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Captain Caveman

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    Ruining cars that manufacturers have spent £££s developing ;)

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    Mart

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  1. Captain Caveman

    Do i NEED a valved catback?

    That's just the way they map it to overfuel slightly on overrun.
  2. Captain Caveman

    Strut tower brace and ARBs?

    Here's my post after fitting the H&R ARBS:
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    BMW E9x M3

    I have both an R and a 2013 e92 M3 Comp Pack. The M3 is special, full stop. I had a new GTR before it, and despite its super performance, I found it lacking in character. The M3 is a gem. Very few high revving V8 have ever been produced, so owning a racer derived V8 that revs to 8.5k is just sublime. The looks, the handling balance, the steering precision, the responsiveness of the engine, and the the noise, make it simply one of the best road cars you can buy. Owning the GTR, made me realise that speed alone isn’t what makes a car enjoyable to drive. The M3 is more fun, more of the time, and you can actually get close to its limits on the road, and the handling demands more skill from the driver to get the most from it. It’s funny, as the M3 is a great car, despite it not being very fast. I am convinced that my stock R is probably quicker point to point than the M3 due to the power delivery, and 4WD traction. yet the M3 is much more fun, rewarding and engaging to drive. You also don’t need to wring its neck to enjoy it. The character, sound and response of the engine make it a delight even at low speeds, and make it truly feel special. I don’t believe an engine such as this will ever be put into a mere mortal car ever again, it feels like it should really sit in something more supercar like, which is half the draw. If you gauge a car by it’s 0-60 time, and straight line performance mostly, then the M3 won’t be for you. But, if you look for all the delicate nuances that separate a good from a truly great car (balance, noise, feel, handling, visceraility) then you will fall in love with the M3. I will never sell mine…
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    Short Shifter and bushings

    Ive done the APR shifter 42D shifter bushings and the shifter bracket and bracket bushings. Don bother with the bracket and bushings, as I didn't notice any difference with those. The shifter and shifter bushings make a great difference. Fitting is simple enough, but fiddly, so you need to take your time. It also takes time to just the shifter cable afterwards to get the gear lever in the right position, so allow for that too. If you need any advice PM me - happy to help.
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    Wheels/springs/spacers

    You don't need to buy VWR spacers specifically. Any spacer in 5x112 and 57.1mm centre bore will fit. There are loads of suppliers on ebay, at a fraction of the cost. All a spacer is a flat disc that has been machined to a certain spec - you're not getting any functional advantage by paying more in this case, unlike other components.
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    Wheel dilemma

    Here you go, took some pics yesterday: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AtttNJLuVL2egXI8MnJCdR7fDM0M
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    H&R ARBs - Another must have mod!

    H&R ones don't need lubing, so all good. Have them on my RS6 and have never had issues. I fitted the rear ones first and tbh didn't notice that much difference. Then I fitted the front ones, and boy what a difference! Moral of the story, if you're gonna do them, you need to do both for it to be worthwhile. The rears are easy to do, but the front needs the subframe to be dropped a little so you can remove the ARB and slot in the new one. You really need a ramp for this, so not worth attempting DIY.
  8. Captain Caveman

    H&R ARBs - Another must have mod!

    Stock is 24mm on the front and 22mm on the rear.
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    H&R ARBs - Another must have mod!

    The coilovers came with different length front drop links to allow for the difference in drop with coilovers, but have left the rear standard. The H&Rs come with uprated polyurethane bushes, which help to crispen up the response too.
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    H&R ARBs - Another must have mod!

