that was a bit of bad luck!
We're headed down to Orange this weekend to have Nick and a few others help us tune the car for IASCA finals coming up in a few weeks. Friday at about 5pm we're on 45 south just south of Dallas. I'm in the passanger seat working on my laptop and my husband is driving. Next thing I know it sounds and feels like we've just hit a horse laying across the road. I freak out and yell the usuals and ask what that was. Apparently it was a chunk of concrete that was about the size of a bowling ball. Monte didn't see it because we were going over a hill and there was a SUV in front of it (they were able to clear it). Naturally, it ripped right through the 2 sheets of about 14 gauge steel that are the skid place, punctured the oil pan and shattered the oil pump.
Call insurance and have a tow truck come and pick us up and take us to the VW dealership and call Nick, Dale, Larry, and James to let them know we're not going to be there this weeked (it's about a 5-6 hour drive down there).
We're not too keen on the idea of leaving our car sitting at a dealership for a week since we've got over 500 man hours of labor involved in it and an unsaid amount of money invested in equipment and parts. The shop manager tells us they will have the car done by 10 or 10:30 that night...WHAT!? HOLY CRAP! So we went and at dinner with a friend and ran 2 errands then headed back to the shop fully expecting to have to wait an hour...it was 9:15 or so. Pull up and the car is sitting there waiting for us, all ready to go. WOW! I'm impressed!
So we make it down to Orange about 3:30 in the morning and all is good. Spend the next two days tuning and WOW!!! Dale can work wonders!
Car is an entirely different beast now. REALLY looking forward to finals now!
Playing with the dash mat and differences in foam placed throughout the car really helped us on stage depth and width as well as firmed up our imaging quite nicely...
moral of the story, start playing with foam. Place it all over the place and play with it. Thickness, chunks, placement, etc. Even just using the egg crate mattress pads works well. Now we're going to incorporate it into the dash mat so it's not so ugly.
that was a bit of bad luck!
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I did the same thing to my DSM this past winter. We pretty much had a blizzard here in January or so and took the car out to go get some food. Only went out because its AWD. Well there was a cinder block in the middle of the road covered in snow that I didn't see and well oil pan was gone, drivers axle snapped, and the brand new 3in exhaust got a big hole in it.
How low is the VR? No damage to front end at all?
That was a nice dealership you dealt with. Almost unheard of.
It's lowered a good 3 inches or so. I'll put it this way...I cannot drive over a coke can on it's side without dragging it.
Somehow, some way, there wasn't any damage to the front end. I wish there were though...I really need a new front bumper.
While at the dealership, we found an 04 R32, red, with 40k miles....really tempting!
Just can't justify that kind of money for an .:R. Love it but don't have the money.
I will be picking up MKII GTI winter beater
What kind of foam are you using? I've never tried it but I'm getting ready to. I would imagine foam density matters a lot too.
The density needed to use depends on what you're trying to do. We're needing open cell foam for the higher frequencies on the dash and on the rear windows.
For testing, we were just using an egg crate mattress cover. Now that we know it works and we know how much we need we're going to be purchasing 2" pyramid acoustic foam.
Hmmmm, egg crate mattress foam?
I don't quite understand what you're doing with it (please excuse my lack of knowledge, just looking to understand).
Is it in the dash or on it like a pad? Same Q about the rear window statement you made, please.
Since it's open cell, you obviously must be using it in an area that won't be exposed to weather, especially water.
Stuff like dynamat and the closed cell foam applied to door panels is pretty self explainatory.
But this I don't quite understand, is it hidden or lying on the car's interior surfaces? I just can't see you packing your interior with foam. Maybe pour in some of those styrofoam "S"'s!
I gotta be missing something here...........
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In a car you have a lot of reflective surfaces. This can wreak havoc on the imaging in the car. Cutting down on these reflective surfaces helps to firm up the imaging.
This foam is only going to be used when being judged, not used every day.
The foam on the dash completely depends on where you need it based on your install and your dash shape.
The rear windows are covered with this from the inside and are only covered for judging.
I think what you're missing is the fact that we compete very seriously with this car. We drove down to tune the car specifically for IASCA finals coming up in a few weeks.