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August 11th, 2007 - Masa's Audi A3

We all know that braking generates tons of heat – just a glimpse of a brake rotor glowing red should be enough to make this point rather clear. Obviously the heat isn’t limited to the rotor only – anything nearby will get an equal share of the heat. TakSpeed has dediced than they can do something about this, and as I haven’t seen hardly any reviews of their Titanium Brake Shims, I just had to give them a try myself.

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July 4th, 2007 - Masa's Audi A3

If there’s one thing we Finns usually agree on, it’s that the weather is never perfect. Either it’s too cold and rainy, or too warm and humid. Or too windy. Or maybe too bright or dark. This seems to be in our genes, and we just can’t help it. Recently it’s become clear that the same applies to cars too, especially the turbocharged ones.

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March 26th, 2007 - Masa's Audi A3

Christmas is here again! Oh, wait – no it’s not. But it just as well could be, at least for the ‘freaks – the spring time usually includes a fair bit of shopping :)

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Here’s my first contribution for this year – the Carbonio intake. The intake inlet itself is made of very high quality carbon-fiber, with a show-quality finish. It also comes with a drop-in oil-less washable replacement air filter, which is a direct replacement for the OEM paper filter. Installation itself was a simple 30 minute job, detailed instructions were included in the package.
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March 4th, 2007 - Masa's Audi A3

One easy way to spot the approach of spring is to ask a Carfreak how much time he/she has spent on thinking of upgrades and/or changing cars. You’ll likely get an answer such as “daily”, or at the least “much more than normally”.
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February 10th, 2007 - Masa's Audi A3

With the suspension and brakes taken care of (for now), the A3 had already transformed into a quite enjoyable track tool. For me that is. One major problem was unfortunately still present – understeer.

If you’ve driven any of the recent VW MkV platform cars (or most other VW cars to be more exact), it should come as no surprise that the chassis is tuned for safe understeer rather than oversteer. While this works fine for your everyday driving, it’s far from fun on the track. I’m not looking at massive oversteer either, but rather a balanced setup, with possibly a slight hint of oversteer.
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February 3rd, 2007 - Masa's Audi A3

As already mentioned, I had layed my eyes on a brake upgrade kit. And you all know where that usually leads to. Now that the cooling was taken care of, it was time to move forward.

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With the help of a fellow ‘freak – thanks Pasi :) -, I got a good deal on the Brembo Junior GT kit. The kit comes with 330x28mm cross-drilled (or slotted if you prefer those) 1-piece rotors, “Lotus” style 4-pot calipers, carriers, sports brakepads and stainless steel brake hoses. A complete package with everything needed for the upgrade, and good instructions with which the installation is a breeze.

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January 20th, 2007 - Masa's Audi A3

Let’s face it – the A3 was never designed to be tracked, and as such, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the suspension isn’t the only part in need of an upgrade.

The factory brakes, although not that small (312mm front, 286mm rear), were quite disappointing in terms of brake feel and fade resistance. To be honest, they are crap. A simple pad upgrade would have likely helped a lot (if these would have been available at that time), but instead, a slightly different (read: expensive) plan was made.

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January 9th, 2007 - Masa's Audi A3

During the winter 2005/2006, and especially towards the spring of 2006, I got bitten quite hard by the infamous tuning-bug. You know, the one that somehow changes your brain chemistry and induses a near coma-like state where costs become a non-issue, and all that matters is the next upgrade. Clearly the original plan to keep the A3 at a nearly stock level and as a purely daily driver was going down the drain just as fast as my bank account balance began sliding towards the red.. As always, the fever starts with the small stuff, looking like you still have the situation under control. This time was no different.

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January 3rd, 2007 - Masa's Audi A3

Building content for the renewed carfreaks site is an interesting challenge. So much to say, yet so few words come to mind right now. Let’s get started regardless.

It’s supposed to be the middle of the winter now in Finland, yet it would be next to impossible to guess that from the weather so far. Global warming 1 – Finnish winter 0. As this year winter fun on the snowy countryside roads has been something to just dream about so far, let’s take a short look at the past instead.

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