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Old 09-29-2013, 09:01 PM   #29
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Going to the tint shop tomorrow. Have it written down for 55% all around, but I think I'm going to just get 35% in the rear and back to start, then go from there.

Came back from Montreal to find that my deautokey LED reverse lights are here and the monster mats I bought used on the forum should be arriving tomorrow. Nice little things. Probably try and take some video of comparison between these reverse LEDs and the one's in my VACARs.

Also from this road trip, I realized that my headlights are seriously out of alignment. Must be from the damage I had repaired, since they actually replaced one of the headlights under insurance. Between actually replacing the headlight and installing the VACAR taillights, I'm wondering if the vagcom coding I'm using messed something up. Will investigate this week.

K04 install next week! And I just crossed 15,500 mi. From May 07 till Sept 29. Gotta stop finding excuses to drive so much...
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:35 AM   #30
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55% 3M FX Premium all around. The parking lot with bricks is mostly shots with the sunroof open, the blacktop rooftop location (two hours prior) is mostly closed sunroof.



















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Old 10-07-2013, 04:57 PM   #31
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cars looking good! tails def change the look of the car.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:29 PM   #32
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Thanks! I think these tails and the front lip are probably the only cosmetic additions I'm making. I originally wanted to white out the red stripes, but the more I leave it, the more they grow on me.

I just got K04 installed @ HS Tuning today. Wow.
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:16 PM   #33
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Nice!!! I'm so jealous!
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:52 PM   #34
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So many things that I should write down. Decided to drop a list of some of them so I keep track. More things to come to sink into the money pit...

What's Coming

Suspension
  • Bilstein B8 Shock Absorbers
  • Whiteline WALK
  • Whiteline Trailing Arm Bushings, S3, or TTRS Bushings?
Brakes
  • Motul RBF 600 Fluid
  • StopTech Street 309.11070 front pads
  • StopTech Street 309.14560 rear pads
  • Tyrolsport brake stiffening kit
  • Centric Drilled/Slotted Rotors
  • Braided Stainless Steel Lines
  • Big Brake Kit - Aftermarket Kit or OEM TT-RS Retrofit
Engine
  • NGK BKR7EIX Plugs @ .028
  • GFB DV+
  • Turbo Outlet Pipe [Research Required]
  • Throttle Body Pipe [Research Required]
  • 034 Track Density Engine/Trans Mounts [Research Required]
Chassis
  • Unibrace XB
  • Unibrace UB or Undercar Brace
  • Unibrace RB
  • S3 Aero Underbody Coverings
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:45 PM   #35
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Drove a Corolla all weekend. Got back behind the wheel of my GTI today on the way to work. Word.

Broke down and ordered some Unibraces. Got both the UB and the RB in black. I may break and buy the XB also. We'll see...
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:17 PM   #36
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So I remember this thread about Homelink auto-dimming mirror: http://www.golfmk6.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12787
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:47 PM   #37
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Ordered the full set of UNIbraces. XB, UB, RB. Can't wait to install - hopefully before too much more cold weather sets in. I'm getting winter tires for my winter car mounted this weekend. Not looking forward to driving this 03 Camry around during winter. Great tires still don't help with the whole blah factor of the car.

EDIT: XB install notes: http://www.golfmk6.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26324
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Old 11-09-2013, 04:11 PM   #38
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Sigh. Cleaned car, used the high pressure sprayer too close to the paint protection film and it ripped. Straight up. I guess I need to invest in some full fender protection. The left fender partial cover is already completely looking like poo. The front is also pretty sloppy. I may need to rethink this paint protection film but damn. I spent so much money getting it covered. At least the hood is so nice. Front bumper just doesn't look that good. The only good thing here is that I know under the mess is clean pristine paint.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:56 PM   #39
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This is a repost from the UNIbrace thread: http://www.golfmk6.com/forums/showth...t=68096&page=3

My first order arrived - UB and RB. Standard packaging, box was beat up from travel, but there was a lot of foam sheets covering everything. Both pieces arrived wrapped nice and tight and pristine. Fit and finish is impeccable. I don't know anything about durability, but at least it is certainly pretty looking. Can't wait till this weekend or next weekend to install both these and the XB, which will hopefully arrive on Friday if all things go according to schedule.

The UB is under the foam, RB is in most of these pictures.




Got all three braces installed yesterday. The XB install was done extremely carefully because drilling holes in bare metal of car makes me nervous. Stripped interior:





Then test fit the XB:


Then used metric size bits to drill pilot hole, then full sized (really tight) and then filed the holes for a nearly press fit. Only did the bottom two at first. Then once those were test fitted, marked the top two and put them in.



Used a heat gun on the metal / put the nutserts in the freezer also. To place them, didn't end up using the nutset tool at all because it seemed to be kind of undersized. Used a proper riveter that crushes/ crimps the pieces into place.

The brace in place:

The UB and RB were simple installs. RB took some banging around but it eventually fit in there. Unrelated - I noticed some scrapping on my sway bet too. May need to look into that.

Have driven about 45 miles so far. Car feels so solid that the only body flex noises I'm hearing are distinctly coming from plastic body panels. Turns and carves are solid and I scared myself turning so hard. But the car was completely firm in and through. The failure point here is the OE tires. With these great looking braces, lowering springs and some sway bars, the car is in a much better place right now.

