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Golf R wheel hop when launching

George3G

New member
Location
West Midlands UK
Has anyone had problems with what feels like wheel hop when launching? I've noticed it on my MRC Stage 1 7R. Even on very smooth/new tarmac I'll get three or four "bangs" once past 5,000rpm in 1st gear. I've done some research and I'm thinking about uprating the dogbone mount. I also read some posts about OBD Eleven tweaks. Has anyone had the same issue and managed to successfully resolve it? Thanks!
 

ATR

Go Kart Champion
Location
Baltimore
Ride
'17 Golf R 6mt
Upgrading the engine, transmission, and dogbone mounts go a long way in stiffening things up to reduce and eliminate wheelhop. Don't do just one mount and call it good. Really needs all three done.

Revo and BFI (stage 1) seem to be the easiest to get ahold of.
 

jimlloyd40

Autocross Champion
Location
Phoenix
Ride
2018 SE DSG
Has anyone had problems with what feels like wheel hop when launching? I've noticed it on my MRC Stage 1 7R. Even on very smooth/new tarmac I'll get three or four "bangs" once past 5,000rpm in 1st gear. I've done some research and I'm thinking about uprating the dogbone mount. I also read some posts about OBD Eleven tweaks. Has anyone had the same issue and managed to successfully resolve it? Thanks!
What do you mean by bangs? The front end bouncing up and down violently? On an R with AWD?
 

Faceman

Drag Race Newbie
Location
Long Island
Ride
'17 GSW 4Motion
What do you mean by bangs? The front end bouncing up and down violently? On an R with AWD?
4Motion cars don't bounce quite the same way, but you definitely feel it. I had bad wheel hop at my last track outing, but now with BFI mounts, it shouldn't happen anymore. Due to this outbreak, I won't find out till fall.
 

DiscusInferno

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Kalifornia
Control your right foot better on 1st gear. Wait until you get into 2nd gear to mash the pedal. Some of the other hot hatch competitors limit boost in the smaller gears, to maximize getting the power to the ground (and limit things like torque steer, etc)
 

ATR

Go Kart Champion
Location
Baltimore
Ride
'17 Golf R 6mt
Okay, the single best way to help eliminate wheel hop in both the GTI and the R is to first upgrade the three mounts to stiffer mounts.

The factory springs are indeed a bit on the soft side so that too can contribute to the wheels bouncing a bit. a good spring that increases spring rates will help with reducing the likelyhood of wheel hop

And of coarse there's tires themselves that will help maintain contact with the road. Check your PSI to ensure they are at the factory spec (around 39PSI cold). Factory tires typically are lackluster inn one area or another. So it would be very helpful for traction to replace them with a better tire.

To help even more you can get lower control arms that eliminate the gap in the OEM arms...
Something like one of the following products:

 

impulsive.ca

Go Kart Newbie
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That's pretty damn excessive Imo. Get better tires, rip it on warm days and save yourself the hundreds of $ in parts instead.

The stock tires are garbage anyway and should be the first thing to change in the first place.
 

ATR

Go Kart Champion
Location
Baltimore
Ride
'17 Golf R 6mt
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That's pretty damn excessive Imo. Get better tires, rip it on warm days and save yourself the hundreds of $ in parts instead.

The stock tires are garbage anyway and should be the first thing to change in the first place.
No, it's not excessive if you're beyond OEM power levels. I personally see a benefit from some of those mods (Engine mounts, Lowering springs, and some better tires)... Though I haven't yet gotten the lower control arms yet, but I plan to to help eliminate the high speed braking jello feeling I get. Those mods DO help when you're really aggressively giving it it a full send off the line.

VW made these cars to appeal to a vast majority of people, meaning that many of the bushings and engine mounts are very soft and give A LOT. The above mods help to stiffen things up without killing the daily driver aspect of the car. I also made my post above in steps starting with the parts that improved things for me the most for wheel hop.

I came here to share my experience and try to help the OP with steps I've taken to eliminate wheel hop and the excess drivetrain play that I had when stock. Yes tires alone will likely help the most of any dingle upgrade... However as a whole the other mods do indeed help a lot.

Video ATR linked was from someone else, and in the comments they talk about the haldex not working. An R with a working haldex won't be the same.
Yes, that video wasn't the OP's car. I never said it was. Sorry that I didn't specifically state that.

To be honest it's VERY hard to judge what the issue is exactly without any video for context.
I will say that there were some issues with early build date MK7 Golf Rs having their Haldex failing. So cars that were built prior to 2017 had this issue sporadically... 2017 model year and later had a updated Haldex unit that wasn't anywhere near as prone to fail like the earlier cars were.

I have seen videos of MK7 Rs wheel hopping off the line at a drag strips before and yes their Haldex was working. I too had it a few times on hard takeoffs when bone stock.

This video does prove my point, he shows a clip of wheel hop shortly after the video starts:
 
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