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#FAMILYWAGON Cupra 290 ST build thread

leigh.saunders

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So here is my project, the family wagon. The aim being 400 to to 450 WHP thats good to use as a daily and reliable. Words uttered many times before I'm sure.

Currently, mods stand as
Handling
Whiteline ARB front and back
Front Strutbrace
Racingline lowering springs
HEL braided lines
DS2500 front pads
Short shift link
Gear link bushings

Power / Engine Bay
Mst turbo elbow and hose
Revo turbo muffler delete
Ramair open intake and heatshield
Vagsport res delete
Revo Engine Mount
Powerflex dogbone insert
Miltek Decat downpipe
Airtec charge hose kit
DO88 Intercooler
NVM-R remap estimated 375 bhp and 500 nm

Exterior
Maxton Design rear spoiler
TRC front splitter
Kill All Wipers Rear Wiper Delete
Stickers, 500HP worth

Interior
RH air vent turbo gauge
Black Forest Industries Gear Knob



Turbosmart dual port installed and removed as it isnt plug and play

Waiting to be fitted
Shifter bracket bushings
Metal gear link mount
Revo Transmission Mount

Waiting to be bought
Venom turbo

I'll hopefully keep this going as I'm enjoying getting stuck into this car.


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leigh.saunders

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So today saw the poweflex dogbone insert go in and the rear braided hoses put on, looking forward to my commute tomorrow


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who.am.i

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Another 450hp cupra build..cant wait..

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who.am.i

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Hahahaha... I admit..i have soft spot for 300+ hp "sleeper" wagons :)

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leigh.saunders

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I am working on what to do that help it standout from every other cupra on the block so watch this space

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who.am.i

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U want to stand out? I admit it would look nice in dtm version :) ok maybe not nice..but for sure different :)

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leigh.saunders

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Mar 31, 2019
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Fitted the turbo gauge I had left over from my mazda 3 tonight. I was unhappy with the false info the sports counter displayed and wanted something accurate which this provides. Also for those with OCD from my positioning , The 0 sits in the centre and I can properly see it from the -20 - 15 psi the car uses with iut the steering wheel blocking me.


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leigh.saunders

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So after a couple of days I popped a review to go with the facebook post

So 2 days in and the general feed back is I’m very happy with it. The doesn’t rock around so much and feels more positive when the pedal is pressed. Redline gear changes are much smoother (yes I have a manual). Letting of the throttle the engine doesn’t ‘rock’ as much as it used too.

Low rpms and slow manoeuvres it’s transmits vibes but a small sacrifice for overall improvement.

One curious thing I’ve noticed. I got rid of my soundaktor and this now transmits more noise into the cabin. My personal experience so not sure if it’s just me but I like it as it’s genuine noise.

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Fitted the turbo gauge I had left over from my mazda 3 tonight. I was unhappy with the false info the sports counter displayed and wanted something accurate which this provides. Also for those with OCD from my positioning , The 0 sits in the centre and I can properly see it from the -20 - 15 psi the car uses with iut the steering wheel blocking me.


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I love this! Do you mind me asking where you got the vent with the slot for the gauge?

Was this hard to fit? Would definitely be something I’d be interested in
 

leigh.saunders

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I love this! Do you mind me asking where you got the vent with the slot for the gauge?

Was this hard to fit? Would definitely be something I’d be interested in
It was an easy fit. 20-30 mins. Runs through the left of the bonnet through the front a pillar and up under the dash to gauge. If you have any questions i can grab some pics for you.

Gauge holder
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/273986430415

Gauge
Stack mechanical boost gauge

Forge Adapter plate

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leigh.saunders

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Something a little chav for the backside. Subtle but jumps out in the light



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leigh.saunders

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So a couple of minor changes, a decat pipe is now on there and I've had the car remapped based on the NVM-R. The car is a totally different animal now. The estimated 375bhp 500nm has brought the car to life. Although not slow to start with this has turned into a point hold on and go.

With this being a stage 2 map on a stock FMIC i've bitten the bullet and got a DO88 intercooler coming to go with the airtec charge pipe kit to keep temps under control. A bit of adjustment on the exhaust setup to go and I'll be happy for a long time after this

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