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  1. TDI321

    Strut brand recommendations, likes, dislikes

    had a surprisingly good result on a friend's higher mileage 2008 Passat 2.0T - just installed the Detroit Axle loaded struts and TRQ rear gas shocks on it with new sway links - it tightened up the car considerably - nice ride. Anyone here have good or bad experiences with the DAs longer term...
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    Strut brand recommendations, likes, dislikes

    I wonder if lowering it will improve highway handling or if its still floating with pounding. Can you buy and install the “sports suspension” struts on a regular passat without changing other items? Ive not lowered a car before, but in the case of this passat Im considering it.
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    Strut brand recommendations, likes, dislikes

    The dieselgate impound was unkind to ours. The oems are okay around town - its the highway trips that feel out of control. The soft region of the OEM is exactly what I dont want on the highway.
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    Strut brand recommendations, likes, dislikes

    btw - back in the day I put BOGE Comp Pro/Turbo structs/shocks on a '88 Cabriolet VW Golf. worth every cent. I was so happy with that brand and valving - im looking to get similar for the Passat. hoping to find similar without creating a one-ton pickup ride. thinking B8 is similar -- your...
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    Strut brand recommendations, likes, dislikes

    our 2015 diesel gate TDI Passat is only 68K and Im wanting to replace those diesel gate arctic-impounded OEM struts. The $75/strut full-assembly is tempting, but I was unhappy with the resulting ride on my 02 trans am. I see the Kona Active and Billstein B4/6/8 options -- im asking the...
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    Upgrade 2015 to Billsteins

    I’m not happy with the Sachs factory struts on our 2015 TDI SEL. weak at 11K, now 30K. Sitting for 2 years in compound was not healthy to them. Anyhow, I’m seeking your input into the follow Billstein units for this B7-NMS sedan: B6 Mfg Part # 35-122081 Sport strut. Rod is nearly the...
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    Best To Downshift, or Ride Brakes Downhill?

    Chinese rotors and pads are way cheap. High compression engines have more engine braking ability than low compression gas engines - TDI is high compression. I’d downshift one gear, leave it there and cycle brakes on and off. Never go crazy with car brakes taking all the stopping. Once...
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    Major Brake Issues after Caliper / Pad / Disk Change

    Also... when caliper is removed from car but still on the rubber hose. Get the pistons to come out (not the whole way or its a real mess) and use a tooth brush and brake fluid to scrub and clean the outside Diameter of the pistons. If they are dirty and have ridges built up then they wont...
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    Caliper issues... again

    Power bleed your calipers every 2 years with FRESH VW spec dot4. Ive done this on every car I’ve owned and have never had a caliper stick. On a KTM mud bike with brembo yes, cars- no. Sounds like water or something else got into your system. I would run qts through, power bleeding it (2nd...
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    Passat Headlights

    LEDs I ordered online. Super bright. I notice trucks flash to me when I’m on lowbeams. But small cars never do.
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    What oil do you use for your TDI?

    Castro 507 spec gold bottle. $13/qt. Liquid gold. Motor loves it.
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    Dealership Passat Battery Install

    Btw - after new fuel filter I’m getting 43 at 90. filter looked good at 30K.
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    Dealership Passat Battery Install

    Vw dealer battery in 2015 tdi Also took our SEL TDI 2015 in for a battery last month to the dealer. ADV auto was similar pricing but since the computer blew a bunch of codes when battery was failing. It lasted 5 years, unless the compound in Ab, MI popped a new battery in it before we got it...
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    [RNS-510] SD Card Error this is a free SD card formatting program. Yes, the max size is 32gig for FAT32. its not a limitation on the 2015 Passat SEL Nav system with a USB thumb drive plugged into the MDI, but it is on the card slot. 32gig is okay. Mp3 is the bigger...
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    Discounted TDI oil locator thread

    507 spec castrol synth for the 2015 TDI is about 10.69-10.99/qt at advance auto. 13.99 for the 507 spec pento III locally.
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    2012 to 2015 Passat roof rack system?

    jck66 -- yes - I got the clear stickers too, not installed yet. but what ive done so far is align the racks and then add dots with a silver sharpie to speed up install. Takes about 5 minutes now. I will eventually install the clear after Im happy with the location. The 480 footpack seems to...
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    2012 to 2015 Passat roof rack system?

    my mod with this was adding rigid spacers -- it allowed the entire system to allign instantly and took a bit of analysis to determine how to adapt these until the 480 Traverse feet arrive. They are a bit more "tower" now than 480s - but you cant rip these lose from the car. Got 10' swell...
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    2012 to 2015 Passat roof rack system?

    Got a smoking local deal on a Thule system with bike mounts from craigslist. for the 2015 NMS Thule uses the 1775 kit for the rubber coated claws and rubber feet on a 480 traverse foot system with square bar. but feet on mine were not the 480s so I modified them a bit and took about 2 hours...