FIVE WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

BREATHE EASY 1

The sky’s the limit when it comes to engine mod­i­fi­ca­tions, so speak to other own­ers for rec­om­men­da­tions. A good start­ing point is bet­ter breath­ing, both in and out, and you can im­prove both without break­ing the bank. BMC’s Car­bon Dy­namic Air­box im­proves cold air in­let and fil­tra­tion for around £200 while a freer-flow­ing ex­haust like those from Je­tex cost

in the re­gion of £420.

KEEP­ING COOL 2

Cool­ing im­prove­ments are al­ways a good idea and an up­graded alu­minium al­loy ra­di­a­tor from the likes of Mishi­moto is around £220 de­pend­ing on the sup­plier. Age­ing coolant hoses risk a break­down so in­vest in a set of Samco re­place­ments; a full set of these qual­ity, Bri­tish-made items cost £258 from VW Her­itage.

SUS­PEN­SION MODS 3

There’s a wealth of pos­si­bil­i­ties here and plenty of own­ers rec­om­mend a coilover kit from sus­pen­sion spe­cial­ist, KW. Prices range from around £700-1300, de­pend­ing on the level of ad­justa­bil­ity re­quired. And if you pre­fer to just sharpen the stan­dard set-up then re­plac­ing the bushes with Pow­er­flex’s long-last­ing, polyurethane items is af­ford­able at £240 or so for a front/rear kit.

BRAKE UP­GRADE 4

Again, there are plenty of op­tions here, al­though ma­jor mod­i­fi­ca­tions can get ex­pen­sive and prob­a­bly aren’t nec­es­sary un­less you’ve in­creased engine power. For brisk road use, mildly up­rated discs and pads such as EBC Green­stuff items will cost £250-300 and it makes sense to re­place the brake hoses at the same time with braided stain­less-steel Goodridge items, com­ing in at £115 for a set.

STRONGER MOUNT 5

Ad­di­tional weight and power mean that the VR6 engine mounts take plenty of pun­ish­ment and can prove a weak spot. The an­swer is to fit the up­graded front mount from Vi­bra-tech­nics which sub­stan­tially re­duces the move­ment of the engine un­der ac­cel­er­a­tion. It costs less than £170 and is easy to fit on a DIY ba­sis.

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