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      08-02-2007 11:21 AM #1
      11/29/08****This is now being re-vamped.****
      Goal is to make new threads and link to them instead of linking to individual pages in THIS thread. If you see anything in this FAQ that needs it's OWN (or already has) thread please let me know OR create one and PM me the link. Please be careful to NOT create a new thread if it is already linked to in this thread.


      Welcome to the Golf/Jetta MK3 Do-It-Yourself, How-To and Frequently Asked Question Thread.

      This thread has step-by-step instructionals, links to helpful sites, and useful threads pertaining to many of the most commonly asked questions here in the MK3 section of VWVortex. Thanks to the users for their contributions in the past and please continue to add more in the future. Everyone who posts and has something added to the FAQ will be credited along side the link. If we forgot anyone please let us know.

      How to add something to the FAQ?

      If you have anything that you would like added to this list, or to report broken links, please use the report post to moderator function.


      Don't forget our Technical Forums that are broken down into more specific sections like interior, car audio and electronics, specific engines, transmissions etc.

      To search within this thread, please press Control+F or Open Apple+F on your keyboard. (Note: Just because nothing is returned does not mean that it is not here, your search term may not be used in the description). Many items and issues may fit into all categories, so it is best to spend a couple minutes looking through the whole thread.

      Sections
      01) FYI Basics on Car Stuff/Facts Etc...
      02) Lighting & Electrical
      03) Interior-Related How-To's & Modifications
      04) Brakes, Suspension, & Steering
      05) Bodywork, Painting, Exterior...
      06) Engine, Exhaust, & Ignition
      07) Transmission & Clutch
      08) Other, Maintenance, resources (incl website list)
      09) European Mods or related
      10) Wheels & Tires
      11) MK3-Specific Audio / Media / Etc
      12) Miscellaneous FAQ's/DIY Compilations

      If this format is hard to read, please click this link for a "different" format" - THANKS TO: 98wolfsburgJetta

      And yet another format. This one was an alternative to the original FAQ so I'm not so sure that it's better at this point and some links do NOT work. Just adding this as yet another alternative.

