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  1. Fongpei

    Buying & Selling TDIs? Read this first!!

    Im sad to say I've lost one of the best engines ever to a timing belt. Its time I finally put my 2004 5sp Jetta up for sale. Was thinking of doing an engine swap, but my partner is not about to have me in the garage upgrading the intercooler, getting a few turbo, etc. The car sits on h&r...
  2. Fongpei

    Bilstein shocks and struts with H&R lowered springs MKIV

    Any chance you still have the shocks?
  3. Fongpei

    PARTING OUT: MK4 Jetta mods and goodies!

    Any chance you still have the shocks/springs?
  4. Fongpei

    Bay Area interior lining restoration?

    I used California Covers in Downtown Oakland for a Recaro seat and they did the mouse fur for the head liner. It did cost a pretty penny though. IIRC about $400 for the liner as its was for my Jetta wagon. I've had good results with 3m adhesive spray through a tube into the liner itself then...
  5. Fongpei

    WTB MKIV shocks and lowering springs

    Anyone have a set of decent shocks/springs for sale. Don’t want too low of a ride. I have FK springs and they’re too stiff and low for my taste.
  6. Fongpei

    Hard Lesson Learned on VNT17 PN:778445-0010

    Caveat emptor. I blew my KP39 on my wagon a while back and didn't have enough money to buy the VNT17 from my usual sources, so I head to eBay for a "deal". Turns out the turbo I bought didn't come with a actuator, but came in a brand new box from Garrett and all seemed fine. FF to now and I...
  7. Fongpei

    VNT17 Upgrade Actuator BEW Thoughts

    Thanks for all the followup guys. Of course I found a tuner that had the turbo but no actuator. It was a great deal and couldnt pass it up. I've been putting off buying the actuator because of the different things i've heard about whether it makes sense to use the "smart" actuator. From what...
  8. Fongpei

    VNT17 Upgrade Actuator BEW Thoughts

    I blew my turbo and bought a VNT17 as the replacement. The turbo did not come with an actuator, so questions is what are the options out there. 1. Buy the Smart Actuator for the VNT17 (Abt $200) 2. Rig the old actuator with new hardware to be compatible with the VNT17 linkage. 3. Buy a "non...
  9. Fongpei

    WTB - VNT17 Smart Actuator for BEW

    Check out my post Just in case you were curious as to my post.
  10. Fongpei

    WTB - VNT17 Smart Actuator for BEW

    I bought a VNT17 that did not have an actuator. So, if anyone has a Smart Actuator for sale, lmk. Its for a 2004 Jetta BEW engine.
  11. Fongpei

    FS: New VNT17 Smart (BEW) Actuator (outside boston)

    Do you still have this for sale? I bought a VNT17 w/o actuator for my BEW. LMK
  12. Fongpei

    Mystery Power Steering Leak

    Thanks for the advice. I spoke to a machine shop and they said the helicoil should work well. I found a kit that has the 14m x 1.5 insert so gonna try that first, although I’m also thinking that a new rack is not that expensive given the amount of time I’m spending on this. If it comes out...
  13. Fongpei

    Mystery Power Steering Leak

    http://pics.tdiclub.com/showphoto.php?photo=125036&title=steering-rack-repairable-3flast-pic-of-series&cat=500
  14. Steering Rack Repairable?  Last pic of series

    Steering Rack Repairable? Last pic of series

    Forgot what led me to use an impact on this but might have tightened before loosening. Retap the threads?
  15. Steering Rack Repairable?  Stripped steering column

    Steering Rack Repairable? Stripped steering column

    Forgot what led me to use an impact on this but might have tightened before loosening. Retap the threads?
  16. Steering Rack Repairable? Stripped banjo bolt hole.

    Steering Rack Repairable? Stripped banjo bolt hole.

    Forgot what led me to use an impact on this but might have tightened before loosening. Retap the threads?
  17. Fongpei

    Mystery Power Steering Leak

    Found the source of the leak Guess I over torqued the banjo bolt on install. Now the steering rack is stripped. So, anyone ever tap one w success? Or am I looking at doing another steering rack?http://https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3SavR4-7kd5eUxOVWRqU0hZQ00...
  18. Fongpei

    Mystery Power Steering Leak

    I'm super frustrated trying to find the source of my power steering leak. Replaced the rack about 6 months ago then about a month ago started to notice huge pools of fluid under the car. Thinking it was the crush washers, I replaced both on the banjo bolts. Seemed to help then one day went...
  19. Fongpei

    WTB - 2004 BEW Engine

    My turbo blew and now the shop is telling me I may need a new motor due to lots of blowback they don't know where it coming from. So I'm looking for another motor to install while I get the issue with current motor sorted out. Also looking for VNT17+.....well, because, what the heck Mechanic...
  20. Fongpei

    FS: 2005 BEW TDI engine + goodies in Portland, OR

    BEW engine Let me know if you'll take $1250 for it. Thats about the going price on Ebay, but I like this forum better. Thought i had just a turbo problem, but I may need the motor. They cant figure out whats causing the blow by on the oil. So I'm getting this for insurance. Can transfer...
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