My Loyal Friend

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My Loyal Friend

Postby Maraschino Larry » Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:21 pm

This is a thread for our GTI... I can't believe I don't have one (at least a catch-all one).

Once babby #2 escapes and Hayley is on mat leave the GTI will be my daily. Remarkably this has never been the case before, I get to drive it once in a blue moon. This has helped greatly in my resisting modifying it and I'm on the fence whether to resist anymore.

My first temptation lies in the summer tires needing replacement. One could purchase good quality replacements new and just call it a day, but one could also use this as a thin justification or switch things up! One thing I'm not looking to do is poke & stretch... I'm not rally feeling the look anymore, and besides I like DRIVING this car too much. I liked that with the OEM wheels it doesn't look horrible (or odd, I guess) at stock height. The stock suspension handles very well and contributes to the decidedly balanced package, so I've always been content. The car still feels fairly tight but fact is the next oil change is due at 200,000km(!), so things are starting to loosen up a bit. On the back of this I could be swayed to upgrade the suspension, which would open up my horizons to going many directions in terms of wheels. Even then I don't think I'd want to go for a pretty wheel (like a BLQ or something)... I think I want to go more in a function direction.

I was thinking today about sizing down from the stock wheels... 16s fit fine over the brakes. This would allow me to get some light wheels without breaking the bank with forged 18s or something. I really like these Sparcos:

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16x7 18lbs $120/ea

I'd want to wrap them with something sticky in 225-50-16 sizing. I'm thinking I'd probably still need a mild drop to keep this looking the way I picture it. Anybody else see what I see or am I an the verge of a great McSteak? I mean this would obviously be more about the driving dynamics than the appearance but I think these with a meaty tire would look pretty tough.
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby professor science » Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:44 pm

Thank you for sending me back into the MkV forum (no sarcasm).

Check this guy's thread.
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby Maraschino Larry » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:44 pm

It's fun to see his progression... I like it on the Avus wheels. If a set of those came up I could be swayed.

Here's some 225-50-16s on 16x7s for reference
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby mushroom_curry » Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:36 pm

YO I LIKE THOSE.... Especially with the Votex kit on there, the beefy tires will look right at home!!

I also wasn't aware of this thread till now
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby Maraschino Larry » Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:45 pm

I'm still digging this idea. Scared of it looking bad at stock height though... I guess I should keep my eyes peeled for suspension. Problem is I can't do shit coils on that car... Need something good.

Anybody know anything about mkv options?
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby mushroom_curry » Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:56 pm

KW-V1s yO... bet you can find someone who bought a set of coils, then crashed their car before they installed them.

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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby Maraschino Larry » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:11 pm

Or somebody that went bags in that pursuit of teh lowes. Yes please, keep your peepers peepin'.
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby Maraschino Larry » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:22 pm

If you squint this looks like my GTI... if anything the dimensions/proportions are very similar so it gives a good idea.

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Tires are 225/55s which would be too tall, 225/50s are very close to OEM diameter.
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby mushroom_curry » Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:13 pm

For me, this looks a lot better than superleggeras


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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby mushroom_curry » Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:16 pm

Car looks purposeful instead of rims and a drop. Having that bit of wheel gap there will be nice.

I think that wheel set up is the first step to stick to having a well balanced car that becomes progressively more nimble and fun with each additional mod... As opposed to a car that loses more and more utility as time passes.


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Postby Maraschino Larry » Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:22 pm

I wish I didn't agree... But I do. I didn't account for the dough recouped by selling the stockers... That helps soften the blow.
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby mushroom_curry » Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:31 pm

If those are 16x7s does VW sell a similar wheel?
I feel like they do sell a similar wheel in terms of design that they sell in a dark grey colour.

Could find someone selling a set and PC those for cheap maybe? Keep that OEM goodness.

Either way, I'm still on board with the Sparcos to the fullest.
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby Maraschino Larry » Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:52 pm

Anything OEM will be pretty heavy... I think you're thinking of the 15" multispokes that came on the late mkIVs tho??
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Postby mushroom_curry » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:22 pm

Was these that I was picturing... I guess they are 18s?

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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby Maraschino Larry » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:33 pm

Those are similar... but yeah 18s don't help the cause
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby Maraschino Larry » Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:36 pm

So this happened today...
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I think I like it, eyes are wandering to suspension now though

The 225 pirellis are fucking LOUD, but it grips like never before.
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby Dreamstate » Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:39 pm

What's a suitable replacement for the gti suspension? You did say that it was a nice stock setup.
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby mushroom_curry » Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:35 pm

maaaaaaaaaannnn that looks good!!! :)
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby Maraschino Larry » Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:18 am

Thanks Rodge :)

@landy I literally have no idea... need to do some research. I like the idea of coils so I can get picky with specifics and still have good winter clearance, but I'm open to a cup kit like device as well. Air is not in this car's future. Losing the sidewall has already compromised the ride so I'm not concerned about firming it up a bit. I'll be driving it 3/4 of the time anyways starting in about a month.
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby Dreamstate » Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:49 pm

Still liking that sticker placement :)
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby professor science » Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:55 pm

Likewise!

Looks great. I've always liked the RS6 wheels.
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby Maraschino Larry » Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:39 pm

Thanks Rob, me too... Such a clean variation on the good old 5 spoke. The deal was too good to pass up so I just went for it dispite my initial plans.

Oh and believe it or not I have people mention the "cards stuck to your [my] car" all the time
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby Maraschino Larry » Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:08 pm

So my loyal friend blew up this morning... timing belt let go while I was doing a 3rd gear pull, sweet. It had a fresh one when I bought it with 100k on it, I'm not beyond the interval but I guess it didn't get the memo :roll:

I'm completely torn as to how to handle the situation... car is paid off and worth what 8-9k? I simply do not have the time to do the work myself, I barely have time to sleep these days. Waiting on a quote from a couple indie shops, but I presume a head/belt/waterpump job will be in the 3-4k range.

Unfixed I'm sure I'd be lucky to get 2k out of the car, so I guess I'm pretty limited on options. I suppose the other option is tow it home and pick away at it as time allows, and pick up something on the cheap for DD duties. Really shit timing to spend any money like this given we just got in the new house, but that's life. Doing everything in my power to resist a new (or "new") car purchase and getting into a regular payment.
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby Dreamstate » Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:30 pm

With any luck, the bottom end will still be okay.
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Re: My Loyal Friend

Postby tripwalking » Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:49 am

That sucks man. Hope it works out smooth.
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