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Old 12-09-2015, 01:05 AM   #23
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Slapped these into the seat lever inserts. Billet shipped from the UK off eBay for $20.



Also test fit a RCD-510 to replace my RMT300. Not sure if I'm going to do it. Looking at cheaper Android head units also. Not trying to spend more than a few hundred. If I was looking at spending 1k or so I'd definitely be getting a RNS-510 but I'd rather spend on a Haldex unit and cheap out on the head unit






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Old 12-09-2015, 08:23 PM   #24
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RCD-510 works without any coding. Very nice. Gunna trade my RMT300 for it. Need to wire up the FM and Satellite radio antennas to make things work. Also should figure out how to make satellite work since I pay for it on the other car. Swap license.


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Old 12-10-2015, 04:05 PM   #25
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Side note....I've noticed you've went through several sets of the Hancook's....are you really hard on them or are they really that soft.

Thinking of next summer for my MKV daily driver.......thoughts/opinions?
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:57 PM   #26
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R-S3's are only a 200 treadwear so they do wear quickly. Personally I wouldn't recommend them for a daily, they grip like crazy but they're loud, stiff, and very heat sensitive. They arent unbearable but unless you have grip issues or race frequently it's not worth it in my opinion. Michelin PSS are more liveable and have a higher wear rating, I got 20,000 km out of set that did four track days and 15-20 autocross events. I only have a couple thousand km on the R-S3's so far
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:08 PM   #27
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Side note....I've noticed you've went through several sets of the Hancook's....are you really hard on them or are they really that soft.



Thinking of next summer for my MKV daily driver.......thoughts/opinions?

I'm very hard on them. During the summer we hit drag strips almost every week, with autoX once a month and road racing sporadically. First set I got 8k mi, 2nd set barely more.

Personally I love them because of the stiff side walls which can handle hard driving. I have tried pole positions and continental DW also. I don't like 'em only because of the sidewalls and the gti had enough torque that I was blowing out 1-2-3 if I wasn't carefully accelerating from a stop. GTI dynos around 350 torque and fwd. Embarrassing to be squealing and spinning out when just trying to commute.

Definitely heat sensitive and they are sticky when hot and toss tons of pebbles against the paint also. Common complaints for these tires for sure.

I should try PSS but I've always had odd sizes so it wasn't very worth the money to me. Most people who try PSSs love em.

Continental extremeContact DW are a very highly rated "normal car" dedicated summer tire - for most people they love them. I personally don't - but on a car with less torque I think they'd be great - cheap, good on wet and hot conditions.

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Old 12-10-2015, 09:26 PM   #28
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You might not like the PSS with the amount of autocross and track driving you do. They don't have a stiff enough sidewall to deal with the weight imbalance of our cars. I had to run 50 psi to get anything out of them. The one time I got lazy and ran 40 psi my car would just plow straight and roll half way down the sidewall, I borrowed a compressor and took them up to 50 and it was a night and day difference. The first time I ran on R-S3's I did 35 psi and there wasn't one bit of sidewall wear. Overall grip in general is far better than the PSS too, they don't require braking at all where the PSS do.
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:38 PM   #29
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You might not like the PSS with the amount of autocross and track driving you do. They don't have a stiff enough sidewall to deal with the weight imbalance of our cars. I had to run 50 psi to get anything out of them. The one time I got lazy and ran 40 psi my car would just plow straight and roll half way down the sidewall, I borrowed a compressor and took them up to 50 and it was a night and day difference. The first time I ran on R-S3's I did 35 psi and there wasn't one bit of sidewall wear. Overall grip in general is far better than the PSS too, they don't require braking at all where the PSS do.

That sounds like exactly my experiences! I typically run a little higher psi when dailying - I do try to rotate rear to front to keep wear down but it's a bit of a losing battle. Wear items right...

The best situation is having multiple sets of wheels so you can swap them out with different tires. Up front cost isn't good but at least over time it evens out. I literally store my sets in the living room lol. I'll have to take a picture - entire apartment is just car parts everywhere.


