congrats on the new job and being back in the game.
Ah, it's been too long. Lets see here...
I spent some money at HPA's site last week.
SHS Coils + Sport Haldex controller + switch. I was sad after reading the clunk thread, but they're assuring me that I won't have that issue as mine are going to be from a different batch where the issue has already been resolved. Those are coming directly from Germany so those won't be here for some time. I did however get some stuff from UPS today
I love the paddles. They make it so much easier to find the shifters in the corners.
The AWD controller gets install Friday. I am excited for that.
On a sad note though: 2 weeks ago I helped my gf get a great deal on a brand new fully loaded 2010 Jetta TDI to replace her stupid Prius. Today she was in an accident with it. Fortunately she is okay and so was the other person. There looks to be about 6K worth of damage to the front of the car. Spent all day getting that stuff sorted out with her. Hopefully it'll be good as new in less than 2 weeks. Didn't even have 800 miles on it.
I am actually living 15 min north of Boston in Malden. Just not changed my plates over yet since I am moving to CA in a year or so. Not worth the MA RMV hassel.
I am getting all the work done at EastCoast European in Greenland, NH. It's a bit of a drive but the guys are awesome there. I got my GIAC ECU and DSG reflashes as well as some VAG-COM work.
I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend them to anyone looking to get work done in the greater Boston area.
I am super cautious with my money, but it feels good to be able to spend without worry again.
Keep your head up though. There are more and more jobs or there.I was lucky enough to stumble into one that I love. I hope the same for you.
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Glad I waited, though. Honestly, though, I'm not sure what clunking issue you guys are having, but I haven't experienced anything like that at all. Only issue I'm currently having is the damn rattles inside the car.
She has no say over how far I press the accelerator though!
Starts with 1 per 24 hours. After 24 hours of no reply it will send one per 12 hours, then per 6, 3, 1 and .5. It will continue to send reminders at the 30 min mark until it gets an ack. That'll get annoying pretty quickly if there is no reply.
I'll just enjoy my proper AWD now in the mean time.
I am also trying to decide which brakes I want to go with. I've had a couple people tell me to steer clear of the stuff from ECS as there has been no RnD done to make sure the brakes perform as well as they should be for the platforms they make their brake kits for. I was thinking of either Alcons or Stop Techs.
Any input? (Yes, I understand the stock brakes are great, won't see better braking unless I am at the track, etc etc, I want the look and the piece of mind that if I had to stop from 140 5x in a row for some reason, I could I am just looking for feed back on what works best with our cars and won't wreak havoc on the ABS and other systems.)
The stock rotors are kinda soft and the pads over heat fast, mushy mushy. I put Zimmerman rotors and Hawk HPS pads on my car, I haven't personally taken it to a track but there are a few guys in the Seattle area that have this setup, and said there was an improvement in the overheating factor and didn't lose much if any braking distance,as a bonus they hardly dust. Just my $0.02
One of the launches I had gotten my tires a little wet turning around and spun the front tires when I caught 2nd gear. I was shocked it could muster than kind of torque.
I've already ordered my coils like I said but now I am trying to decide what to do for brakes. The ECS Stage 3 and 5 kits are out because of the 0 RnD that went into them. They completely ef up the brake biases and actually increase stopping distances.
Plus they're the low-end calipers. The 5 are from the Cheyenne and the 3s are the heavy / cheap calipers from the base model Boxster.
I think I am going to end up with the stop techs: ST-60s for the fronts and ST-22s for the rears + park brake. Just need to find out what I need to do to make them clear my wheels.
PSU: Are you flashed yet? Your thread is too long and I am too lazy to look.
The overtime at work has been rolling steady so I've been free to spend as I please. Had a few holiday pays as well recently so I am loving life.
And LOL @ my thread being too long. For reference though, the Index at the top of the first page lists most of what I've done.
As for flash, I've been holding off. Almost bit both years at ToD on the C2 specials, but just haven't done it yet.
Edit: Do the Stop-Techs! Those and a set of custom wheels are in my future.
