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  1. Phoenix

    Run out to the coast

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    5 points
  2. Something that I have wanted to do for such a long time and I can actually say I have been and done it. After much deliberation of how and where to buy tickets for the F1 in Monaco It was actually really easy and I got them directly through the ACM website on the day they were released. We toyed with the idea of which days to go but considering the race can sometimes be a bit of a procession, we decided to go for Saturday tickets and watch P3 and Quali. In hindsight, we should of got tickets to both Saturday and Sunday as I felt like I was missing out when we were catching the flight home on Sunday (even though it was considerably cheaper to fly home that day!) We flew into Nice on the Tuesday where we were based for the whole week, very close to the train station so it was super easy to get around, the tram is incredibly easy and perfect for getting around Nice. We headed over to Monaco on the Wednesday by train to have a look around before everything completely shut down. It was great because we managed to easily walk around the whole track, take in the atmosphere and even walk the pit lane! Saturday was hectic, we got a train in Nice at 7:20am thinking it would be chaos but it wasn't that busy and managed to get on the train easily. We made our way to Grandstand B (Casino Square) before heading back down towards the start/finish straight to take in the atmosphere, we then queued to get into the fanzone to try and watch the driver interviews but ended up waiting there for an hour and no one was being let in so I got fed up, threw my toys out the pram and said I didn't spend all that money to stand in a line. We managed to get back to the grandstand in time for the F3 sprint (albeit missing the crash at Casino and only just catching the clean up). After qualifying we got a bite to eat down at the start/finish straight again before the track opened around 8pm where we then walked the whole track. For an F1 fan that has been watching the race on tv for years it was the most incredible experience. Walking around iconic parts of the track was something else and made the hair on the back of my neck stand up, we clocked up over 30,000 steps on the Saturday alone! The yacht's were amazing, we spent ages just watching the rich and famous have fun 😎 Anyway, enough talking....here are some pictures from the weekend.
    5 points
  3. R-dinho

    New Tyre Time

    I want to chip in and say the Conti SportContact 7 tyres (19in) are amazing, top-tier tyres for the Golf 8R. I've had Goodyears, Bridgestones (MEH!), Hankooks (factory fitted to my R), Michelin Pilot Sport 4S etc. I can honestly say the Conti's are one of the best, if not, the best for the R. Had a tough decision to go with either the PS4S (proven superb performance) or the SportContact 7s – chose the latter, and I have no regrets. Brilliant tyres.
    5 points
  4. Some 8R pics from the last 18 months.
    5 points
  5. @Rocketman: Hi. OK - let's start with a small diversion before answering this question - meaning that it's important to understand how electrical theory intersects with the economics (otherwise known as the "dismal science") of mass produced vehicles in the modern era! The fact is that VW (and every car manufacturer) provide NO more copper in their fleet of cars than is necessary to satisfy the electrical needs of their downstream circuits! This means that the wiring looms in the VW fleet are sized just-for the designed loads and NO MORE! The increasing world price of copper and a greater focus on return-to-shareholder (i.e. profit) has mandated this outcome. So, when adding electrical equipment to a Golf mk7, it's important to appreciate the electrical impact on the copper wires - especially if the new gear has a 20 Amp fuse !! As an example of a bad decision when picking a fuse position for new equipment that has a 20 Amp fuse is to connect to point on the fuse-block that was factory wired for a 7.5 Amp circuit. This choice has the potential to over-load the wiring loom and result in elevated VD ("Volt-Drop", not the STD) The "usual" place to install this new power-supply fuse is on the same feed as the +12V rail for the ciggy-lighter (yes, I'm aware that this term is not PC - you can call it the "12V socket" if you want). On a Golf mk7, this fuse position is SC40 - see below. The reason for choosing SC40 is because it is also has a 20 Amp fuse - so the size of the factory wire that feeds this fuse position is designed for a downstream load that has a 20 Amp fuse! This does NOT mean that the wire is sized for a constant 20 Amp load - rather, it means that the wire is sized for the max power dissipation during a fault that a 20 Amp fuse will allow (the underlying constant electrical load for a 20Amp fuse is typically about 13 Amps). The way to connect the new 20 Amp fuse to the existing 20 Amp fuse is to use an "add-a-circuit-fuse-tap" -see below). This permits the new fuse to operate in parallel with the existing fuse. Fuse taps are inexpensive and readily available! However, SC40 already has a designed electrical load - being whatever is plugged into the ciggy-lighter sockets. So, be aware that electrically this solution works ONLY because of something called "diversification" - meaning that care should be exercised to limit the electrical load of whatever is plugged into the ciggy lighters when using the external amplifier (especially if you like the sound volume to approach a level that modulates the car windows!😜) A final point - SC40 is what's called a Terminal 15 voltage - meaning that it is a power supply that is switched-ON with the ignition key. It is possible to convert SC40 to a permanent +12V supply. Don
    5 points
  6. 4 points
  7. HNY

