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Old 03-11-2012, 12:08 AM   #15
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:55 AM   #16
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Great progress! The only thing I don't like is the red interior light. I think it's better in white.
i went with red as it does not hurt your night vision. the vanity mirror lights, glove box light, and light in the boot will be hyper white.

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what brake upgrade you thinking of?
honestly, i just want to upgrade to woven steel lines, a 2 piece slotted rotor, and some hawk HPS or equivalent pads. the stock brakes are great, they just are a bit heavy and the pads need a better initial bite.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:48 PM   #17
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Looks like a nice build so far
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:10 AM   #18
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Yesterday I went to Canuckistan and got to play a bit at the HPA headquarters.

Now for my review of the HPA gen4 Haldex controller...

Firstly, I just have to say Marcel, Darryl, Kier, and the rest of the guys at HPA are some of the nicest guys I've ever dealt with (and I don't think it's just cause they're Canadian ). When I got to the shop, the first thing Marcel did was take me through the entire shop and introduce me to everyone there while giving me a full tour of the place, showing me all the projects they are currently working on as well as the finished ones they have around (i'll post up pics a bit later).

As you can see above, we ran a pre Haldex controller install dyno (actually 3), then did the install of the controller and the HPA 75 durometer dog bone insert and ran 9 more runs (3 each of the Eco, Stock, and Race settings). It was cool as hell because a couple of the Canadian guys off the Vortex stopped through to see the R as well as one of the guys from HPA who had the day off. I even got stopped in a parking lot while out getting lunch by a couple guys who were blown away they were seeing an R in the flesh (all the Canadian Rs are still in port waiting to be released).

I shot video of the after install runs (2 and 3 angles-2 GoPro angles and some from my iPhone). I will get it ripped in and uploaded in the next day or so.

On the drive home from Canada to Seattle I didn't get the same gas mileage as on the drive up (I averaged 25.9 on the drive up and 24.6 on the drive back), but I was having WAY too much fun getting on the gas passing people. The combination of the upgraded Haldex and the stiffer dog bone insert really improved the feeling of connection with the road. The butt dyno also confirmed what the real dyno told us already: the power comes on harder, earlier, and totally transforms the feeling of the car.

100% worth doing this mod, even if you're not tracking the car. Mashing on the gas feels like you're getting kicked in the ass.

I can't wait till the guys at HPA get their down pipe done and I can drive back up and get it installed. I think I'll be going nuts and doing a lot of driving back and forth to Canada in the coming months.

On the in-house AWD dyno at HPA:


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Old 03-18-2012, 04:16 AM   #19
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Yea, you should keep the brakes and just upgrade to SS lines, and pads and perhaps brass bushings if they fit on the R.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:44 AM   #20
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sweet ride my friend!! cant wait to see whats next!!
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Old 03-19-2012, 02:51 AM   #21
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sweet ride my friend!! cant wait to see whats next!!
thanks! i am trying to decide on an intake now and then will probably be doing an HPA downpipe.
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They have a few intakes out there. I went with Evolution Motorsport V-flow air intake $269.00, APR carbonio intake 2.0T FSI $279.00, AEM cold air intake $369.00, AFE power cold air intake $269.00. There are two more but there names escape me at the moment.


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Old 03-19-2012, 09:47 AM   #23
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I'm leaning towards the EVOMS. I've liked it on my MKV. Unless APR releases the VW racing one soon and it is priced competitively.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:08 AM   #24
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Read an Article in PVW on HPA and a sick scirocco they have, was that in house?
http://hpamotorsports.com/scirocco.htm
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:24 AM   #25
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They do not have that one in house but they do have another that they're planning on making their R project car. Think of an R in a Scirocco body. They wanted to do something a more rare. I have pics of that but I'll have to make sure Marcel is okay with me posting them before doing so
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:39 AM   #26
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I'm leaning towards the EVOMS. I've liked it on my MKV. Unless APR releases the VW racing one soon and it is priced competitively.
The evoms sounds nice when your on it.


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Old 03-19-2012, 04:06 PM   #27
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The evoms sounds nice when your on it.


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It definitely does. Takes up a ton of room in the engine bay, though...
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I think it frees up some space. I'm sure you'll find the one that fits your needs. I'm looking at coils and wheels.


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