EuroHangar 2014 : Show Report

This was our first year heading up to EuroHangar as one of the title sponsors of the event. The show takes place at the end of June in the gorgeous little town of Holland, MI. Normally famous for their tulip displays, we were witness to a fresh, colorful display of a different sort. The show attracts well over 500 cars to the lakeshore town and continues to grow year after year. Coming in between two major summer events - Southern Worthersee in May and Waterfest 20 in July – Eurohangar is a lively event that fills the gap for the Midwest European car enthusiast.

The HS Tuning exodus started Friday morning with a group of our customers arriving at the shop to help load up all the inventory and supplies we would need for the weekend. (Unfortunately, this did not include beef jerky, which was a major oversight that will need to be rectified in the future. Beef jerky and Bawls. Essential. -JT) With the cars loaded, and some of the suspensions dangerously low, we hit the highway for the four and a half hour drive into Michigan… also to be considered the land of Minivan-Passing-At-95MI. The weather could not have been better and traffic was light – so the cameras were out in full force.


Our Sales Manager Nate just recently made the move to the new 2015 Mk7 VW GTI. His previous ride was a Mk5 VW GTI modified to Stage 2. Although his new car was bone stock for this trip, we cannot wait to dig into the new MQB platform with the release of the APR Stage One, which will produce 381 ft-lbs of torque and 316 horsepower. Supposedly, that tune will be available to us on Monday, July 21st. We also have a number of parts ready to help prep the Mk7, including lowering springs, cold air intake, and wheels.IMG_3724_logo

One of the cars along with us for the trip was a loyal customer’s ride – Eric Baun’s purpose built Mk4 #becauseracecar. Still in the final stages of its winter overhaul, it was nice to see his ever evolving project roll out of the garage for the first time this show season. This car rolled out of the factory as a TDI Mk4 and has served as Baun’s training ground through several engine swaps, a stripped out interior, and the removal of almost all automated systems like AC, ABS, and other unnecessary items in a race car. The sound of his straight piped VR is always appreciated.


After getting settled into the hotels, exploring Downtown Holland and grabbing a drink at New Holland Brewing (another one of the show’s sponsoring organizations) we headed over to the show Pre-Meet.



The next morning was an early start to set the booth up and get all the cars cleaned up before the show opened. With all of the products we brought with us from APR, VW Racing, P3cars, and Bilt Hamber Laboratories, we had to figure out exactly what to bring. This year we brought a lot of Mk6 2.0T TSI stock – seems like there was a lot of interest from the TDI and 2.0T FSI owners though, so we’ll see what we bring next year! We were tuning APR software and meeting tons of awesome show goers. If anyone calls up or emails, let us know if we met you at EuroHangar and we’ll send out something special!


Another one of our customers Ben, brought out his project Mk5 TDI Cup Edition. After taking some front end damage on his trip to SoWo last year decided it was time for something new. HS Tuning sourced all the parts he needed to convert his front end to a Mk6 Golf R bumper, including Sportwagon fenders, Mk6 core support, bumper, grills and headlights. If you ask us the new look came out awesome. Those powder coated BBS wheels were show stoppers as well.


The Guys from MWorks Garage brought up a couple of their projects including this Hellrot Red LS swapped E36 M3 sedan sitting nicely on a set of all black CCW LM20’s.


One of the other vendors, Orchid Euro, had some unique cars they brought in from overseas like a bagged polo belonging to the company owner Jamie Orr and this RHD Mk3 panel van Golf they brought over for Kole Grove.


For being one of the sponsors of the show we were proud to present a full detailing kit from Bilt Hamber Laboratories as the award for Best Paint. Although there were a couple solid choices for this award, in the end we had to go with Tan Gunes and his beautiful pre-facelift Sprint Blue Audi B8 S4.


Among our top picks for best paint was Aaron Stuk’s Glacier Grey Audi B6 A4 Wagon. Although he didn’t take home our pick for best paint, he was able to win Airlift Performance’s Best Air award.


Also in the winner’s circle for the weekend was Andrew Farkas and his perfect Amethyst Purple Porsche 911 sitting nicely on H&R coilovers and BBS E26 magnesium Motorsport wheels, both sourced by Rotiform. Appropriately Andrew took home the award for Best Static car.

This was our first outing to EuroHangar and we loved it. Let us know in the comments if you stopped by to say hi! We had several customers talking about the RSR clutch and many people inquiring about APR software tunes for everything from VWs to Porsches. If you are interested in getting tuned, July is the best month of the year to do it – everything from APR is currently on sale, plus we’re running service and install deals. We’re looking to come by next year and we’re excited to see the progress people make on the new Mk7 platforms.

Lastly, if you want to try some Bilt-Hamber detailing supplies for free, hit us on our Instagram or Twitter @hstuning or Facebook page and let us know why you need to try this amazing European-imported detailing equipment.


A Day at the Shop – Goldrush Rally Cleveland

This year, the Goldrush Rally made Cleveland a stop on its way from Las Vegas to New York City. This is an event similar to the Gumball 3000 Rally. They have a pretty awesome route through the continental US. This meant that during the afternoon there were some amazing supercars rolling down I-90 E headed into downtown Cleveland. We rolled on the highways, found some of the cars, picked up some extralegal races, and eventually ended up taking some pictures of the cars around W.3 and Huron downtown. Glad to see some of our customers down there too!

Events like this make us think about putting together a road rally event for Euro cars. Wonder if there’s any interest. Check out some of the cars from the Rally below!

