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    Thread: "Riley" - jsausley's Rising Blue R

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      01-12-2012 11:35 PM #26
      Thanks for the awesome write-up! I think you have us drooling that much more...
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      01-13-2012 12:23 AM #27
      Great review! Gotta say, you're not alone in having an affinity for the blue needles on the gauges
      I was on the fence between CW and RB when I ordered, seeing these pic's lets me know I made the right choice going with the blue!

      I'm waiting for the same car, you'll enjoy your driving more than I'll enjoy my waiting, very jealous!

      Enjoy!

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      01-13-2012 12:42 AM #28
      all these golf R threads are making me jealous lol
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      01-13-2012 07:45 AM #29
      I wanted to point out that the under-the-hood color is more of a dark slate blue than just gray like people were saying. It really doesn't bother me all. It reminds me of what the color would look like if they forgot to put the metallic and clear coats on it.

      Also, I got a battery cover. Woo!
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      01-13-2012 08:34 AM #30
      From what has been reported the Dynaudio system takes 200-300 hours to break in.

      Should sound much better then.

      All the system needs is a little more low end which you can fix easy.

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      01-13-2012 08:40 AM #31
      Great write-up

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      01-13-2012 08:48 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by XM_Rocks View Post
      From what has been reported the Dynaudio system takes 200-300 hours to break in.

      Should sound much better then.

      All the system needs is a little more low end which you can fix easy.
      I set my treble and bass to 6 (out of 10) and it sounds fantastic. It's perfectly balanced for me, and I'm a bit of a sound snob.
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      01-13-2012 08:51 AM #33
      congrats, nice write up. car looks great. It needs to be tomorrow so i can get my car
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      01-13-2012 08:55 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by gsvr View Post
      looks good man...

      i hate how the US version has the higher springs then all the rest of the world.. too much gap.. i dont like the slammed look either..

      but the EU version just sat right, closed up the wheel gap..

      i dont like lowering my cars.. but i might get the EU springs..
      Yea I'm scouring classifieds looking for a ROW R owner who might want to ship me springs.
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      01-13-2012 09:15 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by gsvr View Post
      looks good man...

      i hate how the US version has the higher springs then all the rest of the world.. too much gap.. i dont like the slammed look either..

      but the EU version just sat right, closed up the wheel gap..

      i dont like lowering my cars.. but i might get the EU springs..
      You were probably looking at the EU R's with 19's.

      I actually do believe the US is only 1 cm higher which is not really noticeable unless you compare them side by side.

    11. 01-13-2012 12:39 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by jsausley View Post
      Exhaust: This is interesting. I expected the car to be louder. You can definitely hear it roar when you get on it hard but from idle to 2000 RPM the car is barely audible, even with the windows cracked. At stoplights you almost wonder if your engine is still running. If you want more sound, I'd definitely seek an upgrade in this area first. If you want a semi-quiet cruiser, though, this car's sound will be PERFECT for you. I actually really like it. Right now I'm not sure whether I want to touch the exhaust or not - I would prefer more sound, but if I want a louder ride, I'll go hop back in the GTO - we'll have to wait and see on that.
      I'm wondering if this R has the flapper like the the previous Golf R32 had. In the R32 the flapper would (dis)engage at 45 mph.

      Congrats on the new ride.

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      01-13-2012 01:11 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by gizmopop View Post
      I'm wondering if this R has the flapper like the the previous Golf R32 had. In the R32 the flapper would (dis)engage at 45 mph.

      Congrats on the new ride.
      It does have a flapper/actuator. Not sure on the specifics about when it engages but it sounds like it's related to throttle position similar to a Corvette (you can rev it while stationary and it doesn't engage but if you're moving and giving it significant throttle, it will). I haven't done a ton of tests but the R seems similar. In motion it really comes in around 2,500 RPM.

