Well I've been in ownership of my beautiful Atlantico Blue GT Cloverleaf for over a year now. It hasn't been without it's problems, but in general it's been a positive experience and I'm still over the moon I got it. I still love driving it, it puts a smile on my face and that's what we all want!
A little summary of what's been done to date:
- Dreaded metal swirl flaps removed (instant weight off my shoulders)
- Upper and lower hoses changed to Autolusso silicones
- Remap to around 200bhp
- EGR delete
- Hybrid inners fitted to OM turbo casing, following turbo failure
- Alloy refurb
- Various internal cosmetics
As for work I need/want doing:
- Brake discs; rears need replacing
- Clutch/flywheel; clutch slip is becoming quite prominent now
- Chassis and suspension upgrades
- Parking sensors; never have worked since I bought it
- Bonnet respray; someones had a (poor) effort at touching up the stone chips
- Remap tweak to 220+
So to start with, I'm in desperate need of replacing my rear discs. Initially I was just going to replace them with OM's, but then when I was doing some digging on here it seemed a few people on here are impressed with the MTEC discs which aren't much/any more expensive than the OM discs anyway. Most reviews I've found are positive, so that seems like a no brainer. I like the look of the drilled and grooved discs http://www.mtecbrakes.com/mtec1216.html
I then stumbled across the Performance Friction pads as they were mentioned in a couple of threads, and it seems that a good pad upgrade makes a big difference, even on OM discs. Autolusso can supply and fit these for the GT for £255.
I've always felt the OM brakes were alright, but not great. I've never done any performance mods to a car previously, the GT is the first, so I'm guessing I'll notice a huge difference when I get the upgrade.
Since I'm looking to get a bit more power from the remap I have it'll be nice having some much improved stopping power from the OM setup.
Starting to get some nice slip, and with going for a bit more power I really need to upgrade the clutch and flywheel. It hasn't been tried and tested as much as I would've liked before going for it, but I'm going to get the GTA clutch/SMF offering from Autolusso fitted. From Damien's experience to date, it sounds really positive re day to day drivability and it should be able to stand up to the torque levels I'm thinking of if it's coping with his torque levels.
Really want to upgrade the chassis and suspension, but after a new clutch/flywheel and the brake upgrades I really won't be able to do a full upgrade anytime soon.
Are there any relatively cheap/small mods worth doing that will make a noticeable difference? Can't imagine there will be.
As for any further work, it will have to wait. After the brakes and clutch/flywheel, chassis and suspension is definitely next on the list.
Loving the GT, and if I keep getting upgrades as and when I can, the experience is only going to get better