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Old 12-11-2015, 10:32 AM   #30
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OK, cool.....didn't mean to hijack the thread. I'm just looking for a dedicated summer tire for next year, want to get away from the all season for spring/summer/fall.
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:40 PM   #31
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OK, cool.....didn't mean to hijack the thread. I'm just looking for a dedicated summer tire for next year, want to get away from the all season for spring/summer/fall.

I like hearing other people's comments - most of the time it's helpful.

I mostly post my activities as a log of what's happening. otherwise I'd totally forget.


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Old 12-11-2015, 06:18 PM   #32
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those billet pieces are dope as fuck
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Ya, gotta pay to play. I don't a set of tires lasting me a full season the way I use them. I have mine sitting in the basement right now.

I don't want the expense of a second set of wheels for a few years but it'll need to happen eventually. It's convenient to show up, drive, and leave on the same set but as I get more experience I want more grip and eventually you're at the point that it's just a waste to street drive them. I've been thinking of making a small trailer to pull with my car for tires and tools because I just don't have the room for a tow rig and full size trailer.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:28 PM   #34
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those billet pieces are dope as fuck
$20 from eBay - some seller who also sells key chains, etc. based in the UK. Took about a week to get here. Took about 30 seconds to slap into the car - 3M double sided tape comes with it.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:30 PM   #35
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Ya, gotta pay to play. I don't a set of tires lasting me a full season the way I use them. I have mine sitting in the basement right now.

I don't want the expense of a second set of wheels for a few years but it'll need to happen eventually. It's convenient to show up, drive, and leave on the same set but as I get more experience I want more grip and eventually you're at the point that it's just a waste to street drive them. I've been thinking of making a small trailer to pull with my car for tires and tools because I just don't have the room for a tow rig and full size trailer.
I would love a tow rig but it would be a financial mistake to invest in more vehicles. I think at a certain point we just suck it up and decide to use the "good" tires on the street or spend an hour or two every week swapping wheels and tires in and out. I have a few sets of tire bags also so it makes it a bit cleaner to keep them in the car, along with a Harbor Freight lowpro jack and toolbag. Wish I could get a SnapOn torque wrench but I just have cheaper Craftsman, etc. tools.
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Old 12-17-2015, 06:08 PM   #36
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It's a sickness. I stopped into the shop to fix my wiring harness and left buying a Euro shelf to replace the vent up above the radio. Oops.


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Old 12-18-2015, 02:49 AM   #37
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Slapped these into the seat lever inserts. Billet shipped from the UK off eBay for $20.

Also test fit a RCD-510 to replace my RMT300. Not sure if I'm going to do it. Looking at cheaper Android head units also. Not trying to spend more than a few hundred. If I was looking at spending 1k or so I'd definitely be getting a RNS-510 but I'd rather spend on a Haldex unit and cheap out on the head unit

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Not sure if its too late to pitch in but if you want OEM and don't want to spend too much consider the Delphi units on eBay; OEM, no SAT (if thats ok with you), no radio info displayed but supports everything from aux (with cable), to usb (with cable), to bluetooth (with module) and SD card.

They go for about 100-150 these days; even with the reverse camera plug.

Have one myself works like a charm - do miss the radio station info but there's a trade off somewhere but at least its OEM.
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Old 12-18-2015, 10:27 AM   #38
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It's a sickness. I stopped into the shop to fix my wiring harness and left buying a Euro shelf to replace the vent up above the radio. Oops.


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One of the best mods ever, right there!
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Old 12-18-2015, 02:31 PM   #39
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One of the best mods ever, right there!
Stops the rattle of the vent cover since that thing has been taken out so many times half the clips were broken.

The only thing that I find slightly irritating is the lack of a light sensor on the Euro bin tray, which the original vent tray has. The auto lights for the car don't work anymore. They'll turn on and off with the car, but will no longer turn on when the light conditions change since the sensor has been removed.

