So it has been a long time coming, but lots of improvements, and i'm relieved to say the car is better than ever....
Needed a new clutch, so along with the new clutch cable its now all new, and the feel, progressiveness of the pedal etc is massively improved, and whilst in there we fitted a new RichW flywheel! (WHAT an impact that has had, engine now revs so much more freely, and coupled with the Satcshift the gear changes now are lightening fast and loose little rpm...) - You can see in vids below
Removed all remaining air con pipes AND replaced the power steering pipework we had done with the fitment of the VTS rack....Still not great sadly, getting a horrible feedback when wheel is anything other than straight ahead, i'm guessing it could be the rack now as we've tried/changed everything bar the pump (which was fine before....)
Well this turned out to be a barrel of laughs...it had only done 8k miles but in 6 yrs so thought it wise to change given its age...as some of you may have read, had a bit of a mishap when my good mate and mechanic accidentally started it half way through the change (with no belt on....)
Also, we just could not get the heat shield to not foul the exhaust, has anyone else had this? (we gave up and took it off)
This lead to a full head rebuild, which has transformed the car, it is now smooth, quiet and pulls harder than ever - so very pleased in the end....
The mechanic used all OEM parts and cleaned up the engine bay, so it is now genuinely like new and so much better than it has been in my ownership
So i am running Billet 300 HiSpec brakes with Tarox G88 discs, previously with DS2500's. After Silverstone in Feb these really glazed over (despite having a good 4mm depth left
) so these were replaced by DS3000's - Utterly amazing is all i can say, you can see in the videos I ate everything up on the brakes, including cars with much bigger setups than me - cannot recommend this combo enough!
I couldn't resist, i've never liked the 2 spoke OMP rally wheel so upgraded to a smaller, Corsica wheel - its bloody lovely
So she rolled out of the garage, fully rebuilt the Friday before the trackday on the 19th of Sept @ Bedford Autodrome
I'm massively relieved to say the engine and all of the works completed were utterly brilliant and didnt complain once, despite being thrashed mercilessly all day....that said I did run wide onto the kerbs in the morning which appears to have broken the front left driveshaft/diff and requires further investigation (hence the horrible noises and slightly reduced pace through right handers on the videos below)
The new AD08R's also stood up very well in dry and damp conditions, and certainly have every bit as much grip as the RSR's before them, along with better turn in.
I cannot recommend getting out on track days enough, particularly with decent tyres, brakes and a light(ish) car, it is utterly brilliant and massively rewarding.
Here is the Pug keeping up with new Aston Martins and 300 bhp Stage 3 ST's, Cupra R's with Cages and MASSIVE brakes, and Stage 2 Mk5 GTi's - punching well above its weight...
Golf GTI: https://youtu.be/oaR9YUXsTc4
Cupra R: https://youtu.be/j1x89sFFjPw
Now its time to sort the cage/shell and bodies - its as ever, the straights that prove frustrating...