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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 May 4th, 2011, 12:58   #10381
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Just got my car back from AlphaSeinor. Had a Six-Speed swap performed and installed a new SouthBend stage 3 Clutch kit with single mass flywheel, and threw in a Sigma-6 short shift kit. I LOVE IT!!!! I can cruise I-30 back and forth at my usual 80mph, but now at 2200 rpms instead of 3000.

AlphaSeinor did a fantastic job and at a great price, too.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 14:09   #10382
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Getting my windshield replaced today.

Some punk kid in my apartment complex decided to lob something onto my windshield.

Thankfully insurance will cover it (with the exception of my $100 deductible).

Thankfully again, is that I just got my $100 bonus from helping with our inventory at work.

It's like the $100 was never meant to be mine.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 15:50   #10383
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...and the rear bumper too. Haven't routed my exhaust on the Passenger side of the car yet.

Now all I need are some grille covers!
Oh soo nice. I want an R32 front BADLY. where'd ya get it and how much?
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Old May 4th, 2011, 16:10   #10384
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Oh soo nice. I want an R32 front BADLY. where'd ya get it and how much?
I found them on a local craigslist ad here in the bay area. $800 for both bumpers. Both were brand new (so no paint), OEM, US spec.

I could have probably saved a little money buying used ones, but everything I saw was cracked/dented/scratched/etc. Fixable...but cost goes up when the a shop has to sand and repair before painting.

I'd been trolling around here, Craigslist and vwvortex for months before I came across this.

I'm super happy with look. Now I need to figure out a place for the front License plate. I don't want to drill any holes. Magnets maybe? I don't know...

Best of luck finding what you want.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 16:26   #10385
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Magnets maybe?
Interested to see how that works if you try it!

http://www.mcmaster.com/#rare-earth-magnets/=c5wmqv
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Old May 4th, 2011, 16:42   #10386
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Interested to see how that works if you try it!
http://www.mcmaster.com/#rare-earth-magnets/=c5wmqv
Yeah...I actually have the earth magnets. They ARE strong, I will say that.

I'll re-post after I do the job. I'll tether the license plate to the car for the initial test drive after I put it on in case the magnets don't hold. That way I don't have to explain to my insurance company how my license plate cracked the windshield of the person driving behind me.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 17:14   #10387
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Just got my car back from AlphaSeinor. Had a Six-Speed swap performed and installed a new SouthBend stage 3 Clutch kit with single mass flywheel, and threw in a Sigma-6 short shift kit. I LOVE IT!!!! I can cruise I-30 back and forth at my usual 80mph, but now at 2200 rpms instead of 3000.

AlphaSeinor did a fantastic job and at a great price, too.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 17:57   #10388
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I found them on a local craigslist ad here in the bay area. $800 for both bumpers. Both were brand new (so no paint), OEM, US spec.

I could have probably saved a little money buying used ones, but everything I saw was cracked/dented/scratched/etc. Fixable...but cost goes up when the a shop has to sand and repair before painting.

I'd been trolling around here, Craigslist and vwvortex for months before I came across this.

I'm super happy with look. Now I need to figure out a place for the front License plate. I don't want to drill any holes. Magnets maybe? I don't know...

Best of luck finding what you want.

Now you need to get a dual exit exhaust mocked up to make the rear match up =)

I'm glad you got both since that front end is HUGE without a HUGE rear end.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 20:48   #10389
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Now you need to get a dual exit exhaust mocked up to make the rear match up =)

I'm glad you got both since that front end is HUGE without a HUGE rear end.
IMO, the R32 rear is a little goddy. I'd install one if I had one, but going through the hassle to make a functional dual exhaust is a PITA for something that isn't even a big visual upgrade IMO of course. Now the front, well, the mkiv r32 front is just pure vw sex lol.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 21:02   #10390
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Finished putting in a Pioneer double din AVI 4300DVD touch screen head unit in HER (daughter's) 2005 Passat TDI. Also wired in an Infinity 10" Basslink unit in the trunk. I guess my daughter will never grow up (music lover).

I hate working under dashboards.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 22:18   #10391
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...I'm super happy with look.
You bumper looks AWESOME!!!

If you really want a front license plate, consider to buy one of these R32 tow hook license plate holder

It bolts right into the tow hook spot. You just make a little hole in the grill for it co come out of. Remember.. those are reverse threads...

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Old May 4th, 2011, 22:32   #10392
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Just drove the Jetta today from Coeur d'Alene, ID to Billings MT with the cruise set to 80. Got 49.16mpg!
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Old May 4th, 2011, 22:42   #10393
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You bumper looks AWESOME!!!

If you rally want a front license plate, consider to buy one of these R32 tow hook license plate holder

It bolts right into the tow hook spot. You just make a little hold in the grill for it co come out of. Remember.. those are reverse threads...
I so need one of these.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 23:44   #10394
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If you rally want a front license plate, consider to buy one of these R32 tow hook license plate holder

It bolts right into the tow hook spot. You just make a little hold in the grill for it co come out of. Remember.. those are reverse threads...
I don't know if it just that the p'shopping of those plates makes them stand out more in those pics, but IMHO they all look WORSE then just having the plate in the proper place!!! Believe me, I think front plates are STUPID, but those offset ones just make the plate even that much more of an eyesore. Just my $0.02 though !!
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Old May 5th, 2011, 17:48   #10395
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Well, tried to do the all auto windows mod. Got it like 90% working, but something went horribly wrong with the membrane portion of the switch. The soldering electronic part works 100%, but once you assemble the switch, oddball crap starts happening. Gave up, combed forums and eBay, picked up a couple more windows switches to try to do it right this time. So far, this is a beating.

ScanGauge came back from being upgraded, so started mounting it above the rear view mirror and starting the wiring for the W8 panel (which is on backorder at ECS) and the RADAR detector.

Going to work on the heated seat switch mod...
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