself of these on the way to the track and every Time I strap my self in the car.  My main rule is to remind myself constantly of my limitations and not forget where my talent runs out. It takes discipline  as I know I could be a lot faster.

You need to stop being so tough on yourself, you only made a mistake of judgement.  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 17, 2013, 07:06:45 am
You're right TC!
I like to push harder and sometimes my skills run out because we always have to push our limits if we want to improve.
I am being a little bit tough on myself because this way I hope to never do the same mistakes again. And I also hope nobody reading this will do any of my mistakes.
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rich83 on October 17, 2013, 09:48:11 am
Well, it did look a bit of a daft place to overtake. But the main thing is you are not injured and your car isn't that badly damaged.  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 17, 2013, 12:16:39 pm
Yup! I previously overtook in that corner but never in such a manner. Once you are committed there is only one line through there...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 01, 2013, 07:02:15 pm
2 days ago I got the car back from the painter. As I said, I had a full respray and I also changed the windshield because it had many small scratches.
So the car is looking as good as ever.
 :driver:

Also had a geometry check and it looks like only the hub was affected by the crash so it should feel as good as ever.
I consider myself very fortunate to have so little damages and the repairs were relatively cheap (it could have been much, much worse).
 :driver:

And a few days ago I also bought some photos from this years' Nurburgring trip. Here they are:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_IMG_1490S_zps82fc2a87.jpg&hash=7b48eff419fb6b029e52af49322901dd99e9e02a) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_IMG_1490S_zps82fc2a87.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_IMG_1491_zps0efea0de.jpg&hash=0533079a3424aad5ca87b7ef629be04828c8dc0e) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_IMG_1491_zps0efea0de.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_IMG_3995_zpsfc9b41d6.jpg&hash=f65ab3c12984db568db45574910ded41cfc939d1) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_IMG_3995_zpsfc9b41d6.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_IMG_1241_zps1d34f079.jpg&hash=048127195fdb7e9435be960067758366c98e070c) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_IMG_1241_zps1d34f079.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_IMG_4213S_zpsf69b2550.jpg&hash=85d903fd07b2c7e8fd0db42edaef19d2e8dcc3c0) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_IMG_4213S_zpsf69b2550.jpg.html)

Thanks for watching!
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: woahnowboys on November 01, 2013, 07:05:35 pm
Great pictures, love the cocked wheel in the second picture :grin:
Show us the new paint! :party:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rich83 on November 01, 2013, 07:05:49 pm
Nice 3 wheel action there rex!!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on November 02, 2013, 07:05:54 am
Beautiful pics Rex   :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Matto on November 02, 2013, 10:50:04 am
Some great photos Rex. I definitely think the tripod one should be in next years calendar  :happy2:

I'm certain its my favourite colour too...after shadow blue of course  :P
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 02, 2013, 04:49:24 pm
Great pictures, love the cocked wheel in the second picture :grin:
Show us the new paint! :party:
Thank you!
I like that photo too!
Here is the new paint:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_PB028767_zpsa26b01aa.jpg&hash=9a5c403ebeb2f369dc16618d8db3d66918495a3b) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_PB028767_zpsa26b01aa.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_PB028770_zps8be12623.jpg&hash=47b5f46f5b223ff5cf7dbf528f8be37066d4237f) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_PB028770_zps8be12623.jpg.html)

Still sunset red because I really love this color :).
Those are 16 inch rims with winter tires (thin tires, thin rim, large offset) so the car isn't quite looking it's best.

Nice 3 wheel action there rex!!
Thank you Rich!

Beautiful pics Rex   :wink:
Thank you, my friend!

Some great photos Rex. I definitely think the tripod one should be in next years calendar  :happy2:

I'm certain its my favourite colour too...after shadow blue of course  :P
Thank you Matto!
Ha ha... The color is a matter of taste, I love your color but I love the sunset red better (that is a good thing because if it was the other way around we would be 2 very frustrated people)!
I didn't want to say anything in the calendar topic but I think your photo is amazing! Both car and scenery look breathtaking. I could stare at that photo for hours! Well done :congrats:!
P.S. I like the November 2013 photo also!

 :drinking:
Title: Re:
Post by: benj1989 on November 02, 2013, 06:35:29 pm
Easily my favourite thread on here.  Shame about the crash but you'll no next time.

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Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: jonnym on November 02, 2013, 06:51:53 pm
Some wicked tracks photos there!!!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 03, 2013, 10:27:33 am
Easily my favourite thread on here.  Shame about the crash but you'll no next time.
Thank you very much!  :notworthy:
Yup, hopefully I learned my lesson and I won't ever be so aggressive with other cars around.

Some wicked tracks photos there!!!
Thank you!  :drinking:

And I have bought one from 2011 as well:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_IMG_2037_zps716b6e93.jpg&hash=ff3018c1bb8ca3425651d520aafe61ec02e6bbca) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_IMG_2037_zps716b6e93.jpg.html)

No roll cage, OEM seats, OEM fenders and different wheels. But I still think she looks good  :grin:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: jonnym on November 03, 2013, 10:44:21 am
Every time we take our cars on track we learn something it is a big part of why we enjoy driving. Sometimes those lessons are painful but we are still learning.   :happy2:

I have a set of rules that I try my utmost not to break. I remind myself of these on the way to the track and every Time I strap my self in the car.  My main rule is to remind myself constantly of my limitations and not forget where my talent runs out. It takes discipline  as I know I could be a lot faster.

You need to stop being so tough on yourself, you only made a mistake of judgement.  :drinking:

That is excellent TC, something some drivers don't heed enough and somehow get away it, not through their skill, but the action of other drivers and the vehicle itself.

Rex your crash as you say, maybe egging it on slightly but critical evaluation is the way forward, and the sign of an excellent driver is one that goes "yep shouldn't have done that, lets look at how to improve". You say your car wasn't 100% so that's something else to consider. At work, none of our vehicles have cameras, but they do have data loggers. I've started putting my gopro in so when i'm blatting up to jobs, if their is something I didn't like or maybe I wasn't sure on driving wise, I can always have a look and cross check with the data logger. Definately helped me control the car better (and indeed my own). Crucial both on the track, and vital in my case on public roads with traffic around and i'm exceeding the limit potentially overtaking etc - not to mention the implications on the person that's called the ambulance.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 05, 2013, 08:11:36 am
Top advice!  :notworthy:
And you just gave me an idea for watching the engine/car parameters. I'll tell you guys about it once/if I have it implemented.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 09, 2013, 03:50:02 pm
Yesterday I had the Romanian version of MOT and so the car got weighed... 1420 KG (with 100kg driver and a full tank of gas)!!!  :fighting:
I had some tools and the spare wheel so, I on track, with me driving, the car weighs ~ 1370 kg. Pretty much if you ask me, especially with my power...
I have to lose some weight but I will not strip down the car. I will buy a lightweight battery and maybe, when I have the money, a carbon hood.  

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 08, 2013, 04:20:24 pm
I've been having some battery problems lately so, I decide that the original batter has done it's job (6 years in service) and now it was time to search for a replacement.
Firstly, based on many of the reviews on this forum, I wanted to get a Odyssey ER 30 battery (most of you Odyssey owner have the ER 40 variant).
But, I came to the conclusion that it was not really what I wanted for a number of reasons:
1. The OEM battery weighed 13 kg so the weight reduction would be slim (and I would have to create a restraining mechanism for the new one and that would add to the weight).
2. I would need to buy the battery, a charger and maybe another battery cover (since I want everything to look as OEM as possible) and that would get the cost to ~ 300 GBP.
3. I would need to have an adapter from M6 stud to SAE fitting because I didn't want to have the wires messed with. And it is very hard to find a M6 stud to SAE adapter.
4. Since the roll bar installation the car had some weight added to the rear axle. Based on the last trackdays behavior I am afraid not to make the front end to light.

So I decided to buy the best Varta/ Bosch battery for my car. I installed a Varta Silver Dynamic C6 52Ah 520A battery:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_PC088779_zps447c17a0.jpg&hash=fbe672d96039dd3fee35c38395536c648ffde9da) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_PC088779_zps447c17a0.jpg.html)

It weighs 12.4 kg so it is a little bit lighter than the OEM one:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_PC088777_zpsdbcb9e44.jpg&hash=b35026486779378a5beba3cb873f7760f37f1f42) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_PC088777_zpsdbcb9e44.jpg.html)

And the cost was about 1/5 of the Odyssey batter + charger cost.  :pomppomp:
So I am very happy to have some extra cash to put into the next mods (hopefully some Aero mods).

Thanks for watching!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 11, 2013, 07:09:50 am
 :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 21, 2013, 03:40:35 pm
Christmas arrived earlier in Romania, and since the car behaved wonderfully throughout the year she got some presents...
First of all, I wanted to change the floor mats. From this:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_PC218795_zps7d53e28f.jpg&hash=7f530f8a9e453dea3947cb8041637ec6ca399f03) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_PC218795_zps7d53e28f.jpg.html)

To this:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_PC218792_zps651a8933.jpg&hash=d6771bdca4fcdefcd7448ce6805e4ba78336af6e) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_PC218792_zps651a8933.jpg.html)

Then, I bought some filters, and other small parts for maintenance from www.ahw-shop.de:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_PC218790_zpsed40829c.jpg&hash=0eec1007054ec72fe589626933530290e98c0373) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_PC218790_zpsed40829c.jpg.html)

They have amassing prices on some items (all the items from this post were bought from there and all had discounts) and if you want to buy OEM stuff, I think this should be the first site you visit (unfortunately they don't have it translated in English but I think you will manage just right even without knowing German)

And she also got a Votex rear (roof) spoiler:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_PC218788_zpsbb2dd5e8.jpg&hash=ff2b8b23dd33ea4f7e98afc8dd6f4203a7206b59) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_PC218788_zpsbb2dd5e8.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_PC218797_zps7e6bfcb7.jpg&hash=9c3c517b21c9b444393a667b87ab36a50aba5d26) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_PC218797_zps7e6bfcb7.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_PC218798_zps56609d20.jpg&hash=f76434b8184db9a4ada4c26567ee6e7adfab5f93) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_PC218798_zps56609d20.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_PC218799_zps2101e8a3.jpg&hash=85da7e6e271264f30a7244249505f599430fb030) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_PC218799_zps2101e8a3.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_PC218800_zps60489f49.jpg&hash=548d047322593c974b279fd8162d63dcd5b0e8af) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_PC218800_zps60489f49.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_PC218801_zpsbdd7c85a.jpg&hash=b0d3ebca65b42f2593af2f91a908002c53220702) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_PC218801_zpsbdd7c85a.jpg.html)

But, before the spoiler gets painted I intend to make a gurney flap for it. Hopefully it will reduce drag and maybe add some downforce.

All the best and Merry Christmas to everyone!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on December 21, 2013, 05:08:46 pm
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fdaz.co%2Fmedia%2FRedRobin_05%2FRED_INK_Wildlife%2FRobinchristmascard.jpg&hash=20a2f93d08fa9d82a1de1511768c0f5b2fe60f52)

Have a great Christmas, Vlad!  :drinking:

I like the spoiler!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on December 21, 2013, 06:00:21 pm

Love your car, Vlad.

Merry Christmas mate!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Matto on December 21, 2013, 07:50:56 pm
Looking good mate. Hope you have a good Christmas and new year  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: wipperman on December 22, 2013, 08:35:34 pm
I was searching for some VAG related information and literally stumbled upon your topic, as interesting and informative as ever for any track addict :)
Created this account to say HI and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, full of trackdays  :driver:
Does HH not exist anymore? I sometimes miss the NS discussions, especially in the (too long) inter-season break :)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 22, 2013, 09:20:51 pm
Thank you very much guys!  :notworthy:
Again, Merry Christmas!!!

wipperman, thank you for your kind words and nice to see you over here also!
I bet you will find some interesting stuff over here for your mk6 GTI!
I have no idea what happened to the hothatches forum. There were some problems with the hosting server but a few weeks ago it just went dead. I will try to speak to the administrators to see if they/we can put that site back on track. Anyway, some of the hothatches crew is over here also (fuscobal, acidutzul, drsilviu, anorganix, gtsport, etc)...
Hopefully next year the budget will be sufficient enough for the Nurburgring trip (hope we can meet in 2014) but I also want to try something different like Serres. We'll see how it goes!
Merry Christmas and all the best!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on December 23, 2013, 11:50:12 am
Merry Christmas to everyone and may Rex have as many trackdays as he wishes :) I'll try to reach Nurburgring during the easter holidays on a trip to Holland and Belgium !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Pikey Motorsports on December 23, 2013, 01:28:32 pm
nice car.. and you got away lucky with the accident on the track.. could have been alot worse
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 23, 2013, 03:42:59 pm
fuscobal, I will try to join you but I will make no promises!
And Merry Christmas my friend!

Pikey Motorsports yes, I was very, very lucky! After seeing a lot of accidents lately (on youtube) I realize I was extremely lucky. And I hope I learned my lesson for nobody should be that aggressive with other cars around even if it is a trackday.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rich83 on December 24, 2013, 01:17:14 pm
I can't see adding a flap would help much to be honest. There isn't any flow under the spoiler.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 24, 2013, 01:36:16 pm
I might be wrong, but the whole car acts like a wing. So, a gurney flap should reduce drag and, maybe, add very little downforce.
I've seen a lot of cars (like Nascar cars) that have some sort for a gurney flap on the truck, and there isn't any flow under either.
If that is wrong please correct me.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rich83 on December 24, 2013, 01:56:23 pm
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.insideracingtechnology.com%2FResources%2Fgurneyflap.gif&hash=feeb1619b183ceeabe9d8bf959f3a99dc304bbdb)

I know very little about the flap but I'm just going on what my brain tells me
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 24, 2013, 02:18:57 pm
From what I read, that is only one gain of the gurney flap.
Here is an interesting and educational video:


Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on December 24, 2013, 07:19:25 pm
The whole car acts like a wing only for race cars that have long and high diffusers underneath. Otherwise, you will have an area of high turbulence at the rear of the car. What you're using there will bring no noticeable downforce whatsoever. In order for that gurney to work you need to have a wing and airflow must go both above and under it. As you see in the pics posted by Richwig83 the gurney only brings downforce by keeping the flow underneath the wing attached at an aggresive angle of attack. If you have no flow underneath, it can't help (and by flow underneath I don't mean under the car but right under the gurney, like on a wing) !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 26, 2013, 03:57:57 pm
Well, I am not expecting miracles, but I suspect it will have a small positive effect. Remember that a rear wing like yours is not an option for me because I will lose time because of the drag than gain because of the increased downforce. So if there are any benefits, thats great!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 29, 2013, 06:50:59 pm
Is it a car, is it a plane?

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on December 30, 2013, 10:17:56 pm
Who was filming ?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on January 02, 2014, 02:28:19 pm
I don't know. But there are a few of videos with Stefan (Acidutzul) and me.

This is the original one:

You can see me at 9:05 and 20:10.
You can see Stefan at 19:25

Or:

Stefan is in a traffic jam at 7:30
I appear at 8:00

I all of those films my car sounds like a jet fighter. I think I have to change the exhaust soon....
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rich83 on January 02, 2014, 03:47:52 pm
I presumed that you Had overdubbed a jet engine on that video  :signLOL:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on January 02, 2014, 11:16:18 pm
Nope, original sound.  :grin:
And I looked at the other videos and it sounds the same, so it was not an isolated event.  :ashamed:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Acidutzul on January 26, 2014, 10:21:53 pm
I think you actually made the engine swap, installed a 3.6 and forgot to mention it :pomppomp:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on January 27, 2014, 12:58:31 pm
No reason to go for the 3.6 engine instead of the 2.0 TFSI one (maybe except the sound).  :grin:
But I am fine with the current engine. No plans (or money) to change it. Maybe some exhaust mods to make it sound "normal".
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Matto on January 27, 2014, 01:13:37 pm
Just watched your videos mate. I think it sounds lovely. Just subscribed to your channel aswell  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on January 28, 2014, 08:49:32 am
Thanks!  :happy2: I hope to be able to put some interesting videos once the trackdays start.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: K9 on January 28, 2014, 09:01:47 am
love to follow your built! keep it up
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on January 28, 2014, 01:30:17 pm
Thank you  :notworthy:!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on February 02, 2014, 05:15:44 pm
Please jar my memory, what your car's weight currently?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 02, 2014, 06:13:59 pm
The car weighs 1420 with a 100kg driver and a full tank of gas  :sick:. Had it measured at the last "MOT".
For track days I take the spare wheel out, and also some other stuff I have in the trunk (coolant, oil, windshield liquid, etc). And since I weigh ~85 kg, the car should weigh around 1380 kg with me in it and a full tank of gas.
I know, it's a lot....
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rich83 on February 02, 2014, 06:19:27 pm
take the rear seats out  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on February 02, 2014, 06:40:50 pm
I wish my R was that light though Rex......even without me in it! :laugh:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 02, 2014, 07:10:30 pm
take the rear seats out  :happy2:
They are out  :innocent:. But the roll bar/cage weighs more (and I also have something to cover the space that weighs about 5-10kg....

I wish my R was that light though Rex......even without me in it! :laugh:

Ha ha... I wish I had your power. Even .:R stock power is enough  :grin:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on February 03, 2014, 06:35:19 am
Your roll-bar should have about 18.5kg, same as mine without the bar I've added ! I'm now about 90kg behinfd you @ 1467.5kg (estimated). Will do a measurement in the spring on all 4 wheels !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 03, 2014, 07:55:35 am
Yes, I also have to do a 4 wheel weight.
But 90 kg behind me, with your amount of power is great...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 26, 2014, 06:09:19 pm
Some updates from the past week, might be of interest for other 1.4 TSI owners....
Recently I've had some engine noises when starting the engine and the engine was warm. It only happened during the first startup with the warm engine.
So I had the car checked and the result was quite expensive...
For those of you who are not familiar with the 1.4 TSI (non MWB platform), these engines suffer from a number of causes:
1. N75 -Diverter Valve (identical with the 2.0 TFSI one) that needs replacing with the latest variant.
2. Another valve that I can't remember the code that, again, needs replacing with a newer one - easy and cheap fix
3. Drive chain - some chains and tensioner have issues and need changing
4. Intake camshaft pulley - need replacing with newer variants if is broken

If the first two were already done, now I had to take care of number three and four.
These issues are similar with all 1.4 TSI engines, no matter if they are single charged or twin charged.
Unfortunately the fix is not quite cheap, only the pulley being about 400 GBP. If you add the chain, the tensioner and the labor you are rapidly approaching 800 GBP

The new and old drive chain (some other models have a difference in design between the new and the old, mine doesn't):

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P2058804_zps9a79cbf7.jpg&hash=cce77d05ca2cd04cc16944c63c302db00efffab8) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P2058804_zps9a79cbf7.jpg.html)

And the intake cam pulley:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P2058803_zps9bb41ad5.jpg&hash=802969120d9dc177536810659697b5f50edc7795) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P2058803_zps9bb41ad5.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P2058805_zpsa0b9bfe6.jpg&hash=8c4613582090e02cf00f26d106948b62e681a821) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P2058805_zpsa0b9bfe6.jpg.html)

And a closeup picture for those of you who might need the code:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_closeup_zps598c59d9.jpg&hash=c1cd01c82165a2e722bbe53d03c606085d03eb8c) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_closeup_zps598c59d9.jpg.html)

Hope I don't revisit these issues because there are better things to do with the money  :smiley:.

