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      09-10-2010 07:05 PM #20476
      Hey Oscar, have you ever posted a pic of your car? I can't recall, I'm always interested in MK3 GTIs

      Speaking of which, I actually brought mine out into the open the last few days in a row...feels good to get her out.
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      09-10-2010 08:51 PM #20477
      Must be the nice weather that we finally have (after two months of misery). All kinds of neat rides showing up at work lately. A Bug-gatti (VW-based Bugatti Type 35 replica), an old Chrysler Imperial (late '50s - back when they actually looked good), an early El Camino SS, a 914, a Can-Am Spyder (honestly, those are ghey), an F800GS (those are almost as awesome as an R1200GSA, but not quite).

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      09-10-2010 10:06 PM #20478
      i rolled mine out from my grandparents garage too! gave it some fresh air and ran it for a bit - go figure, no CEL now that it's totaled.

      but, i picked up a new rear beam, cleaned it up, primered it, and threw one coat of paint on today. final coat will go on saturday sometime, then i can swap my stuff over. i'm having withdrawal.

      year old photo:

      welcome to the layer cake

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      09-11-2010 04:19 PM #20479


      That's the car, i don't think i ever posted one though.

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      09-11-2010 05:41 PM #20480
      Hey all. I saw a green Cabrio with Montes the other day and it looked pretty good. Anybody know the owner? And does anyone wanna have a meet sometime?

      Pics taken at about a week or two ago here at Purdue




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      09-11-2010 08:15 PM #20481
      yeah a meeting would be nice to meet all these VW people at purdue

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      09-11-2010 09:18 PM #20482
      Cars look good guys!

      I remember talking about the color of your car Oscar, really is one of my favorites.
      We have slacked off in the GTG department this year Seems like a good idea to have one soon!

      MK3s are becoming kind of rare and I see very few roll through the service dept...too bad because I have a bit of an edge when working on them.

      BTW Jeff, in case you didn't see it, the Eurovan runs again!
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      09-11-2010 09:26 PM #20483
      do you know if mike raisor has the power steering fluids?

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      09-12-2010 10:20 AM #20484
      Purdue dub tailgate for next weeks game? Lol. have our own lil car show in the intramural fields. Ive got a, not so big, pretty cheap, college edition grill, corn hole / bags, and there are plenty of liquor stores to go around.

      I never understood going to the dealership to buy things like fluids. I know dubs are finicky, but the **** at autozone works just as good for me.

      Oscar, did you ever get that leak fixed? Still love that color.

      Its getting cold boys. Coming close to slapping on the winters and raising it.

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      09-12-2010 11:01 AM #20485
      yeah i got it fixed, after a battle under the freaking car, but yeah,

      about the fluid, i was just wondering, if i needed the stock or replacement was just fine

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      09-12-2010 02:16 PM #20486
      I think I have an unopened can of CHF-11 (which I think is the right PS fluid) gathering dust on my shelf. Want it?

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      09-12-2010 02:18 PM #20487
      Quote Originally Posted by OstTrefftWest View Post
      I think I have an unopened can of CHF-11 (which I think is the right PS fluid) gathering dust on my shelf. Want it?
      yes

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      09-12-2010 04:53 PM #20488
      FWIW, I have never bought a fluid of any kind for a car or truck from a dealer. I have, in the past, bought oil for bikes from the dealer, but that was before I knew more - turns out the reason you can't use just any old oil is the friction modifiers in a lot of automotive oils will screw up the wet clutches in motorcycles, but if you pay attention to the bottle and don't buy one that says "energy conserving" on the API seal (where it tells what service class the oil is) you can just use whatever oil you want. I run Rotella-T in my XR.

      Are there any fluids that absolutely must come from a dealer? For any of the special coolants, etc., is there any reason a person couldn't just flush the system and dump in whatever they want? It seems that's what everyone does with the GM Dex-Cool that a lot of people believe contributes to premature intake manifold gasket failure - they flush it out and run standard green coolant.

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      09-12-2010 05:00 PM #20489
      good to know

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      09-12-2010 05:10 PM #20490
      That gasket failure on GMs was due to faulty design...we went over that in our classes a few years ago. But, yeah, there are reasons to go with dealer (or brand approved) fluids. Certain fluids contain lubricants for the seals and materials used in those cars specific systems, use another type and it may attack them. Big reason for VWs to use specific coolants (G12 etc) is namely the fact that 80% of our cooling systems are plastic, and though I can't remember the name of the type of rubber seals, I know that they get attacked by the green stuff and very soon after most change to it or add it to the system, stuff starts leaking and failing (personal experience confirms this as well). As far as oil goes, VW has a list of rating approved oils, but those can be had outside of the dealership as long as you follow the API/quality standards approved by the make/model. I tend to not question the manufactures recommendations for their engines, YMMV.

