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Ojc
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1st Jun 11 at 11:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Hi, me and my father purchased this in January, sort of an impulse buy by my dad and last month I bought it off him and now it's all mine.



So the day I got it I fitted a Dave F air intake and a Kenwood iPod compatitable stereo



Car is lovely to drive but was seriously lacking in some oooommmppfff so I took it to 1320 Mini to have a 15% pulley fitted



It made 178bhp with the DaveF and 210bhp with the pulley and DaveF

Then the week before Germany I took it up to Lohen to have some Eibach springs fitted along with 4 Toyo Proxes T1R's a brake fluid change for 5.1 and some Mintex pads. I also picked up the GRS Motorsport Intercooler and some rear wishbone bushes (still to fit)

After that a quick dash on the same day across to RoadRunner to pick up my Milltek CAT back exhaust and then down to Sheppy to Warren to fit the exhaust and intercooler




With the 'cooler fitted it does boost harder and stronger, like to have it RR'd again see if power has been free'd up with the exhaust and 'cooler.

Then took it to Nurburgring and done a 9.28



Next up are some AP Coilovers and some different wheels, I'm waiting for my JCW grilles to arrive and booked in at Lemass to have the bonnet and bumper resprayed

Grilles


Rota Torques
gez bay
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1st Jun 11 at 11:49   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

bet that sounds lovley ol.

is that a standard air box with the cone filter, or is it all aftermarket?
Ojc
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1st Jun 11 at 11:58   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

It does sound amazing, I like the supercharger whine is still louder than the exhaust.

It's all aftermarket, Dave F makes loads of them for different cars.
gez bay
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looks a neat airbox
Ojc
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1st Jun 11 at 17:51   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I think all this is mostly overstating it. Coilovers are all you need, and all most people bother with. If the look of rear camber troubles you then get control arms. Front camber plates are only needed if you want to increase grip for agressive cornering, colovers don't change anything to require them, though I think the MeisterR's include them anyway. Drop links are more important for a proper set up suspension by corner weighting. Chances are you won't apreciate the benefit unless you track the car regularly.
The best thing is make sure you've got poly buses on the front lower wishbones. A good alignment is mandatory. Save the rest of your money for a good strut brace or a brake upgrade.
3i_gaz
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1st Jun 11 at 17:53   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

cool car mate! love these
AndyCorsaSport
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1st Jun 11 at 18:41   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Ive been looking at these more and more lately. Only a slight difference in insurance from my 106 GTi to one of these!!! :O

How much was the 15% pulley if you dont mind me asking?
Ojc
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1st Jun 11 at 22:08   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

350 including new belt, RR session before and after, leak down and compression test.
Ojc
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4th Jun 11 at 16:19   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

It's gone from being too high, to too low



Need to raise it. Had the coilovers fitted and rear Powerflex top mount bushes, drives lovely just looks broken

Next up, wishbone bushes, ran out of time to do it.

Something else arrived yesterday along with my JCW grilles..
Rich H
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4th Jun 11 at 16:53   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

The lower grille is a bitch to fit!

I hate the fact you buy a car and make it instantly a lot better within a matter of weeks
mwg
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5th Jun 11 at 09:38   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Looks sick
Ojc
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7th Jun 11 at 16:30   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I raised it on Sunday morning, but might take it down a few MM again. Drives much better now.
Ojc
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7th Jun 11 at 18:44   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

These (bit of a wait for them)



Or these

John G
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7th Jun 11 at 18:48   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

pro race definetly
Ojc
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7th Jun 11 at 19:00   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I love the Torques though
John G
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7th Jun 11 at 19:04   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

torques would be nice as there uncommon, but pro race are tried and tested and look spanking

although i dont like this, i know yours would be lower, maybe its the colour combo



[Edited on 07-06-2011 by John G]
Ojc
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7th Jun 11 at 21:01   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Thats an R56 and they are visually much bigger than the R53
Steve
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7th Jun 11 at 21:23   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

:-S
spikedjack
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7th Jun 11 at 21:42   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Rota Torques look lovely, maybe some slipstreams?
Ojc
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7th Jun 11 at 23:23   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I honestly prefer the Torques, I'm gonna wait I think as I feel they would suit it better.

These are them in bronze which for some reason Rimstyle are trying to sell me? FFS if I wanted Bronze I would have specified, and they don't look gunmetal grey at all.



Going to go 40 profile tyre as well, makes the wheel look bigger.
Ojc
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8th Jun 11 at 11:46   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Thrown me now

Ben G
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8th Jun 11 at 12:21   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

tough choice. i like the torques as they are different to the norm but pro races will look really good.

i'd go for the torques for the simple fact that cleaning them will be easier.
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8th Jun 11 at 12:31   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i wouldnt get pro race again, common as muck
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torques look way better
Fro
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Location: Rainham, Essex Drives: A3 2.0TDi Sport
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8th Jun 11 at 12:53   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

didnt know you hada thread, most of the pics are block at work so will have to have a goose at home, wheels on the last blue look really nice.

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