Been really busy with work and being a dad to a 7 month old, so the Golf has taken a bit of a back seat. I did have to go to Anglesey in late Feb so I stopped for a quick photo in Snowdonia.
On the drive back from North to South Wales, the rattle I mentioned above returned. Only this time I was able to make it happen almost on command. It seems the rattle or knock, comes from the front passenger side wheel when going through standing water. The rattle/knock starts and then when the wheel area drys out the knock stops?! It's odd, really odd and although I thought it was a loose exhaust clamp, it's clearly not. There's no other effect other than hearing a knock, engine has power, steering is responsive and no sooner does the knock start it stops. This only happens in very wet weather?!
Other news, I took the Golf to DMS in South Wales who remapped the car in stock form just to see how the decat and FMIC is helping. Cant recall the exact figures but 360bhp, since fitting the decat and FMIC I have lost some mid range but gained at the top end. Engine temps are 20c lower too.
At this point I was going to go stage 2 but I want to ensure reliability, so currently looking for an IS38 hybrid turbo. I have been in touch with Littco about an L380X and Venom turbos as they also supply a ballbearing IS38.
That's it for now.