I am considering retrofitting the sensor into the new tray, but plastic welding always looks sloppy and I don't particularly want to mess with a $60 plastic trim piece I just bought... But the idea is appealing.

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Not sure if its too late to pitch in but if you want OEM and don't want to spend too much consider the Delphi units on eBay; OEM, no SAT (if thats ok with you), no radio info displayed but supports everything from aux (with cable), to usb (with cable), to bluetooth (with module) and SD card.

They go for about 100-150 these days; even with the reverse camera plug.

Have one myself works like a charm - do miss the radio station info but there's a trade off somewhere but at least its OEM.
The RCD-510 I'm experimenting with is made by Delphi. I noticed that when I was sending pictures of the serial # to the PO so that he could contact his dealer and get the radio code.

Currently, I have FM/AM working with the dual hookup for SiriusXM not working. I think it needs coding or a check on the wiring harness. SD card works great - except now I need to update all my music from the 90s :p.

Aux port in the center column now works, but I've noticed that when my phone is hooked into the aux and a charging cable it kills the proper audio output - probably due to frequencies.

Once we wire in the Bluetooth module I'm getting from the donor car, we'll see how that works. If Bluetooth works, then I'll never use aux. As long as things charge then we are good. I wish I could just plug in USB but I didn't see any inputs for that - I will have to go back and double check.

All in all, the radio is acceptable but not ideal. Still, for free, it's a pretty good deal and the touch screen makes working with the radio much better/easier than the RMT300, even though that radio had all the functionality you wanted except for steering wheel controls.
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Old 12-20-2015, 10:58 AM   #40
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Noticed that I had low tire pressure twice in four weeks. Lost almost 10 psi every two weeks. Thought at first temperature changes since its been going from 20-65.

Front left tire had a rim leak - also a small frame nail. Hanging out in the only place open on a Sunday morning- Firestone. Hopefully they balance this thing properly because my brake kit only has mm to spare.


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Old 12-28-2015, 11:21 AM   #41
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Racking the miles up. Went to Pittsburgh twice, DC, Baltimore and Montreal twice since getting the car.




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What is the "6" on the lower right of the MFD?
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What is the "6" on the lower right of the MFD?

United Motorsport flash to the DSG added "what gear the car is in" when in D and S modes. When using stock software, the gear indicator only shows in manual mode. Helpful to help predict driving characteristics. Most canned DSG tunes will add that to the MFD.


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Old 12-29-2015, 02:38 AM   #44
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#killallblankbuttons

I finished installing all the blank button replacements today. USB and mute button were merged into one harness with the radar detector hardwire harness.

The auxiliary wasn't working properly - most likely because of a loose connection somewhere. Being lazy I just ordered the aux relocate, which replaces the entire harness / problem points. It works great. The only thing that bothers me is the wires all over for the charging + aux.



The only thing remaining is Bluetooth module install, which will be complicated because we have to rip the harness out of the donor car. I could stop being cheap and build or buy one but this is free. After buying connectors it'll be easier to buy a new OEM one - and that's expensive. Then we need to merge all the wiring in. The diagrams look good since the r32 is relatively high line and the mk6 wiring harnesses are mostly exactly the same so it's just adding in the missing lines.

Finishing the blank button installs was actually the last thing I did. I also "installed" the $14 Euroswitch I got from Hong Kong. 5 seconds later and I can run parking/city lights now. Pictures of that seem unnecessary. If I was less lazy I could add a trigger wire to run fogs (rear) but that seems like a bit of a hassle. Maybe while the Bluetooth module is going in... We shall see.

Also got the used Valeo tail lights from a forum member. He tinted them dark cherry and also added the amber turn signals. Had to use all the connectors to get my ratchet in the inner tails to tighten. Looks good to me though - adds contrast to the red with some darker red. I think we will have to order some LED turn signals and reverse bulbs. We'll see about that as well. Pictures - all phone shots.












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