      Here's a picture (this isn't my car, I found this on Google):



      You can see the right-most exhaust tip is connected to the actuator. I'm not sure if the muffler has two chambers (one with less restriction) or if just opening an extra exhaust outlet increases the airflow and sound. An expert would have to tell you, and I am not one.

      (A side note: That guy accidentally photographed his head. Lol.)
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      01-13-2012 01:14 PM #38
      This car is so easy and amazing to drive that it makes me hate having to get out of the driver's seat...
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      01-13-2012 01:17 PM #39
      ^ lol I didn't even notice his head till you pointed it out. I was like "there is something blocking the exhaust tips...".

      Give us more info/impressions please.

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      01-13-2012 01:31 PM #40
      Thanks for taking the time to write this up and take some good pictures. This is the kind of info I'm searching for here, while waiting for my car to come in.

      I hope we can get many more of these threads with all package/color types.


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      01-13-2012 01:40 PM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by jsausley View Post
      It does have a flapper/actuator. Not sure on the specifics about when it engages but it sounds like it's related to throttle position similar to a Corvette (you can rev it while stationary and it doesn't engage but if you're moving and giving it significant throttle, it will). I haven't done a ton of tests but the R seems similar. In motion it really comes in around 2,500 RPM.

      Here's a picture (this isn't my car, I found this on Google):



      You can see the right-most exhaust tip is connected to the actuator. I'm not sure if the muffler has two chambers (one with less restriction) or if just opening an extra exhaust outlet increases the airflow and sound. An expert would have to tell you, and I am not one.

      (A side note: That guy accidentally photographed his head. Lol.)
      The flapper opens up when full throttle is applied.The ecu controls the motion.

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      01-13-2012 01:59 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by jsausley View Post
      I set my treble and bass to 6 (out of 10) and it sounds fantastic. It's perfectly balanced for me, and I'm a bit of a sound snob.
      Nice to hear. (no pun intended)

      Here is a good thread on Dynaudio: Dynaudio Thread on GolfMK6

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      01-13-2012 02:18 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by DaLeadBull View Post
      Give us more info/impressions please.
      Hmm... well, when the road is empty and the weather permits it I usually drive fairly spirited. So far the car has been nothing but impressive. The slight delay in power is definitely noticeable, as I said before, but it just makes you eager for the turbo to kick in, and when it does the car just pulls.

      I threw it into some hard corners earlier and it took it very well. There's minimal body roll and it definitely out-handles the GTO (which I've taken to VIR three times now). By such a margin that a comparison seems silly, really.

      The only negatives I can come up with:

      First of all, the sound. Sometimes you want it to be louder, like when you're getting on it hard or when you're matching revs for a downshift (I love the sound of a downshift). On the other hand though, sometimes you don't want the car to be that loud so in that case it's perfect (55-70 MPH it's super quiet, which makes it feel really classy inside - nothing is more distracting than trying to have a conversation over a loud exhaust note).

      Second is the speed at which the car pulls first and second gear - you have to shift out of these gears fast. If you're rolling at all you might as well kick it from second gear. First is gone by about 15 MPH, maybe 20. The thing is, there's nothing that can be done about that. If we had taller gears we wouldn't have the same acceleration. So I'm willing to give that up.

      As you can tell, both of these negatives aren't really that negative. Just nitpicks that aren't really that much of an issue.

      I'll stress again. It's just absolutely too much fun to drive. I can't wait to get back behind the wheel!
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      01-13-2012 02:26 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by jsausley View Post
      Hmm... well, when the road is empty and the weather permits it I usually drive fairly spirited. So far the car has been nothing but impressive. The slight delay in power is definitely noticeable, as I said before, but it just makes you eager for the turbo to kick in, and when it does the car just pulls.

      I threw it into some hard corners earlier and it took it very well. There's minimal body roll and it definitely out-handles the GTO (which I've taken to VIR three times now). By such a margin that a comparison seems silly, really.

