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    Thread: '93 Corrado SLC performance mods

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      08-07-2013 09:41 PM #1
      Howdy,

      Just bought a '93 SLC with 180K on the clock. Was owned by VW Club folks who took pretty good care of it. Just replaced the radiator hoses, rear wheel bearings and a few other small bits and am trying to put together a long-term plan to beef up the performance specs.

      While more horsepower would be good, I'm more interested in brakes, suspension and other upgrades but there's so much info out there I don't really know where to start.

      Any suggestions would be helpful - I'm a noob at this.

      I'm in Los Angeles,
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      08-07-2013 10:27 PM #2
      It looks like you are starting with a beautiful example. Congrats! The most important question IMO is what is your budget like?
      I do not understand why some coupes make the grade and others do not. Everyone knows, for instance, that the Corrado was as tasty as an East End prize fighter with the looks of a Benetti super-yacht. The four-cylinder was good, but the VR6 was about as close as you could get to Ferraridom without buying a Ferrari. And what happened? You all went to the pub instead. -Jeremy Clarkson-

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      08-07-2013 11:07 PM #3
      268 cams and a light weight flywheel.

      You will love every minute of it


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      08-07-2013 11:10 PM #4
      The most significant improvement you can make to a stock VR is adding the the typical chip, CAI, cam and exhaust. Stop there! Invest in a 6 speed trans that has close ratio gears and a LSD. Whether it's an 02M, 02S or a 02A qauife/eurospec unit you will gain the equivalent of 50-75hp with a 3.94 r&p and a tall cruiser 6th gear.

      In the 80's I had a grey market 914-6 running a 4 cyl transaxle just for the shorter gears. At 2, 100lb the car was a flying coffin. I ran a 2.7 210hp 911 motor for a while with dual 3x weber. It's sad but my buddy's '71 240Z could pull away until 3rd gear since he ran close ratio Japanese Grey Market s13 Silva gearbox. The Silva's gears were matched perfect for the the tuned 180hp 240Z at 2,350lb.

      An investment in the right gearbox on a VR that has the typical chip, CAI, cam and exhaust will be unstoppable. The real (expensive) Go fast on a VR comes from a turbo or s/c motor. Unlike the huge investment in a blown VR and it's increased maint the 6SP M can be pulled and retain it's value if the car is totaled or sold.
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      08-07-2013 11:23 PM #5
      Although I said I'm not especially interested in HP gains, I'm already flip-flopping.

      Maybe I'll start out with a chip and intake. Any suggestions?

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      08-08-2013 08:02 AM #6
      Asking an objective question just means your going to get a ton of different opinions.

      To know what YOU want It's best to form your opinion by researching and above all else, drive it a few months.

      It looks like a nice start, don't **** it up.

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      08-08-2013 08:13 AM #7
      Chip go with Giac Intake depends on you. Are you willing to run an Intake that drops down behind your bumper (cold air Intake) possibly can be exposed to puddles etc. I personally like the OG Eurosport Intake. Cams DRC 268's best bang for your buck. like stated above 3.94 rp

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      08-08-2013 09:58 AM #8
      I wouldn't change out the stock air box. Cams, eprom, clutch and a quality suspension and you will love the ride.
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      08-08-2013 11:23 AM #9
      You might want to check with the seller of what already been done on this car. I believe there is already an aftermatket intake on the car and mostlikely and common that a chip is already in place. Remove the cpu and see what's in there. Ask if timing chain and headgasket have been done before moving on to cam, lifter, rod bearing. Save up for a nice tranny at the later day, expensive. Goodluck

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      08-08-2013 12:17 PM #10
      i had those same wheels.. in like 03

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      08-08-2013 01:16 PM #11
      Car currently has stock intake and CPU.

      The plan for now is to handle cosmetic stuff first - I'm going to have the hood and bumpers repainted and restore the interior leather - then drive it for a while to get a feel for what I'd like to improve.

      I've been driving it gingerly so far but, when it gets back from the mechanic - who's giving it a once over - I plan to thrash it and see how she performs. At that point, I'll start forming opinions.

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      08-08-2013 02:56 PM #12
      The 'rado had been leaking a little oil. At first we thought it was just the seal around the filter but I just heard from my mechanic - Jomag in Los Angeles - that the head gasket needs to be replaced at some point, which would also mean replacing timing chains. Apparently it's a huge job that involves dropping the transmission, etc.

      He says it's not a pressing issue but I guess I know where my first $2k is going to be spent. YIKES!

      Any alternative suggestions would be welcome.

