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Old 03-13-2018, 03:32 PM   #1
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ASTRID - Track Rat Build

Growing up motorsports has always been in my blood, and it started with watching my older brother race his Evo 8 in local autocross/CART (Connecticut Autocross & Rally Team) events and track days. Once I got my license I got right into it, even though I started out with just an old civic, it was a great car for building foundational driving skills.

Fast forward about 5 years--I graduated college, moved into my own place, and got a decent job that could fund a car project, so in December of '16 I picked up my MK6. It came as just a base 2 door with a DSG and moon roof. I chose the GTI for the same reason that many do - it's easily one of the best dual purpose sports cars you can buy under 15k. I went with the MK6 over the 7 because the MK7 wasn't that much better that it justified spending an extra 10-12k (also note at that time there wasn't a single MK7 that I could find under 23-24k because they were still so new).

My ultimate goal with this car is to participate in the Brock Yates One Lap of America event - but that won't be at least until 2019/2020. This car is still my daily driver so some level of comfort has to be maintained.

The focal point of this car since I got it has been the suspension and drivetrain in order to accomplish one thing: to eliminate or minimize the weaknesses of FWD. As evidenced by the new Civic Type R (and ClubSport S), a properly setup FWD car can be a serious contender. I have experimented with multiple suspension setups that I will be happy to share with you all. Since this build has been in progress for over a year, I will catch you all up on what's been done so far and what the plans are going forward for the rest of the year.

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Engine Modifications:
Port & Polished/Cerakoted HPA KO4 w/ Forge Wastegate Actuator (yellow spring) & PTP Turbo Blanket
APR v3.1 KO4 Software
APR Intake (stage 1 & 2, updated version)
APR Oil Accumulator/Oil Protection System
APR Boost Tap
APR Downpipe (Swain Coated), Vanguard Cat-Back
Iabed Industries Oil Cooler
USRT DSG "ICECAP" Cooler
ECS Tuning Catch Can (w/ Earl's Speed Flex/Speed Seal -10AN fittings/hose)
R8 Coils w/ BKR8EIX's @ 0.026
Fluidampr Pulley
Neuspeed TOP/Throttle Pipe
Integrated Engineering FDS Intercooler
Go Fast Bits DV+ (main spring removed)

Cobb TBE Exhaust (removed as of 2/1/19)
Wortec Oil Pan (removed as of 2/1/19)
Integrated Engineering Intake Manifold (removed as of 10/1/18)
034 Catch Can (v.1) (removed as of 4/10/18)
Grams Performance 70mm Throttle Body (removed as of 4/28/18)
Integrated Engineering Intake (removed as of 3/21/18)
Stratified Tuned on 93 (E30 coming soon) (removed as of 10/1/18)
Eurodyne Software, currently on Stage 2 base map (removed as of 3/21/18)

Drivetrain Modifications:
WaveTrac Limited Slip Differential
APR TCU Software
TyrolSport Deadset Collars (Front & Rear)
034 Street Density Motor & Transmission mounts
034 Pendulum Mount
VWR Subframe Pucks
iABED Industries Billet Rear Main Seal (more info here)

Suspension Modifications:
Eibach Multi-Pro R2 Coilovers
Vorshlag Camber Plates
Superpro 24mm Front Sway Bar (on the less stiffer setting)
Superpro 24mm Rear Sway Bar (on the stiffest setting)
Superpro "Supaloy" Front Lower Control Arms
Superpro Rear Lower Control Arm Bushings (SPF3353K / SPF3352K)
Superpro Adjustable Ball Joints
Superpro Front/Rear Adjustable End Links
034 Spherical Rear Trailing Arms
034 Density Line Rear Toe Arms
034 Density Line Rear Upper Control Arms

MSS Spring Kit (removed as of 2/1/19)
Koni Yellow Shocks (1/4 turn from full soft in front, 1 turn from full soft in rear)
(removed as of 2/1/19)
034 Track Density Strut Mounts(removed as of 2/1/19)
B6 Passat Front Aluminum Spindles (removed as of 3/1/19)


Braking:
TyrolSport Master Cylinder Brace
TyrolSport Front & Rear Brake Lines
HS Tuning RS3 Master Cylinder Upgrade
Brembo GT 4 Piston BBK, 355mm 2 piece rotor (Girodisc Rings)
Golf 6R Rear Calipers & Rotors
Race Technologies RE10 Pads (Front)
Hawk HT-10 Pads (Rear)

Porterfield R4-S Front & Rear Brake Pads (removed as of 2/1/19)
TyrolSport Caliper Stiffening Kit (removed as of 2/1/19)

Exterior:
Color Change: Suzuka Grey (coming SOON!)
OSRAM Xenarc Headlights
Euro LED Taillights
ED35 Bumper
Seibon Carbon Fenders
Revozport Vented Hood
Revozport Roof Spoiler
Optiwerks side skirts (Votex reps?)

