I was down at TDI North on saturday getting the following fitted:
Milltek Catback, RRC Manifold, GM Intake, Shortshifter and FlashPRO tuning.
Firstly I would like to thank all at TDI for the superb service and friendly banter i received when i was down...not to mention a shed load of info from the various questions i had.
P.S...if Paul has the skyline with him when your there, as tempting as it is, dont go in it with him (way too much
goin on in that thing)...because it'll ruin your drive home lol
OK lets get down to the most important thing...after the remap the car peaked on the first few runs at 230bhp with over 160lb/ft (cant remember the figure exactly) of torque! I was very impressed with the gains and the figures...however as we all know top-end doesnt really mean much as you only ever hit it for a split second!
Across the mid-range is where the biggest gains are had...and theres plenty of
to be had from it! Vtec comes in at 3500rpm and gives a very smooth delivery of power right up until around 5000rpm when the car starts to pull harder then a big surge at 6000rpm (where peak torque is) takes me up to around 8600rpm. The car is now hitting between 180-200bhp across the mid-range (dont know what stock is
) which then fires you up to the 230bhp top-end figure!
with regards to the individual parts:
Milltek - I was extremely surprised at how good this thing sounds...i was expecting a loud BBBUUUUURRRRR but it has a very nice purr at idle, then tbh is not much louder than stock until you hit vtec then it just explodes and gives off a very nice grunt/growl - very impressed
GM - aside from being a bit of engine bling, it definitly helps the cold air feed into the engine and well worth the extra cash IMO...in terms of noise it is virtually unchanged from stock (which i like).
Shortshifter - I have coupled this with a heavy(ish) skunk2 knob which seems to complement it well...gear changes seem sharper and smoother than, what is already a very slick stock shifter.
RRC - not really sure what effect this has aside from providing a bit of extra power! the shape of it certainly suggests that it is far less restrictive than the OEM one.
Overall the car feels very different, far more urgent and grunty and pulls far better right across the rev range in all gears the way it probably should've left the factory, but to get the maximum potential out of these mods I would definitly say that flashpro tuning is essential and also helps to give a far smoother delivery of power! plus the car now gives a good 4-5mpg extra (which i know doesnt sound a lot but thats 55 miles over the course of a tank!)
Hope this helps anyone having a think about it!