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      Lighting & Electrical

      Lighting Forum FAQ / DIYLighting Forum
      Fogs as DRL's (Sorry, pics don't work anymore - VinceQc
      Disable Daytime Running Lamps (DRL's) - George
      Disable Seatbelt Chime - TooSlow2Point0
      DIY: How to Relay your HID-Equipped MK3 Car - nater
      DIY: My 2nd "True" HID Retrofit: MK4 Golf/Bora OEM HIDs Projectors into MK4-Looks with pics - nater
      DIY: My 3rd "True" HID Retrofit: MK5 Ecode HID Projectors into Inpro MK4-Looks with pics - nater
      Make a switch to run city lights only without a euro switch - makenramen
      The MK3 Euro Switch Information Thread - ventoCL
      HID Install into MK4 Look lamps (inpro projectors) - V a V jetta W 3 6
      Converting single bulb Golf lights to stock GTI headlights - Red Baron Golf
      E-Code Wiring Diagram - FlyersFn32
      FK Powerlook Angel Eye Wiring (Sorry, pics don't work right now) - AaronD
      Disable DRL's in 1995-early 1996 cars - VR6 Mk3
      Disable DRL's - Another option - 16vpower
      Enabling Rear Fog on US-Spec MK3's - Multiple topics discussed in this thread - DomozitoLK
      Inexpensive Taillight Smoking/Tinting - Multiple topics discussed in this thread - DomozitoLK
      More: Inexpensive Taillight Smoking/Tinting - ninety9gl
      Turn Signal Smoking DIY - Pats16vGTI
      Removing the Amber in your GLX Taillights - SSjetta
      PIAA Ion Crystal/MaxGold yellow bulbs for fogs and headlights - Multiple topics discussed - DomozitoLK
      Air Conditioning Light Removal - nikocb
      Joey Mod your Headlights - vwjn311
      Installing Euro-spec Headlights (including wiring) - EchoOfGecko
      Climate Control Bulb Replacement DIY - yeayeayea
      More info regarding the wiring of your Euro-spec lamps - AlexiGTIVR6
      Rear Fog Installation Instructions - DaveNY
      Euro Switch install - Red Baron Golf
      DIY: N/A Headlight Switch to Euro Switch for <$10! - Crew
      How to get fogs/highs/lows on at the same time. - Red Baron Golf
      Rear Fog Enable on Jetta - 98JettaGT
      Bulb Types for Dual-Chambered lights and fogs - 19 GTi VR6 98
      More Bulb Types - DomozitoLK
      Trunk Light for OBDI Cars - DubberFromCT
      More on the Trunk Light - Matt H
      Remote Keyless Entry - Matt H
      Programming Keyless Entry Remote - golfSPORT95 & pentoro
      Aftermarket Remote Keyless Entry - Dan J Reed
      Extending Range of Stock Keyless Entry from 40-100Ft! - nappent
      By-Passing Stock Alarm Module - Air_Cooled_Nut
      Alarm Acting Strange? - Good Alarm System Info - Dan J Reed
      Front Bumper Light Turn Signal Mod - vwabbitman
      Side Markers to Turn Signals DIY - Scottacular
      THE ORIGINAL Side Markers to Turn Signals DIY Mod - Jaybop
      Long Fog Install DIY - vanaman
      Smoked Fogs DIY - soccergk
      Alarm Going Off When Reconnecting the Battery? - bikerbill2021 & McKLaSiK
      DIY Mk 4 Switchblade Keyfob Remote using aftermarket alarm keyfob circuit board. - Cybersombosis
      Ignition Switch Install - PhrequenC
      Ignition Switch DIY w/ Pics - QBalance156
      Ignition Switch Install (Another option) - xtomkx
      Fogs DIY for cars w/o factory fogs - Fields_Dubbin
      Fogs DIY for cars w/o OEM Fogs (Option 2) - SnubbedMK3
      Fuse & Relay Location Diagram (Can be Found in Your Bentley) - ewinston
      Master Key Light & FK Angel Eye Wiring - JiMbo VR6
      3rd Brake Light RelocationDubberFromCT
      Cruise Control Module Fix DIY - badufay
      Lighting forum FAQ (ecode install, HIDs, etc) - Misc users
      DIY, Adding silver rings to your cluster - GTIhler
      DIY - Silencing the Door Ajar Chime - Dan J Reed
      Adjusting your MK3 E-Codes - Air_Cooled_Nut
      DIY Euro Switch from N/A Switch for $10 or less! - v2 - JDub8
      Replacing an alternator on your 2.0 ABA - new2


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      Bodywork, Painting, Exterior...

