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More Clowning Around: R32

clownish

just clowning around
Location
Ohio
This is my 118k mi Tornado Red 2008 R32. It was meticulously maintained up until 109k mi by its first owner before being traded in, with a stack of receipts showing all the dealership oil changes and maintenance. This first PO dealt with many of the common problems, including AC pumping problems, radiator replacement, serpentine belt replacement, tons of normal fluid and filter swaps, etc. All through the dealer.





An acquaintance (with a R8) bought it as a daily from a dealership after it was traded in. He sold it to me after driving it for 7k mi and dumping plenty of maintenance into it. All of his work was done at HS Tuning in Westlake, OH. I'm quite familiar with the shop since my GTI has been through their doors more times than I care to admit. The maintenance included replacing the cooling fans, brake job, rear bearing. PO also added a VW accessory radio that added SD and bluetooth! Not bad, but I wish I had a touchscreen in it. The RNS-510 keeps calling my name... for both cars.

Now that the R32 is mine, I will be doing maintenance and trying very hard not to dump money into it as well as the GTI. :wub: Tomorrow I plan to do an oil change, DSG service, Haldex service and anything else it needs. Since I'm sick, instead of doing the simple pads and rotors the car needs, I am buying another set of TT-RS front brakes to swap onto the car. Will also need to swap my snow tires from the stock GTI wheels to the stock R32 wheels, just to keep things looking correct.

Quick snap of the GTI also.


 
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clownish

just clowning around
Location
Ohio
Nice car, how serious are you planning to get with it?

At the moment I have that TTRS BBK already set up (since the R front brakes need to be replaced entirely [emoji849]). So that will be a set of 4pot brembo calipers, carbotech pads, 370mm 2piece rotors, braided stainless front brake lines with the necessary banjo fittings, caliper carriers and hopefully the line brackets. On the GTI this set up is like hitting a brick wall when stopping - it's amazing. The guy I'm buying off of has the exact same set up because we pieced it all together at the same time last year. He just got a set of stop techs so I'll buy the takeoffs and both cars will have some serious stopping power. I will probably need to run a small spacer to clear the oem wheels, which I will run this winter on my snows.

On top of that, I'll be painting the stock R calipers as the blue really clashes with red. I haven't quite decided between red or black. If I do black, I don't have to do anything to the TTRS calipers - they are already black (maybe paint so that the R logo is on hem instead of the RS logo). If I do red, however, I think it will match/look more interesting. Plus the red rear calipers could potentially end up on the GTI in the future. Since that car already has red calipers it would all match.

I have a set of BBS CFs that are custom powder coated bronze with metallic fleck I'd like to test fit on the R because the fitment is a little too stance for the GTI. 19x8.5 et35 with 235/35 tires which means the BBSs have ruined the GTI fenders a tiny bit, despite already being pulled and rolled to fit the original VMR 705s I like to run. So I think they'd look good against the red.



I am looking for coils or springs+struts as well as a tune for ecu/tcu. I'll probably toss an intake on as well. I only have experience with STs and Bilstiens. Leaning toward b8 struts + VWR sport springs or PPS9s. Casual browsing seems to only show PSS10s for the mk5 r32... Will have to look into it to see if there are PSS or PPS9 could available for the platform. The difference between the three coils is nearly a grand so it's pretty significant. Then toss in some stiffer strut mounts as well- either oem TT or 034 track density.

This car is supposed to just be a daily car and its NA so powder gains are almost non existent unless you go full throttle. I'm actively trying not to look at supercharger and turbo kits because I do not need another project car. That said... The HPA kits look amazing. Starting from the bottom, I am trying to decide between UMS, HPA, and Unitronic for a ecu/tcu tune. I've only got experience with APR, but the GTI is a 12 second car so I have no problems with them, despite all the controversy people like to bring up about their marketing practices. No clue what's the best for a vr6. I'm considering the three tuners because there are reputable shops relatively close that can support me if I need it. Seems like UMS is the most common canned tune - no real opinions about vr6s since my entire wheelhouse up till now is FSI and TSI 2.0ts.

Have also checked into cams, headers, manifolds, intakes, etc. but will probably steer clear for the time being. Too much money for too little gain at least for now - too used to being able to just turn the boost up and get an extra 50 whp.

Long story short - I'll put some money into it but it'll be a secondary priority to starting a BT build on the GTI.

Immediate priority is to get all the necessary maintenance down (all the fluids and services; never trust POs) and do any preventative maintenance that makes sense.


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clownish

just clowning around
Location
Ohio
Swapped a mk6 R catback onto the mk5. Exact fitment and one less resonator. All oem. Same as cutting it out on a stock exhaust for a mk5. Slightly louder, not bad for free.



Also did a DSG service and Haldex fluid swap. No external filter really so I'll address that at another time. Picture shows the set up down there.



Noticed that my oil pan cover for the mechatronic unit is pretty rusty and corroded. Will probably replace that at my next DSG service.

