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    1. 05-04-2012 09:26 PM #2731

      [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/75472481@N03/7143499769/]

      I recently left my Subaru at a dealership and drove away in this sportwagen. My only regret is not doing it sooner. Not sure about any mods to come, after lurking on here a bit I'm leaning towards covering the chrome trim in vinyl. Cheers

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      05-04-2012 09:27 PM #2732
      Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
      Whatever. Just stay the **** off my lawn... mmkay.


      so far, I've determined that having no lawn helps with this matter
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      05-04-2012 09:31 PM #2733
      Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
      Seriously though, foglights >> LED city lights every day of the week. In case anyone was curious.
      agreed..

      I wish the output was a bit better, and that the pattern spread out to the side more, but I love how the oem mk5 projectors look..







      Quote Originally Posted by kraftwerkb6 View Post
      ordered some ecs yellow fogs and dude at work has some yellow film.
      YELLOW EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!
      the above is the ziza yellow bulbs (my last set lasted nearly 1.5 years.. while the two sets of Hella yellow bulbs I tried lasted only three months each) with clear lenses. The yellow film will just limit overall output.. which is already limited by using yellow light.
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      05-04-2012 09:47 PM #2734
      Quote Originally Posted by sportwgn View Post
      I recently left my Subaru at a dealership and drove away in this sportwagen.
      I have that same kayak.

      Quote Originally Posted by rootrider View Post
      so far, I've determined that having no lawn helps with this matter
      Everyone has a lawn. It might not be a bunch of grass, but everyone has a lawn to tell kids to stay the eff away from.

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      05-05-2012 11:19 AM #2736
      Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
      I have that same kayak.

      Everyone has a lawn. It might not be a bunch of grass, but everyone has a lawn to tell kids to stay the eff away from.
      HEY, you kids, GET OUT OF THAT JELLO TREE!!!


      PS No lawn here...all gardens, no kid problems, there's thorns in the garden.

    7. 05-05-2012 07:39 PM #2737
      Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
      I have that same kayak.

      Everyone has a lawn. It might not be a bunch of grass, but everyone has a lawn to tell kids to stay the eff away from.
      Nice! I almost went with a 2 door Golf but chose the Sportwagen bc of its size.

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      05-05-2012 10:00 PM #2738
      Fun fact: the 2-door golf and JSW have the same wheelbase.

      We had my cousins 2-door GTI and my JSW parked side-by-side in the driveway not long ago and it took a tape measure for my father to believe it. It is deceptive.



      A lot more overhang and more trunk space though. Also I love the fact that the floor is flat front to back when you put the back seats down.

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      05-06-2012 04:51 AM #2739
      Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
      Fun fact: the 2-door golf and JSW have the same wheelbase.
      it's all the same PQ35/mk5 chassis

      the mk5 jetta sedan and mk5/mk6 wagon all have the same wheel base, total length, and nearly the same weight. The golf/gti just has very little behind the rear wheels. VW has built jettas and golfs like this since the beginniing.

      There's a school of thought that the jetta is a better handling car, because the weight is better balanced.
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    10. 05-06-2012 07:27 AM #2740
      I should have specified by size I meant cargo capacity. Although I did not know about the wheel base.

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      05-06-2012 10:08 AM #2741
      AFAIK, there used to be variance in the wheelbase, even within the same platform. Back in the days where there were 2-door Jettas. But I could be wrong.

      What I was getting at was that everyone seems to think that the 2-door GTIs are so much more 'sporty' than the JSW because the wheelbase must be shorter, or something... right?

      And of course by 'everyone', I mean those punk whipper snappers that call their GTI's "sports cars". I keep telling them to get the eff off my lawn too.

    12. 05-06-2012 02:46 PM #2742
      Darned kids with their

    13. 05-06-2012 02:48 PM #2743
      Hatchbacks and plaid interiors

    14. 05-06-2012 02:54 PM #2744


      my wheels just came in!



      and i'm thinking about painting my front grill white and paint the "stripes" and side grill black. any opinions?


      going on this thing..

      sunday side shot

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      05-06-2012 03:01 PM #2745
      Never mind, saw the post by VMR...Sunken Treasure color is awesome. Wonder if my local powder coated can do that color. Looks really good.
      Last edited by sportwagen rick; 05-06-2012 at 08:40 PM.

    16. 05-07-2012 11:33 AM #2746
      Has there been any news of MY13 changes?

      Only real thing I am hoping for are xenons. I'm hoping they are a line item and not part of a package as I really want a basic JSW manual.
      Last edited by Vivid; 05-07-2012 at 11:36 AM.

    17. 05-07-2012 05:10 PM #2747
      my wheels just came in!


      and i'm thinking about painting my front grill white and paint the "stripes" and side grill black. any opinions?


      going on this thing..



      A friend of mine has a Jetta sedan in the same color with wolfsburg grills on it. Looks awesome IMHO. I think the white would look good too, I'm personally considering doing my cross bars in white vinyl.

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      05-07-2012 10:29 PM #2748
      Quote Originally Posted by bluetapedr3w View Post


      my wheels just came in!



      and i'm thinking about painting my front grill white and paint the "stripes" and side grill black. any opinions?


      going on this thing..

      sunday side shot

      are you going to run like 2 wheels on one side and then i guess the other type on the other side? or like you picking one or the other to run all around?
      color looks sick though on the wheels and should be legit on the blue jsw.
      Bunch of stuff.

