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  1. I arrived home last night from what can only be described as the best Nurburgring trip ever. It was my 5th time over there and it gets better and bettter, the weather was absolutely perfect the whole weekend. I covered 1060 fault free miles including 10 laps! One of those beating my previous PB of 8.49 with an 8.39 I'm sure some of you would have the seen my 'near miss' all over the Nurbrugring instagram and facebook pages lol. I'll leave the video link below if you haven't seen it. The issue was tyre pressures, I wasn't aware of how much you need to keep an eye on the pressures with Nankang AR1's. They raised waty more than I thought they would, I ended up being down to 22psi cold to be at the optimum pressure of 31psi. I was also slightly off line as I had an FK8 Type R behind me which put me under slight pressure. The front of the car just washed out and wouldn't grip. Safe to say I done well to hold it and come out of it with no damage, it knocked my front right camber out about a bit but with a bit of DIY later that evening I got it back to 'eye' perfect and the car felt great the next day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6MD6bfQfpc cgps nyc
  2. So after the trackday I dropped the car off to the body shop the next day. The front end has been looking so tatty recently so it was over due. The painted said he’s never seen a car with so many stone chips lol. Got the car back yesterday, unfortunately not going to be driving it until I have PPF installed in a few weeks time when the paint has hardened. I also decided to remove the inner side lights and replace them with matching honeycomb grill. I love the way it looks now and it’s much better for cold air to my intake!
  3. I really love the Coolerworx, I’ve felt a CAE and they do feel really nice too but I wouldn’t say they are worth more money. A mate of mine fitted the cams whilst I “helped” and I’m sure he used both locking tools. You could drive it on standard ECU just fine👍🏼 Thanks mate! I would 100% recommend the BC’s, I’ve had mine 3 years now and they are still great.
  4. Some nice pictures from the trackday have come through Also, dropped the car off for a full front end respray Saturday, the stone chips were getting seriously bad so it was time to do something about it. It's then going for front end PPF (paint protection film) to try and make it last as long as possible
  5. Hi mate. I think they are 0.2kg lighter. They are ET28 and I have to use an 8mm spacer on the front to clear my brakes which does make them rub on the arches annoyingly. The pads are actually cheaper than pads for the standard calipers! You have to drill 2 holes to mount it, that’s it. Definitely worth it👍🏼 Me and a mate fitted the cams. Wayne at chipwizards is one of few people that can map them on the standard ECU’s and he done a cracking job with mine!
  6. Finally managed to get out on track yesterday at Snetterton, was only an evening session but felt so good to be back out there testing out the Nankang AR1’s and the Quaife LSD. The LSD really has transformed the car, no wheel spin what so ever out of any corners that I previously used to get. Managed to beat my best time by 3 seconds. The tyres felt great, can’t really tell the difference between these and R888R I’ve used before. I done the track day with a mate in his Clio 200 that’s fully stripped, roll caged and setup for track use. There was nothing in it between us, very close battle. I’ll leave the YouTube link below of my best lap https://youtu.be/8ctnKyycZ3o
  7. So seeing as we are finallly allowed to go for a drive, i've been making the most of it recently. I went for a bit of a blast last night with a mate in his Clio 200, they are very well matched on the road, his is more setup for track so a bit too stiff for the roads. Straight line performance they are exactly the same! We've booked a trackday at Snett for 4th June also Would of been rude not to take a few pictures
  8. I done this job myself today as I had a stone fly through one. I got away with pulling the bumper round on one side but if you are removing both then yes it would be a bumper off job
  9. Well I got the gearbox back in with the Quaife LSD fitted today. Took it out for a short drive to make sure everything was working as it should. The only words I can really think of is WOW, what a difference that has made. Feels like a completely different car to drive, understeer is almost non-existent now. 100% traction out of every corner now rather than one wheel always spinning which these suffer with quite badly. Overall I couldn't be more happier with it. Anyone who is thinking about getting one, stop thinking and get one!
  10. Look what arrived today Should be going in tomorrow!
  11. Update: Seeing as I was supposed to be going to the Nurburgring easter weekend, obviously that isn't happening now so I have a bit of cash burning a hole in my pocket. This upgrade is something i've been wanting to do for some time but it's the most expensive one so far and things like the Nurburgring and trackdays tend to come first. So, I placed an order for a Quaife LSD It should be here tomorrow so with all this time on our hands I thought i'd crack on and get the gearbox out ready, only takes around 1.5 hours. Whilst it was out I thought I may as well tidy it up with a bit of Silver paint, safe to say it looks much better! Also put the OZ & AR1 combo back on, went for a drive to the 'shops' and my god I forgot how much grip a set of semi slicks on a warm day can offer!
  12. Something else i've been meaning to do for a while now, ever since having the Coolerworx shifter fitted, the underneath area has always annoyed me. It just looked a bit tatty, at the time of fitting we didn't have time to do this unfortunately so thats why it's taken me this long to do. Fair to say it turned out rather well
  13. Hope everyone is keeping well during this strange time. As i'm sure many of you are just as bored as me, it leads to us doing things we wouldn't usually do! Removed my RARB today as the orginal costing had started to fail so I cleaned it up as best I could and gave it a fresh coat of Satin Black. Also refreshed the brake fluid as well, wouldn't say it neccessarily needed it sonce the last one was around 10 months ago but for something to do! Brake fluid choice was Motul RBF 660, always had good results with ths! Whilst the wheels were off, gave them a good clean inside and out
  14. Recently fitted an OMP upper strut brace, they come in Red but as it's a different shade of Red, I had to paint it satin Black. Pleased with how it looks now, not sure if they actually make any difference to the handling, always read mixed opinions on them. Also took a trip down the Goodwood last weekend to spectate a trackday and meet up with another GTI owner. Goodwood is an incredible place if you've never been before, spoke to some very interesting ex racing drivers that made the day that bit better
  15. Nothing too exciting to update on, just been driving and maintaning the car exactly how it should. I had to replace the alternator a few weeks ago as that decided to fail on me, very easy job to do though luckily. I've also just got myself a brand new set of Nankang AR1's to try on the warmer sunny days and track days. Heard good things about these so looking forward to trying them! Already got a Nurburgring ring trip booked for July and potentially a trip over on easter weekend. I'll leave a few recent pictures below
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