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Everything posted by Therusterman

  1. Clay cloth ?

    Been reading lots of positive things about the clay clothes, getting the same results for a fraction of the time spent with a bar of clay.
  2. Good to see you've persevered with this Dan, car looks cracking. Could you upload some sound clips when you've fitted the 6 branch?
  3. Been a member on here a few months now, and thought it was time to get a journal started. My first car was a humble mk3 1.4 Ryder, totally poverty spec, but i loved that car, moved on from this to a 1.8 Driver which I had for a couple of years and went down the euro route with that...something i'm glad i got out of my system now. Then moved into the BMW fold and had an E46, then a E36, the later which i cherished and caught the oem/detailing bug on. Which brings me to where I am now. I picked up my VR at the end of last summer. I'd wanted one ever since i had my first golf, but insurance was always too unreasonable to justify getting one, plus there were a few other worries I had on owning one, like the poor fuel consumption, rust, could i still service it myself? Then I went to look at one..............and the noise! That just made all my worry's suddenly go away. Driving the VR back from when I picked it up was definitely one i remember, the effortless cruise down the M1, and having the power on tap like i'd never had before. This is pretty much how it looked when I picked it up bar the exhaust; I apologise now, there isn't a great deal of pictures of the work that's been done up until now, i've been more focused on the job in hand! Within the first few weeks of ownership I got used to the car, replacing missing trim clips and fixings here and there, and binned off the crappy tax disc holder in favor for one from my local VW dealer. Now, i'm not one to stray too far in terms of modifying my cars, I prefer to leave them as the manufacturers made them. My concept is what ever enhancements I make, at a glance or an untrained eye you wouldn't set it apart from any other mk3 golf-almost as if it was meant to look that way. An acid test I use is if the guys at work don't notice any changes, its within my tolerances! So first thing was to address the ride height. I'm not talking about dragging the belly of the car across the asphalt or catching it on the camber of the road. i still want a practical car. What i mean is a subtle reduction in the arch gap. Cue some 'Rokkor' 20mm lowering springs, these reduced the gap, but highlighted a number of deficiency's in the suspension components. In for a penny in for a pound right?! So, a set of Bilstein B4 dampers were ordered, top mounts, wishbones, arb drop links, track rods and bump stops. That was a fun few days, especially the bit when I had to remove the sump to get to the drivers wishbone and rounded a sump bolt! 8o| After a 4WA the car felt much more stable on the road, even though the ride was a little harsh. Then I spent a while trying to cure a misfire at low revs under load. So, new coilpack, misfire still there, decide to order new plugs and leads. Guess what, go to fit them and find a HT lead loose on cylinder 5.....yup i know should of checked! At least that was something else checked off the list of things prone to going wrong. Ever since I got the car the boot still stunk of wet dog, despite been wet vac'd, so I replaced the wheel well carpets, boot mat and parcel shelf, this has got rid of the worst of it finally. While I had my attention on the interior I found myself yearning for a Recaro interior. One was duely found and supplied by Caddyslammed on here after his car met an untimely end. By now spring was around the corner. I'd decided rather than swapping winter and summer tyre's twice a year, i'd get a set of summer wheels. I found a set of Solitudes locally as a summer wheel which needed refurbishing. Unfortunately on the way over to collect them this happened; Courtesy of this Ended up driving home with one of the scabby solitudes, not a fun thing to change on a wet cold friday night! The solitudes were refurbished at a local place called BJV Engineering, did a decent enough job on the refurb, but the attitude of some of their staff left a lot to be desired. The next job caused a few months of issues. This was the exhaust. The original one was rotten; Essentially, i bought a 2nd hand one of unknown make, which after much messing around never fit right on the car and around the cat. In the end I took the plunge and just ordered a new Milltek system after trying to get a used one off eBay, of which one popped up a few days after i received the new exhaust. The Milltek fitted sooooo much better and i'm much more happy with the sound. Toying with the idea of getting a 6 branch and decat, but still undecided if this is the direction I want to take the car in. The next major job to tackle was the timing chains and a cooling system overhaul. I could go on and on and on about this, but in summary the job cost be around £650 in parts, all genuine VW and a LUK clutch and took 7 days solid work. I booked a tour of duty off work and working on the car felt like a full time job in its place! Glad I did it myself as the labour quotes i was getting were upwards of £800. And relax... Whilst I had the car apart i also fitted some Eibach Pro springs, these have complimented the Bilstein shocks perfectly giving a much more compliant ride compared to the Rokkor offerings. That just about brings me up to date with the car. I've missed out some of the finer points of minor services. Future plans in the pipeline are to fit a highline gear knob that i'm in the middle of refinishing and puddle lights in the front doors. Also got a new (old) cd player on the way thats more in keeping with the dash and the era of the car, along with some sound deadening to go under the rear bench. Also trying to source a highline handbrake console for a reasonable price, and possibly retrofit some bonnet lifters to the bonnet. If you got this far hope this was a mildly interesting read, and i promise more pictures in future updates!
  4. vr6 clutch fork bending

    Looks a nice bit of kit, but 119 euros?!
  5. Where to go to get my turbo setup fitted?

