Club AGM 2018

24th & 25th March, Stoke Rochford Hall, NG33 5EJ
Track | Dinner | AGM

We have pleasure inviting you all to the 2018 Annual Meet/AGM Weekend on the 24th & 25th March at Stoke Rochford Hall.
There will be a Track Day taking place at Kendrew Barracks on the Saturday, followed by evening dinner, and the AGM itself on Sunday. We'd love to see you there.

My 97 ABT spec MK3 golf gti

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My 97 ABT spec MK3 golf gti

Post by mjbamprx8 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:26 pm

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So here is my "other car" :thumleft:
Totally self built too.

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Genuine ABT Front Grill

Genuine ABT Front Lip

Genuine ABT Side Skirts

Genuine ABT Mid Wing

Genuine ABT A7 17’s with imported Falken 194/40/17 tyres Painted in custom black with red flake (Wheel Set 1 )

Work Equip 05 16’s : 2 piece splits with black faces, polished lips and red anodised bolts with Nankang Ns2 165/45/16 's all round (Wheel Set 2)

Genuine ABT valve covers

Anniversary breaks with Red Calipers

Black Diamond 12 grove discs all round

Black Diamond Braided hoses all round

Fully Powerflex pollybushed all round with front and rear sub frame powder coated black

Colour coded highline front & rear bumpers

Colour coded wing mirrors with US Spec Glass

Morrette Front Headlight conversion

Hella Colour Magic Tails

Votex Heckblende (Tinted to match the all black rears)

Rear colour coded top heckspolier

Lupo Gti front wiper conversion

BMW 1 series rear wiper conversion

Custom Mk4 Recaro leather seats trimmed in genuine anniversary cloth by MJ Interiors

Custom diamond stitched headliner

Custom Diamond stitched parcel shelf

Custom Diamond stitched door cards to match the headliner & parcel shelf

Genuine ABT sport black leather steering wheel (only one in the UK)

Custom black leather gear & hand break gaitor with red stitching

ABT Gear Knob

Mk3 cabby chromed interior door handles all round

Black Highline ABC Pillars

Black Grab handles & light console in roof

Black Mk3.5 Sun visors

Audi TT Mk1 pedals

Audi TT Mk1 rear view mirror

Highline centre console

Fisher CD holder

US Spec OBD Cover

Genuine Front and rear black German Army VW badges

V2 Air lift with slam series struts

ABT themed boot build with custom painted tank & hard lines (by Airtisan UK & DropJaw Customs)

Engine Spec :

Semi smoothed and painted bay

Full top and bottom engine rebuild on 144k ABF 2.0 GTi engine

Custom air intake system

Lightened and balanced flywheel

Cams re-engineered to 185, 165

Red custom silicone pipes

Oil Catch tank

Performance HT Leads

Gearbox Ratio changed to 3.94

4-2-1 heat wrapped Stainless Manifold with Red Heat Wrap

Stainless De Cat

Full Stainless cat back system with twin exit pipes

Not yet mapped (Est around 180BHP)

Porsche 911 Oil cap

Engine, head rocker cover and inlet manifold all painted and Powder coated Red& Black to match

Car painted in custom Schwartz black including door shuts and sills

Currently being shipped to fit for next show :

Genuine ABT twin headlights (Waiting on RHD lenses)

Genuine ABT front and rear badges

New custom red seatbelts

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Re: My 97 ABT spec MK3 golf gti

Post by WildMan10 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:57 pm

Gosh, you’ve put a lot into that. Looks great.

But that’s interesting, why a Mk3? Aren’t they cr@p relative to the rest? As a past owner of Mk2 16V and Mk5 GTis, they’re not something I’d look at.
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Post by wiggles » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:02 pm

I like the Mk3 and that is a very very nice example. Might just be my age though as they were the ones around when I was a kid
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Re: My 97 ABT spec MK3 golf gti

Post by WildMan10 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:03 am

To be clear, I wasn’t criticising the choice here - although not intrinsically rubbish, the original was a bloated slowcoach compared to the then opposition but this is totally different as it’s had everything bad about the Mk3 changed - I was curious as to why. Opinions vary, for example the MkIV is loved by many now but was unloved new, selling the least. I’m excluding the VR6 and R32 versions, both of which were very different.

