Alignment & Corner Balance (Evo)

First alignment for the Evo since the accident – I’m happy to report that everything came out normal. The car has no weirdness in any of it’s alignment specs, though part of that may be due to how flexible the suspension is to adjust for both camber and caster. Regardless, the car felt great after…

Intake Valve Cleaning (Golf R)

Direct injection cars, and Audis/VWs in particular, seem to have issues with carbon build-up on the intake valves. As fuel is directly injected into the cylinder, the fuel does not get a chance to clean the valve & port. Below is a good image of the difference between the two: This means that no matter…

Misc. Prep – Golf R

Big few days for the Golf – with the M3 gone and the garage spot opened up, the first thing I did was get the Golf on the lift for a brake flush. Since the brake flush annoyingly requires the battery and intake to be removed, there were a few things to get done while…

ECS Tuning Coilover Covers

Purchased some coilover covers for the Evo from ECS Tuning. These were about a perfect fit on the Ohlins, stretching from the top of the coil to the bottom of the spring perch. I’ll likely remove them for racing, but keep them on during other times I’m driving the car. Doing my best to keep…

Golf R Alignment 3-3-20

Initial alignment setup: Corner weights (2/5 tank): Happened to find a picture of the car’s previous alignment. Car clearly shows an increase in camber of about 1.7 degrees, coming from the new control arm bushing, and about a degree or so of added camber.

UOA 12072019 (Evo)

UOA for the Evo with regular Red Line 5w30. Ton of hard usage ont he car, 3-4 track days, a few autocrosses, etc. The regular RL 5w30 seems to be showing a little weakness here again with the copper number. I may switch back to the race oil, especially given how well it did and…

M3, Evo Alignment Check up & Tire Flip

Based on the condition of the tires, I decided to bring the M3 in to the shop to make sure everything was still spot on. The tire look brand new flipped & the alignment was a touch off in the front, a bit of toe out there. Zeroe’d out now, and the rear alignment was…

Detailing – M3

Had some time to finally detail the M3 over the Labor Day Weekend. Went out and bought a ton of Adam’s products: Ceramic Coating Surface Prep Car Wash Charcoal Odor Bags x3 Detail Spray x2 (free) Interior Goo x2 Carpet & upholstery cleaner Interior deail spray Clay Bar x2 Worked really well – washed the…

Rebuilt Brembo Calipers (Evo)

Had the Brembos rebuilt for the Evo, initially to replace and see if any softness was due to the calipers/condition of them. There were a few minor leaks on the backs of the calipers from the lines as well, and it turned out driver’s side caliper was leaking, looks to be a torn piston seal.…