MY11.5 VW Golf R (175FUN v2.0)

Projects undertaken by redlineAU members to improve various aspects of their cars.
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MY11.5 VW Golf R (175FUN v2.0)

Post by DreamensioN » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 11:53 am

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Post by DreamensioN » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 11:54 am

I know I said I wouldn't mod the car... but I just can't help myself.

Last night I picked up a set of these. LED number plate lights.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/VW-2009-Golf ... 3f0ab44efd

The extra bright LED's also assist the reversing camera at night.

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Post by Chaser » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 1:37 pm

Nothing says romance like porn.

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Post by DreamensioN » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 1:46 pm

haha...it is on the list.

But Stage 1 is where I'm going to stop it - unless my mortage suddenly disappears or something.

I've been tossing between the Superchips/Bluefin tune, and a custom tune by Bayside Performance in Cleveland. I probably won't go the APR tune (it's very expensive for what you get), but I have considered the APR exhaust, and/or intake.

ARRR - what am I doing!? Stage 1 should be the only thing I'm considering... not the intercooler, exhaust, intake, fuel pump etc.

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Post by Chaser » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 2:41 pm

at least your not considering the turbo upgrade :P
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Post by spitex » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 3:06 pm

LOL ... once you've got the car modding bug, you're fucked for life :P I'm looking at a new car and im like I WILL NOT MOD ... then I wake up and I am browsing exhaust/chip sites.... omfg :(

Are the mods on the VW expensive? I suppose they would be considering its the first quality car you've owned :P

I'm gay and like hondas for no good reason.

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Post by dorift » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 4:14 pm

After seeing the car I want one.
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Post by SecaBoy » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 5:20 pm

the modding bug is evil... if anyone has a cure, let me know about it...
i'm not asking for a bandaid solution like marriage, mortgage, etc.... i want a CURE... :lol:



i've said it before, but i'll say it again... i'm pretty sure i'm gonna be one of those 80yr olds with a classic car restored in the garage that comes out for a sunday drive... hopefully by then a "classic" car will be a R35 GTR... :drool
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Post by Eu-GenixX » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 5:37 pm

spite wrote: I'm gay and like hondas for no good reason.

Speaking of getting the modding bug...

Which mod was that?... heh

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Post by spitex » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 5:39 pm

Eu-GenixX wrote:
spite wrote: I'm gay and like hondas for no good reason.

Speaking of getting the modding bug...

Which mod was that?... heh
LOL totally. My money is on dorift .... or cGr.

dorift cause if you knock 1 200sx and he's ready to FU UP.
cGr cause he would .....

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Post by cGr » Wed 15 Jun, 2011 6:03 pm

Wasnt me. Sounds like Dan tbh...

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Post by DreamensioN » Fri 17 Jun, 2011 9:44 am

Ok so I've been driving the car for a week, and I'm still finding out more about it's capabilities.


Things I'm loving so far...

- the auto dimming rear vision mirror. The mirror will automatically darken when someone is behind me at night with headlights - but it darkens more around the headlights in the reflection, so I'm not blinded, but I can still see the car behind me.

- heated seats - you wouldn't think you'd use them that often in QLD, but with leather seats I'm finding it very useful

- heated mirrors - I've used these once so far when I parked the car outside and the mirrors were misted up. This demists the mirrors in about 20 seconds.

- the adaptive chassis control. Now that i'm more used to the car, I can really sense the suspension firming up between the different settings. I find myself mostly using "comfort" mode on the drives to and from work. In "sports" mode, it also changes the steering ratio, and you really can feel the car firm up.

- The multi-function display. This is a wealth of information, and I'm constantly toggling between the different screens.

- the auto headlights - very useful...never have to turn headlights on again

- the DSG paddles... it's like playing a video game

- the auto close feature on everything (windows, sunroof etc).

- traction/stability control - on Saturday on the Cunningham Hwy, we hit a deep rut of water, and all the traction control/stability control lights flickered, but the car remained rock steady. I guess that's it doing it's job.


Things I need to adjust...

- my driving style. With the DSG gearbox, and how "planted" the car feels - it's TOO EASY to speed. Doing 100km/h feels like 60.

- the auto wipers - I'm going to buy that special cable thing so I can hook up a laptop to the car and make the workshop adjustments, such as reduce the sensititivity. The other day we were driving on the highway and it was only a light shower, but because of how "hard" the rain was hitting the sensor, the Golf had it's wipers going like it was a tropical monsoon.

Things I preferred in the 200SX....

