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FK Konigsport Coilovers Arrived

Forge rear tie bars to correct rear camber arrived

Kenwood Music Keg installed in the boot (handy little area discovered)
 

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Engine bay now with numerous parts added: Neuspeed strut brace, Neuspeed billet aluminium washer caps, Carbonio CAI

19" Sportec Mono Wheels Arrive

Wheels fitted, OEM suspension. Now with Milltek non-res exhaust

 

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Another R spotted in Guernsey

Kenwood Double DIN DVD HU Installed

Coo-ee sailor Prev (R is now a little lower on the rear following coilover installation but needs a little more winding down on the front
 

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I have 5-10mm rear spacers at the moment (cant remember which) and those are going on the front then putting 15mm spacers on the rear. The reason for this is that to go any lower on the front I need the wheels to clear the coilover struts on the front a little more. It would be fine as-is but its more for peace of mind really.

So, once the spacers are shifted round and fitted respectively then I will wind it down a little more.

I recently ordered a Dieselgeek.com panzer skid plate which covers the bottom of the engine so going as low as possible and driving into car parks etc shouldnt be a problem with the protection offered by this piece of kit.

I am currently waiting for a few items (see my signature), most notably the HPA Motorsport FT360 Turbo Kit:

360 BHP is the figure quoted by HPA Motorsport from whom I have purchased the turbo kit.
For more information on the R32 turbo kit and Dyno charts etc feel free to click the following link:

http://www.hpamotorsport.com/product_turbo_ft360.htm

It will be installed by Vagtech UK upon receipt of the kit from HPA which is expected in around 4 weeks time, link below:

http://www.vagtech.co.uk/

I expect to achieve this figure if not more when taking into account the Milltek exhaust I have fitted which is usually good for a couple of HP. I currently have a Carbonio CAI although the OEM airbox is proven to offer the most gains when mated to the FT360 kit so I will be going back to the OEM airbox when the kit is installed.

The FT360 is fully upgradeable to the FT400, FT450 and beyond so maybe one day ;)

For the time being, Im happy with the FT360 as shown below as the FT400 ruins the OEM look of the engine bay in my opinion ie im not particularly keen on losing the stock engine cover:

FT360

FT400


For a video showing the awesome power of the HPA Biturbo R32 setup against a BMW M3 click below


Today I installed the EIP Tuning Competition front to back and side to side throw reduction parts. I also have the Dieselgeek short shift but I prefer the OEM look of the EIP parts. I will report at a later date how the EIP competition short shift kit feels. If I dont like it then I will use the Dieselgeek and if I dont like either then I shall go back to stock.

I also installed the EIP Tuning dipstick and coolant caps. You can see the Neuspeed caps I already had in the above pictures.

www.eiptuning.com
www.dieselgeek.com
 

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Fifty - ive changed it just so you can post 15pics per post now so you dont have to keep replying to your own thread!

Looks nice btw, any reason youe choosing hpa over any other brand>?
 

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LOL thanks for that.

I prefer turbo FI to supercharged FI so that narrowed the list down to the following:

EIP TUNING
http://www.eiptuning.com/eip/r32_turbo_series_b.html
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http://www.eiptuning.com/eip/r32_turbo_stage_01.html
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http://www.eiptuning.com/eip/r32_turbo_stage_02.html

STREETWERKE
http://www.streetwerke.com/R32turbo.html

HPA
http://www.hpamotorsport.com/product_turbo_ft360.htm
http://www.hpamotorsport.com/product_turbo_ft400.htm
http://www.hpamotorsport.com/product_turbo_ft450.htm
http://www.hpamotorsport.com/products_turbo_twin.htm

Streetwerke didnt respond to my emails concerning RHD fitment as of course their kit was designed for the LHD R32 and we know from past experience that the RHD R32 exhaust downpipe is a different shape. I could probably have purchased the Streetwerke kit and had a downpipe custom made but I dont like hassle, I like things which are straight forward.

This leaves EIP Tuning and HPA.

EIP Tuning turbo kits have faced alot of scepticism since they were initially released in approx 2003. They have overcome most of the initial issues so it looked like a good idea to go with EIP however their main European installer is based in Holland and I could do without having to travel all the way to Holland just to have the kit installed and for future maintenance. I had since been advised by The Phirm who are a UK based company that they would be able to install the kit but based on the stories I had read and heard I decided to go with HPA.

The HPA turbo kits are the most reliable of any FI kit out there, I havent read a single bad word about them. Their R&D is second to none. HPA are so highly regarded that Volkswagen used them to build turbo kits for some new concept vehicles.

HPA is affiliated with HGP in Germany. Basically, HGP make the turbo components and HPA got them to work with the R32. This is my understanding though dont quote me on that.

The HPA kits come with launch control, click below for more information:

http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=3062766
 

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what about the mapping? are Vagtech going to do that for you? as obviously the standard system is running something daft like 91octane for the states, aswell as the other settings.
 

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macdaddy said:
Thats one seriously modded 'R' you've got there, any more plans ?

How have you found the difference with spacers ?
You know, it just seems to have come together for me but I guess it is rather modified compared to OEM now you mention it :) Many thanks for the compliment.

I have yet to fit the 15mm rear spacers and move the 10s to the front but my feelings based on the 10mm which are on the rear at present are that the stance of the R is vastly improved. This is most notable when cornering.
The main reason for fitting the spacers was for a more aggressive look and they have certainly succeeded in doing that.
 

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Wayne said:
what about the mapping? are Vagtech going to do that for you? as obviously the standard system is running something daft like 91octane for the states, aswell as the other settings.
Vagtech will have the car for 1 week to carry out the installation and testing etc during which time the ECU will be removed and sent to HPA in Canada for mapping. btw the launch control feature is part of the mapping.

The HPA software is quite advanced in that it allows for all types of octane levels. The best way to describe this is that if I put a low octane fuel in the R, the engine management system will automatically adjust likewise for super unleaded or race fuel.

EIP Tuning software by comparison is in the stone age. This was a main reason for not going with EIP as the main issues with the kits is that the coding is not perfect for the R although the Dutch based installer seems to have solved this problem. But the EIP tuning software does not automatically adapt to different octane level fuels.
 

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macdaddy said:
I'm after 20mm rear and 15mm front for the very reason you mentioned. I noticed the stance is greatly improved, just hoped cornering would be improved too
Cornering is vastly improved, youll love it when you get them on.

iirc I purchased mine from AmD Technik I believe they were bought out by a rival company but are still trading although there was word they were liquidating.

I purchased the longer wheels bolts from Demon Tweeks. It is imperative that you buy longer wheel bolts. I received the spacers and was looking forward to fitting them but found that the wheel bolts only went in a couple of turns which is clearly not enough so I had to wait a few more days until the longer bolts I ordered arrived :)
 
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