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 Post subject: Back in the game! Project "Monster"
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:28 pm 
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Well as some of you would know I have been hunting for sometime for another GTi to get myself back into the GTi game. After a LOT of trolling on here for cars and a WTB that netted 2 responses for broken turbo GTi's I was pointed (thanks DMWDave =D> ) to Squirt's Mk3 which just happened to be 20 minutes down the road :lol:

After checking it out in the flesh and liking what I saw, despite a blown head gasket and missing the front sway bar :shock: a deal was struck and after a trailer home this afternoon she's now sitting in my driveway (Shed's full of wood for winter #-o ) ready for some TLC.

First port of call is a 27mm Front swaybar & 20mm rear + some camber/castor correction to get it really eating up our twisty roads.

Then I'll fix up the head gasket and see how she runs from there.

Here's a link to his build thread...

http://www.redlinegti.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=47689

The plan is once running get it rego'd (it had NSW rego but that was no good to me here) then it will be my daily drive and weekend warrior (1/4 mile, track day, hill climb car)

once its going properly I'll see what improvements it needs but I'm thinking.

- DWM AFPR & Fuel Rail
- Adjustable Cam Gears from Crizby for that bit of extra tuning
- Decent Alarm & Central Locking kit (keep the insurance people happy)

Then she should be really humming along and I can concentrate on the racing and enjoying the car. It has no sound system but I think that works better for what I want anyway 8)

I can tell you its sure nice to see another GTi in the driveway after so many years without one! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Back in the game! My Mk3...
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:30 pm 
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Congrats.

IMO 27mm front sway bar is too big. I had one but swapped it back to stock.

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 Post subject: Re: Back in the game! My Mk3...
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:36 pm 
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tom-storm wrote:
Congrats.

IMO 27mm front sway bar is too big. I had one but swapped it back to stock.


Yeah? I ran a 24mm on my Mk1 and loved it! It was a little heavy but the massive change in corning was worth it! The car will see plenty of bends so I don't mind getting bigger forearms to enjoy them :wink:

If you've still got the 27mm shoot me a pm.

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 Post subject: Re: Back in the game! My Mk3...
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:39 pm 
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Sold it a while ago, sorry mate. Even with 20mm rear sway bar I though it had a negative impact on turn in and it introduced understeer.

Just my experience, maybe others have different opinions...?

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 Post subject: Re: Back in the game! My Mk3...
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:42 pm 
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tom-storm wrote:
Sold it a while ago, sorry mate. Even with 20mm rear sway bar I though it had a negative impact on turn in and it introduced understeer.

Just my experience, maybe others have different opinions...?


Shame :( I'm happy to hear what people have to say on it all. I'm gonig off what I've read (FAQ's here) and having experienced the 24mm in the Mk1 so happy to hear people's thoughts

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 Post subject: Re: Back in the game! My Mk3...
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:48 pm 
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Congrats on the buy!

If you want to do brakes and suspension Ive got a prelude/elantra kit here and coil overs (konis f + r plus springs all valved to match) that Im looking to get rid of.

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 Post subject: Re: Back in the game! My Mk3...
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waylow wrote:
Congrats on the buy!

If you want to do brakes and suspension Ive got a prelude/elantra kit here and coil overs (konis f + r plus springs all valved to match) that Im looking to get rid of.


Tempting! I've actually already got cross drilled slotted rotors all round so I'm not sure I want to swap them out and the coilovers would be great but probably aren't in the budget just yet - depends on $ I suppose (pm me with some figures and we'll see)

I need a front swaybar of somekind in there are its currently without one! so that's fisrt port of call along with the head gasket and making sure its running nicely - dyno run anyone ;) and go from there.

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 Post subject: Re: Back in the game! My Mk3...
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:04 pm 
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Stock GTi front sway will do fine!

I kept mine and cannot complain; but I did upgrade the rear!

Go the poly bushes throughout plus the castor kit from Whiteline. Camber pins as well on the front, decent shocks and springs all around and you're just about set.

Good to see you back Mate! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Back in the game! My Mk3...
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:24 pm 
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DrelvisGTi wrote:
Stock GTi front sway will do fine!

I kept mine and cannot complain; but I did upgrade the rear!

Go the poly bushes throughout plus the castor kit from Whiteline. Camber pins as well on the front, decent shocks and springs all around and you're just about set.

Good to see you back Mate! :)

Cheers,

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Good to know. I think I still like the idea of the 27mm up front as its hard to pass on a golden opportunity to upgrade. If ti doesn't work out its not a huge investment to switch back to a stock one. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Back in the game! My Mk3...
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Woohoo! Straight into it! Can't wait to see hown this turns out!

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 Post subject: Re: Back in the game! My Mk3...
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If you can spring for it, get a TurbineTech underbody brace. The difference in my car was amazing. Of course this is mated with a top strut brace, whitelne sway bars and a roll cage to stiffen it all up...

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 Post subject: Re: Back in the game! My Mk3...
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:11 pm 
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Cheers. That's on my longer term wishlist unless i find a nicely priced second hand one atm. Though doing it at the same time as the swaybars is probably a good idea hey... Hmmm :!:

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I've got a tekkie spec underbody brace here too ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Back in the game! My Mk3...
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waylow wrote:
I've got a tekkie spec underbody brace here too ;)

So true....
get it while you can.....

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 Post subject: Re: Back in the game! My Mk3...
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:42 pm 
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Well I've already got a Suzitech strut brace with engine stabliser so that's a good start. I've got a good deal on a sard FPR & modified Mk1 fuel rail to suit as well as a 27mm front swaybar.

Waylow has a PM (again) and we'll see if an underbody brace comes my way too. Depends on budget but here's hoping :)

Still gotta get some camber & castor adjustment bits from whiteline along with the right bushes for the front and a rear 20mm swaybar.

All I need then is to fix the head and get her rego'd :roll:

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Got my first of many packages in the mail today... A nice little "gift pack" from Whiteline

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Camber Pins
Castor Adjustment Bushes
Control Arm Bushes and Swaybar Links

To Follow:
D link Bushes front & Rear from Hertz
27mm Whiteline Front Swaybar from mlc2318
20mm Whiteline Rear Swaybar donor to come :wink:
Front Underbody Brace from Waylow (and maybe a few other pieces :wink: )
Adjustable Cam Geasrs & Short shifter (to replace the shortened shifter I have #-o )
AEL ADR Aproved Braided Brake lines in "Carbo-look" with black fittings 8)

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Where are you getting the brake lines?

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 Post subject: Re: Back in the game! My Mk3...
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HEL (typo in last post) $197 ADR approved, choice of colours and express posted. They sure look the goods :)

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Tassie_mk1 wrote:
Short shifter (to replace the shortened shifter I have

That wasn't me, I swear :lol:

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Squirt wrote:
Tassie_mk1 wrote:
Short shifter (to replace the shortened shifter I have

That wasn't me, I swear :lol:


Even if it was for $60 the short shifter is worth it :lol:

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