Rolling Low with our Golf GTI

Continuing to improve our Mk7 Golf GTI Demo Car, we made a start at fitting some upgrades from down under.

First up is the Turbosmart Kompact Shortie Blow-Off Valve (TS-0203-1263)

The Kompact Shortie is a direct replacement for the stock Diverter Valve. It is also a 100% Recirculating Blow-Off Valve which routes all the vented Air back into the Induction system.

Turbosmart have constructed this Valve from Aircraft Grade Aluminium, which is far better than the standard Plastic unit.

It also operates at a similar level of volume to the standard Valve, whilst eliminating Compressor Surge, allowing the GTI’s Turbo to run to its full potential.
This kit was incredibly straight forward to fit and has a handy installation guide on YouTube for those who wish to install it themselves;

Next up, we installed Whitelines new Spring Kit (WSK-VWN005) for the GTI and GTD Golf Mk7 Models.

This kit has been specifically Engineered to give an optimal balance with standard Shock Absorbers and lowers the Car by 30mm at the front and 25mm at the rear.

With the Car sitting prettier, it would be rude not to further enhance the Cars look, by fitting a new set of Wheels fresh from Japan.

We opted for a Cast Single Piece Wheel from Rays, in the form of the Rays Homura 2X8 GTS wheel in Super Dark Gunmetal, with a Diamond Cut Rim Edge.   The Wheel is 18×8.0” with an ET50 offset, wrapped in 235/40 R18 Bridgestone Potenza’s
They have also been fitted with matching Rays Metal Hub Rings and Rays 17HEX Racing Wheel Bolts.

All fitted perfectly, with no clearance issues whatsoever.

Upon test driving, the Suspension feels much firmer than standard, but gives a nicer feel whist giving you a bit more confidence in the Cars ability to hold the Road, without feeling too firm.

Some Cobb Tuning Vinyl was also added to the sides of the Car and also our new Cobb Accessport inspired Number Plate thanks to DMB Graphics.

We will be attending a few Shows up and down the country so be sure to come say Hi..!

Dyno day – Our Suzuki Swift Sport race car.

Yesterday, one of our staff members joined Advanced Motorsport for the dyno runs on our Suzuki Swift Sport.

As the engine has only just been built and not really tested, this was the perfect opportunity to get the motor ran in, and keep an eye out for any teething issues.

The full process of “engine run in” was completed smoothly, after a minor modification was made to the rocker cover. Engine run in consisted of different RPM’s for short periods of time, based over a 500 mile journey.

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M16A DOHC.

The Dynapack direct couples to the wheel hubs and applies a precisely controlled hydraulic load. This method of direct coupling plus its built-in strength means the Dynapack is always in control of the vehicle. Very impressive stuff!

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After the running in process was completed, a short 10 minute coffee break was required – while we had the break, the engine was left running, ready for its power runs.

Here’s a YouTube link to the third gear power runs. She sounds glorious!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOJeGtgqJeE&feature=youtu.be

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Power is not what we’d hoped for,  but it is early days, and there is still more fettling to do with the car, so we will get the car back on the dyno at a later date for some more power runs. Hoping for bigger figures next time!

Porsche 911 GT3 R Takes Home Second Place Overall, Wins Class A-GT3 Pro-Am with PFC Brakes at Bathurst

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Porsche 911 GT3 R Conquers Bathurst

Patrick Long, Marc Leib, David Calvert-Jones and Matt Campbell won the Class A-GT3 Pro-AM and finished second overall at the 2017 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

Read More Here

 

A Lap of Bathurst… 

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in the Ice Break Porsche 911 GT3 at

Bathurst–a fast, grueling track.

Watch Here

 

 

 

Porsche Motorsport Recap

Porsche recaps their epic success of the Porscheblog3

customer teams at the Bathurst 12 Hour race.

Watch Here

Product Training for Coordsport Sales Staff

At Co-ordSport we encourage our staff to attend/receive product training from the great manufacturers we work with, wherever they are in the world! Their knowledge and experience is often best explained and received in person, with physical examples available to talk over.

Two of the Co-ordSport Sales Team recently attended a week of training at the KW Suspension Headquarters in Germany. Here is their report (seems like at KW they’re great people and they have some great products! Definitely well tested!)

KW Suspension Training;

KW training was based at their facility in Fichtenberg, which is a small town in the district of Schwäbisch Hall in Baden-Württemberg in Germany. KW’s property is very large at just over 25,000sq/ft., with many different departments, such as R&D, assembly, 7-post ramp suspension setups etc. (Pictures shown at bottom of this review).

Day 1 – Product training with Oliver Scherbaum.
We began the day with some background / history on KW, and how it all started. It was originally founded by Klaus Wohlfarth in 1986, where he was racing an Opel Ascona Coupe with KONI shocks/springs fitted, which he found to be far too soft, so he proceeded to take apart the KONI shocks to find out how it was assembled and what was involved. In 1991, Klaus came up with new technology in suspension, which would be known as the Coilover… But this was very expensive, as more than one suspension kit had to be taken apart to make these kits, they worked out to around €2,000EUR back in the day, but this was new technology, so more and more race teams heard of these kits and gave them a try, with great success. In 1994, Klaus exhibited KW at the Essen Motor Show, where bigger companies such as Eibach and Bilstein looked down on them, but it was a great success for KW, as it provided a lot more business for them, and now KW are suppliers to Eibach and others! (Eibach’s Coilover kits are made by KW).