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A Day at the Shop – 2015 GTI First Look

We had a local dealer drop off a Mk7 GTI today in order to check out the fitment for some of the parts that we’ve gotten into stock. Besides the European-spec LED taillights that we’ve lined up, we also have performance parts for the newest 2015 VW GTIs, Golfs, and Rs from the usual line up of top-shelf companies. APR, H&R, Volkswagon Racing, VMR, and Neuspeed, to name a few, have all developed best-of-breed items to help propel your new Mk7 BW GTI to it’s highest performance potential.


OEM halogen rear tail lights.

IMG_3491Euro-spec LED VW GTI tail lights.


OEM LED Euro-spec tail lights lighting up.


The Golf R Mods Begin

We got a few things done on the R last week. While we were working we were able to take some comparison photos. Our next track day is scheduled for the last Friday in August, so we should have some solid feedback from the first two rounds of modifications compiled at that point. The car was stock as far as performance was concerned with one exception. A K&N drop in filter. We flashed the car with APR stage 1 software halfway through the first track day hoping to compare lap times but it was hard to get a clean full lap in. So to keep track of things, the first round of mods were primarily for safety:

A photo of the car just before work started:

Mod #1) Nitto NT01 255-40-17 tires on TR Motorsport wheels. The stock wheel and tire weighed in at 48 lbs. on our scales. The TR Motorsport wheel was a 17x 8 and weighed 17.5 lbs. The TR wheels and Nitto tires were 44. So we gained 30mm in width and were still able to drop 4 lbs at each corner, so far so good. The NT01 is clearly a heavy tire but it’s proven to have a long life span and wear evenly for us in the past. Almost forgot, stock tires were Pirelli, not Dunlop and were weighed less than 1,000 miles into their life. The Nitto tires were weighed before use.

Here is a picture of the NT01′s from a rear view:

255′s NT01′s next to 225 Falken Azenis:

Mod #2) The P3 gauge. This Golf R belongs to our web developer and his MK4 Jetta track car was full of gauges. We tried to make the wiring as clean as possible, but there was still a lot going on. He wanted a cleaner solution for this car as it will be doing daily duty in addition to the track days. The P3 integrates very well with the interior and the installation was easy. So far so good with this one. We chose to use a boost tap and analog sensor for the boost input instead of relying on the DLC for this reading. The APR boost tap fit perfectly like they always do. Running a cleanly routed hose through the firewall grommet did require battery removal, but the whole job only took about 30 minutes. It’s nice to be able to read boost, coolant temperature, intake air temperature, EGT, throttle %, and battery voltage all from the same gauge. It has other features that are great like peak value recording and some that we won’t use like the shift light. It’s also nice to have the fault clearing function.

APR Boost tap:

Shot of the P3 being installed:

We chose to take the knee panel out to secure the control unit for the P3, this doesn’t need to be done for the install but it helps if you are really trying to secure everything for a car that will see a lot of lateral acceleration.


Mod #3) Stoptech Stainless lines and Motul 660 fluid. We’ve been installing a lot of stainless lines around here recently. None of them fit as well as the Stoptech lines. They fit perfectly in the factory mounting points and have DOT tags right on the outside fitting. This is important for people in states like PA where they have mechanical inspections and fail you if your lines don’t actually have DOT tags on them. We have had a few cars in here lately with “Precise Lines” branded parts that have failed. I wish I would have taken pictures of those, what a bunch of junk. We trust Stoptech and you should trust the company making your brake lines so you don’t have to do this  at the end of a straight section of a road course. I’ve been really impressed with Motul 660 fluid. We saw astronomical temperatures on our 2010 GTI as we went a little aggressive on our pad choices for the last track day. We were seeing rotor temps in excess of 900 degrees F after a cool down lap and never experienced any brake fade. Thumbs up to that fluid. ATE blue fluid hasn’t been cutting the mustard lately, cars keep getting heavier and faster and the boiling points just aren’t high enough. For reference:

Dry Boiling Points in degrees Fahrenheit :

VW DOT 4 fluid
509 F

Pentosin Super DOT 4
509 F

ATE Type 200
536 F

ATE Super Blue
536 F

Motul DOT 5.1
522 F

Motul RBF 600
594 F

Motul RBF 660
617 F

Mod #4) Carbotech Pads. We followed Carbotechs recommendations for the Golf R and used XP20 pads in the front and XP10 in the rear. We were very happy with the feel these provided. No issues at all and the braking felt very balanced. Initially we were concerned that the rear pad compound was too aggressive and that the car would try to rotate under heavy braking. We were prepared to go back to the stock rear compound if need be but they ended up operating perfectly!

The front pads fit a number of different cars, so the second bracket had to be removed to work on the Golf R. Nothing a good drill bit and 60 seconds of our time couldn’t resolve!

Most track pads do not come with wear sensors, they have a tendency to melt at high temps. We didn’t want to code this out with VCDS as the stock pads went right back on with fresh rotors after the event. This kept the light off for us:

If you haven’t seen your stock front calipers yet, here they are. Seems like the over-sized single piston is becoming popular between VW, Audi, and BMW. No complaints so far other than the fact that the retaining clips on the outside are a little frustrating if you were to have to change pads while at the track. We knew the front rotors would be heavy, but I think we were all a little surprised to find out the came in at 26.9 lbs each. We didn’t have a chance to weigh the calipers, but they aren’t feather weights.

Here are a couple photos to give you an idea of the caliper clearance with the TR 17×8:

It’s time for our afternoon meeting now, so I’ll come back to this thread tomorrow with better updates and more pictures! Until then, here is a video of a lap from the Golf R behind our GTI: