Something new! A different hood for the MK1 TT

Still looking for body kits and body & paint design ideas, I was recently brwsing around forums and stumbled on something new! After creating my ” Best Audi TT 8N Body Kit ” list, I thought I had seen them all. Stuck to a list of 30 different ideas, but none really standing out. (to my taste)

Well, I can’t say this “new” design is on top of my list, but at least someone tried something different. And that is: A redesigned hood, either for the OEM look or for the newer A6 grills. Pictures below.

So I would like to thank Rick at RTS Tuning in Germany. Cudos!

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Mirrors & LED Turn Signal Indicators

Now that the OSIR fenders are ordered, I have to plan on loosing my side markers. What to do? It doesn’t bather me much, but I kind of liked to have them. So I thought, why not have the MK2 mirrors? They have turn signal indicators! A Google search and a talk with my Audi dealership have proven me they won’t fit. But hey! it doesn’t end there: 2 suppliers have modified the MK1 mirrors to include the indicators. But they are pricey.

A) Reiger Mirrors, part number C00231627. (They are actually made by CULT: part no.E1036s and sold “on special” for 199 Euros) Reiger’s online shop displays them at 249 Euros. But local North American tuning stores sells them for 655$ US. (Such as LLTek) They are unfortunately not an exact replica of the original TT mirrors, as they are bigger and of a different but similar shape.

Reiger Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror part no. C00231627 Audi TT MK1 (8N)

Reiger Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror part no. C00231627 Audi TT MK1 (8N)

B) Naresh, a MK1 specialist that sells kits that he modifies himself. He inserts the LED car turn signal indicators into the mirrors and sells the complete kits for 320 Pounds.

Naresh AK57HAY Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror - Audi TT MK1 (8N)

Naresh AK57HAY Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror - Audi TT MK1 (8N)

Naresh AK57HAY Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror - Audi TT MK1 (8N)

Naresh AK57HAY Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror - Audi TT MK1 (8N)

Naresh AK57HAY Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror - Audi TT MK1 (8N)

Naresh AK57HAY Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror - Audi TT MK1 (8N)

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Just bought the Osir V1 Vented Fender Kit!

So much fun… :)

I just bought the Osir V1 Vented Fender Kit. Since my big turbo upgrade, my car was overheating on race tracks. In order to get colder and more air under the hood, I am planning to install the vented fenders, change the front bumper and maybe install a hood scoop. But first things first. I’ll post pics when I get the kit. I already know I will have to make mods under the hood because the kit is primarily used for it’s looks. More to come.

OSIR V1 Vented Fender Kit for the Audi TT Mk1 (8N)

OSIR V1 Vented Fender Kit for the Audi TT Mk1 (8N)

Oh yeah, you guys don’t know this yet, but when I buy a car part (or anything for that matter) I need to make sure I have the beast deal at the time of purchase. In this case, I searched the web and found these prices: 700$

Eurosport Tuning: 599$

PG Performance, OSIR USA and TTStuff: 549$

And the best price was at: Z Max Autosport: 499$. But it didn’t stop there, they had the part in inventory (unlike some of the other sites) AND a 5% discount coupon. If you Google the store name + coupon, you should be able to find the coupon code, which you paste on the order page to get the discount.

Here’s a happy camper!

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Haldex Controller Update: Blue – Orange – Silver Controllers

Hi Guys,

I wrote to Nik at HPA today. Is asked him to explain the difference between the Blue Haldex controller and theirs. (Theirs was an Orange Haldex Controller and now it’s silver; no paint at all).

Blue Haldex Performance Controller

Blue Haldex Performance Controller available at the TT Shop for around 900$

So here’s Nik answer:

“In the past we had sold both the blue controller as well as our competition controller. We elected to stop selling the blue controller as many of our customers ended up exchanging the blue controller for the competition controller. I haven’t even had one inquiry for the blue controller in the past two years!

The main difference between them is that the competition controller will not stop transferring torque to the rear wheels when you lift off the throttle.

It will enable you to achieve slight oversteer should you desire and it will not have to “re-load” torque to the rear when you depress the accelerator pedal again. 

I have driven cars equipped with the OE, blue sport, and competition controllers. I don’t believe there is enough value in the blue controller for the money when you consider the minimal difference between it and the OE controller.

Having had experience with all three units, if I were to spend nearly $1000 on a replacement, I would have to go straight to the competition controller.”

I will be buying HPA’s controller soon. I am also planning on creating a video of my car spinning before and after the controller change. Hopefully, we should see only the front wheels engaged before and the rear and front engaged with the new controller. Keep watching!

