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Old 8th February 2013, 20:23   #31
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February Update -
Just got my car's interior detailed by Kamyo today.

I for one was under the impression that my car was as clean as could be from the inside, however after a couple of hours in the hands of Jehangir from kamyo my car literally smells, looks and feels brand new.

Any and everyone in Mumbai should consider themselves to be lucky to have the services of kamyo available to them.
I would blindly recommend him to anyone who likes a clean car. :-)


Will try and put up a few pics as soon as possible.
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Any reason you went with the B14s instead of the B6 with H&R springs?
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I wanted the ride height adjustability and more than that I wanted to go for a coilover rather than a separate spring/damper set up.

Basically, for a minimal premium I was getting a much better setup and height adjustability so was a no brainer for me.
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I wanted the ride height adjustability and more than that I wanted to go for a coilover rather than a separate spring/damper set up.

Basically, for a minimal premium I was getting a much better setup and height adjustability so was a no brainer for me.
Do you think that having coil offers negates the requirements for anti roll bars? If so, then its worth it.
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Old 20th February 2013, 05:02   #35
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Nice car bro,
i need to get me some of them goodies.

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Do you think that having coil offers negates the requirements for anti roll bars? If so, then its worth it.
ARBs will always improve cornering ability, even with stiffer suspension.

Cars built for the track generally have stiffer suspension, but will still have ARBs.
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Nice car bro,
i need to get me some of them goodies.

ARBs will always improve cornering ability, even with stiffer suspension.

Cars built for the track generally have stiffer suspension, but will still have ARBs.
I am not saying no arbs, but adding stiffer arbs affects the independent nature of the suspension, and hurts handling in rough roads. The coilovers stiffen the cars roll resistance vety well and in that case one might be able ot getaway with keeping the stock ARBs.
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I wanted the ride height adjustability and more than that I wanted to go for a coilover rather than a separate spring/damper set up.

Basically, for a minimal premium I was getting a much better setup and height adjustability so was a no brainer for me.
Another question. Any rubbing, bottoming out issues with this setup?
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Old 21st February 2013, 01:21   #38
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I can't really comment on the ARBs as I haven't really experienced them first hand. But theoretically speaking, ARBs make no sense on a car that's already got coilovers, unless it's a track-day only car and one can put in consistent lap times to actually make a positive difference to the handling.

On normal driving the coilovers control the pitch & wallow of the car more than adequately to even impress an above average driver.

But then that's my opinion and I'm no expert. :-)

Ya, there are slight touching issues if the car is loaded and the bumps are really bad, but then again it's just me being daft with the height when I can increase the ride height by a few mm and save me the heart-pain.
(that's the advantage of the B14s)
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I can't really comment on the ARBs as I haven't really experienced them first hand. But theoretically speaking, ARBs make no sense on a car that's already got coilovers, unless it's a track-day only car and one can put in consistent lap times to actually make a positive difference to the handling.

On normal driving the coilovers control the pitch & wallow of the car more than adequately to even impress an above average driver.

But then that's my opinion and I'm no expert. :-)

Ya, there are slight touching issues if the car is loaded and the bumps are really bad, but then again it's just me being daft with the height when I can increase the ride height by a few mm and save me the heart-pain.
(that's the advantage of the B14s)
Ok my friend.. you have convinced me. I'm going for the same setup. If the stock car with me in it can do this-

@ Buddh International Circuit Time Trials, I should be able to shave off atleast 3-4 secs more with the B14s.
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Good video !
great to see track day events getting popular in our country !
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A small mod, I did over the weekend. Was looking to do this since a very long time, actually it is insignificant but something that I always wanted. Here it is

Low washer fluid warning
Pic 1 - Before sensor
Pic 2 - After Sensor
Pic 3 - Symbol on Maxi-dot on startup
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doesnt that come standard with the car? Both my TSI and VRS have it.
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You can see the first pic, No level sensor on the washer bottle.
The Vrs has to have it because it has xenons and xenons come with headlight washers as standard that fit onto the washer bottle that comes pre-fitted with the level sensor.

However, I really doubt your Tsi would have it because, afaik skoda just removed features from the old ambiente trim while shifting to the ambition models.
For ex - I have the brake pad wear sensor as standard since my car is a 2009 model, but the mid 2010 onwards they removed that from the ambiente trim.

So, I have serious doubts your Tsi has the level sensor, but then if you do
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Just got the b14s done and WOW.. its an amzing set!!! Thanks a ton for the recommendations.
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That's great !

It'll be a bit on the stiffer side and the ride will feel jiggly at slow speeds on slight undulations, but give it a couple hundred kms and everything will settle down very nicely.
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