      The only negatives I can come up with:

      First of all, the sound. Sometimes you want it to be louder, like when you're getting on it hard or when you're matching revs for a downshift (I love the sound of a downshift). On the other hand though, sometimes you don't want the car to be that loud so in that case it's perfect (55-70 MPH it's super quiet, which makes it feel really classy inside - nothing is more distracting than trying to have a conversation over a loud exhaust note).

      Second is the speed at which the car pulls first and second gear - you have to shift out of these gears fast. If you're rolling at all you might as well kick it from second gear. First is gone by about 15 MPH, maybe 20. The thing is, there's nothing that can be done about that. If we had taller gears we wouldn't have the same acceleration. So I'm willing to give that up.

      As you can tell, both of these negatives aren't really that negative. Just nitpicks that aren't really that much of an issue.

      I'll stress again. It's just absolutely too much fun to drive. I can't wait to get back behind the wheel!
      Thanks for the impressions. It already sounds like my old trusty VR6. In everyday driving I was almost never in first gear.

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      01-13-2012 03:58 PM #45
      Awesome.

      Congrats on the new car. I can't WAIT for mine to get here. I have a little over a month till mine arrives... and it can't come soon enough!

      Regarding your comments on exhaust sound... I think that's why I'm going to wait for APR's RSC to be developed before purchasing exhaust. It's what I have on my GTI, and I LOVE the sound. Its loud when I'm on it, and quiet when I'm not. I've had lots of non-car enthusiast friends comment on the fact that they don't mind it b/c we can still ride in my car and have a conversation at normal levels (except, of course, when I am getting on the highway or passing someone )


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      01-13-2012 04:08 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by XM_Rocks View Post
      Nice to hear. (no pun intended)

      Here is a good thread on Dynaudio: Dynaudio Thread on GolfMK6
      Some strange opinions in that thread. I look forward to trying different settings as soon as possible.
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      01-13-2012 04:24 PM #47
      Looks great! Love that color too.

      Hope to hear some updates, know a lot of us are curious how it drives!

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      01-13-2012 04:25 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by jsausley View Post
      Some strange opinions in that thread. I look forward to trying different settings as soon as possible.
      It might be different for a broken in systems but for me the Dynaudio sound too bright or piercing above +1 on Treble.


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      01-13-2012 06:27 PM #49
      A few things:

      Odometer is now reading 120 miles. Took it through some of the back and country roads around Graham and Burlington to enjoy the car. Nothing really new to report here. Averaging 25 MPG with a few heavy foot moments (you have to do this). Now that I've gotten used to the feel of the clutch and the transmission, I'm more comfortable with hard shifting. Car kicks you in the ass when you do a hard shift into second and again into third. Maybe it's just my imagination but that seems to be an AWD thing. There's no tire chirp of any kind, just pure grip.

      Took the car on the interstate today for the first time. At 72-74 MPH (my typical cruising speed) the car turns a hair over 3,000 RPM. That's pretty high, but I'm used to torquey V8s (GTO cruises at about 1,800 RPM at the same speed, for example). The sound isn't bad at all, but I can imagine it might be invasive with a loud exhaust system. Just food for thought for those of you who plan to drive your Rs daily yet want to add an aftermarket exhaust. If anything, I will upgrade the downpipe and downpipe only.

      Lastly, I played with the Dynaudio. Found a setting that I like better. At first I was digging the bass (it hits pretty well) but I think I've found something that I will keep permanently. It's a more clear, pure sound. Here's the setting I use:

      Treble: -3
      Midrange: +3
      Bass: +2
      Balance: 0
      Fade: +2 (slight rear bias)

      Try that when you get your cars in. I find that it's a really good sound.
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      01-13-2012 06:50 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by DaLeadBull View Post
      You were probably looking at the EU R's with 19's.

      I actually do believe the US is only 1 cm higher which is not really noticeable unless you compare them side by side.
      Not saying you're wrong, but the outside diameter really should the same or very close regardless of the wheel diameter so the gap should be the same. Is the ride height the same for the euoro magnetic suspension versus the conventional one?
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