And, changing the topic, there are some things I have to do before the April/May Nurburgring trip:
1. change the J Hook rotors. These are 3 years old and have seen plenty of action (about 50 Nurburgring laps, about 7 Hungaroring trackdays and one Spa trackday). I will change them with identical rotors (supplied by DaveB)
2. make some adjustments to the brake air intakes. I found a better way to keep them from hitting the subframe bolt.
3. paint and mount the rear Votex spoiler
4. make sure the TD rim damaged in the Hungaroring crash is still ok for road/track use.

All the best!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: danishmkvgti on February 26, 2014, 07:13:03 pm
I'm sorry for your trouble Rex, it clearly shows that the 1,4 engines are not something you should consider yet, still a lot of expensive issues with them.
After 6 years i'm still pleasantly surprised over what the 2,0 TFSI can take and still go strong, you should consider a mk 5 with the 2,0 and transfer the mods you can to that car IMO  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 27, 2014, 06:57:49 am
Making an engine swap is only worth while if the current engine will brake. Other than that, it is cheaper to buy a used GTI and take some of the mods over there.
Yes, they are not the most reliable engines, but I think they are OK-ish. The first engine was faulted by the mechanics and the second one had these issues. Please keep in mind that the engine is used for trackdays and that, bigger/more powerful engines spend less time full throttle. My car is full throttle most of the time  :grin:.
Would really love to own a GTI with my mods but the current car is still far better than my driving skills. Not to mention the fact that there are no GTI in "Sunset red" color (except mk7 I think) and that fact that I am pretty attached to this car  :wink:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 20, 2014, 08:06:52 pm
And, changing the topic, there are some things I have to do before the April/May Nurburgring trip:
1. change the J Hook rotors. These are 3 years old and have seen plenty of action (about 50 Nurburgring laps, about 7 Hungaroring trackdays and one Spa trackday). I will change them with identical rotors (supplied by DaveB)
2. make some adjustments to the brake air intakes. I found a better way to keep them from hitting the subframe bolt.
3. paint and mount the rear Votex spoiler
4. make sure the TD rim damaged in the Hungaroring crash is still ok for road/track use.

1. Done

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3158826_zpsee33867d.jpg&hash=e28663bfa378d1cb627d9562cef939454c8bfc07) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P3158826_zpsee33867d.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3158827_zps40c9b814.jpg&hash=47a102c916c147fde9a31bc92e2f1699e213bb81) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P3158827_zps40c9b814.jpg.html)

Dave, why do the discs have different orientation for the J Hooks?

Bedding is next (first with the OEM Porsche pads and than the RS29 ones).

2. Done (with a few problems that you can read about in the dedicated thread):

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3158830_zpsc14a7cd1.jpg&hash=d6d9b3ddf7ac8c300d6c90da27999621556aca73) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P3158830_zpsc14a7cd1.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3158828_zpsb4ee1466.jpg&hash=6ff82bc9b436d05dccc8f7f1d08b147ce1c861fa) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P3158828_zpsb4ee1466.jpg.html)

3. Next...

4. Done. Even if the TD Pro Race 1.2 are not exactly the prettiest wheels or the wheels with the best finish (in fact far from that) they are really tough. The rim took a beating but now it is almost straight. If I will have any issues with this one I will replace it)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 06, 2014, 08:31:05 pm
A small update...

First of all I saw some coolant marks where the red arrows are and, considering what happened to fuscobal (he lost all the coolant and prety much had to change the engine), I decided to take no chances and replace as many hoses I can:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4058832_zps8eec33ec.jpg&hash=d1a4ea3c925cb396b6ba63adf0fcaabbd3cdee80) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P4058832_zps8eec33ec.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4058834_zps72ce401a.jpg&hash=2c06506d95a077919df2b9444dc23a0c0c8293f7) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P4058834_zps72ce401a.jpg.html)

I have purchased (and I will buy more) some other hoses but I replaced only the ones that were leaking at the moment.
I think most of our cars are beginning to be old and we must consider changing the rubbery parts because rubber is not meant to last for long.

Then, I installed my K&N Cold Air Intake:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4058831_zpscfadd3ac.jpg&hash=96484771d7224b8046435f177cb5f2d867004e5e) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P4058831_zpscfadd3ac.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4058833_zps4f04723c.jpg&hash=8493f58fa5ee77b28e0fc040e31505d609a11404) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P4058833_zps4f04723c.jpg.html)

Even though I install this CAI a few times every year (mostly before trackdays) I love the sound it makes in comparison to the OEM Air Filter. The car sounds like is has 4xx bhp and a Blow Of Valve. In spring I go for the Revo Performance map (usually in winter I have the stock map) and the addition of the CAI and summer tires makes the car feel completely new. I love this thing and this way I am never bored  :laugh: .

Then, this week I painted an installed the OEM Votex rear spoiler (wing).
I am not convinced it will be of any worth on the track but the item was at a discount and it is a nice and subtle mod that I wanted to do.
I like the way it cam out:

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(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4068839_zpsd5d61014.jpg&hash=b4de524e324b87cb68cb5b8315dd623deca1a4fa) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P4068839_zpsd5d61014.jpg.html)

The new wing is not 100% ok, since there are about 5mm uncovered:

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(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4068841_zps266dc3b8.jpg&hash=5c503659677163ecea51976f2e5be2322da320a9) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P4068841_zps266dc3b8.jpg.html)

But this is the case with all the Votex wings I've seen so it may not be a "defect", it could be a "feature".

Next is to have the car serviced and than Nurburgring (1-2 May)  :pomppomp: !
Thanks for watching!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on April 06, 2014, 08:32:41 pm

Prevention better than cure! How much did it cost you for the replecent hoses & clips?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 07, 2014, 07:45:23 am
The hoses can't be bough piece by piece. There are codes that replace 1/2/3 hoses at a time.
I've bought the 2 hoses and connector that you see in the picture plus another 2 linked hoses.
Combined they were 25 GBP. The clips don't come with this but they can be reused from the original ones.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: omeydz on April 07, 2014, 11:47:40 am
Looking great rex!!

Had some similar issues when looking for roof spoilers which wouldnt have that uncovered bit for my MK6 and all the votex ones are uncovered a little bit.

I eventually opted for a Golf R version and thatll cover it fully. Makes the lines of the car and bodywork more smooth

Hows the engine after the timing work? I just gave mine major service and no problems yet so all ok for the moment :)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 07, 2014, 03:39:29 pm
The GTI rear spoiler required a new tail light and the investment was too large...

At first the engine didn't seem to be ok. But after I installed the CAI and did some logs it appears to be as strong as ever.
I sent my logs to the REVO dealer and he said that the logs look better than on any 1.4 TSI (122bhp) they have seen. This was the case last year also. The boost at readline is significantly bigger that stock (as you would expect) but also 0.1-0.2 bar greater than other REVO cars. Not to mention that this map is not the most aggressive one. So everything appears to be ok....
I am curios of how the car compares to Acidutzul's one (2.0 TDI + remap). We will have some runs on the way to Nurburgring. He is my reference point and I am his :grin:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: omeydz on April 07, 2014, 06:18:57 pm
Ah right! As long as you got rid of the loud chain rattling noise and you got all your power thats the main thing!! I still get a 5 second rattle on a cold morning but all good after that so I rekon Im fine!

Iv not mapped my car yet but Am very interested in the K&N CAI. What model is yours so I can have an a look around for one? Any noticable power differences in addition to sound improvement with this CAI?

Cheers Omar
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 07, 2014, 07:50:55 pm
Yes, no more rattle noises.

I have the K&N 57s-9500 Cold Air Intake. I guess you can find it on EBAY, K&N sites, etc. I think it costs around 200 GBP. It is for 1.2 TSI, 1.4 TSI, 1.6 MPI/FSI and 2.0FSI. Really easy installation...
There is a difference in power. I measured the car with the OEM filter and than with the k&N CAI a year later. The difference was of 10bhp. Weather was not the same and dyno runs are not identical but I would say that a 5bhp increase is about right.
But, the biggest difference is the noise it makes. I don't use the lid (as you can see in the photo) and the difference comparing to stock is HUGE. As I said before, it sounds like I have at least 3xx bhp under the hood and like I have a BOV. But, there is a intake noise when full throttle that I kind-of hate (you can hear it in my videos). Some people find this noise interesting, though.
But all in all, I doubt you will feel any difference in power with this CAI and stock map. In order to benefit from it you will need a remap.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: omeydz on April 08, 2014, 08:06:49 am
Yep seriously considering that CAI. Your driveby youtube vid is more of a flyby!!!

Iv found the CAI £114 not bad!!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 07, 2014, 06:18:49 pm
This Sunday I arrived back home from my annual Nurburgring trip. It's been the 6th year in a row during which time I've managed to do 103 (I think) laps. I hope to be able to go next year also, but I might have to done something different with the money.
This time I managed to do 20 laps in 3 full days and one 2 hours session. I know... that's crazy....
There are a lot of things to say about this trip and instead of making a gigantic post with all the photos and videos I would like to share, I think it's best to create several (large) posts.

In one word this trip was a semi-fiasco. They say a picture is worth 1000 words and this picture best describes the trip:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2F1546162_705301326159533_1061985471_n_zpsc6144899.jpg&hash=741b8e2d7c1d2e31ef983896569a9a3915e96329) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/1546162_705301326159533_1061985471_n_zpsc6144899.jpg.html)

The only real difference is that it would have been awesome if the queue had only been that large. In fact, Saturday, the queue to exit the track stretched all the way from the Gantry to the Exit on 3 rows. Even the marshals were taking pictures because they had not see these many cars.

It would have been a complete fiasco if it had not been for the awesome company, good food and great beer. I am really glad that even if we had some issues (I could say I've had the motorsport scare of my life) we all got back home safe and with the cars untouched.
In total 4 guys left Romania for Nurburging and we met another friend over there. Fuscobal left his Stage 3 GTI at home and he and another friend rented a Stage 2 Swift, Acidutzul came with his 2.0 TDI Golf, the other friend came with his M135i (he also has a mk6 GTI he like to take around the Ring) and I came with the 1.4 TFSI Golf. Here is a picture of the 2 Swifts and 2 Golfs:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_Nurburgring2014_015_zps697eb145.jpg&hash=38b45d67bb43a785e87fad90dcd6a3b04b0ff16e) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_Nurburgring2014_015_zps697eb145.jpg.html)

I haven't had the time to look at any of my videos but, regarding the lap times, last year I managed 6 or 7 laps under 9 minute but this time I think I only have 1 or 2 laps under 10 minute.  :fighting:
The weather, the traffic, the accidents and the Emergency Hotline Call Center all played their roles and had visible affects on the number of laps and the laptimes. I must not forget my driving skills which were not quite up to the task and the cars balance which did not satisfy me either. I will explain about all of these in later posts.

During this trip I've had a few cameras (2 or 3) and it's gonna take some time to edit the videos. I will post the interesting laps but please be patient.
Till then, here are some photos of the car in action (I think these are taken by the bruce's friend):

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With Acidutzul
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FDSC_0282_zps4698a835.jpg&hash=14fd0d27cacbf87a33321c92406c333cb178360d) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/DSC_0282_zps4698a835.jpg.html)

With Fuscobal
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FDSC_0228_zpsced1859c.jpg&hash=761af0b28dc7583f572b457adbc669a4fce7c259) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/DSC_0228_zpsced1859c.jpg.html)

Stay tuned!  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: omeydz on May 07, 2014, 09:45:33 pm
V nice Vlad. Glad you had a good time over all things considered!! And that first pic does do a good job of summing up peoples thoughts on the ring!!

P.s. I got the intake fitted and its ace!! Worth every penny.. just waiting for the right remap and my insurance renewal.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 08, 2014, 07:22:23 am
Thanks Omar!

Glad you like the CAI! The remap really transforms this engine so don't wait too long for it...  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on May 08, 2014, 08:08:28 am
Great description of your trip.  :happy2:

I've never seen the Ring that busy before. That's mad!  :surprised:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: anorganix on May 08, 2014, 08:15:42 am
Glad to see you're all home safe my friends.
Waiting for videos & stories.

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 13, 2014, 08:29:30 am
I've managed to edit the first video so I can continue the story.

We arrived at Nurburgring Wednesday afternoon. After some issues with the hotel (they overbooked for the second year in a row) Stefan (Acidutzul) and I stated changing the street tires with semislicks:

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(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_Nurburgring2014_004_zpsc1a7c890.jpg&hash=f50d4193d22668ea8a600cef1890990fee02659c) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_Nurburgring2014_004_zpsc1a7c890.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_Nurburgring2014_012_zps39882779.jpg&hash=3d4646f3b84bf90a09015274a4a1c8ef87db5ed9) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_Nurburgring2014_012_zps39882779.jpg.html)

I don't really know why, but when I got to the rear left tire I checked the pressure and it had no pressure. Because I only use these tires for track days I know it could not have been a puncture so I suspected something else... As you may know, the Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 wheels I have have some lacquer issues (here (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,74313.0.html)) and I suspected this to be the problem.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_TD_zpscb800504.png&hash=ad618061b26624d6e0ed5d14c6186307a61a7bec) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_TD_zpscb800504.png.html)

Because the lacquer still remained on some parts of the inner rim lip I suspected air was escaping between the lacquer and the rim/tire. I went to the nearest service and had the mechanics remove all the lacquer from the inside of the wheel. That solved the problem so I was ready to go (or so I thought).

Wednesday evening I managed to do 3 laps. These were warmup laps so I did not push too hard. But I pushed hard enough to notice that the car had more oversteer than I was comfortable with.
The car had the suspension set at 10 front and 7 rear (Bilstein B16 PSS 10) so I can say it was setup to understeer more than oversteer...
The next day I decided to push a little bit more. During this time I had a lot of fun following (or being followed) by Stefan. I also had the best times of the trip. Unfortunately, as I said before, in 2013 I managed 6 or 7 laps below 9 minutes and now I only managed a best time of 9.11. I am not sad about the best lap time, I am sad that because of the traffic and the accidents I couldn't learn the track better.



On the limit, the car behaved mostly like you can see in Eschbach (min 7.33). So during this tip I was quite cautious (aka scared) and didn't really push the car to the limit.
After this lap I've done another lap and than I started hearing some very strange noises. More about the noises in the next episode.
So, stay tuned  :popcornsoda:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on May 13, 2014, 09:13:56 am
Where is your rear (cabin) camera mounted Vlad? Could you get a couple of pics if you get chance?  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 13, 2014, 08:01:49 pm
Sorry Mike, it is off the car now. It is a roll cage mount bought for the Go Pro Hero 2 camera.
Here is an older picture where you can see it:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FDSC_6239.jpg&hash=4c35a78361f8b3f9be509730868c391577261a3c) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/DSC_6239.jpg.html)

But, Fuscobal borrowed me a special roll cage mount much better than mine. The angel is much much better. I will show at least one video with Fuscobal's mount.
BTW, Fuscobal, can you please post a link with the UK supplier you bought the mount from?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on May 13, 2014, 08:21:25 pm

Thanks for the advice, Vlad. I don't have a cage (yet). I don't have front head rests either
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 14, 2014, 07:28:43 am
Yup I know... I am waiting for Fuscobal's link because they may have some other mounting options.
His solution for roll cage mounting was really awesome (but at around 100 GBP not quite cheap...).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 14, 2014, 02:55:46 pm
And to continue the Nurburgring 2014 trip review...

After I completed the lap above I did another lap with a similar laptime, but this time Stefan (Acidutzul) was following me.
When exiting the track after these "hot laps" I heard a strange noise (knocking noise):



Please excuse the background noise. The video editor has messed both the picture and sound quality. But you can still hear the knocking noise clearly.
At first I has a afraid something went terribly wrong. I checked the suspension, the underside of the car and it all seemed ok. Then I asked Stefan to take a ride in the car and see if he can give me any hits that would help me figure out the problem. After a short drive he told me the sound was similar to not having the wheel bolts tightly fitted. I didn't have any tools in the car (he still had the flat tire repair kit and the wheel bolt wrench) so Stefan checked the wheel bolts on my car. The front right tire was ok and after the got to the left front one we told me to came and see something.
I froze when I saw this:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_01052014145_zpsa7fc87e6.jpg&hash=97ef03505ace99346a83b35efceedb62b886ef90) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_01052014145_zpsa7fc87e6.jpg.html)

Yup... 3 bolt are missing. Of the 2 remaining ones one was threaded only 2 turns and came of easily (by hand). So I've done some laps of the Nurburgring with only one okish wheel bolt  :fighting:. I didn't go slow and I braked just like normal (remember that the disc is held in place by the wheel bolts). I was really shocked  :surprised:...
I am very, very lucky I escaped unharmed. Losing a wheel on the Nordschleife would not have ended well... I think this was my greatest motorsport moment yet and I hope to never do it again.
I am to blame for not checking the tightness of the bolts. I was upset of the flat tire I had a day before and when putting the wheels back I seem to have forgotten to check the front left one.

More (but less intense) stories and videos are yet to come...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on May 14, 2014, 03:01:50 pm

Very lucky escape from an innocent unthinking moment there Vlad
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on May 14, 2014, 06:20:01 pm
This is the one > http://www.dogcamsport.co.uk/magic-arm-super-clamp.html
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on May 14, 2014, 06:30:42 pm
This is the one > http://www.dogcamsport.co.uk/magic-arm-super-clamp.html

In your experience, how well would that clamp to the rear passenger grab handle?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on May 14, 2014, 06:42:18 pm
You first need to install it on the roll-cage and then you block all its movements from the middle handle, while being carefull to have the front plate in a perfectly horisontal position (while installing it it's difficult to set it perfectly so it's better to have someone in the front of the car tell you when it's horisontal). The clamp holds very well and I've driven through some bad roads with it installed !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: omeydz on May 14, 2014, 07:52:18 pm
Sh*****t!! Rex thank God your ok!! Defo wont forget to check your bolts in future!!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Hurdy on May 14, 2014, 08:07:43 pm
I know how you felt. Same happened to me at the 'ring too. Nathan (Greeners) spotted it and told me not to move the Eddie. I pooped a little and I'm sure you did too!  :scared:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 14, 2014, 08:50:06 pm
Very lucky escape from an innocent unthinking moment there Vlad
Yup... really happy nothing bad happened...

This is the one > http://www.dogcamsport.co.uk/magic-arm-super-clamp.html
Really really nice piece of equipment. You can really have any angle you want. I will edit and than share at least one video when using this mounts to see the difference.

Sh*****t!! Rex thank God your ok!! Defo wont forget to check your bolts in future!!
I sure hope so!

I know how you felt. Same happened to me at the 'ring too. Nathan (Greeners) spotted it and told me not to move the Eddie. I pooped a little and I'm sure you did too!  :scared:
Yup, it was a shock! I needed some time to pull myself together  :innocent:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on May 14, 2014, 08:58:57 pm
This is the one > http://www.dogcamsport.co.uk/magic-arm-super-clamp.html

In your experience, how well would that clamp to the rear passenger grab handle?

