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Old 09-23-2018, 02:30 AM   #221
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So then naturally, i just had to find some time to put all the things, and see how it went. First stress of the process was to see of the mounts would actually fit, since, they were not listed for my car. However everyone reassured me after a lot of photos going back and forth that they would actually fit.

Driver's - Gearbox side

Airbox removed

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Mount removed

Side by side

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What a weird shaped mount. Seems like they will be ok though

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Test fitted and went in first time

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Marked my bolts, cause you know me.

Installed the airbox back in- needs a good clean, LoL

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Now, for the passenger's - engine side

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This is the actual mount

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This was very tired. Side by side with the VT one

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Installed in place

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Finally the lower mount - no problems here

Out with the old oem mount with the Powerflex insert

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In with the complete replacement of the VT one

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I was very anxious as to how it would behave, given this is a diesel engine, and vibrations are there. Even in a petrol car, when you go to stiffer mounts, you can feel it in the cabin. However, no drama. Yes, when the car is cold, and the ac on sometimes it can get a little harsh, but nothing major, and only at idle. Feels very very nice, and no going back whatsoever . . . .

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Old 09-23-2018, 02:46 AM   #222
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The vibra technics mounts are amazing, in my opinion they are the best mounts so far. I have them installed in my Rocco with aggressive power and no way to back to any other tested mounts I tried before.
Good choice mat
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Old 09-23-2018, 08:16 AM   #223
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The vibra technics mounts are amazing, in my opinion they are the best mounts so far. I have them installed in my Rocco with aggressive power and no way to back to any other tested mounts I tried before.
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Indeed they are. First time i am using them.
On my Audi A4 i am using Stern Race mounts, and on the Golf mkv, VF Engineering mounts.

I like the VT as well.
Pretty happy
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Old 09-23-2018, 01:25 PM   #224
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Then it was a matter of installing all of the new bushed and things to complete the puzzle

Old rear control arm bushings

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Inner Arches were tired

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Disassembling

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Front suspension removed for the top mount bushings and bearings

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OEM vs Powerflex Black Bushings

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Steering rack ball joints, that love my wide wheels+Spacers+Ride Height combo a lot, i am sure

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Control arms removed

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New arches bought from the dealership, ready to be installed



In place

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I need to clean my suspension, makes me sad to see it like that

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Putting shinny things back on

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Old bushings removed, new ones, Powerflex black bushings front and rear, in place

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These are not only firm, but also, stealthy, noone knows they are there, except for you. Ok maybe the passenger as well.

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Until i show you some final photos after the alignment and fitment of the new suspension components, here's a small, but not cheap side projects i have been working on.

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Any ideas ?

I bought this expensive bad boy. It is suitable for M5, M6, M8 and M10 rivnuts. I always wanted this, and instead of going to body shops, have one just for me. This gives you the ability to go oem fitment on all custom mounted parts, so it's just what i wanted.

Also acquired some cobalt drill bits all the way to 13mm. Cant go wrong with quality tools i guess.

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First job i tried it on, was the rear fire extinguisher mount.

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It was installed with self-tapping screws, which due to vibrations, at some point, fail.

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Drilled the holes to 8mm

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M8 Rivnut with some red loctite

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Ah, better

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Old 09-23-2018, 01:26 PM   #225
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Now, for the fitment photos, after the suspension has settled. Car feels amazing, mush stiffer but in a good way, not here and there, more like in one place. Sharper, and precise

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Without doing anything to the front ride height from the suspension settings, look how much higher it sat from the changes of components....

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Cheers everyone, I hope you liked the updates

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Old 09-26-2018, 04:06 PM   #226
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After 3,5 year of owning the car from new, and 55k kms, my floormates were looking tired. Not bad for a daily.
I didnt like the options my dealership had to offer, so i searched online for something custom, and subtle. So, onto the pics as always.

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Out with the old ones

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Transferred my custom billet securing clips onto them

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That uneven stitching gets my OCd a bit, but oh well . . .

