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 Post subject: Saying Hi from Curacao
PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:35 pm 
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I've been a member of this forum for a few months and I think it's time to share some info about myself and my project. I'm a still a student, so things don't go as fast I would want and the budget is not the biggest; but I still try to enjoy every moment of the journey. I'm not new to suzuki's, as a matter of fact Suzuki's is all I know :P
My first car was a 94 GL
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One year ago I finally got my hands on a GTi, it was in really bad shape so I had to service/repair pretty much everything... ignition, fuel, suspension, braking, steering, A/C, etc. The interior-panels, dash-board, seats, ligths and a few more things were swapped from the GS, because they were in better condition. Here are some pics
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I've spent more than I expected in this car, but I don't regret it. I can still get at least 2 more years of driving from it, but after that I don't know will happen to it. I'm planning on going to Holland for a graduate-degree, so that's what's actually holding me back with this project. Besides restoring it's systems to proper functioning, I've also been 'pimping" it a bit... a nice sound system, 2"-exhaust, straight muffler, better rims, etc. Serious performance upgrades won't come for now.
I still have much to do: rebuild the steering-rack, lower the car a bit in the back, make my own strut-braces, paint the valve cover, install an aftermarket fpr...that's all I can remember now. There's always something to work on, I bet ya'll know that!
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Rebuilt brake-calipers, new pads and rotors
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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:20 am 
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Found a couple of pics in the phone-backup.... it's easier than cleaning up the car to take pictures :P

My unfinished engine bay
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The hart of the sound-system. It's only a 400W PIONEER amplifier, but it gets the job done. To be honest I don't know how people can have those 2000W systems, that's just too much noise. My 10 inch sub alone can vibrate through the whole car.

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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:19 pm 
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Inventive, I like it. 8)
So what Mazda did the ball joints come out of?
Any further plans?
Welcome to the forum.
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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:41 pm 
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druiddave wrote:
Inventive, I like it. 8)
So what Mazda did the ball joints come out of?
Any further plans?
Welcome to the forum.
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Hi, thank you for your post. The ball joints are from 86-89 mazda 323. They are easy to replace and really helped keeping costs down, specially shipping. I suppose you already know the oem joints are welded to the control arms.
There are no big plans for the future, at least not performance-wise. I would love to install a turbo-kit, but that would be too much of a compromise; as I'll probably have to sell the car in 2 years when I leave the island :cry: . Just trying to be as realistic as possible, that's all.

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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:21 pm 
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I've been really busy fixing/adapting stuff to the car. Now I'm using a 60mm throttle body from a Nissan 240SX and a fuel rail from a Honda D16 engine. Both modifications took more time than expected, but it was fun.
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The next step will be making the headers from VW golf parts and painting the valve cover for a better look in the engine bay...

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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:24 pm 
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As for the back, I got a "new" set of half-tinted rears with a black center-garnish. My previous set was all cracked due to the sound system 8).


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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
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I respect this GTI! Such a labour of love shown here! Looks great mate! Well done.. cant wait to see the extra progress!

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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:22 pm 
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gtaye wrote:
I respect this GTI! Such a labour of love shown here! Looks great mate! Well done.. cant wait to see the extra progress!

Thanks mate! It means a lot coming from such a respected member.

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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
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Got the valve cover painted 8) ...


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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
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Home-made header installed... the new exhaust-sound is awesome! More about it here: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=51037
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I did the clutch only 350 km ago, so I need to wait a bit before testing the new set-up...

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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
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Update: so I got these "light weight" 14" rims... 7kg each without tires. They are about the same model than the ones I have now, only smaller; but the aluminium doesn't have the same smooth surface-finish, so I'll have to paint them instead. Thinking about white...
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I also welded a flex pipe and moved the flange (following advice form members here) in order to prevent the header from cracking.
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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
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Wheels are almost done, but I can't find low-profile tires for them :(.


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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
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They look great. I hope your not offended if I copy you.

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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
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SOBIL wrote:
They look great. I hope your not offended if I copy you.

Hahaha nope, I would be flattered actually. I'll go haunting for tires today, there's only ONE more place that could have what I'm looking for... fingers crossed.

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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
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The best I could find were 184/55/R14 tires, but I'm happy with them. I'll drop the car in the back this weekend to get the look I'm looking for.
The difference in acceleration with this lighter and smaller rims is really noticeable... I'm really curious what times my car is doing now in the 1/4 mile. There's only one way to know 8).


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The rims look great.

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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
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Spent the afternoon at the drag-track today... best time ever! It's was "Real street Legal" so no traction compound was used. My best time was 16.48, that with no weight reduction and AWFUL launches. The launch on the last run was really good, but I missed second. Then I noticed there was something wrong with my shifter, which probably made me missed the gear... when I got home I found out the shifter "bushing" broke on the last run... kind of weird right?
Anyway I'll take care of that tomorrow. I hope I can improve that time on the next event, but I'm still happy with the results of my first day at the drag track.


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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
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Pics at the track...


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No helmet? It looks like your camber is a little out even allowing for front lift.

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 Post subject: Re: Saying Hi from Curacao
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No helmet? It looks like your camber is a little out even allowing for front lift.

I wasn't required to wear a helmet. My camber is -2° in the back and -1° in the front. The rear is lowered about 2 fingers, so that's probably why it seems like the front is a little high I guess.

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