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Post by ctwg60 on Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:45 pm

James H wrote:Big port gives a bit more top end but loses bottom end. For road use small port is the way to go. Its not all about max hp bragging rights!!

Amen! It's good to hear someone with a high performance car saying that. Very Happy

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Post by junkie on Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:46 pm

I dont wanna brag, i just want shedloads of power spread over a fair chunk of the rev range, and as its not a daily there is no need to have good "driveability"/road manners.

Think a 4WD conversion is in order but im not sure if say a Rallye Synchro system would cope with the planned power.

What are the weak points that usualy break in said system as i heard they go bad around 300bhp.
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Post by mrbeige on Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:10 pm

As has been said, bhp is all very well and good, but torque is where it's at, and the more of it low down the better, especially for a street car. That's probably why a standard G60 vs say a CTR will be a good match even though on paper the CTR has 40bhp more...

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Post by James H on Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:15 pm

junkie wrote:I dont wanna brag, i just want shedloads of power spread over a fair chunk of the rev range, and as its not a daily there is no need to have good "driveability"/road manners.

Think a 4WD conversion is in order but im not sure if say a Rallye Synchro system would cope with the planned power.

What are the weak points that usualy break in said system as i heard they go bad around 300bhp.

Syncro is ok up to 350. Repeated launching/drifting WILL blow the viscous coupling. Haldex is much stronger but controling the rear diff is very difficult. Most people have it on a switch to lock it fully. Good for 1/4 mile but a nightmare on the road/track. Some cobble a valve in line to limit the pressure to the haldex but its a bit hit and miss. It depends what you want from your car.
On the driveability note, i can assure that if you've spent £10k converting your corrado, you WILL want it to be driveable! How much power do you want? Personally, i'd stick with FWD. 450 bhp and a diesel 02M 6speed box! Wink It'll do 200 mph!! Shocked (with a shot of gas!! Laughing )
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Post by junkie on Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:14 am

When i say driveability i mean the normal pottering around driving, i do want it to be driveable when giving it the beans though, not uncontrollable due to stupid amounts of power, i need to harness the power.

Seriously you would stay FWD, im sure not so long back you were talking of AWD Shocked Its all well doing 200mph but thats not what im after, sod that Very Happy i want stupidly quick acceleration and great cornering ability.
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Post by CorradoVR6-Turbo on Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:42 am

thats one hell of a tool you have there mate Good work

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Re: My baby

Post by James H on Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:20 am

junkie wrote:i want stupidly quick acceleration and great cornering ability.

You need an Lotus Elise then. With a 1.8T in it!
Seriously, Jabba's old Rallye handled really badly. Loads of understeer! Running a Haldex locked up would be oversteer city!
The only way would be get an S3/TT with 500+ bhp and let the ecu control the power. Although i don't like them because you get understeer first then oversteer!
I drove a 350 bhp Exige 1.8T I love you recently and it was seriously impressive. It felt as quick as my golf but without the torque steer and wheelspin. It just got on with it! I want one!
Hope that helps!
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Post by kevhaywire on Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:44 am

I'm glad the 4WD debate has come up! Every time mine just sits there spinning, I talk myself into doing a 4WD conversion, but after reading the above, I talk myself out of it again Laughing

I have a sneaky suspicion converting a Golf or Corrado to Haldex / Synchro is a lot more difficult than people make out and there's always that nagging thought in the back of my mind that a Corrado was never designed to be 4x4. The rear structure of R32s, rallyes etc must be a lot stronger than a FWD car to handle the stresses?

Anyway, I think James has helped make my mind up. I'm sticking with FWD Very Happy

To be honest, the main pleasure I get from my car is blowing away reps and tools who tailgate me on the motorways, so I don't really need 4x4 for that Laughing

As for torque and power etc, I used to be really keen on early spool up for instant shove, but now I'm preferring a bit of lag and low rpm lethargy in exchange for that M3 style relentless shove to the redline. To coin a phrase "A giant elastic band pulling you toward the horizon".

I found a small turbo (GT3071R) on the VR6 to be an utter nuiscance on the road, it just broke traction far too easily because it spooled up ridiculously quick, then fell off past 6000rpm. The missus's Polo 1.8T is the same. Just been serviced and in the winter, it's spin city in the 1st 3 gears, but nothing past 4K. Gimme a big engine with a big turbo any day Very Happy

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Re: My baby

Post by junkie on Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:37 pm

Already thought about having a 20vt Elise just not sure its me.
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Re: My baby

Post by mrbeige on Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:37 am

Did I spy an article about you in this months PVW, James? You started your own business?

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Re: My baby

Post by junkie on Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:56 am

He certainly has, i think his time is a little more busy these days.
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Re: My baby

Post by mrbeige on Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:02 am

junkie wrote:He certainly has, i think his time is a little more busy these days.
Thought it might be! Laughing

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Re: My baby

Post by James H on Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:58 am

mrbeige wrote:Did I spy an article about you in this months PVW, James? You started your own business?

Hi. Been a while. Yes, i have started up on my own. Specialising in 1.8T conversions, nitrous etc. Not been easy but ok at the moment. Smile
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