What do you think, Vlad?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 17, 2014, 05:47:11 pm
I don't think it will work Mike!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 17, 2014, 07:00:18 pm
One more video from this year's Nurburgring trip...
This is the first lap after putting all the wheel bolts on and it is peaty much a warm up lap (I meant to go slow in some parts either because of the tires/brakes or because I did not like the way the car behaved).
I posted this video to see the camera position I used with Fuscobal's mount (http://www.dogcamsport.co.uk/magic-arm-super-clamp.html). I like this camera position the best.  :love:.
This lap I used another GoPro to film the dashboard and see how fast/slow I am going. Unfortunately, in the fastest sections of the track (before Schwedenkreuz and Fuchsrohre) I had some traffic so I could go faster on an ideal lap (the highest speed this trip was 194km/h measured by GPS):



Some other videos will follow with different camera angles.  :popcornsoda:
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 24, 2014, 04:49:52 pm
These weren't in the plan, but I liked them too much not to have them:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5248855_zpsa09ee2d6.jpg&hash=a62953ae47cd929785ec93d1657dbc63e41548a9) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P5248855_zpsa09ee2d6.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5248856_zps57ddfc82.jpg&hash=bec990995e4393ef6d467399b9e524cc1beda0e4) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P5248856_zps57ddfc82.jpg.html)

It is a R32 (MY 2009) instrument cluster bought off ebay from a Danish service (http://autoparts24.eu/). From the pictures above you can see they are in near mint condition.
Compared to my current instrument cluster this is highline and with a completely different design compared to non GTI/R32.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5248860_zps2f288d91.jpg&hash=94baeb11c71ce255f8f40692a69fa6b59c7cd420) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P5248860_zps2f288d91.jpg.html)

After reading the midline to highline topics, the other instrument cluster swap topics and terrorizing EddieNL(thank you again for taking your time to answer my stupid questions) with my questions I understood I have to buy a instrument cluster that has a code close to mine (preferably only the second to last digit should differ).
My instrument cluster is 1K0 920 864 A and the R32 one is 1K6 920 874 B. The K0/K6 should be the difference in design between the non GTi/GTI instrument cluster and the 6/7 should be the difference between midline/higline computer.
I haven't installed the new instrument cluster because I can't code the new cluster (and non of my friends also). So on Thursday I have an appointment at the VW Dealer to have them installed (I was quite surprised to know that for mounting and coding the instruments cluster they would only charge me 26 GBP).
Can't wait to have them fitted!  :jumping:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on May 24, 2014, 04:51:25 pm

Nice! Now to get polar!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 24, 2014, 06:23:38 pm
Yup, that was another reason I wanted to switch to highline. I won't get the polar right now, but it's in the plan  :happy2:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 29, 2014, 07:04:59 pm
Manged to change the instrument cluster (at the dealer).

Before:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5298866_zpsb7a27c84.jpg&hash=41a631e5c8dbbf45407f6027e1dd996f267a7c49) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P5298866_zpsb7a27c84.jpg.html)

After:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5298871_zps5e1a9154.jpg&hash=b7547ce4affd9bc68620b31c8fab30277bf84dc9) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P5298871_zps5e1a9154.jpg.html)

Before:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5288862_zps58cb45f7.jpg&hash=6c489c77bd82e94cb63fa05d0c21d534b6b34cfe) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P5288862_zps58cb45f7.jpg.html)

After:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5298873_zps06cd9912.jpg&hash=018923b55186adc9e3579221f0c0b63331b4c5e3) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P5298873_zps06cd9912.jpg.html)

The mileage is still the one from the R32. The dealer couldn't change it but I guess this is fine also.
I am very happy with the result. What do you think?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: omeydz on May 29, 2014, 07:10:45 pm
Wicked!! I did this with my MK5 and really a lot nicer both day and night + Full MFD!

Totally worth it!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 30, 2014, 07:36:37 am
Thanks!  :happy2:
Yup, big difference  :smiley:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: anorganix on May 30, 2014, 07:30:39 pm
Mileage can be adjusted mate.
Drop me e phone call when you come to Bucharest.

Take care!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on May 30, 2014, 08:12:13 pm
Nice mod...congrats !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: danishmkvgti on May 31, 2014, 12:26:13 pm
Looks great REX, everyone need highline MFA in their life IMO  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 31, 2014, 12:44:36 pm
Thanks guys  :notworthy: !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rich83 on June 04, 2014, 02:14:44 am
Clocks look much better  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 04, 2014, 09:06:03 am
Thanks Rich  :notworthy:!
I think details matter the most and I really really like this detail  :smiley:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 05, 2014, 08:24:03 pm
As I said a few posts ago, during my last Nurburgring trip I got to film the laps from many angles.
This is the 'first person' angle. As you can see it is a little bit bumpy but that's how a Nurburgring trip is...
It is not the fastest lap, not even close. It was partially damp, with a lot of traffic and the BTG time is of 10:17, well above the 8:56 best lap and identical to by 4th ever lap of the North Loop, when I was really inexperienced and the car had no mods except for the REVO remap. But, I wanted to share the video because some of you might like this camera position and decide to try it for yourselves.
Behind me is my friend Stefan (Acidutzul) and a Rent4Ring 125i (overtakes me at Lauda Links):



Thanks for watching!  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 06, 2014, 07:24:33 pm
With time, I grow happier and happier with the new R32 instrument cluster. Initially I liked the Blue/Red color scheme but after seeing Audi's (for example) I began to like the White background more. This is, in fact, why I went for the R32 instrument cluster and not the GTI one.
In the beginning I had the blue/red instrument cluster, the blue/red RCD 300 and the blue/red climate control. Since then I changed both the instrument cluster and the radio (with RCD 510).
Now the only 2 thing left blue are the instrument cluster dials and the climate control temperature reading:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_20140624_1947030_zps219fc09e.jpg&hash=bdb7d0113dca29a4d2aae9ad85e161cef3093de9) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_20140624_1947030_zps219fc09e.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_20140624_194559_zpsa853b58a.jpg&hash=ae4d9492eb04463a3a33d415090655c26552b5fe) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_20140624_194559_zpsa853b58a.jpg.html)

I friend of mine has a mk6 climate control (very cheap) and I am considering changing the climate control also. The climate control hidden menu is unpleasant in the mk6 and I use the hidden menu a lot for speed and coolant temperature... So, this is a big minus... But then there are the looks... What do you think, will the interior look better with a mk6 or mk5 climate control? Or is the mk5 climate control complementing the R32 dials better?

Thanks, in advance, for the help!  :drinking:

P.S. There are some R32 clock for sale in the sale region. They are a bit pricy but if you like the above photos you might want to check them out (no connection with the seller).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on July 16, 2014, 02:34:34 pm
I use the hidden menu a lot for speed and coolant temperature...

http://www.kufatec.de/shop/de/e-mfa-zusatzinstrumente/e-mfa-anzeige-ladedruck-ltemperatur-uvm.-tacho

http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,23165.0.html

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Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 19, 2014, 11:58:50 am
Nice to see you are still reading this thread, Holger!
Thanks for the idea!  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Biano44 on July 19, 2014, 01:07:45 pm
Clocks look great Rex.....Love your car!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 19, 2014, 11:29:26 pm
Thank you very much  :notworthy:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on July 24, 2014, 03:21:52 pm
Nice to see you are still reading this thread, Holger!

Nice to see you still report about your Golf, mate !!

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Matto on July 24, 2014, 05:40:18 pm
Personally I think the MK6 climate control panel goes better with the RNS  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 24, 2014, 08:10:12 pm

Nice to see you still report about your Golf, mate !!
I think I will continue to do so for quite some time since I have no plan of selling it.
And there still are a lot of mods to be done...

Personally I think the MK6 climate control panel goes better with the RNS  :happy2:
Thanks for the feedback and for all your help regarding the mk6 climate control!  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 26, 2014, 07:36:07 pm
So, as I was saying, a friend of mine has a mk6 climatronic for sale.
He is selling the climate control, the air quality sensor, the frame and some spare connectors for 62 GBP (didn't really look around for prices but this seems to be a great deal):

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P7268886_zps9aea4423.jpg&hash=6bac9bae8d5b10c6470c9fba5e8b818588e154c6) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P7268886_zps9aea4423.jpg.html)

The climatronic has this code:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P7268888_zps6191c7a0.jpg&hash=1013d16ffa85af5984cfbe293bde7543a00a19b5) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P7268888_zps6191c7a0.jpg.html)

He just went on vacation and gave me the whole lot to install and see if it all works well.
I just couldn't refuse him so I will try out the climatronic for the next weeks and it all works well I will buy it.

There are DIY topic for installing the mk6 climatronic (the most important being this one (http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?4938269-OEM-MKVI-Climatronic-on-a-MKV-on-a-RNS-510-Screen-installed), but not on this forum (or I did not find them).
One thing I've done differently is that, since I had some spare connectors, I decided to make this operation reversible and not cut any wires. I used a spare 20 pin cable and attached a new socket:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P7268889_zps07c4e1ae.jpg&hash=3dce7140bdc1a7dbba4478894c0d818df217e5a7) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P7268889_zps07c4e1ae.jpg.html)

I used cable to connect the pin 16 from Connector A to pin 20 from Connector A. I left the pin 20 unplugged.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P7268907_zps9db86a9d.jpg&hash=58495bd18a909e75c80b34161344bf91a2edcd20) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P7268907_zps9db86a9d.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P7268908_zpsd9e1022a.jpg&hash=97fb007fe7378156a4749793b259139fdc2f4bc7) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P7268908_zpsd9e1022a.jpg.html)

I did not install the Air Quality Sensor and I will do this at a later time (hopefully).
All works fine but I have 2 errors I have to look for and solve:

13701456 - ROD - Unknown Error Code

             Freeze Frame:
                    Fault Status: 00000001
                    Fault Priority: 6
                    Fault Frequency: 1
                    Reset counter: 238
                    Mileage: 47708 km
                    Date: 2000.00.00
                    Time: 13:49:14

9479189 - ROD - Unknown Error Code

             Freeze Frame:
                    Fault Status: 00000001
                    Fault Priority: 3
                    Fault Frequency: 1
                    Reset counter: 238
                    Mileage: 47708 km
                    Date: 2000.00.00
                    Time: 13:49:14

Here are photos before

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after

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P7268911_zps58e6c6a6.jpg&hash=dc6e70bc9c58a611dd81f0b083a07fd860d0f9d6) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P7268911_zps58e6c6a6.jpg.html)

side by side

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P7268917_zpsa9fb0ac8.jpg&hash=9d62176ed54085387d168c253a84c9e68c0193d7) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P7268917_zpsa9fb0ac8.jpg.html)

and "night mode"

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P7268920_zpsaa76e50e.jpg&hash=9d6111fed9fcd83ca544f49ad8c396d649eb6ccb) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P7268920_zpsaa76e50e.jpg.html)

So, what do you think? Is this a keeper?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on July 26, 2014, 07:43:37 pm
Mk6 climate is a great mod
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: th3_f15t on July 26, 2014, 08:56:10 pm
Can see this becoming a more popular interior mod. I like it.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on July 27, 2014, 09:39:02 am
What does it do extra as compared to the mk5 one ?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on July 27, 2014, 10:23:54 am

It looks prettier. The settings display on the rns  :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 27, 2014, 04:46:20 pm
Mk6 climate is a great mod
Thanks!  :notworthy:

Can see this becoming a more popular interior mod. I like it.
Yup... Easy swap for the 2006+ cars. More difficult for the rest...

What does it do extra as compared to the mk5 one ?
+
Auto has 2 settings (low fan speed, high fan speed)
If the Air Quality Sensor is installed, the climatronic will switch automatically to recirculation if behind a diesel or passing through a polluted area.
The settings are displayed on the RCD /RNS unit
It looks better with the RCD/RNS radio

-
The temperature can't be set with half degrees (doesn't bother me at all).
I couldn't access the hidden menu
There are 2 error messages logged for the climatronic
 
It looks prettier. The settings display on the rns  :smiley:
Yup!  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Matto on August 05, 2014, 04:08:33 pm
Looking fantastic on the calendar for this month mate  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: OLLIE_JETTA_MK5 on August 05, 2014, 09:08:09 pm
love the colour of this thing and mk6 climate is a great mod ! ill be doing it next to complete my center console
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 07, 2014, 05:27:38 pm
Looking fantastic on the calendar for this month mate  :happy2:
Thank you, my friend! :notworthy:
I also like that photo, a lot.
Too bad I won't be able to see it too much since I am on a 2 week vacation abroad.  :rolleye:

love the colour of this thing and mk6 climate is a great mod ! ill be doing it next to complete my center console
Thanks!
I also love your car's color  :grin:
The mk6 climate control looks nice but unless you get it cheap, I am no sure it's worth the hassle.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 31, 2014, 07:27:18 pm
Well, not much going on, struggling to save some money for the future mods...

In the mean time I have some maintenance work to do:
- change the rear wheel bearings which seem to need changing every 30k miles (I have 60k miles and this is the 3rd time I'm changing them)
- the K&N filter cleanup kit is finished so I bought a new one
- the pads are almost gone so I've bought some replacements. I am very happy with the nqsbbk and RS29 pads, so that's what I'll be using also.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FMods_zps8b6827d4.png&hash=d2b64db8dadc17ada23696b09f3a7472266bae6c) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/Mods_zps8b6827d4.png.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2F20140826_181820_zps893cfa04.jpg&hash=751eced281a20f2320a204d0e001d8daa72fdda9) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/20140826_181820_zps893cfa04.jpg.html)

Next mods:
- fit the air quality sensor
- buy and fit the Kufatec E-MFA DIS Add-On (on Holger's advice) or a Polar FIS if I can get one cheap.

In the meantime here is one more video from this year's Nurburgring trip (May):



As you can see the weather is not exactly ideal for going fast and I am taking almost no chances.
I try to drive as fast and as safely as possible considering the conditions. After the Karusell, where I narrowly escape a crash @ min 7:30, the weather gets worse, I lower the pace and drive much slower. The 2 tires which were worn were on the back so I didn't want to have any more oversteers.

One more video of that trip will follow as soon as I will have the time to overlay CAN data readouts with the video.
 :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on September 01, 2014, 07:52:51 am
I've heard very good things about the rs29.

I have the opportunity to get some used ones so I can try them out.  :party:

Entertaining watch as usual  :popcornsoda:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 01, 2014, 05:52:25 pm
Yup, the RS29 are really really good. I use them all year round and they work well during winter, during summer and during trackdays.
Glad to know you liked the video!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on September 01, 2014, 05:55:36 pm

My friend found them unbearably noisy for daily use, he's a big girl lol
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 01, 2014, 06:06:08 pm
Nonsense :)...
Better then RS4-4 or DS2500 and miles better than Carbotech in that respect.
But not as silent as OEM, that's for sure.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: JimmyC92 on September 01, 2014, 08:37:51 pm
That colour is awesome!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on September 01, 2014, 11:02:54 pm
Have them on both Polo GTI with OEM brakes and also in my Golf GTI with Ap Racing brakes and the noise is perfectly decent for a racing pad ! Thay are also quite good on cold weather !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 02, 2014, 07:57:49 pm
That colour is awesome!

Thank you! Very proud of it...  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: JimmyC92 on September 03, 2014, 06:36:36 pm
Rex - With the re-map on yours have you had any issues with the running gear? I have the same engine but I'm a little concerned the engine might kill itself?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 04, 2014, 06:29:38 am
From what I saw you have the 1.4 twincharge, 170bhp, engine. This engine is completely different to mine (single charge).
I would say that a good software is safe as long as you take care of the car:
- respect the service intervals and use a quality engine oil.
- never go full throttle when the engine is cold
- always allow the car to cool down after pushing hard.
If you do these things, I can't see how a quality software remap will harm you.
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: the bruce on September 11, 2014, 08:46:40 pm
Vlad, I would be way more conservative and concerned with both the single-turbo 122 PS
and the dual-charged 170 PS. 
The only exception being the 140 PS, which is in fact mechanically identical to the 170 PS,
just with smaller brakes and a smaller dia exhaust.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 12, 2014, 07:32:51 am
Well yes and no :).
The 122 bhp has internals to take up to 300bhp (or close to that). So does the other engines.
In fact, some say that the 122 bhp internals, being a newer engine, are in some better than the twincharge ones (like the injectors for example).
You are right, 140bhp and 170bhp cars have identical engines. As far as I know even the exhaust is the same but with different tips.
About the brakes, in Germany the 170bhp cars have GTI front brakes and normal 256mm rear brakes. In Romania (and other countries as well), all 170bhp cars have 288mm brake such as the 122bhp or 140bhp cars (rear is similar 256mm).

I think that all 1.4 tsi engines are ok for tuning as long as they are not raced (trackdays are ok is cooling laps are done).
The twincharge has an additional issue to the single charge one: engine cooling.
The other problems are common: piston 4 lubrication, drive chain issues, intake camshaft pulley issues.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 18, 2014, 04:11:18 pm
A small update...
As some of you might now by reading the Polar FIS+ vs E-MFA, I wanted to buy one of these products. But first, I found out I needed a new steering wheel controller. So I bought one...
New vs Old:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2F20140910_094156_zpsf82667cc.jpg&hash=028f6a9599b3bb187abdfa3dd5c852a561c86b8e) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/20140910_094156_zpsf82667cc.jpg.html)

Unfortunately I had some problems coding it and after seeing that I need 350+ EURO to have the Polar FIS (or around 300 EURO to have the E-MFA) working I decided it was not worth the hassle. So I returned the steering wheel controller and forgot about the Polar FIS.

One more interesting thing I discovered a week ago, the K&N Cold Air Intake has NO effect on performance. I had a few runs with a friend, with a similar 1.4 TSI engine, with and without the K&N filter, and we were neck and neck. So, even if some logs show an increase of boost, I am afraid there are NO benefits...
But I will still use the K&N intake occasionally because it sounds awesome.

 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: omeydz on September 18, 2014, 05:11:18 pm
Iv still not mapped my car as I have been doing other mods but I still like the K&N CAI!! Well worth it  :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: danishmkvgti on September 19, 2014, 09:13:34 am
A small update...
As some of you might now by reading the Polar FIS+ vs E-MFA, I wanted to buy one of these products. But first, I found out I needed a new steering wheel controller. So I bought one...
New vs Old:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2F20140910_094156_zpsf82667cc.jpg&hash=028f6a9599b3bb187abdfa3dd5c852a561c86b8e) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/20140910_094156_zpsf82667cc.jpg.html)

Unfortunately I had some problems coding it and after seeing that I need 350+ EURO to have the Polar FIS (or around 300 EURO to have the E-MFA) working I decided it was not worth the hassle. So I returned the steering wheel controller and forgot about the Polar FIS.

One more interesting thing I discovered a week ago, the K&N Cold Air Intake has NO effect on performance. I had a few runs with a friend, with a similar 1.4 TSI engine, with and without the K&N filter, and we were neck and neck. So, even if some logs show an increase of boost, I am afraid there are NO benefits...
But I will still use the K&N intake occasionally because it sounds awesome.

