Finally taking the time to work on the car, and find time for some updates here at KPTuned.com!
So, what the heck is going on over at KPTuned.com? We’ve been churning out Megasquirt(R) standalone systems one after another.. tuning cars both in person and over electronic means.. and had a little boy adding to the KPTuned family, all of which is keeping us QUITE busy!
The KPTuned ALLMOTOR GTI had a good, but short run with the 3.2 R32 based motor. Unfortunately, it’s moved on, destined for another car that we’ll be doing all the wiring and an MS3/3x install on. With added complexity of a full engine bay shave, and wire tuck… stay tuned for and update of that one as it gets built.
The current plan for the car is to go back to ‘simple’ a bit, but change things up at the same time. I’m throwing a 12v together with spare parts trying to take out the ‘spray’ record.. if I can find one. Goals for the car are just to keep it light, keep it together, and keep it (relatively) cheap. 2150lbs is the weight goal we want to make, and make enough power to go 11.50 flat no matter what. It will feature a slick KPTuned Megasquirt ECU setup utilizing MS3/3x (of course?) along with Jean Belanger’s Jbperf IO/X board for additional I/O like individual cylinder EGT, dual WBo2 over serial communications, and some other sensors and outputs we’d like to try like dual water temp sensors, closed loop electric waterpump and fan control. One goal is to help develop a more integrated electronic dashboard as well…
The KPTuned ALLMOTOR GTI is getting some much needed attention in the fabrication department, with great thanks to Jim @ Racecraft Fabrication in Millville, NJ. I’ve known Jim for quite a long time and there’s no other I’d trust to make my parts! You might remember him from previous updates, he did the manifold welding on Derek Baker’s “KPTuned” ITB’d VR6 MK2 GLI. This time around, Jim’s being tasked to build a KPTuned rough designed intake manifold (to our exacting specs!), large tube downpipe with Burns Vband collector, proper seat mounts, and finally a proper crossmember with traction bar mounts and all our accessory items integrated in. Luckily Kurtis @ MBS already came through with a killer 3.5″ full aluminum exhaust, with integrated v-bands, and Magnaflow muffler. Should make the rest of the fab go nice and quick!
Now for the pictures!!
Lots of pan clearance, thank you OEM Mk5 junk…
New exhaust thanks to Kurtis @ MBS
MY way to mount 02J shifter
He’s got a lot of parts and much work to do…
Stay KPTuned for further details as things come together.