Tomei Crank Scraper

While on the subject of oil, I think the crank scraper also deserves its own post. Pulled more directly from this post, the Tomei crank scraper essentially “slices” oil that is flung from the crank, and allows it to deposit more quickly back into the base of the pan. The baffles/windage trays prevent an excessive…

ATS Front & Rear Differentials

The big mods for the 2021 season are the differentials – specifically, the front and rear differential. This had been planned for the 2020 season, but the crash I had at the end of 2019 ruled that out. The more significant upgrade is the front differential. The stock helical differential is okay, but not ideal…

Antigravity Battery (51R)

After draining the ETX18L, I decided to get a more dedicated battery solution. Antigravity’s new automotive batteries have huge cold cranking amps while also being significantly lighter than most batteries. I opted for the 24ah battery at 8.5lbs, but wound up with the 30ah battery at 11.7lbs instead. The Deka ETX18L it replaces weighs about…

Carbing Tow Hook & Caliper Rebuild (Evo)

Following the discovery of a stuck piston in the Evo’s caliper, I decided to get these rebuilt by the same guy who has been doing them. The calipers this time were built with high temp dust boots and OEM pistons. We’ll see how this combo works – hoping it performs faithfully at Road America. I’m…

Mid Season Updates 2020 (Evo)

As is customary, after I get a few events in with the car, I have a number of tweaks I make to optimize the setup. The first is a minor tweak – the rear bar was set to the middle setting last event for the last session at Grid Life, and while the car felt…

Upgrades for the Golf R

After the first autocross event in the Golf, the one major thing I wanted to do was eliminate the body roll in the front, which was horrendous. I was really happy with the quality of the H&R rear sway bar, so I got the 24mm adjustable FSB from H&R as well. Everything was shipped to…

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…

New Battery (Evo)

Another new battery for the Evo after the Deka ETX16L died – seems like it had one too many discharges after large periods of sitting with no trickle, from when the car was getting repaired. Short update, as much what I posted here still holds. This battery is slightly bigger, slightly more capacity, 1lb heavier.…