 :drinking:

I would not make a track day without my Polar Fis as i use it to monitor the oil temp, intake temp, water temp and general state of the car during each stint. 2 track days ago when i saw 141 degrees celsius i called the stint off to save the engine so as stated no track days without my Polar Fis  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 19, 2014, 12:35:25 pm
I never had any overheating issues with mine  :smiley:.
Don't forget I only have 160gbp, similar to you having 230bhp...
I wanted to have the Polar FIS installed but considering the costs and the benefits, it's just not worth it at the moment.
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 19, 2014, 12:53:38 pm
And since I had some money to spend, I couldn't help myself and I got myselft another set of rims  :grin:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2F20140917_115127_zps9e88c2df.jpg&hash=4971ff95915b41d916fc211ce16b11dca5a891bf) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/20140917_115127_zps9e88c2df.jpg.html)

They are BBS VZ 032 8x17 ET50 (just like the ones I already have).  :laugh:
They are brand new and I got them for virtually peanuts. They were at clearance and all four cost less than one Polar FIS+  :confused:...
I still have no idea what I'll be doing with them (I might sell them, or the old BBS rims, or I might sell the Team Dynamics set).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: danishmkvgti on September 19, 2014, 03:56:32 pm
I never had any overheating issues with mine  :smiley:.
Don't forget I only have 160gbp, similar to you having 230bhp...
I wanted to have the Polar FIS installed but considering the costs and the benefits, it's just not worth it at the moment.
 :drinking:

At the time i was 380bhp, now i'm 489bhp  :innocent:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 21, 2014, 07:37:43 pm
Well, I will reconsider the Polar FIS if I have more bhp (aka above 180)...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 21, 2014, 06:35:07 pm
During the past weekend I've managed to convince one of my friends to take some photos of my car.
I would like to submit 3 of them for the 2015 Calendar but I really can't decide upon which 3...

My personal favorites are:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_3928_zps664f0508.jpg&hash=cd8436df354c6e5d3119882ec3a0ac8ba72aa96c) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_3928_zps664f0508.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_3882_zps78546a5e.jpg&hash=020b64556435d28d08920b41132f540ab2bb0bcd) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_3882_zps78546a5e.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_3827-2_zpsfbb1fb42.jpg&hash=fcd5b0a38c798f6c9b475758e9b9a3bbafc1ebe9) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_3827-2_zpsfbb1fb42.jpg.html)

But these also look nice:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_3831_zps1aa8ba03.jpg&hash=1fb105ea0d63755f8bc82b7471cd5b91cd48fe61) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_3831_zps1aa8ba03.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_3853_zps99f7f216.jpg&hash=332a3a0f8564341314a6e9660cab9b5751718d9d) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_3853_zps99f7f216.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_3866_zps7d161709.jpg&hash=27c2bd27b3f0f8d13cf7fcee2e2f67725be5a5cd) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_3866_zps7d161709.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_3931_zpsd2fe5f66.jpg&hash=27da2bc7ab98c006ca2b9c6bc48d0ce2e6f27e09) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_3931_zpsd2fe5f66.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_3937_zps7d406cf7.jpg&hash=1998f7d75d1cf8e5aa4005ce9cf25e4024ae431e) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_3937_zps7d406cf7.jpg.html)

What do you think?
Do you like my top 3 or do you think others should be selected?

Thank you  :drinking:

P.S. My photographer friend has a "thing" for white number plates so he made the plate look darker. I prefer a more natural look and if any photo gets selected he can whiten the number plates. And, of course, the logo will also be taken out.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Leonpettit on October 21, 2014, 07:53:03 pm
1, 3 and 6 get my vote pal
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Biano44 on October 21, 2014, 08:32:37 pm
^^^what he said^^^^!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rich83 on October 21, 2014, 08:34:12 pm
^^ what she said ^^^

 :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: prp74 on October 21, 2014, 08:50:22 pm
1,3 & 4

Stunning mate  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 22, 2014, 02:08:02 pm
Thank you very much for you opinion!  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on October 26, 2014, 05:04:07 am
One and six for me  :drool:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 26, 2014, 01:19:31 pm
Thanks Mike! I submitted 1,3 and 6.
I've seen some great photos but who knows, maybe I'll make it into 2015 calendar also  :innocent:
 :drinking:

P.S. Hope to see your car in the 2015 calendar also  :happy2:.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 04, 2014, 06:58:10 pm
Winter mode ON:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_20141102_151546_zps1a7d300b.jpg&hash=513306a74c779b22dc02ca7c6ceedc0717ed8171) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_20141102_151546_zps1a7d300b.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_20141102_151315_zpsb31ac700.jpg&hash=7ede636a21840fd668123e13e658cbae738aaeae) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_20141102_151315_zpsb31ac700.jpg.html)

It doesn't look that bad with 16 inch rims, does it?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 24, 2014, 08:40:59 pm
I can't believe it, but the car will be 7 years old this week  :confused:.
Still enjoying it like the first day (well, to be honest, I am enjoying it even more).

Like I've said some time ago, I still have to edit one more video from the 2014 Nurburgring trip.
Unfortunately the software (DashWare) is causing me some problems and the output video is using an encoding not recognizable by youtube. Until they fix the issue here is teaser:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2FDashWare_zps8c7a1d67.png&hash=6727c614ba9ee83052b45b83939fd4299f6e15d2) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/DashWare_zps8c7a1d67.png.html)

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on November 24, 2014, 09:27:14 pm

What OBD kit do you have to record the speed / tacho etc, Vlad?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 24, 2014, 09:32:52 pm
I am working on a product doing just that. It is a GPS tracker connected to the car's on board computer via CAN.
And I've made the dials/gauges myself  :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on November 24, 2014, 09:40:42 pm

Interesting stuff!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on November 25, 2014, 01:11:04 am

Interesting stuff!
Indeed! :notworthy:

Hope you can share the video soon. :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RedRobin on November 25, 2014, 07:33:22 am
Thanks Mike! I submitted 1,3 and 6.
I've seen some great photos but who knows, maybe I'll make it into 2015 calendar also  :innocent:
 :drinking:

P.S. Hope to see your car in the 2015 calendar also  :happy2:.

....I hadn't seen these recent posts when shortlisting your pic for the 2015 calendar but Neil @scopes (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1567) and I chose #1 independently - You are definitely in! And so is Mike @Tfsi_Mike (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=293) on his third annual attempt!

We select final pics on the merits of the photo, including print reproduction quality, and irrespective of whether a car has already been published in a previous forum calendar.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 25, 2014, 04:18:38 pm
Hope you can share the video soon. :drinking:
Yup, me too!
But I am waiting for DashWare support to give me an advice (I've been waiting for their answers for more than 2 weeks)...


....I hadn't seen these recent posts when shortlisting your pic for the 2015 calendar but Neil @scopes (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1567) and I chose #1 independently - You are definitely in! And so is Mike @Tfsi_Mike (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=293) on his third annual attempt!

We select final pics on the merits of the photo, including print reproduction quality, and irrespective of whether a car has already been published in a previous forum calendar.
Thanks Robin!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on November 25, 2014, 06:06:47 pm
Looking nice, good luck with the project :)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 26, 2014, 09:10:32 am
Thank you, my friend!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 06, 2014, 09:01:10 pm
Finally managed to surpass all the obstacles and I managed to upload the video  :pomppomp:



Unfortunately the video quality is a little bit lower than original because I had to do a lot of editing for the encoding to be accepted by youtube (and to rotate the video).
The data you see is gathered every second from the on board computer (CAN) and GPS tracker (the speed is GPS Speed not dashboard speed) and sent via the tracker to the server.
So, it is not 100% accurate but I think it is at least acceptable.
The editing software for the raw data (DashWare) is than making the transition from one second to another.

What do you think?

P.S. After this lap I heard the weird noise I was telling you a few pages back and I noticed that the front left wheel was held by only 2 nuts (one was loose).
Thank God I didn't lose the wheel on this lap  :notworthy: .

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_01052014145_zpsa7fc87e6.jpg&hash=97ef03505ace99346a83b35efceedb62b886ef90) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_01052014145_zpsa7fc87e6.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: dansmith180 on December 06, 2014, 09:16:44 pm
Very nice video mate, damn lucky about that wheel as well, probably helped that its a lighter wheel.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 08, 2014, 06:59:08 am
Thank you!
Yes, very, very lucky... I think I used all my luck for 2014  :smiley:.

Any thoughts on the video overlay? Is it better than harry's (the RPM's sure are)?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: dansmith180 on December 08, 2014, 07:53:10 am
Havnt seen Harry's video, the dials are a great touch though  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 08, 2014, 08:31:30 am
I meant Harry's lap timer.  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Biano44 on December 08, 2014, 08:48:07 am
Brilliant Rex.....Love the display!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on December 08, 2014, 11:25:01 am
Brilliant Rex.....Love the display!
What he said! :congrats:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on December 08, 2014, 06:21:25 pm
Is the video recorded by phone like Harry's?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 08, 2014, 08:22:23 pm
Thank you guys!  :notworthy:

Mike, it's a GPS tracker that has a CAN data add-on. That device is mounted inside the dashboard but this time I made it send information every 1 second (usually it about 30 seconds).
So no, no phone needed.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on December 08, 2014, 09:15:04 pm

Got a link Vlad?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 10, 2014, 01:24:26 pm
Sorry Mike, but no...
I am working on a product that is doing car fleet management (http://www.trackgps.ro/en/home/).
I modified the solution to see how it looks on the track.

The hardware device is something like this (http://www.teltonika.lt/en/pages/view/?id=1021) and add this (http://www.teltonika.lt/en/pages/view/?id=1059).
I will take a photo when I have the time.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on January 07, 2015, 08:37:29 am
For quite a while I've been annoyed by the fact that I had the smokers package (I couldn't order the car without it; guess there are a lot of smokers in Romania) and that I was wasting some storage space... I could only fit a few coins in the ashtray:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P1078973_zpsfc629722.jpg&hash=eee5d665d4e386812a133cc547cbdec9cd1bd240) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P1078973_zpsfc629722.jpg.html)

So I decided to get the non smoking, open storage space:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P1078974_zps2da944a4.jpg&hash=7bc9c43af7f34fbd7733777e4dbee712af6660e6) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P1078974_zps2da944a4.jpg.html)

Original ashtray vs new storage compartment:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P1068964_zps5bef4335.jpg&hash=6070bd4802e1729dae9eca0568331dd403f77392) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P1068964_zps5bef4335.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P1078969_zpsa2183738.jpg&hash=a55d96c7c2869766b5e829b746fc1f409e6685d2) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P1078969_zpsa2183738.jpg.html)

I still have to get the rubber insert for the storage compartment (some mix with the codes and it didn't arrive at the same time as the other piece).
Very pleased with the mod since I now have additional space to put the phones, keys, etc.

This is the end result:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P1078971_zpsd9e862b1.jpg&hash=2c31001f608413966508f343c2bc8cdc55835ef7) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P1078971_zpsd9e862b1.jpg.html)

As you can see I still have the 12v socket.
The operation is very simple but moving the 12v socket from the ashtray to the storage compartment is a pain in the ass. I spent 2 hours doing this  :grin:.
So, one step closer to having the car just like I like it  :happy2: .
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on January 07, 2015, 02:57:54 pm

Brilliant little detail mate
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on January 07, 2015, 04:13:38 pm
Thank you!  :notworthy:
Very proud of this tiny mod since I really needed that space :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on January 07, 2015, 04:32:18 pm

One of my most discreet mods is one of my favourites too.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 18, 2015, 07:12:48 pm
Some time ago I found out that REVO has a new toy, the REVO SPS PRO (http://www.revotechnik.com/product-details/accessories/revo-sps-pro#.VOThYi6LXCQ) to be more exact.
I always wanted to have a Polar FIS/ Fiscon E-MFA installed but the steering wheel control module not working kept me off.
In the mean time I've learned that I might need highline CCM so I decided to give it another go...
Even if the REVO SPS PRO is not quite cheap I love the idea of having more or less the same functionality as Polar FIS but also the possibility to change the software from the onbord computer.

But first things first, I must be able to access the comfort setting, so this just arrived:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P2188991_zpsvsvzeyh0.jpg&hash=df16742afbca9b6453e93cb458db4ce6f3c8efbc) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P2188991_zpsvsvzeyh0.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P2188992_zpsl1agui6d.jpg&hash=3780effc2fc58c59d1ace33da92a7b63febd5117) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P2188992_zpsl1agui6d.jpg.html)

I will be fitting the CCM this weekend and I hope all works well (fingers crossed).
Then, it's only a matter of money  :innocent: until I get the SPS PRO.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on February 18, 2015, 07:32:27 pm
Getting something like a PolarFIS is well worth the trouble/cost. I rarely look at my board computer data anymore. I leave it in the PolarFIS+ Adv. screen and scroll to different pages if I'm curious about other sensor data that I don't have available in my 1st page. I've reduced the pages to 4 after removing my DPF which I had a page dedicated to. :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: omeydz on February 18, 2015, 07:35:33 pm
Good luck with the retrofit Vlad!  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: danishmkvgti on February 19, 2015, 05:10:12 pm
I changed the Polar FIS advanced for the REVO SPS Pro this friday, and it's a great bit of kit.
Unlike the Polar FIS you are not able to change the name on top of the display, it's REVO and stays that way.
Another difference is the option of 10 screens compared to the 6 from Polar.
But you will love it. :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: th3_f15t on February 19, 2015, 05:24:37 pm
I'd be interested in a review of the Revo SPS Pro when you've had it up and running a little while. I'm thinking of getting a Revo map when I go stage two as I love the idea of switching maps easily and being able to tinker the settings myself for a bit of something to do. :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 20, 2015, 09:22:58 am
Getting something like a PolarFIS is well worth the trouble/cost. I rarely look at my board computer data anymore. I leave it in the PolarFIS+ Adv. screen and scroll to different pages if I'm curious about other sensor data that I don't have available in my 1st page. I've reduced the pages to 4 after removing my DPF which I had a page dedicated to. :wink:

Cheers! Looking forward to having it installed (if all works well).
 :drinking:

Good luck with the retrofit Vlad!  :happy2:

Thanks Omar!  :drinking:

I changed the Polar FIS advanced for the REVO SPS Pro this friday, and it's a great bit of kit.
Unlike the Polar FIS you are not able to change the name on top of the display, it's REVO and stays that way.
Another difference is the option of 10 screens compared to the 6 from Polar.
But you will love it. :happy2:

Ha ha... Jake, I suspected you were going to be one of the first ones to have the SPS PRO fitted  :happy2:.
I don't think it is going to be a problem if the menu is called REVO...

I'd be interested in a review of the Revo SPS Pro when you've had it up and running a little while. I'm thinking of getting a Revo map when I go stage two as I love the idea of switching maps easily and being able to tinker the settings myself for a bit of something to do. :happy2:

I will surely review the SPS PRO after I buy and install it.
If it's everything they say it is, it might just be perfect...  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 21, 2015, 05:04:18 pm
Well, I installed the new CCM today.
The hardware installation is fairly simple (I used this (http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?3604801-DIY-hi-line-cluster) tutorial).
You have to take the whole glove compartment out but I can't really say it's difficult...

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P2218993_zpsb3isukfr.jpg&hash=31b6b7961f12682918b354ab6f8860c3241e249f) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P2218993_zpsb3isukfr.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P2218995_zps26j8e4qg.jpg&hash=7071021e3c9cac7de1bf823a9911ff5d177d82e2) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P2218995_zps26j8e4qg.jpg.html)

Old:
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P2219007_zpshcvplp1w.jpg&hash=0121ca35dcfe90b759c5cf405cba6ea838ab6e40) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P2219007_zpshcvplp1w.jpg.html)

New:
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P2188992_zpsl1agui6d.jpg&hash=3780effc2fc58c59d1ace33da92a7b63febd5117) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P2188992_zpsl1agui6d.jpg.html)

But coding the new Central Convenience Module was quite difficult.
By seeing @kevinm (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1725) coding (in this (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=24735.0) topic), I got mine working. I modified a few information (like LHD/RHD) and a few other bits but the majority is the same.
Still, I can't access the comfort menu  :sad1:

I wrote more info in this (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,93756) topic.
Any ideas?  :confused:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Cossie Killer on February 21, 2015, 06:33:39 pm
Love it.... Spent yesterday reading this from start to finish!

Do you still use her on a daily basis?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 21, 2015, 08:27:21 pm
Thank you  :notworthy:. I hope it was an interesting read...
I usually use it about twice per week.
In the last month, though, I used it daily since I borrowed my other daily drive.
The other daily drive is a 2013 Seat Ibiza 1.4 MPI and I have to say I love both cars for different reasons:
- The Seat is great as a town car. The engine quickly gets to operating temperature and it is a go-anywere kind of car (in my perspective, at least comparing it to the Golf).
- The Golf is the car I look after, a much nicer car if the roads are good, if it's warm and if it's driven properly. The mods really make me love the car more and I truly see and appreciate each mod I've made... This is the car I turn my head over after I park  :happy2: . It can still be improved (small tweaks and a 2.0 TFSI engine) but I am sure I will get there some day. Since there is no plan to sell it (ever) I know there's no hurry. Plus I plan on building a house so most of my savings and money will likely go that way.
Thanks again!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Cossie Killer on February 21, 2015, 08:34:31 pm
Ive just bought a gt sport for work, but always good to know i can get away with some track action! :happy2:

Kudos.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: AJG09 on February 26, 2015, 02:36:55 pm
Has to be one of my favourites on here! really nice car  :grin:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 27, 2015, 07:40:24 pm
Thank you!  :notworthy:

Ladies and gentlemen, if you have some experience with the highline cluster, your help is needed over here: http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,93756.0.html
Thank you very much!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 26, 2015, 07:35:41 pm
Well, the CCM didn't work as expected because it seems that I need a MFSW to make everything work.
I was (and still am) not a big fan of the MFSW because in my previous experience with MFSW I tend to bush the buttons when I steer the car.
But I really want that REVO SPS Pro so I decided to switch to a MFSW.
There were 2 choices:
1. Mk5 MFSW
2. MK6 MFSW

The first was less expensive and I like the leather better (it is perforated where it should be) while the second option looks better and has more buttons for diverse functions.
Finally it all came to price and since I have a MFSW Mk5 GTI steering wheel (with blanks for buttons) I decided to go for No. 1.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3039008_zpsarbxts78.jpg&hash=d3e0227abca45751cb1afa6b51a1875270da9a53) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P3039008_zpsarbxts78.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3039010_zpsfqadabgr.jpg&hash=0dfaec88b6af792f7951bdd114c83855133ed036) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P3039010_zpsfqadabgr.jpg.html)

I wanted to buy the controls from the dealer but they cost 100 GBP each  :rolleye: (and I had to buy other parts as well).
So I bought a 3 spoke MFSW. This was never fitted but had some marks on the controls (scratches).

