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    hehehe nice headrests

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    This thing is sick! Love the steelies bro
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    The busted knuckles and the late nights in the garage;
    it's more than a hobby or pastime, it's a lifestyle. We live it."


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    IMG-0814 by minthinrich, on Flickr

    So I really have not been all that happy with the front end height since I installed the air. I decided to finally do something about it. I was reading about what to do for it to lay frame. So I did a good old frame notch for the axle (didnt need it) and also the tie rods which the car was sitting on. I think I still have some trimming to do here and there since its not really that much lower I dont think. Oh well I had nothing better to do.

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    Dope. First picture of last post is where it's at. Good work on the notch
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    So after all that work, and waiting a few days I finally aired the car out. Well....I am not happy yet. I will get back to it eventually and figure out whats holding me up.

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    Also made a new mount for the controller. There really isnt many spots that looks kinda clean in a mk3. Sure I could have hidden it in the glove box, but I kinda like where I can easily change the height if I need to. Euro rhd lower bin really cant hold anything, since they didnt get cup holders so itll live down there.

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    Next up was to finally get the trans setup working correctly. I couldnt get the O2A shifter setup working correctly. I had a hard time adjusting for reverse, and never had 5th gear. I did everything I could outside of ordering the expensive alignment tool. I decided it was finally time to just get the mk4 O2J setup and be done with it. My one friend I race with said it was the best thing he did on his vr years ago. So took a short drive and picked up what I needed. Ended up being the tower was broken which sucked, but I got the shift box in. I didnt take pics of that since I was really frustrated. I ended up picking up another car that came with a spare O2J trans and stole some parts after a failed junkyard run. Some extra parts from Dieselgeek and we have reverse and I think 5th but I need to go for a drive to find out on that.

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    Golf made a new older friend last week. I havent really posted much about it but a few people on here might know about it. I might make another thread, not really sure yet. Anyway onto the specs of what it is.

    1984 VW Gti
    2.0 Block, 8v head, Scirocco 16V intake
    EMS Pro standalone management
    Ground Control Sleeves on koni shocks, eibach springs
    16+ wheels and tires
    Kirk Racing 6 point cage

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    That looks like a lot of fun.

    Also, I want your shop.

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    Well that's a rabbit I would own. Great acquisition, seems like a capable toy with nice parts.
    What kind of exhaust does it have on? Would like to hear a sample clip
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    It's already SO much better without the orange pinstripe

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    Quote Originally Posted by saturnstance View Post
    That looks like a lot of fun.

    Also, I want your shop.
    I hope it is. I still havent had a chance to really drive it other than up and down the driveway since I only just finished up a seat mount and its not street legal at all. It took me 8 years of house/garage hunting to find this place, and it was just the right time right place kinda deal.

    Quote Originally Posted by gnmzl View Post
    Well that's a rabbit I would own. Great acquisition, seems like a capable toy with nice parts.
    What kind of exhaust does it have on? Would like to hear a sample clip
    It wins its class so its a very "fast" car for what it is. Funny thing is it only has 135hp. It has a very low hanging header but sounds good. I do want to redo the back and maybe just loose the muffler since we dont require one. I will get an exhaust clip next week since it fights me to run when its colder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fruttolo View Post
    It's already SO much better without the orange pinstripe
    I was glad I pulled it right away. I had some purple glitter strips on it, which actually looked perfect but didnt stick well. That came off and I am debating on maybe teal or something for this year till I repaint the car next year. I still need to pull the orange off the hatch which scares me as its super thin fiberglass (I need to make copies of it) and the grill yet.

    Some older videos of the car running the hills

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    1:46 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYoA6IdXv4c

    7:50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmGhG6_syCk
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    Decided it was time to finally put some paint on the euro hatch and lower grill strip. I was tired of moving it around and everytime I looked at the front of the car I was annoyed. Ordered some paint and clear from paintscratch and I am impressed with the match. The paint on the car kinda sucks and needs a cut/polish bad which I hope to get done someday soon. I also should have ordered more clear, oh well.

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    I need to call and have the glass installed and the hatch should be done. I am still on the fence with ordering a heckblende and just cant decide if the cost is worth the look or not yet. Also need to find a better grill set up since this one kinda fits like ass. Part of me wants to go back to a golf/gti front anyway and run some early single chamber lights. Also got the level sensors for the car which I need to start working on.
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    I love heckblendes on mk1/2s butwould not put one on a mk3, it's cleaner as it is imo

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    Sent a text to a guy who did my truck glass. He turned out to be a big VW guy when I asked him about doing the hatch glass a while back. He stopped over last night after he was done work. Nice being able to have a Safelite van to use. Quick check of the glass and we were looking at seal options.

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    It was fun to watch all the steps as he got it in and everything to fit well. No way I could have done the sealant myself thats for sure.

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    Seal is a little different than what people are usually using. I know the subaru forester is what is preferred, but he suggested against it after installing a few. In person I think it looks perfect. There is more tape and usual to keep the corners to stick till everything sets.

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    Also my almost perfect RHD cowl trim showed up as well. I will get more pics of that swapped since I am very excited to finally have a good one.
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    So clean mate, i love this thing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mgpdoc View Post
    So clean mate, i love this thing.
    Thanks man, I am really starting to get happy with the car.

    Not a great pic, but here is the completed windshield cowl. Looks much better than before. I also have another mint set to just delete wipers which I can always swap out when I am bored. Also really need to either swap this motor, or just start trying to really clean up the bay.

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    Also finally pulled off the tape, installed my plates, and got the car outside. I have an emblem on order, and also lights for the plates since I dont think I got any with all the parts in bins. My one friend has a box of parts that hopefully he can find and give me that he had waiting for the swap.

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    Do a mild bay shave and clean up with the stock engine, I love "unappreciated engines" being cared for

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    So over the weekend, which I dont really get into the garage anymore since I am there all week at "work" I picked up a new seat to finish up the back finally. They just need a little clean now and they will be perfect.

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    Stopped at the guys house I got the steelies from since he had some hubcaps he thought I might want. I love them for another option so of course I grabbed them.

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    Then onto some pictures of the front sensors. Hopefully they work. Soon once the rear is done I will test the system out.

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    Rear sensors really were not that hard, but figuring out the bottom mount onto the beam was interesting. I thought I could grind off the paint and weld on a simple tab. No idea what the metal is that they used, but I could not get my weld to hold. Gave up rather quick and made a quick and dirty mount. I will probably add another hose clamp but for now it seems fine. Not like there is any kind of load on the sensors.

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    Got my used rear emblem in the mail yesterday which completes the hatch other than getting in the plate lights. I think those might come today but not really sure. Also made 2 new stickers for the hatch. The "burn all the mk3" is one I made for my friend and I decided to keep it since it was one of my first dual color. Added the bag guy from the OG air affair in 2007 (no one will remember that) and an orchid sticker.

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    Ebay special for the license plate lights. I didnt get anything with my hatch so I needed a complete unit. Few minutes looking for screws and I had the lights installed and plugged in. Very happy that they work.

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    Rolled the car outside to see what it looked like in the sun. Also threw on all the hubcaps for fun.

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    Hubcaps belong in the trash
    Other than that, I love it. Weird issue about the rear beam being unweldable, might look for info later

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    the hub caps look sweet!

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