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  • Birthday 01/09/1976

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  1. Ditto, I wish it was closer. A buddy of mine is a recent ECR member. I think it's a pretty big commitment when it's 5 hours away, on a good day. When traffic picks back up through Dallas it will be more like 6+ hours from South Austin.
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    1LE in texas

    Aftermarket wheels definitely for 305 square. Rear is an easy fit, fronts need a little more attention.
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    1LE in texas

    The square setup is good for sure. I tracked it with the 285 square, it's a nice balance. Switched to 305 square because she's a big girl and needs big shoes.
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    1LE in texas

    Nice car, and nice truck! I only tracked my 2013 1LE a couple of times as an intermediate skill driver (with a lot of rust and cobwebs due to time off) - so I can't give a lot of advice about it. Mine only had 420whp. The Gen 5 1LE is heavy yes, but it is surprisingly capable. Lots of grip, easy to put power down, all around pretty easy to drive hard and forgiving, though with the power yours is putting down you might have to be a little more gentle with the skinny pedal depending on tire. It's a pretty great package as-is, get some seat time and start to understand what it can do, and what you can do with it. I imagine your upgrades would be an aggressive cam/heads package and long tube headers to reach 510. I felt like the stock brake setup was a bit lacking, especially as the pace increases. You can deal with that to some degree by adding some ducting to try and keep the temps down (and of course high temp fluid and decent pads). I upgraded to the ZL1/CTS-V two-piece rotor and 6 piston calipers up front. At my so-so pace I had no fade issues at all with that setup (I drive too hard and brake too late most of the time - so I'm overly hard on brakes even though I'm not a fast driver haha) Anyway, that'd be my first focus for any track related upgrades, after you get some seat time under your belt. There have been some people that have popped their curtain airbags while on track, for no apparent reason. Fuse pull can prevent that, but then you won't have airbags in the case of an accident on track. Accidents are pretty rare at a track day but it does happen.
  5. the 225 model has quattro and a slightly more robust 1.8 with a slightly bigger turbo (borg warner K04 vs K03 in the 180), the 180 is FWD. Quattro is preferable, though it's a Haldex based system, which means it's FWD until it needs more traction. There are modifications that can be done to force it at the ratio you want up to 50/50 (haldex controller) FWIW it's basically a golf chassis so there are a lot of interchangeable parts. Understeer is a persistent problem, will take a lot of testing / tuning to get it where you want it, it's not an easy task. The usual strategies apply. I have been out of Audis for a long time now, so not really in touch with what people are up to today, and what's for sale. Mk 1 TT are not really a hot item so you should be able to pick one up for less than a broken miata that are priced ridiculously IMO (I'm just salty I can't buy a POS first gen miata for reasonable money) Hit up the forums... Local Austin group TexasAudiGroup (looks like they're facebook only now https://www.facebook.com/groups/394300721981/ ) Quattroworld forums Fourtitude forums Audizine forums I like the old school 1.8T, it was before direct injection and is stoutly built (no issues with horrible carbon build up that has to chiseled off or blasted with walnut shells like the newer Audis). Oil coking can happen of course as the little bastard turbos run pretty hot, clean it up and get rid of the shit EGR, add a catch can etc. Not too hard to find a good shop (or DIY) to stroke it out to 2.0, fuel it properly and let her eat a good sized turbo if you're so inclined. Otherwise if she's in good running condition, just a "chip" to crank up the boost wakes them up decently. Heat soak is annoying as with most cars in the summer, especially boosted cars. The usual upgrades apply to combat that. Weird VW/Audi gremlins occur especially at this age of vehicle, and CEL can be a near constant companion. Just refresh everything ... Timing belt needs to changed every 60k or so (book says 90k, don't listen to it). Interference top end so if the belt snaps, things bend and break unpleasantly
  6. Wouldn't have it any other way!
  7. This thread has taken a twisted turn John Grisham couldn't work his way through.
  8. Looks like a great deal! If I had a budget this would probably be right there in it 😄 How much does thing weigh? I'm guessing around 3100? My budget now is tied up in a vaporware engine that may never appear, and a car that I haven't seen in over a year.
  9. LOL. Ok these are the best responses. Much better than I could have expected. Y'all talked me off the ledge for now. I'll do a site visit and see if I can see anything. If y'all feel like making a trek out to bfe (Creedmoor) at some point that could be fun. Maybe we turn it into a tail gating bbq and beer bash or something in their parking lot 😄
  10. I'm going to drive over there when I have time and see what's going on. The shop is not frontage, it's down a driveway and is gated. So I will only get so far, but should be close enough to get a visual of what's outside of the shop, and take some photos. At this point I just want this effing car out of my life. Had a hell of a time finding any local-ish shops with expertise and good reputation. Now I know if I stick with this car (assuming I ever see it again) or Chevy in general, it's worth traveling and only working with proven top notch people. For the time and money lost by now I could have had a solid Katech build for this stupid car. Which is stupid anyway...but I digress.
  11. Yeah just looking for all possible options now, I'd rather not go the lawyer route but even a letter can be effective in some cases. Maybe some official looking letterhead will be good enough 😄 Were I a wealthy man, I'd already have buried this guy in legal red tape and owned his business and his family's businesses by now, just to prevent stuff like this happening to anyone else.
  12. Looking for a legal reference in consideration of suing an automotive business. PM me please.
  13. thanks fellas. All I have in writing / email are invoices with the build / parts in detail, labor, and tune - and the paid receipt of said invoices. There was no promise of time written down, only lip service via phone call which I can't prove. The shop is not easily accessible. Gated, back on the guy's property. For what it's worth - I don't think he intended to screw me over. He's not an engine builder - rather has been using 3rd parties such as Texas Speed and Modern Airflow. He had a series of blown customer engines come back on him, shortly after taking on my project. In part I think he needed my LS3 to get someone off his back, then stalled me while he rebuilt someone else's blown engine for my project. Really think he got in over his head with a lot of high dollar builds. Supposedly he got screwed over by TSP...but they have an otherwise good reputation so I don't know if that was true or a load of bs. If true, good news is that my build did not go through their supposed loose tolerance issue and rather went to Modern Airflow Dynamics (as will the rest of his projects) which has a solid rep and according to the dude has much better tolerances, etc. Pat G (renowned tuner and supposedly going to tune my car if ever done) responded to me back in January saying ya he's alright, we just talked about your project yada yada. So that good word restored my faith for a little bit longer...but now...again months later...no response, no update from the guy. My last email to him weeks ago was also in part to offer alternative suggestions - "if the engine build is not good, then let's just get a low mile LS3 back in it and call it" and "if you don't have time and staff to wrap up the job then I'll come get the complete engine and differential and car and have another shop finish it" etc.
  14. Wow. Have I seen that car on Fitzhugh? Are you the guy that lives on my walking route...? 😄 I'm dying for a track car...wish I could. Edit never mind you said Harris and I read Hayes. I'm not stalking you or that other guy haha
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