Big Hybrid Turbos
Welcome to Turbo Tuesday and part 3 of the story. We left off yesterday with the new turbo making a little more than the Pure700 with no doubt that there was more left in it. The tune hadn’t been updated. Now was time for a new turbo specific tune to take advantage of the improved airflow and a built engine.
This process of the last nearly three years has had its ups and downs. As with any big build, challenges occur and then you work through them. It would have been better if I had sat down and thought about what I really wanted with my build prior to starting. I first started with only wanting a tune but it has rapidly progressed from that to a full-on, all-out build.
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I’ve now gone through an entire build on my car. I’ve learned a lot along the way and in fact I’ve been reminded somewhat on how things took place on my Myers Manx my dad and I built. I’ll do a post about that sometime soon as it had a lasting impact on my life. These lessons that took place over both builds will always last in my mind and never be forgotten. Hopefully some of the lessons I’ve learned can help you in your builds.
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First Track Day
Flashback Friday to the first time you ever took your car out on a track day. How did it feel? Let me share with you my experience.
I got my Litespeed Racing wheels last April. I have had a lot of fun with them. They weigh 14.4 pounds per corner for the 9"x19" wheel and so really dominate in the unsprung weight department. Unsprung weight is always best to eliminate if at all possible. It allows for quicker transitions and is more responsive to any inputs steering or otherwise.
You can't handle the truth
"In the kingdom of glass everything is transparent and there is no place to hide a dark heart." Vera Nazarian
Everyone has their issues they need to work through when doing a big build. A simple tune is a completely different experience than a full build. I’ve talked about my build before and discussed a lot of the positives. More positives than negatives have resulted from my build and I’ll talk about more of them in future posts.
Something has come home to me very strongly over the past two plus years.
Why that time period? Well that’s been the amount of time I’ve owned my Audi. You have to be careful of who you trust and who are your true friends.
Of course I’ve always known this. Years and years of experience of people who backstab you or who use you. That is just part of the facts of life. In fact, I found the body building world to be very fake and hard to know who good people were. Lots of selfishness and self centered people, as well as problems with self esteem. In addition, lots of people who really only wanted what was best for them and to utilize you for their personal gain. Being more entrenched into the car communities, those same traits became too obvious. Let me explain.
Elite Finish Detailing
How do you keep your car clean? There are many products out there that can be used. Let me share with you my favorite waterless wash and what I use exclusively now.
Building a TT RS Motor
Having my engine built was a big choice for me. Not only is it a big expense but it also is a large undertaking. Logistics need to be taken into account on when and how it will happen. Your car will be out of service for a period of time. In addition, my engine was running great, I’d had no issues and things were kept on a “safe” level for torque. Open heart surgery is never something someone wants to go through and the same goes for removing a perfect running engine. At the same time I was making around 650 wheel horsepower and felt that my engine was being stressed even with the torque level being kept around 500 foot pounds. You also need to consider who you want to have build your engine. More on that in a future post. These were all factors I considered when making the decision to build.
I’ve had my TT RS since August 21, 2017. It was a memorable Monday. The journey has been incredible. Stock, the car was lots of fun. I ended up going to our local mountain drive the first week. The only thing I felt it was missing was more sound. So the downpipes got put on and voila more sound occurred. Problem was my check engine light was on. How to fix it? Well a tune of course.