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Old 11-18-2015, 04:02 PM   #43
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Nice progress for sure. You'll really like the addition of the rear sway bar. At low speed and through the twisties it certainly makes the rear more active (depending on setting) and planted. Its only at highway/higher speeds and maybe during hard pulls where you'll start to notice the unbalanced and "snappy" feeling. The front sway is definitely worth doing as well as the XB.
Thanks man! That planted feeling is exactly what I'm going for, especially since I don't do a ton of highway driving. I do take trips every once in awhile though, so I figured I'd work with the smaller bars first to keep the "negatives" to a minimum. I think I'm going to go with the 22mm on hard first to start and go from there.

The XB and front sway are definitely towards the top of my list. Right now I'm playing around with the idea of getting a tune first, then work with the front sway. I would do the front and rear at the same time, but I'm a bit concerned about dropping the subframe, so that plays into the equation. Maybe if there's any good sales for Black Friday I'll take a shot at it haha.
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Old 11-19-2015, 09:23 AM   #44
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Getting up on Black Friday shopping, just ordered an HPA 75a puck. I keep saying I'm going to stop buying things for awhile, but then I see something else that'll improve the car....
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Old 11-19-2015, 02:46 PM   #45
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Getting up on Black Friday shopping, just ordered an HPA 75a puck. I keep saying I'm going to stop buying things for awhile, but then I see something else that'll improve the car....
Haha, tell me about it! I am just keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that I don't spend a lot this thanksgiving!

So confused between an IC or DP! DP means Stage2, and that might immediately make a new clutch mandatory
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Old 11-19-2015, 02:47 PM   #46
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I keep saying I'm going to stop buying things for awhile, but then I see something else that'll improve the car....
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Old 11-20-2015, 01:03 PM   #47
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deep.mit: I know exactly what you mean. There are so many things I'm after right now, it's tough to keep myself under control. Tune, wheels, front sway, WALK...

You should buy my downpipe, a clutch, and go nuts!

2012TP, trust me, k04 has crossed my mind many times. HPA is having a great deal on them now, but I just can't afford to lay out $4k in upgrades right now haha. Some day...
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deep.mit: I know exactly what you mean. There are so many things I'm after right now, it's tough to keep myself under control. Tune, wheels, front sway, WALK...

You should buy my downpipe, a clutch, and go nuts!

2012TP, trust me, k04 has crossed my mind many times. HPA is having a great deal on them now, but I just can't afford to lay out $4k in upgrades right now haha. Some day...
Haha, let me take a few more to think about it. Black Friday is coming
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Haha, let me take a few more to think about it. Black Friday is coming
By all means lol!
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:49 AM   #50
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So I finally grabbed a couple pictures, as promised. I really need a better camera.








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Old 11-30-2015, 09:35 AM   #51
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Spent a little bit of time under the car this weekend. Unfortunately, I only managed to get the rear sway bar (mostly) on. The triple square sockets are apparently not available at any store within a ~20 mile radius of me, which made things much more difficult. My friend and I did finally manage to get the bar on, but the first test drive resulted in several clunks. I thought it was my endlinks being lose, but it turns out that the supplied H&R bracket bushings didn't line up correctly, leading a bolt on either side to have backed themselves out and cause the aforementioned clunks. I do still have the OEM brackets, so those will be swapped in later tonight.

I'll probably find a night this week to do the Unibrace UB and HPA 75a puck as well. I'm thinking I'll get my suspension and chassis sorted out for Saturday. Pending a reply from Frank, it looks like I'll be heading out to KMD in NJ to finally, finally, go Stage 1. Assuming the car is sorted out, A celebratory run around Bear Mountain will hopefully be in the cards...
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Old 12-01-2015, 08:59 AM   #52
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Got the sway bar sorted out last night (I think). The car is definitely much flatter and more stable through turns. Definitely way more confident about pushing it then I was with everything stock. The only thing I'mm curious about is the degradation of ride quality and noise. I know that I essentially just connected the two wheels, so there's obviously going to be more a reaction from the rear end, but on my test drive last night, it really sounded like it was bouncing around at the back. I'm definitely going to take a closer look when I can and make sure everything is setup correctly.

Now onto the bigger issue - after 4 years in a MK6, I'm finally getting tuned! At the moment, I'm between APR and Revo. I personally think APR's new files would be great (if they ever bring them out), but I got the 25% off coupon from Revo, so getting tuned with them would be a lot less than APR. Both of these are quotes from actual shops.

Revo - Stage 1, SPS, R8 coils, NGK BKR7EIX plugs, everything installed, and tax = $760.50

APR - Stage 1, R8 coils, NGK BKR7EIX plugs, tax = $885.90


So for ~$125, is it worth it to go with APR?
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The only thing I'mm curious about is the degradation of ride quality and noise. I know that I essentially just connected the two wheels, so there's obviously going to be more a reaction from the rear end, but on my test drive last night, it really sounded like it was bouncing around at the back. I'm definitely going to take a closer look when I can and make sure everything is setup correctly.
There shouldn't be any noise or bouncing. I used an OD amount of grease on the teflon bushings to prevent any noise. As for the bounce, did you tighten the endlinks and bushing brackets when the car was settled on even ground?

If you are tightening the endlinks and bushing brackets when the rear of the car is lifted, the weight is shifted towards the front of the car and the suspension in the rear is not settled. When you drive the car off the ramps, the rear of the car settles but since the RSB was tighten without that extra weight over the rear, the RSB acts like a spring. That's probably what is causing your bounce.
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There shouldn't be any noise or bouncing. I used an OD amount of grease on the teflon bushings to prevent any noise. As for the bounce, did you tighten the endlinks and bushing brackets when the car was settled on even ground?

If you are tightening the endlinks and bushing brackets when the rear of the car is lifted, the weight is shifted towards the front of the car and the suspension in the rear is not settled. When you drive the car off the ramps, the rear of the car settles but since the RSB was tighten without that extra weight over the rear, the RSB acts like a spring. That's probably what is causing your bounce.
That makes sense. I only tightened the bar on the ramps, but I didn't re-tighten on the ground. I'll have to do that later tonight. Thanks haha
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Pray for my clutch. APR Stage 1 this Saturday.
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Pray for my tires. APR Stage 1 this Saturday.
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