      Paint Codes for any Car - handsome_matt
      More Car Colors - DonSessoG60
      More Paint Codes - bluejettaVR6
      And even more on paint codes - bikerboy
      And more on colors/paint codes - Euro Hillbilly
      Paint Codes, broken down by year (with some pics) - Authored by: Various....... and linked to by: beyond belief
      Shaved Bumper DIY - Authored by: CountBlah....... and linked to by: DaddyOfPayton
      Ghetto Side Skirts - wolf799
      Stock Side Skirts Install DIY - DubberFromCT
      Replacing Door Latches DIY - brobsrabbit
      Hood Latch/Cable Break or Come off? Get in here - VR6OOM
      More Paint Code Info - OhioBenz & David@vwvortex
      Door Handles are Interchangeable from Right to Left - George
      M3 Mirror Install? - ichiban5 & punkassjim
      Remove Your GTi Rear Window Spoiler - George
      Front & Rear Bumper Removal - Darrell
      Door Molding: Fixing non clip-on type - iamdoingthat & cjbuchanan
      De-Badging your MK3 - iamdoingthat
      Removing Factory Side-Skirts (all models except Cabrio - iamdoingthat
      Easiest / Cheapest Hoodstruts - timmybgood
      Ghetto Hood Lifts / Hood Struts - Matt H
      Smoked Fogs DIY - soccergk
      Are your rear window channel connectors chipped and/or rusting? - __enos__
      Tinting Your Foglights, Markers, Reflectors, turn Signals With Smoked Film - jtdunc
      Tinting/Smoking your Taillights DIY - FORUM720
      Jetta M3 Taillights (pics not working) - ventovolkswagen
      Another Detailed DIY on Hood Lifts / Hood Struts - domlicious
      Faded Door Handle Solution - kitty
      Another Faded Door Handle Solution - stoicbmx
      European Bumper Install (scroll down) - EchoOfGecko
      Deleting Passenger Side Keyhole (1993-1995) - 28
      Blacked-Out VW Emblem - VR6-Racer
      Blue & White Emblem (scroll down) - VR6-Racer
      Painting Parts of your Engine Bay (scroll down) - VR6-Racer
      How to Clean Wax and Stuff off Textured Plastic (scroll down) - VR6-Racer
      Installing Euro VR6 Lip - DubberFromCT
      Euro Front Rebar on NA Radiator Support - EuroVR6Mk3
      Swapping in Euro License Plate "tub" - Air_Cooled_Nut
      Installing Bonrath Mono-Wiper - Air_Cooled_Nut
      CL Style Plugged Rear Wiper for MK3 Golfs/GTi's - Slapshotnerd
      VW Accessory Lower Grill Covers - golfSPORT95
      DIY Mesh Grill - _muppet_
      FUBA Install - Matt H
      More of FUBA Install - Dan J Reed
      Painting your 2L Intake Manifold - Wheel Man
      SEAT Toledo Lip Spoiler Install - DubberFromCT
      GLX Spoiler Install - Teets
      Corrado Rear Spoiler Retrofit - PrimaVW
      Removing Painted Pin Stripes - Gibson5469
      Fender Telescoping Antenna to Stubby Antenna Mod - Cybersombosis
      Removing Hard Water Spots from Windows - daviddepin
      Removing Window Tint - daviddepin
      Removing Window Tint (option 2) - pineapplegti & WhenDubsCry
      Removing Window Tint (option 3) - nater
      Removing Rear Hatch Glass - _muppet_
      How I Fixed my Sagging GTi Doors - j-dub
      Key Blank Codes for Votex Roof Rack Keys - Gibson5469
      GTi Rear Spoiler Removal - mrwarrenpiece
      DIY door molding install (bodyshop secrets revealed!) - 2deepn2dubs


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      Engine & Exhaust

      Performance-Related

      Timing Belt Job Problem: Why some ABA Cranks *could* be mis-manufactured - planrforrobert
      GIAC (Garrett) Chips are one of the best performers - Dyno Proven. Multiple topics discussed. - DomozitoLK
      Bore Out Your Throttle Body - gltuner
      2L Coolant Leak? Maybe it's from here? - tjm0852
      "Swiss-Cheese" your airbox (Applies to MK3 & MK4) - ez.roller
      Make your own Intake - iansjetta
      Cat-Back Performance Exhaust Install with plenty of pics - fatlard
      VR6 Throttle Body Coolant Line By-Pass - rbberbbyggybmpers
      Various Manufacturers Camshaft Spec's for 2L 8V Motors - Multiple topics discussed in this thread. - DomozitoLK
      Can I see an ABD Big-Bore Intake / or is it worth it? - Multiple topics discussed in this thread. - DomozitoLK
      What Headers are Available for my 2L 8V? - Multiple topics in this thread. - DomozitoLK
      DIY: airbox/intake modification write-up - Breezy.
      VR6 General Exhaust Info for normally aspirated engines - Breezy.
      Mk4 exhaust manifold install - hockeystar17mnj
      Hockey Puck Motor Mount "Mod" Discussion/DIY - gtvento13
      How to build a relatively inexpensive, reliable, powerful Vr6. - root beer


