I figured I should stop lurking, say hello and post a pic or two of my car - a 2008 MK5 GT TDI.
It's a little bit modified:
- adjustable height, bump and rebound coilovers set to about 30mm lower than standard
- Audi TT front control arms with WALK, currently set to -2.5deg camber
- whiteline bump steer correction kit
- -2.9deg camber in the rear
- Volkwagen racing 355x32mm front disks, 6 spot calipers (don't play well with audi TT ball joints)
- R32 rear disks and calipers
- braided brake lines all round
- dieselgeek short shift kit
- BSR stage 1 tune (significant midrange power gain, ~400rpm increase in usable top end revs)
- 18x8 R8-style wheels for road rubber
- 18x8 Advan Racing RZ wheels (light!) w/ yokohama A048 medium compound tyres for track days
- wheel studs because I hate bolts (they bring back bad memories of stripping hubs and losing rear wheel when sideways at high speed on dirt. Yeah, that happened to me many years ago on a rotary powered mazda 808 at a motorkana)
Some of those bits come from members of this forum - I've been lurking for a while....
Best time at wakefield Park is a 1:15.3, but that was before the control arms, brakes, tune, shift kit, on 17" wheels and w/ badly tuned suspension. I'm hoping to run a track day @ wakefield next week and go 1-2s a lap faster given all the mods I've made since then. Last year I did a 47s lap at the Marulan driver training centre, only a second slower than my cousin in a chipped Golf R. And I managed a 39.03 @ 139km/h on the Bulahdelah Hillclimb when the car was standard - I should be able to smash that time next time it runs.... And I have a GoPro now so I'll be posting vids the next time I'm on the circuit.
While the Golf is nowhere near the fastest car I've owned (the 13B turbo S3 Rx7 I built takes that prize), it's definitely the best handling car I've owned. I've got a few more things I want to do that'll make it faster, though. A bigger turbo would be a good start, it needs wider front guards (kerscher is what I've been thinking about), a SMF w/ high torque clutch, a wavetrak or quaife LSD, rear seat and underbody unibraces, recaros, harnesses, etc.....
That's the audi TT control arms. They give a -1.8deg static camber, and the lowering adds another half a degree. THen they are adjustable, too, so I could push it out to about -3.2deg with the current config. See here for details:
I've got all the audi part numbers for the bits if you want them, and they just bolt on. The control arms are also about 1.5kg lighter than the standard golf arms and the front track is significantly wider, so that alone improves handling a lot without even considering the camber change.
The down sides? The front track is widened, so I have guard rub issues, the VWR disks don't clear the audi ball joints so grinding is necessary, and it isn't a cheap mod.