posted by Deadlock on 09/03/2005 20:29:17
Evil mate, need a full review (after you stop smiling!) I know you said quick, but in terms of your 4mo how different was it?
Here's The pics... sorry about the quality only the camera phone Im afraid.
The car had done a grand total of 28K on a 2000 X plate, and was an import loaded with OEM Satnav (with full FIS), Black recaro leather, and all the usual 4mo stuff.
In addition (not to my taste) ABT front lip, grille, wheels?!, and roof spoiler.
The car had had a 40mm drop with springs only on standard susp. (Not a great ride)
However, as you can see it had this dirty great Supercharger in the engine bay. Washer bottle and header tank relocated to airbox original location (induction now seated below supercharger in front bumper.)
Stock exhaust (I think) and I am not sure what, if any engine management had been done. I assume this has been done for them to give the claimed 288BHP figure.
Startup... smooth, as 4mo in every way, and everything else felt stock. Initial move away and still nothing noticable, althou car for its 28K felt unusually tired. Difficult to explain really.. the interior was in excellent condition, and although dirty outside was reasonably tidy.
But the car somehow felt... I dunno like my tired mk3, probably mainly, in fact now I think about it, DEFINITELY because of the 'spring only' drop.
Open road. OMG. In a word, this drive has changed my viewpoint... previously I have been all for the EIP turbo upgrade, and although that promises lots more horses... jesus this Charger felt smooth.
up to 2K very like standard 4mo... in fact all through power band.. very like 4mo. What I mean is the 4mo as standard has escellent, SMOOTH power delivery thru all revs and thru all gears. This is like a graph of the standard 4mo, with the whole thing shifted up by 84 notches in the Vertical axis!!!!![
The pickup from 2K was really purposeful and quick... the car felt 'STRONGER' Coupled with a lovely characteristic whine or whistle of the charger spinning up... right the way to 6K. I didnt take it beyonf that, it aint my car after all.
I had no opportunity to see what it was like at high speed (Above 90), as I didnt want to take the p*ss.. the guy was gracious enough just to let me have a spin.
All in all I was very very impressed... In terms of other equipment required to handle the extra power... im no expert, but I dont think so. The power is so smooth, that I think our suspension mods and brake improvements will be all that is 'necessary'.
As you can see in the pics, this car has been used, and is in need of a bit of love mechanically, and externally.. but the installation is neat and tidy.
Very very tempted... plus added bonus of bolt on bolt off.
Only problem he mentioned was that the main pipe at the back of the engine had a tendancy to detach itself under heavy boost. but no great shakes there... unfortunately this guy doesnt know much about it, and has come accross it as a 'lucky find'. Very new to the VW scene.