      Maintenance-Related
      Serpentine Belt Removal/Install VR6 (with belt routing diagram) - www.GTi-VR6.net
      Changing Spark Plugs - 2L - Clean97GTi
      Changing Timing Belt - 2L - fatlard
      Various Maintenance-Related How-To's - VR6 Mk3
      More Various Maintenance-Related How-To's - FlyersFn32
      Easy VR6 Upper Intake Manifold Removal - FatSean
      Secondary Air Injection (SAI) Delete (For Off Road Use Only) - Various Members - MK3 Forum Thread
      VR6 Alternator Removal & Installation - GTIaudiophile
      PCV - How to Modify when it Breaks - Massboykie
      W8 Oil Filter on 12V VR6 to Add Oil Capacity (to help cool oil) - brettpep
      Non-K&N Cone-Style Paper Filter w/o the Oil "Mess" - brettpep
      CEL / CPU "trouble codes" and their meanings - PhrequenC
      More CEL / CPU "trouble codes" and their meanings - D Hill
      VW-Specific & Generic OBDII Codes & their Meanings - Black Golfer
      Testing Some Engine Sensors. School is in Session Boys. - Dan J Reed
      Tired of your Heavy Center Suitcase/Muffler? Try this! - brettpep
      Setting Readiness (from Bentley) - Jhayesvw
      Spark Plug Install Tips - MasterJ220
      MAF: Think you may have a MAF-Related Issue? - Ed52
      General DIY: Porting your Cylinder Head - Provided by: stevegolf. Authored by: sa-motorsports.com
      Timing Chains DIY - VgRt6
      DIY: How to Re-ground your VR6 - neildorin
      DIY 2.0 igniton coil testing - tjm0852
      DIY 2.0 TB cleaning - tjm0852
      DIY Oil funnel dipstick replacement - capsolo99
      Cheap Epoxy Coil Pack ( coilpack ) Fix - 2L coil but works for VR6 coilpack - chameleon78
      How to build a relatively inexpensive, reliable, powerful Vr6. - root beer
      Replacing an alternator on your 2.0 ABA - new2





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      Wheels & Tires (Offsets, Diameters, Bolt Patterns, & General Info)


      Can I get adapters to go from 4X100 to 5X100? If so, Where? - golfSPORT95 & stephensweetland
      How to Polish All-Aluminum Wheels - Ghetto-8v
      How to Disassemble BBS RX Wheels - mack73
      Excellent Explanation of Offsets AKA: "Offsets for Dummies" - Zwoobah (Author) & ThatGuy (Posting it to the FAQ)
      Painting your Wheels (Sorry, pics not working) - 2.slow_GTi
      Painting your Wheels 2 (Sorry, pics not working) - DHill
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      Suspension Tuning

      It is dependant on what you the driver are looking for. i.e. Is it going to be a daily driver with going to the 1/4 or road track is once or twice a month or is it more than that? Are you going to want to sit at one height or do you want adjustability do you not mind a harsh ride or do you want it soft? And please don't say you want it soft as stock, while a comfortable ride is not impossible for going lower you do sacrafice comfortability for that all too cool lowness! So before asking this all to vague question give us a little more infomation about you and your driving style and we can help you with whats right for you instead of what's popular at the minute.
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      08-02-2007 03:24 PM #20
      Jetta Model Trim Differences:


      Quote, originally posted by JonnyBoy-17 »
      Here's the differences in all models/trims/editions of jettas (lowest to highest)

      -City/Celebration Editions-2.0 4cyl, manual windows/mirrors, only model with some with no a/c, models in 95 i believe
      -GL-normal, base trim level-2.0 4 cyl, manual windows/mirrors, everything else were options, available 93-99.0
      -Jazz Edition-2.0 4cyl, manual windows/mirrors, sunroof, cd changer, few options available, available on in 97
      -Trek (lower end)-2.0 4cyl, manual windows/mirrors, sunroof, available in 96, cheaper seats, red/smoked tails
      -GT-2.0 4cyl, all options except no power windows/mirrors, funky pattern-bolstered seats, red/smoked tails. 97-98
      -GLS-2.0 4cyl normal, mid trim level, power windows/mirrors, sunroof, options available (including leather-wrapped seats), 93-99.0
      -K2/Trek (higher end)-2.0 4cyl, power windows/mirrors, k2 or trek (depending on model) stitched red seats-bolstered, all options, red/smoked tails, 98
      -Wolfsburg Edition-2.0 4cyl, all options except vr6 engine, bolstered seatssmoked/red tails, 96 & 98
      -GLX-2.8 6cyl VR6, highest end, only model with VR6 engine, all options (cloth available as de-leathered option as well), leather-bolstered seats std, red/smoked tails, 94 is the only german built jetta, 94-99.0

      edit: thanks for the additions guys, i just saw like 3 posts on the front page about model diffs, so i thought i'd try to help


      [Modified by JonnyBoy-17, 10:38 PM 11-28-2002]

      Quote, originally posted by DZCad90 »
      <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>

      Phew, i think i got em all on there, let me know if i forgot one <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

      Close.. You forgot TDI

      TDI's were available in late MY1997 / 1998 / 1999.

      The TDI obviously is equipped with VW's 1.9l Turbo Direct Injection Diesel engine. This engine produces 90HP/149Ft#.