    The H&Rs are the thickest ones available for the Golf R, 27mm front and 25mm rear. If you buy them in the UK you can pay up to £380 for a set, however I bought mine from Germany, and paid about £250 inc shipping. I bought mine here - they arrived in 3 days: https://www.derautoladen.eu/Federn-und-Fahrwerke-Fahrwerks-Zubehoer-Stabilisatoren-H---R-VA---HA-H-R-Stabilisator-VA---HA-Set-33851-8-fuer-AUDI-SKODA-VW-Fahrdynamik-Fahrwerk-Stabi.html
  11. Continuing on my quest for optimised handling and steering responsiveness, I fitted H&R front and rear ARBs yesterday, to complement the coilovers and camber plates that I fitted a while back. The difference in steering and chassis control and response after the coilovers was marked, and instantly firmed up the rather lazy and soft feel of the car. However fitting the ARBs has made yet another leap in improved turn in, resistance to roll and taken the remaining slack out of the steering and direction changes. Having owned Evos and a GTR, the bar has been set quite high handling-wise, and I've been trying to recreate the instant response that those cars provided. The H&R ARBs have really done that, and the car simply LOVES to change direction and tackle a series of rapid direction changes. Overall, I am impressed how much a handling improvement Ive managed to achieve from a few basic mods. It drives literally like a different car. Granted the mods aren't for everyone, and the ride is decidedly firm now (but not crashy as I have digressive damping), but the body now feels impressively tied down and the improvements in steering and response are more than worth the comfort trade off. Well recommended!
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    Wheel dilemma

    The fitment doesn't actually look that aggressive tbh. It's just the overall footprint that looks chunkier when you look at the car head or rear-on, at a distance. With that offset there is basically a couple of mm clearance left either side of the wheel at the front (adjusted with camber plates), with 2mm between the wheel and the strut on the rear, and perhaps 3/4mm left on the outside of the tyre and the arch. It's worth noting that tyre widths do differ between brands, so you need to trial fit when you go this extreme. If you went MPSS for example, you'd have to go with a 245, as they run quite wide. Overall the extra grip is noticeable and worthwhile. 255/30/19 is also an almost perfect match to the stock diameter, so the speedo will read accurately. I'll try and get some pics later.
  13. Captain Caveman

    Wheel dilemma

    19x9 on a +45 offset will fit perfectly, but obviously depends on tyre size. I run that offset with a 255/30/19 tyre, but with front camber plates and it fits perfect. With stock camber, stick to a max 235 width.
  14. Captain Caveman

    Golf R Objective Strengths and Weaknesses

    From my perspective, the main issues with the car, which I am slowly putting right, are a distinct mushiness and lack of feel to all the human-car interactions. The manual gear change feels mushy and long, the steering lacks immediacy and feel, and the chassis feels very soft, which is great for really bumpy roads, but does make the chassis feel very inert and slow to react (I’ve come from Evos and a GTR). The brake pedal equally is quite soft and mushy, and does not have the satisfying bite or directness of a decent Brembo or Alcon setup. With the general move to fitting Brembos to performance models, from VXR Astras, to Fords, I don’t know how VW can still give us these nasty bargain bin brakes on their flagship Golf. My car is is already a lot better with an APR quick shift and 42 Designs shift bushes. The shit is now much shorter and more direct, and has more feel. All in all much more satisfying to row through the gears. I’ve improved steering feel, steering directness and turn-in, and given the chassis much needed sharpness with coilovers and metal adjustable top mounts (increased camber). There’s now loads of feel through the steering, and the car feels much more alert and alive when changing direction, and with far less understeer. I’m also fitting H&R anti roll bars tomorrow, which should improve the turn-in, and eliminate any remaining body roll and understeer too, which I’m excited about. If I keep the car longer term, I hope to update the brakes at least on there front to larger discs and 6-pots, perhaps from the TT-RS or the RS3, which seem to be plug and play. The only other issue is the lack of sporty sound from the exhaust, and the hugely annoying Soundaktor, which I hope to rectify very soon, either through a new exhaust, or by removing the centre box and perhaps a sports cat.
  15. After my post about ‘mature’ exhausts, I’d love to hear a full Miltek or BCS resonated system on a Golf R, to see if they’ll fit the bill. Are the any owners in my area who wouldn’t mind giving me a spin in their car in exchange for a beer? I’m based near Aylesbury, but happy to drive to you. Lemme know. Thanks! Mart.
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