I was in China not too long ago (feels like last week!) and I’m off again. This time the Locks are taking me to the world expo in Shanghai. I have vague memories of the 88 Expo in Brisbane. It’s going to be hot and busy. Mr Lock is a big foodie so I’m looking forward to pigging out!
Well I’m off!
The guys came 2nd again in the 2010 Careflight Woodford to Glenbrook ride (sadly I didn’t enter this year). Check out the pics above, how awesome to the BMU jerseys look huh?!
More pics here: http://bikesmoveus.com.au/showthread.php?t=3368
We hit Koya last week for Charles‘ B’day. I’m a huge fan of anything BBQ, especially Korean or in this case Japanese all you can eat.
Suga and Di. Charles had a huge group of people and we pretty much took up the whole left side of the restaurant. Felix was on my table and at some point, the conversation turned to how Felix loses his eyesight when he gets hungry. Much much laughter!
Japanese BBQ FTW!
B’day boy Charles refused to drink (again!).
It wasn’t long before the Auto Salon shenannigans began. Zi and Papz went around to every person on every table with 2 glasses. Put cash into one glass and you get to put whatever you want into the other. Whoever consumes the glass with all the crap in it gets the cash.
It smelt worse than it looked, that’s because someone stuffed some tuna in there!
Zi gave it a go and gagged so much he had to stop. I hadn’t laughed so hard in ages. I was literally crying.
We then headed down to watch the Brazil vs. Portugal game live at Darling Harbour. Scrappy game so Suga and I headed off at half time.
Photos by Clifton.
Last night Christina and I (well, Christina as she did ALL of the planning!) held a huge Golf get together. One member offered up his warehouse, another member offered to cater the entire event (LeWrap, so so yum!). The generosity on tap by VWGolf.net.au members blows my socks off.
You can view many more photos and discussion here:
Today I attended a Burrows Day at Eastern Creek.
Burrows Days have been held by Luke O’neill for years now. They’re invite only events and I’ve been to a few of them (maybe 6 or so days with various cars) but I hadn’t attended one in over 4-5 years.
They’re considered a driver training day (so people can get insurance to cover the day). There’s strict rules regarding overtaking and there’s no lap timing allowed. Awesome coffee is served all day, muffins, bottled water and a huge feast for lunch as well.
As soon as I turned into Reservoir Road it started raining. At that point I wished I had taken the GT-R instead of the Golf! The first 3 sessions were wet and I struggled to get any sort of grip at all (it was so slippery out there). The car would happily understeer for metres, the traction control did nothing about it (it only kicked in when I stabbed the accelerator and then the tail would pop out). I had a timer (don’t tell Luke!) and my times were woeful (I was doing 2.30’s to start and 2.18’s in the 3rd session).
During lunch the sun came out and our next few sessions were great!!!
I had my dampers set to 8 front and 12 rear and the car felt so much better than how it felt at Wakefield (set to 8/8). DSG behaved much better at EC, sometimes it didn’t want to get down into 3rd from 4th but that was about it. I even felt the rear wanting to come out in some situations. I had a lot of grip and best of all the brake bleed did the trick! My brakes were great!
I ended up with a lap time of 1.59 which I was pretty happy with.
I had a bad night’s sleep so I called it a day at 3.40pm and I’m glad I did as it started to rain again when I was leaving.
All in all a great day and god damn I love the GTI!!! It’s such a great little car and I’ve almost got it set up to my liking (more brakes would be nice!).
You can view all the pictures and commentary of the day here:
Weather was super nice yesterday, chilly but the sun was out so Christina and I hit Centennial Park for a few laps.
Doing laps of Centennial Park usually gets pretty boring but on a Sunday it’s as intense as a downhill trail! You’ve got kids weaving left and right, joggers and people walking dogs on the cycle path, sometimes the wrong way too, cars overtaking parking cars by swerving into the cycle lane and worst of all, Sydney yuppies staring you down and crossing the road at a snails pace (WTF is with that?!). /vent.
PS: I left the UNIbrace on and still managed to get 2 bikes in the back easily. I did have to take the front wheels off on both bikes though (easy done as they’re both quick release wheels).
