Some new toys!!!!
Forge WINtake and Neuspeed carbon fiber engine cover.
I would have a few suggestions for the installation of the WINtake if anyone is interested that could save you plenty of heartache. For example, be intelligent and realize that the MAF screws that came out of the stock air box are NOT compatible with the Forge intake. After I got my MAF off, I put it aside with the screws and without thinking about it, when it was time to put it back on, tried to use the same screws. This led to them stripping out the threads on the inside of the Forge pipe which meant I had to rethread it, which took a painfully long time.
Anyway... just finished this tonight so I haven't driven the car with it on yet. But it sounds good at idle and I think it looks fantastic. The carbon fiber on the two pieces matches (the weave looks strange in the pictures - it matches better in person for some reason) perfectly and it looks modified, yet subtle. Definitely a big fan of it stylistically.
The Forge seems like it's a great piece. Got a good WITW discount on it thanks to Mike, and free shipping. The install (apart from the stuff that I screwed up and made harder for myself) was pretty simple. Taking the stock air box off was harder than putting the Forge unit on. We'll see tomorrow if the power is noticeable... I doubt it will be, but the sound is definitely noticeable.
The Neuspeed cover is expensive, but cool. Both pieces are recommended.
A few little engine dress-up bits. Glad to get rid of the ugly blue caps. The Forge coolant and oil cap covers are really nice and the little OEM black wiper cap is a fun little bonus.
More shots from May 5 Raleigh Cars & Coffee here (not my photos):
DSC_9115 by Todd_Billiar, on Flickr
DSC_9114 by Todd_Billiar, on Flickr
Some other cars:
DSC_9085 by Todd_Billiar, on Flickr
DSC_9097 by Todd_Billiar, on Flickr
DSC_9082 by Todd_Billiar, on Flickr
DSC_9135 by Todd_Billiar, on Flickr
DSC_9143 by Todd_Billiar, on Flickr
DSC_9151 by Todd_Billiar, on Flickr
DSC_9156 by Todd_Billiar, on Flickr
I envy both your fathers ride and your engine cover and intake combo. At least I can copy one of them!
2012 Deep Black Pearl Golf [R]|APR Stage 1 v3.31 intake file| HS Tuning RSR Clutch | Soundaktor unplug|OEM tinted LED tails|H2Sport Roller Follower|Neuspeed CF engine cover|EVOMS V-Flow Intake|Newsouth Performance Ventpod|R8 Coil Packs|
Thanks, glad you like the cover. It was definitely too expensive... but it's so pretty!
By the way - bought a set of OEM LED tails with rear fog from Peteski here on Vortex. Really good price and helpful guy. Once the tails, my VCDS cable and my Euro switch comes in, I will be installing my OEM under seat tray and everything else all at once. Should be next week sometime.
Last edited by jsausley; 05-10-2012 at 04:09 PM.
Going to keep my OP updated with mods and such from now on. Got quite a few planned but it'll be a while before some of it gets done.
I've had no CELs whatsoever. I love the WINtake. Love it. It fits perfectly, sounds great and functions without a hitch. As far as I can tell there is no reason whatsoever to buy the more expensive VWR kit unless you have something against carbon fiber or like the wrong R logo.
Haha! Might be!
It's actually a set of LED tails.
They'll be going on as soon as my Euro switch comes in from ECS Tuning!
I know what you mean about the turbo boost and the power increasing so quickly. Even though you have less it feels like more. It is a wonderful sensation that you want to repeat over and over again.
I used to have a Porsche 944 Turbo S with chip and mods making over 325 HP and 340 TQ in a 3,000 lbs car. I absolutely loved it, probably my favorite car of all time. Early on a cool winter Sunday morning, with a little gas spiked with octane booster left in the tank, no one else in the car, the acceleration was intoxicating. While on the freeway in second, after getting the turbo gently spooled up to 3,000, depressing the throttle to the floor felt like an aircraft carrier jet catapult hooking up underneath the car and launching you forward. Rev it out to 7,000, shift into third, and the second catapult fired taking you up to 100mph in no time.
I am hoping that after some serious mods down the road, this feeling will once again be a part of my regular driving experiences with the Golf R.
Once the car gets washed and we have some good weather I'm going to take her out for some nice shots of the new LED tails. The OEM seat tray is going to go in sometime this week... I have some work to do on the old Datsun race car so that might take precedence for a few days.
On the modification front: I have decided to go with the APR RSC exhaust and Forge Twintercooler for Stage 2+. When these go on, I will also be swapping to the HPA mount. This is all very pricey as you know so for the sake of my wallet it will be a couple of months before it all gets purchased and installed... if I can stand to wait that long.
LED tail install (with rear fog):
This modification really adds the final touch to the rear of the car making it look more like the more expensive exclusive car that it is, rather than just another Golf.
Looks great! Welcome to the club. This is the first time in 8 years of modding cars that I've said this about a cosmetic mod, but this really is a must do mod IMO.
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