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Installed them on the car

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Looked perfect

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And the rear ones

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Cheers guys

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Old 11-22-2018, 12:17 PM   #227
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Dang, this thread is still going! The attention to detail is amazing, car looks great as always!
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Old 11-23-2018, 09:23 AM   #228
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Dang, this thread is still going! The attention to detail is amazing, car looks great as always!
Yes, it is, and many more things have been happening. Let me bring you up to date on this one .

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Old 11-23-2018, 09:24 AM   #229
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Took the car on yet another roadtrip to central Greece

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Then I did a mod i saw on Youtube from Obsessed garage. He gave me the idea, how to eliminate this thing that happens at gas stations

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So this is before

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Remove the whole assembly

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Remove this, which looks like a . . . . . you know

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This is all we are gonna need

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Ah much better

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Now if it falls, it falls down. Not on my fender.

Now, I am sure some guy at a petrol station will open it, and leave it on the top of the car, that is why, i am always there, you know just in case.

Been looking for a short shifter for this car for quite a long time, however never pointed me in the right direction. Either nobody knew, or nobody cared I guess. However searching over at briskoda forum, i was almost sure i found one, and after talking with the company , they assured me it would fit, so i gave it a go. Even if it didnt the price was worth it for a shot.

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Lovely piece of product

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Oem one

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New one in place

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Feels SO much better, the travel of the shifter, and the feedback from it. Amazing value for money mod in my opinion.

It would be rude not to give it a good wash

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Old 11-23-2018, 09:25 AM   #230
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Here they are

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And their specific connectors

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Unboxing the EGT

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And the water temp

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Threw them on to see how they would look

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Really came together

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Then I found an old adapter housing i had for the water hoses, that i had used in the golf.

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Bought all new clamps, and oem hoses to see if it would fit without removing the ones from the car

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It worked great, but the blue theme, just didnt work for me anymore.

So, I could paint it black, or silver, or i could do something even harder. Make a copy out of scratch aluminum.

This piece, will become our final product

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There we go

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Test fitted the sensor

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All great

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Now all i have to do is install them , both the exhaust temp and water temp and we will be good to go

And last but not least, another project . . . .


Remember my TTs steering wheel ? Removed it

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This came to the rescue

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Also, used my Golf a bit more

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Dont worry, i didnt go back to this steering wheel for no reason. I sent mine off to UK, to get some Alcantara, and Carbon fiber treatment. Super excited. Cant wait to show you guys results :)

Cheers

Mike, mgpdoc over at instagram for faster updates.
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Old 11-23-2018, 10:15 AM   #231
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Spent some time at the exhaust shop, removing my downpipe, and welding the exhaust temp sensor adapter, from Defi.

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Out of focus pics for the win

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Then i cut the radiator hose, drained the fluids, and inserted the adapter for the water temp sensor. Went for simple clamps, because they fitter better in situ compared to the heavu duty ones. Filled with G13 again, and Happy to report, no leaks.

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Then it was matter of connecting the sensors with the Defi main unit under the steering wheel. The route through the firewall was known from the installation of the previous gauges, so again, removal of tray stuff

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My main goal was for the wiring to be visible, but oem+ fitment.

I think it came out great

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And there they are, the water temp and exhaust gas temp readings on my 1.6 tdi, making 160hp at the dyno.

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Excuse the iphone pics, but i was excited.

Cheers guys , more things on the way, stay tuned.

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Old 12-06-2018, 04:01 PM   #232
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Another thing that was on my list, was to upgrade all of the interior switche to the Q3 / A1 facelift model. I had been postponing this mode due to the fact that i would have to not only purchase them all from the dealership to begin with, but also, to change their colour afterwards to match the white new interior lighting theme. I didnt want to go for cheap ebay china replicas.

However, i thought that i could purchase them, and then just change the caps, and keep the electronic parts as spares. And i was right.

Photos are always better than talking so. . . .

Parts were bought

Some G13 to replace the one i spent for the water sensor.

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Interior parts were removed

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The only tools I needed

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Unboxing new stuff

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Now let's start replacing them

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One down, many to go

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Another one done

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Finally, installed on the car

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With white light colour

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Very happy with the results. A subtle, but very nice mod.

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Old 12-06-2018, 05:29 PM   #233
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Huge improvement. Looks great!
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:04 PM   #234
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Congrats Mike! So good so far :)
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