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MK7 "Random / "Stupid" Questions Thread"

sterkrazzy

Autocross Champion
Location
United States
Car(s)
2018 R
We got a NOCO that we keep around our boat dealership that's been working pretty well for us. Boats show up without any batteries and sometimes we need to raise the motors before anyone can get batteries installed, so the NOCO makes things pretty easy. We've jumped a few dead cars with it too.
 

Nineeightyone

Ready to race!
Location
USA
Car(s)
2019 GTI | 2004 JSW
Are light switches on the console for the sunroof and map lights (on the ceiling near the mirror) supposed to be backlit?
Not in the 7.5, but you can swap the early mk7 overhead cluster to gain them. I hear the they're mildly tricky to retrofit, but not overly difficult. Like a 2-3/10, from reading. I haven't done it personally, but I can dig for the part number/diy on here if you'd like.
 

BarryM

New member
Location
Ohio
Car(s)
2021 GTI
Not in the 7.5, but you can swap the early mk7 overhead cluster to gain them. I hear the they're mildly tricky to retrofit, but not overly difficult. Like a 2-3/10, from reading. I haven't done it personally, but I can dig for the part number/diy on here if you'd like.
No that's fine, thanks for offering to do that. Seems like an odd delete when they came out with the 7.5 because the car already has several "style" interior lighting options that aren't functional. I get that the bean-counters may have been looking to save a few cents here and there, but back-lit buttons for lighting that you might be trying to turn on in the dark seems a nonsensical place to start.
 

Nineeightyone

Ready to race!
Location
USA
Car(s)
2019 GTI | 2004 JSW
Man, I'm full of stupid questions.

What's the general informed opinion on BFI's Stage 1 dogbone puck insert versus Powerflex's hybrid? The pricetag difference is pretty hefty, I've had excellent results with BFI's mounts in the past so I'm leaning towards theirs. Installation appears to be pretty easy/straightforward, and I don't really intend to replace the OEM arm, just want to stiffen up shifts a bit. I have BFI's stage 1 engine/trans mounts on my mk4 and stage 2 dogbone insert and the NVH is completely reasonable, so I don't think that's going to be an issue, my biggest concern is overall longevity of the parts (i.e., I don't want to be replacing the existing rubber mount in 6 months). Definitely going to look at doing the BFI stage 1 engine/transmission mounts on this car in the next year or so.

The car is pretty much just a weekend driver/fun car, so it doesn't get driven excessively hard, occasional autocrosses are a thing though when the racecar isn't in operation.

This thread has pointed me towards the BFI mount being relatively tame in terms of NVH and makes me think the Powerflex Hybrid option isn't worth the extra coin, but I'd love some more educated feedback. Thanks in advance!
 

Dog Dad Wagon

Autocross Champion
Location
Innnnn West Philadelphia...
Car(s)
19 Alltrack 6MT
Man, I'm full of stupid questions.

What's the general informed opinion on BFI's Stage 1 dogbone puck insert versus Powerflex's hybrid? The pricetag difference is pretty hefty, I've had excellent results with BFI's mounts in the past so I'm leaning towards theirs. Installation appears to be pretty easy/straightforward, and I don't really intend to replace the OEM arm, just want to stiffen up shifts a bit. I have BFI's stage 1 engine/trans mounts on my mk4 and stage 2 dogbone insert and the NVH is completely reasonable, so I don't think that's going to be an issue, my biggest concern is overall longevity of the parts (i.e., I don't want to be replacing the existing rubber mount in 6 months). Definitely going to look at doing the BFI stage 1 engine/transmission mounts on this car in the next year or so.

The car is pretty much just a weekend driver/fun car, so it doesn't get driven excessively hard, occasional autocrosses are a thing though when the racecar isn't in operation.

This thread has pointed me towards the BFI mount being relatively tame in terms of NVH and makes me think the Powerflex Hybrid option isn't worth the extra coin, but I'd love some more educated feedback. Thanks in advance!

BFI's Stage 1 dogbone insert is pretty low on the totem pole in terms of effectiveness. It doesn't even have the upper inserts that BFI's Stage 2 insert has. I wouldn't do any insert that lacks an upper portion for the upper voids in the upper OEM bushing.

If your car is a manual, the Hybrid bushing really doesn't increase NVH too much as long as you keep the revs at like 1500+ when taking off. You'll get some vibes rolling in 1st/2nd gear in traffic. But in all other circumstances it'll feel fine, only now every time you shift you will experience sublime solidity in the drivetrain. As people describe it, you feel the engine/trans "set" in place when you clutch in/out, whereas stock you just feel it all bounce around.

If you're DSG and the vibrations scare you, I would stick to inserts and forgo the hybrid bushing.
 
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