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OBD11 Upgrades for Seat Cupra 280

 

This page contains pictures and details of all the various upgrades that I have done (outside of the main Engine / Suspension / Braking) to my car.

 

 

Body Work Upgrades

 

Current bodywork is designed by LenzDesign out of Israel and the Rear bottom spoiler is from Maxton Design.

 

Dressed in Red

 

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Dressed in Black (ready for the track)

 

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Prior to this it was a complete Maxton Design spoiler / splitter setup

 

Cadwell Park track day

 

 

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Blyton Park Track day

 

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All clean after a wash with Fairy Liquid

 

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After a good run out through the back lanes in the Lincolnshire Wolds  just what this car is designed for

 

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Cooling down after a track run at Bedford GT Circuit

 

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Air Intakes

 

I have changed air box’s several times to improve both engine bay looks and power but with the exception of the Revo carbon series I have always bought

this kit second hand on ebay, remember that the EA888 Engine is used in the Golf, Skoda and Audi so there are always bargains to be found.

 

 

 

 

Seat Cupra 280 Stock airbox

 

It does the job and is supposed to support up to 500 bhp but the turbo inlet pipe is ribbed to allow for movement but also impacts smooth flow of air.

The front airbox also can be modified check out this link for full details of the changes you need to make.

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Racingline R600

 

Arguably the best air intake on the market and from memory used by Volkswagen Racing Germany as you can see in the picture the setup has a huge airbox but inside it is the Cup Edition air filter, the main advantage is avoiding heat soak but the downside is its does not make much noise (which may be advantage to you).

 

Personally I had to get rid of it because they could map my car to stage one fully, fitting a better turbo inlet pipe helped but did not cure the knocking issue but feedback from various forums is these are the best.

 

 

Revo original open cone setup

 

Had this fitted with the stage one map and never found the need to change the exhaust for more noise as this setup gave great feedback under power but in normal conditions was very quiet. The difference between this and my current setup is the turbo inlet pipe is solid, smaller and requires an elbow.

 

However I had a lot of fun with this setup, bought second hand and cleaned and re oiled the revo filter along with wrapping the front airbox in Red.

 

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Revo Carbon Series

 

This is the recommended setup for the Revo Stage 3, in essence it is a replacement carbon top (which creates a bigger air box by its design) for the stock air box, complete with Revo Filter, Carbon Front section, 90mm turbo inlet hose and machined inlet. This setup gave me great performance on both road and track but for me was lacking in noise feedback so in the end I went for the upgraded open cone filter (see below).

 

I know of several guys who have this kit fitted and very happy with it.

 

What I will say is if you want to fit a 034 carbon battery box cover this setup makes it very tight and had I not of already been changing to open cone would have required some modification to enable the battery cover to fit.

 

Revo Stage 3 Open cone filter

 

Very happy with this, as you can see I was able to fit my Carbon Battery box cover, get some nice noise from the open cone filter and so far not suffered any issues with heat soake.

 

This kit is the same as the Carbon Series but the air box has been replaced with an extension pipe, heat shield and open cone filter. Makes a great sound.


Battery Cover

 

 

The stock car (like the VW’s) comes with a cloth cover for the battery that does not make the engine bay shine. My first upgrade was to buy a MK2 Battery box from china and modify it to fit

 

My first upgrade was to buy a MK2 Battery box from china and modify it to fit.

 

Looks better than stock but did not fit in with the Carbon look I was going for at the time. I did try to wrap it but in the end decided it was better to buy a proper Carbon item.

 

In this picture I have wrapped the ECU box and the Fuse Box and the engine cover has one of the EBAY Kits from online seller.

 

 

034 Carbon Battery box and Fuse box cover fitted.

 

The battery box cover also hides the red cable hence it jutting out at the front, it actually sits on the old felt cover and uses a magnet to hold it in place (you attach a metal strip in the middle of the battery and the magnet is embedded in the carbon cover.

 

The Fuse box cover actually sits on top of the stock cover.

 

Wheels

 

I have had the stock Diamond cut wheels.

 

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Swapped them for a set of powder coated ones which lasted much longer than the Diamond Cut ones and did not suffer with the dreaded white worm.

 

Please note the Diamond cut wheels look great new but you can only resurface them properly on a lathe twice if you are lucky.

 

 

 

Second set of wheels I purchased were the

 

8.0x19 5x112 ET45 OZ RACING ULTRALEGGERA HLT (RED)

 

As you can see these are much lighter than the stock wheels and the spoke design is perfect for the big break kit.

 

Rubber on these wheels is :

 

235/35/19 YR MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 4S (91Y) XL

 

These wheels / tyres are for road use, they were used for track work but now

only get used for road use.

 

 

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Track Wheels.

 

FOX FX004 I9690B 8X19 FX004 5X112 ET45 73.1 BLACK

 

Rubber on these wheels is :

 

235/35/19 YR MICHELIN PILOT SPORT CUP 2 (91Y) XL – These tyres have a much stronger side wall and different compound rubber that makes them better suited to track work, This set came off a Cupra R Estate where the owner changed the to the PS4S Tyres so I got a great set of rubber for cheap.

 

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Debadged the rear and added some dripping blood along with the Skull

 

On a track day I did had a guy come up to me telling me my lights were melting, I have also had several older people in garden centres telling me there was blood on the back of my car

 

In this picture the car is sporting the full Maxton Design rear splitter with the cross members wrapped in Red along with the side wings.

 

 

 

 

 

Upgraded radio station logo

 

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If you just want to add the station logo then go here https://www.volkswagen.co.uk/owners/how-to-guides/sat-nav and go down to Download Great Britain radio station logos.zip

 

If you want to build your own (as I did) then just make a picture at the correct size and upload

 

 

 

And as we have a Revo tune it made sense to have the Revo blade set

 

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Two more additions.

 

Firstly top right you can see a simple head up display. Mobile phone running Torque Pro in reverse mode and it works very

Well, there are also a few Navigation apps that do the same but not google at this time. You can also replace the pop up screen

With a reflective sticker that sits on the windscreen but not found a need for it so far. I did look at getting a VW head up display

Unit but it looked like a lot of work to fit it and would require major surgery to the dashboard that just meant it was not worth it.

 

Second mod is the great red flappy paddles, this set screw on the original small ones and work very well and give a much greater

Surface area to actually be able to change the gear, found it very useful on the track.

 

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Stop Start Memory module.

Great and very simple bit of kit which you cant see as it’s hidden behind the dashboard.

In simple terms all this module does is remember where you had the Stop Start button when the engine is turned off.

So if like me you have it turned off then when you re start the car, its still turned off, however unlike the OBD11 Coding options

You are able to just click the switch and turn it back on, also if you hold the SS Switch it will turn the module off so it goes back to stock mode.

 

I know the Cupra R has this feature but on the 280 your only choices are leave it and turn it off each time you start the car. Code if off or use one of these

The advantage of this is you can turn it off when you get stuck in heavy traffic.

 

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Carbon Fibre Engine Cover

 

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Stock Engine Cover

 

 

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Carbon edging from ebay seller

 

 

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Full Carbon Fibre engine cover.

 

Sadly (yes I am joking) you can’t put the VW/SEAT Badge on it.

 

 

And of course having all that power and big downpipe you need a decent exhaust system, which makes a very nice noise

 

 

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