KW’s product range.
Variant 1 – Ride height adjustable, with factory pre-set damping rates.
Variant 2 – Ride height and damping adjustability (16-clicks)
Variant 3 – Ride height, Rebound and compression damping adjustability.
Variant 4 (NEW) – Ride height, Rebound and compression damping adjustability, but aimed more so at the supercar market, such as Lamborghini Aventador, Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1 etc.
Clubsport 2-way – Ride height, rebound damping, compression damping and damping force adjustability.
Clubsport 3-way – Ride height, rebound damping (16 clicks), compression damping (6-clicks low speed and 14-clicks in high speed) and Independent damping force adjustability.
DDC (Dynamic damping control) – The KW DDC coilovers are part of the KW iSuspension program – the intelligent suspension solution. They combine the advantages of an adaptive damping system with a vehicle-specific aftermarket suspension solution. They’re offered in two versions: KW DDC ECU with the option of using KW’s App control and as, KW DDC Plug & Play for selected vehicle models with factory adaptive suspension. Within the kit, there are 3 settings for this kit. See below;
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HLS system (Hydraulic lift) – KW Hydraulic lift systems can be combined with KW V3 Coilover variants. Remote control available, but most popular is Wi-Fi, so it can be adjusted via an app on your iPhone or Android phone. This was inspired by an OPEL Calibra DTM car of all things, which used a similar system in the 90’s for flatter cornering on longer sweeping corners.
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KW height adjustable spring kits – The KW height adjustable spring kits are suitable for drivers who want to lower their car and have the advantage of an individual adjustment range. Individual height adjustment of the standard suspension kit, Adaptive damper control remains active, better steering behaviour, Improved looks.

KW Competition 2-way & 3-way racing suspension – KW Competition racing coilovers come in two damping versions which are available for amateur and international use in top motorsport. Six overall victories in ten years at the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring and countless class wins impressively prove that the racing technology of KW competition is not only superior in terms of performance, but also in quality. This is real Nordschleife competence: KW wins where others only test.

  • Twin tube technology with 15, 18 or 22mm rod diameter.
  • Including surge tank for a position independent installation.
  • Including adjustable compression valve technology in the reservoir for additional damper stroke.
  • Mono-tube upside down damper cartridge with 40mm standard bearing.

ST coilovers – Individual lowering within the tested adjustment range, Front and rear axle thread adjustment (when possible), Galvanized Coilover struts with additional coating for optimized corrosion protection, Complete solution with adjustable spring plate, race spring system and bumpers with dust protection, Powerful twin-tube dampers with high-quality components for maximum longevity. ST coilovers are aimed more at the customer with a budget, customers with cars that maybe aren’t worth a lot anymore, and are looking to turn it into a track car.
http://www.st-suspensions.net/st/info/coil_overs/st_x_coilovers/

ST wheel spacers – 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5 or 25mm per wheel. Through-hole system with multi bolt holes and patented centre adapters for cars with wheel bolts AND wheel studs. For Spacers up to 10 mm per wheel the wheel spacer is precisely centered on the wheel hub with the flat center adapter. From 12.5 mm per wheel the long center adapter offers a double centering on the wheel hub and for the rim which guarantees an optimal concentricity. Longer wheel bolts or ST shaft nuts are required. More information shown here – http://www.st-suspensions.net/st/info/wheel_spacers/st_wheel_spacers

Note: MOST KW coilovers are developed and tested on the Nordschleife (Nurburgring), as this circuit is a public toll road with many different straights, corners, adverse cambers etc.

Day 2 – Vehicle dynamics, by Wolfgang Weber.
Seminar can be found here: www.wmmotorsport.de/semfabhrwerkEngl.pdf

Day 3 – KW Wheel Alignment, by Wolfgang Weber.
Seminar(s) can be found here;
www.wmmotorsport.de/SemAchsEngl.pdf
www.wmmotorsport.de/Spurmesstabelle.pdf

There were a lot of areas where photography was prohibited for copyright reasons, but I have added pictures from the week throughout, here:
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Exedy Pull Clutch clip repair/install

Those helpful guys at Exedy designed a great system with their patented Pull clutch mechanism. However, occasionally this set-up goes wrong, or gets dislodged whilst fitting. Repair parts are available, and here is how they should be fitted:

The procedure for fitting a replacement ring mechanism to a Pull Type Clutch Cover

PART REF: RING

The part ref ‘RING’ is made up of two components;

Wedge collar (1) and a Wire ring (2).

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These replacement parts will fit all pull type clutch covers, apart from the Mitsubishi EVO IV – X.

FITTING PROCEDURE:

1 – Place the Wedge collar (1) over the centre ring.

2 – Press down.

3 – Turn the cover over and place the wire ring around the retaining clips.

4 – Ensure that the wire ring is seated correctly.

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PART REF: RING_W

The part ref ‘RING_W’ is made up of three components; Wedge collar (1), Wire ring (2) and two Wave springs (3).

 

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These replacement parts fit the Mitsubishi EVO IV – X.
FITTING PROCEDURE:

1 – Place the Wave springs (3) over the centre ring.

2 – Place the Wedge collar (1) over the Wave springs (3) and press down.

3 – Turn the cover over and place the wire ring around the retaining clips.

4 – Ensure that the wire ring is seated correctly.

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Panasonic CES show car – Rays to the rescue!

Panasonic in Germany recently needed some wheels for a small car project they wanted to display at the major electronics Show CES. Rays Wheels of Japan were able to quickly supply a special 3 bolt lightweight wheel, which suited the requirement precisely.

Here are some images of the wheel and the car. The car is produced by Renault, in cooperation with Panasonic Electronics.

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