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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 September 10th, 2017, 09:00   #18676
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Yesterday...

Replaced all the vacuum hoses with blue silicone tubing. Replaced a bad N75 solenoid and the one-way check valve that was no longer checking.

Mowed the yard with a borrowed mower, since my tractor needs a starter.

Removed stuff to get to the exhaust manifold/turbo so I can replace the vane actuator on the turbo. Couldn't get the charge hose off the turbo, so called it a day. Once I get that done, I'll remove the oil return line and pull the manifold/turbo so I can replace and adjust the actuator.
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Old September 10th, 2017, 13:35   #18677
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@jmeigs, that is a bad start of the day...

I've had a semi-successful day in the garage today. I've started to remove stuff to replace the DMF in my Skoda.
When I popped the hood open the lever in the cabin broke (same as in mk5 Golf)...
Having a transfer case and a 6-speed gearbox makes this job a PITA, especially when doing it on the floor in a small garage.
Tried to remove the box without taking the subframe off but that won't work, it hits the mounting bracket for the LCA. So I went on to remove the LCA, broke one of the ball joint studs and called it a day.
Continued with this today, started with the subframe. Yesterday I broke one of the ball joint screws but, that can be expected here in the land of salt...other than that everything went smoothly. The gearbox with the bevel gear (transfer box) still attached make it a bit heavy on the diff side, it wasn't that easy to manouver it in and out.
The old DMF wasn't very loose rotation-wise but had a lot of play in the friction disc part.
I learnt that I should have taken the subframe off from the beginning, would've spared me a lot of time and energy...

Now I just need to replace the ball joint and get new subframe bolts along with an alignment.

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Old September 10th, 2017, 19:44   #18678
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Nice work! I won't/can't do that type of work on my back anymore. Glad it went fairly smooth.
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Old September 11th, 2017, 05:45   #18679
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Got the charge air hose off the Golf, pulled the exhaust manifold/turbo out, replaced the turbo actuator, and buttoned it all up. She's back on the street!
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Old September 11th, 2017, 09:12   #18680
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I finally figured out how to correctly purge the air out of a VE injection pump. So I did that and got started a car that has been sitting without running for 2 years or so.

Unfortunately, it has an autotragic transaxle with problems, rust issues, and while it was going to be a project, I have not the time nor inclination to do so.

It looks like I have at least 1 2-dr auto golf for parts. Just have to do some looking at the 2 candidates and figure out which (if not both) will be sacrificed.
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Old September 13th, 2017, 08:19   #18681
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Just bought a 2005 Jetta TDI wagon with 180k miles after trading my Sportwagen back to VW.



The PO had done all the bushing but the subframe bushings and rear axle bushings. Currently waiting on the Cupra replacement bushings but decided to tackle the front subframe with some Tyrolsport subframe bushings.
(also some shifter cable bracket bushings)


Very Glad I did since the metal insert in the original bushing just fell out of the rubber.


Quick few licks of paint after some rust treatment and the new ones pressed in(talk about a tight fit!) and ready to go. Just waiting on some new bolts as the originals were fairly rusted and I just don't know how long they have been in the car.

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Old September 13th, 2017, 18:05   #18682
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Nice looking car. Jetta Wagons are the best TDIs. I'll be interested in how you like the solid subframe mounts (I'm reluctant to call them bushings since I don't see any rubber). Hope you don't feel too much engine vibration.
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Old September 14th, 2017, 18:59   #18683
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Nice looking car. Jetta Wagons are the best TDIs. I'll be interested in how you like the solid subframe mounts (I'm reluctant to call them bushings since I don't see any rubber). Hope you don't feel too much engine vibration.
Man, getting the subframe aligned with the steering rack was a pain!

Finally took it for a drive after getting it all buttoned up, and surprisingly there was no noticeable increase in NVH. In fact is seemed more solid and planted, especially at initial corner turn in. My alignment seems to have improved as well as there is zero shimmy/shake/vibration from the steering wheel now.

Shifts are smoother as well. I can't figure out how there isn't more NVH, maybe due to the subframe having a solid connection to the rest of the chassis with no way to have deflection.

All in all I say it was well worth the money! Tyrolsport makes good products. Their bushings always make a noticeable difference in how the car responds to the driver/road.

What it is about the MK4 chassis that causes it to have such a numb steering feedback? It feels completely numb in comparison to the Sportwagen. Really need to find a way to change that, as the "connection", or feedback from the car is the most important part of the driving experience for me.
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Old September 17th, 2017, 21:05   #18684
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This weekend...
- Replaced leaking clutch master cylinder that was dripping brake fluid on my toes - Clutch has never felt this good, master has been messed up since I got it I believe.

- R&R'd left axle due to cracked CV boot

- Replaced burnt out headlight bulb

- Swapped out the 50 psi gauge with the 30 psi gauge for the LP turbo - need to connect ALL the gauges together and pressurize simultaneously, something is off somewhere.

- Drove it ~600 miles this weekend, including ~100 miles at speeds west texas would be proud of and still returned 47.3 MPG on the tank with the A/C on. Played leapfrog with a clean MK3 with a VR6 (had to be from the sound) for ~50 of those miles. It sounded nice, but I bet he was getting way less than half the MPG's I was. He couldn't run away from me and he did a lot of shifting whereas I just left it in 6th and leaned into the throttle

- Pondered all the things that I still want to do on this car yet, then remembered that I need to get my Duramax project done first so it's only getting what it needs to keep it safe and dependable as my daily driver for now .
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Old September 26th, 2017, 18:48   #18685
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Nice looking car. Jetta Wagons are the best TDIs. I'll be interested in how you like the solid subframe mounts (I'm reluctant to call them bushings since I don't see any rubber). Hope you don't feel too much engine vibration.
it was mine IBW Jeff bought it a few weeks agoI miss it already
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Old September 27th, 2017, 16:03   #18686
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Damn! What are you replacing it with? Going back to air cooled?
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Old September 28th, 2017, 11:39   #18687
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What haven't I don't so far.

Pulled front fender liners and got a bunch of crap out and put POR15 in there.
Oil change
Power Steering flush
Brake fluid flush (power bleeder was an awesome investment)
Installed new horns (low horn was bad on mine - replaced both)
Fuel filter changed and can of Diesel Purge run
Sprayed PB Blaster on exhaust bolts in preparation for exhaust install next week
Replaced windshield cowl and cleaned ECU connection (old cowl was warped and let water foul the ECU connection when it rained)
Installed BFI stage 1 Dogbone mount

Going to install the DG short shifter later today and tomorrow the Panzer Plate and Full Metal Jacket get installed along with washing the car.
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Old September 28th, 2017, 12:24   #18688
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Nice. You'll like it. Get it tuned!
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Nice. You'll like it. Get it tuned!
I think RC has something for both engine and tranny, tranny could use something in that department
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