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Ronnie_B's 2013 GTI - K04 Track Day Build

Ronnie_B

Go Kart Champion
I am really considering these belts. Please do post your thoughts. Do you plan on using a HANS Hybrid with it?
Where are you running? I hope to get to VIR later this year.
Will definitely post once I get some seat time with them. I got the Quick Fit Pro vs the less expensive standard Quick Fit so I have the option to run a HANS device later. Here’s my schedule so far:

Mar 22-23 VIR Trackdaze
April 17-18 VIR Trackclub
May 22-23 Summit Point Shenandoah Trackdaze
June 17 Dominion Raceway TNIA
Sept ?? Summit Point Main
Oct ??
Nov VIR Full & Grand Trackdaze

Let me know if you plan to be at VIR.
 

3rdOne

Go Kart Newbie
Nice schedule. Just to give some props to the local club, Tar Heel Sports Car Club runs a nice HPDE event at VIR. The two events there for them this year are 5/29-30 and 9/11-12, both the Full course. I'm shooting for the 9/11-12 event. Would love to do others and would certainly let you know if I do.
 

Ronnie_B

Go Kart Champion
Nice schedule. Just to give some props to the local club, Tar Heel Sports Car Club runs a nice HPDE event at VIR. The two events there for them this year are 5/29-30 and 9/11-12, both the Full course. I'm shooting for the 9/11-12 event. Would love to do others and would certainly let you know if I do.
Oh nice, yeah I’ve signed up for the Southern Fried HPDE event in the past, and I believe it was cancelled. I’ll keep the Sept VIR in mind and may try to make that.
 

Ronnie_B

Go Kart Champion
Hit 100k yesterday after 8yrs of ownership. Still love this car.

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Ronnie_B

Go Kart Champion
Picked up a spare set of track wheels so I can swap wheels/tires as needed. These are Motegi MR145 Traklites, 17x8.5 ET42 with 225/45R17 Nitto NT01s.
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Ronnie_B

Go Kart Champion
First track event of the season is in the books. Car just did phenomenal. The ST40 BBK is a game changer and I found myself threshold braking much later, and I also had better pedal modulation for trail braking. The added camber of the GC plates allowed me to carry more speed through the climbing esses, with stability control fully disabled.
Lastly the Schroth Quick-Fit harnesses kept me planted and I could focus on driving, not bracing myself.

Here’s a lap around the Full Course at VIR, chasing a C6 that we took turns lead/following the entire session. All in all a great time, and I’ll be back next month to chase my virtual best of 2:14.

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torga

Autocross Champion
Gonna bookmark that vid to watch during my lunch break!
 

torga

Autocross Champion
Really sick video, dude! Very exhilarating. That C6 could NOT shake you.
 

3rdOne

Go Kart Newbie
Nice weekend to be in VA. Great drive also. Glad to know you liked the Schroth belts. Any negatives to them?
Also, how do you like the window deflectors? Do they make a difference in buffeting on track with the windows open? My car has horrible buffeting and thinking these may help?
 

Ronnie_B

Go Kart Champion
Nice weekend to be in VA. Great drive also. Glad to know you liked the Schroth belts. Any negatives to them?
Also, how do you like the window deflectors? Do they make a difference in buffeting on track with the windows open? My car has horrible buffeting and thinking these may help?

The only negative I can think of with the Schroth Quick-Fits would be that you have to tighten down the lap belt portion pretty tight to keep the shoulder belts from pulling on it. This is simply inherent to the 4-point design, where you don’t have a 5th or 6th belt to pull down. Honestly, this never became an issue for me because I would always tighten the lap belt as much as I could, then tighten the shoulder belts.

As far as the window deflectors, I’ve decided to run them to help divert water on the occasional wet track day. I run with only my front windows down, to cut down on wind buffeting. When I open my rear windows, I still get buffering, so I avoid that if I can.
 

Ronnie_B

Go Kart Champion
Few shots from the 2nd event of the year at VIR. Set a new PB at 2:14:90.




Next event will not be on the stock turbo if everything goes as planned. 😏
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Ronnie_B

Go Kart Champion
Finally took the plunge and decided to upgrade to a k04. Went with APR, as I wanted something track proven and reliable.
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Install proved to be challenging, after the coolant inlet banjo fitting didn’t hold vacuum before coolant refill. Ended up pulling the turbo back out because the fitting is nearly impossible to access with it installed. Found the copper crush washers were not sealing, so I bought new ones, annealed them, and that fixed the issue. Bench pressure tested the turbo housing and it held 20psi fine. Reinstalled in the car and coolant system held vacuum.
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Took the car to Race Werks in VB to get the APR k04 tune. All I can say is I can’t wait to get this thing back on track. 😄
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