Last edited by GliGirlDriver; 06-25-2012 at 11:31 AM.
I spy a header without a flex bellow... hope you plan on running one on the before the cat. Keep an eye on those rotors too, there have been many who've had bad luck with the drilled/slotted rotors for our cars. I'm a Zimmerman man myself... but pimpin' ain't easy (or cheap). Good luck and keep up the progress.
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Slight setback. Went to test fit then install the new rotors, calipers etc. and I can confirm that upgrading 88 16v scirocco brakes to corrado brakes requires an adapter which I currently do not have to bolt the carriers to the spindles. I had been told it was a direct bolt on but it is not.
Anybody have a pair of adapters for sale?
Honestly, this isn't getting anywhere. To run a sway bar with this header you need a sway bar designed to run with it.
The factory sway bar can be made to fit with the header using a spacer, but it is not a proper fit and is way to close to the ground on a lowered car.
It would be nice to see one of the aftermarket companies come out with a sway bar designed for this application.
Until when/if they do, I will probably pick up a try y in the next month or so and swap headers.
It's pretty well noted that the factory sway bar will not work with the race header, you kinda stepped into that one. On the other hand, had you listened to old Thrash, you would have gotten the street header and been much happier.
Secondly, corrado brakes on a ~2200 pound car are not only overkill, but the added unsprung weight isn't helping anything either. Looks cool, but you probably won't see much else on the side of performance unless you plan on hardcore tracking that thing, and if you do, those rotors probably won't last half a track day before heat-cracking.
Looking good though, good progress.
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Thanks Thrasher, I agree with you on the header and will probably wind up swapping it out for a Try Y in the next month or so. Chalk this one up to a learning experience
If you don't mind passing opinion is the Techtonics TRY Y really worth the extra cost over Raceland? A friend of mine runs a shop here in town and says he hasn't see major issues with the Racelands and recommend I go with them and save the extra $250 for something else. Thoughts?
On the brakes, I got the calipers along with my seabrings a while back and wanted to give them a try. I'm keeping all my original equipment in a nice neat box in case this goes badly. I agree they are overkill for this car, but in brakes I kind of like that.
We'll see how it goes and if I don't like it or it feels unsafe/unstable they are coming right back off.
I took the car for a nice and gentle test drive last night just to see how things would feel. On the positive side the gripping power is MUCH higher, but I've also picked up a little more pedal travel despite extensive bleeding.
Keep in mind I kept things slow and took my time braking.
It was late last night when I got in, but I plan to go back over everything and make sure it's tight, in proper alignment, etc. before I take another drive. Thankfully I have two other VW's to drive so I can take my time and be as through as I need to on the brake experiment.
I forgot to mention I'm thinking about picking this up in a few weeks to rebuild/build up over the winter.
As always feedback appreciated
Finally got the MK4 brakes on the rear, looks super nice
Also for the first time since I got my Scirocco the emergency brake works
Next weekend I'm picking up a complete 2.0 litre 9a to build over the winter and if all goes well a pair of NIB rear 16v tail lights.... Sick of the cracked 8v's
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Today my winter 9A project came home. Thanks rocco858488
It also came with some extra goodies:
Upper + lower intake
Complete wiring harness
All boxes (even spares of some)
Complete cis-e system including good boot
exhaust manifold and down pipe
Hoping to get the oil drained and the pan off tomorrow
After much deliberation I've decided to take care of a few more things on the car before I jump into the long term (read expensive 9A 2.0 or 2.1 litre NA monster engine project)
In no particular order I'm planning to:
Swap the headlights for Euro's
Replace the radiator fan with the thin flex-a-lite unit
Move battery to the trunk
Why wait on the engine? I want the car and the current strong 1.8 to reap the benefits of better cooling, better weight distribution, and a less cluttered engine bay.
The lights well...I have the brightest US spec lights I can get and am woefully under impressed even after painstaking cleaning of grounds and contacts.
...the Euro's look a lot better too