      TDI's were available in several configurations: (Each configuration includes all options above it)

      1. Base (No A/C, Base sound) (Very rare. I've only seen it at the Auto Show.)
      2. Premium Sound
      3. Sunroof
      4. Convience Package (Orlando Alloy Wheels, Heated Mirrors and Washer Jets, and Power Windows)
      5. ABS.

      All configurations were available with optional metallic paint.


      [Modified by DZCad90, 8:18 PM 11-25-2002]

      Quote, originally posted by JettaTrek »
      JonnyBoy, wrong on your specs.
      I'll just correct what I know, the Trek model.

      Trek editions were only available in '96 and '97 model years.
      1996 Trek models I think only came in the Jetta, while in 1997 there was the Trek edition Jetta and Golf.
      1996 models did not have standard alloys, roof antenna, and a host of other options.
      1997 Jetta Trek, which I obviously know much about, had these standard upgraded options:
      side skirts, fuba roof antenna (non-powered), fog lights, spoiler, darkened tail lamps, rear disk brakes, five spoke alloys, bolstered seats (same as GLX) in special canvas-type fabric, upgraded thicker floor mats with retaining knobs, silver face gauges, leather steering wheel and boot, trunk cargo mesh, rear seat reading lights, and of course the rack and bike. The plastic bins attached to the front seats mights also be an upgrade. A sunroof was an option, power windows/mirrors was an option. Cruise and AC might have been an option. The Golf Trek was similar but got rear drum brakes.
      The 1997 model came in black, red, white, and silver only.
      There was no 1998 Trek model, but there was a 1998 K2 Jetta with similar options and red stiching, the same golf ball shift knob as in the 1997 DE GTI, and matching side mirror covers. If you're looking for a sporty used MkIII Jetta 2.0L, the 1998 K2 is the best choice, then the 1997 Trek (but they're hard to find).
      This isn't the best place for this post, but I had to respond about my own car.

      Quote, originally posted by kitty »
      to add a wee bit to the trek and K2 information...

      treks were 96 and 97, 96's had flat seats and less options, as stated above. 97 they added the trek package to the golf model, and a few more options as well.

      K2's were 97 and 98, and the same sort of idea. 97's had flat seats and less options, 98's they had big bolsters, alloys, smoked tails, skirts... a few other things.

      VW is pretty bizarre about these sort of things.


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      08-02-2007 08:25 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by George »
      The easiest way to remove DRL's (Daytime Running Lights), is to simply cut the wire for pin #15 (yellow wire).

      edit: this is on the connector to the back of the headlight switch. If you don't want to cut it, simply cover the pin with electrical tape.



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      08-02-2007 08:27 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by VR6 Mk3 »
      Another way to disable DRLs

      According to pottermans, on 1995 - early 1996 cars, remove relay 94


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      08-02-2007 08:32 PM #23
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      The easiest way to disconnet the day time running lights is to pull down the fuse box by pushing back the 2 white retainers on each side. then lifting the fuse box up and out of the way. then look behing the fuse box and youll see on single pin connector its a yellow wire just unplug it and no more Daytime running lights. it takes 15 minutes tops and is reversible at anytime by just plugging the wire back together. this is far better then any cutting.

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      Enabling Rear Fog Light on US-Spec Mk3 Golf

      http://cabrios.20m.com/tuning/lighting_rearfog.htm


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      08-09-2007 08:33 PM #25
      Quote, originally posted by nikocb »
      Air Condition Light
      Pop off the climate control cover with a flathead
      Pop off diffuser ring behing the word 'Air Condition'
      Pull off tape behind 'Air Condition'
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      08-09-2007 08:36 PM #26
      Quote, originally posted by EchoOfGecko »
      European Headlights - est. time to complete: 3:00 hrs

      European headlights require modifications in order to fit the lights to North American spec cars.

      Mounting:

      1. Brackets are required. Easy to use kits are available from any reputable dealer (Evolution Sports, Tuning Zubehor, etc). Brackets can also be fabricated by bending small peices of sheet metal, or using bolts and nuts, but the recommended method is a pre-made bracket kit.

      2. The upper outside mounting tab on radiator support must be bent up (flat). No bracket is required at this mounting location.