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    This guy is the most boring car reviewer on YouTube
    4 points
  8. 8YARWY

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    All the usual car reviewers getting in on the Clubsport reviews Just can’t help wondering why one certain ‘you tuber’ hasn’t been invited [emoji848] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  9. Sean28uk

    New Car

    It was sad to see the 7.5 go but loving the MK8. getting used to the infotainment stuff currently but I like the haptics etc. so not loaded with extras just pano roof, upgraded wheels and reverse camera. I succumbed to the blue, obviously it is the most common colour but that’s because it looks so nice in it.
    4 points
  10. Sean28uk

    New Car

    Thanks everyone, I decided if I got one it needed the bigger wheels in black, pano roof, and reverse camera. I love the interior of the car, and the colour. Haptics are good too, audio system sounds good but I may upgrade to a downward facing powered sub like I have in my 16v GTi and van to give a bit more bass depth. Performance is great and brakes feel a lot more responsive. Glad I tested and just went for it. Nicely settled with my old mk2 in the drive
    4 points
  11. Got a nice picture of my car from the Italian police 😛
    4 points
  12. Mully

    Hello, new owner

    So I bought the car in October last year, after searching around for the right one to come up. It’s a 2015 R 3dr, 56k miles, FVWSH. Was advertised as stage 2 but more like 1+, it had a scorpion decat, res delete, R600 intake, elbow, muffler delete and apparently a REVO map. The car had a VW service pack with 1 service left on it, so first thing I did was get that minor service done. Next up was the drivetrain service, so I booked it in at MD Autobahn, a local indy. Got the haldex serviced along with DSG, front & rear diff oil changes. I know the diffs don’t have a service interval but probably worth doing. Also got the coolant flushed with a new header tank as it looked a little brown. (Found the previous owner’s receipt for some cheap nasty coolant he must have used). With the major bits out of the way and with some peace of mind I could continue with the remaining jobs myself. Bought myself an OBD11 – great tool! Did a scan, nothing major but noticed the fuel flap actuator had a few hundred errors stored so I replaced that before it stopped working for good, cheap enough fix. Replaced the PCV valve and the breather pipe next, just for precaution, and the pipe wasn’t clicking onto the turbo elbow properly causing some oil vapour stains, messy. Suspension next, the car was fitted with H&R lowering springs which looked like they had sagged, looked like I was carrying bricks in the boot. So I bought some Eibach pro lines to replace them, which give a much better look. Also bought the Audi jacking point kit which really makes it easier to jack the car up and put and axle stand on the pinch welds. While I was there I was surprised how rusty the subframe was, looked like it was kept in the sea. So I replaced it with an aluminium one, which I bought used from a breaker on ebay, luckily almost every other VW / Audi uses the same frame. Also replaced the DCC shocks, lower arms, sway bar, drop links & top mounts with standard items. Doing the subframe was easy but the shocks where a pain, working with ally hubs, almost every bolt snapped. The most annoying was the top mount captive nuts breaking free and spinning inside the turret. Also had to cut the rear arms off in the end to fit the rear suspension, bolts had seized inside the drop links, which had to be replaced too. Then back to MD autobahn for a 4 wheel alignment, they got it spot on, great work. While the subframe was off I replace the exhaust, I think its impossible to do it any other way than lowering the subframe, as we have the RHD steering column in the