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      08-08-2013 03:45 PM #13
      I don't really see why replacing the head gasket means you must also do the chains. That's not really a "while you're in there" thing unless you were planning on doing the tensioner bolt and upper guide rail.

      With 180K on the clock, I'm sure they've already been done once, no?

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      08-08-2013 03:48 PM #14
      There are no alternatives... if thats whats wrong... Theres no other way about it.

      At least you will know that the chains and guides will be good, so save up for a cam and chip and have them installed or do it yourself for the personal fulfillment.
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      08-08-2013 03:50 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by ddavis15710 View Post
      There are no alternatives... if thats whats wrong... Theres no other way about it.

      At least you will know that the chains and guides will be good, so save up for a cam and chip and have them installed or do it yourself for the personal fulfillment.
      That's what I'm thinking.

    16. 08-08-2013 07:50 PM #16
      They all leak a little. I tested mine with 104k on it using blockcheck and the head gasket leaks for a couple minutes when cold then stops once warmed up. I don't plan on doing much about it for now since I'd rather wait to hear some chain noise and do it all at once.

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      08-08-2013 07:54 PM #17
      I got it back from the mechanic a few hours ago - he changed the rear wheel bearings, flushed the cooling system and did a few other, minor bits - and immediately headed up to my favorite driving road for an hour of canyon carving. Wow! Gotta love the torque.

      Might be even more fun to drive than my Mk II 16v and it's certainly a lot faster.

    18. 08-11-2013 01:04 AM #18
      Hey I am new to LA and use jomag for my maintenance but who do you know of that can vag.com my car and do the performance mods. Do you know anything about autotech? They are an hour from la and they have CARB exempt cold air intake.

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      08-12-2013 07:34 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Darksidedanger View Post
      Hey I am new to LA and use jomag for my maintenance but who do you know of that can vag.com my car and do the performance mods. Do you know anything about autotech? They are an hour from la and they have CARB exempt cold air intake.
      Autotech is a good company been around for a long time

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      08-12-2013 11:12 AM #20
      Engine;
      2.9 clone or euro mani
      Chip
      Intake
      Exhaust
      268 cams
      Under drive pullies
      1.8T IAT sensor

      Tranny;
      LSD
      TDI 5th gear

      Suspension;
      Autotech strut bars (front and rear)
      Coilovers
      Poly strut bushings
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      08-12-2013 11:14 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by NickSita View Post

      The plan for now is to handle cosmetic stuff first.
      Go before Show!

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      08-12-2013 02:30 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by 16k.Redline View Post
      Go before Show!
      Maybe I wasn't clear. It's not that I want the car to look perfect before it runs perfectly. It's that I plan to have everything looking stock and new - both mechanicals and cosmetics - before I start enhancing the performance with aftermarket mods.

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      08-12-2013 04:07 PM #23
      • Lamin-X your fogs and turns especially Euro lights if you run them.
      • Spoon fed plush carpet mat set is a must before winter.
      • Lurk on Autotech or BBM for their next sale on chips. Few know BBM will match prices.
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    24. 08-13-2013 10:58 AM #24
      looks like you have a good example Nick.

      For suspension, PSS series or H&R's really shine well for ride, reliability and long term ownership. ST I have heard good things about, but have not had a chance to try them out yet. Some delrin front control arm bushings with R32 rear bushings is a great upgrade to gain a crisp turn in.

      But all the suspension in the world is not worth a damn without good tires. Depending on the use and mileage that you intend to drive, shopping around will be well worth the time.

      As for power, 268's are the money cam. I would never run anything smaller on a VR6. Because your in Cali, intake manifold and headers can be a PITA with CARB.

      The 12v VR6 forum is a great place to spend some time and read up on what is worth doing and what is not.
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/forumdisp...6-Engine-Forum


      A good flush on the brake fluid and some good quality pads and stainless lines go a long way on a Corrado. Unless your spending a lot of time at the track, they will suit you fine.


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      08-13-2013 11:50 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by petethepug View Post
      Spoon fed plush carpet mat set is a must before winter.
      Hmmm, going to have to disagree with you there. I just got them literally a few hours ago in the mail and I have been staring at them since. Trunk mat is going in and so are the back mats and MAYBE the PS but I am using my OEM ones or the nasty pseudo OEM replacement ones that the stealerships had with the solid embroidered badge, especially for winter. Save the SFT ones for shows, cruises, GTG and first dates!
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      08-14-2013 12:46 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by petethepug View Post

      Spoon fed plush carpet mat set is a must before winter.
      I live in LA, where it rarely if ever gets below 50 degrees fahrenheit, and that's in the middle of the night, a few nights in February... maybe. Plush carpet mats are not very high on my list.

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