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So I've just come back from MRC Banbury, after having the full intake hardware fit treatment, including muffler delete, along with their Custom Stage 1 ECU and TCU remap.
I can safely say I'm so impressed with the results.
After intake stuff fitted
Car sitting waiting to go on the Dyno, it was a fantastic day weather wise. Clear blue skies and sunny, but cold. Good for intake temps.
Power wise, from stock run with intake hardware fitted, it made 323ps.
After the 2nd dyno run following the remap, it made 395ps.
Torque, from stock, it made 413.89Nm (305.27lb ft)
After the 2nd dyno run following the remap it made 547.63Nm (403.91lb ft)
One the brakes side of things, I decided to assess the direct OEM replacement hooked discs all round, along with braided lines from HEL. Pads, I've gone with Ferodo DS3.12 for the front, and Ferodo DS2500 for the rears.
I purchased this totally stock car back in Dec 2020, and although it was quick, I always felt it was holding back a lot. An example of this is that I could be on a dual carriageway doing 50mph for instance and floor it, and it would pick up speed ok (relatively speaking) but there didn't seem to be any urgency to it. I always got the impression it was constantly restricting the boost and fuel, deliberately limiting power, just to maintain its factory output figures. In stock form, most of its speed seems to be concentrated in bursts from standstill up to about 60mph.
I had some time to test the results on my 100 mile drive back home!
Now, its completely different. Everything about it is urgent. From standstill, not using launch control, it really punches in the power, and the DSG shifts are now more aggressive and quicker. I now get the sense of being pushed back in the seat while accelerating in every gear. The power delivery doesn't stop either, it just keeps going until it hits the rev limiter and then upshifts. If I put it in manual mode, it is just that, and it wont upshift until I change and will bounce off the rev limiter.
And then there is the noise. I can hear much more of the intake noises. Makes a massive difference. Oh and it pops and bangs a lot more in race mode!
I don't have a draggy, so I can't test its 0-60 times, but I imagine its going to be less than 4 seconds.
Looking forward to Mallory Park on Thursday.
What does everyone think? Any questions, let me know.
As always, let me know of any further recommendations.
Modding List Update - July 27 2020 Edited
Performance: (503WHP & 644NM)
-TurboTechnics V5 Turbo
-TurboTechnics LHD Intake Pipe
-RacingLine Oil Catch Can System
-RacingLine R600 Intake System
-Fluidampr Crank Pulley
-APR High Pressure Fuel Pump
-APR Intercooler System
-APR Silicone Boost Hoses
-Aquamist HFS4 Meth System Direct Port Injection
-VW Akrapovic Titanium axleback
-HurricaneSport Catted Downpipe
-PagParts Walbro 525LPH Low Pressure Fuel Pump
-Torqbyte PM4 High Power LPFP Controller
-LiteBlox LB28XX LiFePO4 Lightweight Battery
-KakaRakis Performance Billet Intake Manifold
-Grams 70mm Larger Throttle Body
-CSF Engine & DSG Coolant Coolers
-iABED Engine Oil Cooler Kit
-HurricaneSport ECU Stage3 with Multiple Maps (1.8, 2.0 and 2.2bar)
-HurricaneSport TCU Stage3
-United Motorsport Gen5 Haldex
-EZT Carbon/Napa Edition Steering Wheel
-Corbeau RRS Seats
-BFI Heavy Weight DSG Shift Knob with Giallo Taurus Air Leather
-LEYO DSG Shift Paddle
-AEM Boost Gauge
-Aquamist Meth Flow Gauge
-Aquamist 10L Internally Baffled Water Tank
-KW DCC Suspension
-Eibach Front & Rear Sway bar
-APR MQB Pendulum Mount
-APR S01 Silver Forged 19" Wheels
-Goodyear Eagle F1A5 19" tires
-Alcon Car89 Brake System w/380mm Discs & ENDLESS MX72 Plus Pads
-Rear 370mm Discs upgrade w/ PMU R800 Pads
-Maxton Design Full Body Kit
-Carbon Fiber Lightweight Vented Hood
This is Scott from Taiwan 😀 I am here since January but was just lurking around and watching everybody's build thread.
After 4 months waiting, dealer told me the car has finally arrived and asked me if I would like to see the car before the official pick-up date, it was really excited for me so I went to the dealer....
