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I had spent the better part of a year shopping for an Aviator Gray TT when this one showed up here on Vortex. Fresh clutch and already on H&R Coil-overs, sporting a GIAC tune and Borla exhaust. I wanted to replace my 2000 Saab 9-5 with something fun that also was all wheel drive for winters.

Buying a one way ticket to North Carolina, I flew down and drove the car back in 24 hours to Massachusetts. While looking back on it was enjoyable, there were several issues. One being a vacuum leak that threw the car into limp mode, which the owner had cleared the codes just prior to me showing up. The other was that the shift linkage was out of alignment resulting in only 3-6th gears available for movement.

Stopping at a Walmart, I bought a plumbing kit and some tools in order to make a washer setup to have the correct pre-load on the shifter weight and was able to align the linkage.

Still for just under $11k with 91k miles on it I was happy as all hell. Over the years the TT went from daily driver to full blown track day weapon able to hang with 996 GT3's and other much more expensive hardware in the dry, in the rain it was unrivaled. For the 350-400 hours of track time on the car it is a remarkable chassis given the right parts. As used for a road rally car, the range and punch of the 1.8t made for a potent package offering fun in the twistys and great fuel economy on the highways.




2009-2010

Forge DV and TIP
Maestro Tuning Suite
Haldex Filter and fluid change
Transmission fluid flush
Zimmerman front Rotors with HPS pads
VF-Engineering Mounts
New MAF
Shifter Bushings

2010-2011
Timing Belt and Waterpump (131k)
16lb Four Season Tuning Clutch/Flywheel Kit
Replaced front CV boots and wheel bearings
New set of tires (Hankook V12's)
Haldex Filter and fluid change
Replaced head lights due to pitting
8k HID replacements and Yellow fogs

Winter 2011 (no longer driving in the winter)
ODO : 141,xxx
2011 (Track and Rally prep)
Installed 42DD Downpipe and intake
Replaced ball joints, tie rods, steering rack, power steering pump, new ignition coils, Super blue flush.






Summer 2011
ODO 150,xxx
Haldex Comp controller
Haldex filter and fluid
Haldex precharge pump
Black BBS CH's 17x8.5
3.2 Grille
3.2 Spoiler
CB-Radio
Drilled Dash supports
New Hankook V12's
Made new bushings for the stock lower rear arms
Panzer Plate

Winter 2011
ODO 156,100
Raised and new H&R front Coilsovers.
UHMW Control Arm Bushings
New R32 bushings
New Ball joints
New tie rods
New Strut Mounts
Removed Skid plate
New PCV
Fan control module to ensure reliability
Low Temp Fan Switch
IE EGR block off
Valve cover gasket



Summer 2012
Oil change
New Plugs x 3
Haldex filter and fluid
Oil Cooler x2 as one failed
New HP+ Brake pads front and rear
New Zimmerman Rear Rotors
Transmission Oil
New 42DD intake filter
Another Set of NT01's
Oil change
New O2 Sensors




2013
ODO 16X,XXX
Front Hubs
Wheel Bearings
Ball Joints
Strut Mounts (both collapsed from two airborne incidents at NHIS)
Timing Belt
New FK rod ends for rear arms
Installed new port in the exhaust for wide band o2 and install wide band gage
Forge Waste Gate
4 bar FPR due to the Forge exceeding the fueling abilities on 3 bar
Grams Intake manifold

Turned into full fledged track car
2014
170k-175k
Cage
GT3 Seats
Quattrosport wheel
Phenix Engineering Titanium Boxster Caliper Brackets
Porsche Boxster Calipers
Phenix Engineering Brake Lines & Fittings
Oil change
Plugs
O2 Sensors
MAF
Fluiddampner
Alignment/Corner Balance
Weight 3033lbs with full tank






















2015
175k-177k
Radiator
Fan Controller
New Thermostat
New Engine Mounts
Transmission Flush
Haldex Flush
Remove A/C
New Front O2 Sensor
Spark Plugs
New Maf
New Rotors
New Pads F&R
New Hubs
New Spindles
New Wheel bearings






2017
Oil Change
Spark Plugs
New Bilstein Rear Shocks
Cupra R Lip
Paint correction
Remove radio/speakers/amp





2018
Nothing

2019
Nothing


Since 2017 the TT has only seen about 300 miles, of which "0" miles were put on this year. With having spent most of the time working on other cars of the house/garage project, time and funds for getting to the track have not been available. I figured when moving that it might be a couple years until getting back to regular track days with the car.


As she sit currently



As it she sits in the garage hooked to a battery tender, plans are being mulled over for dusting off the cob webs and getting the TT ready for another extensive campaign of track days. The motor/transmission/turbo/Haldex are all original to the car and performing well. However it would be a good time prior to going back out to do the following:

Rebuild Motor with IE Rods and AEB head
New Clutch and Flywheel
Install Front LSD and Rear LSD
Rebuild Rear Diff
Rebuild Transmission
New Turbo
Add Transmission Cooler
Remove radio wiring
Install Fire System and 6pt belts




Overall the Mk1 TT has always had a soft spot in my heart, as it sits now it is a go cart with a boost addiction. The K04-020 offers plenty of power combined with the right mods. The suspension is firm yet compliant enough to hammer down bumpy back roads without worry of sudden bump steer. The sister twin Aviator TT that got new life breathed into it still could never compare to how solid this car feels.

