Followed your S3 advice from this thread, except went no toys and still use the AGP WG.
Car is still going strong. Had Josh Fullybilt? do the install after porting the S3 new with the exhaust and intake manifolds and throttle body after new years of 2007. That with the Maxxfab O2, high flow cat DP and Injen exhaust gets way better mileage and sounds awesome!
Still running the clutch Tex had made when he worked at Speed Merchant, but have a 6 puck street waiting for the day it gives up.
Had to do the water pump at 50k and a 255 fuel pump at 60k. Have S3 and KW V3 coilovers. Like the S3s better on road, but the V3s are the bomb on track. Done every road course in CA except Sonoma many times(Was an instructor for a few HPDE organizations). Running back on the stock struts and wheels now with snow tires because I moved to Oklahoma... I think people get mad because it drives in the ice and snow like it's not there with 225 Blizzaks. Lol
Thanks for your input and part reviews Simon. Been a long time since the NorCal Pleasington meets, but hope we cross paths again some day.
Wow, that was a long time ago. So glad to read your positive Stage 3 report. I had no idea my delight with Stage 3 affected other people so positively. Especially after being told to shut up about it on more than one occasion! But it is awesome, I'm not sure why, but it still just makes me smile every time I drive mine, even after 100,000 miles. Long trips are planned, 34MPG, no tinkering required, it just runs and runs and runs and it's always "right there" when I put put my foot down a just a bit. Yellowstone is only 950 miles from here (Rio Vista, home town of Craig Breedlove, The Fastest Man in the World, who drove his Spirit of America jet powered trike to over 500 MPH in the mid Sixties. Now THAT was FAST).
Your car sounds awesome and should last a good long time with regular maintenance. The only track I've ever driven was Laguna Seca for an SRT Track Day reward for buying an SRT4 Caliber, but I didn't care for the SRT Charger, Challenger, 300C and JGC they had because they were so big and heavy and and un-fun and they wouldn't let me take my SRT-4 out. Didn't know Tim had made a 6-puck street clutch, but he was a creative fellow so I'm not surprised. I used to have a Customer in Tulsa back in the late 80's and I liked going there every week just to hear those lovely ladies talk
Yes, I like the Mopar S3 Coil Overs on the street, not too harsh but tough enough since installing Prothane bushings on the front and rear LCA's. California Delta levee roads are quite brutal for most cars except maybe a '53 Cadillac Coupe de Ville I once owned (speed bumps at the supermarket at 50MPH were unnoticeable).
I guess it's too late for a NorCal reunion?
Cheers and good fortune to you.