MKVR32 updates – Hankook Ventus R-S3 & Injen Hydro-Shield filter

I needed new tyres and I ended up choosing to go with the Hankook Ventus R-S3. As aggressive as a street tyre gets. This tyre was used on the winning car in last year’s World Time Attack Clubsprint Class. Only top shelf tyres for MKVR32!!!

235/40/18. The 225’s on the car were stretched. I hate stretched tyres so I was hoping these would look a lot fatter AND I’ve managed to get the right load rating too (not that it’s ever been an important thing to me).

Old tyres.

New tyres. FAT! Now that’s a LOT better!!!

Rears are now looking pretty amazing.

Oh yeah. Tasty!

Ooft! I’m happy.

Old Dunlops. Camber ate away the insides.

Had to hit Zi up for one of his elite coffees. Best coffee I’ve had since Melbourne a few months ago.

Also spotted this up on the board. You go girl! :)

The BMC intake had to go. With it’s opening at the bottom so close to the road it was always going to cause extreme paranoia in wet conditions (hydro lock!).

The BMC filter removed.

We went for an Injen pod filter with a Hydro-Shield pre-filter.

Injen Technology’s HYDRO-SHIELD PRE-FILTERS are race proven material manufactured from highly durable polyester. Uniform micron openings allow the filtering of debris .005” or larger. The HYDRO-SHIELD PRE-FILTERS are factory treated using an embedded hydrophobic process, which offers consistent airflow, water repellency and maintains horsepower gains. (Please note that this item is water repellent, not water proof).

You can see it sits a bit higher than the BMC. Not pictured, but clamps were made to hold it in place securely afterwards.

MUCH better air flow straight to the filter now.

Just for jokes. John suggested installing a colour coded Beaks bar to match my brakes.

OK so I didn’t get a chance to throw the car through corners to test out the tyres, but I’m confident they’ll be amazing. On very big bumps the rears scrub in the very slightest. Bit of a shame but I have a hunch it’ll go away as it’s ever so slight (in comparison to what I’ve come across in the past on my MKV GTI!). Intake has made everything louder! The supercharger whine is louder, the exhaust too. I’d say by about 5-10% louder and I LOVE IT! Could be my head playing tricks on me, but on launching it feels like all tyres want to let go now. I’m pretty sure this filter is helping the car to breathe a LOT better than the BMC.

PS: Massive thanks to the JDMyard boys. John for fitting my tyres and Kiet for for the work with my intake.

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3 Responses to MKVR32 updates – Hankook Ventus R-S3 & Injen Hydro-Shield filter

  1. Adrian says:

    Just be careful with the HydroShield – if it gets wet it becomes like a plastic bag over the air filter! It’s a good thing in a way as it will save the engine sucking up water, but it stops it sucking air too, which can be a pain on the side of the road as you need to totally dry it out before it’ll work again.

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