way. Quick call to BCS for a chat and he mentioned a new exhaust he was working on, the “autophonica”, which has no drone, is just loud enough but not intrusive. It doesn’t use the valve thing like on his other exhausts. Coupled that with their 90mm downpipe, their craftsmanship is top notch. For proper stage 2 we know you need an intercooler, so decided on the do88 in the end, was reading about its performance over at mygolfmk7 – and for the price I went for it. Well built and fits well, had to trim the inner air guides though. The AC condenser is in a sorry state, the whole lower half (that isn’t hidden by the bumper) has fin damage which will be blocking air flow, so I’ve bought a new one but just need to get round to fitting it. Replaced the spark plugs, fitted APR coil packs but I had to helicoil one of the coil pack threads which was fun. Fitted the Connect Motorsport earth kit to make it easier in future. I was not too sure about the REVO map on the car so I contacted Unicorn and thought I would try out their DIY self tune system, got the engine and DSG stage 2 tune. We had some issues with the software for the DSG but Rick sorted it out within 24 hours, top bloke. Now the car is pretty much there, brakes will need replacing at some point, getting some high speed judder from the yellowstuff pads, looks like there are deposits on the discs so will probably do discs and pads all round. DSG mechatronic cover looks a little corroded so will be replacing that, annoying thing is that it means a DSG oil drain again, which I have only just got done, so may leave that for a little while. Eventually I was thinking of going for the littco L380x, but not really sure if its needed at this point, pretty happy with the car as it is.
    4 points
  13. Hmm I think I may have just bought a mk8 R in Lapiz Blue with Black Estoril 19s. 23 plate with 7k miles. Tested this one and it drove very well
    4 points
  14. dazie00

    Dazie00 s R wagon

    Well the wagons been back to the Motherland, went like stink on the Autobahns and was great on the track, far more capable than the driver!!!
    3 points
  15. shakav

    Golf R gremlins

    Got car back from VW Garage this afternoon. Steering wheel changed, no software update surprisingly ( they insisted there was none due even though I persisted that I wanted it done). Just over €600 all in - happy enough with that. No bongs or problems on the hour drive home so fingers crossed its sorted for good
    3 points
  16. And on that note….. washed snoopy’s pert posterior, and the rest of him. My little helper It’s a family affair! 🎶
    3 points
  17. dv52

    Random Error lights/codes

    haha.............I use "the force" @dog (the dark-side is much more to my liking)!!😉 Seriously, thanks for the kind words - but sharing is the life-pulse of these forums! I share what I know, or rather what I think I know (the two often are very different) and in return, I learn what my forum colleagues know! It's an eminently fair trade of ideas IMO. Don't tell anyone else - but in truth, the latter part of the exchange is invariably of far higher value!! Don
    3 points
  18. taffybloke

    New 7.5 owner

    My Golf R and the bosses Seat Leon.
    3 points
  19. Booth11

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    I highly doubt they would retain a haptic steering wheel just for the R if all the other models are reverting to a wheel with buttons even if they are all updated to gloss black as in the pic above. For the reasons @R_wannabe_owner says above, they only have one base wheel. I’d would love and hope to be wrong, as I’m one of the (minority?) who loves the haptic steering wheel and will be sad to see it go if it does. But I can see that all the issues and complaints may have sealed its fate.
    3 points
  20. Dogman12

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    Let's go
    3 points
  21. Booth11

