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red_rocket last won the day on October 8 2017

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  1. 16 aero wheels

    Hi, Are these still available? Cheers Pete
  2. What would this cost to weld

    User "bennyk" posted some pictures of the floor repair he did on here around 3rd December 2013. For such a large section you may be better off with repair panel rather than a patch.
  3. What would this cost to weld

    Ouch - that's a big hole! The recent restoration quote for my Golf was £400+ ish per day for (cutting out and patching) metalwork. With a sill, or rear wheel arch typical taking a day each. That does not include painting and refinishing.
  4. Shock Absorbers

    Hi, I can only answer for my experience of the Mk3 Vr6. I would always now go for Bilstein B4 (or above). I swapped out my yellow Koni's as they were just too stiff for everyday driving on pot holed roads. Cheers Pete
  5. Hi, What is the registration number of the car please, so I can look it up. You can pm me, if you don't want to post it on the forum. Thanks Pete
  6. 1998 vw T4 2.8 vr6 transmission

    A fluid change is unlikely to fix a missing gear. Assuming its a 01M transmission this is how it works. You move the selector lever which rotates an actuator rod in the gearbox. For reverse and park the rod does mechanical interlock type stuff. For the forward gears, cam faces machined on the rod act on the multifunction switch (MFS) which is a big white thing on the rear side of the gearbox facing the firewall. This generates a 2 or 3 bit code on individual wires which are sent to the gearbox computer. This is located under the rear seat on a Golf but could be anywhere on a T4. The gearbox computer then controls the solenoids in the gearbox to select the correct ratios. Again the solenoid signals are sent on individual wires to a multiway connector on the top of the gearbox. The solenoids inside the gearbox are connected to this external connector using a flexi circuit, all of which sit in the gearbox oil. Its commonly reported for a solenoid or the flexi circuit (flimsy connectors to the solenoid) to have failed. You can check the continuity from the gearbox computer plug using a meter, with the wiring diagram from the repair manual. The solenoids have specific coil resistances. You can also check all of this with VagCom. Alternatively one of the outputs from the MFS could be short circuited to 0V or broken, or the switch itself could be faulty. If the solenoids or flexi circuit need repair then access is via the sump, so you will need to change the fluid and filter anyway. The MFS is above the oil level so can be removed when the engine is not running. The MFS is retained by a clamp held on by a single bolt. Although the gearbox ECU has a CAN connection to the engine ECU, the connection to the gearbox is entirely discrete, and uses lots of wires. Problems with any one of these can cause strange problems which a new gearbox or gearbox computer will not cure. Most people give up, but your problem sounds fixable. Good luck. Cheers Pete
  7. [SOLD] H&R springs for Mk3 Golf VR6 + others

    No sorry went within days on here with buyer paying postage. I put SOLD in the title as per the instructions on the classified section.
  8. My H&R springs sold on ebay. Waiting for payment before updating the classified on here as sold - received yesterday. I only changed my springs but kept the koni dampers. Cheers Pete
  9. Hi, Yes - its a little known fact that the top hats come in two different sizes, 90mm and 110mm. From my experience, Eibach and later OEM springs require the 90mm one, whilst H&R need the 110mm one. Cheers Pete
  10. SOLD - Golf Mk3 VR6 BBS alloy wheels + tyres

    Hi Andrew, Each wheel & tyre weighs about 15.5kg, so you need to check the courier cost. If you want to proceed then I will PM you my address and paypal details. Cheers Pete
  11. SOLD - Golf Mk3 VR6 BBS alloy wheels + tyres

    It's possible, but a few questions first; Where are you based? Would the courier take bare wheels (i.e. unwrapped) with just an address label? Which two do you want? Cheers Pete
  12. Now sold Set of tatty original BBS alloy wheels for Golf Mk3 VR6 1997 - P Reg Sound, with minimal damage, but need a refurb. Balance up OK and only leaked air due to corrosion when the car was in storage for the last 2 years. Toyo T1R 205/50/15 89V tyres included - which are about 4 years and 20K miles old. Also advertised on ebay. Buyer must collect from CM6 1BY (near Stansted airport). Best offer over £40 secures from a VR6OC member. Would consider selling individually (£15 each), if anyone wants proper spare or to replace a damaged one.
  13. Good used condition, some surface rust, but otherwise very good. These are very firm and lower the car by about 40mm front and rear. Available as went back to "standard" for insurance purposes. Also advertised on ebay, but £20 cash to a VR6OC member. Buyer must collect from CM6 1BY (near Stansted airport). Please note that the front springs are designed to fit the 110mm top hat - which is included. Some later cars (like mine) have the 90mm top hat. Cheers Pete
  14. Specialist

    Put it back to standard by changing the airbox and the springs, so I could take out the Hastings policy. It's a standard policy so might have a struggle with the valuation of the VR6 in the event of a fault claim. I will defo go back to the classic policy in 2 years time, when the "car loan" finishes. These really are good value from the specialists and are not bothered about normal mods. Cheers Pete
  15. Specialist

    Hi, I made a similar enquiry recently, actually for exactly the same vehicle type. I was told that you can't get classic insurance for a driver under the age of 25. I was trying to put my son on my classic policy, so he could drive the car while his was being "borrowed" by my daughter when she was back from university. The joys of parenthood! I did however get some online pricings for normal policies for my son, who is 21 with 3 years NCD on the same vehicle. Hastings £500 for a standard car. Flux £1300 for declared mods to suspension and air filter. So a huge difference, meaning it would be cheaper to return the car to standard. But, how many 20 year old cars are standard? Next step is a specialist. I am going to try HIC tomorrow - who came back with £1250. So back to standard it is then :-( Cheers Pete