    I think it goes on the starter motor, if I remember right the earth lead that bolts onto the gearbox has a slightly more rounded terminal end on it.
  6. Oli's '97 5 Door VR6 Journal

    Window regulator replacement fail In short a total waste of time. The replacement part barely moved the window up or down. Someone's been here before- Suspected reason for knocking noise I get when the window closes fully- News parts, which were promptly repackaged and returned- To be fair to Volksbits (who supplied the part) they emailed a return form and refunded the money with no quibbles, so they still get a thumbs up from me. The old regulator was refitted after the cables sprang apart from the reel they wind around, and It works well enough for the time being. On a positive note I was able to install some sound deadening material on the door skin- Rear demister button One little touch I preferred from old mk3's I've had was the round style demister button, found one on the 'bay for a couple of pounds- Wonky exhaust Noticed this becoming progressively worse over the past few weeks. The different parts of the exhaust need realigning and one of the hangers could do with replacing but one of the bolts holding it on has rounded off. Because most of the joins on the exhaust have pretty much fused themselves together, trying to free them off lying on your back on the drive is no fun and impossible, unless your the hulk. Next option I'm considering is having an exhaust place refit the system and maybe fit a resonator after the catalytic converter as I'm getting tired of the drone at around 2k rpm. Only other thing to mention is I finally have a working radio! Managed to track down another old skool Sony the same as the one I'm using where everything works, brings my total of cdx-c5000's up to 3 now.
  7. vr6 clutch fork bending

    Bought a genuine fork from vw a few weeks ago, was only about £13
  8. mpg

    Yeah sounds about right, getting around 270 miles with mixed driving
  9. My 87' Golf 2 VR6 Build

    Looking good, don't often see obd 1 engines getting rebuilt.
  10. Vr6 engine

  11. Seems odd, iirc the connector for it should be with the injector wiring
  12. Where to go to get my turbo setup fitted?

    Regarding the external oil cooler, when I did a quick google, the ones I saw showed the original water-cooled cooler in place aswell, running in parallel with the mocal.
  13. Carbon fibre dipping

    Not bad!
  14. Where to go to get my turbo setup fitted?

    Doesn't the sandwich plate just fit between the original oil cooler and the cap which seals it?
  15. Do a quick compression test, that might help confirm your suspicion. Either way, surely its worth repairing rather than breaking?!
  16. Abs Sensors

    The...size? Same? If so yup, got a pair of front ones that have been sat in my desk for over a year!
  17. Get the codes read first, otherwise your replacing parts blindly. It does however sound like it could be a crank sensor.
  18. Where to go to get my turbo setup fitted?

    Leave it silver, will look fugly if it was all black.
  19. Considering the extra output you'll be getting from the 'charger, the gearbox brace will definitely come to think of it.
  20. Oli's '97 5 Door VR6 Journal

    Got there in the end, just had to keep persisting with it!
  21. Vr6 engine

    May be better saving a little longer and refurbishing another engine. If it were me, I'd be looking at how well the engine has been maintained over mileage. As Paceo said, it will benefit from a head refresh and chains, both of which would be worth doing as a matter of course as the engine will be apart. As you said, its difficult to find low mileage engines for sale, and considering how old the mk3 is now you'll do well to find one imo.
  22. Looking pretty sweet Ross, not my normal cup of tea but quality nonetheless. How long did this take to build? Any future plans?
  23. Nice work refurbishing the pulleys and tracking down what bearings you need, must have been satisfying! I've looked into getting the gearbox brace before, didn't know it was obsolete. Seems odd it was never fitted to Golf's despite the gearbox having the mounts for it. I've read its supposed to stop the gearbox twisting, will be interested to hear your feedback on whether it makes any difference.
  24. First VR6.

    Seems a reasonable price. Would need to find out what the service history is like as there could be a few big bills lurking, to name a few; Timing chains+tensionersClutchCooling system overhaulSuspension; bushes, track rod ends etcHeater matrix maybeDouble double check for rust. Popular areas are the sills, around the rubber bungs in the floor and of course the bottom of the front wings.Most of the above is ripe for replacing around the 100k mile mark
  25. Where to go to get my turbo setup fitted?

    Doh! Keep at it, turning into an interesting build.