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Old 01-01-2013, 06:16 PM   #15
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I hope I didn't make a mistake by retaining my DMFW
I think you made the right choice just based on theory of operation. New pressure plate and new disk are key. I'd like to retain the existing flywheel simply because I don't like the way light weight flywheels feel without a gear engaged (okay my only lwfw experience was a miata but the engine was far from as refined as stock miatas have felt). Also curious to hear how it sounds.

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Old 01-01-2013, 06:28 PM   #16
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I think you made the right choice just based on theory of operation. New pressure plate and new disk are key. I'd like to retain the existing flywheel simply because I don't like the way light weight flywheels feel without a gear engaged (okay my only lwfw experience was a miata but the engine was far from as refined as stock miatas have felt). Also curious to hear how it sounds.

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I hope so, my clutch slip is getting pretty heinous and it bums me out every time I get in the car. The neat experience for me is going to be the CTS kit. I really want to believe that there is a k04 kit that is a home run with APR software without a gouging price tag attached. Really interested to see how this plays out, of course, Dyno runs will be posted after everything goes in.
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Lou,

once you have everything installed would like meet up somewhere in DC metro area to see your new mods in person.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:24 PM   #18
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Lou,

once you have everything installed would like meet up somewhere in DC metro area to see your new mods in person.
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Join ^. I'll bring it to a meet after it is all said and done. If everything goes smoothly it will be around Late January.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:01 AM   #19
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Congrats Lou!

I might drive out to Funktion Auto while they are doing your FMIC install.

If anyone is in NOVA, check out Funktion Auto, it is true auto saloon. They have the best customer service, and techs that I trust to work on my personal car.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:12 AM   #20
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Congrats Lou!

I might drive out to Funktion Auto while they are doing your FMIC install.

If anyone is in NOVA, check out Funktion Auto, it is true auto saloon. They have the best customer service, and techs that I trust to work on my personal car.
How do they compare against NGP racing which i thought were the best in the DC Metro area?
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How do they compare against NGP racing which i thought were the best in the DC Metro area?
Best is subjective. I will concede that they do A+ work on our cars because they specialize in Audi/VW. They do many k04 kits and many clutch jobs on our cars. However, they tend to charge a premium for their work in some areas and are more reasonable in other areas. Do I have a problem with them? No, they are really nice guys and do good work. Do I have a problem with their pricing? In some areas yes, in others no. They are doing my clutch for 617 which is around half the price of other shops in the area; Curry's quoted me 1200 and volkswerks quoted me 1400. I literally laughed in their face when I received their estimate.

What I like about Funktion is that

A. it is a large, clean, new facility
B. I have formed a relationship with the sales manager there and he is a pretty chill guy
C. I can hang out in the service bay on the weekend when I get work done
D. They get me discount prices on some of the parts I buy


NGP has a smaller area of operation and no entry into the service bay. The guys are just as friendly but you don't get the feeling of it being a personal relationship. They remember me at Funktion and that says a lot.



@Jeff, by all means man. Nick Bottini is going to stop by and take some photos of the FMIC before and during the install. Any chance it would make it to Dulles by Saturday? I'm trying to set up an install for then.
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Lou - The warehouse is playing catch up, they are hustling to fulfill all orders that were placed over the holidays. I will see that your order is shipped today, and Funktion is a one day delivery point.
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Lou - The warehouse is playing catch up, they are hustling to fulfill all orders that were placed over the holidays. I will see that your order is shipped today, and Funktion is a one day delivery point.
How about that for customer service . I might be wanting to try your CBE. I have an APR downpipe 3" that reduces to 2.75. Will this fit directly into your cat back system? I currently have the magnaflow.
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Lou, I am looking to go this route as well with the CM fx350. However, I had to go back and reread your post. I had no idea we could retain the DMF. I knew the pressure plate and disk were the supposed weak points, but just assumed I would have to go with the Single. Maybe I just missed it somewhere, but not sure I've seen or heard anyone else doing that. Definitely sub'd.
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Are you using an exhaust sleeve to mate the DP & CBE?
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Are you using an exhaust sleeve to mate the DP & CBE?
Nope, it just fit right into the reduced downpipe and we clamped it down.
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Lou, I am looking to go this route as well with the CM fx350. However, I had to go back and reread your post. I had no idea we could retain the DMF. I knew the pressure plate and disk were the supposed weak points, but just assumed I would have to go with the Single. Maybe I just missed it somewhere, but not sure I've seen or heard anyone else doing that. Definitely sub'd.
I never knew it until I talked to Mike at ringer racing who provided an unsprung hub option (retains DMFW) on the order form. He said with a car with low miles >30,000 a new flywheel isn't necessary. Mine only has 8200 km on it and I want to maintain OEM pedal feel.
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Best is subjective. I will concede that they do A+ work on our cars because they specialize in Audi/VW. They do many k04 kits and many clutch jobs on our cars. However, they tend to charge a premium for their work in some areas and are more reasonable in other areas. Do I have a problem with them? No, they are really nice guys and do good work. Do I have a problem with their pricing? In some areas yes, in others no. They are doing my clutch for 617 which is around half the price of other shops in the area; Curry's quoted me 1200 and volkswerks quoted me 1400. I literally laughed in their face when I received their estimate.

What I like about Funktion is that

A. it is a large, clean, new facility
B. I have formed a relationship with the sales manager there and he is a pretty chill guy
C. I can hang out in the service bay on the weekend when I get work done
D. They get me discount prices on some of the parts I buy


NGP has a smaller area of operation and no entry into the service bay. The guys are just as friendly but you don't get the feeling of it being a personal relationship. They remember me at Funktion and that says a lot.



@Jeff, by all means man. Nick Bottini is going to stop by and take some photos of the FMIC before and during the install. Any chance it would make it to Dulles by Saturday? I'm trying to set up an install for then.
Thanks Lou for the insight. I thought there weren't many VW performance shops in our area. but it's good to see at least i can go else where if need be to get my GTI serviced.

are you planning n heading to funktion on saturday morning or afternoon? i would like to drop by for few mins to check out the installation if that if OK with you?

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