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    Hi,

    Just wondering if there are any S3 Sedan manual transmission owners on here? I've had mine for about a month now, and absolutely love it! However, while I'm still learning about the car, I'd like to be able to bounce ideas and ask questions to people with a manual transmission.

    So let us know if you've got a manual transmission S3, and what make and year you've got. I've got a 2016 8V model.

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    Hi mate, not many manual transmission owners on here. Bought mine new in 2014, it’s a blue 8v sportback with a few mods (see below). Done 52,000ks so far. Happy to answer any questions you might have - cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue1 View Post
    Hi mate, not many manual transmission owners on here. Bought mine new in 2014, it’s a blue 8v sportback with a few mods (see below). Done 52,000ks so far. Happy to answer any questions you might have - cheers.
    Hey mate, nice to finally meet another manual S3 owner! Will definitely hit you up with some questions. One thing I have experienced, which annoys the hell out of me, is sometime when I take off, and change gears, it like doesn't engage the gear properly, and revs out. I end up having to take my foot off the pedal a bit, and wait for it to engage again. Like I'd go from 1st to 2nd, but keeps revving as if I hadn't changed gear. Change to 3rd and does the same, and keep moving up the gears with it still revving, until I take my foot off the accelerator a bit and it then engages.

    Have you experienced this before?

    I saw you mentioned in another post of mine with regards to having to upgrade the clutch after tuning with unitronic. Read your post about the Harding clutch, and you mention you're not entirely happy with it either?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dazzo9 View Post
    Hey mate, nice to finally meet another manual S3 owner! Will definitely hit you up with some questions. One thing I have experienced, which annoys the hell out of me, is sometime when I take off, and change gears, it like doesn't engage the gear properly, and revs out. I end up having to take my foot off the pedal a bit, and wait for it to engage again. Like I'd go from 1st to 2nd, but keeps revving as if I hadn't changed gear. Change to 3rd and does the same, and keep moving up the gears with it still revving, until I take my foot off the accelerator a bit and it then engages.

    Have you experienced this before?

    I saw you mentioned in another post of mine with regards to having to upgrade the clutch after tuning with unitronic. Read your post about the Harding clutch, and you mention you're not entirely happy with it either?
    Dazzo9, sounds like your clutch is slipping. Did you buy it from a dealer or privately? If it was a dealer then you should have some sort of basic warranty with it for the first 3 months (depending what state you're in) Recommend you contact them to sort it out. If you do need to upgrade your clutch there are a few options, the Harding clutch & single mass flywheel is a great unit, but with any single mass flywheel it is noisy below 2500 rpm, both on & off throttle. Here's a link to my old review http://www.ozaudi.com/forums/showthr...-Clutch-Review
    If I did it again I'd go for the HS Tuning RSR Clutch kit, as there's no chatter with this unit, it uses the stock dual mass flywheel. It's based on the TTRS Manual & its modified to fit the S3/Golf R. Here's the link, includes a new dual mass flywheel. https://www.hstuning.com/rsr-clutch-...ategory_id=243 If you search on US sites, keep in mind the S3 in only avaliavle in the US with the S-Tronic, so you need to search 2015-19 Mark 7 Golf R manuals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue1 View Post
    Dazzo9, sounds like your clutch is slipping. Did you buy it from a dealer or privately? If it was a dealer then you should have some sort of basic warranty with it for the first 3 months (depending what state you're in) Recommend you contact them to sort it out. If you do need to upgrade your clutch there are a few options, the Harding clutch & single mass flywheel is a great unit, but with any single mass flywheel it is noisy below 2500 rpm, both on & off throttle. Here's a link to my old review http://www.ozaudi.com/forums/showthr...-Clutch-Review
    If I did it again I'd go for the HS Tuning RSR Clutch kit, as there's no chatter with this unit, it uses the stock dual mass flywheel. It's based on the TTRS Manual & its modified to fit the S3/Golf R. Here's the link, includes a new dual mass flywheel. https://www.hstuning.com/rsr-clutch-...ategory_id=243 If you search on US sites, keep in mind the S3 in only avaliavle in the US with the S-Tronic, so you need to search 2015-19 Mark 7 Golf R manuals.
    Hi Blue1,

    Went to see Etuners today about getting a tune, and mentioned that I'd like to get torque increase from the start, not just at high revs. Said the clutch is normally the issue with getting high torque. Mentioned that I may be looking to upgrade my clutch, and they recommended the Sachs Performance Clutch kit - https://www.autoinstruct.com.au/prod...vw-mk7-golf-r/ . Apparently uses the original flywheel too. Have you heard any good/bad things about it?

    Thanks

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    Sachs are a good brand, so I'm sure its a good clutch. If you re-use your existing dual mass fly wheel you need to check it's still ok as they can't be machined, otherwise budget for a new one as a worse case. If I did mine again I'd either fit the Sachs or the HStuning clutch with a new dual mass flywheel as the Harding clutch & single mass flywheel is NOISY AS F@ck & I know I'll have trouble selling my S3 when the time comes. (No mate it's not a stuffed throw out bearing, it's a single mass flywheel & high torque clutch - honest)
    Good luck.
    Last edited by Blue1; September 5th, 2019 at 02:44 PM.

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    Thanks mate. Let you know how I go once it's done.

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    So I've had my tune for about a week now, and must say I'm loving the car. Feels like such an angry beast, lol. The clutch is still bedding in, and has taken some getting used to as it is a lot stiffer then what I had. But I am getting used to it slowly slowly. No real noise or anything that I can tell yet. Ended up going with the Sachs Performance Clutch kit - https://www.autoinstruct.com.au/prod...vw-mk7-golf-r/ . Funnily enough, the clutch that we took out was also a Sachs clutch. I wanted to make sure that the torque was there from the moment I put my foot down, and boy has Gordie from ETuners done a good job. I've attached a [ic of the graph.

    Now I'm hanging to take to to a the track, so I can see what it can really do.

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    Thats a pic of the new clutch in

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    Pic of the graph

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