I suppose I was dreaming to think I’d net a 50kw gain out of the REVO Stage 1 tune, having said that my mate Kevin with a GIAC Stage 2 tune only got 1.6kw more than I did. Considering my car was on semis (apparently less power on a dyno as they’re so sticky) and that I chose to go for a mild rather than wild Stage 1 tune I suppose I should be happy.
I hit the track (Wakefield) this Friday. I’ve not been on the circuit in sooo long and I’m pretty excited about it (I even had a dream last night that I drove all the way out to Wakefield only to realise I forgot my helmet and gloves at home!).
In preparation I’ve done a few things to the MKV:
I had a one on one session after hours with George from VW Village in Kensington. He REVO tuned my car. He says it’s making about 50kw more now!
“Flashing” an ECU sure seems a lot easier than tuning a car on a dyno with a Power FC. It’s a simple matter of plug, upload and you’re done. Despite asking for a very safe and mild tune, the results are insane and my MKV is a completely different beast now. Too much power for a front wheel drive car in my opinion!
I’m trialing some 20mm spacers up front for wider track. The car feels a lot flatter now. If I kill my guards this Friday on the ripple strips at Wakefield I’ve got no-one to blame but myself!
Yesterday was one of those days. I had a billion things to do; meetings, more meetings and car stuff too. Everything took a little longer than I thought and that put me smack bang in the thick of peak hour. Getting caught in the M5 tunnel sux ass.
Rear green stuff pads are now in and damn they’re punchy. I’m surprised at how much the rear pads work on the GTI.
This Beetle is so cool on more than a few counts. It’s owned, built and driven by Brad Young who owns and runs Westside Mufflers in Padstow NSW. I got to know Brad when I worked upstairs from him with the JDMyard guys a few years ago. Like all of the best he’s ridiculously hard working and a super nice guy.
I’ve always known him to be a beetle fan. He’s shown me pictures of some of his old cars but being the busy guy he is (he’s a family man too!) he rarely gets time to work on his own cars.
A few years ago he started work on a new Beetle Project. He aimed to get the weight down and hit 10’s at the strip. Over the past few years I’ve heard about this thing being built but I only got to lay my eyes on the finished product at the recent VW Nationals.
I dropped in to see Brad yesterday to catch up (and also ask him to help me out on the snapped sway bar end links for my Golf), he was actually working on his car and also shared this video too:
Yup, nuts huh?
I then dropped in to JDMyard and caught up with the boys and Zi, who’s back! (man hugz!). He’s sporting glasses now (wayfarers?!) and a new cat (?!!?! so so so cute though in real life ahahaha).
Whilst changing my front pads we noticed that my passenger side sway bar end link was snapped clean. Every modification comes with a consequence! (in this case, a massive front sway bar). I’ll have to get this one welded up for now if I’m going to make it to the track next week and look for a stronger aftermarket set later.