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Old 1st April 2013, 20:01   #91
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By the way, what is this 'nose wing' that got scraped?
Sorry Venu Saab - Can't believe i actually wrote the front wing, i guess too much F1, i was referring to the front bumper.

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AC on most of the time, except in cold weather when the computer switches the heater on.
Nice snaps.
But, I really don't know why someone would drive with all windows rolled up in such a fantastic weather...


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1. Power delivery can be a nuisance in the hills, especially when you are approaching an incline from still
You mean too much power for the curves or the turbo lag?

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2. Front nose wing - The wing scraped and is totally me being careless, i was looking away while reversing and took the hit.
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You mean too much power for the curves or the turbo lag?
Yes Turbolag and more, Its tough to explain this. Think of a situation when the car feels heavy to climb [ all this on an incline and some cases terrain which offers low grip] and then you power up to compensate and hence the wheel spin. make sense ?
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Yes Turbolag and more, Its tough to explain this. Think of a situation when the car feels heavy to climb [ all this on an incline and some cases terrain which offers low grip] and then you power up to compensate and hence the wheel spin. make sense ?
That seems to be a great drive you went for going by the snaps.

I have experienced the problem you are describing and part of it I would suggest this is attributed to a front wheel drive when you are going uphill. On an incline, your car when in stop and go motion, is likely to have less traction on the front wheels than say a rear wheel drive car. Makes sense?

Went throught the entire thread again felt I should share this.

After running my car on a lowered suspension for about 2 years have finally gone back to the original springs. I had given off my original springs and hence went in the market to look for the Octavai RS coil springs and found them( not original but equivalent) available for around 14K. Did not find the way the springs were stored encouraging nor any colour code markings on them. This I was sourcing from a guy who specialises in Skoda parts at operahouse ,Mumbai. Hence went to the ASS and asked them for the springs.Gave them the VIN and they called for the parts in a weeks time I was quoted 19K and got it done from them. Was glad to see the coils springs packed in original corrugated packing from Skoda with the correct colour codes on the springs. It is a personal choice where to source spares from but I still think the ASS are the best for critical parts. The last thing I would want is to be palmed of some spurious coil springs on the car just to save a few thousand rupees.
So now I drive easy with less chances of scraping the bottom but I miss the tight ride on the expressway and the car looked awesome when it was lowered.
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That seems to be a great drive you went for going by the snaps.

I have experienced the problem you are describing and part of it I would suggest this is attributed to a front wheel drive when you are going uphill. On an incline, your car when in stop and go motion, is likely to have less traction on the front wheels than say a rear wheel drive car. Makes sense?
Thanks for the comment Frank, you nailed it. Given that you have remapped i am guessing you probably have an amplified version of the same problem. How is the power delivery, do you see action at around ~2K types ?

Also if i recall vaguely, you have 225 profiles on the RS ? I have driven Ardy's 220 bhp avatar and i can say even 225's are also struggle to gain ground.

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. Given that you have remapped i am guessing you probably have an amplified version of the same problem. How is the power delivery, do you see action at around ~2K types ?

Also if i recall vaguely, you have 225 profiles on the RS ? I have driven Ardy's 220 bhp avatar and i can say even 225's are also struggle to gain ground.

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Any conventional Turbochaged car is going to have a lag varying to a certain degree depending upon how soon the turbo starts spooling and building any charge air pressure. I do have a similar lag probelm till about 1.8K revs .
With 225 s PP2 s there is a little more rubber to the road but I dont think it must be making a huge difference against the 205s. But the Michelins with the softer side walls have given me grief. Had to replace one tire due to a side wall damage. Actually I had seen Contis 225X55X16 but was told they are harder compound and hence had not put them. Do keep these points in mind if and when you change the tyres.
Check the tyres on my car
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Default Service Update - 68842 Kms

Hi Team -

RS went for a service and had a few things which i wanted to include along with a service. Please see attached service bill for more details. I got the service done from the Bosch service station - Wheel force center. Overall i was reasonably pleased by the experience, i did not have to wait, the car was delivered to my door step and got advice on what need to be replaced. fox Ex. the last time i went to Skoda for a wiper replacement, i was advised both front and rear brake discs need replacement, Bosch guys looked at the front disc and advised me that they may be able to re-skim the front and i may be able to get another 20-25 K Km's out of them before they need replacement, got my favorite Mobil 1. Please attached image for more details.

Next update - Tires. Coming up shortly. Please let me know if you have questions.

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RS went for a service and had a few things which i wanted to include along with a service. Please see attached service bill for more details. I got the service done from the Bosch service station - Wheel force center. Overall i was reasonably pleased by the experience, i did not have to wait, the car was delivered to my door step and got advice on what need to be replaced. fox Ex. the last time i went to Skoda for a wiper replacement, i was advised both front and rear brake discs need replacement, Bosch guys looked at the front disc and advised me that they may be able to re-skim the front and i may be able to get another 20-25 K Km's out of them before they need replacement, got my favorite Mobil 1. Please attached image for more details.

