Tag: mod

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – Airbox Intake Modification

I wanted to replace the stock air pipe, as it contains a resonator which keeps it silent. It’s also not optimised, leaving room for improvement.

Used 2 aluminium joiners/couplers and flexible piping. Very happy with this cost effective result! Also, I love the supercharger whine 🙂

I also ordered a K&N RU-3190 filter, I didn’t know the previous owner fitted a Pipercross PX1875. In the end I sold the K&N as the fitment wasn’t good.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Airbox Intake Modification

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Airbox Intake Modification

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Pipercross PX1875 vs K&N RU-3190

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Pipercross PX1875 vs K&N RU-3190


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – Vacuum Gain System VGS Modification

As usual, the Mini Cooper S with the Eaton M45 supercharger also has a bypass valve, which helps with fuel economy and lighten the load on the supercharger during idling (for instance). On NAM (North American Motoring forum) I noticed a popular mod, which is also known as the VGS or Vacuum Gain System modification.

Basically, the VGS mod changes the way the Bypass valve is operated. From indirect vacuum to direct vacuum, allowing faster response of the butterfly valve, but also keeping it shut better so no boost is lost.

I liked it in the beginning, but it makes for a rough driving experience. So in the end I reverted and never went back. Thats why we experiment 🙂

Source: https://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/how-to/38268-drivetrain-operation-vacuum-gain-system-vgs.html

Changing the vacuum line routing.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Bypass Valve VGS Mod

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Bypass Valve VGS Mod

Brand new Bapmic Compressor Bypass Valve (CBV).

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Compressor Bypass Valve

Modifying the bypass valve.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Compressor Bypass Valve


Volvo S80 2.4T 3rd Brake Light Mod

Bought a long LED strip and mounted it next to the 3rd brake light cluster.

Should be a lot safer and looks good 🙂

Volvo S80 2.4T 3rd Brake Light Mod


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Heatwrapped Stainless Exhaust

I heatwrapped the new stainless steel Gravity Performance catback exhaust. Unfortunately I ran out of titanium heatwrap, so I ordered some more (black) and finished the job.

It will help with scavenging and is a supporting mod for extracting more horsepower and torque from the Mini.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Heatwrapped Stainless Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Heatwrapped Stainless Exhaust


Volvo S80 2.4T Project 16T Turbo

I had pretty big plans for the S80, shooting for a 270bhp instead of the 200bhp that the 2.4T has normally. You need an upgrade turbo for this, which I sourced from a T5 model, which has 250bhp bone stock. The swap would involve the TD04HL-13T to TD04HL-16T or 13T to 16T for short.

Fitment is pretty straightforward, but the coolant lines run differently, and this was quite a hassle as information on the internet seems very scarce. I found some, but needed some creativity as the build progressed.

I was also planning to mount the later “R” series manifold, but decided to sell it, as the Japanifold would give much better sound and equal performance.

In the end, I sold the 16T and mounted the 13T, saving the money up for something else. I needed to adjust the car a little bit, and according to the max MAF values, it makes about 240-245bhp, which is awesome.

It’s a totally different car from when I first bought it, that’s for sure!

Volvo S80 2.4t TD04HL-16T Turbo

Volvo S80 2.4t TD04HL-16T Turbo

The TD04HL-16T with the R-manifold

Volvo S80 2.4T TD04HL-16T + Upgrade Exhaust Manifold

The TD04HL-13T vs TD04HL-16T

Volvo S80 2.4T TD04HL-16T vs 13T turbo

Volvo S80 2.4T TD04HL-16T vs 13T turbo

Volvo S80 2.4T TD04HL-16T vs 13T turbo

Modifications needed for fitting the coolant lines

Volvo S80 2.4T Coolant Line Modification

Volvo S80 2.4T Coolant Line Modification

Rubbing will occur here

Volvo S80 2.4T Coolant Line Modification


Volvo S80 2.4T Polyurethane Lower Gearbox Mount

My original gearbox mount was shot and I decided to replace the mount with a brand new reinforced polyurethane mount, which tightens up the shifting and allows for less engine movement, which is better for the exhaust.

One disadvantage, the cabin has added drone due to extra vibration. But the advantages outweigh the one disadvantage, so for me it’s a keeper!