Until I started on RX8s, I was a keen VW owner brought up on Beetles and VW’s GTis are a bit hit-and-miss. If I didn’t have RX8s I’d buy a used late-model Golf GTi or the cheaper SEAT equivalent. I dislike the current Scirocco but my VW mates love it.
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Re: My 97 ABT spec MK3 golf gti

Post by GreySilver Beast » Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:45 am

My Brother had a Golf GTi 8v MKII in Black and was a fantastic little car

It had the Golf Ball Gear Knob

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Re: My 97 ABT spec MK3 golf gti

Post by xquatt » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:01 pm

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My ABT bodied Quattro back in the day :)
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Good choice :thumleft:

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Re: My 97 ABT spec MK3 golf gti

Post by SeriousSam » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:17 pm

Darren, if only you still had that car you'd be sitting on a goldmine now. Nice looking motor though.

And as for the Golf, that's properly sorted. Used to have a Mk2 back in the day, there are few cars that do as much as the Golf does, as well as the Golf does. Be interesting to see what you could get out of that with a map, now you've had the engine worked over and you've got some good supporting mods in place. I like it :)
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Post by WildMan10 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:00 pm

My car before I bought the Mk2 16v was a Renault 5 GT Turbo, compared to which my mate's Golf GTi Mk2 8v was insipid. I then drove a 16v and was smitten; as long as I kept the revs above 4000 rpm, she went like a bat out of hell, at least compared to the rest of the hot hatch field at the time. There was, though, a horrible gap between the ratios for 2nd and 3rd gears that gave a zone of uncertainty around 50 mph where 2nd was close to max revs and 3rd gave too little power. The 132 bhp was about the most that could be safely put on the road with a FWD car, no electronics and available tyres; the 150 bhp Astra was unmanageable most of the time, but now you can get twice that under control. IMO the Mk5 GTi is the best.
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Post by Dr. FrankenRex » Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:20 am

You can't list all those tasty modifications and only have those 2 pictures...

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Re: My 97 ABT spec MK3 golf gti

Post by mjbamprx8 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:56 pm

Haha I've got lots more pics and I'll post them up soon ......not sure how receptive people would be to a VW 🙈

As for why I choose a mk3, well as with most things it was never the plan, I grew up in and around mk1's and 2's and had every intention of going in that direction however I ended up stumbling across quite a few mk3's being less desireable and that kind of sold it too me. I 1st had an 8v GTI and then went for the 16v ABF as its lighter and stronger than the vr6 and also handles better. Also I had looked at some of the ABT spec pics from the 90's and again it became a mission to replecate it as well as 97 being the year I passed my test. All in all it took 9yrs to find all the parts and the base model you see actually only cost me £100 too 🙂

Next stage though currently in my unit I'm building a 20vT which will roughly be running around 250bhp by the time I'm done. They are not the prettiest of engines but I need reliability as I'll be off for at least 3 shows in Europe next year.

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Post by Dr. FrankenRex » Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:02 pm

Looks ace and REALLY clean and shiny.

And WRT it being a VW and this being an RX site - we may have a preference to a rotary, but one of the reasons most of us are here is because we are automotive enthusiasts in general! :P
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Post by mjbamprx8 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:03 pm

Dan.NJ72 wrote:
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Looks ace and REALLY clean and shiny.

And WRT it being a VW and this being an RX site - we may have a preference to a rotary, but one of the reasons most of us are here is because we are automotive enthusiasts in general! :P

Thanks man, much appreciated and yeah this is true.

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Post by GreySilver Beast » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:37 pm

That Golf looks gorgeous =D> =D> =D> =D>
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Post by mjbamprx8 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:09 pm

GreySilver Beast wrote:
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That Golf looks gorgeous =D> =D> =D> =D>
Thank you :D

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Post by Chris the Sheep » Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:27 pm

That’s cool! Incredible shine! Do you do the detailing yourself?

So is the RX8 you daily and then just gets taken out for shows and Sunday drives?
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Re: My 97 ABT spec MK3 golf gti

Post by mjbamprx8 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:19 am

Chris the Sheep wrote:
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That’s cool! Incredible shine! Do you do the detailing yourself?

So is the RX8 you daily and then just gets taken out for shows and Sunday drives?
Yes buddy I complete all detailing myself ......it's pretty time consuming but the end result speaks for itself. The Rx8 was just bought for a little weekend fun whilst I rebuild the mk3 with a 1.8turbo in it due to run around 210-230hp. However the RX8 is already being treated to a few goodies along the way. :lol:

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Post by mjbamprx8 » Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:23 pm

And the 1.8T swap begins ....... as the mk3 moves to its new unit over the winter.
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Re: My 97 ABT spec MK3 golf gti

Post by qwakers » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:30 am

i think you have too much weight in your van :lol: :rofl:

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Post by njkmr » Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:21 am

Fantastic work
Well done

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Re: My 97 ABT spec MK3 golf gti

Post by mjbamprx8 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:13 pm

qwakers wrote:
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i think you have too much weight in your van :lol: :rofl:
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