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    I agree with quote a lot of the points made. I prefer current integrated screen and matt console, etc and hate radar back in lower front grill but I really do think that is do do with some of the issues so perhaps needs must case. There are some changes that I also like (lights). None of the dislikes are sufficient to put me off going for an 8.5 but at same time I really love my current mk8 and the spec is just perfect for me. A move for me from my mk8R to the 8.5R (poss at some point in next year or so,) very much depends on what options are available and how much it all costs (cost to change). If it means having an 8.5R with spec that is less than what I already have (as I greatly value all the optional extras I added) then I'd be inclined to keep current but if it's doable and I don't have to sell a kidney then maybe.
    3 points
  22. Bugs2206

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    Quick ai render... I'd buy it
    3 points
  23. Alex: Hi. The game that we play on this forum to answer this type of question is simple but necessary! Basically it's one where the information that you know about the problem is transferred to those reading your post So, in reading your words and whilst listening to Kookaburras laughing in the ghost gum-trees outside and watching a mob of kangaroos bounce effortlessly across an arid field - I need more information to understand this problem (data is a tad sparse in your post- no offense). Maybe more words about the matters below might add depth to the brief explanation in your first post: Which "cornering lights"?. Do you mean the lamps in the actual headlight housings - or are you referring to the front fog-lights when also used as Static AFS (Advanced Front-lighting System)? Do you own a diagnostic device and if so - which flavor device? Also if so, have you made any coding changes recently to this car? Are there any error messages on this car? If so, please post-up EXACT details (if possible - an UNEDITED scan report would help us understand how this car was factory built) What country is this? What is the build year of this Golf R Don
    3 points
  24. Update on my Kitten. I get her on Saturday I can't wait. Picking her up around 3/4pm. Went to see her the other weekend she's got a real good attitude super friendly and really tells you what she wants just with a look. Loves to explore and play so I will have to keep an eye on her. As you can see in the photo she's no too pleased with the photo haha she ran to the litter box when the owner put her down. so she accidentally picked her up for me to take a photo while she was pinching a loaf😅 Super excited
    3 points
  25. Booth11

    Bec’s Lapiz 8R

    Mark the Ibiza now has officially has a new mistress! Daughter passed her driving test this morning. 🎉🎉🎉
    3 points
  26. Sean28uk

    Why upgrade to. Mk8 ?

    lol yes so this one isn’t main dealer it’s from a very large prestige car sales place in Chelmsford called Saxtons. I saw it and it was £5k less than the R20 and I thought I would go for a look and a test. It was wet but it just was so much more responsive and I just loved it. here it is in the showroom, I should get it on Friday/Saturday.
    3 points
  27. keano

    Keanos RS3

    Spring clean. Cue the rain to arrive…
    3 points
  28. keano

    Window marks

    Just to conclude this - turns out it was marks from my microfibre cloths… lol now using a bless specific cloth for the final wipe down and all gone. mad really but got it sorted thankfully.
    3 points
  29. Owned 2 Golf R’s over 4 years never had any issues with regards theft.I did take precautions though,both had Ghost fitted and my last one had a tracker.Also house security improved with CCTV front and back of house,ring video doorbell and ring spotlight cam covering drive.Doorbell and spotlight cam are linked upto my hive lights at front of house so if motion is detected house lights up like a Xmas tree. If they get past all that they can have the car.
    3 points
  30. Sean28uk

    Why upgrade to. Mk8 ?