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3249015_zpseuy1jave.jpg&hash=9f7779b12f29fd35080a7a1322f814ebb13ebbf4) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P3249015_zpseuy1jave.jpg.html)

I think this failed the quality control and they tried to destroy the piece.
But, I go another left control with a broken leg and I switched the exterior part, so now the left one is in perfect condition.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3249021_zpsonkpklol.jpg&hash=51d20beac8d560e49a21668da8b820972b723536) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P3249021_zpsonkpklol.jpg.html)

The right part has the scratch I was telling you about and at this point I am waiting to have it mounted to see how much this would bug me. If that scratch is visible I will find a way to switch that part.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3249023_zpsyjixuwf2.jpg&hash=d0cae34e95792cb891b37dc08f63922a0f66891b) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P3249023_zpsyjixuwf2.jpg.html)

I've ordered the airbag loom and steering wheel controller (CH version) and after they arrive I will put everything together.
I hope all will be fine now... :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on March 27, 2015, 12:29:30 am
Good luck rex! Hope you can finish this soon. :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 27, 2015, 07:00:31 pm
Thank you! Hope so too!

And another piece of the puzzle just arrived:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_IMAG0104_zpslyebf1mq.jpg&hash=385fb1cf2cbdebe26bb8f7ae305cc984f8223002) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_IMAG0104_zpslyebf1mq.jpg.html)

If anybody knows something about the MFSW airbag loom please help me with my question in this thread: http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,95323.0.html

Thank you  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 03, 2015, 08:13:06 pm
Well, not all went acording to plan...

I've ordered the airbag cable, part no. 1K0 971 584 C

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P3309030_zpss5jjfqei.jpg&hash=8414a1982cd6da0bf70571311131c4efad6d79a8) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P3309030_zpss5jjfqei.jpg.html)

But that had 6 pin slots for the controls and I only had 5 pins.
From what I understand that means it's for the mk6 controls.

Then I ordered another airbag loom that someone said is for the mk5 steering controls. When I fitted it the controls they were only working when the horn was pushed  :fighting:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4039064_zpsszap1umb.jpg&hash=24c8b6e7cb60468da51b0d8d63d6e21cdea9658d) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P4039064_zpsszap1umb.jpg.html)

I called a friend who is doing a lot of retrofits and we was able to move the wires from one airbag loom to the other and so, I am proud to say I have a fully working MFSW.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4039059_zpsekgzpjtd.jpg&hash=8f00e8394cd48b13df3d825c5ee21d25a5cd649e) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P4039059_zpsekgzpjtd.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4039043_zpst8oyqset.jpg&hash=de7a4b92d69662fdcec7b907731efbbcaa71f25c) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P4039043_zpst8oyqset.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4039046_zpsfrkq18nq.jpg&hash=734c81560e6bd45775a8cbba1ea7ee6e3befd467) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P4039046_zpsfrkq18nq.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P4039047_zpszixoavtp.jpg&hash=48011397025c51c5122ebb83dd08090b143850c4) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P4039047_zpszixoavtp.jpg.html)

So the REVO SPS Pro is next  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rich83 on April 03, 2015, 08:17:53 pm
Good work rex!  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: omeydz on April 03, 2015, 09:41:48 pm
Congrats Vlad looking spot on!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on April 03, 2015, 10:42:30 pm
A lot of work involved but finally you can get your SPS Revo Box!  :party:

Big congrats! :congrats: a
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 04, 2015, 06:54:14 pm
Thank you very much, guys!  :notworthy:
I know the MFSW is not a big mod, but I enjoy even the smallest of mods. This is the reason I write even about the smallest of mods  :smiley:.

There is a joke going right now: Some things Norway and Romania have in common: nice girls, stunning landscapes and skiing for Easter.
So during a snow storm I decided to switch the winter tires with summer tires.
I also needed to change the brake pads. I went for Pagid Yellow RS29 just like the previous ones. During this switch I noticed something unusual:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_IMAG0151_zps0snmohkx.jpg&hash=d9ffdd3c3c2bfdccfac30e6f8bdb14e08731ab9b) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_IMAG0151_zps0snmohkx.jpg.html)

It appears that the dust seal is broken. So it appears that the Porsche calipers need a refurb. I will contact DaveB and see what he thinks...

One question: is it ok if I go to the next track day with the seals broken?
I managed to put the seals in so that they will not protrude so much:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_IMAG0155_zpscmkshebx.jpg&hash=a0189f800e3dc62d2d4eb9dce2150a9fd9d02dce) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_IMAG0155_zpscmkshebx.jpg.html)

Here is the old pad vs the new one:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_IMAG0154_zps6wzc8rxe.jpg&hash=8d4326303e544a9cd2cb88b38eb5d015c66b53db) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_IMAG0154_zps6wzc8rxe.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_IMAG0157_zps2nwvvszl.jpg&hash=df384b1aa9c305df0a9bebabd60ec7593913b180) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_IMAG0157_zps2nwvvszl.jpg.html)

I noticed that the inner pad is darker so the heat is bigger on the inside even if I have the brake ducts.
I might just through the dust shields if I have another idea for mounting the brake ducts.

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 24, 2015, 07:08:02 pm
While I am waiting for parts to arrive, I always like to watch some of my older videos. I think the absolute lap time is not relevant and I think all that maters are the experience and the videos.
Lately a lot of people, when they see my car, ask me solely about the bhp as if nothing else matters. This is one video I want to share (again) that says differently...

Some 50 pages back and almost 4 years to the day I visited the Hungarian capital and its F1 Race Track. I went with a couple of my friends: Adrian with a 534 bhp S3 (with a lower bhp setup around 420bhp) and Vlad with a 413bhp Polo GTI (with a lower setup at around 300 bhp and ~380hhp on the long straight).
Vlad is close to my driving skills so I think that does not play a significant part. The Polo had semislicks, TA Technic suspension, stock brakes with a little improvement due to the racing brake liquid and updated pads. Even with that amount of power, he was 1 second slower than I was so POWER ISN'T EVERYTHING  :happy2:.



A few comments:
- first of all, everybody was amassed to see the Polo gaining ground from the GTR on the straight (the GTR's passenger started clapping his hands when he saw the Polo gaining ground  :happy2:). You can see these 2 cars side by side in the video but not much else about this 'dogfight'. Unfortunately the Polo due to the Polo's setup this battle was lost from the beginning (the S3 however has faster than that GTR)
- I am following Vlad in his Polo GTI trying to see how my car measures up against his car  :jumping:. You can see the HUGE difference in power on the straights. On the bends however it's another story. I was about 1-2 sec faster per lap than the Polo GTI but I could have never overtaken him because I just wasn't close enough when it was time to brake. But fortunately Vlad let me overtake him so I was free to try some hot laps.
- my car had a similar setup to the current one, I changed the brake pads, the seats and the tires (different brand semislicks). Other than that it is the same.
- compared to my current best lap, at the time this video was taken, I was about 1.8 seconds slower.
- 4 years ago 640x480 resolution was ok but now it is far from that. Sorry for the video resolution!

Any ideas?

P.S. My advice for anybody who wants to modify the car: firstly, upgrade the brakes!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: th3_f15t on April 24, 2015, 09:34:03 pm
Power is nothing without control and discipline... :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on April 25, 2015, 03:15:37 pm

Wish I could watch the video.  Internet connection here is so poor!  Love this thread!  I have thrown so much money and so many great parts at my car, making it a great package but I still have lots of developing & experience to gain before I could do it any justice!

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 25, 2015, 04:02:49 pm
Thank you guys!  :notworthy:

Well Mike, you should come to Romania since we are known for having excellent internet connection.  :grin:
Of course, you should come as a visitor, not work related (there is a joke going around: Visit Rusia, before Rusia visits you. By the way things are going in the region I hope it is just a joke.)
I think I was lucky to buy a slow car so I might not have had the pressure you guys had to go fast. I always was an underdog so I could only come on top.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Biano44 on April 26, 2015, 12:33:39 am
I'm coming to Romania (again) at the end of May. I love it there. If not just to see all the Dacia's!!!!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 14, 2015, 08:04:16 am
Well, as you all know, the MFSW mod was done to accommodate the Revo SPS Pro (https://www.revotechnik.com/product-details/accessories/revo-sps-pro). I received it last week and installed it the same day:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5139078_zpsyxu3xlaz.jpg&hash=82640fa7c06c7c4a2ca3941590a98b4e705fc8ce) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P5139078_zpsyxu3xlaz.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5139066_zpsy6vypodg.jpg&hash=178931a0524204cebf7b9fe21a981f6f39eaad28) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P5139066_zpsy6vypodg.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5139074_zps2j3vqci9.jpg&hash=1b378c0fda68b8bdf9ed931aa396fd4ccad07221) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P5139074_zps2j3vqci9.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5139072_zpspuoimoft.jpg&hash=2d66414c1678b7c7c1b8da9e99e3bcd8aed29ad6) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P5139072_zpspuoimoft.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P5139070_zpswxkiswfh.jpg&hash=6a8fe5071a88400754cfa189c5ca43060d944ff2) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P5139070_zpswxkiswfh.jpg.html)

I haven't really had time to play with it but it is a great kit:
- you can follow a number of parameters (up to 140), the most useful for me are: speed, battery voltage, oil temperature. I didn't go though all the list of parameters but it looks like I can see the boost, the intake temperatures, the missfires and, I think all the information provided by Polar FIS or Fiscon E-MFA.
- you can change the software parameters. I can change the software to Stock, Performance A, etc... For 2.0 TFSI engines, each Performance menu has customizable parameters (not for me) Unfortunately, I can't do this with the engine running.
- other functionalities like stopwatch, comfort menu, etc (I didn't have time to play with those yet).

All in all a great bit of kit, I am really glad of this mod!  :happy2:
Next up, my first visit to Romania's Motor Park.  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on May 14, 2015, 10:14:00 am
I only have a Polar FIS Adv. as I plan on having my GTI custom mapped by the best national tuner, but that's an awesome piece for who has a Revo tune. :drool:

I have 5 screens at the moment on my Polar FIS. In the 1st one I have these parameters IIRC:
1-Boost pressure (actual)
2-Exhaust temperature
3-Boost pressure (specified)
4-Intake temperature
5-Oil temperature
6-Engine temperature

Don't forget to share videos and/or pictures of your next track experience mate! :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 15, 2015, 04:27:15 pm
Thank you for your comment!

Of course, I will make a proper review of the experience and I will not forget the videos.
About the SPS PRO, I noticed something interesting: I can configure what the MF buttons do  :happy2:. The MFSW for the mk5 doesn't give you the possibility to change the track. But, after I configured the buttons now I can change the track from the steering wheel  :star:.
I think I should make another topic about the SPS PRO since there are a lot of things I want to share.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on May 15, 2015, 04:43:58 pm
About the SPS PRO, I noticed something interesting: I can configure what the MF buttons do  :happy2:. The MFSW for the mk5 doesn't give you the possibility to change the track. But, after I configured the buttons now I can change the track from the steering wheel  :star:.
I think I should make another topic about the SPS PRO since there are a lot of things I want to share.
That feature comes with the Polar FIS Adv.. It seems to me that you now basically have a Polar FIS Adv. with a Revo SPS built-in.  :wink:

My MFSW could do that before I had the Polar FIS Adv., so that's something it had to do with coding or version of the steering wheel controller. It can change track, radios, etc.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 23, 2015, 08:57:20 am
It's been more than a month since the last track day and unfortunately I ran into some problems when editing the videos. It seem that I have a 20s gap for GPS coordinates during my best lap. So it will take some time to recover the missing coordinates. After this I will post the videos.

On another topic, I wrote before about the issues I had about the broken piston seals.
After speaking to DaveB, I decided to change my calipers with some refurbished ones from Brake Caliper Refurbs (BrakeCaliperRefurbs.co.uk).
Here are some pictures:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6179420_zps9h5vwavj.jpg&hash=b8478402d66a130424fa95449cc511551e5a1bde) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6179420_zps9h5vwavj.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6179421_zpsssdketcw.jpg&hash=76dc02e001db7ab3e1a61a0b9f265c95ed973866) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6179421_zpsssdketcw.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6179422_zpsrlix9rv3.jpg&hash=4fd8e6e4248e49fcb17b8af5b87e48dcc66788cf) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6179422_zpsrlix9rv3.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6189431_zpscfg34tpt.jpg&hash=90684fe00c497b33b177d5a7d8ad1c305fde9508) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6189431_zpscfg34tpt.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6189432_zpshvjjnj74.jpg&hash=e235e540877afaced790bfed68e696d208719da0) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6189432_zpshvjjnj74.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_P6189433_zpsbsrrhhvj.jpg&hash=14e8b47c174f647fa4abbf374db153495c997066) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_P6189433_zpsbsrrhhvj.jpg.html)

All in all the brakes are the same, just a little bit shinier  :grin:.
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: MOTORSPORT1979 on August 27, 2015, 02:27:12 pm
hey Vlad, no more news??  :party:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 01, 2015, 09:18:11 pm
:) Sorry to keep you waiting but it's been a crazy summer because there are a lot of things going on: preparing for my weeding next year, building a house and changing jobs.
I know I owe you guys a review for the Motorparc visit and some interesting photos for the next years calendar  :innocent:.
So stay tuned! It won't take much longer...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: omeydz on September 01, 2015, 10:31:06 pm
Congrats you you and Mrs Vlad!!!  :drinking: :pomppomp:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 03, 2015, 09:42:43 pm
Thanks Omar!  :drinking:

Well, it's been almost 5 months since the visit to the first Romanian track - yup, welcome Romania to the 20th century from a motorsport point of view. I hope it will take us less than 100 years to get to the 21st century  :grin:.
So, before I lose all memory of the trip here is what happened.

In the autumn of 2014 the first track was opened in Romania. It is called Motorpark Romania and it is known to Romanians as Adancata.
The first trackdays were a mess because we don't really have the trackday's culture. So I wanted to stay clear of the first trackdays and only had the first run in May.
It was a private event where about 20-25 cars were present, most of us friends. I was really happy to see most of my friends from Bucharest with whom I went to Nurburgring or Hungaroring.
All in all, some great cars and great atmosphere.
The track, though, was not so great...
It was only the short version and it had the second to last asphalt layer (very abrasive), no kerbs and the ground was pretty soft around the track. If you lost control and ran wide, there were high chances of a roll-over. So I can say I wasn't going to take any chances  :innocent:.
I still had fun and I totally think it was worth it but Hungaroring is much more fun and a lot safer. Money wise it's almost the same so if I had to chose I would go for Hungaroring. For my friends in Bucharest, Adancata is much closer and so, it is a lot cheaper than Hungaroring.

And some pictures.
Setting up the suspension:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_IMAG0521_zpsakrixvbc.jpg&hash=e9e8b678cb549f99517caba7e1601d02247e97ed) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_IMAG0521_zpsakrixvbc.jpg.html)

with Fuscobal (notice the huge wing  :laugh: )

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_Adancata_1_zpsdqsgavix.jpg&hash=25ec5b6b119b10c0c2b817b4eec84b2eb57a7041) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_Adancata_1_zpsdqsgavix.jpg.html)

with Acidutzul to whom I really have to give some credit because I was truly amaised of this driving skills. He taught me some of the lines and than he took me for a lap. The way we was making his FWD mk5 2.0 TDI car oversteer was impressive. Not to mention the fact that he was doing this on porpoise and had no troubles controlling the car. So, my friend, I salute you  :notworthy:!

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_Adancata_2_zpsmlzxel3y.jpg&hash=0a3d2816ba5070c389e1842b2b9762e8c180577e) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_Adancata_2_zpsmlzxel3y.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_Adancata_3_zpsolfj0wjs.jpg&hash=edf4bd6d990ebe5c34eca21c0b196c55bae23e77) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_Adancata_3_zpsolfj0wjs.jpg.html)

Some 'in action' photos:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_Adancata_7_zps4p2xpdpj.jpg&hash=60d18bb0e422b0dc5396ab6245c85855b80a5bbd) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_Adancata_7_zps4p2xpdpj.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_Adancata_8_zpsnjkqymgl.jpg&hash=5a73a165b7fa5ac51c3975cd644d944635b604b0) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_Adancata_8_zpsnjkqymgl.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_Adancata_6_zpsht2yybck.jpg&hash=34a91ab5a584d9484d1214f07d2be4483b09dfaf) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_Adancata_6_zpsht2yybck.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_Adancata_5_zpsawb5xecl.jpg&hash=0198ba381490bfed508bb2a462294ae68acbe848) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_Adancata_5_zpsawb5xecl.jpg.html)

And some other photos:

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_Adancata_4_zpsayhtrir8.jpg&hash=f1b01ad9873208e987c79359e34eb96fdf5885e5) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_Adancata_4_zpsayhtrir8.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_Adancata_9_zps4kkzgvvz.jpg&hash=01afe9cf5957d3877e3ff87b101845e2a55d11f4) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_Adancata_9_zps4kkzgvvz.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_IMAG0528_zpsko93j5ns.jpg&hash=add518650105060d13bb0424cab5da647c38870b) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_IMAG0528_zpsko93j5ns.jpg.html)

Next up, the video/videos.
All the best!
 :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: omeydz on October 03, 2015, 10:18:22 pm
Great experience you had there Vlad  :smiley: !
Keep the pictures and videos coming

Iv finished my DSG conversion now and enjoying my car again.. See video on my thread, sounds like a different animal!!

Still wanting the manual gearbox setup as I need to sell??
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 05, 2015, 08:32:56 am
Yes, I've seen your video. Really glad is worked out in the end!
I would say no, I don't think I need another gearbox. I am planing on having an engine swap, midterm, or when this engine breaks. So, no need for another 1.4 TFSI gearbox.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on October 05, 2015, 12:51:13 pm
Great report! Enjoyed it a lot. :happy2:

Can't wait to have my Ed. 30 ready and try it on a track. :grin:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: omeydz on October 05, 2015, 06:25:59 pm
Yes, I've seen your video. Really glad is worked out in the end!
I would say no, I don't think I need another gearbox. I am planing on having an engine swap, midterm, or when this engine breaks. So, no need for another 1.4 TFSI gearbox.

No probs.

What engine are you looking to put in?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 05, 2015, 09:10:32 pm
Can't wait to have my Ed. 30 ready and try it on a track. :grin:

I bet you are! Were will the first track day be?


No probs.

What engine are you looking to put in?

When/if I have the money 2.0 TFSI K04.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on October 05, 2015, 09:49:58 pm
Can't wait to have my Ed. 30 ready and try it on a track. :grin:

I bet you are! Were will the first track day be?
I want to try Estoril (link (http://www.circuito-estoril.pt/en/)) next year since it's just about 30 km away from my home. The next best alternative is Portimão (link (http://www.autodromodoalgarve.com/Default.aspx?lng=en)) at 300 km away and the last good alternative is Braga (Circuito Vasco Sameiro: link (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circuito_Vasco_Sameiro)) at 370 km. :party:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 09, 2015, 09:04:34 pm
Not bad having a track 30km away from home  :fighting:!
I am sure you will enjoy the GTI on Estoril :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 09, 2015, 09:41:51 pm
After 5 months some might think I managed to properly edit a video. Well, those people would be wrong.  :surprised:
But I just gave up creating the video I wanted...
First of all, I had missing GPS and CAN data for 20 sec from my best lap (so there is no RPM display) and than the video editor (Dashware) has a bug and the sound is 0.7 seconds ahead of the video.
None the less, wanting to show you the video this year, here it is:



At the end of the day I visited another track (first one in Romania) and I had a great time.
The lap time goal was achieved (below 2:00) so I am peaty pleased even if I made some mistakes.