20mm H&R bolt on spacers. Bolting on the spacers to the hub is easy as the right bolts are supplied but my aftermarket Kics Project wheel bolts were a tiny bit too long. Luckily the front OEM rotors have extra holes drilled out of them (no idea why) and this allowed me to use the longer aftermarket studs except one, which was blocked by a torx bolt that holds the disc. I had to grind that one bolt down 2mm to get it to fit but the end result is perfect!
The 2 pulleys, new and old. The Neuspeed kit weighs an amazing 1.39kg less than the stock one.
Neuspeed says their kit gains 5-7HP. I can tell you 100% for sure that the car now has better response. That annoying tiny bit of lag when you accelerate with only half throttle is now a lot less annoying! VERY VERY HAPPY :)
Next up I wanted to get rid of the rubbing noises I’m getting from the rear. On close inspection I was really wearing away the carpet like fender lining in the wheel arch. I decided to rip it all out!
All ripped out. I took off the front brake heat/dust shields too for better brake cooling when I hit the track.
Here are my adjusted weight savings:
Golf Manual: -818g
Tool kit: -3.78kg
Parcel tray: -1.82kg
Rear floor: -1.62kg
Rear seat bottom: -4.96kg
Rear single seat back: -6.46kg
Rear double seat back: -17.48kg
Spare wheel: -14.34kg
Rear wiper assembly: -1.02kg
License Plate surround + fog light block-off panel -300g
Rear floor matts: -572g
Osir carbon bonnet -6kg
Rear boot trim panel: -1.74kg
Rear boot trim: -2.57
Amplifier cover: -170g
Exhaust heatshield: -560g
Oil filler neck -35g
Battery box -646g
Fog Lights -420g
Rear fender lining: -1.5kg
Front brake heat shields: -720g
+10.80kg (H&R swaybars/Cross Coilovers)
-3kg (Miltek Turbo Back Exhaust)
-200g (Neuspeed Turbo Discharge kit)
+1.2kg (Forge Twintake)
– 12kg (Advan RZ + Toyo R888)
+395g (Kics lug nuts)
+1960g (H&R + ECS Wheel Spacers)
– 464g (new MKV rear hatch mechanism)
– 4.58kg (Odyssey Battery)
+ 400g (Unibrace)
– 1393g (Neuspeed pulley kit)
Yesterday VWGolf.net.au hit Eastern Creek for a Volkswagen Advanced Driver Training course (which was amazingly free of charge!).
An awesome day was had by all, so many funny moments! You can check out the rest of the pictures and commentary here
My GT-R has finally passed an engineers certificate. The car is now “legal” and I can drive it on the roads without being overly paranoid about being defected.
With the stock airbox back in the car and a new quiet Fujitsubo exhaust I’ve passed emissions. I’ve taken the roll cage out and the carpets are back in too. I now have to go to a blue-slip station with the certificate and from there I can take the new blue-slip to the RTA and I’m all set.
New boost controller running 1.3bar now (was on 1.4 before).
In comparison to the last tune the curve is a lot less aggressive. Indy says the stock airbox is to blame, it just can’t suck in enough air quick enough.
My mate Dave was there. He’s still bitter about me not showing up to his B’day party last year (Hi Dave!). We had the traditional Hungry Jacks meal on the way back home too.
The Golf had lots of power but no brakes, at all.
Yonas and Zi were out too. Zi did a 1.07 today (daym!).
I made my return to the track today. Not in the GT-R, but in a VW Golf (funny how things work out!). I think it’s been about 2 years or so since I’ve been on the circuit. Usually I get nervous the night before, but not so this time, even Christina was up for taking her car out on the track (so proud of my baby!).
Clear weather but damn cold (hey great for the turbo cars!) we got caught in crap M5 traffic (the tunnel again!) and when we finally got to Wakefield we were a little upset at how many cars there were in street class. Luckily there were so many of us that they set up a new group which made the day feel more like a private track day (nice!).
I managed consistent 1.13’s all day despite having absolutely no braking power at all. My best time was a 1.13.07 (oh so close to a 1.12!). I’ll have to now look into bigger brake$$$$$$$.
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