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"winter beater" Golf R

kep

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Boston
Car(s)
Mk7 Golf R, NA Miata
I figured I'd make a thread to document my car.

Car 2016 Golf R DSG (non-DCC)
Objective I bought the car to be a comfortable daily driver during winter months. Throughout the year it is used for for track, autocross, and ice racing. I usually use my Miata for summer commuting and driving events, but the Golf serves as a backup car if the Miata needs repairs or I just want to mix things up. Therefore, the modifications on my car are focused on comfort first and performance second

Modifications
Engine/transmission

Stratified custom ECU tune
Stratified TCU tune
RS7 plugs gapped to .024"

Suspension/Handling
Stock springs
Bilstein B6 dampers
Eurosport Steet Camber Kit
24mm solid whiteline rear sway bar
Moog rear endlinks

Alignment
Front: Camber: -1.9°, Caster 7°, Toe 0"
Rear: Camber: -1.5°, Toe +1/16"

Wheels & Tires
Summer: OE Cadiz 18x7.5 with 225/40/r18 Continental ExtremeContact Sport
Track: Neuspeed RSE10 18x8.5 with 235/40/r18 Falken RT660
Winter: Sparco Asseto Gara 17x7.5 with 225/45/r17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS90

Brakes
OEM front pads (Street), Pagid RSL29 pads (Track)
Ferodo DS2500 rear pads
RS3 brake ducts
Motul RBF600 DOT4

Electronic changes
XDS fully disabled
Straight ahead brake stabilization disabled
Starting vibration reduction disabled

Cosmetic/convenience
2nd trunk light installed
cheap aluminum shift paddles
Ecohitch 1.25" hitch receiver
Audi A4 rear headrests


Previously Installed Parts
CTS Turbo resonator delete - I have no idea how people are able to daily this. After listening to it drone on the highway for 2 weeks, I reverted back to stock
Porsche GT3 brake ducts - fitment wasn't wasn't great and they hang a bit below the LCAs. RS3 ducts are a better option and only slightly more expensive

OEM brake pads - They don't hold up to track use, don't even try it
Pagid RSL29 brake pads - Great track performance. Strong bite, good release characteristics, and never faded on me. On the street they rattled over bumps, enough that I no longer wish to daily them
Accelera 651 Sport Tires - Read below for full review. They were okay, but I'll be switching to something more competitive.


Feel free to ask questions/provide feedback

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kep

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Boston
Car(s)
Mk7 Golf R, NA Miata
I finished off my set of Accelera 651 Sport tires this last weekend and wanted to post a quick review, since very little information is available about them online.

I only driven GTI/R on a few different tires so I don't have the greatest perspective on how it stacks up against the most competitive in tires in its class. However, I was impressed with the overall construction of the carcass. The sidewalls were stiff enough that I was able to run 38psi front, without any excess tire roll (I'm about -2 deg front camber). Road comfort was okay, a bit harsher than a max performance tire, but fine. However, road noise was really, really bad. It sounds like you're driving around a jeep with all terrain tires. It's livable, but there's no reason you should have to deal with that for street driving. Dynamically, they were fun, and exhibited a surprising amount of overseer at autocross and track. The absolute grip level was low. Even before they started overheating and getting greasy they offered significantly less grip than the Khumo v730 that I drove back to back. Durability was meh, it took 7 track hours, and a couple thousand street miles to cord them (my driving style probably plays a part here).

Overall I'm not really sure who this tire is for. It's too loud for street driving, and too slow for autocross/track. It's extremely cheap and can be had for about $100/tire even in Golf sizes. I guess maybe a decent option if you're jealous of your rwd friends and want to do some sick skids? I assume it's closest competition would be the Falken 615k+, but I haven't driven that tire for comparison.

A roasted 651 in 255
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kep

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Boston
Car(s)
Mk7 Golf R, NA Miata
A mysterious rattle

So, for a while I was getting some on and off clunking from the front of my car. Initially I thought it was a loose suspension component, so I pulled the struts, re-torqued everything and re-assembled. Recently, it started getting really bad, enough so that I was concerned something was seriously wrong. I followed a gut instinct, and swapped my front brakes from RSL29 track pads to some OEM pads I had sitting around. Turns out, I was right. The pagids don't have any sort of backing plate, so they rattle around on bumps. I'm guessing the noise was worse since the pads were down to around 4mm or so. While I was happy with their track performance, the rattle was awful and I'll probably go with DS2500 as a replacement.
 

gixxerfool

Drag Racing Champion
Location
New Jersey
Car(s)
2016 Golf R
Your build is similar to mine in that performance isn’t the first goal. There are a lot of builds with just go fast bits. That’s fine and all, but comfort and convenience certainly has its place.
 

kep

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Boston
Car(s)
Mk7 Golf R, NA Miata
Clunking sounds

So, I my car was nice and quiet after swapping to street pads... for a little while. Then I got a new clunking sound. I was experiencing it under the following circumstances: square edge bumps, certain accel/decel laods, and heavy cornering. Also was getting almost a grinding type sound when going from a standstill to reverse. The noise sounded from around the front left of the car, somewhere around the subframe. I swapped the sway end link in that corner as a potential fix, but that wasn't the issue. The noise ended up being the pendulum mount. After replacing it, all of the noises went away. I don't think I've seen many instances of those going bad, so I was somewhat surprised.
 

kep

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Boston
Car(s)
Mk7 Golf R, NA Miata
Latest Blackstone report came in. Only object of interest was the sudden presence of Manganese, but I suspect that's because the funnel I used for oil was previously used for octane booster containing MMT. A boring report is a good report.
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