Next update - Tires. Coming up shortly. Please let me know if you have questions.

Best - ML.
You are a CA right ? Liberal use of 'stick ons' to hide facts instead of a Photoshop effort and "please let me know if you have any questions" comes best from this breed.

The labour charges look on the higher side, what was Skoda A** quote on this ? Also I see wheel alignment no balancing and weights. Was that separate ?

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The labour charges look on the higher side, what was Skoda A** quote on this ? Also I see wheel alignment no balancing and weights. Was that separate ?

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Given the work i was planning to be done, my overall estimate from Skoda was around 35K [this was on the phone with my SA - with the SA assuming the change of front Disc's also], I just got my tires changed so balancing was performed as part of the change.

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Default Update - Footwear Change

Team - RS went for a shoes change, I went again for "A" Drives, now i know this may not be the most preferred option for the RS, my reasons were as follows -

A. All of the other options were very expensive.
B. I have never upsized, not sure what that entails, i have driven an RS with upsized tires, i really could not tell the difference of the incremental gain.
C. Softer side walls, this is purely what i have heard. Since i have used the car for sometime and even taken it to the hills, i was reasonably satisfied with the existing A drives.

All of the above, i could not rationalize the change in my head. Please find attached picture of the new one. Please let me know if you have questions.

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Is Michelin XM2 available in your size. What was the price difference. I found the Michelin slightly more comfortable and brake friendly when compared to the Yokos in a back to back ride in a hatchback.

Considering the RS has a slightly harsh ride, the XM2 could be a decent option if priced reasonably compared the Yoko A.
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Is Michelin XM2 available in your size. What was the price difference. I found the Michelin slightly more comfortable and brake friendly when compared to the Yokos in a back to back ride in a hatchback.

Considering the RS has a slightly harsh ride, the XM2 could be a decent option if priced reasonably compared the Yoko A.
I have the XM variant in my other car and i like it, I went to reliance autozone for the change and i could not find the XM variant in the size, they shared the PLC variety only, which was quite expensive.

The ride quality on RS is stiff, but you tend to like it once you get settled in [ may be its the placebo effect] but i quite like it.

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The ride quality on RS is stiff, but you tend to like it once you get settled in [ may be its the placebo effect] but i quite like it.
Not placebo effect I think. I like the ride quality on mine now as compared to when I first started driving it. I was driving a Laura from last couple of days and felt the RS's ride quality was better having initially found it to be stiff.

I think the A drives are a good choice. I had them on my previous TDI Octy and they were value for money. How much did the change cost?
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Default Clogged Air Filter.

Team - its been a while I had updated the thread.

FE had dropped by 1-2 km's in the past 2 fill ups, and I was blaming my own spirited driving, turns out that Gurgaons dusty conditions needed a more frequent cleaning of the air filter, a simple cleaning of the air filter, has brought the FE back to older numbers,

Happy with double digit FE on the RS.

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Default Finally Remapped - Custom Code - Petes - Stage 1

Team - finally took the plunge on the remap. I have opted for Petes Stage I.

Key Changes

1. Custom Code Stage 1 Remap.
2. Updated Coil pack - As recommended. Stock replacement.
3. Diverter Valve - On order curretly waiting for it.

I was also thinking of replacing the Exhaust, but thanks to delay from Militec, i just could not wait any longer and decided to drop the idea and moved to the remap without exhaust.

Overall First impressions - Car is lot more drivable, turbo lag has reduced a bit especially in the low end, impressive pull in the mid and high range of the power band. Overall improved performance across the range.

Arush from Autopsyche helped with the facilities and Vinu from Petes was available for loading the maps, I also got an opportunity to speak to man himself - Super impressed with the support levels from Pete and infrastructure at Arush's.

I never expected someone from Cochin would fly down for remapping my car , I am guessing there were 2 cars [speculative canít confirm]. Thank you Pete's instills a lot of confidence.

Immediate next steps

As part of the remap process, I was told my coil pack was on the way out, which turned out to be true real quick, with misfire detected in Cylinder 3 the next day, I decided to change all the coil packs and kept the remaining old 3 working ones as back up.

Decided to give the car and ahead of schedule oil change, replaced missing skoda badge from the alloys and replaced all ignition coils, work performed in Giriraj Skoda. I have liked the service at Giriraj.

Parts which are currently on order with Giriraj Skoda.

1. Tappet Cover packing Ė I was told this needs attention and to avoid loss of engine oil.

2. 4 new spark plugs Ė Skoda advised me itís not needed, but decided to get them changed while I have changed the Ignition coils.

3. Given the car now has more power; I have also decided to change the front Brake Discs and pads. Pads were actually changed in the last service, but I never felt confident with braking, may be its driven due to older discs, but want to improve the braking feel. Hence the ahead of schedule change.

Please let me know if you have any specific question on the changes, thanks for stopping by.

I will upload pictures later, i have them on my phone. please bear with me in the interim.

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