News ----------- September 16th, 2009 Yesterday I got my H&R OE Sport springs and Bilstein HD struts & shocks installed. Wow, what a difference! This car is a lot more fun to drive. The drop is around .5", but the car no longer sags to the ground when you hit a bump or surface depression, so in some ways it is effectively better ground clearance than before. For a car that had excessive body roll in the stock configuration, it is now almost zero body roll and extremely nimble. While it is much more exciting to drive on back roads now (road feel is improved but bumps are reasonable), high speed turn-in is fantastic, and driving on the highway now feels unlike driving a U-Haul truck.Now that that's done, I get to do alignment, new back rotors/pads, and new tires. June 3rd, 2009After a long nightmare involving an out-of-spec flywheel thickness, my SBC Stage 3 clutch is in. I had to take the transmission off twice to get this job completed, whatta pain. The new clutch took hundreds of miles to break in, but wow what a difference. It is super grabby and seems to hold all the torque I can throw at it. While I was in there, I also replaced an axle seal that was leaking.Have some maintenance things to take care of now, but I need a break after that last project.-Whirring noise from front - wheel bearings? -Struts are sagging a little -Strut bearings are worn and make a lot of popping noises when turning -Timing needs to be tweaked advance a little -Air filter needs to be replaced -Injectors need to be cleanedAfter all this, I will experiment with turning up the IQ. Should be able to get a sick amount of power (it's already pretty impressive). I estimate I am around 140 whp but hope to do some measurements with my VAG-Com to verify. December 15th, 2008Went to the Wolf run rally cross today, to watch. Sick of rocks and ice smacking the underside of my car, I decided to lift the Golf. I got 1.75" coil boosters and installed them into the springs. The car seems to handle great, and handles bumps much better. The added clearance is a welcome advantage in Vermont winters.