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  1. Mk7_Si

    My Bittersweet 7R

    The last week has seen a couple more tweaks to the car with carbon mirror caps going on and a steering wheel retrim. The mirrors were easy enough to fit and whilst not quite as good as I’m sure OEM ones are, they certainly look good and were worth the £90 they cost. Before, during and after The steering wheel was done by Jack at Royal Steering Wheels. I’ve used him for returns in the past and can’t fault the quality of his work. I went for black alcantara with silver stitching, along with a blue alcantara stripe at the top. Really pleased with how it looks and feels. One last update planned for this week and then I’ll leave it be for a while. It’s pretty much where I want it now but I’m still sure I can faintly here some VWR lowering springs calling me! What to do!?!? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Rear diffuser

    Hi Dave, I have the Maxton one in the link below and get your point about the bolts, but once it’s on you can’t really see them and maybe (just maybe), I quite liked them anyway as they bring out the ‘because race car’/boy racer in me[emoji85] https://www.maxtondesign.co.uk/body-kits/volkswagen/vw-golf/vw-golf-mk7/vw-golf-mk7-r20/vw-golf-7-r-hatchback-rear-diffuser-rear-side-splitters Install of the centre piece is easy, it fits against a lip at the back of standard diffuser, bolts through and then has 3M tape that holds it against the curve. This vid shows it all very clearly https://youtu.be/IG7GjljPoMU The side extensions bolt through in three places, although one was far too restrictive to reach so I just drilled another hole that was more suitable. It’s not the cheapest out there, but it’s not the most expensive either. But it’s certainly robust enough and looks good to me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    My Bittersweet 7R

    I have toyed with the idea, kinda Focus RS look. But I also don’t want to black it all out and potentially make the car appear higher at the front than it actually is. Knowing me I’ll continue to experiment/dick about with it and see where it takes me, but for now I’m content with the front end. The mirrors, steering wheel and wheels are in for the next raft of tweaks! Roll on next week![emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Has anyone asked Santa for anything R related

    I went 8mm front and 12mm rear. I was tempted to go 10 & 15 but couldn’t be bothered to worry about any arch rub when i switch to Pilot Sport 4’s and their squarer shoulder next year. I’m very happy with them too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Has anyone asked Santa for anything R related

    Got some number plates to remind me of the reason why we got this car. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Golf 7R Photos - Part 2

    Washed it and took some obligatory underground car park pics! I almost felt guilty that there were no Corsa present and I didn’t have a copy of MaxPower magazine on my passenger seat! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    My Bittersweet 7R

    Got the vinyl out and had a rough cut first attempt at filling in the last white bits on the front vents. Not too shabby for a first go and looks spot on. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Has anyone asked Santa for anything R related

    Oh go on then, since you asked[emoji16][emoji16] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Has anyone asked Santa for anything R related

    I asked for a splitter, diffuser and spacers[emoji106][emoji318] All of which seem to have arrived early and already be on the car[emoji85] Still, needs to be ready for Christmas Day, doesn’t it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    My Bittersweet 7R

    Yep, already in my plans and will done at some point over Christmas I’m sure! I had meant to ask for them to be done when I had the roof and the other bits of the grill wrapped but clearly I had a ‘senior moment’ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    My Bittersweet 7R

    Given that my better half had made the mistake of wandering off the hairdressers that clearly meant I had the green light to spend a few hours under the front of the car! Today’s task was to fit the Maxtons splitter and to make sure it’s fitted as securely as possible I went the whole hog and stripped the front bumper off. Test fitted to ensure that each bolt would be fitted flush and in line with their 3cm maximum depth from the front of the bumper. Have to say that the dimples on the splitter where Maxton seem to indicate you should drill through are only about 60% usable. Others would have had you drill through into retaining clips or where you’d never get a bolt or washer to sit flush. Anyway, three hours later it’s all bolted up flush and feels as sturdy as it can be, here’s hoping those horror stories I’ve read since getting this don’t come my way! For some reason it now makes me think I might need lowering springs soon too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    My Bittersweet 7R

    Another day, another delivery. This time some paddle extensions for the DSG. Only £32 from China and they fit really nicely[emoji106] Agreed, I’ve got some spare wrap in the garage and will give that a go. Lower level & light pics below Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    iPhone lightening lead

    I got one from Halfords, 15cm, straight lightning connector rather than angled but I can still close the cubby. Only £5[emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    My Bittersweet 7R

    Sent the car in for a little Christmas wrapping to 3SixtyWraps in Northampton. Had the roof done along with some bits on the front. Great guys, great service at a reasonable price and the minute I saw it post wrapping I was grinning from ear to ear. Poor pics again as it was getting dark and raining, but you’ll get the gist of it. Before After I’ll tackle getting the front splitter on over the weekend. Then it’s just a alcantara steering wheel retrim, DSG paddle extensions and a wheel recolour to go....... for now[emoji85] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Strange comparison...... R v R8

    I had a 2009 R8 for three years and it was a lovely thing to have had. I had silver with the carbon blades, 4.2 V8 manual and passive damping. I bought it to scratch an itch for a ‘supercar’ as a mate of mine deals in that type of car and got me a cracking deal. It was only ever going to be a weekend car and in year one I did 6,000 miles in it just at weekends. To start with the novelty of having a supercar was great, the speed, the fact it was one pretty much everyone loves (not like some Fezzas I understand). The engine is a thing of beauty and ringing it’s neck to 8,500rpm was always a treat. The damping was, as said in the review, absolutely spot on and I never wished for DCC until resale time. Year two saw the mileage drop to 3,000. Year three just over 1,000. Reason being that it was really an A to A car rather than something special to enjoy doing some of the more mundane weekend tasks. 20mpg was also an issue (and that was coasting, boot it and you can halve that) but the biggest issue was that after a while it just didn’t feel special anymore. Being a manual (and wonderful it was just for the gear lever gate) the girlfriend hated it when you were on it because of the gaps in power when you change gear (not an issue from the drivers seat but try full bore acceleration in any non DSG car like that and it can be jarring). TTRS’s, RS3’s, M cars, they would all want to race you and that can get very silly very quickly. To enjoy the cars handling at anywhere near its limit meant you might as well post your license straight to the DVLA and pootling around never felt right either. Oh, and it was way to quiet for my liking, only really giving anything back once you nailed it past 5,500rpm. Maybe I got spoilt by having a 17 plate A6 Black Edition as a daily driver for my last year with it and the dash/dials/sat nav all just dated the R8’s badly. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I did it and I don’t have that itch anymore. In fact, oddly some of its quirks are what made me chose certain things in the R. Oh, and despite only being an Audi, all in, excluding depreciation I reckon it was around £1 per mile to run; gulp!!! Still, not bad looking for a big TT (as I heard a lot) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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