Interior:
Euro Kreations Rear Seat Delete
Kenwood DNX516ABS
Kenwood KFC-1795PS
Kenwood KFC-1695PS
Die Hard Gold AGM Battery
Second Skin Damplifier Pro + Lux Liner in the trunk & floor (to reduce NVH from exhaust, motor mounts, etc)






First mod was actually the Cobb TBE:


Stage 2 Complete:



Next was the intake, catch can, and GFB



Intercooler time!


Now that the boltons are complete, time to dive into the suspension and brakes. 2 scoops of preworkout were taken before re-hoisting the subframe back into the car by myself.Shout out to Eurocars who sold me the B6 spindles - they were beautifully painted!







The sound deadening



I.C.E. Upgrades! This head unit has Android Auto so I can run Waze; between Waze and my radar detector, it's double protection!


October 1st of 2017, about 4 months after my initial suspension/drivetrain overhaul, the H&R springs were swapped out for the MSS Kit:



The alignment afterwards:


Most recently was the LSD install, and by far has been my favorite mod (thanks to Greg @ Excelerate for the photos)


Here's the Wavetrac LSD:



Versus the stock, open diff:



iABED Billet RMS



More install photos:







And after all of that, here is currently how she sits now (for now):









Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:35 PM   #2
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:37 PM   #3
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:00 PM   #4
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:28 PM   #5
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Awesome to see another performance track car build. Wish you were closer to chicago to go to some track days with! I'm usually at the track by myself
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:17 PM   #6
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Awesome to see another performance track car build. Wish you were closer to chicago to go to some track days with! I'm usually at the track by myself
I am entertaining some events out in Ohio this year, not sure if you typically drive out that far.

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Old 03-13-2018, 07:23 PM   #7
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:21 PM   #8
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Are you managing to get even wear at the front with only -1.9 degrees camber? What tires are you using for the track?
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:03 PM   #9
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Are you managing to get even wear at the front with only -1.9 degrees camber? What tires are you using for the track?
Tires wear perfectly even. It's typically toe that kills tires, not camber.

Currently the Firestones have been both track & street tires. Eventually a dedicated track set will be obtained. They have more than enough grip and they hold up to abuse (heat) well.
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I am entertaining some events out in Ohio this year, not sure if you typically drive out that far.



Will have some more updates in the coming weeks!
I'll be at mid ohio for memorial day with chin motorsports!
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:56 AM   #11
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Old 03-14-2018, 02:01 PM   #12
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Tires wear perfectly even. It's typically toe that kills tires, not camber.

Currently the Firestones have been both track & street tires. Eventually a dedicated track set will be obtained. They have more than enough grip and they hold up to abuse (heat) well.
Sorry should have been more clear, meant at the track. Just surprised to see you're only running -1.9 degrees camber in the front. Most macpherson strut cars I know (including my primary track car) are running -2.5 to -3.5 degrees to get even wear across the tires (200tw or rcomps).

I don't normally track the GTI though, so could be a platform-specific thing.
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Sorry should have been more clear, meant at the track. Just surprised to see you're only running -1.9 degrees camber in the front. Most macpherson strut cars I know (including my primary track car) are running -2.5 to -3.5 degrees to get even wear across the tires (200tw or rcomps).

I don't normally track the GTI though, so could be a platform-specific thing.
Ah I see what you're asking. Currently with the superpro ball joints that's about as high as I can go. I would be able to go more, but for some reason the left side of the car is off by almost 0.4, so in an ideal situation I'd be able to get close to -2.5, but when maxing out both sides it turns out to be uneven.

If I have to suck it up and run camber plates I will, but for the time being these are working well.

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Awesome, I will definitely check that out. SCCA is running a few Track Night's more local to me, but mid-ohio is always a track I wanted to get under my belt, so I might take you up on that.
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Old 03-15-2018, 12:50 PM   #14
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Big update!

After doing more research on the HPA vs IE intake manifold, and talking with both companies, it appears IE has a slight design edge over HPA as they have flow tested velocity stacks. HPA's are equal distribution, but runner length, diameters, and resonance tuning are all factors that IE took into account during R&D to fully optimize power gains for any turbo (including the KO4), which appears to be something HPA overlooked. So I'll be going with the IE manifold now! (plus the manifold is on sale which pretty much sealed the deal)

Also, the KO4, manifold, and all remaining suspension components have been ordered!

I also ordered a carbon spoiler through Revozsport, which should hopefully be here in the next week or two. I decided I liked the look of the Revo more over the OSIR, but will stick with OSIR for the diffusers/side skirts.

The only remaining components on the table are the BBK, TyrolSport radiator, the remaining body work, and some interior tid bits. I should hopefully be able to pick those up by the end of the month. Stay tuned!
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