Mk1 Leon Cupra TDI Track/Daily

3gte

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My last project didn't quite go to plan, a race car was a fun idea but the car in question probably wasn't the best choice. So I have my 'snow car' (usually ride a bike but snow is... interesting).

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It was pretty standard (don't look at the exhaust) and I was thinking about getting shot of it, picking up something newer on PCP.

But it's now destined for upgrades because I figure I can play around with aero etc and if it breaks I can pick up another and swap the parts over. Also I have spares from the TDI I scrapped so I can test bits out if needs be.
 
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3gte

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Mods so far:

312mm front brakes
256mm rear brakes
Hel braided lines
Cast front arms
Cookbots wishbone inserts
Superpro wishbone bushes with offset rears for increased castor
Audi TT hubs (fully rebuilt)
Audi TT V6 steering rack
Powerflex Black Series steering rack bush
KW V3 coilover suspension
H&R 25mm adjustable front ARB
H&R 25mm rear ARB
Cupra R rear beam bushes
Cupra R top mounts
Powerflex dog bone mount
RacingLine stud conversion
H&R 8mm spacers all round (so I can fit the caps over the wheels and maintain a stock look)
Random upper strut brace
S3 lower strut brace
Forge front/rear short shift kit
Forge side/side short shift kit
42Draft solid shifter bracket bushings
Darkside Developments solid cable end bushings
Gear lever relocated to on top of transmission tunnel
ITG Maxogen intake kit
Miltek cat back exhaust
 
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Thought I'd get a baseline figure for the weight of the car.

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This is every fluid full, full leather electric seats etc, no driver.

Not bad balance but would like to get that weight down
 
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chrismc

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Oof- quite some weight!

What are the standard ARB diameters? Shouldn’t the front be somewhat thinner than the rear to dial out any inherent understeer?

I’m sure that was the case from my tweaked mk2 Golf days
 

3gte

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Yeah, it's not the lightest but will be getting stuff on the scales soon and see where weight can be offloaded/moved around.

Stock ARB is 23mm up front with no rear ARB so 25mm front and back makes a difference, it feels very planted in a neutral way, haven't really pushed it yet though
 
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3gte

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First change was the shifter

Forge short shift kit (both front/rear n side)
Darkside solid cable end bushings

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A recon'd bracket fitted with 42Draft solid bushings

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The test drive showed the downside which is that it's a very notchy feeling when shifting (it's set to almost 40% reduction in both planes).

On the upside it's extremely direct which means heel n toe has gone from being ill advised to an absolute joy, it really makes it worthwhile.
 

3gte

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Next (and possibly the most controversial) bit is an ITG Maxogen induction kit

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It's eye wateringly expensive (in my defence it was advertised as being made of carbon fibre on Awesome) and I know some will question its usefulness on a diesel but there's method to the madness, just have to wait for future updates to see why I went with it
 

3gte

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Genuinely can't believe how different changing gears is now thanks to the quickshift and now this

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Mounting the lever higher has made the driving ergonomics so much better
 
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