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Figured I’d put all of the goings on with this whippersnapper in one place.

Picked this thing up Aug 2015, had about 68k on it. When I bought it it had Tein springs and some busted OZ superleggeras. That crap came off and back to stock.
Other than some maintenance it was in pretty good shape. I have since replaced the rear brakes, had the rear axle seals replaced, crank seal replaced, drive belt, plugs, coils, t stat with all the fixins, new crack pipe, and re booted the LF axle.


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Additional work that has been done: swapped my tired OE wheels with Detroits, got a golf ball shift knob, had the headlights front bumper and windshield replaced, also replaced the headlight switch with a Euro switch.

Currently I in the process of stockpiling: front and rear shocks (KONI), front pads and rotors (Tarox F2000), RSB (H&R) front and rear sway bar links, strut mounts and bearings and all the hardware needed and an MIB 2 with the required harnesses....

Here are some pics of her:



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Update: the great usps or fedex can’t seem to handle any packages.


Taylor at ECS has been great, I already a return label. Just gotta drop them off at UPS.


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Got the replacement struts in 2 days much better shape than before.

Today the pile of parts got a little bigger. I’ll get better pics when I unbox them. Also ordered most of the rest of the parts. Front and rear links, dash cubby, front strut install kit and H&R RSB.

Here’s a teaser....


Also, Matt at Alfa9supply in Colorado was just awesome in getting my brakes from overseas.

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I got all the parts in yesterday. Tomorrow morning work begins! Which means little sleep for me tonight. Since I get off early AM. I’m stoked though. Electric tool batteries are charged, two sets of 3T jack stands are ready, just gotta get the compressor out and rip!


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So. I just put on well over 400 miles on the car yesterday. And I gotta say, the special actives are unreal. Where my tires would slap on concrete paved roads they just soak up the bumps and dips. They do have some limitations as does any analog strut/shock mainly harsh cracks and transitions in the road. But for those of us with back pain it’s been great! Normally the drive I took yesterday would jack me up before. Last night, I was tired sure, but no where near where I was before, and that’s considering I was up till midnight with the install.

The Tarox brakes are pretty nice, there is some noise/vibrations but I somewhat expected it, having EBC on my GTI.

The HR RSB performance is too early to tell.




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My rear shocks were so worn out one still has not come back up and the other took over 5 mins to fully extend, the front struts weren’t much better the struts come back up very slowly but only half way. And one of my strut bearings fell apart when I took the strut off.
Tomorrow I’ve got to get the tires balanced due to hitting a ridiculous train track crossing. And I also need an align due to the same

And yes. I’m aware I didn’t paint the front struts, it was so cold when I was doin the work the paint wasn’t really sticking.


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Alignment was done and boy was it out. Now it drives so much better.

Had a couple nuts not tight all the way, a quick visit from my 3/8 impact sorted it out.

Next chance I get I need to take her in to get a few things looked at, rear seals are leaking again, front diff is leaking, pulley bearings are shot and I THINK the steering rack is worn, there is a noticeable clunk if you wiggle the steering wheel left and right, in the air or on the ground. I gotta verify it’s not the ball joints or outer tie rods.

Surprisingly tho, my chains are good. Checked MVBs about 6k ago and the timing was <1 degree


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Well, since we have a move coming up I decided to to take her in and get a few things addressed. Front and rear leaking axle seals, noisy t-chains on start up and faulty serp belt idlers/tensioner. I’m on my 3rd belt in 48k miles.


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that's a lot of belts in such a short time. good to hear about the special actives. I'm going to be buying a set soon. if you have a bad back, you should consider going on 17's w/ a little taller tire as well.

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Thanks! I’ve thought about going with the 17’s but I think the overall look of the car would be off...

It is a lot of belts but I suppose that due to the unfavorable results I have had at the current shop, I may just end up piecing together a set of pulleys and tensioner and do the work myself. Or.. I can take it to a friend’s shop in south sac once I move back and get a second opinion. The current shop fixated on a possible noise once in a blue moon and totally dismissed that I’ve rated so many belts. So when the service contract inspector came out these noobs tried to duplicate the noise instead of showing actual failures like hella grease coming from the back of the lower idler or the ridge on the tensioner.... ugh. So as it stands now, I have not had my car for a month on thanksgiving. At least I’ve had a loaner in the mean time


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Well, yesterday I picked up a set of black Karthoums, gotta clean them up a little, some polishing and touch up is in order.



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I had these from factory on my MKVI and loveed them. I had to replace one after a chuck hole but still have it, needing to be straightened. If you ever decide to sell these, let me know. I'd love to have a second set. My MKVI was Candy White as well. I love white cars! If I had found a decent white R, I'd have bought it in a heartbeat. My United Grey was just too good to pass up. :)
 

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Koni update on the other thread...

I replaced my 5 year old FSD's with the new special actives (based on your input - thankyouverymuch!). Update on the separate thread...:thumbup:

So. I just put on well over 400 miles on the car yesterday. And I gotta say, the special actives are unreal. Where my tires would slap on concrete paved roads they just soak up the bumps and dips. They do have some limitations as does any analog strut/shock mainly harsh cracks and transitions in the road. But for those of us with back pain it’s been great! Normally the drive I took yesterday would jack me up before. Last night, I was tired sure, but no where near where I was before, and that’s considering I was up till midnight with the install.

The Tarox brakes are pretty nice, there is some noise/vibrations but I somewhat expected it, having EBC on my GTI.

The HR RSB performance is too early to tell.




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