    19. 05-08-2012 05:15 AM #2749
      Quote Originally Posted by kraftwerkb6 View Post
      are you going to run like 2 wheels on one side and then i guess the other type on the other side? or like you picking one or the other to run all around?
      color looks sick though on the wheels and should be legit on the blue jsw.
      nah, those are 3 different wheels. VMR took that picture at their warehouse. I own the one in the middle

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      05-08-2012 05:28 AM #2750
      Quote Originally Posted by Vivid View Post
      Has there been any news of MY13 changes?

      Only real thing I am hoping for are xenons. I'm hoping they are a line item and not part of a package as I really want a basic JSW manual.
      xenons are not going to happen in the US. If you want OEM xenons they're not difficult to install.. just plan on spending an extra $2k or so
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    21. 05-08-2012 09:13 AM #2751
      Quote Originally Posted by rootrider View Post
      xenons are not going to happen in the US. If you want OEM xenons they're not difficult to install.. just plan on spending an extra $2k or so
      Well that sucks... I was already thinking 2K upgrade is better than a 7k upgrade to the A3 just for xenons.

      Have they actually released the my13 specs yet or are we still just having educated guesses?

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      05-08-2012 10:25 AM #2752
      Quote Originally Posted by rootrider View Post
      xenons are not going to happen in the US. If you want OEM xenons they're not difficult to install.. just plan on spending an extra $2k or so
      Rootrider has this right regarding OEM parts. IIRC, Toeball did an OEM HID install and posted DIY instructions.

      You can also buy non-OEM lights that look very OEM as many of us have done here. I would certainly prefer an OEM option, but I'm not letting the seeds keep me from eating the watermelon. JSWs are a great value in a practical, sporty car. Don't let limited headlight choice push you away. (FWIW, the OEM lights are not dim by any means. I have yet to see a report of an accident involving a JSW caused by insufficient light from JSW headlights.)

      OEM HIDs are great. To do them right you need to install the leveling sensors and wire them up. You need a highline CECM. VCDS to code. You can get them with or without LED outlines.

      I went with "Ed's lights" which don't have the self-leveling functionality of OEM, but they are otherwise roughly equivalent to OEM. Mine have LEDs and I love them.

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...om-Ed-are-Back!
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      05-08-2012 12:00 PM #2753
      I did the halogen to Xenon headlight swap.
      pretty easy once you get all the parts together, coding, and follow all the posts about installing and stuff. not to hard but not that easy either.
      halogen are good on output and brightness but i wanted more, so the OEM xenon swap was what needed to happen. its really a night and day difference, even more so when driving in the country roads. really lights up everything around you.

      but it is kinda $$. after head lights, control module, harness, wiring, and no in my case, but labor too. it all adds up.

      i did install the yellow bulbs last night but no film yet, might be TOO much yellow lol with the film.
      Bunch of stuff.

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      05-08-2012 12:14 PM #2754
      kraft and outrider,
      have either of you tried wiring or coding to run the LEDs on ed's lights as true DRLs? that's kinda what i'm waiting for before diving in. coding doesn't seem to work for JSWs, as far as i can tell, so i think a hard trigger wire to a switched power source is what needs to be done. have you all tried either of these? thanks

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      05-08-2012 01:34 PM #2755
      some new pictures.. Not on coils yet









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      05-08-2012 03:18 PM #2756
      Toneman, no i dont have LED's in mine. and i have no clue about coding it. sorry
      Bunch of stuff.

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      05-08-2012 04:19 PM #2757
      Quote Originally Posted by G3Variant View Post
      Can I get the part number for that rear valance please? I'd like to dual out my exhaust.

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      05-08-2012 09:18 PM #2758
      Quote Originally Posted by Outrider6 View Post
      FWIW, the OEM lights are not dim by any means.
      this should be repeated.. the OEM halogen lights are actually exceptional. The pattern is very similar to the ECE/ecode pattern.. they just don't go as high up on the sides as the ecode pattern does. They are bright (nearly glaring.. it's definitely important to aim them correctly) and they make good/efficient use of the light available. I was continually impressed by how good the halogens were.. I just wanted better
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      05-08-2012 09:19 PM #2759
      Quote Originally Posted by kraftwerkb6 View Post
      i did install the yellow bulbs last night but no film yet, might be TOO much yellow lol with the film.
      you're referring to the fogs, I'm guessing?
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      05-09-2012 10:10 AM #2760
      LOL, yea the fogs.
      i didnt spend money on the xenons and do all the labor to put in yellow HID bulbs lol and F it all up.
      Bunch of stuff.

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      05-09-2012 10:23 AM #2761
      Added another Dub to the herd. I have not had a stock car in a long time, but I really like it so far. The pano sunroof sold me! I am really enjoying this thread. Many ideas for the future , not much cash left



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      05-09-2012 11:38 AM #2762
      some quick pics of the wagon with the new rack set-up

      limo window tints and lowering are next

      wheels are for sale or trade btw. if someone is near the border of quebec, we could trade





      basicly, we bought the box because we are about to have our son (about 27 days left! ) and since when we go on vacation, the trunk is already filled with this...



      Jules, our 5 years old euro great dane

      more to come as soon as the rest is done

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      Just for the contrast:


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      05-09-2012 06:35 PM #2764
      Quote Originally Posted by ToeBall View Post
      Can I get the part number for that rear valance please? I'd like to dual out my exhaust.
      Its just votex.. But I have custom made my rear valance so I can have dual exhaust..

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      05-09-2012 07:28 PM #2765
      Quote Originally Posted by G3Variant View Post
      Its just votex.. But I have custom made my rear valance so I can have dual exhaust..
      Well very cool. Thanks!

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