The timeless design and unique color blend in at any Cars & Coffee, yet every gas station turns into a half hour conversation about how a random stranger is in love with TT's and can tell you exactly where and what they were doing when they saw their first one. Alas many TT's have suffered a hard life with their great drivetrain and every day usability (except drive thru's as KFC buckets will not fit through the window :eek:), without doubt they will become hard to find in good condition without needing extensive work in the next coming decade.

If you have the means and garage space, I highly recommend picking one up even for just a Sunday driver. However they really need the following to make them properly fun:

Tune
Full Exhaust
Bigger Inlet Pipe
Bigger Side Mount IC's
Coil Overs
Delrin or UHMW Front Control Arm Bushings (restores suspension to pre-recall)
Bigger Rear Sway bar
Boxster Calipers
Remove Counter Weight

This offers a great 300hp package that can be thrashed around to the hearts delight never losing pace with your friends Cayman S's or 996/7's on the twisty's. Overall ownership and experience over the years leaves this one firmly in the "Never Sell" category of cars in the collection.



Engine:
Eurodyne Maestro7 Stage 1 93oct file
42DD 3" Down Pipe
42DD Race Pipe
42DD 6" Velocity Stack Intake
Tyrolsport Dual SMIC's
034 Motorsports / Grams Intake Manifold / Spacer
Borla Cat-Back 2.5"
Forge Inlet
MadMaxx Evo Valve
N75J Valve
4.0 Bar FPR w/380cc injectors


Driveline:
Haldex Comp controller
FST 16lb Flywheel
FST Stage I Clutch
Phenix Engineering Shifter Bushings
Phenix Engineering Shifter Extension 2"
VF-Engineering Side Engine Mounts (black inserts)
VF Engineering Dog-bone with Phenix Engineering GT1 Race Bushings
Phenix Engineering Mocal Oil Cooler setup
Low Temp Fan Switch/Thermostat
Forge Wastegate Actuator Yellow Spring


Suspension:
H&R Coil Overs
H&R Rear Sway Bar (Black on "Hard" setting)
CPT Control Arms W/FK Nickel Plated Rod Ends
Phenix Engineering GT1 Race Bushings in Rear Stock lower arms
Phenix Engineering Control Arm Bushings
Phenix Engineering Adjustable Front Sway Bar End Links
Phenix Engineering Adjustable Rear Sway Bar End Links
R32 Rear Control Arm Bushings


Brakes:
Porsche Boxster Calipers with Phenix Engineering Titanium Adapters
Front Pagid RS4-4 Pads
Rear HP+ Pad
Zimmerman Rotors


Wheels:
17" BBS CH w/ Hankook R-S3 Tires (Street Summer/Rain Track)
17" OZ Supperleggera w/ Nitto NT01 R-Compounds 38/34 HOT (Track)

Interior:
Phenix Engineering Dash Support Speed Holes
Valentine 1
AWE Boost Gauge
Innovate Air/Fuel Gage
Porsche GT3 Seats
Phenix Engineering Roll Cage
Schroth Racing Harnesses

Exterior:
Cupra R Lip
3.2 Rear Spoiler
3.2 Rear Valance
3.2 Front Grille
8k HID's
Yellow Fogs


Car Weight Spare out, full tank of gas and some weight reduction

Empty
3033 lbs

With me in the car:
3203lbs
 

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Hell yeah :thumbup:

Found a one owner, high end modded, ALMS in SoCal...snatched that up. Feels like a brand new car, daily drive....insanity that 20 years old is just around the corner for these. And they make formidable track opponents, in current world 'Time Attack' events they'll place ~3rd/4th which is astonishing considering the full blown aftermarket fastest road/production cars they compete against.

Kol find, try to keep the oem++ look as it sits (pertaining to sheet metal/paint).
 

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Always loved this color and your build. :thumbup: Before I got mine I always kind of thought the TT made for an odd track car, but then after being able to hoon one of my own (not baby a customer car) I really got it.

Excited to have mine back on the road mon/tues, been almost 2 years. But this thread is making me want to make bad decisions with it.
 

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Nice story---and I can relate to a lot of it in my poor man's tt (though I paid more for mine than you did for yours, lol). These are great examples of the fun people can have with cars as they are methodically modified over the years. I'm in the process of awaiting a garage build that will result in sometbing similar to one of your last pics. And the car is sitting. More accurately, getting some work done at a shop so there's one less car around during the garage build.

One question---have you upgraded the radiator and oil cooler from factory units given the extent of tracking you're doing.

Back in the day, my mom had a 180 roadster which i loved to drive. At the time, the corrado was my main car and going into the audi, it was clear how much better built it is.

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What a great car with an even better history now. I have had long dreams of doing this to a pumpkin orange one. Please share how you worked out its natural tendency to under steer on the track. Were bars enough or was there other wizardry?
 