      3. The brackets will need to be installed on the lower two mounting locations and the upper inside location.

      4. A small portion of the radiator support on the passenger side will need to be notched out (more than what is shown on the photo). This is easiest to accomplish with a Dremel tool or grinder, however tin snips will work (albeit with a sloppier result).

      5. Keep in mind; these lights are not designed for a North American car. Remember that even when a bracket kit is used, you may need to adjust the lights after installation to ensure they lign up with the hood and grill.

      Wiring:

      1. A wiring harness should be included with most installation kits. This is required as the European headlights use a different plug than the North American cars. The nice thing is that all European headlight assemblies have the same style of plug. For example, once you've modified the harness for MKIV style lights, you can swap in E-codes with no modifications to the wiring harness. It will be plug and play.

      2. Wiring the new harness is simple. Simply match the colors. In these photos, the conversion was done on a GTI with dual bulb headlights. Combine the 2 stock brown/orange wires together (ground wires), and connect them to the ground wire on the plug.

      3. Then connect the white wire to the white wire on the plug, and the yellow wire to the yellow wire on the plug.

      4. The 4th wire on the harness plug is for the city light, standard on any e-code light for the MK3. Simply connect this wire to a switched positive wire.

      5. Also, I suppose I shouldn't have to say this, but it's a good idea to use solder to connect the wires and heat shrink tubing to seal it, especially because these wires are in a weather prone area, and the wires are easily visible.

      European Radiator Support - est. time to complete: 4:00 hrs

      The European radiator support (AKA "rad" support) will allow a European bumper and European headlights to be used with no modifications. The plastic European rad support also weighs considerably less than the steal North American version, which is always a nice side effect. Also note that the European rad support is available in single and dual fan configurations, so make sure you get the one that fits you're needs.

      **Special long term testing note - It would also be a good idea to check your auxilary cooling fans at this point. If yur fans or fan belt are original or appear worn, it is a good idea to replace this part now. Should the fan fail at a later time, it will require the bumper, lights, and grill to be removed, the A/C discharged, and the radiator and support to pulled to facilitate replacing the fan. Total est. labor/parts from a repair shop would be $500.00 plus. (I learned this the hard way during a 90 degree week in June 2005. )

      1. Before installation, you will need to have the air conditioning system on your vehicle discharged, as the line runs through the rad support. I had this done at a chain oil change store called Jiffy Lube. Let them know that you need this done to service the car, and will have it re-charged when completed. Jiffy Lube discharged my AC, and recharged it again when the installation was complete. Because they put back in the same amount of coolant as they took out, I was only charged a hook-up fee ($30), and a very small labor fee ($15).

      2. You will also need to drain the coolant from the radiator. I found the easiest way to do this on my 2.0L was to disconnect the lower coolant hose where it connected to the motor, however the clip was not easy to get back on after the installation.

      3. Remove the grill and bumper.

      4. Remove the cooling fans (please remember to disconnect the power first!)

      5. Remove the radiator.

      6. Remove the old radiator support and cross-member.

      7 Re-install new radiator support and other items in reverse order of above.

      If everything was done correctly, you should not have to trim any material off the European radiator support to get it to fit. However, you may need to make some minor adjustments to get everything to line up perfectly.

      European bumpers – est. time to complete: 2:00-3:00 hrs (depending on how you choose to install rear rebar)
      *Note – these instructions assume you have already installed the European radiator support.

      European bumpers offer several improvements over the North American versions. First of all, they don’t protrude nearly as much as the NA bumpers do, making them fit the lines of the car much better IMO. They are also available in the ever popular textured top versions. Also, Euro bumpers will allow you to fit European accessories with no modifications (i.e. Votex fogs, European VR6 lower spoiler, Abt lower spoiler, etc).

      Some other key differences are that the European versions have a plate sized recess in the front bumper, the side bumper lights are deleted on the front, and the rear has a slightly different lower valence. Also keep in mind that the NA fog lights, turn signals, and lower bumper grills will not bolt up to the Euro bumpers. In order to fit these items correctly, you will need the European versions.

