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  1. Hi RockR, Having the rear anti roll bar fitted and within minutes of driving away from the garage, I felt a clear 'yes, this is how the back should feel'. It's a feeling which strongly invites you to look for corners and bends and push the car through them. The rear feels tighter, more closer knit, as if some things were a little loose, then the fitment of the anti roll bar tightened everything up. The overall drive feels more connected - I found the stock car felt somewhat fragile at times (my own subjective perceptions). Regarding carrying elderly people in the car, it's definitely firmer ride-wise, which is really only felt over bumps and small potholes. Otherwise driveability on the average road with tarmac ranging from smooth to a little uneven is always good. The ride is absolutely nothing comparable to a Ford Focus RS or Mitsubishi Evo 7 & 8! I hope this helps, Greg 🙂
  2. I've got Eibach Pro springs and a 22mm solid rear anti roll bar - Massively transformed the car to feel less synthetic and more real going around corners fast. I did the springs first for a few weeks. These alone make the car feel more planted, more connected with the road instead of awful oem springs which gave a noticeably unsatisfying, brittle ride. The oem springs would also make the car rise up over speed humps, whereas theEibachs ride speed humps much better, its like the car feels like it stays closer, tighter to the ground. The rear anti roll bar significantly improved turn in on bends and corners, makes the car feel more instantly switchable, direction wise. I hope I've explained this well enough, sometimes it's difficult to word specifically the changed, improved driving experience. My car feels more like my old Subaru's now and I'm fine with the little harder day to day ride as that's what I wanted in the first place. 🙂
  3. There's absolutely minimal turbo lag on my standard 7.5 dsg. In fact, it's great at picking up speed quickly from low revs.
  4. Page 128 of the VW Owners Handbook: Running in the engine: Any new engine has to be run in during the first 1500 kilometres. All moving parts need time to synchronise. The engine experiences higher internal friction during the first few hours of operation. Up to 1000km: Do NOT depress the accelerator fully Do not drive the car at more than 2/3 of the top engine speed. Do not drive with a trailer attached. Between 1000 and 1500 km, increase speed and engine speed GRADUALLY. The style of driving during the first 1500 km will also affect the engine quality. Even after this time, and especially with a cold engine, drive the vehicle at moderate engine speeds in order to reduce engine wear and to increase the mileage that the engine can cover. If the engine is run in GENTLY, its life will be increased and its oil consumption reduced. I'm sure this is written in all Owners Handbooks and not just mine.
  5. On a 7 the tips can be removed with a mallet, on a 7.5 they're spot welded on. Had mine painted a few days ago on my Indium grey 7.5. Removed the rear silencers, masked, prepped then painted 4 light coats of vht spray matt black paint. Looks significantly better now, for me personally.
  6. Use what the manufacturer recommends. Written inside the fuel filler cover.
  7. I've got a Revo silicone inlet pipe which goes straight to the turbo. Nice wide alloy bell housing on the end. I've had the Forge and TT pipes and prefer the Revo because of the better fitment. It doesn't push on anything and has a structured shape very similar to the oem pipe and elbow.
  8. The standard are too short for 'ten to two' hands position driving
  9. Or you could buy PIAA Si Tech Silicone wipers and never use Rain X ever again. If any wiper blade requires 'assistance' to make it 'better' then it's a crap wiper blade in the first place 😁
  10. No, not able legally to charge you any card admin fee.
  11. Do what many decent South Africans do, put a system on the car which electrocutes anyone touching it. A little warning jolt if touched for less than 10 seconds then a big jolt. As others have mentioned, the Police are far more "busy" with people whose feelings have been "offended".
  12. What specifically don't you like about the steering? Because wheel size difference won't change much. The Golf R is a good direct steerer, but I understand subjectivity of course. Maybe you want more feeling, maybe reduce the somewhat synthetic feeling of the steering, then you could look at replacing various bushes in the front suspension, depending in your needs and wishes. You could also fit a rear anti roll bar, a 22mm solid bar. This would make steering feel more pointy/sharper.
  13. To make the car feel remarkably better and sharper for street driving, only a rear anti roll bar is required. 22mm heavy duty, meaning a solid as opposed to a hollow bar. Springs are optional but they do improve the handling, making the car flatter whilst cornering, at all speeds. I fitted the rear anti roll bar first for a week then did the Eibach springs followed by an alignment. I actually want to drive the car now whereas in the past I was happy to sit at home on my days off. Also got new wheels and tyres coming this week as I got fed up of the standard Cadiz. I want something unique, individual, so after hours of looking at hundreds of wheels, silver, gun metal and black, I decided on Calibre Suzuka 18's in silver with Michelin Cross Climate Plus tyres. The wheels have smooth clean lines which I like. Good price also.
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