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IanCH

Go Kart Champion
Location
MA
Car(s)
'20 GTI Autobahn
So got an alignment this morning, interesting that the right camber is not equal to the left, even with the deadset kit. Wonder if it's worth tinkering with the ball joint to get it equal or let it be. It's also damn near impossible to get the steering wheel exactly center every time I go. It's always been slightly off since the day I bought the car.

Front:
Caster 7.55° / 7.17°
Camber -1.99° / -1.72°
Toe 0.01° / 0.02°

Rear:
Camber -1.70° / -1.69°
Toe 0.03° / 0.03°
Well you're looking at a 0.135° deviation assuming its complimentary. Hunter Hawkeye machines have a tight mode camber tolerance of +/- .25° I would say that unless you are noticing any measurable wear difference or steering behavior then you should consider yourself in spec.

tight mode tolerances:
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Standard mode camber tolerance is +/- 0.50°
 

blaqsheep

Autocross Newbie
Location
Canada
Car(s)
IS38 GTI
Well you're looking at a 0.135° deviation assuming its complimentary. Hunter Hawkeye machines have a tight mode camber tolerance of +/- .25° I would say that unless you are noticing any measurable wear difference or steering behavior then you should consider yourself in spec.

tight mode tolerances: View attachment 185971

Standard mode camber tolerance is +/- 0.50°
Thanks for this. Previously with the SuperPro plates I was at -2.16° / -2.14° to I was hoping to get it pretty even.

Assuming the same goes with the caster +/- 0.50°, looks like front caster was 7.57° / 7.62° when I first got lowering springs installed.
 

IanCH

Go Kart Champion
Location
MA
Car(s)
'20 GTI Autobahn
Thanks for this. Previously with the SuperPro plates I was at -2.16° / -2.14° to I was hoping to get it pretty even.

Assuming the same goes with the caster +/- 0.50°, looks like front caster was 7.57° / 7.62° when I first got lowering springs installed.
I would just say, its incredible to me that a machine can even measure to that tolerance from the distances and sizes it is measuring. I would expect to see variation set-up to set-up in that tolerance range. If you really cared you could do back-to-back runs of alignment with multiple set ups but that seems excessive.
 

jimlloyd40

Autocross Champion
Location
Phoenix
Car(s)
2018 SE DSG
Really? Even with no misfires or codes, and not much buildup (no pics?) you can tell?

Anyone else see this?

Yes the throttle response is much better and so is the power. If I had to guess at a HP improvement I would say that it feels like an additional 35 HP. Gets through the gears much faster now. And spins the wheels through most of second gear and it wasn't doing that before the cleaning. They gave me actual pictures but I'll ask them if they can email them to me to post.
 

KyACRASH

Go Kart Champion
Location
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Car(s)
2015 GTI 6MT
Yes the throttle response is much better and so is the power. If I had to guess at a HP improvement I would say that it feels like an additional 35 HP. Gets through the gears much faster now. And spins the wheels through most of second gear and it wasn't doing that before the cleaning. They gave me actual pictures but I'll ask them if they can email them to me to post.
wow that's pretty surprising.

I had carbon cleaning done at 75k, I didn't notice any difference at all. The shop also said it wasn't that bad. I figure I'll probably do it again at 150k anyway if I make it that far...
 

Dog Dad Wagon

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Colorado
Car(s)
19 Alltrack 6MT
wow that's pretty surprising.

I had carbon cleaning done at 75k, I didn't notice any difference at all. The shop also said it wasn't that bad. I figure I'll probably do it again at 150k anyway if I make it that far...
Yeah I had my valves cleaned at like 65K on my 2015 GTI and there was zero before/after difference
 

Ezekiel81923

Ready to race!
Location
Royersford, PA
Car(s)
2019 Volkswagen GTI
Yeah I had my valves cleaned at like 65K on my 2015 GTI and there was zero before/after difference
I had the valves cleaned on my Speed3 @ 145k miles and it made a difference. Different car obviously, but same issue. Throttle response was much improved. I dunno about gaining 35hp, but it definitely ran better.

My GTI only has 8k miles on it so I'm far from dealing with that again, but I can believe that at 100k it would make a noticeable difference.
 

IanCH

Go Kart Champion
Location
MA
Car(s)
'20 GTI Autobahn
Carbon buildup problems on this car are greatly exaggerated. Unless you have a reason (track/aggro driving) to run a catch can then it's silly to use one.

The problem with carbon comes from the lack of mpi. If you really want to "avoid issues" then get that.
 

jimlloyd40

Autocross Champion
Location
Phoenix
Car(s)
2018 SE DSG
wow that's pretty surprising.

I had carbon cleaning done at 75k, I didn't notice any difference at all. The shop also said it wasn't that bad. I figure I'll probably do it again at 150k anyway if I make it that far...
Yeah I had my valves cleaned at like 65K on my 2015 GTI and there was zero before/after difference
I can't explain why it made such a difference in mine but I'm glad it did. FWIW I am FBO, BT and custom dyno tuned so maybe it makes more of a difference with higher power mods. Did you guys see before and after pictures?
 

jimlloyd40

Autocross Champion
Location
Phoenix
Car(s)
2018 SE DSG
Carbon buildup problems on this car are greatly exaggerated. Unless you have a reason (track/aggro driving) to run a catch can then it's silly to use one.

The problem with carbon comes from the lack of mpi. If you really want to "avoid issues" then get that.
Have to disagree that carbon buildup is greatly exaggerated. All I can tell you is that I was told that my OCC was the reason my carbon buildup was much less than they see on other cars with similar mileage without an OCC. Also the harder the car is driven it produces more blowby.
 
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