The flashes were expensive (about a grand for the GIAC files + install time) but completely worth it. Why the car didn't come like this stock is beyond me. The throttle response and mid range power is fantastic and the enhanced DSG feel is awesome. It's not kick you in the ass turbo type power, but it's more than noticeable for sure. I'll be at the ToD this coming year so I'll probably be twisting your arm to get it.
I didn't know there was an index of your car mods on the first page. I guess I should pay more attention.
The more I read about the Stop Techs the more I want them. Their RnD looks damn good. I really don't want to change over my wheels, especially since I have new tires on the current ones, but there is no way I am going to clear those without some major spacers. VB710s look like they would have plenty of space for massive calipers behind them. I think if I get them in gunmetal I won't have to worry about brake dust ever again! Too bad gunmetal on white doesn't do it for me.
I just hate to spend 5K on brakes and not be able to use them ... but at the same time I don't want to waste a perfectly good set of wheels and tires. Maybe I should just sell the stock wheels and new tires and go for it. Especially with some of the wheel deals that are going on currently. Decisions, decisions!
Also, glad to hear that you will be attending ToD. We will have to have a or or . Haha.
It's also nice to see someone research all of their stuff before they go and blow their load on the first thing they see. I'm glad you mentioned that about the ECS big brake kit because I had no idea.
All I want to do for now are new rotors, pads, and the ATE blue fluid that I've had sitting in my garage forever now. Also some stainless lines and the Tyrol kit.
VMR makes a nice wheel... Since yours have new tires you could get a pretty penny for them. I think dubnick32 just sold his for just under a grand.
I've had my other cars in the past (Nissan Maximas) where I learned the hard way. My Infiniti G35 was the first car I ever had that was brand new and I did everything the right way and what a difference it made. I paid about the same (buying and re-buying crap parts on the Maximas, could have just bought the good parts the first time and been done with it.) and had the piece of mind that everything was top notch. So with this car, I'm going to spare no expense when it comes down to getting the right parts. It's no Audi R8 or Porsche GT3, but it is a rare and upscale car that deserves to be treated with the up-most respect. It would be a disservice to the R to buy cheap parts. If I were about that I'd be driving a WRX / Lancer of some kind.
The brake kit issue was actually brought to my attention by a friend of mine from the Audi world. I ran it past the guys I have do all the work on my car and they were in complete agreement. They would order them but not recommend them. They all run Alcon stuff on their cars and recommend them or Stop Tech over the ECS crap any day. The research looks to be pretty scientific that StopTech does: http://www.zeckhausen.com/testing_brakes.htm I had a set of the 6 pot stoptechs on my G35 and they were awesome.
I can't speak for the brake stiffening kit, but SS lines make a world of difference. I had an R32 brake setup on my GLI with SS lines all around and what a braking make-over that was. Highly recommend SS lines whenever possible. I've never done SS lines without some kind of high performance brake fluid, in my mind they go hand in hand.
Ninja Edit: I need to get on the horn with VMR at some point next week and find out which wheels they recommend for clearing a BBK front and rear. I am hoping the 710's will do. Too bad the VB3s require 3mm spaces to clear the stock rears. I can't imagine that'll be too good if I want to go bigger in the back too.
Aw man, I hear you on that buying and re-buying crap. Some parts on my Honda have been bought, sold and repeated over and over again. Such a waste of $$$.
That's one of the reasons I haven't changed my brake fluid... I want to wait until I get the Tyrol kit and the SS lines. I think I am going to get some green lines from USP.
Red sway bar, yellow shocks, blue springs, and green brake lines all on a blue car.
Just a thought infinite.....but couldn't you just buy spacers to run the stock wheels with the BBK? Probably wouldn't take much. And it seems that an 8" wide wheel with +45 offset is the perfect size for the .:R to make it sit flush. So, you could probably go with like a 10mm spacer up front to clear the BBK and then maybe 15mm in the rear. Should work just fine.
Again, just a thought....