If I add some new struts and perhaps some new control arms and/or ALK, I feel pretty great about how this little gokart will be rolling.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:17 PM   #40
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I've been researching brake kits. There are a bunch of options but it seem to be heavily dependent on subjective feel, how the car is being used, and cost of install/maintenance. 100% unnecessary for me? Yes. Wanted? Yes. I originally wanted to pull the trigger on a brake kit this month, but I decided that I needed to do more research first.

OEM TT-RS retrofit: 4 piston calipers with 370 mm rotors. This option works because of the platform cross fit from the A3/S3/RS3. We have the benefit of OE research and development with reasonable maintenance costs and proven design in all season drivability. New parts from OE are expensive, coming close to $4000 for everything, but if I can find the calipers and/or other components used with low mileage, it might make a very cost effective install option. Parts necessary include the calipers, front rotors, stainless brake lines, pads, new fluid. Some people saying that a master cylinder swap is necessary to retain a stock-like petal feel; so far that doesn't seem to be the case. If anyone in Ohio has done this swap, I would love to take a short test drive for pedal feel etc. Helpful links:

http://www.golfmkv.com/forums/showthread.php?t=175147
http://www.golfmkv.com/forums/showthread.php?t=176126
http://www.golfmkv.com/forums/showthread.php?t=149461
http://www.golfmkv.com/forums/showthread.php?t=136174

Ebay regularly has UK selling RS3 and TTRS front calipers for anywhere between $250-2000, depending on what they're selling with it. New, these parts would be close to $3000, so I'd say used calipers are the way to go. Still need to get the rest of the parts, including stainless brake lines, rotors, brackets if necessary. Also some control arm upgrades aren't very compatible, like the SuperPro retrofit that some people have used.

Brembo “Tier 3" $1800 - These are 4 piston calipers with 330mm 1 piece rotors. The cheapest Brembo option for the MKVI platform that serves it’s purpose. Street worthy with weekend track events are a high possibility here. The longest anyone I know or may know has had them installed is a little over one year - not enough time to really prove if longevity is going to be an issue. They're more than enough for daily and they are very civil. If I was thinking more reasonably, this would be my first choice, but as with buying mainly more expensive parts, I figure that if I'm doing it, I might as well do it all the way and not cheap out.

Brembo GT “Tier 1” - These are usually around $3995 and are extreme. Obviously they would work great, but for actual daily driving they might be a little much. However, with unlimited amounts of cash, I would spring for these in a second. 6 piston monoblock calipers, 355x32 mm two piece rotors. Pretty expensive to replace rotors, but at least we know Brembo is going to be around forever, certainly longer than I'll have my GTI even if I keep it for ten years.

VW Racing “Tier 2" - Though these are $2900 - on sale till the end of November for $2400, the replacement rotors are $1300 a pair. Even if that only happens once every few years, that is a pretty hefty daily driver pay to play fee. These are not up to the performance of the Brembo GTs, but far more than I would ever need, even tracking. These are six piston two piece calipers with 352x32mm two piece rotors. The nice thing about these are that they have VW specific hub spacers built into the rotor design, which means you don't have to add in other aftermarket pieces. These are only available from the UK, so shipping and replacement parts is a bit of a wait. Then again, this system is designed for VWs instead of being fit to all platforms, so there's a little more thought into the design, like the fact that the caliper design is specifically created for the GTI master cylinder. In terms of keeping it in the family, I could easily see myself going for these as well as VWR transmission and engine mounts.

Stoptech “Tier 3” - I really just have no interest in Stoptechs, but I do see that most people who upgrade their brake systems go with Stoptech. For the price and delivery of product, there's really no better product for the dollar.

17z Retrofit - I also don't want to deal with piecing together a brake kit from a platform that is so old. This tech is positively antique compared to the options we have off the shelf and upcoming. I'd even go for a MkVII brake retrofit over reaching back so far to piece together a kit like this.
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Old 12-14-2013, 03:19 AM   #41
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The car has been garaged for only a few weeks and I've been driving this winter mode Camery. I can't stand the loose steering, the soft brake feel, the lack of response (even though it has a v6), and color. A beige Camery. How cliche. Well, it's a perfect condition 2004 vehicle with under 50k miles. It's rarely driven since it's my parents' extra car so I steal it during winters - benefits of living in the same city I grew up in, I suppose. I've had some Blizzaks mounted on it the last few years and during that time I've driven through snow storms, flurries, slush and straight up blizzards, so I know the car is great in winter weather. But I still hate driving it. It's like a dishwasher with wheels. I tried detailing it today and I just stopped after getting it clean, not spotless. No enthusiasm for it at all.

Maybe it's wishful thinking and I hope the road clears up lots, but I bought a Cobra iRadar 150 and Cobra Mini Universal Phone Mount as a bundle for about eighty bucks. Includes the radar, mount, power cords, and all associated hardware. Never owned a radar detector before, but I've certainly used one before! Can't wait to use it. I'm hoping this particular cheap model feels like Waze with radar detecting.
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Old 12-17-2013, 08:25 PM   #42
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Picked up a VWR transmission mount that's been sitting for a few months. Part stockpiling commencing now...

If anyone has a set of TTRS brake calipers/rotors for sale, I have cash in hand.
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