Long time lurker, first time poster!
I've probably met a few of you on the odd occasion and regularly (pre covid!) See Dave, Doug and various others outside of R32 life and probably have met one or two of you on a club stand or at one of the burger meets at Bluewater. I've been inundated with questions over the last few months about this or that so I figured I'd get what I can remember down onto here whilst I'm on nights to relieve some boredom and give someone something to read when they're in the same situation as me!
Tonight (19/03/2021) is part 1.
Here's my Mk4 R32, originally on plate LE03PYL.
I'll take you back to the beginning;
I went to take a look at the car in March 2017 with Dougal_32 in tow as my guide.
It was on roughly 125,000 miles with some decent options ticked;
- Black magic pearl
- Factory navigation
- Full leather heated Konigs
I tried to get hold of a car as close to stock as possible as most do; my example came with a BMC intake and a Miltek non resonated cat back as standard. I'm the forth owner.
At first the car looked OK, needing a decent set of tyres on it, one rear spring and a resistor mod doing to the fans (take a Doug with you when you buy!). I gave the seller a deposit and headed home.
The next day, I collected the car from the seller. I walked away with the car for £4900 which in 2017 was a very reasonable price considering the condition. First thing I noticed was the urge the car had to move. I've had a few smaller engine naturally aspirated cars over the years and I didn't expect to enjoy the drive as much as I did.
I went straight on the M40 and pressed on up to the Ultimate Dubs show and the car didn't miss a beat!
Short term ownership (Year 1)
Over the course of the next few months, I replaced bits and pieces, starting with a pair of tie rods (I had tyres and alignment the following weekend, 225/40/18 PS4), replacing the black badges on the car with a Sharan rear badge and a standard silver front badge which tidied it up to no end.
I then started to get a blow on the downpipes so Doug put me onto Lucifer who sorted me a set of manifolds and downpipes with a decat to match.
Doug went to work (I made the tea and provided the biscuits) and the new system was on soon after that. The car absolutely sang. He changed up to Bilstein coilovers and I graciously accepted his set of AP's from his R.
The car was starting to take shape. I didn't really have any mind at this point where it was going to go or how deep I'd end up.
Engine/gearbox mount worn = replaced with vibratechnic mounts
Power steering line (the one that runs from the rack, over the gearbox into the reservoir) burst and left me at the side of the road - replaced
Brake discs and pads (front and rear)
Wheel bearings and hubs
Tie rod ends
Downpipes/Manifolds/Decat / Cat back including backbox replaced.
Rocker cover gasket replaced (was weeping oil)
6 Coilpacks (Benchmark coils were fitted by previous owner, caught fire)
6 Spark plugs
Water pump and auxiliary belt
Front bumper smoothed
AP coilovers fitted
Eibach rear anti roll bar fitted
AP coilovers swapped out for air suspension
To name a few that I can remember!
I changed the OEM Aristos for Rotiform SIX (19x8.5, ET35, with a 225/35/19 PS4S)
Not always smooth sailing as you'd expect!
Part 2 tonight!
Please don't hesitate to ping a few questions over to me, it'll keep me awake tomorrow night.. or tonight?
Edited by harry_r32, 20 March 2021 - 11:58 PM.