      Front:

      1. Remove turn signals, side bumper lights, fogs, and lower bumper grills.

      2. Remove your grill.

      3. Remove the four (?) retaining bolts behing the grill and the two (?) retaining bolts under the car.

      4. Remove bumper from car, along with impact foam behind it.

      5. Remove the stock NA re-enforcement bar (AKA “rebar”)

      6. Bolt on the new European rebar

      7. Reinstall the European bumper directly over the rebar, sliding it over the retaining bracket at the sides. As stated above, the European bumpers are slimmer that the NA versions due to the removal of the impact foam.

      8. Replace the bolts under the car and along the top ridge of the bumper that holds the bumper skin to the car.

      9. Check for alignment. You may need to adjust the brackets below the fenders that the bumper slides over in order to get the bumper sides to sit flush with the fender.

      10. Re-install the grill and install the European fogs, turn signals, and lower bumper grills. Also, remember to tie up and seal the connectors for the side bumper lights to avoid and damage caused by dragging them of getting them wet.

      Rear:

      1. Open your hatch or trunk and pry off the caps covering the retaining bolts for your bumper. Remove the retaining bolts along the top edge and the 3 bolts under the car.

      2. Remove the NA bumper skin and impact foam.

      3. Remove the NA rebar.

      4. Install the European rear rebar. The European rear rebar will not bold directly to the frame on North American cars. It requires some very simple brackets to be made. As a side note, you don’t necessarily HAVE to install the rear rebar (it will look perfect without one), however without a rear rebar, there is no protection if you get rear-ended. Another option is that you can modify the NA rebar to fit behind the Euro bumper by cutting off the 2 ribs on the face of the rebar with a grinder.

      5. Install the Euro bumper cover.

      6. Re-install the retaining bolts and reinstall the trim caps over the bolts along the top edge.

      Stand back and enjoy your Euro-fied ride!

      (if anyone sees any information I forgot to include, please IM me and I will update this. It's been quite a while since I did this, and I'm going off the top of my head, so the details aren't clear as day anymore. )


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      08-09-2007 08:40 PM #27
      Quote, originally posted by AlexiGTIVR6 »
      When wiring up MK4 look or e-codes do not cut the factory wires. You can just pull out the wires from the factory headlight plugs and re-install the in the euro headlight plugs. I cant stand seeing hack wiring on the headlights . There is a actual dealer tool for this . If you cant get the tool you can us paper clips to undo the tangs that hold them in. Its alot harder with the paperclips though but it can be done. Just ask to borrow the tool from the dealer and unplug the wires in the dealer parking lot. It only takes a few minutes.

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      08-09-2007 08:45 PM #28
      Quote, originally posted by DaveNY »
      How to fix your door-lock if you turn it and nothing happens, or it comes out...

      the following applies to the hook on the back of the tumbler breaking off on older A3's: it's not hard to fix yourself. the part that broke has been changed in later years, so, in order to "retro-fit" it to your car you need to go buy these parts:

      1HM-837-061-B "Lock Cyl" $12.21
      1HM-837-223-B "Eccentric" $2.27
      1HM-837-237-B "Trim Plate" $2.32

      So what you do is take off your door handle by removing the bolt on the side of your door, it lines up with the handle. Then slide your handle towards the front of the car, and pull out, it will pop out, now, put your key in, turn it a bit, and pull out the whole mechanism...key cylinder and the attached pieces (you may have to pull the metal piece that broke off. It's the sloted thing with the hook on the end. The hook is the weak part that was re-made, but the thing is, you have to change the cylinder because the old hole is to small for the new hook.) Now, go sit down and lay the parts out. You need to take the slats and springs out of the old cylinder and place them in the new one the same way. Use a pin to get the springs out. Place them in the new one in the same order and then grease it all up with some light lithium grease. Put the cylinder, spring clip, handle, and hook piece back together. I'd recommend testing the new cylinder before putting it in your car . It's really easy to do.

      The best instructions for a installing the rear foglight on a golf:

      http://webpages.charter.net/dub-style/rearfog/rearfog.html


      Regarding Door Lock Info Above:

      Quote, originally posted by huckedup16 »

      Just to let you know, VW changed the part numbers a little on these...

      Lock Cylinder - 1HM-837-061-B
      Excentric 1HO - 837-223-B
      "Trim Plate" is now called "Carrier" - 1HO-837-237-D

      The numbers of the springs you may or may not need are"

      1HO-837-245 (Spring on carrier/trim plate)
      1HO-837-229-B (pressure spring that holds the hook into the carrier/trim plate)




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      08-09-2007 08:51 PM #29
      Quote, originally posted by Red Baron Golf »
      <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>How the hell do you get the Audi TT accelerator pedal on ?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

      Just push it on. You may need to bend the tt pedal a bit (straighten) but it will go on.