Any improvement ideas are welcomed!  :popcornsoda:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 12, 2015, 07:11:43 pm
In preparation for the 2016 calendar (btw, @RedRobin (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=13) & @scopes (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1567) will there be a 2016 calendar?) here are a few photos:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/4294/35857507170_abaa702cb9_w.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/796/26719872507_c1bcbfa89e_w.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/4319/35922221610_9c3743d0f0_w.jpg)

What do you think? Are they any good?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on October 12, 2015, 07:23:19 pm
Not bad having a track 30km away from home  :fighting:!
I am sure you will enjoy the GTI on Estoril :drinking:
I need to get a camera or some kind of support for my iphone to record a lap like you do. :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on October 13, 2015, 05:32:06 pm
I prefer the 1st picture of the 3. It's really good (as usual by the way :happy2:). I expect that you have one selected. :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 14, 2015, 10:14:21 pm
I need to get a camera or some kind of support for my iphone to record a lap like you do. :smiley:
I have a GoPro with a roll bar mount. I think you will truggle to have the same angles.

I prefer the 1st picture of the 3. It's really good (as usual by the way :happy2:). I expect that you have one selected. :smiley:
Well, I like 1 and 3. But I didn't get any answers from Robin or Neil so I hope it is still on :).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 25, 2015, 03:51:37 pm
And the last photos from the previous photo shoot:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/804/41588099881_767dde9e22_w.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/840/41608534441_3483887e78_w.jpg)

@RedRobin (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=13), @scopes (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1567) still no news with the calendar?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 25, 2015, 08:49:38 pm
Because I just can't hold my temper, the biggest mod yet  :innocent: :

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4323/36251159645_77c064fa03_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4309/35445596363_37e5745d62_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4315/35857509940_3f7e5210d5_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4322/36251159755_fdf1b463aa_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4300/36251159705_20af37cb48_b.jpg)

Not really... But I think it's a nice touch.
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 08, 2015, 07:29:56 pm
And another small touch...
In the first few pages of this thread, there  was a debate whether the RLine/R32/ED30 lights or the OEM LED ones look better on my car. It has been a struggle to get the best looking ones for my car and, frankly, I still don't know which are best. But none, the less, I was given an opportunity I could not refuse.

Basically, I got these

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4305/35445596513_9249c5d0bf_b.jpg)

for 40 GBP!  :pomppomp:
There're R32 genuine tail lights with very minor scratches from normal use. One polish will deal with them.
My previous tail lights were the stock ones, painted to resemble the RLine/R32/ED30 ones.
Below are photos of the RLine ones (darker) vs the painted ones.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4327/36251159825_0b530051bd_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4294/36251159855_50f253c953_b.jpg)

And the lights mounted on the car (please excuse the dust on the car):

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4294/36251158495_c9fca763f9_b.jpg)

All in all a bargain, and another cheap mod, I am very proud of...
Slowly but surely the car is coming together and I am running out of mods that don't require an engine swap.  :rolleye:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: dansmith180 on November 08, 2015, 07:50:41 pm
Looks really nice mate, goes really well with the paint  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 10, 2015, 01:06:02 pm
Thanks!  :drinking:
I hope to get better pictures with the car cleaned and taillights polished in the spring.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on November 10, 2015, 01:07:51 pm
Good upgrade, it's noticeable the difference. :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 11, 2015, 07:37:41 am
Thanks!  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 11, 2015, 11:44:37 am
Since I can only post 3 pictures for the 2016 calendar, I posted these (in the proper thread http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,102019.0.html):

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4294/35857507170_abaa702cb9_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4319/35922221610_9c3743d0f0_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4327/35857505550_eff9f7e331_b.jpg)

But for some time I've had the following 2 pictures that I love and that I did not submit for any calendars.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4301/35922278940_01389d3547_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4309/35857504670_ae9a4c3929_b.jpg)

Do you think I should modify the proposed photos?
Cheers  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on November 11, 2015, 12:11:42 pm
Nah, IMHO the 1st three pictures are better because they show your whole GT Sport. The whole package is so nice that just showing a detail doesn't do it justice. :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on November 13, 2015, 09:54:01 am
Thanks for the input!  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 05, 2016, 07:18:23 pm
One new addition, Golf 7 GTD Gear Knob:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4319/35857504820_32f3167b35_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4321/35857504960_64571ae223_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4302/35857505170_8341a0d489_b.jpg)

Next up, fitment. Fingers crossed  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: bluebert92 on February 05, 2016, 08:12:08 pm
Good luck buddy! just be patient when fitting the new gear stick to the old gaiter base, it can be tricky!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on February 05, 2016, 09:14:26 pm
In the lack of this tool:
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fs26.postimg.org%2Fbxqlmlvvp%2Fcorta_tubos_ras_cu.jpg&hash=f7d916964d91772177443fc9996d8349939fe76f)

I've seen someone in my country using this method:
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi300.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fnn28%2FGolfWhy%2FIMG_3703_zps4upqm8zj.jpg&hash=a442b747971aa763efb59943d5b404f50f20736a)
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fdaz.co%2Fmedia%2Fnn28%2FGolfWhy%2FIMG_3704_zpswusyvbu3.jpg&hash=65f75c0c91ed9151a3de9a123beedb42fb13e58f)
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fdaz.co%2Fmedia%2Fnn28%2FGolfWhy%2FIMG_3705_zpssewk1kvi.jpg&hash=5d716ca66870c5f0e1657b1cd9b6440df5f70e97)
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fdaz.co%2Fmedia%2Fnn28%2FGolfWhy%2FIMG_3706_zps2elmx1jx.jpg&hash=f0ce94983fbfa542fa1bc5a623422452948255de)
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fdaz.co%2Fmedia%2Fnn28%2FGolfWhy%2FIMG_3707_zpsu6wkosdm.jpg&hash=e0e30e029b26cd00e093c263cbd5befc24a1646d)
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fdaz.co%2Fmedia%2Fnn28%2FGolfWhy%2FIMG_3709_zpsth92mjh3.jpg&hash=2e60c9e6ebefa6e9a128060cca6b4cbf993e65b3)

He fitted the gear knob in a mk7 1.6 TDI R-Line. Hope you like it. :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: bluebert92 on February 05, 2016, 09:27:31 pm
Looks awesome, Im assuming that wasnt your car in the above pic?

http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,100626.15.html

^ just in case you haven't done it yet (or seen this thread)!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on February 05, 2016, 09:30:43 pm
Looks awesome, Im assuming that wasnt your car in the above pic?

http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,100626.15.html

^ just in case you haven't done it yet (or seen this thread)!
No, it's from someone local to me. It's a mk7 Golf, I only have 2 mk5s. :wink:

Your DIY is awesome, as I told you in your project. I just liked this other method of keeping everything clean inside the car too. :wink:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 06, 2016, 12:01:14 am
Thanks guys for the tips!

@bluebert92 (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=13815) I've seen you photos since those photos are the ones that convinced me to buy the knob.
@Shoduchi (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=10590) that is a great idea. Thanks!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Martk19871 on February 06, 2016, 03:55:05 pm
I love how your Golf looks front on! The calendar photo was awsome
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 06, 2016, 04:19:26 pm
Thank you!  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 24, 2016, 04:27:24 pm
Pam pam  :pomppomp: :pomppomp: :pomppomp: :

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4324/35857504940_1c84794124_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4292/35857505000_8bfb84ca19_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4313/36251157805_d4d2ea5b32_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4293/35857505290_173193aa8d_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4299/36251157895_1d99107a38_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4325/35857505340_0e2608d8e6_b.jpg)

What do you think?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on March 24, 2016, 05:19:05 pm
I like it. It's the GTD gear knob, right? :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 24, 2016, 07:23:16 pm
Yup MK7 GTD. I like this better than the GTI one because it has grey stitching (not red) :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 30, 2016, 07:05:10 pm
And another update: new track day tire.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4302/35857504630_2e935a81e0_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4328/36083430022_649831c32c_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4328/36251157735_cc415e086e_b.jpg)

I previously had Kumho V70 A and Dunlop Direzza 03G and I liked them both.
The Cup2 one should be a bit worse than the above but it was 300 GBP cheaper (per set) than the Dunlop so I could not pass the opportunity.
I think I will get the chance to test them in May, at Hungaroring. :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on March 30, 2016, 07:10:15 pm
Yup MK7 GTD. I like this better than the GTI one because it has grey stitching (not red) :driver:
For your car it's better suited. :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on March 30, 2016, 07:14:19 pm
And another update: new track day tire.

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_0037_zpskik6ucu1.jpg&hash=c3ecea910d5e6332b22530ec06c3883aa92d6b1f) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_0037_zpskik6ucu1.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_0038_zpsuc5ssmaj.jpg&hash=11fb5b8dbe777691c5b3a09ae0f662a924b7b747) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_0038_zpsuc5ssmaj.jpg.html)

(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1237.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff469%2Fvladpanut%2Fsite_DSC_0039_zps5byd43dr.jpg&hash=09f6d09bd3cc4ad4c4fcc8b824519872803b6259) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/vladpanut/media/site_DSC_0039_zps5byd43dr.jpg.html)

I previously had Kumho V70 A and Dunlop Direzza 03G and I liked them both.
The Cup2 one should be a bit worse than the above but it was 300 GBP cheaper (per set) than the Dunlop so I could not pass the opportunity.
I think I will get the chance to test them in May, at Hungaroring. :drinking:
300 £ is still a lot of money, as a difference between a set of 4 tyres.  :surprised:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 31, 2016, 04:55:58 pm
Yup... the price convinced me to buy these. But hopefully they don't use them on supercars for nothing  :thinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fuscobal on May 12, 2016, 06:43:50 pm
Wish I could join you for the next Hungaroring event but I have an engine to rebuild !
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: RBS on May 15, 2016, 09:21:35 am
What a transformation  :happy2: :congrats:
Looks fantastic!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 15, 2016, 08:56:02 pm
Wish I could join you for the next Hungaroring event but I have an engine to rebuild !
Wish you could come, my friend!  :drinking:

What a transformation  :happy2: :congrats:
Looks fantastic!
Thank you!  :notworthy:

And getting ready for the upcoming Hungaroring trip, I noticed that the rules have changed and I need a front tow hook.
As I need to get the fog grille off in order to install the tow hook, and considering I need the grille for the brake cooling I had to improvise  :innocent:
So I cut the grille a bit and I made room for this:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4309/36251158525_83ce75bdd0_b.jpg)

I don't really like the solution so I ordered a tow strap instead.
But, considering I am going to Hungaroring next weekend, there is no time to mount it.
So, the above solution is only temporary.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: omeydz on May 16, 2016, 06:35:26 pm
Nice colour match there too Vlad!

Hows the car running? Still thinking of an engine transplant still?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 16, 2016, 07:47:23 pm
The engine is running just fine. It just suites the car very well. With this engine the car is very balanced.
But I still want a 2.0 TFSI  :evilgrin:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: dansmith180 on May 16, 2016, 09:16:33 pm
Yeah TFSI lump in a car this well set up would be awesome, don't even need much power just a nice 250bhp would be plenty. How do you find the CUP 2's so far?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 17, 2016, 10:15:19 am
Yup, agree Jake! 250bhp will be more than enough right now...
I only fitted the tires 3 days ago. I will be using them for the first time on Sunday (Hungaroring Trackday).
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on May 21, 2016, 10:41:59 am

Glad you're still going with this beauty Vlad :-)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 23, 2016, 12:06:38 pm
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 08, 2016, 11:23:16 pm
Hello everyone!
I don't have the video/videos yet but I will write the story behind the last track day at Hungaroring while it is still fresh...
As usual, the interested people list was quite big but due to some objective or subjective reasons the group consisted of 4 people and 3 cars.
Along side was a friend driving a Scirocco 2.0 TDI DSG (engine remap, semislicks, big H&R ARB's, BBK) and a friend driving a M235xi (stock).
The Sciroccco was the fastest of the bunch since the M235xi was driven by a non experienced driver having his first track day.

The weather was great. Truly awesome... for sunbathing... 26 degrees at the shade with clear skies :). Not really the ideal weather for turbocharged cars.
The track seemed to be even gripier than it used to be (it was redone last year) and there were even subtle changes to the layout. The chicane seemed to be a bit slower than it used to be.
The car behaved wonderfully except for the engine. Without looking at videos or GPS data I felt that I was significantly slower. I really had a lot of cases where, previously, I changed gears much sooner than I did now.
After I returned home I realized my REVO settings were not the same (Performance A vs Performance B) but I don't know if the software setup or the outside temperature are to blaim.

I got to test the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and I LOVED them. The sidewalls are definitely not as hard as the Direzza 03G, but the tires are sooooo predictable. I suspect they are slower than the Direzza's but for me perfectibility comes first. On the downside, the car was not as lively and I had no oversteers. I think this is a great setup for Nurburgring but not so great for Hungaroring.
So, I definitely recommend these tires.
The brakes were awesome, as usual. I got a bit lazy and I did not install the cooling brake ducts so after a few laps I started experiencing brake fade. But I had 2 or 3 fast laps followed by a cooling lap. This was also tied with the oil temperature, which got to 138 degrees so I decided not to push to hard.

Unlike most of the other trips, there were some insanely fast cars: a 458 Italia, 991 GTS, 991 Carrera S, Radical - driven very fast.

There are a lot of things going in my personal life (got married a few days ago, building a house, recent job change) and I am really glad I had time to be able to enjoy the car like I used to in the past.

And a few photos (unfortunately the photographer had a memory card issue and most of the photos are lost :( )

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4325/35857506340_debfaa612c_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4314/35857506410_e3bbd7500c_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4303/36251158235_c003533c0a_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4293/35857506530_3b14c8780e_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4312/35857502530_c66c08fc30_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4325/35857502710_5e061ced47_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: dansmith180 on June 09, 2016, 08:26:36 am
Very nice.

Congrats on the wedding and good luck with the new job and house  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on June 09, 2016, 10:49:54 am
Lots of stuff happening to you at the moment! Good luck with everything! :drinking:

Pity about the lost pictures but you still got some very nice. Will wait for the videos. :popcornsoda:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 18, 2016, 09:46:26 pm
Very nice.

Congrats on the wedding and good luck with the new job and house  :drinking:
Thanks!  :drinking:

Lots of stuff happening to you at the moment! Good luck with everything! :drinking:

Pity about the lost pictures but you still got some very nice. Will wait for the videos. :popcornsoda:
Thanks!  :drinking:
I am back home from the honeymoon vacation (or honeyweek  :smiley: ) so I should start editing the videos :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 20, 2016, 01:06:25 pm
Just like after every track day, I am cleaning the rims and putting them in storage waiting for the next track day:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4305/35857503320_9c2b4d3852_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4302/35857503400_f85d1aeba6_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4295/35445592153_1c418a0df5_b.jpg)

This time, while washing the rims I noticed a screw in one for the tires:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4302/35857503040_ea49f0aece_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4304/35445591963_24733efcac_b.jpg)

This is the second time I am finding a screw in a tire after the first track day with brand new tires, but, just like with the Dunlop Direzza 03G the tire was not affected (no puncture).

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4318/35445592053_b770bd7cd7_b.jpg)

I really don't know what's with this habit of mine of collecting screws  :doh:.
But at least I got off easy.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 03, 2016, 07:36:24 pm
I've finally had time to look at the last Hungaroring videos and at the raw GPS data...
But, my best 3 laps all had 10-20 seconds loss of GPS data. So, unfortunately I can't edit the videos like I used to  :sad1:

None the less, here is the video of the best lap:



I managed a 2:23.41, nowhere near my previous best (2:21.60)
I suspect the causes were:
- the car was pulling noticeably slower - I had a inferior REVO setting about which I only found out at home and the weather was really warm
- the track had a few mods for last years F1 race - the asphalt seemed to be gripier but the chicane was tighter (thus slower)
- the PS Cup 2 tires were ok but my impression is that they were more predictable but slower than the Dunlop Dirrezza 03 G I previously had.

But, despite the time, I had a lot of fun. Even if I don't have the bhp, the care is mega fun when set up properly.
Thanks for watching and any comments about my driving are welcomed.  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: xjay1337 on July 04, 2016, 02:22:41 pm
Looks like loads of fun :)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 05, 2016, 07:55:46 am
It is :).
Hungaroring is a very nice track to safely have fun.
I prefer the Nurburgring for the thrills but it is much more dangerous.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on July 06, 2016, 03:42:52 pm
Very nice video. The track looks really good to have fun without problems. I'd love to try it. :grin:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Robburgazzi on July 07, 2016, 01:48:49 pm
I've read this from start to finish and its an awesome thread!

Credit to you sir!  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: xjay1337 on July 07, 2016, 02:45:46 pm
I've just mounted my Dunlop Direzza 03g for my first track day of 2016... !!! (been getting the car ready lol).

Do you recommend any pressures? I have gone 32psi front and back for now.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 08, 2016, 11:38:01 am
Very nice video. The track looks really good to have fun without problems. I'd love to try it. :grin:
Yup, it is quite safe.
But it is quite far away from you  :smiley:.

I've read this from start to finish and its an awesome thread!

Credit to you sir!  :happy2:
Thank you!  :notworthy:
And welcome to the forum!

I've just mounted my Dunlop Direzza 03g for my first track day of 2016... !!! (been getting the car ready lol).

Do you recommend any pressures? I have gone 32psi front and back for now.
The pressure is quite different from my setup to my friends setup (especially with heavier cars). I have very low pressure while they have much higher.
I usually have 33psi when hot (immediately after a session) and 25psi when cold.
I would advise you to play with the pressure and see which one suites you best.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on July 08, 2016, 12:37:34 pm
Id suggest it's a bit high for track too. I tend to start with 27 cold. Like vlad says best to play around with pressures.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: hg05lsl on July 10, 2016, 11:12:03 am
Very clean
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 18, 2016, 11:09:09 am
Thank you  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 18, 2016, 09:04:50 pm
Because racecar  :rolleye:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4324/35857505500_d1e35eb3ba_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4301/35857505540_ffaa258eb5_b.jpg)

Can't wait for the next trackday to see this at work  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on August 19, 2016, 05:58:42 pm
Not a cheap toy but race car is enough! :evilgrin:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on September 04, 2016, 07:57:33 pm
Finally got the time to test the VBox Sport a bit:



I am quite pleased with the results.
With the external antenna I usually get 11 and sometimes 10 satellites. Without it I get 8 or 9. So, worth a buy.
The G sensor is based on GPS so not extremely accurate. But since the VBox sport calculates the position 20 times per second I would say it is close enough, at least for me.
So, till now, I recommend it. Really curious how it will do on the track but I am afraid I will find out only next year, since this year is pretty busy.
Fingers crossed  :driver:.

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 01, 2017, 08:38:56 pm
Hello everyone!

Quite some time since I last posted...
It's been a crazy year, where building the house took most of my energy and money. Thus, not much happened with the car till a few weeks ago.
The car has been as good as it always was. I get to drive it daily and on most days it puts a smile on my face. On a few occasions I am frustrated because the roads in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) are not the best and I can feel everything with the car even on the softest settings.

