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    Thread: The Official Cheap Little Mods Thread

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      10-13-2010 07:26 PM #1891
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      ::::::: Mod Name: Patterned Mirror Mod?
      ::::::: Why Worth It: looks cool
      ::::::: Cost: $3 bucks for the tape. probly cheaper if you just paint it though.
      ::::::: Where to buy: home depot, anywhere that sells vinyl tape
      ::::::: Time required: 10 mins-30 mins
      ::::::: Difficulty: 0-1
      ::::::: DIY: yeah
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      Another guy did this (its in the thread) and he painted his, probably looks better his way but i like it with the tape too.
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      10-13-2010 07:47 PM #1892
      Quote Originally Posted by davenowood View Post
      Another guy did this (its in the thread) and he painted his, probably looks better his way but i like it with the tape too.
      i was the one that did mine with paint



      this guy also used vinyl tape...
      Quote Originally Posted by pinup_grl View Post
      kinda like painting the mirror but a lil different:
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      ::::::: Mod Name: Pinstripped Plaid Mirror
      ::::::: Why Worth It: Make Your Car Stand Out
      ::::::: Cost: $5-$15
      ::::::: Where to buy: autozone
      ::::::: Time required: 30 min
      ::::::: Difficulty: 2/10
      ::::::: DIY: Decide pattern and colors you want to use, pick up pinstripping tape from autozone or other auto parts store i used wide white and thing sliver. measure out where you want the the strips, cut the strips of pinstripping and apply, after trim ends with an exacto,i used the crack in the plastic to tuck the ends into and trim.
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      10-13-2010 09:06 PM #1893
      Quote Originally Posted by VWeisgerber View Post
      i was the one that did mine with paint
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      10-13-2010 09:06 PM #1894
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      10-13-2010 11:39 PM #1895
      I did the same with vinyl. Took entirely too long, paint it


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      10-14-2010 12:53 AM #1896
      Quote Originally Posted by Zero41792 View Post
      I did the same with vinyl. Took entirely too long, paint it
      holyjesus you cut and lined up all the little squares. i hope you were watching something entertaining.
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      10-14-2010 12:57 AM #1897
      Quote Originally Posted by TheLaughingMan View Post
      holyjesus you cut and lined up all the little squares. i hope you were watching something entertaining.
      Hahahahahaha. I was thinking the same thing! An Exacto knife and a straight edge could have saved a lot of time. Looks good though!
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      10-14-2010 02:19 AM #1898
      Thanks guys. And yep...vinyl a straight edge and a paper cutter. Oh and about 3 hours of work. I used a heater and stretched the white around the mirror to make it flush. I was probably watching Rob and Big or something lol.

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      10-14-2010 07:08 AM #1899
      Quote Originally Posted by Zero41792 View Post
      I did the same with vinyl. Took entirely too long, paint it

      Sorry i'm too baffled to be impressed. It looks good though.

      I'm thinking of painting it black and then doing the white vynil pin stripe.


      What paint did you guys use? The mirror is kinda textured so i'm not sure if plastic paint will work well or not...

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      10-15-2010 02:01 AM #1901
      sorry to bring this to the top... Subscribe

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      10-15-2010 02:21 AM #1902
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      PROUD to bring this to the top... Subscribe
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      The guys on coils can pull off their own Airless pride thread cos they clearly are the underdogs in the air/static debate, kinda like the equality movement for women.

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      10-15-2010 11:49 AM #1903
      Quote Originally Posted by Zero41792 View Post
      I did the same with vinyl. Took entirely too long, paint it

      How does the mirror come off without ripping the mount off the window?
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      10-15-2010 11:53 AM #1904
      Quote Originally Posted by fflis View Post
      How does the mirror come off without ripping the mount off the window?
      PULL lol no but really I just twisted and pulled toward me when I took mine off but then broke two or the four little clips that hold it on when I put it back on .. why can't they be like mk3's and just twist the whole arm and mirror off together
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      10-16-2010 08:49 PM #1905
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      ::::::: Mod Name: Replacement Rubber Trim for OEM Roof Racks
      ::::::: Why Worth It: You lost the first set or you want heavier duty strips.
      ::::::: Cost: Depends on how you locate it.
      ::::::: Where to buy: Toyota Dealership / Maybe ebay
      ::::::: Time required: 30 mins
      ::::::: Difficulty: 1
      ::::::: DIY: They are strips off 2008-10 Toyota Rav4. Little bit of trimming on the sides and cut to length.
      ::::::: Picture(s):Before and After. Fit Great.
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      10-16-2010 09:22 PM #1906
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      ::::::: Mod Name: Airlift 1000 for Lowered Car
      ::::::: Why Worth It: you can adjust rear height in seconds, support more weight in the back without rubbing tires
      ::::::: Cost: $100
      ::::::: Where to buy: Amazon, other online shops
      ::::::: Time required: Varies depending on your skills, It took me a few tries to get the stance perfect. I had to repeat the work a lot since I did not complete everything in one day. If you are skilled, maybe an afternoon otherwise a full week end
      ::::::: Difficulty: HIGH
      ::::::: DIY: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...with-coilovers)
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      Quote Originally Posted by dele
      The guys on coils can pull off their own Airless pride thread cos they clearly are the underdogs in the air/static debate, kinda like the equality movement for women.