- I now know what everyone meant by how it doesn't have the "soul" of the 200SX. The 200SX is just a different car, but somehow... (it's hard to explain), the technology of the Golf R acts as a barrier between the driver the the car. In the 200SX, as the driver, you could sense every aspect of the car. You could feel it through the steering wheel, through the seat - it was like you were in tune with the car. Like the car is an extension of the driver. Anyway that feeling - you could feel a lot more in the 200SX. In the Golf R, it's somewhat detached. Yep the car has power. Yep it has luxury. Yep it moves like the clappers, and grips the road like frightened cat on carpet. But you can't help but feel that there's a wall of electronics between you and the road.

I guess the best I can describe it is... the 200SX is like, you're inside the data center, walking between the racks, feeling the cold air, hearing all the noise, smelling the ozone. The Golf R is like - you're standing outside the server room looking through a glass wall.

I still really like the Golf R though. It is more luxury and more technology than the 200SX could ever be. Not to mention the practicality. The 200SX was then, the Golf R is now. I guess I'm just in that period of adjustment between the girlfriend, and the wife.

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Post by spitex » Fri 17 Jun, 2011 10:33 am

DreamensioN wrote:
I guess the best I can describe it is... the 200SX is like, you're inside the data center, walking between the racks, feeling the cold air, hearing all the noise, smelling the ozone. The Golf R is like - you're standing outside the server room looking through a glass wall.

I still really like the Golf R though. It is more luxury and more technology than the 200SX could ever be. Not to mention the practicality. The 200SX was then, the Golf R is now. I guess I'm just in that period of adjustment between the girlfriend, and the wife.
LOL best n3rd analogy I have ever heard hahaha.

I miss my cars too man, it's just the way it is .... :(

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Post by Chaser » Fri 17 Jun, 2011 12:14 pm

Mums Golf does the same thing in regards to the wipers. They are really annoying.
Watch out as the headlights do not go off after you leave the car on some occasions even though they are set to auto
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Post by blv » Fri 17 Jun, 2011 3:36 pm

The old mans cherokee has auto wipers and you can adjust the sensitivity.

And thats what I loved about my GT liberty. No traction control, no stability control. The sports mode made things stiffer and more power and shit, but you could still feel everything through the car.

Now thats a car I miss. More than the silvia, and the silvia did big skids. I will get another one one day, and give it some more power.
I just don't know if people like me. I know when they don't like me 'cause they'll say things like, 'Yeah, that's him, officer.'

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Post by DreamensioN » Tue 28 Jun, 2011 11:48 pm

First mod...

R Dash LED number plate lights.

The kit:
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The original bulbs.
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The new R Dash LED replacements.
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Side by side comparison.
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The new look - don't let the "brightness" fool you. They look very VERY bright in this photo - but they're actually really good.
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This is a more realistic view.
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It's literally a 5 minute install job. Almost no tools needed. I just had to use a flat head screw driver to push out a tab to remove the OEM bulb holder.

While these may seem a bit "ricey", they actually serve another purpose. It's a lot more extra light for the rear reversing camera at night.

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Post by SecaBoy » Wed 29 Jun, 2011 7:08 am

it has such a sexy ass... :drool :lol:
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Post by Ewen » Wed 27 Jul, 2011 10:08 pm

DreamensioN wrote:
While these may seem a bit "ricey", they actually serve another purpose. It's a lot more extra light for the rear reversing camera at night.
.. And easier for cops/cameras to see the number plate.. I never washed mine let alone lit it up LOL
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Post by dorift » Thu 28 Jul, 2011 12:36 am

Heh, I was the same. I put dimmed darkened bulbs in mine back in the day.
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Post by tipper » Thu 28 Jul, 2011 10:41 am

Glad you are liking the R Noel. I must say heated seats are awesome, I use them everyday at the moment. If you want to fuck with people in summer turn on the passenger one on a hot day and listen to them complain - priceless!

Another good little trick I found is using cruise control with sport mode. In sport mode it drops gears to hold revs but if you turn on the cruise control it will run up through the gears, as soon as you touch the brakes or tun the cruise off it instantly (or quick enough) shoots down to any gear you need.

My biggest complaint is that the car 'pushes' too much and feels a little like a front drive. Your car may be different with the lighter motor over the front. I have a 24mm adjustable rear sawy bar whih was good, but it still has too much 'push'. The 200 was much more fun for this reason.

Stability is amazing compared to the 200, at over say, um, 200kmph, it is still a very stable car, apparently...

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