Volvo S80 2.4T DO88.se Intercooler hoses

Closeup view

Volvo S80 2.4T PU Gearbox mount

Old vs New. The mount should not be able to move like that 🙂

Volvo S80 2.4T New vs Old Gearbox mount
Volvo S80 2.4T New vs Old Gearbox mount

And this is how it looks under the engine. Easy job, 2x 14mm & 2x 18mm nuts.

Volvo S80 2.4T PU Gearbox mount



Volvo S80 2.4T Hella Style Horns

Wanted to see if the Hella style horns would fit the S80. First I painted them white (they were green). Mounting them was easy, but the front looks messy with the horns mounted, so I decided to remove them again.

Volvo S80 2.4T Hella Horns mod (white)

Volvo S80 2.4T Hella Horns mod (white)

But this looks better to be honest…

Volvo S80 2.4T Front view



Volvo S80 2.4T Trying Out An Open Cone Filter

I wanted to try an open filter, to hear the induction sound and the blowoff sound. I went with a big velocity stack type filter. Although it sounded nice, I already reverted it and went back to the original airbox.

Volvo S80 2.4T Fitting a Velocity Stack Open Cone Filter

Volvo S80 2.4T Fitting a Velocity Stack Open Cone Filter

Volvo S80 2.4T Fitting a Velocity Stack Open Cone Filter

Volvo S80 2.4T Fitting a Velocity Stack Open Cone Filter

And it looks like this again

Volvo S80 2.4T OEM Airbox




Volvo S80 2.4T CAI Intake Modification

Decided to mod the intake flap to a more direct version, which should aid in forcing air into the airbox. Performance could be better, although right now I dont have the means to measure this.

Volvo S80 2.4T Default Air Intake

Volvo S80 2.4T Air Intake Mod




Volvo S80 2.4T Chrome Indicator Bulbs

Small mod, replacing the orange bulbs with chrome indicator bulbs. Looks better 🙂

 
Volvo S80 2.4T Amber Indicator Bulbs

Volvo S80 2.4T Chrome Indicator Bulbs




Volvo S80 2.4T IPD Polybush Upper Engine Stabilizer

Cheap and easy mod for a little bit more stability, polybush inserts for the upper engine stabilizer.

Volvo S80 2.4T Polyurethane Upper Engine Stabilizer




Volvo S80 2.4T Chrome Side Indicators

Small modification, getting rid of the fried egg look and replacing them with Chrome / Amber versions does the front of the S80 good. Cost a small amount and looks much cleaner.

Before…

Volvo S80 2.4T Fried egg stock amber bulb

After 🙂

Volvo S80 2.4T Chrome indicator bulb




VW Golf MK3 GTI, New VW Hubcaps

A small mod with big impact, replacing the old worn hubcaps with fresh new caps. I bought them cheap from eBay.

The old…
Old VW Hubcaps

Old vs New

New vs Old VW hubcaps

New VW Hubcaps

And the final result

New VW Hubcamps




VW Golf MK3 GTI, Airbox Mod

Performed the swiss cheese mod, or wak box / wakbox or whatever you want to call it to the lower part of the airbox. Sounds a little bit better & seems to have a little impact on the butt dyno.

VW Golf MK3 Airbox mod

Also fitted a new paper OEM air filter.

VW GOLF MK3 / New vs Old air filter




VW Golf MK3 GTI Mesh Grille

Bought a new grille (without the VW logo), but I didn’t want the one with the double louvres, as that has been tried and tested. I noticed this one from JOM and ordered it. Got a message back from a Dutch webshop that they aren’t able to deliver anymore. Searched and found it on German Ebay, for less than price that the Dutch webshop advertised it for, so happy days 🙂

Partnr: 1H6853653MOE

VW Golf MK3 Mesh Grille

VW Golf MK3 Mesh Grille

VW Golf MK3 Mesh Grille

Golf MK3 GTI Mesh Grille

Golf MK3 GTI Stance

Info:
Camera: Nikon D300 / Nikkor 17-55mm




VW Golf MK3 GTI Airbox Modification

The best airfilter on the Golf MK3 GTI platform is the original airbox with paper filter. But you might miss out on induction noise, something so desired on any naturally aspirated (NA) engine 🙂

There are ways to give you some induction noise, namely:

  • Drilling the airbox
  • Removing the snoot to the side of the car
  • Fitting a (Bonrath) Powerrohr / roar

I bought myself an extra airbox and removed the snoot + drilled extra holes on the cold side of the car.

