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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 December 3rd, 2018, 04:39   #18811
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Found a split EGR pipe on the hot side of my EGR cooler.
I ended up removing to EGR system since I didn’t have a spare and I need to drive it for the next week until I pick up my Model S next week.
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Old December 5th, 2018, 12:51   #18812
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Installed my Evolution Import Skid Plate bought from @TDINoah on our '14 GSW. Should keep me fairly safe for another season to & from the ski hill!
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Old December 12th, 2018, 21:29   #18813
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Finally it was warm day and I had the chance to replace the wiring harness on the driver side door on the 09 Jetta...
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Old January 6th, 2019, 17:31   #18814
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Not on my TDI (cause I don't have any ATM) I replaced the carrier bearing and u-joints on my 77 Chevy pickup with Richard's help. My 77 was special ordered new by my wife's grandfather and it finally turned over 100k miles recently. Grandpa has been dead since 1999 and it hasn't seen much duty since.

The u-joints and carrier bearing were pretty wasted. I spent several hours online trying to figure out which u-joints were needed, and struck out. I then spent a few hours with various parts folks who still gave wrong information even using the spicer and moog books.

As it turns out, a factory equipped 1977 C10 454 turbo 400 takes 3/4 ton u-joints at the first two joints and a combination inside C-ring/flat cup on the third joint. I had a very patient Advance Auto Parts manager spend the last hour of my search with me opening boxes and matching up sizes until we found some oddball (not even for GM) u-joint that fit the pinion yoke to 3rd joint.

I will have to say melting out the plastic snakes on the 3rd joint to remove it was pretty fun.

Truck is back together now and safe to drive again
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Old January 6th, 2019, 17:42   #18815
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Picked up my ALH Wagon after various repairs

Dropped off my '99.5 Golf for a new heater core

Added DEF to my BMW

Filled both Wagons with diesel. (IBW and GSW).
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Old January 7th, 2019, 18:28   #18816
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Finally installed a set of OEM LED taillights on my Passat. Damn how I missed these things.

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Old January 10th, 2019, 16:30   #18817
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Resealed the leaky injection pump (unplanned maintenance).


Changed oil & filter, air filter, fuel filter, cabin filter, cleaned shmegma from front fender liners (planned maintenence).
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Old January 10th, 2019, 17:08   #18818
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Hey Bug where did you purchase these and can you share the price?
I have a 2015 SEL. Thanks!

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Finally installed a set of OEM LED taillights on my Passat. Damn how I missed these things.






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Old January 11th, 2019, 08:37   #18819
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Hey Bug where did you purchase these and can you share the price?
I have a 2015 SEL. Thanks!
I bought them on eBay. From SunnyHID. When I bought them, Ebay was running a 10% off coupon, so I only paid like $325 or so.

Here's a link to the same set I bought Passat LED Taillights

As the listing explains, they are not plug and play. They bolt right into the car, but the wiring is completely different.

You will need to build your own adaptors which would run you an additional $150 - $300 depending on how you wanted to rewire them.

Option 1 is to cut off the connector and splice in the connector that matches the taillights. This would run you about $150. You would need 4 connectors and 7 wires.

Option 2 is to cut off the connectors and splice on the connector that matches the plug on the car. This would run you about $150. You would need 4 connectors and 9 wires.

Option 3 is to build an adaptor harness that plugs in between the body harness and the taillights. Because you would need to buy 8 connectors and 19 wires, it would be about $300.

Then you would need a few resistors, but those are had cheap on amazon.

So, you can see you REALLY gotta want them. Because they are pricey f**kers. LOL.
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Old January 11th, 2019, 15:18   #18820
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Wow super pricey!! Yes I read about the issue adapting those lights but didn't know it would be so costly!
I think I'll hold for awhile for this upgrade!
Thanks for the info!!


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Old January 12th, 2019, 17:31   #18821
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Installed my boost gauge today in my MK3. Found a cheap gauge pod

I'll be cutting it down so it sit lower and painting it flat black. It fits the gauge perfectly and sits in the useless cup holder too. The empty one is for my future EGT gauge.

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Old Yesterday, 06:00   #18822
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I will have to say melting out the plastic snakes on the 3rd joint to remove it was pretty fun
GM used that process back then? It is fun to make those snakes, my '94 used that process. Reminds of those "snakes" that we had as kids...ya know, they were the little black rounds of what seemed like charcoal you'd light with a match.....and they would grow. Ahh, childhood memories....
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Old Today, 04:25   #18823
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Installed my boost gauge today in my MK3. Found a cheap gauge pod



I'll be cutting it down so it sit lower and painting it flat black. It fits the gauge perfectly and sits in the useless cup holder too. The empty one is for my future EGT gauge.





Look good,
only issue I see is having the gauges sit so low, requiring you to take your eyes off the road.


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