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post Oct 14 2013, 12:26 PM
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Well I've gotten fully engrossed in trackday fever, and while I'm probably looking at 2015 before I can really dedicate the GTI to track work as a second vehicle, I'm definitely looking forward to running it in 2014 at more events and getting it quicker and more capable on the track.

First NASA trackday of 2014 should be early May, so I'm looking to get some things done before then:

1) Some maintenance issues up first, including my normal seasonal MTF change, replacing my leaking left-rear shock, and trying to address some fueling issues I seem to be having (mileage has come down about 3-4 MPG across the board, starting to get occasional fuel smells in the car on cold starts, and the idle has taken to occasional dips in RPM). Potential avenues to explore there are fuel delivery (filters/pump screen/fuel pump/associate electronics), an exhaust leak upstream of the O2 sensor and/or a failing O2 sensor, or maybe even a camshaft position sensor giving bad info. to the fuel system (basically when the CPS gives bad or no data to the engine management, the car cuts fuel to reduce fire risk in an accident.)

2) Brakes! TT fronts, 11" euro rears, completing my SS lines with ECS's new rear lines, Ferodo DS2500s, and maybe some sort of cooling duct arrangement if I could figure that one out. Some form of caliper refresh is also in order, at least to grease and maintain the pins and perhaps refresh some seals.

3) Sway bars. Looking at 22 mm front/28 mm rears with some form of adjustability for fine-tuning purposes.

4) Power. DV, chip, exhaust, intake/turbo hoses, larger SMIC...probably won't do ALL those things by May, but want to get something going. Will be sure to get a baseline dyno run before I start so I can see what I gain.

And somewhere in there, there are some cosmetic things I would like to address. My front headlights have succumbed to the yellowing and fogging of age...a couple attempts with some polishing and what not has helped but I'd rather replace them, so I think I will pull the original polycarbonate lenses off, do a joey mod (paint the background of the headlights black) and put on new glass lenses. Will match that blacked out look with some new side markers and side turn indicators. Also looking into getting the minor cosmetic damage on my rear bumper repaired, and try to give the whole car a thorough detailing too. Been pondering replacing the lower front black plastic grills with a black metal mesh as well, perhaps something that will allow me to run my tow hook all the time?

So I guess this thread will become my little catch-all for what I do between now and the spring on the GTI. Gonna start with a weekend at my friend's in a couple weeks doing the maintenance and some fueling diagnostics and see where it leads me!
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post Nov 27 2013, 12:09 PM
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I get an average of 28-30 MPG out of mine currently (goes up a bit in the summer) and as soon as I can I am fitting the draft 42s as I hear they tighten the throw up quite nicely. At the moment I am torn between throwng a bit of money at the Leon (exhaust, FMIC, springs and dampers) or just selling up and putting a deposit down and financing something more serious.
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- clarkma5   GTI - the 2013/14 off-season   Oct 14 2013, 12:26 PM
- - dukenukem   Good choice on the pads. You could further futur...   Oct 14 2013, 04:36 PM
- - clarkma5   The idea being that they're less conductive of...   Oct 14 2013, 04:47 PM
- - dukenukem   Yep. That would be it. It's not a super critic...   Oct 14 2013, 05:08 PM
- - clarkma5   For $100 with practically an endless lifespan...   Oct 14 2013, 05:34 PM
- - dukenukem   Are you running CG lock or a 3 point harness? If I...   Oct 17 2013, 12:52 AM
- - clarkma5   I have a CG lock.   Oct 17 2013, 07:17 AM
- - clarkma5   NASA Northwest just released their tentative 2014 ...   Oct 17 2013, 10:40 AM
- - clarkma5   Opinions on lighting: I'm really liking the l...   Oct 17 2013, 01:19 PM
- - midnightdorifto   I'd say leave them amber with the darker headl...   Oct 17 2013, 07:07 PM
- - clarkma5   hmmm might be convinced of that   Oct 17 2013, 07:52 PM
- - Bjorn   I've always been a fan of clear. Smoked always...   Oct 18 2013, 04:30 AM
- - clarkma5   Because I cleaned and waxed it and had my big came...   Oct 21 2013, 07:52 AM
- - clarkma5   So it was a 90k maintenance/investigative day at m...   Oct 28 2013, 11:58 AM
- - Bjorn   I've been thinking of getting a K&N filter...   Oct 28 2013, 04:07 PM
- - fiber optic   QUOTE(Bjorn @ Oct 28 2013, 07:07 PM) I...   Oct 28 2013, 04:09 PM
- - clarkma5   IMO it was one of those things that added 1 real H...   Oct 28 2013, 04:23 PM
- - clarkma5   Just got a VAGCOM on order. Car probably needs a t...   Nov 27 2013, 09:39 AM
- - 350Z   What kind of fuel consumption are you getting from...   Nov 27 2013, 10:37 AM
- - clarkma5   I would say that until 6-12 months ago, I consiste...   Nov 27 2013, 10:46 AM
- - 350Z   I get an average of 28-30 MPG out of mine currentl...   Nov 27 2013, 12:09 PM
- - clarkma5   I'm wavering a little bit about using this car...   Nov 27 2013, 12:20 PM
- - 350Z   Yeah thats pretty much the same way I feel about m...   Nov 27 2013, 12:35 PM
- - clarkma5   Heh, yeah my problem is that my favorite choice fo...   Nov 27 2013, 12:43 PM
- - 350Z   Speaking of modifications do you have an APR distr...   Nov 27 2013, 01:01 PM
- - clarkma5   Yeah there are a couple. A chip is on my list but ...   Nov 27 2013, 01:08 PM
- - 350Z   I dont know what its like in the states but over h...   Nov 27 2013, 01:20 PM
- - clarkma5   Did you have the old style Forge without the o-rin...   Nov 27 2013, 01:24 PM
- - 350Z   The 007P was older but it 100% had the O ring as I...   Nov 27 2013, 01:38 PM
- - clarkma5   So how often did you feel you had to service the F...   Nov 27 2013, 01:44 PM
- - 350Z   Well when I was at a show I got talking to the guy...   Nov 27 2013, 01:53 PM
- - clarkma5   OK, good to know. For my use that would basically ...   Nov 27 2013, 02:11 PM
- - 350Z   You cannot argue against the quality of the forge ...   Nov 28 2013, 12:51 AM
- - b0mb3r   Can you use the DV from the 2.0T FSI motor? the ne...   Nov 28 2013, 10:08 AM

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