Stock Airbox

Front view Airbox

Top view Airbox

Removeing the snoot

Trumpet removed

VW Golf MK3 Airbox mod

Fitted a new airfilter

VW GOLF MK3 / New vs Old air filter




Toyota Aygo Eco badge

As many of you might now, I make a sport out of driving as economical as possible (without being too extreme). As I was searching on Aliexpress, I found this fun badge, which expresses my driving style perfectly. I was able to plug the holes with some plastic grommets.
Toyota Aygo Eco Badge decal

Toyota Aygo Eco Badge decal




Toyota Aygo Inoxcar Stainless Steel Exhaust backbox

Bought a Inoxcar Stainless backbox today, in very good condition & sounds the part. Gives the Aygo a good presence without being too loud.

Looks very good, needed some longer exhaust mount rubbers which I had lying around. Else the exhaust would hit the rear bumper (or need for a small cutout)

Info:
Camera: Nikon D5100 / Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8

Toyota Aygo Inoxcar Stainless backbox

Toyota Aygo Inoxcar Stainless backbox

Toyota Aygo Inoxcar Stainless backbox

Toyota Aygo Inoxcar Stainless backbox

Toyota Aygo Inoxcar Stainless backbox

And the end result!

Toyota Aygo Inoxcar Stainless backbox




Sound Proofing the Aygo

The Aygo has pretty flimsy doors, which don’t help much with the sound quality of your sound system & background noise when you are driving your car. I bought some sound proofing on eBay & added it on the front + rear doors & spare tire well.

Sound quality has been improved greatly & road noise has been reduced. All in all a must have mod for your Toyota Aygo / Peugeot 107 or Citroen C1.

Sound Insulation

Sound Insulation

Toyota Aygo Sound Insulation in door




VW Lupo Luxury Heater knobs / dials

Added some luxury to the Volkswagen Lupo with some new up-to-date heater knobs / dials. They look a lot better than the stock controls and they also feel better when adjusting the controls. Small DIY modification which only cost about 5 dollars on Aliexpress.

VW Lupo Stock heater knobs

And the new parts.
VW Lupo Luxury heater knobs
VW Lupo Luxury heater knobs
VW Lupo Luxury heater knobs

Info:

Camera: Sony Xperia Z3




Toyota Aygo Cree LEDs & Vinyl decal

Replaced the license plate lights with CREE LEDs for better visibility. Thanks to Aliexpress for some good priced CREE LEDs!
Toyota Aygo t10 Cree License plate light

Also bought a vinyl decal to warn other drivers that I’m driving a slow automobile 😉 Especially handy when driving “hypermile” or “ecomodder” style.
Toyota Aygo SlowAsF*ck decal

Info:

Camera: Sony Xperia Z3




Toyota Aygo Moustache

Added a little personal flair to the Aygo in the form of a white/silvery moustache. Also did this little mod on the Seat Leon.

Toyota Aygo Moustache




Giant Talon 3 – 180mm front brake upgrade

Besloten om de voor- en achterkant een upgrade te geven m.b.t. de remmerij. Zowel voor als achter zal er een Avid HS1 geboorde remschijf opkomen. Remblokken worden t.z.t. vervangen, semi-metallic. Het uiteindelijke doel is om de Giant Root 2 (Tektro Auriga) te vervangen door een Shimano 515 remmenset (voor en achter), maar dat komt ergens na de vakantie. Om de 180mm schijf te gebruiken is een spacer nodig, die de remklauw verder naar buiten plaatst.

 
180mm Avid HS1 Brake disc upgrade

180mm Avid HS1 Brake disc upgrade

180mm Avid HS1 Brake disc upgrade

180mm Avid HS1 Brake disc upgrade




Toyota Aygo new Dual Exhaust tip

Added a new dual exhaust tip to my trusty Toyota Aygo (Citybug). Not 100% satisfied with the fitment, will need to do some modding to get the look right. But the build quality is a lot better than the old one.
Old vs New

Exhaust tip front view

Exhaust tip rear view

New Toyota Aygo Exhaust tip backside

New Toyota Aygo Exhaust tip overview