    Hi all so I finally test drove the R20 today and it was a cracking car and I enjoyed every minute. Not sure the salesperson did when I threw it around a corner and got the back end out a bit. It was all dealt with by the car superbly but I did give it a good run. Provably best to say what I loved and don’t interior and seats are amazing. Gripped when driving hard and comfortable to live with as a daily. I also personally like the styling inside exterior wise I liked the r20 spoiler, wheels, and badging but I have to say I do prefer the 7.5 from an exterior look. The mk8 does kinda have a sad face, don’t know why. driving both were very similar as a daily ride - both pretty sedate and comfy in normal with the standard good setting. Don’t know why but when I accelerated hard in the r20 it did not feel as quick as the 7.5. I know this is subjective but personally thing the pull and sound of my 7.5was better. It could be the new r20 is a bit more refined and the brakes on the R20 are amazing. My summary is it overall a better car than the 7.5 ? I think overall yes but not every department as I have said. after the drive was over there was a brand new mk8 r in black with black estoril wheels, dcc, pano roof, Harmon Kardon . No reverse camera. I did love it and that is definitely wheee I would go if I decided to change. my dilemma though is Vw offered me a terrible trade in price for my 7.5 and they could find nothing wrong with the car except a cool and bottle being slightly discoloured. Vw sh from new, good spec with Pretoria reverse camera and pano roof. The difference was over £30k between what’s offeeed and the value of my car. Whilst I loved the mk8 I just can’t justify that for now . It was nice but not nice enough I think. I like my interior, the pano roof, digi dash etc. completely get the 7 transition but still unsure of the 7.5 to 8. I may end up getting an 8 R at some stage but just not for now, hope this helped others
    3 points
  31. Enjoying a few weeks in the Highlands. Today we took the Cromaty-Nigg ferry. Almost hanging off the back with waves lapping up over the rear tyres. Granted I could have shuffled a bit further forwards but eh it was fun.
    2 points
  32. New to me R, wanted Pret's but had them on a previous GTD and fancied something different and I couldn't pass up some Revo's
    2 points
  33. Ali-Gee.

    Hello.

    Thank you. I must admit that I wasn't really looking for another car, I was just browsing on Autotrader, as you do, saw it and thought "I've got to have that one" Obviously enjoying the extra power, I tend to drive sensibly without dawdling but it's nice to know it's there when needed. Loving how it looks so only plans at the moment are an r600 intake, pipe, elbow etc and maybe a Revo stage one engine and gearbox map. Only thing done so far has been a Ghost installation.
    2 points
  34. Booth11

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    I always find it a bit cringe and just a bit desperate when someone, time and again, lists out their ‘vast’ experience as a means of displaying, exercising or strutting their superiority of knowledge over others in the same field, touting, what is essentially their CV, on social media posts/youtube. They may well have all that but comes across as arrogance, and having not the smallest chip on their shoulder. Whatever the reasons, VW are at liberty to choose whoever they like to invite to launches and who to pass on. Moaning about it isn’t going to help but the woe is me act probably works with his diehard groupies.
    2 points
  35. There are other modes than D? 😇
    2 points
  36. Msportman

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    Quite like the look of this: Interested to see the R .....might have to get my man maths calculator out then phone my negotiator 😉
    2 points
  37. 2 points
  38. Dogman12

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    Nurburgring LIVE Max Kruse VW GTI Clubsport team.
    2 points
  39. Yes the autobahn will do that to you 😂 Not sure they will accept that excuse. Maybe you can blame it on the weather, after being in the dark for so long the Italian sun blinded you.
    2 points
  40. Crick

    Hello, new owner

    Now my first reply looks kind of out of place ... My pedal box is in the post and should be fitted Saturday night (at work). Hoping its as good as I've been reading about here.
    2 points
  41. Dogman12

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    Golf 8.75 😁😁
    2 points
  42. Agree. VW fitted OPF’s to their cars as part of the move from NEDC to WLTP (CO2 and fuel consumption test procedures) back in September 2018. I remember reading on other VW forums that any non-OPF equipped cars needed to be registered by the end of August 2018.
    2 points
  43. dv52

