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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 July 8th, 2015, 19:47   #18001
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I got my 1960's plates in the mail this week, but the white lettering on my TDIclub frame just didn't work so I had to fix that.



After one coat.



Two coats and an hour later.



Installed and sitting with the rest of the family.
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Old July 8th, 2015, 20:55   #18002
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I still have the yellow on blue plates on my Miata that I got in 1989. The blue of the plate is an exact match for the blue on my Miata. Cranberry has Veteran plates.
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Old July 9th, 2015, 14:54   #18003
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Those blue and yellow plates are pretty neat too. Too bad there weren't enough orders to make those too, but I guess that makes yours more exclusive.
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Old July 9th, 2015, 20:53   #18004
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Engine and trans is pulled from the winter 05 Wagon Time for a refresh and rebuild and other things https://instagram.com/p/478TppFYs8/?taken-by=dmoonen
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Old July 10th, 2015, 10:28   #18005
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Replaced the rear brakes, one slider was stuck, broke the damn thing off trying to get it free. Off to the wrecker for a new carrier I suppose.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 14:33   #18006
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Changed the oil on the wagon. Added a half-bottle of ZDDP to keep the new head/camshaft all nice and happy.
Even though the car "lost" less than 1L of oil in the 13000km since the last oil change, there's a fair bit of oil on the outside of the intercooler. Maybe a bad hose connection? Micro-cracks in the intercooler?
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Old July 12th, 2015, 11:33   #18007
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Changed the oil on the wagon. Added a half-bottle of ZDDP to keep the new head/camshaft all nice and happy.
Even though the car "lost" less than 1L of oil in the 13000km since the last oil change, there's a fair bit of oil on the outside of the intercooler. Maybe a bad hose connection? Micro-cracks in the intercooler?
Look where the front air shroud attaches. Mine rubbed some small holes in a couple of the core tubes.
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Old July 13th, 2015, 19:08   #18008
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Installed a solar pulse battery trickle charger to help with a parasitic drain I've had. I'll hunt it down before winter but this should help in the short term.

http://www.batterystuff.com/solar-chargers/SP-5.html
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Old July 13th, 2015, 19:43   #18009
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Installed a solar pulse battery trickle charger to help with a parasitic drain I've had. I'll hunt it down before winter but this should help in the short term.

http://www.batterystuff.com/solar-chargers/SP-5.html

I have a few of the factory VW solar chargers. Wouldn't they have been the cheaper alternative ?
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Old July 13th, 2015, 20:55   #18010
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I have a few of the factory VW solar chargers. Wouldn't they have been the cheaper alternative ?

I wasn't even aware of their existence. Then after doing some research I decided I wanted to incorporate the de-sulphating technology. I also like that the mono crystal silicone power and efficiency ratings are so high.

How many watts is the VW version?
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Old July 15th, 2015, 12:43   #18011
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I put in an aux-adapter (with USB and SD card) to our stock radio, works really well.
It's in the glove box right now, but I think I will attach it hanging on the panel above the ash tray with some 3m tape. Just need to figure out how to route the wire...

I bought one of these:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AUX-Adapte...item19e387465f
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Old July 21st, 2015, 22:17   #18012
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I HAVE AC! Changed the AC clutch and blows ice cold. Removed the alternator and drained down the coolant and removed the center coolant pipe to give some extra room for the compressor lines and suspended the compressor with zipties and a bar. . all in took about 2 hours with never doing it before.
Prepped the 05 wagon for a cross country trek
  • Coolant flush and replaced with VW fluid
  • Replaced the battery
  • Changed the oil and filter with lubro moly 5w40
  • Flushed the break fluid
  • Changed the coolant bulb, fitting on the side was cracked
  • Changed AC clutch
  • Changed power steering fluid
  • Rotated the tires
  • Checked the breaks and bearings for play
  • Changed the cabin filter
  • Detailed the interior and exterior
  • Tested the lift pump-all good
  • Loaded the bike racks up
  • Cross bars and thule cargo box on

Ready to go!
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Old July 22nd, 2015, 07:32   #18013
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Did quite a bit on the Golf over the past few days. I scored a set of spindles, calipers, carriers, etc off of a 1.8T Jetta at the salvage yard. Last Saturday I pressed in new OEM wheel bearings into the hubs and installed everything including the junkyard pads and rotors on Saturday since my new pads and rotors weren't in yet. Monday I drove out to Andrew Rodriguez's (fixmyvw.com) shop to pick up the pads and rotors and got them installed last night. I installed Fremax 288mm rotors and PowerStop Z26 Carbon/Ceramic Pads (http://www.fixmyvw.com/1-8t-vr6-288m...ic-brake-pads/). This is definitely a worthwhile upgrade.

I also flushed my brake fluid, changed my fuel filter, and changed my cabin air filter. Getting ready to take the car on a 750 mile trip up to Ohio to visit family.
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Old July 22nd, 2015, 20:25   #18014
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There's a first time for everything. Now that I live in a place with a driveway and we got a break in the heat and humidity….

Today I changed the oil, replaced the fuel filter, cabin filter and set the proper level of the 01m trans fluid.

I made some noob mistakes, but, thank to this forum, ID parts and YT videos I found my way through them.

This was all to save some $ on the 180k service because the car will go to my TDI guru next week for inspection and I am expecting will need a bit more, that I am not upto doing yet…
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Old July 26th, 2015, 13:12   #18015
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New mirror lenses in the 02 thanks to the parts car
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