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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 9th, 2018, 19:44   #18781
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Wow - This thread used to be bumped several times a day. Guess things have slowed down around here a bit...

What I did this weekend:
- Timing belt and associated components
- Air Filter
- Oil Filter & Oil Change
- Transmission oil change, using GM Synchromesh
- Did some logging for tune updates
- New A/C Condenser

Last weekend
- Front wheel bearings
- Front brake pads
- Finished FMIC install

Weekend before that
- New hitch built and installed

Hopefully good for another 100k (currently at 272k)
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Old September 12th, 2018, 19:56   #18782
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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.
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Old September 13th, 2018, 10:53   #18783
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Wow - This thread used to be bumped several times a day. Guess things have slowed down around here a bit...
It's that Dieselgate thing and the move for some members to electric (and other) cars.
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Old September 13th, 2018, 11:28   #18784
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Put this on the GSW (shameless plug )


So Massachusetts doesn't care if the state is covered?
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Old September 13th, 2018, 11:37   #18785
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We had some debate about this. It's not clear what states care about this. I haven't had a problem so far, don't expect to.
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Old September 13th, 2018, 14:14   #18786
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As of 1 Jan 2009, in AZ it is illegal to obscure "ARIZONA":



"A person shall display all license plates as required by subsection A until their lawful use expires or is canceled or revoked. A person shall maintain each license plate so it is clearly legible and so that the name of this state at the top of the license plate is not obscured."


The fine is $135 PLUS "court fees".
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Old September 14th, 2018, 07:39   #18787
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I've been chasing a coolant leak for a good long time. I couldn't find the source of the leak and was pretty much resigned to replacing the heater core, mostly due to not finding the source and smelling coolant when running the heater last winter. But, knowing the PIA that tearing the dash apart completely is pushed me to go for the immediate payoff: procrastinate!!

The leak has been getting worse and finally I had to do something since I couldn't go 10 minutes without seeing the low coolant warning on the dash. Not good. I worked harder and decided it was the hard pipe junction into the block - you know, the secret engineering screw-the-pooch solution of simply pressing the pipe into the block behind the alternator with a crummy o-ring where you can't get to it without an hour of skinning your knuckles. And that is only if you already have practiced a lot.

To make a long story short, I re-did the joint once (did it once before, about 10 years ago) but the leak was just as bad, re-did it AGAIN, and the leak was just as bad. After careful examination and failing to find any evidence that it was that junction, and searching, I finally decided it was the coolant recovery tank lower hose to that hard pipe.

After 2 weeks and no coolant loss after the first run cycle, it think I can finally declare victory, and I didn't even have to replace the heater core. (And saved myself a meltdown if I went through all that and it wouldn't have worked!)

Yay!!!

This is all on my 4-dr, and now it is on to the a/c in my wife's NB.


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Cool Nighteye 160 watt h4 9006 fogs fitted

Fitted this evening. Smart, modern upgrade to the originals. 160 watt should brighten up the dark lanes.


H4 fitment in the GTI bumper. You need to trim with a stanley knife the plastic mounting flange, to allow clearance on the intigrated cooling pack at the rear of the bulb unit



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