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Just bought the DMC rear wing!

Quick update: I just bought the DMC Concept rear 3.2 wing. Pics to come when I get it, hopefully just before X-mas!

DMC Concept Rear Wing 3.2 Audi TT MK1 8N

DMC Concept Rear Wing 3.2 Audi TT MK1 8N

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Looking for a rear wing

Hi guys,

I’ve recently started to look at all the rear wings for my MK1 TT. I wish to find one that states that “my car is special” but not too much. See what I mean? Since it is a question of taste, you may or may not be on the same page as I am. Anyhow, I’m in for looks and downforce. At least to tell my friends this is my reason for installing one. :)

A few interesting options exist, and I only found 2 that I really like.

DMC 3.2

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DMC Concept Rear Wing Audi TT MK1 8N

DMC Concept Rear Wing Audi TT MK1 8N


Reiger Rear Wing Audi TT Mk1 8N

Reiger Rear Wing Audi TT Mk1 8N

Let me know your thoughts!

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HPA’s Haldex Performance Controller

You own a Quattro MK1 TT?

Did you know you’re actually driving a “front wheel drive” Quattro? Well almost.
Some say the rear wheels get only about 5 to 20% of the torque. This means you’re driving a car that has the potential of 50-50 split but electronically controlled way, way lower.

The TT does not have a differential like the “real Quattros” but an Haldex system. This is apparently due to the fact that the engineers were lacking space and opted for the Haldex system. Mechanically, the TT cannot send over than 50% of the torque to the rear wheels, since the front wheels are always engaged.

The only way to change the torque distribution is to change the Haldex controller. And to the best of my knowledge, there is only two manufacturers that carry the performance haldex controllers. The “best” being: HPA. Mk1 TTs have only one option as the MK2 have 3 options which are switchable from the inside. (December 2010: See my update on HPA’ Haldex Controller)

Here’s a link to HPA’s Haldex Controller page:

Here’s what it says.

The sophisticated Haldex based all wheel drive system used in the VW R32 and Audi TT Quattro monitors throttle input, ABS wheel speed sensors, steering angle, etc to anticipate and distribute torque transfer from the engine to the driveline.

Specially prepared Haldex control units are able to alter the time in which the system reacts to these dynamic changes and and how it reacts to them; creating more favourable or aggressive handling characteristics.

This upgrade increases torque transmission at acceleration providing consistent performance with increased over-steer. The torque-transmission is influenced by how fast you press the accelerator down. The Haldex system can transmit torque before the engine delivers torque. At greater speeds the torque will decrease enabling less over-steer and safer driving properties.

The advantages of this HPP upgrade are it’s ability to predict the onset of torque. This upgrade takes into account the TPS signal more so than the OEM software and therefore can proactively begin applying power to the RWD clutch packs before wheel spin begins. As power is increased, more power lock occurs in the RWD unit until full lock is achieved. To summarize, the new HPP is more aggressive with how it transfers power and does so much more proactively than the OEM system. This is ideal for autocross, road racing, and street driving as well as enhancements to poor weather driving.

Gen 1 Competition Controller
Applications: Mk4 R32, Gen 1 Audi TT

Developed by racers for racers; the Competition Controller, now in a stealthly look, identified with an engraved “Competition” marking, transforms the Haldex equipped 4-Motion platform into a weapon on the track. Similar in principle to the standard performance Haldex upgrade, the Competition Controller features one MAJOR difference.

Back in the ’80s the Audi Quattros dominated the race track with their unbelievable ability to brake late when entering the corners. This ability was a result of the rear axle staying engaged under full braking allowing for a combined mechanical and frictional stopping force to be applied across all 4 wheels. The Competition Haldex Controller offered from HPA mimics this by keeping the rear axle fully engaged while under braking. Where the stock Haldex and HPP units release the rear axle into a free wheel situation as the brakes are applied, the Competition unit keeps the rear axle engaged, generating additional mechanical force to assist in slow down and maintain dynamic chassis balance.

The Competition Controller is a must for modified vehicles with high torque outputs. The experienced driver will benefit from the additional chassis control afforded by the equal deceleration rates of the front and rear axle. This allows the driver’s input to dictate the vehicle dynamics under braking, corner entry and exit rather than falling victim to the abrupt disengagement of the rear axle. This added stability and control translates directly to faster lap times; making the Competition Controller a must for the competitive driver.


You can also follow a Forum thread on the subject at:

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