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Super cool! A couple months ago I picked up a 180hp car that had been sitting for over a year and required an extensive amount of work. Mine is much much slower than yours but with fresh struts and brakes I can see the potential this car has, it's pretty fun to toss around. My dad loves it (his last sports car was a 280zx he had in the 80s) and I'm eventually going to sell it to him. Maybe I can persuade him to do the mods you mentioned.
 

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Lime Rock and Palmer Motorsports :thumbup:
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My two home tracks, it is greath being about an hour drive to each.

Always loved this color and your build. :thumbup: Before I got mine I always kind of thought the TT made for an odd track car, but then after being able to hoon one of my own (not baby a customer car) I really got it.

Excited to have mine back on the road mon/tues, been almost 2 years. But this thread is making me want to make bad decisions with it.

The are such underrated cars especially with some simple mods ;)


Nice story---and I can relate to a lot of it in my poor man's tt (though I paid more for mine than you did for yours, lol). These are great examples of the fun people can have with cars as they are methodically modified over the years. I'm in the process of awaiting a garage build that will result in sometbing similar to one of your last pics. And the car is sitting. More accurately, getting some work done at a shop so there's one less car around during the garage build.

One question---have you upgraded the radiator and oil cooler from factory units given the extent of tracking you're doing.

Back in the day, my mom had a 180 roadster which i loved to drive. At the time, the corrado was my main car and going into the audi, it was clear how much better built it is.

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Expanding the garage?

For the cooling it runs a low temp thermostat and fan switch, stock radiator. The oil cooler is a thermostatic Mocal with 16row Mocal Cooler center mounted on the crash bar. This way it does not block the radiator, using bigger side mount intercoolers prevents blocking the radiator with dirty air which allows for 210°F coolant temps on 98 Degree track days.


Great write up! Sure looks like a keeper.
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1st gen TT = most timeless audi, find myself staring at them more than the new ones
Clean ones really do catch your eye when you see them. Silver ones that are lowered still are the striking shape that captured so many of us!

What a great car with an even better history now. I have had long dreams of doing this to a pumpkin orange one. Please share how you worked out its natural tendency to under steer on the track. Were bars enough or was there other wizardry?
Couple things are needed to fix the understeer, first is the rear bar. The second is to drop the counter weight off the back of the car 50lbs. From there the next thing is to get some Phenix UHMW control arm bushings as they work with the stock arms and prevent deflection from the stock bushings that were changed due to people crashing them.

The car will then easily rotate with a little lift on the throttle just like a Corrado/MK2/MK1.


Super cool! A couple months ago I picked up a 180hp car that had been sitting for over a year and required an extensive amount of work. Mine is much much slower than yours but with fresh struts and brakes I can see the potential this car has, it's pretty fun to toss around. My dad loves it (his last sports car was a 280zx he had in the 80s) and I'm eventually going to sell it to him. Maybe I can persuade him to do the mods you mentioned.
The chassis is super stiff which makes for great handling with sticky rubber, the 180s are a blast and can be quick as well, you can also score the 225 parts and swap them all over to make a 180 into a 225.

Never driven one of these but always wanted to. Glad you're enjoying it so much.

If you get a chance, take a sorted one out for a spin :thumbup:
 

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I've always liked the idea of these, and even test drove a few when I was last looking for a DD. Unfortunately the sorry state of most available around here turned me off to them. Upon inspection it was evident most had been abused and not maintained, and getting into yet another VW that needs work was not what I was looking for (yet I still got. dammit.) I think the pretty blah interior is what turned me off the most. By themselves the interiors aren't terrible, but they age and wear worse than most from what I've seen.

I'd be tempted to look for another based on your post as a fun wintermobile, but I don't think a carseat would fit :(
 

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Wow, that's a car that's been loved the right way.

Thanks for sharing, keep these threads up. :thumbup:
 

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Even though it has been subject to NevAr Lose ridicule, I still think the Audi/VW 1.8T was one of the best engines they've made. It was great in my friend's MkIV GLS. :thumbup:
 

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I've always liked the idea of these, and even test drove a few when I was last looking for a DD. Unfortunately the sorry state of most available around here turned me off to them. Upon inspection it was evident most had been abused and not maintained, and getting into yet another VW that needs work was not what I was looking for (yet I still got. dammit.) I think the pretty blah interior is what turned me off the most. By themselves the interiors aren't terrible, but they age and wear worse than most from what I've seen.

I'd be tempted to look for another based on your post as a fun wintermobile, but I don't think a carseat would fit :(

Back seat is a joke, there is no leg room even with an average height driver and the rear hatch makes for no head room. A car seat would most likely be a tough fit in the back. There are a good number of clean ones out there, you just have to search the coasts and be willing to drive. I picked up the sister Aviator to this car in PA and it was clean but turned out to nearly eat me alive when the PO's timing belt job turned out to be a hack job.


Clear coat issues are common as are bent up rockers as people tend to cut curbs close pretty often with the cars. Another thing to watch out for is bent floors from jacking in the wrong point. 8-12k will get you a good car with good maintenance history.

The Haldex is pretty good in the winter but is no where near full Quattro when dealing with deep snow driving.
 
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