Anyway, to continue the story, I decided to have a few trackdays this year.
First I wanted a Hungaroring or Adancata (Motorpark Romania) trackday in order to test the car and than a longer Nurburgring trip with my wife (for the first time with her at Nurburgring). I got the chance to go to Adancata late in June (24th) and the car behaved ok-ish:
- it was really hot and my car doesn't really like that heat (about 32 degrees in the shade); I made a few more cooling laps and thus at least I did not have any issues
- the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are not as good on hot days as the Dunlop Direzza 03G or the Kumho v70A were. I got to overheat them a lot and the car would understeer a lot in these conditions.

All in all, the tip was worth it and I got to test the car just like I wanted to.

A few photos:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4301/36182846181_b18db948df_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4325/35509690833_811a69f51e_b.jpg)

Also got a lap in the Alfa 4C with Ciprian and I have to tell you, it's something... I liked it a lot. I have to get one of those (or similar) someday...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4295/36182845941_0ccca078f2_b.jpg)

And the best lap video - sorry for the video quality; the GoPro Session HD had problems calculating the right brightness on a sunny day with no vegetation  even if I had spot meter on :(.
For the Romanian views you can also enjoy a bit of a conversation with Ciprian (the passenger) regarding the racing lines:



Tip/comments welcomed  :drinking:

P.S. F... Photobucket and it's ransom money  :slap:...
I will transfer all the photos to Flickr - I manged to modify only the last 3 pages of the thread but I will modify them all - this year  :sad1:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: ihlades on August 03, 2017, 01:03:35 pm
​Very cool car mate! I saw it at Adancata on the 24th of June and I have to say, it looks proper; very well maintained and very purposeful, for what it is, with the front camber, the seats and the rollbar. I can actually see my car in one of your photos:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4379/36349393555_4fed6bd749_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Xo59iZ)

Unfortunately I didn't run into you that day, because I wanted to ask you a couple of things:

1. What camber settings do you use for the road? How is your tyre wear and would you say the TT arms make a big difference for turn in and lateral grip?
2. Is it too soon or can you tell what sort of mileage you get from the Cup 2's?
3. About the brake kit? Besides the stopping power and the much improved feedback, did you notice any increase in brake fade resistance?

I have a '05 GTI which I use as my daily driver but it sees occasional trips to Adancata and I have planned some Nordschleife action next year. Now it's pretty obvious to me that the front axle is not up to par with my demands: it's very rubbery, lacks feedback and it could certainly use more grip (both traction and lateral).

P.S.: I would've PM'ed you, but I just registered on the forum.  :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: JosephCo on August 04, 2017, 07:35:52 am
​Very cool car mate! I saw it at Adancata on the prosolution gel review (https://www.petersacco.com/prosolution-gel-review-and-results) 24th of June and I have to say, it looks proper; very well maintained and very purposeful, for what it is, with the front camber, the seats and the rollbar. I can actually see my car in one of your photos:

That red is so nice, great ride you have there.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 05, 2017, 07:52:36 pm
That red is so nice, great ride you have there.

Thank you!  :drinking:

​Very cool car mate! I saw it at Adancata on the 24th of June and I have to say, it looks proper; very well maintained and very purposeful, for what it is, with the front camber, the seats and the rollbar. I can actually see my car in one of your photos:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4379/36349393555_4fed6bd749_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Xo59iZ)

Unfortunately I didn't run into you that day, because I wanted to ask you a couple of things:

1. What camber settings do you use for the road? How is your tyre wear and would you say the TT arms make a big difference for turn in and lateral grip?
2. Is it too soon or can you tell what sort of mileage you get from the Cup 2's?
3. About the brake kit? Besides the stopping power and the much improved feedback, did you notice any increase in brake fade resistance?

I have a '05 GTI which I use as my daily driver but it sees occasional trips to Adancata and I have planned some Nordschleife action next year. Now it's pretty obvious to me that the front axle is not up to par with my demands: it's very rubbery, lacks feedback and it could certainly use more grip (both traction and lateral).

P.S.: I would've PM'ed you, but I just registered on the forum.  :smiley:

Thanks for the kind words, buddy!
And to answer your questions:
1. I have the same camber setting for the track and for the road: aprox 2.5 Degrees. The tire wear is normal. I can't really say (objectively) how much the corner speed has improved but I can definitely say it did improve
2. Yes, it's too soon. And I use them for track days only... Up until this moment they have done 1 Hungaroring, 1 Adancata and 18 Laps of the Nurburgring (plus 500km in Germany). I would say they are worn about half.
3. Actually the braking force should be the same (maybe something like 1-2% less - you can check the NQSBBK topic for further information) but the brake feel has improved dramatically. I did not use the Pagid RS29 on the stock GTI calipers so, again, there can't be an objective comparison. I would say if you have proper brake lines, fluid, pads, disc and cooling you should be ok with a 200HP Golf (not sure if you have it remaped or not).
Cheers!

Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 05, 2017, 08:08:12 pm
And the first photos of the last Nurburgring trip:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4377/36253227061_9036203297_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4331/36253227201_9b0365c1ec_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4355/36222125402_f1faa32035_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4370/36222125512_1ebb740083_b.jpg)

Next up should be the story and other photos as well + the new personal best lap video  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fab5freddy on August 05, 2017, 09:14:39 pm
Great to see you back Vlad, car looks amazing as always, happy to see you still enjoying her  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 07, 2017, 06:58:35 pm
Great to see you back Vlad, car looks amazing as always, happy to see you still enjoying her  :driver:

Thanks! Yup, still enjoying her :)... It's almost 10 years (in November). Time really flies!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 07, 2017, 08:01:45 pm
And now, the Nurburgring 2017 episode...

After 2 years of not visiting the Nurburging ring (been there in '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14) it was time to have another go at the Green Hell. This time with a twist: the wife :innocent:.
She's been with me on track days but never at Nurburgring. Initially I've had some doubts that she will enjoy it but in the end it was just great (almost perfect if not for the changing weather).

We've arrived on Saturday at the La Lantera Pension, changed the tires and then went for 3 laps.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4334/36429848125_3fd2423766_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4400/36384214016_84bddb8e97_b.jpg)

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(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4389/36384213496_fe9c6ddbef_b.jpg)

Nothing special on Saturday or Sunday, when I manged to do 8 laps (it was raining in the morning and I only went out in the afternoon).
On Monday though, the temperature was just perfect and not that crowded. It wasn't exactly free, but it was manageable. I've done another 7 laps and I went 3 or 4 times below my previous best time. Thus, my new best time is 8:51.37 (according to VBox Sport) or in short, 8:51:


 
A few comments:
- @ 0:19 I brake more than I should have because of the yellow flags and because the Megane RS slowed down in front of me. According to VBox I lost about 1 second over there.
- @ 1:10 I reject the incoming call (you can hear the phone ring from the beginning) - it would have been an interesting lap if I was having a phone conversation in the meanwhile  :slap:
- Flugplatz @ 1:45 is not the best approach I've had but it is close enough.
- @ 2:28 I signal right and ease of the gas (just a but) to let the Caymen GT4 pass. Since he shows no interest in overtaking I signal right 6/7 seconds later and procede on the racing line. After he overtakes me a bit later he gives me the thumbs up so I guess he wasn't too pissed about it.
- @ 4:45 I caught up with a mk6 GTI. Although I was overall faster then him, you can easily see the difference in horse power between the 2 cars. I would expect he was stock because that's about how much better a 230bhp turbo car pulls but I can't say for sure. Anyway... I need more HP!
- @ 5:35 I lift off for a second at Mutkurve. I've had a progressive approach and by the end of the trip I could do the Mutkurve flat out. Interesting feeling but that's why I come to Nurburgring.
- @ 5:45 the Ariel Atom catches me and later overtakes me so effortlessly... That is one nice car...
- @ 7:25 the is probably the fastest approach for Brünnchen I've had.
- @ 8:05 at Pflanzgarten II I ease of the gas in order not to run in the Seat. I also use the curb not to take any chances.

Comments (especially about racing lines & stuff) are very much welcomed!

The day after the track was much more crowded and I could not come close to the best lap again.
The car behaved great during the whole trip with a few highlights::
- the Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are awesome for Nurburgring (as I previously wrote, I did not like them on Hungaroring or Adancata Motorpark Romania)
- the car's setup was great with 8 front / 7 rear (Bilstein B16 harshness out of 10) but it was a bit too soft for me. I should go with 9/8 next time or even 10/9.
- the brakes were, again awesome but they need replacing. Already ordered replacement JHooks for back & front, Pagid RS29 for the NQSBBK and DS2500 for the rear (current setup).
- the engine was great apart from a lap were I've had a few missfires.
- a small platic came of the gearbox assembly and now I ocassionally have problems changing gears  :scared:. I once wanted to go from 3rd (red line) to 4th but manged to put it into 2nd  :ashamed:. It's never happened till now... Hope the engine did not suffer any permanent damage (I would hate to change it for a 2.0  :jumping:)

All in all, I've had a lot of fun, managed to push my limits a bit further and returned unscathed . In the end that's what's I'm after, not lap times. Lap times are just an indicator of how much I've improved. I think that with this car and this driver, on an ideal day, I could go as low as 8:3X.       
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 10, 2017, 09:06:23 pm
And the remaining photos:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4336/36319314462_71d06b1996_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4414/36350099161_19beccf5a9_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4392/36319315092_32af294151_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4386/36319314992_40d8ace082_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4431/35679279933_acb68f4234_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Tfsi_Mike on August 18, 2017, 11:41:35 am

Vlad isn't the Bilstein hardness out of 10?  Great video :)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 18, 2017, 03:45:21 pm

Vlad isn't the Bilstein hardness out of 10?  Great video :)

Yup Mike, out of 10.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 25, 2017, 10:06:27 pm
Ho ho ho, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Since I last wrote here, the car had it's 10th birthday. Ten whole years  :pomppomp: !!!!
I think I wrote before, when I bought it I thought I would keep it for 4 years but now there is no plan to sell the car. I plan on buying other cars but not selling this one.
My wife drove the Golf for the second time last evening and even she said it drives very nicely  :star:.

So, what have I been doing!? Well, not much, honestly...
I feel there are some interior mods that I need:
- auto lights
- black (GTI) headliner
- reverse camera

I think after these, I will be done with modding the interior.
The headliner will require me to remove the rollbar, so it's not quite easy, the reverse camera is requiring some money I prefer to save for the new car so, I was stuck with getting the auto lights.

I first installed the sensor on the climatronic vent (went behind the clocks) but I didn't like it that the sensor was very "forgiving" - it would turn the lights on only when it was very dark.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4725/25426521048_1a28426766_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4599/39265681002_643126a469_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4594/25426520228_a7e0b17e4e_b.jpg)

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(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4590/24431253317_f96e32a2be_b.jpg)

So, I decided to either move the sensor or buy a sensor that has sensitivity adjustment. I decided for the latter and ordered a sensor from Bold-Sport. But after getting the product I realised that it had no sensor adjustment even if it was clearly advertised as having one... I wrote a complain but they did not even answer (I've made 2 follow-ups). At least I know not to order anything else from them...
Non the less, I installed the sensor on the A pillar and not it works perfect!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4737/24431253027_172902389e_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4691/39265680652_d4672d2e46_b.jpg)

All in all, I quite like this mod because I don't have to mess with the lights every time I enter a garage or tunnel.
Thanks for watching, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Orama_19 on December 26, 2017, 04:31:37 pm
Very nice project! :happy2:

I love that color damn   :jumping:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on December 26, 2017, 08:31:07 pm
Thanks!  :notworthy:
Yup, really love the color as well...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 17, 2018, 12:59:43 pm
And a few updates, ladies and gentlemen...

I've decided the next mod  :pomppomp: : rear view camera... so next up, I'll buy a RCD 510 with video input, Rear Badge and Camera and the necessary cables. After that, all what remains with the interior is to have the black GTI head lining.

And one slightly bigger update, I've bought a Porsche Cayman - Black Edition :driver:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4747/40316120001_9440a2b0d3_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4697/40316119771_85e6b93acc_b.jpg)

It's a one of the latest naturally aspirated Cayman, manufactured in June 2016. Even if the discount was not quite massive compared to a similarly equipped brand new Cayman, I really wanted the NA as opposed to the Turbo engine. The car has 11k miles which is not much but still it doesn't make it a new car :smiley: . The sound is truly awesome and, just like with the Golf, there is no plan of ever selling the car and I think I will enjoy the NA engine feeling much more than the actual power increase of the new 718 Cayman.

I will track the Porsche as well but I want to take it gradually and learn the car and not rush anything.
I already have the first mods in mind and I have to temper myself for the next few months, at least  :thinking:.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4751/40270809192_c48af6a6de_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4653/40316120041_f906c13ae0_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4751/39418587515_16421a6d43_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4606/40316120061_1b3e4abb2e_b.jpg)

The Cayman is pretty much the ideal configuration for me (I've been waiting a long time to find these specs):
- Adaptive Dampers (Porsche Active Suspension Management)
- Sport Chrono Package - includes the adaptive engine mounts, the analog watch (useless if you as me) and rev matching
- Sport Exhaust
- Limited Slip Diff (Porsche Torque Vectoring)
- Automatic climate control & seated seats (you will not believe how many Caymans have the regular air conditioning and normal seats)
All the rest are nice to haves:
- Bi-Xenon
- Partial Leather Package
- 20 inch rims
- Sat Nav
etc

Thanks for watching!
 :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: teo_parvu on February 17, 2018, 02:16:44 pm
Congrats man!  :congrats:

Can't wait to see it, maybe I'll qualify for a passenger session.  :party:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on February 17, 2018, 06:42:09 pm
Great buy! Congrats! :congrats:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 18, 2018, 03:30:14 pm
Thanks guys!  :drinking:
Teo, I am afraid I won't impress you with the Cayman, at least not this year. But you are welcome for a passenger lap whenever you please  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: fab5freddy on February 18, 2018, 04:19:33 pm
Stunning Vlad, congrats  :congrats:

Enjoy  :driver:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 19, 2018, 07:16:19 pm
Thanks!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 23, 2018, 10:30:21 pm
Since the weather is too cold for the Porsche, I spent a lot of time with the Golf this week.
In doing so, I also prepared it for the next track day season... To be more precise, BRAKES.
I went with the usual DaveB J Hooked rotors and Pagid RS29 on the nqsbbk calipers, on the front.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4609/26574771358_705c6c8d29_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4624/40402025132_0e227be706_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4604/39735359874_fecfdda51e_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4743/40402025302_c5d8dd3b32_b.jpg)

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(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4720/26574771258_dfb5740cbc_b.jpg)

For the back, I changed the pads (Ferrodo DS 2500 as usual) and I also change the disks (the old ones had about 70k miles on them, about 1.5 mm of wear and a lot of track days.... I am still surprised of how much they lasted) with J Hooked rotors as well.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4617/26574771068_e07fc95368_b.jpg)

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Cheeers  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 20, 2018, 10:39:23 pm
These just arrived:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/818/27566066208_482e346bc6_b.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/868/27566066448_1eb2c82b7a_b.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/785/39629120150_6368a79ae1_b.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/873/41395957852_473733acfa_b.jpg)

Still need the RCD 510 with video input (on the way) and I am good to go.

And a couple of photos of the garage (I am really proud of both cars  :smiley: )  :rolleye:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/897/41395957632_5852e6f26c_b.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/818/27566066258_6cf85e70f1_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on April 23, 2018, 11:31:26 am
It's very good to have a RVC! Good mod! I'd still reinforce the red and yellow cables that come out of the camera because they tend to break with wear. Try to make sure they don't bend when the RVC leaves its resting position. :smiley:

Great garage indeed! :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: teo_parvu on April 23, 2018, 07:52:45 pm
That Porsche tough....can't wait to see it.  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: wipperman on May 01, 2018, 09:00:42 am
And a few updates, ladies and gentlemen...

I've decided the next mod  :pomppomp: : rear view camera... so next up, I'll buy a RCD 510 with video input, Rear Badge and Camera and the necessary cables. After that, all what remains with the interior is to have the black GTI head lining.

And one slightly bigger update, I've bought a Porsche Cayman - Black Edition :driver:

It's a one of the latest naturally aspirated Cayman, manufactured in June 2016. Even if the discount was not quite massive compared to a similarly equipped brand new Cayman, I really wanted the NA as opposed to the Turbo engine. The car has 11k miles which is not much but still it doesn't make it a new car :smiley: . The sound is truly awesome and, just like with the Golf, there is no plan of ever selling the car and I think I will enjoy the NA engine feeling much more than the actual power increase of the new 718 Cayman.

I will track the Porsche as well but I want to take it gradually and learn the car and not rush anything.
I already have the first mods in mind and I have to temper myself for the next few months, at least  :thinking:.

The Cayman is pretty much the ideal configuration for me (I've been waiting a long time to find these specs):
- Adaptive Dampers (Porsche Active Suspension Management)
- Sport Chrono Package - includes the adaptive engine mounts, the analog watch (useless if you as me) and rev matching
- Sport Exhaust
- Limited Slip Diff (Porsche Torque Vectoring)

- Automatic climate control & seated seats (you will not believe how many Caymans have the regular air conditioning and normal seats)
All the rest are nice to haves:
- Bi-Xenon
- Partial Leather Package
- 20 inch rims
- Sat Nav
etc

Thanks for watching!
 :drinking:

Hi Rex,

Long time no see (4 years today if not mistaken, time really flies) but I’m delighted to see the old beauty getting better and better each year , you definitely gave a soul to that car   :congrats:

Extremely jealous to the new addition also, especially finding that specific (mechanical) configuration always seemed virtually impossible to me and I’m bluffed  :drool: , it really is the perfect match for you and definitely a keeper.  I hope we’ll have the chance to see it (here or elsewhere?) becoming  without a doubt  the 2.8 NA GT4 that Porsche never dared imagine could be done  :happy2:

Don’t hesitate to give me a word when  you find yourself on that 20,832 km stretch of asphalt you know, I’m still over there as soon as I get a chance so would be a pleasure to have a (non alcoholic hopefully  :driver:) drink sometime.

Best regards
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: dannievo on May 11, 2018, 01:30:51 pm
Such a fun built to watch, i started on page 1 but most of the older images dosen't work, Anywhere i can see all the pictures? :)

Keep up the amazing work!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 11, 2018, 06:47:31 pm
OFFTOPIC: Am I the only one having huge problems trying to access the site?
I get a lot of request timeouts recently and I can rarely access the site....

It's very good to have a RVC! Good mod! I'd still reinforce the red and yellow cables that come out of the camera because they tend to break with wear. Try to make sure they don't bend when the RVC leaves its resting position. :smiley:

Great garage indeed! :notworthy:
Thanks for the tip and for the comment!

That Porsche tough....can't wait to see it.  :happy2:
:drinking:

Hi Rex,

Long time no see (4 years today if not mistaken, time really flies) but I’m delighted to see the old beauty getting better and better each year , you definitely gave a soul to that car   :congrats:

Extremely jealous to the new addition also, especially finding that specific (mechanical) configuration always seemed virtually impossible to me and I’m bluffed  :drool: , it really is the perfect match for you and definitely a keeper.  I hope we’ll have the chance to see it (here or elsewhere?) becoming  without a doubt  the 2.8 NA GT4 that Porsche never dared imagine could be done  :happy2:

Don’t hesitate to give me a word when  you find yourself on that 20,832 km stretch of asphalt you know, I’m still over there as soon as I get a chance so would be a pleasure to have a (non alcoholic hopefully  :driver:) drink sometime.

