Hello all! I'm Geoff and live in Cambridge
Been on here for a bit now but I'm one of the quiet ones. Figured I'd share some progress on my car
This isn't my first car build. I lived in Japan for 6 years and had a Toyota Starlet GT (1.3 turbo) then moved to the UK and had a MK4 VW Golf GTI with coilovers, ARBs, FMIC, TBE, Intake, Re-map. I got a new clutch installed and then for some reason I decided to drive it into a brick fence (thank you black ice) At the same time as the Golf I had a 450+HP S15 Nissan Silvia that is now sold and now I have my 2006 A3 2.0T 6 speed quattro
When I first bought it
Straight away I knew what I wanted....to get it like my Golf was
Enter my first set up. H&R premium performance coilovers with H&R ARBs and Miro STP2 wheels (fake splits) (19x8.5 front and 19x9.5 rear ET48) I also de-baged the front with a FK grill and the rear with the missus hair dryer, dental floss and some WD40 and also installed a ATP turbo 3" intake
Here it is without spacers
Then I added spacer 15mm front and 17.5mm rear. Yes this rubbed/scrubbed a lot (also moved house in case you can't tell)
At this point I also had HID lights installed along with LED interior and exterior
I really didn't like the H&R coilovers, they felt too soft for me since they had progressive spings so I did more research and found BC Racing coilovers with 10k springs. Out with the old and in with the new. Shortly after fitting the new suspension I decided I wanted some new wheels because I was getting tired of the tyres rubbing with the over aggressive fit.
I found VMRs to be fairly inexpensive and decent looking so I ordered a set of the V701s 19x8.5 ET45. When they arrived one of them was dented/chipped so the guys at VMR sent me a new one and let me keep the damaged one. Figuring that I'd have to get it repaird to run it as a full size spare I decided to get them all powder coated satin black (powder coated wheel is on the left in the picture)
While the wheels were in limbo I started researching re-maps and exhausts and decided to go to AmD for a TBE Miltek and stage 2 re-map
Decided at this point to get an oil catch/pcv re-vamp kit. I went with CTS Motorsports Catch Can. The only problem with theirs is that it's not made for Euro spec cars with the fuel vapor catch. Luckily I have a friend that's handy at welding and he whipped up a litte tubeuler bracket and bolted it down near the battery box
I also did a rear wiper delete from these guys
Willkommen - Heckwischerabdeckung, Blindstopfen, Kappe, Glasstopfen, De-wiper, Plug, Grommet, Cap?
Then put my new wheels on
I aslo had the car detailed by Cabridge Valet Center becasue I was too scared to go at the car with a buffer on my own
When the car was in for detail I pulled the wheels off becasue I needed new tyres and then added spacers when I put the wheels back on. ECS Tuning 8mm front and 10mm rear spacers. I get a little scrubbing from these as it's now ET37 front and ET35 rear but these will be coming off after GTI International.
clean engine now too
New wheels and coilovers=alignment issues. I ran thru a set of tyres in a matter of 2 months even with an alignment being done. I was told that my camber couldn't be adjusted any more on the stock arms.....so back to the researching and I came up with these
034 Motorsports rear upper control arms. They add an additional 5 degrees of adjustment
and decided while I'm at it I might as well do the lower arms too. Megan Racing rear lower toe arms
Back to AmD for install and a laser alignment
So that's where I stand now.
Next on the list
tinting rear lights
034 motorsport shift knob
clutch/flywheel (still deciding which one)
CTS Turbo short shifter and FMIC
HPFP with stage 2+ tune
If you see me around, say hi...wave...flash (your lights only please)
any suggestions I'm open ears