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Old 03-23-2017, 10:46 PM   #127
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A lot of big changes coming for 2017, wilwood bbk, lower control arms, track dedicated wheels are on my list.

Since December I have changed to Akebono Euro Ceramic on 4 corners with stoptech slotted front rotors, pagid blanks on the rear, squeal free. Have a set of brembo blanks for the track with hawk hps pads that squeal like crazy on street. Also I have had a set of BFgoodrich G-Force Sport Comp-2's which wear strange because of the tread pattern on the outside of the tire and made a lot of road noise. After those ran a set of Cooper RS3-S which are just as inexpensive with low traction compared to Michelin PSS. Honestly the Michelin PSS are dirt cheap right now so I will probably pick up a set after I run through the Coopers.

I have learned a lot with tracking the car. Definitely bring tools to the track, torque your wheels after each session, and bleed your brakes often if you feel a spongee pedal.

I thought the porsche brakes could be enough for the track but I am skeptical. So I'm going to upgrade to the Wilwood, the price point is great compared to the Brembo and Stoptech. Especially on maintenance parts of rotors and pads.

Finally installed a rear sway bar from Neuspeed! Went for the 28mm race rear sway bar with two settings.
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Old 03-29-2017, 02:17 PM   #128
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Since I had my front sway bar installed I have had issues, first the endlink came loose off the shock mount. Also there was a noticeable clunk noise which has been chronic. Finally this week I discovered that clunk was the drivers side sway bar bolts came loose. Fortunately I was able to catch this at my driveway so I did not loose the u clamp or its base. The annoying part was getting the replacement bolts which for a GTI Mk6 front sway bar is N91073401 considered a GTI front stabilizer bolt.

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Old 04-10-2017, 01:11 AM   #129
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Quick share of my times at Buttonwillow from this weekend.
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Old 04-23-2017, 05:04 PM   #130
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Quick share of one of the sessions at from my last track weekend, wish I taped more but was focused on driving and the car that I let the gopro run low on power. https://youtu.be/bTpqqS_rmLw

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Old 06-16-2017, 02:02 AM   #131
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You may have mentioned this already, but are the specs for your wheels and tires currently?

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Old 06-18-2017, 03:01 PM   #132
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You may have mentioned this already, but are the specs for your wheels and tires currently?

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Advan RS 17x8 5x112, 17 lbs each. Most recent set of tires now are Falken Azenis RT615K+ they preformed really on the track. No issues with traction control on corners for a stage 2 car on track when warmed up.
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:00 PM   #133
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I have been thinking for at least 3 months about selling my car and after all that time I have decided not to because of these 3 reasons, my car is paid off, I know my car well since I bought it new and the RWD cars (BRZ, E46 M3, C6 Corvette) I am interested in are overpriced or will require a lot of work from when I have been searching. Anyone else spend over an hour just looking at used cars or is that just me?

So with keeping the car I finally got some much needed upgrades, after a quick torque down of all that was loose on my car. With guidance for Pacific German I had new SuperPro lower control arms and 034 motorsport motor & trans mounts added. I decided to try out to Pacific German in Laguna Hills because of their involvement in the local vw car community. What a great shop, the small touches gave me piece of mind, such as their ability to keep me in the loop with emails and texts.

The car outside of a K04 swap and track wheels is where I like it, just minor things to tweak such as my front endlinks always loosening, a baffled oil pan for the track and a rattle in my exhaust at warm up.
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Old 07-12-2017, 11:11 AM   #134
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I have been thinking for at least 3 months about selling my car and after all that time I have decided not to because of these 3 reasons, my car is paid off, I know my car well since I bought it new and the RWD cars (BRZ, E46 M3, C6 Corvette) I am interested in are overpriced or will require a lot of work from when I have been searching. Anyone else spend over an hour just looking at used cars or is that just me?

So with keeping the car I finally got some much needed upgrades, after a quick torque down of all that was loose on my car. With guidance for Pacific German I had new SuperPro lower control arms and 034 motorsport motor & trans mounts added. I decided to try out to Pacific German in Laguna Hills because of their involvement in the local vw car community. What a great shop, the small touches gave me piece of mind, such as their ability to keep me in the loop with emails and texts.

The car outside of a K04 swap and track wheels is where I like it, just minor things to tweak such as my front endlinks always loosening, a baffled oil pan for the track and a rattle in my exhaust at warm up.
no intent of getting rid of the GTI, also have a street bike, ford ranger and 65 mustang, but I look at replacements for the GTI for a few hours a week, some day I'll find an S2k, e46 or 03-04 cobra to take it's spot in the garage or sit next to it.

K04 or BT for the GTI either way this winter I think
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:50 PM   #135
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Had a little fun this weekend with changing out my endlinks from 034 Motorsport to Whiteline. The end links since they were installed were a pain, with the top heim joint bolt coming loose, the shop used a random bolt as seen in the second picture. Since the day I put the new front sway bar and endlinks on the car it was clunking due to the endl inks always loosening up. After talking to some locals I was recommended to go with Whiteline's endlinks.

Picture of my newly installed 034 motorsport end links first failure


The nut kept spinning, I tried to cut the end so I could hold it with plyers but I could not gain enough leverage. 3 dremel discs later, I had the nut off.


Comparison shot of the two brands of endlinks.
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Old 08-18-2017, 12:21 AM   #136
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Finally got some dedicated track wheels, they meet all my criteria of no spacers, no hub centric rings (factory bore size), light weight, cheap to replace if I have something go wrong. Now to figure out what to run as a cheap road tire for my daily set that won't wear out quickly but grip that might be harder to find.

Here is a quick picture of the wheels, Neuspeed 17x8 RSE05's
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Old 09-18-2017, 10:43 AM   #137
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This weekend I cleaned my wheels. I first did a light soap wash followed with removing all old wheel weight glue with plastic razor blades and goo gone. Then wiped the wheels down with a mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol. After work I plan on buying a wheel protectant to coat the wheels with.

With multiple stages of cleaning I was able to get the brake dust I built up from track day pads and regular driving from all the nooks. Hopefully with the steps I have done they will be easier to maintain.

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