Best regards
OMG, long time indeed!
Have you seen the last years' best lap? What do you think / where could I improve the most?
I will be an Nurburgring with the Porsche  (and my wife) on July 21, 22 and maybe 23. If you can make it I would love to have a beer / drive, etc

Such a fun built to watch, i started on page 1 but most of the older images dosen't work, Anywhere i can see all the pictures? :)

Keep up the amazing work!
Thank you for your kind words! I am really happy to see other appreciate the car and the work that's put into it (except me, of course)
Yes, the old links don't work because of photobucket's stupid move. I have since then transferred all the photos on flickr but I did not manage to modify all the post to make the links work. I started with the latest pictures but a few weeks ago I changed the approach and I started modifying the first post as well. I stopped because the site was not working for me at all - I can rarely modify my posts because I get a lot of request timed out errors.
If the site is working I should be modifying all the post in about one month. So please stay tuned!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: wipperman on May 14, 2018, 08:13:22 pm
OMG, long time indeed!
Have you seen the last years' best lap? What do you think / where could I improve the most?
I will be an Nurburgring with the Porsche  (and my wife) on July 21, 22 and maybe 23. If you can make it I would love to have a beer / drive, etc

Frankly, I mostly regard your Ring videos to keep learning myself, your consistency and “healthy” progression is equally entertaining and educative.  The last video is no exception and the place where I think you could improve in my humble opinion is the entry to the little Karussel where you seem to turn in a little early. Even if for a softer car this might be an alternative approach, in my eyes your suspension setup allows a more classical (=late, almost at the end of kerb) and aggressive (bump-wise) entry with less steering correction at the apex and especially better exit speed very useful for the given power level.  Anyway, as almost every other Ring geek I’m unquestionably better at analyzing others and I’m just an amateur driver so as always you should just trust your excellent instincts, have fun and keep it safe  :wink:

I’ll look out for July, unfortunately the chances aren’t that good for that specific WE but it certainly would be a pleasure to meet.


P.S. Just before the 981’s  EOP that I’ve anticipated and dismayed (regarding the transition to 4 pots turbo) I seriously considered and even had an offer with the exact mechanical configuration of your P-car  :laugh:  Finally I chose something more adapted to my needs but I was really delighted to see that specific virtual configuration becoming reality to someone as passionate as you  :happy2:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 22, 2018, 02:59:03 pm
Thanks for the feedback!
For the little Karussel, for me, it makes no sense to have late entry because it is a longer distance. Because I have to stay on the inside a bit longer the speed is lower than a normal corner. I'll try that approach and see how it works. Thanks, again for the feedback!

Regarding the Porsche, I've been looking for 981 for a while now, but I always had other priorities. I've configured the 981 with almost identical features many times. In 2016 when Porsche decided to go for the 4Pot I was really disappointing that I could not buy the Cayman I liked. It turns out I could buy it, just not new. If the car you were considering was having the exact features as mine, I think there are quite big chances that it's the same one... There are very few base Caymans in Manual, with Sport Chrono and Mechanical Rear Diff, plus the aluminum window trim.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on June 24, 2018, 07:50:42 pm
Just got the car back from the dealer where it received a full respray (everything was repainted except the boot lid because I wanted to make sure I get the same color :) ). I also changed the windscreen, on headlight and a fog light. The reason I did all this was because the car was affected by a lot of stone chips and other small scratches.
Not it is scratch free and it looks like brand new  :love:

First, some pictures taken by a friend of mine that works at the VW Dealer:
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And some of mine, from home:

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Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 01, 2018, 06:30:39 pm
Still waiting to buy the RNS 510 or RCD 510 (with videoin) and install the rear view camera.

Till that happens, I changed the dash cam. I previously had a Mio dash cam but it was very big and I could not use it and the interior mirror.
So I bought a Garmin Dash Cam 65W and below is the installation. I wanted to hide all wires and I routed the wires to the A pillar, behind the glove compartment and below the ashtray where I've added another 12V socket.

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Here is the finished result:

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I have to say that I LOVE working in my garage! I have plenty of space to open the doors to the maximum and the view is not that bad, either:

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Cheers!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on July 01, 2018, 09:51:27 pm
Looks like new again!  :happy2:

Great work on the dash cam. It's pretty stealth now. :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on July 02, 2018, 08:30:12 pm
Thanks!  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 25, 2018, 05:34:34 pm
Ever since I bought the Porsche Cayman, the Golf has been a little bit neglected, but not forgotten  :wink:.
Today, I managed to get the car one step closer to my liking, I installed the Rear View Camera and the RNS 510  :pomppomp: :pomppomp: :pomppomp:.

A few thoughts about this:
- I was really happy with the RCD 510 I previously had, but since I needed the video output, I decided to go for the RNS 510 (managed to find a late 2016 unit) and I have to say I am quite impressed... I love the way the navigation looks with the "Premium" skin and how fast it is.
- The drain tube provided in the kit was 3 cm too short, so I used another tube.
- In the install, you pretty much have to disassemble the whole car, but I was helped by a friend who's done tens of camera installs, so we were all done in about 4 hours).

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A big THANK YOU to @SteveP (http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=4) for this (http://"http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10027.0") DIY
I am very, very happy with the results!
There are very few items still on the mod list:
- air quality sensor install
- GTI black headliner
- maybe a 2.0 TFSI engine (this will require more mods, like brakes, LSD, etc).
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on August 28, 2018, 11:39:18 am
Great mod! I love the aid my RVC gives.  :drinking:

Personally I wouldn't care about the air quality sensor. Your nose is faster reacting to foul exterior smells, at least, that's what my friends who fitted it told me. Whenever I see smoke I use the manual button to recirculate the cabin air. :smiley:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 29, 2018, 07:38:17 pm
Yes, I think you are right... But it bugs me that I see the sensor from time to time and I know I have some unfinished business  :evilgrin:.
Any tips / tutorials for the sensor installation?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on March 30, 2019, 10:51:53 pm
Quite some time since I last wrote here...  :slap:
Well, I think it's justified since I did not have any interesting stories to tell, and especially no trackdays last year - this will change soon, I hope.
The Porsche got all the attention during the last year but certainly not all the love. I still like the Golf better but I have to admit, the Cayman is in a different league. In fact, by driving the Porsche I got to really hate the Golf's engine. I hated it so much (especially the sound) that I even thought of selling the replacing my Golf with a mk5 GTI or R32 but I soon came to my senses. So, I took an even worse (financially) decision: I want to keep my Golf and install a GTI engine (preferably ED30 ending and DSG).
So I am on the lookout for damaged, low mileage ED30, but with the kid coming and other expenses (bought a VW T-Cross for the wife and some other Porsche mods - bbk especially), I am not quite in a hurry.

Until I do the engine swap, I will enjoy the car as-is.
And since spring is here, I am well prepared to do so  :smiley: : cleaned the car of all the winter's salt and put on the summer tires.

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Thanks for watching!  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 14, 2019, 05:56:07 pm
Hello everyone! Next up: another track day update!
This time I will be talking about the Transilvania Motor Ring track day, held on the 10th of May.

First of all, a few works about the track... It was "released" late last year and because of some business travels I wasn't able to go there last year. It is a pretty interesting track, in my opinion more challenging and nicer that the other Romanian Track (yes, we have only 2 tracks in Romania  :slap:). If we add up the fact that it's only 90 miles away from home it's very convenient also.

So, after 2 years of not tracking the Golf (I visited Hungaroring and Nurburgring with the Porsche last year), I was really eager for this track day. I setup the suspension to 10/10 (Bilstein has a 0-10 setup for both front and rear), changed the road tires and wheels with the Pilot Sport Cup 2's more than a week in advance. Unfortunately, this move did not prove to be very well thought... I arrived a the track early morning and it was raining  :sad1:. It rained the whole night and the forecast said it would rain the whole day also. These, as you know, are not quite ideal conditions for a very hard suspension and semislick tires, not to mention the fact that the track was completely new to me.
Well, none the less, I decided to have some fun, and I have to say I enjoyed the car (a lot) once again.



In the wet, I got to better feel the balance of the car and I have to say it is exactly to my taste. I really love the way it behaves.
Here is a video with a friend of mine, in the wet, with a few oversteer moments - in ares where normally should be understeer (I am not even a bit on the brakes during those times) - minute 5:12 and minute 6:45
The car was super controllable and enjoyable.

But, and there is a big BUT, the engine is not doing the rest of the car any justice.
I am running out of patience and I really curious to see how much time passes until I swap for a 2.0 TFSI engine.
I had numerous missfires (on all cylinders) and I know for sure it's not the spark plugs or coils or the gasoline. These were really a pain in the ass and the car would eventually enter Limp Mode - ruining a lot of sessions. Actually all my sessions ended because of this...
I also got 1 random error for oil pressure and some lambda (oxygen) sensor problems causing me even more problems.
In between all these problems, like I said, I got to enjoy myself and to have some of my friends as passengers (so I would expect they also had a good time). BTW, there are 2 things that my friends say when I take them for a ride around a track:
1. All (literally all) of them say: "OMG, what brakes do you have? They are AMAZING!!!" DaveB, if you are still around here, thanks again!
2. About half of them urge me to "push the pedal to the metal". But then I tell them I am indeed WOT and they laugh and apologize  :grin:

So, returning to the story, at the end of my stay, the track began to dry out and I managed to do 2 more laps (before the Limp Mode kicked just before passing the finish line on my second lap). During these laps I managed to set my best time and this will serve as a baseline for future visits



One photo with the dirty car  :slap: (it was clean before going for the track)

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Thanks for watching!
Any comments or ideas are appreciated!

P.S. Next up: Brake Updates for the Cayman
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on May 15, 2019, 08:48:41 pm
Great track to have fun driving! I know if you can swap your engine with a CDL and tune it to stage 2+, you'll have much more fun. The car needs more grunt for those straights. :evilgrin:

Great footage! I need to get a good camera stand and record my track days too. :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 17, 2019, 06:32:09 pm
Yup, agree... I need more power  :evilgrin:.
I will eventually do the swap some time...

Yes, definitely film your runs. You will be able to improve your driving skills later on...
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on August 02, 2019, 08:32:48 pm
Hello everyone!
Over the past almost 12 years I have fully enjoyed the Golf but lately, I no longer do. And it all comes down to the engine... When I rev it to 6000 - 6500 RPM in 1st or 2nd gear, I get a lot of missfires and the engine goes into limp mode. So, I desperately have to do something about it.
And now I am asking for advice...

The sensible and intelligent move would be so sell the car (possibly break it and then sell it) and them move on. BUT, I still like how it looks and drives (except the reliability engine issues). So, I am heavily considering an engine swap...

I recently bough a VW T-Cross, so now I have one 2013 Seat Ibiza to sell. With those money (+/-) I am thinking of buying another complete Golf and do the swap. Since there are a lot of GTI/R32 owners I am asking you for advice on what to buy.

The options are (listed in order of preference at the moment):
1. 2.0 TFSI 200 BHP with DSG
2. 2.0 TFSI 230 BHP (ED30) with DSG
3. 2.0 TFSI 230 BHP (ED30) with Manual
4. 3.2 FSI (R32) Manual/DSG with 4Motion mod as well.

I intend to track the car (but not extensively - since I plan to buy a track car in the next 3-4 years). After that point, I will only occasionally track the car and the car will become a weekend car.

Are there huge problems with the DSG?
How does the clutch in the Manual version handle Stage 3 power?
I have ready many articles, posts but, any advice from owners, or even better people who had more variants is extremely welcomed!
 :notworthy:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: Shoduchi on August 27, 2019, 01:58:21 pm
Get a CDL, BYD, BWJ or BHZ with the lowest miles your budget can get, and with the best service history possible.

Only consider the BWA if you want to forge it before retrofitting. For big power, a DSG version will be easier to use. For a manual version, a Helix clutch from AKS Tuning can handle up to ~400 bhp, with a CDL dual-mass flywheel.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on May 26, 2020, 09:30:24 pm
Almost a year since I last wrote anything over here... And I can't believe the car is almost 13 years old! And I think I like it more than day one.
Over the past year, I've been trying to find ways to keep enjoying the car. As you may have read above, the engine is the only major thing that needs attention - and badly.
I tried to have a 2.0 K04 engine swap but, after I think I found the issue with this engine, I backed out of the swap (which was approx. 5k EUR for a Manual 2.0 K04 and 6k EUR for a DSG K04). I believe the main issue with the engine is the carbon buildup:

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I will try to clean the valves and the injectors and then see if the car is fine. If I can't find a not to intrusive or expensive way of cleaning the valves, I am even considering switching the cylinder head all together - since I have a brand new cylinder head from the previous engine... Fingers crossed I don't have to...

Also during the past year, I went back to the OEM seats for the MOT inspection (even if it is not agains the law, some people have problems with the fact that I no longer have a back seat and that I have RECARO front seats. So I did not want to take a chance. Since I had all seats, I could also enjoy the car with my little son in it.
But, after a few months I got tired of the OEM seats and I went back the the RECARO ones.

Before:

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During:

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After:

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Plans for the future?
Well, if it all works well with the carbon clean, I want to have all the mods approved by the Romanian Road Authorities so that I don't have any more issues and, also, have the 18 or 19 inch rims approved (they are not right now). Then, I would like to get some 18 inch Speedline Corsa's or BBS CH-R or (if I am crazy, maybe some BBS RS-GT).
And I will only drive the car during the summer months so, the spring thorough clean (getting rid of the salt accumulated in the wheel arches and under the car) will no longer be necessary:

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I am also planing of building a 4 car garage this year (2 cars on top of each other) that will complement the 2 car garage I currently have. Thus, I will have room for 2 more cars  :party:

All the best! Keep safe!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 12, 2020, 04:09:48 pm
New brakes!

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Same as the old ones, but new  :innocent:.

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The current calipers started to make a strange sound - so I decided to have them changed and refurbished.
Next up - new 18 inch wheels... Which ones? Not yet sure... there are 3 candidates: BBS CH-R Silver, Speedline Course Silver, BBS VZ (ET 44 Pescara) in Anthracite.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: shannon-ob on October 17, 2020, 01:19:53 pm
New brakes!

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Same as the old ones, but new  :innocent:.

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The current calipers started to make a strange sound - so I decided to have them changed and refurbished.
Next up - new 18 inch wheels... Which ones? Not yet sure... there are 3 candidates: BBS CH-R Silver, Speedline Course Silver, BBS VZ (ET 44 Pescara) in Anthracite.

What was the strange noise on the calipers?

As for wheels - has to be the Speedline Course!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 17, 2020, 01:33:15 pm
I really can't explain the sound  :grin:. But it is surely not normal... I had it checked and, 100%, it came from the front calipers. I guess I will know once I have the current calipers refurbished (next year).

I think the BBS CH-R are my current number one choice because I love the way they look, they are 0.5 inch wider and they have the proper offset (47)... The downside is the price...
The Speedline Course Tourini are a close second because they look nice, they should be very robust (with the racing pedigree), and are relatively cheap. The downside is the ET and the fact that, for some reason demon tweeks is not delivering them to Romania (not sure why, I've had more orders from them, so it shouldn't be a general issue. I have to contact them so find the reason).

Title: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: shannon-ob on October 17, 2020, 03:44:34 pm
I really can't explain the sound  :grin:. But it is surely not normal... I had it checked and, 100%, it came from the front calipers. I guess I will know once I have the current calipers refurbished (next year).

I think the BBS CH-R are my current number one choice because I love the way they look, they are 0.5 inch wider and they have the proper offset (47)... The downside is the price...
The Speedline Course Tourini are a close second because they look nice, they should be very robust (with the racing pedigree), and are relatively cheap. The downside is the ET and the fact that, for some reason demon tweeks is not delivering them to Romania (not sure why, I've had more orders from them, so it shouldn't be a general issue. I have to contact them so find the reason).

I hope new calipers stop the sound then! Nothing worse than a brake noise... My 996TT calipers were squealing extremely loud, found out they were technically upside down  :doh:

I've just got some 18x9 TD pro Race 1.2 on mine, was told the offset was ET35... Seems like they're ET20!! so big arches incoming  :laugh:

BBS CH-R ae great. Just look too similar to the Pescara's, and the Pescara hide the big brakes a little  :sad1:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on October 18, 2020, 09:30:45 am
My calipers have been inverted from the start...
Regarding your wheels, I am really curious to see if you find proper arches - but I will reply to your thread.
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on February 05, 2021, 09:26:51 pm
The Golf received little attention lately due to the other car madness happening: bought a '99 Audi A4 2.8 v6 quattro, sold the 981 Cayman Black Edition, bought a 718 GT4.
But this is still my favorite car and it will receive the proper attention shortly.

In the meanwhile, I decided upon the 18 inch wheels I will equip the Golf with... None of the variants stated above largely because of the cost of the BBS CH-R or Speedline Tourini wheels.
I loved the look of the VW OEM Goal wheels, when I had them in 17 inches. Now, I went for the same wheels but in 18 inches...
I had them refurbished in OEM Silver color.

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I am eager to see them on the car but the new tires (Michelin SuperSport) are to arrive only in about a month.
So I have to be patient :popcornsoda:... Thankfully the other cars keep me busy  :driver:
Stay healthy, everyone!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 05, 2021, 07:43:08 pm
A few updates...

I changed the calipers and yes, the unnatural brake sound came from the older calipers - so these will be refurbished. I am not yet sure if I will have them as a spare set of calipers for the Golf or for the second latest car I bought (a '99 Audi A4 2.8 V6 quattro). But this will not be done immediately as Brexit has made it much more complicated to buy and send/receive things from UK.

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Also managed to mount the tires and the corresponding wheel spacers (11mm back, 20mm front - mounted not for brake clearance but for looks).

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I love the stance and the overall way the car looks. So, at least for not, I don't have any mod in mind.
At one point, I might consider an engine swap (2.0 or 3.2) but I am not in a hurry.

All the best!
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: shannon-ob on April 06, 2021, 04:42:14 pm
Glad you fixed the noise with the calipers.

Brexit sucks! Had a charge when buying my rocker cover from BarTek.

Wheels look good bud.

Would you be leaving the 3.2 N/A?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 06, 2021, 06:19:02 pm
The cars only drawback is the engine, which neither sounds nor pulls adequately - this is the reason for the 2.0 or 3.2 swap.
I think my first preference is to change the 1.4 with the 3.2... I would like to add another 6 cylinder car to the collection (besides the V6 and Boxer 6 I already have). Than only the inline 6 will be missing :).
But with the 3.2 VR6 engine swap I have to do the 4wd conversion as well.  And I want to enjoy the GT4 before spending more money on the Golf.  :drinking:
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: shannon-ob on April 08, 2021, 11:01:59 am
I'm not too clued up with the 3.2. But I have heard that they're not particularly quick? Very heavy too? Not great for a car used on track a lot?
Title: Re: Sunset Red 1.4 TSI(TFSI) GT Sport - daily drive & track car
Post by: rex on April 08, 2021, 01:31:52 pm
Yes, it should be heavier... But that's not a problem since I will use the Golf on the track very rarely (if any).
I have the GT4 for trackdays :).