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    I noticed a chimpmunky sound yesterday morning (one of the cooler, dampest morning I've seen since owning the Scoob) on my way to work. Heard it for the first stop light or two then turned on the music and hit the freeway.
    With only <3500miles on her, I'll let it ride for a while and see if it gets worse, louder or whatnot. If it remains constant I'll probably just wait until I've put a more serious amount of miles on her before doing anything, given the feedback of the cited NASIOC thread.

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    Sry, double post.

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    I wonder what open-source software/interfaces are available for the TDI...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zataks View Post
    I noticed a chimpmunky sound yesterday morning (one of the cooler, dampest morning I've seen since owning the Scoob) on my way to work. Heard it for the first stop light or two then turned on the music and hit the freeway.
    With only <3500miles on her, I'll let it ride for a while and see if it gets worse, louder or whatnot. If it remains constant I'll probably just wait until I've put a more serious amount of miles on her before doing anything, given the feedback of the cited NASIOC thread.
    Given the reports of mashed up pressure plates in that thread, I'm not taking any chances. She's going in the shop a week from Monday. The only downside will be driving a loaner....they won't give me a BRZ lol Probably a base Impreza or Crosstrek. At least I'll save on gas for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zitro View Post
    We'll see what they say. Thanks for your responses. Curious to see what loaner they scrounge up for me lol. At least it will be an opportunity to pick the service managers brain and see how mod-friendly they are.
    Did you find out if your service manager is mod-friendly? If so, where are you taking your car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stunna02 View Post
    Did you find out if your service manager is mod-friendly? If so, where are you taking your car?
    He hasn't responded to me yet, but I will let you know. The NASIOC guy I met up with takes his car to Chaplin's in Bellevue; it's a bit of a drive but he takes them there because they are very mod-friendly and a few modded Subies go there for service. Might be an option to check out if the dealership I'm working with is a no-go on mods.
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    It's been a while, but I thought I'd shed some insight...

    Quote Originally Posted by Calvinball
    Now, the important thing to remember is that this is probably not a hugely accurate graph as far as the numbers go, but it should be fairly useful just regarding comparing the changes each tune makes.

    As you can see, the TP and WTF tunes are verrrry close until the end. This is interesting as my boost target on the WTF map is 17 psi, as compared to 18 psi with the TP map. Torque on the WTF tune starts to drop a bit early in the latter part of the pull, but the TP tune drops farther and harder at the top. I imagine this accounts for why the WTF tune doesn't drop off in HP like the TP tune does.
    HP = (Torque * RPM)/5252

    That's why the curves in all dyno plots "cross" ~5200RPMs

    Quote Originally Posted by Calvinball
    As far as driving feel: When I flashed back to stock (remember, I've been stage 1 for quite a while now) it was pretty telling. The car felt much slower and less responsive. I absolutely have no regrets or second thoughts about being tuned.

    All that I said previously about the Torqued Performance tune still holds true. The car does pull much harder, there is more of a gradient to throttle control of power in boost, and it does still have lag much like the stock tune. 2k-3k rpms feels largely the same in the stock and the TP tunes. The WTF tune does not. Matty has dialed in quite a bit of snap to the lower rpm throttle response. I remarked to him that I've driven N/A economy 4 bangers that seemed more tuned for response and a torquey feel in low rpms than my WRX. His map changed that, and since I do a large majority of my driving in those lower rpms, I like it. It also seems to have given back smoothness to the overall power delivery. What I mean by that is this: with the TP tune, the car felt stock from 2k-3k rpms, then would rocket forward as you get into boost. With this map, because it feels peppier down low, the power delivery feels bridged into boost, if that makes sense. If it doesn't let me know so I can try to explain it another way.
    The difference in feel you describe is likely due to how I have your DBW (throttle) / AVCS tables setup.
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    So when you gonna learn to tune a TDI!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calvinball
    So when you gonna learn to tune a TDI!?
    What's available for it in terms of software and interface?
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    haven't used it, don't know if it'll work for you guys but I found it looking for something to look at my buddies VW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    What's available for it in terms of software and interface?
    Not sure. Most tuning I've seen has involved opening up the actual ecu. No idea about interfacing. There doesn't seem to be an equivalent to, say, an AP or a tactrix, but I also haven't investigated fully.

    Quote Originally Posted by pete25r View Post
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    haven't used it, don't know if it'll work for you guys but I found it looking for something to look at my buddies VW.

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    Case in point for my lack of investigation, no idea about this at all. Looks like it's only for older models though.
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    Good Morning One and All!

    At the bequest of this forum's resident Duct Tape Expert, I am resurrecting this thread to put down some thoughts about my current car for posterity. When questioned as to why he wanted a review, he simply said "for knowledge." SO please direct all flames in Ruh Roh's general vicinity.

