OK, I give in. Everyone else has their own thread, so why not me?
I've had the car since August 2007 - it was a pre order.
Latest pictures from April 2011...
EVOMS V-Flow Intake w/ Dry Filter & Sock, with Custom Motor Armor Insulation
JCaps Billet Aluminum Coolant Cap
JCaps Billet Aluminum Oil Cap
JCaps Billet Aluminum Washer Bottle Cap
VW Blue Coilpack Covers w/ Black Wire Loom
.:R 450/1000 Number Plate - Added to Fuse Box
UM ECU Flash plus UM DSG Flash
HPA Core Interlock Dog Bone Mount "Hockey Puck“
3M ClearBra - Custom Cut (Front, Mirrors Door Handle Recesses, Rear Wheels & Top of Rear Bumper, Headlights)
35% Window Tint
OEM Center Cap Delete Kit for stock rims
ECS Tuning Clear Sidemarkers
OEM Dark Taillights
ECS - ZiZa LED License Plate Bulbs
ECS - Ziza LED Side Marker Lights
ECS - Ziza LED City Lights
4-Motion License Plate Frame
UniBrace UB & XB
VMR V710s with Nitto Invos (summer)
Nokian WRG2 on stock wheels (winter)
Goodridge SS Brake Lines
Tyrolsport Brake Stiffening Kit
HPA Gen 2 Haldex Controller with Wireless Remote
ECS Tuning Billet Climate Control Rings
Euro Headlight Switch
.:R-Line Monster Mats
JCaps Billet Aluminum Seat Recline Caps
JCaps Brushed Aluminum Door Sills
Gorilla Gear Cargo Mat w/ Holders
.:R32 Seat Handle Inserts
.:R36 Dead Pedal
Votex Rear Hatch Storage Tray
Euro Warning Triangle
VW First Aid Kit
VW Passenger Seat Storage Tray
.:R Keyfob Buttons
p3cars Digital Vent Gauge
Key Fob Windows Opening/Closing
Inner Halogens On w/ Highbeams
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Last edited by RRRRR32; 09-26-2011 at 09:59 PM.
The UB brace went on very quickly. I had to loosen some of the heat shields to get it in flush. The ends of the brace needed to get under the shields to be planted firmly against the body. The car did not have all of the flange nuts holding on the original braces - I was short 4 from the factory. I took it to the dealership to buy more. They offered to replace them for me at no charge, which I let them do. They ended up breaking one of the studs that holds the brace. They fixed it with a nutsert (like is used on the XB). It took two visits but they were apologetic and didn't charge me so all is good. Double check with UniBrace to see if they ever got the torque specs worked out.
As far as handling improvements, the car feels stiffer and more planted through corners - very subjective I'm sure. I didn't test the braces individually. I did run through the TOD several times in the years before braces and then again a few months after installation and I felt a lot more confident. Not sure if the car and braces were affecting that or if it was just more experience on the dragon. I had my new summer tires after the braces were put on as well so that probably helped my confidence too.
I like the way they look too!
your car looks great and has an impressive mod list
How long ago did you order the UNIbrace? I am looking at an XB now and am hoping the fitment is 100%
Nice thread , I like it
Got my HPA Hockey Puck installed this week -- you can really feel the difference! Remarkable. Slight increase in vibration at idle, otherwise no detrimental effects. All good.
Install by the local tuner took 45 minutes and $59 took care of that. As reported elsewhere, the most difficult part was to get the old mount out of there.
A few quick snaps before heading south to WiTW 2012. All cleaned up and ready to go.
I need to ask some of the guys how to make the colors in these pictures pop a bit more.
Here is a link to all my WiTW photos...
Last edited by RRRRR32; 04-26-2012 at 04:57 PM.
MKV R32 # 3116 aka The Blue Rhino
Can't believe you caved to the peer pressure.
Build threads are silly. Get a blog, they are free. This is a discussion forum. You (this is meant in general, not specific to Dave) are not a precious snowflake.