Car Spec: LapizBlue | 7-Speed DSG (DQ381) | DCC | Dynaudio | Pretonia |ACC
My previous car is AUDI A3 Sportback 2.0T FWD DSG, and was running Pagpart's EFR7163 big turbo kit that made 530WHP & 660NM. The reason I got rid of my 7163 A3 is because I would like to play something different but AWD car, running big power 530WHP on a FWD car was really really terrible once WOT, kind of scary to drive the car at that time.
Hi all, Needing some help here.
Just spent most of the day today installing my Blistein B14 coilovers to my MK7 R (non-DCC) along with brand new uprated top mounts.
After the installation, along with a few ups and downs on the ramp getting the car height right, the car was done!
First impressions the height looked perfect and overall the drive is much better.
Problems started to occur then turning the wheel full lock both ways at a stand still and when turning at low/creeping speeds. There is absolutely no noise what so ever now when going over bumps slow or fast, its just when turning at very low speeds! 🤬
The creaking and knocking is horrendous when doing this and I have no idea why it should be this bad.
We took our time with the instalment and made sure everything was tighten up as it should be. The car feels a lot better at normal speeds but its only when at a stand still or going very slow and turning that I am getting this awful knocking.
The car will need to get alignment some time this week which may or may not make things better, but surly the alignment can't be that off to cause this kind of noise.
Any ideas what else to check or what this may be?
Really annoying when you spend good money on parts and it seems to cause more problems.
Thought I’d start my own thread to avoid clogging up all the others on here!
So 5th March my new PCH car arrived, an R estate in Tornado Red. Only extras I specced were the paint and Dynaudio upgrade; I didn’t want to go mad on a lease car but didn’t want plain white, and having had B&O on my S3 I had to have the premium audio option! Also to be honest I’m not a fan of the leather interior for the R and much prefer the look of the cloth/alcantara (and since having the car can honestly say these are the best seats I’ve ever been in!). I’d owned the S3 outright so it was almost top-spec give or take a couple of items. It was also quite highly-modified running suspension and brake upgrades, VWR intake and inlet bits, Milltek DP and MTM Cantronic unit (which was superb).
As much as I wanted to spec Prets, I couldn’t justify the expense on the monthlies as I had all the kit from the S3 to swap over including a set of custom-finished REVO RV019s. So the car arrived on the standard, “unusual” shall we say Cadiz wheels...
By the Wednesday, I’d had the wheels, intake setup, dog bone mount and DP swapped over and given it a good wash after its trundle down from Cardiff. The swirls and contamination in the paint of a brand new car are frankly horrific so I’m planning on a full correction then several coats of CC Platinum Paint and Oracle in the next week or so...
The MTM unit wouldn’t work so it was either pay to recode it or sell it on and go for another option; that decision was made for me by the purchaser or our S3 offering a good price for it with the car. Likely to go for a SHARK STS with Stage 2 map.
Next up was a set of carbon fibre mirror caps; not a fan of the satin chrome ones which to me belong only on an Audi S/RS and I wanted something to tie into the gloss black details. These were popped on in five minutes by Martyn at M.D. AUTOBAHN at Gatwick,can’t recommend him highly enough so anyone in the area look him up!
And to bring me up to date, last Friday saw a set of VWR/Racingline springs go on. I very nearly went coilovers after road testing a C5 RS6 on KW V2s last autumn but wanting to keep costs down I opted for these. Not disappointed in the slightest - there is NO discernible compromise in ride quality, the damping is not affected by the shorter and stiffer springs but it sits much nicer and the handling is improved no end! I had Eibachs on my last two S3s and these springs I feel are better than them. Certainly the 8V sportback (so MQB still) was a lot crashier and harsh on them whereas this just feels perfect!
Quick before and after but the car has settled a bit more since.
Got to admit so far I fully love this thing - tech, seats and comfort all better than the S3 which suddenly feels a bit dated. The gearbox is excellent, with the 7th gear making a real difference to fuel economy and cruising, only thing it needs is the extra power and torque the S3 had. And this looks awesome! Can’t be a meaner looking estate around at the moment surely?
For those of you interested I’ll keep this updated as I go. Already regretting just having it two years!