Ah well. Things can get heated on here sometimes!
Reality is I'm being 'bad' by increasing the power of my car and not increasing my stopping power. But all this talk about wants and needs. I wanted to get my car tuned not to track it and get new lap records, not because I needed it, 300hp is plenty, not because I would drive recklessly through twisted country lanes, but because I wanted to enjoy this as a motorsports car more in terms of sound experience, presence and drivability, not necessarily at the limit.
I mean I was pulled over by police the other week. The blue lights went on and I was like, oh dear what's this, oh boy! But he (young officer bout 30) pulled me over just so he could tell me he was getting a coffee at a petrol station and that my car "it was like the sound of hell going past, if hell ever had a sound". His grin not wiping off his face. That was it! First time I've been pulled over by police just so they could have a conversation (probably been a slow day for him). Oh man it was so funny though and we talked about the car a bit, and he did check my insurance details, road tax MOT etc, as a formality, but really he just wanted a conversation That was cool.
Anyway, I could have just got the res delete, or gone with an exhaust system*. But I decided to go a bit more 'enthusiast' and spend a lot of money for an Intercooler (keep it safe with the intake temps), paddle clutch (hate slip), airbox, downpipe and get the high torque stage 2 tune ECU software, res delete finishing it off, and to that end with the sound I'm incredibly happy. It gurgles at low revs, bangs at high revs, whirrs and CCCHHHH's and hey, it's a lot of fun. The coldstart is really loud...
Of course I floor it sometimes but I don't have many suitable twisty roads that are safe to put all this performance to the test and brake later to be able to be quicker through corners. But as stated, why I did this... I can get a lot of sounds and acceleration blasts just going up to 40,50 or 70 mph. 10-30mph also sounds great with the constant burbling out the exhaust. Sure I'll eat my words if one day I'm out accelerating onto a motorway and mis-judge a distance or something and the brakes aren't there.
But anyway, let's move on.
I just wanted to update on here with my new plans currently. I change my mind a lot haha. So today I got some brand new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres all around on my 18" Cadiz. Woop woop exciting haha. 4 wheel alignment paid for too, but the garage ramp was broken so I'll go back another day soon for that. It's all wet and gloomy out there but I'm just buzzing
I would have got these tyres a long time ago but I was in a constant mind battle with myself over getting new 19" alloys. So I was like... hold off on the tyres because I will need 19" tyres for the new wheels. But the only reason I wanted 19" alloys, was because the ones I wanted only come in 19" or 20" ! I created another thread about 18" vs 19" and in the end, after lots of deliberating, I'm deciding to stick with my 18" Cadiz due to the increased expense of 19" tyres. Save a couple grand on not buying new wheels and I saved about £200 by getting 18" tyres over 19" tyres. Pretty crazy! And with needing oil changes every 5k miles I'm trying to manage my outgoings in terms of perishable items.
So no 19" wheels. Either I will just keep the Cadiz forever (love them), one day find some 18" wheels I prefer the look of, or maybe one day in the future I will upgrade to the 19" and bite the bullet in terms of more expensive tyres... If I feel comfortable with that. Right now though these 19" wheels I was looking at would be a lot more flamboyancy, which I don't really need either!
I have been debating about lowering springs, but talks with a few people have put me off, somebody ripped their front bumper off, someone else I talked to suffered exhaust damage, so I am a bit nervous about lowering. Next up for me is some inexpensive mods that will improve feel and handling.
034 motorsport ARB on the rear
034 motorsport dogbone mount insert
Maybe I will have more confidence to go lower in the future, where I am thinking Leyo springs 25mm drop, to further enhance handling with the lower centre of gravity. But for now this is all, and I do have some other ideas for the future, we'll see what happens.
*oh yes the exhaust! I am also thinking to get a full catback exhaust system in future, but again this is not next up on the agenda. Depending on how my feelings about the lowering springs develop, I might end up instead getting something like a BSC powervalve exhaust system, as I was really impressed with the sound of that. Res delete out, catback in.