Archive for TDI Upgrades

New Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 ‘s for our Golf TDI

In our two short years of ownership, our Golf TDI has clocked 38,500 miles on the  odometer. Besides pulling daily driver duties, our TDI has been our hypermiling road trip car, with multiple trips to Vegas, Central California and Mammoth Mountain.

After getting a flat tire on the 5 freeway it was time to consider replacing the stock Continentals that VW equipped with the vehicle.

50 mph and under temporary spare tire  mounted after our freeway mishap

50 mph and under temporary spare tire mounted after our freeway mishap

The tire choices in this size are endless and a bit overwhelming, but I zeroed in on Michelin’s since they seem to get great customer ratings and long tread life. I was also interested in upgrading the performance of the TDI a bit.

To be honest we don’t really need an “All Season” tire living in San Diego,  but we do occasionally get rain and the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 ‘s are suppose to excel in wet conditions.

Discount Tire installing the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 ‘s on our Golf TDI

Discount Tire installing the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 ‘s on our Golf TDI

I am really looking forward to putting some miles on these tires and who knows maybe they will even bump up our mpg a bit 🙂

Our new Michelin Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 's

Our new Michelin Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 ‘s

Curt Hitch and Thule Rack Installed Today

Productive day. Was able to install the Curt 11000 on our 2013 Golf TDI today.

Curt 11000 Hitch Installed on our Golf TDI

As much as I didn’t believe it would fit, the Curt 11000 was successfully installed today.

The Hitch allowed me to install a Thule Doubletrack Bike Rack for our Mountain Bikes

The Hitch allowed me to install a Thule Doubletrack Bike Rack for our Mountain Bikes

Thule Doubletrack on our 2013 Golf TDI

Thule Doubletrack folded up

A Golf TDI is not a Tacoma

As much as we love the fuel economy and the handling of our new Golf TDI, there is one glaring shortcoming; how the heck do we transport two mountain bikes?

I know a lot of people purchase great rooftop rack systems that will hold bikes, kayaks, skis or anything else you could imagine, but I was thinking of wind drag.
How was I going to “hypermile” with bikes on top of the car?

Solution came in this great product from Curt. A cool trailer hitch that we can hook up to a Thule bike carrier to sit behind the Golf.
Much less wind resistance and you don’t have to worry about low bridges. 🙂

Curt Trailer hitch for VW Golf

Curt Trailer hitch for VW Golf

Curt Trailer hitch for VW Golf

Curt Trailer hitch for VW Golf