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Re: 420 GSI Sport Project

#31 Post by Vulgalour » Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:42 pm

Just put some rubbish tyres on it, you'll have all the understeery fun you could ever want without the expense of a turbo. :tt2

Wouldn't it be easier to find an already turbo'd R8 variant and use that? They're probably more common than what you've got in this 420.
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Re: 420 GSI Sport Project

#32 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:40 am

The engine is completely different for a start. Looks the same on the outside, that's about it. A Turbo conversion will destroy the engine you have in it - it's just a matter of when.
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Re: 420 GSI Sport Project

#33 Post by Lukeyboy46 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:58 am

I'm assuming the turbo'd cars have low compression pistons? I'm not going to change this car, I know it's a special beast. It's booked in for some paint next week.

I have a stuck hydraulic tappet that won't go away, so that's next on the list too. Sounds too clattery for my liking.

Hopefully one day it'll get on the stand at one of the shows you guys put on!

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Re: 420 GSI Sport Project

#34 Post by GTiJohn » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:56 pm

Lukeyboy46 wrote:Hopefully one day it'll get on the stand at one of the shows you guys put on!
Hope so too :D
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Re: 420 GSI Sport Project

#35 Post by Lukeyboy46 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:56 am

Well, i go every year so if you want it there just let me know!

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Re: 420 GSI Sport Project

#36 Post by ROVER-25X » Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:08 pm

dist was well Triggerd *laughs*. :laughing2
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Re: 420 GSI Sport Project

#37 Post by Lukeyboy46 » Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:01 pm

So the car has just missed out on the PoL show, which I'm pretty gutted about, it looked great!

Its due to come out of the paint shop Tuesday.

On a side note, I've bought some lowering springs to try. I'm not slamming it, I just want it to look a little more aggressive like this -

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They are -30mm springs, will see how I get on.

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Re: 420 GSI Sport Project

#38 Post by Lukeyboy46 » Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:32 pm

Just in case anyone is interested, cars going well, gave it a clean today, it's a nightmare keeping white cars clean...

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Re: 420 GSI Sport Project

#39 Post by 1234dist » Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:08 pm

:laughing2 that's why it takes mr swan a month to get ready for pol

always looks the cleanest though when you do wash them.
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Re: 420 GSI Sport Project

#40 Post by Vulgalour » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:46 pm

Red cars are loads better for hiding dirt. You can't beat a clean white 90s car though, they just look ace.
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Re: 420 GSI Sport Project

#41 Post by crepello » Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:04 am

Vulgalour wrote:Red cars are loads better for hiding dirt. You can't beat a clean white 90s car though, they just look ace.
You got the best of both worlds then!

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Re: 420 GSI Sport Project

#42 Post by Vulgalour » Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:23 pm

Except I painted the rust and dirt prone bits white, so I'm doing it wrong.
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Re: 420 GSI Sport Project

#43 Post by Lukeyboy46 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:00 pm

This has been going great! Solved my electrical issue (blown fuse due to rear boot light)

Need to replace the driveshafts and clutch desperately, just done the front bearings and calipers as they seized on me!

Just bought a 216 Tomcat so looking forward to recieving that :)

Really would like a turbo... but I'll work up to that ;)

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Re: 420 GSI Sport Project

#44 Post by Vulgalour » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:09 pm

Coupe looks nice.
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Re: 420 GSI Sport Project

#45 Post by Lukeyboy46 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:12 am

Well she's finished, I purchased the engine, gearbox, ecu and loom from a 1993 220 GTI on 80k miles that had been broken on ebay. It was almost a drop in conversion.

The original gearbox actually let go in the end, so I figured by the time id paid for a recon and all the other bits I needed to do to the engine to stop it being incontinent, it would have cost the same as this second hand conversion unit.

I've managed to convert the car fully to a turbo (looking fairly original if I do say so) for under £800, which I didn't think is too bad.

It's totally transformed the car, its showed me just how knackered the other gearbox was with how smooth this drives.

I'm not out there for huge power gains and modifications or to ruin cars, I just wanted to make the car feel right and look stock. It flew through an MOT yesterday and had its maiden voyage last night which bought the biggest smile to my face.

I know the turbo conversion has been done to death, but hopefuly you will all appreciate this car for what it is. A 420 GSI Sport Turbo.

I've kept the original parts so that i may return it back one day if required, but this is how I intend to enjoy my car!

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