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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old October 20th, 2018, 10:33   #18796
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Went to install my R32 MAF (Finally!) and opened the hood to find my hood liner had fallen.



Found some nice thin nylon washers at the local hardware store that the clips fit through...




It took some "encouragement" to get them in because of their thickness, but they worked great!





MAF install was a bust because I couldn't find a 3.25" hose anywhere locally
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Old October 21st, 2018, 05:44   #18797
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I threw away my hood liner(s) quite some time ago since the local mouse population thinks it makes outstanding nesting material when they're looking for something to fluff out the environs as they create a party spot and winter outhouse (yes, that kind of outhouse) on top of the cabin air filter. They do the same thing with battery blankets and anything else they find that is fluffy. Darnned things will even peel off the snow screen pad on the underside of the air filters.

So now, in the fall I leave green party food for them. 1/2 block in the air filter box, and the other half to the side of the cabin air filter. In the spring I find the blocks chewed on, but no dead bodies (they go do their last dance elsewhere for some reason - OK by me) and the nests are non-existent. Yay!

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Old October 21st, 2018, 12:29   #18798
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After a long while of doing nothing to our cars I suddenly sprung into life and gave both cars a pre-winter once over!

Golf:
*Replaced battery (to one I had lying around), the OEM battery lasted 11 years
*washed and waxed it
*Checked antifreeze
*picked up 2 new studded winter tires (bought 2 last year). I've restored the wheels a few months ago, I hope black wheels will fit the black car.

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*aimed headlights, dipped and main is adjusted separately on the Octy
*charged the battery
*changed to winter tyres, I need to get a new set asap.
*found rust on the sills (rockers?), pretty bad actually. Needs welding.

Next step is oil and filters on both cars and then we'll be ready for winter.
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Old October 21st, 2018, 18:40   #18799
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Dropped the rear axle beam and brakes out of a euro import GTI I have sitting around. Will be replaceing the bushings to Cupra bushings and swapping it into my TDI.

And also started to remove the frt brakes out of the same car to swap into the TDI.

Next I'll start on swapping the interior out of it to. Already swapped out the driver side recaro seat just haven't swapped out the rest yet.
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Old October 23rd, 2018, 04:27   #18800
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I replaced the rear muffler exhaust hanger mount yesterday, as it was completely rusted out.


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Old October 28th, 2018, 10:28   #18801
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My Skoda seemed to hesitate a bit when I turned the key in the morning, it started quickly but the battery seemed weak even though I charged it recently. Took my DMM and found that I had 13.2V at the battery with the engine idling.
I pulled the voltage regulator and noticed that the brushes were gone, one of the slip rings is pretty badly worn too.
Went to the only car parts store that was open on a sunday but the young lad at the desk had no clue about what I was looking for. He could offer me a new alternator and after some searching even a voltage regulator (needed to order them) but not the brushes alone.
I went back home and found an alternator from an old Ford that I took the brushes from and put in my car, they fit just fine after some filing. They weren't much better than what I already had so I'll need to replace them again soon, if I manage to find a parts shop that actually sells parts and not just assembled units
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Old October 28th, 2018, 21:49   #18802
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[...]. They weren't much better than what I already had so I'll need to replace them again soon, if I manage to find a parts shop that actually sells parts and not just assembled units
Don't they have Amazon in your neck of the woods? https://www.amazon.com/Alternator-Vo.../dp/B00K4WRFYI (and I'll be damned, the regulator and the brushes are on the same part ).

I had my 2012 JSW TDI detailed for the first (and possibly also last...) time in its life. It was completely covered in porch sealer overspray, but claybaring took it all off. The car looks amazing.
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Old October 29th, 2018, 00:12   #18803
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Don't they have Amazon in your neck of the woods? https://www.amazon.com/Alternator-Vo.../dp/B00K4WRFYI (and I'll be damned, the regulator and the brushes are on the same part ).
I had my 2012 JSW TDI detailed for the first (and possibly also last...) time in its life. It was completely covered in porch sealer overspray, but claybaring took it all off. The car looks amazing.
Yes but I only needed the brushes
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Old October 29th, 2018, 10:14   #18804
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Old October 29th, 2018, 14:58   #18805
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https://www.aspwholesale.com/index.php


This vendor has lots of various small bits, including rebuild parts that are not normally bought separately.


There used to be a good vendor on eBay out of Ireland called Gold Lion Auto Electrics, but it looks like they shutdown recently as they have a few nasty reviews at the end, and no items in their listings presently.
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Old October 31st, 2018, 20:00   #18806
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Installed my cheap oem looking replacement head unit from aliexpress. Getting the old double din out turned out to be a chore as the po had damaged the removal clips. So I had to remove the whole radio cage. But once I had it out, the new one was an easy install.

Now I have working bluetooth.
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Old November 1st, 2018, 10:06   #18807
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I just installed my new nexen tires and cleaned the brake pads. Tomorrow I will do the timing belt and change the oil and plugs.
How are those tires??
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Old November 8th, 2018, 18:14   #18808
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Dsg service via my homemade bottom fill set up and vcds for the temperature reading.
Oil change too. And fuel filter.

Last oil change was done at colonial vw in medford.. how hard is it for a dealership to put ALL the belly pan screws back? 3 rear screws missing and the rear of the belly pan had sagged. And 1 of the engine cover snappy things was missing. Not very professional. Now i dont know if they even used decent oil.
Ugh...
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Old November 11th, 2018, 17:01   #18809
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It's amazing how they are not trained to deal with the snap-on cover. I mean, apparently they are the kind of people that would need training for this kind of thing, which is amazing in its own right, and then they just don't have the training, and either fail to snap it on, or worse, they destroy the inserts in the process. As a bonus, they also cracked the cover when doing the emissions fix on my TDI.
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