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  1. Kirk_88

    Mk7 Golf R Order thread - part 2

    Same thoughts as me, I’ve gone for premium pack, style pack and adaptive suspension. Delivery in March 👍 cost wise works out pretty much exactly the same as the golf R I was about to order!
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    We buy any car

    Just tried their online valuation, pleasantly surprised, almost 1k more than WBAC, best offer I’ve had so far!
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    Cost of Stage 1 & Uprated Clutch?

    Organic will be fine, especially the helix one and makes for a great daily driver. Sintered clutches don’t like traffic! I’m also in the midlands and midland VW is the best place for the clutch, cost me £800 fitted and then APR stage one high torque cost me around £700 I think and TRP performance just down the road from midland VW are APR dealers 👍
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    A 35 Autocar review

    Yes there is more to it than just the turbo, I should have expanded. John-Paul has beat me too it. Same EA888 family but with changes to cope with the extra power. Similar changes I’m hoping are going to be present on the A35!
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    A 35 Autocar review

    The R uses the same engine that’s in the GTI but with a different turbo so it’s the same concept as the A35 sharing it’s engine with the lower A series car. So in terms of tuning I’m hoping it will very similar, well it better be anyway as coming from my stage 1 R the standard A35 will feel rather tame!
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    What will your next car be?

    Same as me, can’t wait till March! Like you it was the interior that swayed it for me 👍
  7. Great set up. Transforms the car. Very similar to my set up except for the forge short shifter and I’ve got the helix organic clutch, a little stronger than the Sachs. 42 draft designs shifter bushings just tighten everything up and makes it feel more mechanical I found. I’m APR hi torque and it’s absolutely fine, torque is immense! Was jb1 before and it’s amazing the difference.
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    A 35 Autocar review

    Haha, my dad would say the same! Some cars can pull it off, like your m3 it just looks right. Think it’s an age thing also, If I was 10years older I wouldn’t pick it.
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    A 35 Autocar review

    I guess so! It was a tough decision but I’ve been brave and gone for the yellow.
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    A 35 Autocar review

    Just ordered mine, gone for the executive with style pack and adaptive dampers. Was about to order a mk7.5 R to replace my current R but this actually worked out cheaper and with better spec!
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    Anyone driven a R since WLTP changes?

    Thanks for the good info 👍 I’m about to place an order for a WLTP model or an a35 AMG and this is a big sticking point for me. But if I can decat and remove the GPF and then stage two with same results as before then I may go with the golf as it’s tried and tested.
  12. I did the clutch delay valve mod as soon as I got the car, it’s definitely an improvement over stock and worthwhile doing! But to get it to how I want it I also removed the clutch spring, fitted a clutch stop and 42 draft designs shifter bushings. Everything worked well together and was a massive improvement, more direct and mechanical feel but something still wasn’t right. Changed the clutch to the helix organic and it’s transformed! Best mod I’ve done 👍 gear change/engagement and clutch feel are now perfect in my opinion.
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    Helix Organic Clutch!

    I know of a few cars running stage 2 without any issues and think I read someone on here was running APR stage 2 high torque and was coping fine. I’m now APR stage 1 high torque and will be going stage 2 high torque soon.
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    Stage 1 on a Manual?

    Good decision. Clutch at stage 1 is a must in my opinion. Sachs and the helix organic clutches will give a heavier pedal feel but fine for a daily commute in traffic and will give better engagement and feel than the stock one. Helix clutch is rated a little higher than the Sachs one, 420lbft and should be fine for stage 2 also, I know of a few cars running this set up with no problems. Sachs sintered is an option if you want to go higher than stage 2, this will be heavier than the organic clutches and Judder when pulling away and make a bit of noise also, personally think it ruins the car as a daily.