    First things first, I do miss my WRX and wish I was getting a '15. Sadly, there is no way I could convince the finance department that I should switch cars AGAIN, and I was frankly astonished that she suggested it after only a year and a half with the Subaru. The fact that she said something unsolicited was one of the major turning points in my thought process about getting a different car.

    Moving on to my thoughts on my 2014 Golf TurDI (as they are affectionately known on the vw forum I'm on):
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    I've now had the TDI for 6 months, and have amassed just shy of 10k miles. The economic side of things has worked out as expected. This was essentially a completely lateral move as far as the cost of the car goes, both in total cost and in monthly payment. Obviously I lost some money long term from paying interest on the WRX for a year and a half, but oh well. What has worked as expected is that I do use almost half as much fuel. I used to have to fill up the rex every 6 days or so, this I can go 12-14. Diesel is more expensive, but until it's twice the cost of premium (which the rex and any other car I would consider requires) then I'm still making out very well.

    But that's the boring stuff, on to the car itself.

    I couldn't have gone from the rex to this car if it was just a matter of saving money on fuel for the large amount of miles I rack up. It still had to be a fun car to drive. "But Calvinballs, you dropped well over 100 hp and two (three?) drive wheels, what are you, ****ing silly in the head? Fun to drive...HA!"

    Well, it definitely is not as fun to drive as the rex. But it is still fun to drive. Stock for stock, this has a stiffer suspension setup than the rex did. There is much less body roll in corners, though I do find that it gets upset by rough roads a bit more. It does understeer, but not any more than the rex did. Difference is, I have to pay more attention to my line because I can't just AWDPOWER my way through. With nearly WRX levels of torque available, and available at low rpms, I can shoot out of corners pretty well.

    Where it falls flat on it's face is any kind of sustained acceleration. It is very punchy, but definitely a slow car in a straight line. That punchiness is fine and fun for me under my typical driving circumstances, but for those that consider quarter mile times and rolling races to be the definition of fun driving, this is definitely not the car for them.

    What it is good at is being more go-carty in the city. The stiffish suspension and loads of low range torque makes surviving on city streets easy and enjoyable. It helps that it is also a pretty small car, length and width-wise. I can squeeze into some small spots that most other cannot, yet I didn't give up much in interior space from the rex.

    I haven't really experienced much torque steer, but I have had to get used to wheel spin again. You just plain can't put down power in a fwd car like awd, but that's obvious. I think that part of the problem is crap stock all seasons, that have really shown their true, crappy colors a few times when I've had to stop quickly. I have a second set of wheels with summer tires ready to be picked up.
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    On to other aspects of the car, including the much vaunted "quality" that is often the major point of contention when discussing VWs.

    Obviously, interior quality and gadgets and such are not a top priority for me, or I would never have gotten a WRX in the first place. That said...

    It is a nice cabin to be in. It's comfortable and the quality of materials is better. Example: the plastic covering the center console where the shifter is, in the rex I could push it and expose a gap between the console and the carpeting. The VW is solid and doesn't give. This is little stuff, but does make it feel more solid. I don't really care about that though.

    What I am enjoying about VW's approach is some of the amenities. The stereo is vastly better than a subaru stereo. I had quite forgotten how much I like having a decent car stereo. I feel no desire to upgrade it as I did in the rex.

    There are little touches that I enjoy. I enjoy having heated seats and side mirrors again. I know you can get those in a rex but I didn't have them. There are other things though that those anal germans thought about.

    My windows all go up and down at the same speed! Lol, jk. But I can use the windows as an example of what I'm talking about. If they are all down when I park, I can hit the buttons (they are all auto up/down) then kill the power and they will continue to close without the key in the ignition. Another example; if I have the wipers on, when I put the car in reverse it will automatically swipe the rear wiper. These are examples of little convenience things, but I've noticed them and I appreciate them. The features of the car just seem much more thought out. Again, this is not a priority in choosing a car for me, but since I have it I do like it.

    Plans for the car: Eventually getting a tune. A tune alone will net me 30 more hp and almost 100 more torques. I just want to wait a while and get through a bunch of the warranty since for VW's you have to physically crack open the ECU to tune. Thousands and thousands of people have done this with no ill effect, but it still is a bit more worrisome to me than simply plugging in a tactrix and reflashing. It is also obviously more detectable by a dealership.

    Otherwise, it'll all be cosmetic and handling. I already have a set of lighter wheels with summer tires lined up, just waiting for me to pick up. I have a feeling that same person is going to give me his stock GTI swaybars for free. Down the line, I know some springs that will give a good ride and improve handling. There are some chassis braces that I may consider. Possibly a custom alignment. The VW guys all complain about understeer, as we do, but I've not seen anyone suggest a bit of front camber as part of a solution.

    Alright, I may have more thoughts to put down later, but for now I'm keeping my wife waiting for breakfast.
    Last edited by Calvinball; 04-05-2014 at 06:27 AM.
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