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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 June 10th, 2013, 20:27   #15061
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North. Hopes to make it to Mt. Katahdin.

Chill took the wagon apart to find out what I did to it at the track last weekend, and apparently I broke a wheel hub.


He said the tightness of the axle nut was all that was holding it together. I drove it 100 miles home like that. Lucky, I guess.
NEVER seen that before! What was the symptom?
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Old June 11th, 2013, 02:55   #15062
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Felt like a flat spotted tire. Thought it was a broken CV joint after I swapped tires front to rear and it didn't go away. When I drove it home I couldn't go above about 65 of the car shook a lot, like it had a bent wheel (street tires on at that point).
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Old June 11th, 2013, 05:47   #15063
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Stock hubs are not designed to take the cornering loads generated on the track with wide sticky tires. I would check the other side too.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 06:21   #15064
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We did, that one's OK. I did two events at Lime Rock this spring (both on Victoracers) and that course is mostly right turns, so the left front wheel was under a lot of load. When I'd come in after a session the left front tire pressure was typically labout 4 PSI higher than the right. And the hub was original.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 06:26   #15065
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Did this... Yes called me Stupid.

I was talking with my friend and I didnt check the torque wrench.





Yes called me stupid twice, my friend did it.

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Can I continue using only 3 bolts?
Or Can I add a bolt and a secure nut?
I'm afraid the secure nut get loose and drop causing some damage.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 07:47   #15066
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Given the relative fragility of the fuel systems in these cars and that you probably don't want to risk introducing air to the system, I think you need to either get the bolts out, and if the threads are damaged at all, replace the canister. A couple of gurus here use ALH valve cover bolts instead of the OE canister bolts, as they are notoriously soft.

Don't feel bad, more than a few people have done this.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 07:49   #15067
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How did you check it? A visual inspection inspection might not show the beginnings of small stress cracks; dye penetrant would.

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We did, that one's OK. I did two events at Lime Rock this spring (both on Victoracers) and that course is mostly right turns, so the left front wheel was under a lot of load. When I'd come in after a session the left front tire pressure was typically labout 4 PSI higher than the right. And the hub was original.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 08:14   #15068
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We did, that one's OK. I did two events at Lime Rock this spring (both on Victoracers) and that course is mostly right turns, so the left front wheel was under a lot of load. When I'd come in after a session the left front tire pressure was typically labout 4 PSI higher than the right. And the hub was original.
Wow you got lucky it held together.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 08:19   #15069
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I know. Chris was surprised I made it home. I thought I had a cracked cage on an inner CV joint.

I'll double check the remaining hub, but I'm also putting stock suspension back in the car and taking a track day break. I was scheduled for an event in Canada this week but canceled because I don't want to get stranded. Driving the race car back and forth when it's as old as mine is too risky: Too much trouble getting towed home. I'm going to stay local and use the Miata for the rest of this season.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 15:29   #15070
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Installed Yakima Skybox 16S, Weathertech Cargo mat, and a pair of Amazon exhaust tips.







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Old June 11th, 2013, 19:22   #15071
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Big day.
Background: Had a my radiator drain valve fail about a week and a half ago after a 'top notch' timing belt job by Paramedick & co. (they didn't break it, they found it that way from previous owner and told me it was broken). I guess it was sort of sealed with age, because after opening it to drain, closing it, and re-filling the coolant it got me about 80% of the way home before it failed and left my coolant along the road in a trail until my warning light came on. Trailered it home from there.

Ordered a new part from Peter, Corey, et. al. at ID parts. Nice! Got here yesterday. Today I drained what was left and flushed with distilled water. Even pulled the lower oil cooler hose to get everything I could out of the block! Then I removed the broken one and installed the new lower radiator drain valve/hose coupling. Filled with fresh coolant/distilled water about 60/40.

Only having one issue that might be a non-issue. So as not to hijack the WDYDTYCT thread, see it and help me here, please: http://forums.tdiclub.com/showpost.p...9&postcount=52
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Old June 12th, 2013, 11:41   #15072
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Installed Yakima Skybox 16S, Weathertech Cargo mat, and a pair of Amazon exhaust tips.



Nice! I like the cargo mat. Did you get it from WeatherTech directly?

Cleaned up my IC plumbing (driver and passenger side) and sprayed TB a little with TB cleaner. Found very thin oil film inside the piping (which is normal) and some nasty goop in the pipe that goes to TB and intake manifold (passenger side).

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Nice! I like the cargo mat. Did you get it from WeatherTech directly?
Cleaned up my IC plumbing (driver and passenger side) and sprayed TB a little with TB cleaner. Found very thin oil film inside the piping (which is normal) and some nasty goop in the pipe that goes to TB and intake manifold (passenger side).
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Old June 13th, 2013, 05:31   #15074
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Finished removing the side skirt and belly pan that my son 1/2 ripped off after parking too close to the concrete parking stop and ripping off the valance..."Its dragging something..."

he needs to keep this thing together until Aug 15th. It's going to be close...
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Old June 13th, 2013, 18:15   #15075
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I do landscaping as a summer job (aka, "Agricultural Engineering"), so I basically work during any good time to wash a car.

700 miles on the new (black) car. Got home from work and washed the car with Dawn to get the crappy dealership coat off.

Started to clay the car...and it downpours.

Next day, get out of work at 6. Wash (again), dry, and clay the front end and mirrors only (figuring, the only stuff on the paint would be bugs). Apply Meguiars NXT sealant as it's getting dark. I notice that after I wipe it off I sealed some surface contaminants in.

Oh, and it rained overnight. Never got to see the car all nice and shiny...
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