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So today is the day I picked up my new to me Up GTI, a car I’ve always wanted and had my eye on ever since they were released.

I’ve just downsized from a 2017 Golf GTI DSG and the initial feeling I’ve got from the short drive home is, why didn’t I do this any sooner? The Up is so much fun and so engaging to drive, it really does prove the theory the speed and power really isn’t everything. Anyway, I won’t bother preaching to the converted but - if anyone finds themselves in a similar position to me and ends up seeing this, please do reach out to me if you’re struggling to make a decision.

The car isn’t staying stock for long with the infamous Eibach Pro Street’s already on the way. I intend to go for a very OEM+ look with this.
As with all my new cars I’ve just spent 10 minutes sat on the driveway with the engine running familiarising myself. What I didn’t expect to find was a very lovely note from the previous owner. If by any chance you happen to be on here and happen to see this, don’t worry she’s in safe hands.

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Thank you, I've been lurking here for quite a while now but really happy to say I'm finally an owner and can call myself a proper member of the forum! :)

Yeah living costs were the primary motivator for changing the Golf but not the only reason, definitely looking forward to cutting my costs but I just really love the car.
 

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So some further thoughts after having the chance to take the car for a bit more of a spin. Honestly so much more fun than the Golf ever was. The gearbox is silky smooth and the ratios are perfect, it’s so fun to quickly whip through the gears.

The economy is nothing short of a miracle, even on a spirited drive I was hitting the mid to high 50s. Crazy.

Also made sure I reduce the pressures from the crazy 39psi to a more sensible 30psi front and 28psi rear.
 

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Yeah the camera would be nice but I’m going to lose any sleep over it given that the back ends pretty much where the window is 😂

I think the Maps and More app could do with some love, it’d be nice if they could integrate Spotify into it somehow but maybe one day.
 

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So making some enquiries into fitting costs for the coilovers, looks like quotes are coming in at around the £300 mark without any wheel alignment. I think that seems quite expensive but that is based on my limited knowledge of coilovers.

Does this seem about right? Anyone based in the north east who can recommend a good fitter that may be less than that?
 

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Nice :cool: my first choice was a white GTi, so naturally I bought a black one :p

Whereabout in the North East are you?
I'll be fitting my Eibachs in a fortnights time, even bought the proper strut top tool instead of using the homebrew tool I made and used on my last UP!
I could practise on mine, then do yours ;)
I had a black car once and swore I'd never get another, but that's because I'm a little OCD about keeping it clean :D

I'm in the Teesside area so quite a bit further north judging from your bio, got a quote for £250 which isn't too bad so I might see if I can sway my local garage into do it for that and then getting the alignment done at the same time :)
 

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Interestingly my neighbour who is a car nut and had even more fast cars than I’ve had picked up one of the first GR Yaris’s and is totally underwhelmed. He says there are too many electronic aids and that unless you are trying to drive like a racing car on the road or on a which is very limited or on a track the car is very underwhelming. He thinks it was overhyped and only keeping it now as an investment. He was more interested in getting an UP Gti after seeing mine as his daily driver.
I must admit, the GR was something that totally passed me by - I never really understood the concept for something that is just for general road use. I would imagine great fun if you're someone who loves to do regular track days but at the same time, with there only being a small amount of them it seems like most owners probably won't want to put that kind of mileage or usage on them. Great to look at, but not something I could ever see myself buying.
 

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So I started an Instagram account for posting progress pics etc if anyone else is on here and would like to follow - @ThatWhiteUpGTI
Also can anyone tell me if the OBDeleven pro device will allow me to change the steering wheel weight/feel via iOS? It just feels a bit too light for my liking.
 

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I must admit I’ve not encountered any issues with any of the aids so far other than the steering, I wonder if again anyone in the teesside area has a spare credit to change it for me? Not sure it’s worth me buying a £80 device for one change 😂
 

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So just had my coilovers fitted today and the car both looks and drives so much better now, absolutely zero body roll and zero crashing! Aside from a wonky steering wheel post alignment everything went smoothly, went for a 25mm front and 30mm drop on the rear!

The only thing I have noticed so far and I'm not sure if it's anything to be concerned about is sometimes going over the occasional bump feels like it's bottoming out but only on the passengers side? It has a much more pronounced thud to it but I've only driven the car too and from the garage so this could be nothing. Did anyone else encounter anything similar on their cars?
 

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I can’t tell if it’s too low or if it’s just the deficient grips and their lack of sidewall! I’ll give it a bit longer and see how it goes, I do plan adding spacers and eventually wider tyres.
 

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Going to remove the spats now and see how it goes, I really feel like it’s not the height but I could be wrong. The car doesn’t feel like it’s bottoming, it’s more like if you tried driving up a kerb too fast - that’s probably a bad example. It doesn’t feel like the front end is dropping down too far, like I say though I’ll see how it fairs in a few miles.
 

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Spats are out now so will see how things go, hopefully an easy fix. Tbh I’m debating just biting the bullet and throwing some PS5s or similar on there anyway just for the extra comfort.
 

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I think with the back lowered more than the front and making the arch gaps pretty even is the sweet spot the photo you posted wasn't the best for seeing the arch gaps...

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With a full tank from the centre of the tyre to the wheel arch I have a 2 finger gap front and back maybe a touch more front
I’ll try to grab a better example tomorrow, it definitely looks even all the way around to my eye. In terms of the finger test, I’m also at 2 fingers all the way around as well so sounds like we’re quite similar there.
My driveway is a little uneven but you can see from the examples here it’s there or thereabouts.
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