Since selling off my 3rd R53 (Mini) and trying to be sensible, I tried to get by on a Mk 6 GTI (DSG) and failed. Nice enough car for a daily commute car, but definitely not a weekend car & as I donât have a daily commute it makes it uselessâ¦ (unfortunately the family mobile is also a very sensible member of the VAG family too). What the Golf did though was made me have a good look at the VAG forums to see what else appealed & made up a shortlist, with a few helpful suggestions from friends (which mostly involved a V8 or a Porsche) and then ended up buying an S3 (8P). Looks like this â Itâs good a decent spec â Manual, Heated Leather, SatNav, Bluetooth, flatbottomed wheel & Xenons. It was pretty tatty when I picked it up, so sent it to these guys in Edinburgh for a full detail (inside, out and all 4 wheels refurbished) â WildHorses Mustang Specialist Thatâs the 4th car Iâve had detailed by Alan, the work is excellent and really good value. Anyway, after coming from a properly sorted Mini, the car needs a lot of work to get it to a level that i'll be able to start enjoy driving itâ¦.so phase one took place in early December, with the following done at Autohaus in Edinburgh, a former Revo Dealer and now one of only 2 APR dealers in Scotland (they made a really good first impression & Iâll be back) : Phase 1 â¢ Full oil and brake fluid service â¢ New NGK Iridium 8 plugs â¢ RS4 Fuel Return Valve â¢ Revision D Diverter Valve â¢ Pipercross panel filter â¢ New oem cam follower â¢ APR High Pressure Fuel Pump â¢ Full Miltek (sports cat) and resonated 3" exhaust system â¢ APR Stage 2+ Tune â¢ Loba Motorsport uprated clutch & Single mass flywheel conversion (& new Sachs master and slave cylinder) â¢ 4 X new Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4Ds to get me through Baltic conditions The above should be good for 350-360bhp, will be taking it to a dyno early new year to see how it stacks up. More importantly though, Iâm really looking forward to the phase 2 of this build (spring time next year), unfortunately i've had to introduce phase 1.1 to keep me going through winter (will fit in the next few weeks): Phase 1.1 * THS lower, upper engine & transmission mounts * Vibratechnics dog bone * Whiteline anti-lift kit * New Pagid Discs on front/rear and new ATE Pads Phase 2 â¢ Quaife ATB Differential (front) â¢ Haldex Gen 2 Controller (with remote) â¢ Bilstein B16s â¢ H&R rear ARB â¢ Powerflex / Superpro â full front and rear polybush â¢ Nitrac treated new discs & decent performance pads â¢ Decent summer rubber â R888 style â¢ BBS CH The car must look 100% stock though, under the hood and from the outside, donât want any hint of whatâs been done to it from the outside (noise or looks). Donât really even want oem+ look on the outsideâ¦ it really just needs to look like a well looked after S3 8P. The aim is to get to a reliable and usable 400bhp on this car, that handles really well (on a track) & the Quattro really helps the handling rather than hinders by being a dead weight! Phase 3 (& possibly the final oneâ¦) will be : â¢ APR Intercooler â¢ APR Stage 3 remap â¢ Loba Motorsport Hybrid turbo â¢ Aquamist HFS4 Should have it all completed by the end of the year, at which point Iâll decide if itâs appropriate to send it to weightwatchers and turn into a track slag (but thatâs too far off to even think about for someone with such a short term view on carsâ¦. :lol Iâd still like to get back into a Mini at some point, but not sure what one and whenâ¦ Views, opinions and abuse all very welcome. Views and opinions on fitting an LSD (even an ATB one like the Quaife), I can't see why the handling of these won't be completely transformed by fitting a half decent LSD. Has anyone got one fitted, which one and how are you finding it ?