    CORNERING LIGHTS NOT WORKING

    Alex: Arrhhh.......... that's much more better-er!!! Thanks for the additional data - it helps enormously to clear the initial "London-fog" that surrounded your first post! With the latest detailed info- even the local kangaroos outside my window have ceased munching on dry grass and they have started to take notice of this problem!!!! 😉 OK, enough levity (these technical replies can be so dry and boring that they require diversions to read - IMO)! I understand that this car has the following headlight fittings: VW made 2 x versions of these bi-xenon headlight assemblies for the Golf mk7. They both look the same from a front-view - but I suspect that your car has the version that features a group of individually moveable screens which can be swiveled into the light cone cast by the main beam lamp (sometimes called "dynamic main beam control"). I say "suspect" because I don't have the exact part-number for the headlight assemblies - but if my explanation above is NOT true, please advise!! So, I don't understand "i have code it to be on now") - but clearly from your words "the only error code I get on the headlights is this" - the module(?) is unhappy about the power output control unit on the left-side (I'm not sure which CAN module is reporting this error - it could be a few different modules depending on how this car was factory built). Again with the caveat of the unknowns about this car - and once more as a guess, I suspect the headlight fittings physically have the following 3 x modules (my picture shows the right-side headlight housing-but the left-side is the mirror image): The power output control unit is colored blue and the left-side module is called J667 The error-code in your post could be generated by a number of causes - but the more obvious culprits could be the connector shown in my picture above (-4-/-3-), or/and the wiring loom from the module (again, unidentified) to the power output control unit, or/and the control unit, itself (-1-) I suggest that you start your diagnostic investigations by confirming the operation of the power output control unit. To do this, physically swap the power output control units on the left/right car-sides - then recycle ignition, clear ALL error codes and re-poll for faults. If the new error code(s) change to the right car-side - the power output control unit that was originally on the left car-side is likely faulty and it needs replacement if the new error codes(s) remain on the left car-side - the cause of the fault is likely due to either options 1., or 2. above - I think! Don
    2 points
  44. Just got her a few hours ago and shes already litter trained and scratching on cardboard so no training needed for that. Kittens learn a whole load of thier mothers but you can train them with the reward method you just have to do it right. Plan is to train her to come to her name and use out toilets like our old cats but I have to wait till she's a few months old before I can start but I can lay thr groundwork now. By finding a treat she really likes and useing it to enforce good behaviour. Super stoked with her she's perfect, the drive home she didn't make a fuss and didn't go to the toilet at all. Surprised with how amazing she's taken it all in her stride.
    2 points
  45. dv52

    Blind Spot

    @Captjack: Hi - correct!! The BSM radars are located as below (of course- the left module is on the other side) So, the 2 x modules are fairly well enclosed behind the plastic bumper and they are backward/outward -looking (i.e. away from the wheel-arch). I'm surprised that they would be affected by detritus thrown-up by the rear wheels!! Don
    2 points
  46. I hear you, loud and clear. Also had my fair share of such behavior pointed at me (in both a VW and Audi main dealerships, some of the staff were “promoted” from one to the other) and learned to prefer the smaller, friendlier ones. Today I am more aware and have a great nose for BS, and luckily have a great shop that I trust (integrity wise, professionally I trust no one).
    2 points
  47. Davey-c

    Why upgrade to. Mk8 ?

    My R20 in Nurburgring mode definitely feels quicker than my 7.5 R in my opinion. Not sure if that’s because of the gearbox mapping, extra power or both but it doesn’t half shift compared to my 7.5.
    2 points
  48. NRW

    Golf R Used Prices

    It’s the cost to change that matters in the end.
    2 points
  49. NRW

    Pan Roof issue - 7.5R

    @Norbert_W - crack / de-lamination is a a real pain, even more so if excluded in the warranty T&C’s. Flag it anyway and request repair/ Replacement….there seems to be a bit of a lottery re what some dealers repair and some don’t. I’d ask. It seems to have been a problem over a wide range of VW models….. Fingers crosse for you.
    2 points
  50. Maintenance wash today to rid it of grime built up from several hundred motorway miles, and the usual daily driving detritus. Wheels - ValetPro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner as pre wash spray. Bodywork - Bilt Hamber Touchless pre wash Wheels bucket wash - Gyeon Bathe Bodywork 2 bucket wash - Gyeon Bathe shampoo. Tyres - cleaned with Gyeon Tire Cleaner and dressed with Gyeon Tire Glass cleaned with Gtechniq G6 Perfect Glass.
    2 points
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