Also noticed that my rear diff is covered in fluid and is probably slowly leaking from a seal somewhere. Nothing to worry about right now but if I'm in there, mental note to replace all of those.

Got to do a few launches in this car also... B8 s4 with a pulley, tune, cps, and a few other toys. Only 3k mi on it.





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clownish

just clowning around
Location
Ohio
Going to Next Level Performance, in Greenberg PA today to get a UM tune for ECU/DSG. Excited! Not excited to drive 6 hours on brakes that need to be replaced. Oh well. That's coming next week!
 

clownish

just clowning around
Location
Ohio
Brakes are overrated. Brake delete FTW!
And to lower it, just remove the springs entirely. :happyanim:

Took a half day off of work and drove to Pittsburgh to visit Next Level Performance. Josh Volk has been around for a while in the VAG tuner space and has plenty to show for it. Anyways, pretty straight forward - tuned the car with United Motorsport Stage 1 ECU calibration and a DSG tune to match. Set launch @ 5500 rpm. Also did a much needed oil change and swapped out spark plugs. I am going to preemptively order some coilpacks as well. Thinking about doing some preventative maintenance and getting everything for water pump and timing chains, including slave cylinder, all the guides, maybe rear diff gasket also (it's got a slow leak), and whatever else I can dig up since everything will be apart. Considering, considering...
 

707Stang

I'm Hella From Nor*Cal
Location
Nor*Cal
dude!!! that is an awesome mod! I work at a body shop ima have to keep an eye out next time one comes through
 

clownish

just clowning around
Location
Ohio
An acquaintance was swapping out his TT-RS kit for a brand new Stoptech BBK, so I decided that instead of doing front brake pads and rotors, we'd just replace the entire assembly.



Last time a brake job was done on this car must have been about 50-60k mi ago. They were pretty worn and the corrosion had set in hard. Broke the set screw getting it out on one side. Pictures, mainly for my own memory, show the lip on the rotor and the pad, kinda.

















Takeoff TT-RS calipers. Dirty, but I know they were installed on the Mk6 GTI only a few months ago. It's about to be winter, so I just sprayed with brake cleaner and didn't really attempt to clean them up. Future plan - repaint them, remove RS logo and replace with a R logo.

















After-hours in a friend's shop. Rotor shows some surface rust - despite cleaning these things rust in minutes until the pad wipes it clean. Had to take a wire wheel to the hub, etc. PO used some nice pads at least. On the other car, I'm just using Hawk HPS pads, which dust like crazy. May experiment with Endless the next time I need a set of pads/rotors. Also curious about a company called Tarox, which I've never heard of before, but makes some interesting looking rotors. Also, because using 10mm spacers to clear the OEM wheels, had a helluva time getting the extended lugs to penetrate the hub properly.





Last second almost forgot about the Coilpacks. Was pretty late at this point but only took about three minutes to swap.




This is the Stoptech kit that the donor car for my brakes installed at the same time. Gorgeous.









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xSabretoothx

Fast w/ training wheels
Location
Raleigh, NC
Ride
2008 GTI
Welcome!! So what is your review of the TT-RS master cylinder, I've been debating on this, but I've heard very mixed reviews of the pedal response.
 

clownish

just clowning around
Location
Ohio
Welcome!! So what is your review of the TT-RS master cylinder, I've been debating on this, but I've heard very mixed reviews of the pedal response.

If you have the ~400 laying around and the pedal feel really bothers you or you are driving extremely aggressive, get it. You need the feedback and the adjustment in the full range to apply the brakes properly.

I was fortunate enough to find my first one for the mk6 at cost. I have a buddy who had one installed on a totally stock R32 and he loves the even stiffer response.

For myself, i can feel the difference but it's not a must have, unlike what some people will tell you. It's a nice to have. You adjust to applying more force without the upsized MC or you kinda drive the same with it... Just with a lot more braking force.

Sorry - more mixed reviews [emoji1]


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clownish

just clowning around
Location
Ohio


This wheel weight got stripped within 20 feet of leaving the lift.

Finally rebalanced the front wheels to make sure that things are even and the wheels stopped shimmying. Happy driving - doing a long road trip for thanksgiving going through DC, Pittsburgh, and maybe Harrisburg.


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clownish

just clowning around
Location
Ohio
I couldn't stand the sound of the one-less-resonated-mk6-catback. The car sounded so raspy under load and droney at highway speeds. Pulled it off and went back to stock. Then, slapping myself because this is my "daily", I ordered a Milltek resonated catback. Cheaper now than any other time of the year I guess. It was between the Magnaflow Touring catback and Milltek. I've seen too many Magnaflow exhausts with misaligned hangers so I went with Milltek since the pricing is about the same and the quality is unmistakable.

Happy turkey day everyone.
 

clownish

just clowning around
Location
Ohio
LOL! yea, my quote didn't work....:yikes:

Heh yea it's an awesome mod for free. But st highway speeds and full throttle it was not he sound I was looking for. Loved it at start up, under 3k etc. but hoping this resonated miller will do me right!


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