      I'd like to know how to install a TT dead pedal WITHOUT drilling into the floor of the car. There has to be a way.

      EDIT: How to install a Euro switch

      http://www.gti-vr6.net/library/electrical/add_euro_sw.html

      How to add a jumper / bridge to enable high / low beams with fogs:

      http://www.gti-vr6.net/library/electrical/add_euro_sw/


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      08-09-2007 09:00 PM #30
      Quote, originally posted by 98JettaGT »

      How to enable the rear fog light on a Jetta

      note: some 1994-95 Jettas had the rear sockets wired for brake lights, and my instructions will not work - you're on your own!





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      08-09-2007 09:03 PM #31
      Quote, originally posted by 19 GTi VR6 98 »
      Bulb Types for Dual-Chambered Lights and Fogs

      Low-beam: 9006
      High-beam: 9005
      Fogs: H3


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      08-09-2007 09:15 PM #32
      Quote, originally posted by George »
      A mk4 cabrio (99+) guage cluster works exactally the same as any other obdII cluster (except the vr6). Thus the swap is the same as if you had a 97 gti 2.0 cluster.

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      08-09-2007 09:25 PM #33
      Quote, originally posted by golfSPORT95 »
      Programming Keyless Entry Remotes

      1. Put your spare key into the ignition and put it onto the ON position, DONT start the car

      2. Close your door. In the drivers side, turn the key to the left (unlock
      position) and hold it.

      3. It will beep 3 times. Let go to the key so it sits in the lock.

      4. With each of your new remotes, separately, press the unlock button, each
      button will cause a "HONK"

      5. Turn the key to the left again until it beeps.

      6. PROGRAMMED

      keyless entry information: http://www.geocities.com/golfsport95/keyless_entry_FAQ.htm

      And

      Quote, originally posted by pentoro »
      Credit goes to Pfeil for this one! Btw...you need 2 keys for it.

      1) put one key in the ignition and turn it to the on position
      2) close the driver door
      3) put the other key in the door and hold it in the unlock position until you hear 3 short beeps. then let go and leave the key in the door.
      4) press the unlock button on the remote. the car will beep.
      5) hold the door key in the open position again until it beeps three times.
      6) you're done!




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      08-10-2007 10:55 AM #34
      Quote, originally posted by GS Audio »
      FYI for Cutting/Shortening shifter

      Here's the link with detailed instructions and pics!

      http://www.icbm.org/erkson/personal/mycars/ss_shifter_shortening.htm


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      08-10-2007 11:07 AM #35
      Quote, originally posted by Sebeck1 »
      Here is the link to my Switchblade how-to website.

      Just some quick answers to common questions about the switchblade:

      Q. Where can I get a switchblade key?
      A. There are tons of them available on eBay or if your rich you can get them from the dealer.

      Q. Can I send you my switchblade key and have you modify it and send it back to me?
      A. Sorry, i don't readily have these tools available to me anymore at this time.

      Q. Can the buttons be programmed to work with my MkIII keyless entry system?
      A.The MkIII and MkIV use different electronics. The remotes are currently not compatible with the MkIII keyless entry system.

      Q. Can the electronics be modified to work? Can I just swap the guts of the remotes?
      A.This all depends on your skill..i guess it could be done but you would most likely have to start out with a blank PCB board and begin soldering all of the components onto it. I suck at soldering..so I cannot do it for you.

      Q. Will this work for other cars besides the MkIII? IE: MkII, MkI...etc
      A.I don't see why not. As long as you cut away enough material to fit the key into the switchblade than it should work. Remember the key can only be so long though. There must be enough room for it to fold back into the switchblade

      This FAQ for the switchblade will be updated as soon as I think of more questions that I usually get asked. Good luck!

      Suggestion #1 from Cabrio1.8T
      To get the roll pin out, I went to the mall to one of the watch kiosks where they resize watches. They did it for free. For those who do not have a tiny drill bit, use the dremel to put a notch do the key to hold it in.

      Very good ideas. Thanks Cabrio 1.8T


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