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      10-16-2010 09:28 PM #1907
      woah.

      ^^ both of these are fo sho Official Cheap Little Mods. especially the rack replacement trick. there was a post just a while ago in which it was determined that there was no way to recover the rubber on OEM racks.
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      10-16-2010 10:02 PM #1908
      not a mk4 guy.. dont have the funds

      but most of these mods are universal

      Thanks for all the input from contributors and this thread for being so full of useful info

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      10-17-2010 12:07 AM #1909
      Quote Originally Posted by x3 FaLLiNg StArS View Post
      PULL lol no but really I just twisted and pulled toward me when I took mine off but then broke two or the four little clips that hold it on when I put it back on .. why can't they be like mk3's and just twist the whole arm and mirror off together
      You can! That's what I did. Just twist the mount to the...left? I think be careful people have cracked their windshields!

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      10-17-2010 12:59 AM #1910
      ::::::: Mod Name: HID Upgrade
      ::::::: Why Worth It: Brighter, cooler
      ::::::: Cost: $40 for raptor model or $60 for DDM model
      ::::::: Where to buy: http://www.ddmtuning.com
      ::::::: Time required: 3 hours
      ::::::: Difficulty: MEDIUM
      ::::::: DIY: ONLY DO IT if you own projector headlights (DO NOT with OEM headlights)
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      Quote Originally Posted by dele
      The guys on coils can pull off their own Airless pride thread cos they clearly are the underdogs in the air/static debate, kinda like the equality movement for women.

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      10-17-2010 11:57 AM #1911
      where did you get that fog light button to turn it on and off?
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      10-17-2010 12:10 PM #1912
      You meant the euro switch ? any online dub shop should carry it, here is one: http://store.blackforestindustries.com/euroswitch.html

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      Quote Originally Posted by dele
      The guys on coils can pull off their own Airless pride thread cos they clearly are the underdogs in the air/static debate, kinda like the equality movement for women.

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      10-17-2010 10:55 PM #1913
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      ::::::: Mod Name: Custom SRI
      ::::::: Why Worth It: sounds good
      ::::::: Cost: $10
      ::::::: Where to buy: lowes
      ::::::: Time required: 30mins
      ::::::: Difficulty: 2
      ::::::: DIY:

      1. Buy a "3" Flexible 90° Elbow w/Clamps" I got mine at lowes. here
      2. get a sharp knife and cut the middle section out.. one elbow can make 2 intakes
      3. put filter on large end. (fits perfectly over my 3" filter)
      4. place small end on maf (I.D. is 2.75" perfect over the maf)
      5. give other half to a buddy

      Optional:

      1. cut the excess section down the middle for a long strip
      2. put this around the edge of the filter to prevent filter from knocking on the battery cover/ the plastic piece under the filter
      3. tie /zip tie piece to filter

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      Modified by 4no at 1:25 PM 10-5-2009

      did you throw a breather on? and zip tie the hose somewhere?

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      10-17-2010 11:24 PM #1914
      Quote Originally Posted by nattyice View Post
      did you throw a breather on? and zip tie the hose somewhere?
      There is a guide for that on page 39, but the pictures are dead. See the second post on this page, it's a little more detailed: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...ng-work./page5
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      10-17-2010 11:27 PM #1915
      Quote Originally Posted by JettaGetUpandGo View Post
      There is a guide for that on page 39, but the pictures are dead. See the second post on this page, it's a little more detailed: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...ng-work./page5
      i made that mod, all you do if just cut the hose, get a breather, wrap some electrical tape on it and shove it in the hole.. i can take pics tom o if anyone needs it
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      10-18-2010 04:29 PM #1916
      ::::::: Mod Name: Sub immobilizer
      ::::::: Why Worth It: Prevents the sub from drifting in the trunk
      ::::::: Cost: $0 if you got a messy garage
      ::::::: Where to buy: home depot Velcro
      ::::::: Time required: 10min
      ::::::: Difficulty: EASY !!!
      ::::::: DIY: Fix an adhesive long velcro strip on the sub base, you can also stick some PINs with a hammer to secure it better
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      Quote Originally Posted by dele
      The guys on coils can pull off their own Airless pride thread cos they clearly are the underdogs in the air/static debate, kinda like the equality movement for women.

