I feel it is time to start a build thread. I’ve owned my 05 VR GT for a year now. Big difference from my 00 V70XCR I built. Let’s face it, I’m a wagon man. Some people feel a sedan is better. I say to each his own.
First step in my build is to make a solid foundation. Suspension and new components are in order. I only use OEM from FCPEuro. I am stuck between KW coil overs or Bilstein conversion. Sways will be iPD and of course ViVA Performance braces and other upgrades to enhance the handling.
I have the UR front upper brace and the VST rear brace installed. Now I can feel how the shocks just don’t cut it. Too hard a drive in advanced & DSTC off.
I plan on fabricating a Haldex & better trans external cooler. I saw a thread where a Russian caR owner did this for his haldex. My dad always said the heat kills and the rear end is what makes this caR a performer.
I have the original engine in the garage with an unknown cooling issue and currently have a solid 04 installed.
The engine will be next after I make sure the suspension, Trans and drive train is rock solid.
My 05 Engine will be Built with ViVA performance parts. It will be a complete rebuild. I find in my year of reading I can build a 400+ hp car with Connor and his products. Totally awesome.
Updates to follow.