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      10-19-2010 12:47 AM #1917
      Quote Originally Posted by kilimats View Post
      ::::::: Mod Name: Sub immobilizer
      ::::::: Why Worth It: Prevents the sub from drifting in the trunk
      I tried the exact same thing, but I had a Gorilla Gear trunk mat. That velcro is so strong that the sub flipped over and stayed connected to the mat. In the Jetta the carpet doesn't have the same texture and this doesn't really work. I'm not sure why the Golf and Jetta received completely different interior carpet...
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      10-20-2010 11:40 AM #1918
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      I did the licence plate change.
      I want to do the tow hook but I guess where the tow hook goes it's bent downword maybe from a previous accident?
      I'm also gonna do the plaid mirrors but I'm gonna do red white black and thin gold stripes.

      The car is dirty as hell because of the construction taking place on my street. That's not even my driveway. Mine is blocked off.

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      10-20-2010 07:08 PM #1919
      Quote Originally Posted by RED-MKFOUR View Post
      ::::::: Mod Name: custom fog lights
      ::::::: Why Worth It: cost way cheaper than original
      ::::::: Cost:free =]
      ::::::: Where to buy: michaels art store, walmart
      ::::::: Time required: hour or two
      ::::::: Difficulty: 8

      ull need a sharp razor( xacto), mesure the foglights with ur vents make sure there lined up with ur headlights as much as possible. ur gonna have to play with the angle cus u dont want them aiming to much at the floor or to much facing upwards.


      u will need to remove that piece . it souldnt be hard just grip it on with the visegrip move left and right and it should come right off, like that the fog can rest on the washers perfect.


      ull need some washers and a bolt


      2 or 3 coats

      this was a hard part running the wires thru this car!! i found my own way thru it lol.. u already know bolt a negative wire sumwere on the metal frame were the foglights r conected.connect a positive to the battery with a fuze etc..



      ill get a night shot for u can see how how bright they are!


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      where did you get the switch for turning on and off fogs?
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      10-20-2010 07:17 PM #1920
      Quote Originally Posted by vwsquibb View Post
      where did you get the switch for turning on and off fogs?
      that switch is at walmart.
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      Well, then, I'm here to "ruin" the vortex for you. I'm sorry you hate fun.

      Also, not to sound like a turd, but just mute it when I talk or something...the next 8 shows are really fun. But again, I think you might hate fun...oh well, try it any way.

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      10-20-2010 08:42 PM #1921
      Where did you get those fog lights? They look pretty sturdy....I have no problem painting a set of fogs for a decent look but most of the after market fog lights I have seen are cheap and flimsy.

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      10-20-2010 08:56 PM #1922
      Quote Originally Posted by Natef53 View Post
      Where did you get those fog lights? They look pretty sturdy....I have no problem painting a set of fogs for a decent look but most of the after market fog lights I have seen are cheap and flimsy.
      walmart has them
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      Well, then, I'm here to "ruin" the vortex for you. I'm sorry you hate fun.

      Also, not to sound like a turd, but just mute it when I talk or something...the next 8 shows are really fun. But again, I think you might hate fun...oh well, try it any way.

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      10-20-2010 09:56 PM #1923
      dam, I havent seen this one, Im glad I didnt bother buying the premade ones. Then again, I cant use it any way because I would only have on side. My bumper has the plate holes filled so my plate is on the tow hook...and I got a ticket after a week of running plateless...

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      10-20-2010 10:08 PM #1924
      Quote Originally Posted by bboy_jon View Post
      Then again, I cant use it any way because I would only have on side. My bumper has the plate holes filled so my plate is on the tow hook...and I got a ticket after a week of running plateless...
      just run one fog....


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      10-20-2010 10:11 PM #1925
      ^^ thats unacceptable for me. I need symmetry. Although it doesnt look bad

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