      Oh, and yes, Raisors should have your P/S fluid, Jeff can get you hooked up with the right stuff.
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      09-12-2010 06:38 PM #20491
      And in GM's defense, that must be an incredibly difficult application to design for, when you consider the directions everything moves as it expands. The set on our old Suburban made it to nearly 150k before it was leaking bad enough that it had to be changed (but once it heated up, it didn't leak a drop!), and the Fel-Pro gasket set I put in was starting to leak again a year later. That was about the time we sold it - I wasn't interested in doing nine hours of work to replace them again, and we were planning to replace it with something else anyway.

      Granted, all the "big three" have been designing for this application for decades, with good success overall, but it would be easy to get it wrong too. Because of the angles involved, you have to design gaskets that can accommodate some sliding motion between the intake and head surfaces as the engine heats up, and the use of aluminum and cast iron together will only exacerbate the problem.

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      09-13-2010 05:56 PM #20492
      anyone have any recommendations on affordable double din gps/bluetooth set ups? i'm looking at pioneer avic x920bt
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      09-13-2010 10:24 PM #20493
      is anybody here in the chemistry profession?

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      09-13-2010 10:27 PM #20494
      Quote Originally Posted by heysuperman View Post
      anyone have any recommendations on affordable double din gps/bluetooth set ups? i'm looking at pioneer avic x920bt
      Nope .. I use my phone for GPS...

      and no Chemistry for me... I just draw stuff
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      09-13-2010 10:35 PM #20495
      Quote Originally Posted by Foxtrot View Post
      Nope .. I use my phone for GPS...

      doesn't everyone's phone have gps these days? :p
      i just want a nice double din touchscreen with bluetooth. the gps is icing on the cake.
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      09-13-2010 10:38 PM #20496
      Quote Originally Posted by heysuperman View Post
      doesn't everyone's phone have gps these days? :p
      i just want a nice double din touchscreen with bluetooth. the gps is icing on the cake.
      Probably, i bought a gps like 2 weeks later i bought a phone with gps and never used the gps i bought again.

      not sure where it is

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      09-13-2010 11:45 PM #20497
      i think bill's convinced me...found a single din sony w/bluetooth for $140 shipped. of course everytime i look at that empty space i'll remember...it was bill's idea well, sorta
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      09-14-2010 10:08 PM #20498
      Quote Originally Posted by heysuperman View Post
      doesn't everyone's phone have gps these days? :p
      i just want a nice double din touchscreen with bluetooth. the gps is icing on the cake.
      My phone doesn't have GPS, and if I get too far from my house, it just stops working.

      FWIW, the GPS features on the iPhone suck so bad we bought a TomTom. Aimee's phone has put us in the wrong place more times than it has put us in the right place, and if you don't know off the top of your head which direction you're going, you're screwed, especially if you're in a city and can't just turn around.

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      09-14-2010 10:26 PM #20499
      Quote Originally Posted by blue70beetle View Post
      My phone doesn't have GPS, and if I get too far from my house, it just stops working.

      FWIW, the GPS features on the iPhone suck so bad we bought a TomTom. Aimee's phone has put us in the wrong place more times than it has put us in the right place, and if you don't know off the top of your head which direction you're going, you're screwed, especially if you're in a city and can't just turn around.
      havent had to many issues with my iphone gps. i find it to be very accurate. love the iphone 4. i use it daily for work. we do have a magellan for the car. i dont really like using my iphone gps while driving so ab in car gps is nice.
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      09-14-2010 11:15 PM #20500
      I didn't say you couldn't get a double din setup.. just couldn't help you with the GPS part Put a nice pocket in the empty space and deal with it

      Android uses Google Maps for the GPS so it's as accurate as Google Maps are. Which is to say it usually gets me with in 2-3 houses of where I'm trying to get. For instance if I put in home its off by about 2 houses... *shrug*...
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      09-15-2010 07:03 AM #20501
      AFAIK, iPhone uses Google maps too, but the interface is horrid. It will do handy things like drop the house number from an address and give you directions to a random place on the same road, but completely on the opposite side of the city it's in. Or if you're in the middle of a city, it will say stupid crap like, "head east on _______ street" and not tell you what direction east is relative to where you are going. IDK if they have added voice directions to the iPhone 4, but the previous models don't have it unless you buy an app, and at that point, I'd just rather have a TomTom, because then we can both use it when we need to.

      It's awesome, BTW - if you pull off the route into a parking lot, it shows directions on the screen for how to get back onto the route, even though you're not on roads. In the middle of a trip, it will tell you it has found a route that will cut off x minutes, do you want to take it?

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      09-15-2010 10:06 AM #20502
      i dont use it for directions. it's all based on google maps. i use it to found out where i am and where things are around me. i can also use it to find structures in hybrid mode. the aerial view is perfect for this. i use the magellan for directions. there is a tom tom app and magellan app i thought about buying. the reviews aren't bad for it.
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      09-15-2010 01:36 PM #20503
      Yeah, Google Navigation on Android works well for me, both for accurately detecting location and giving generally-good directions. (It's ignorant about closures and detours, but it'll re-route you in real time, so if you just turn off the route in order to explore a way around a problem, it'll eventually work you around it.)

      Not as nice as what Aaron's describing, but danged useful....

      And for John's original question, there was in recent memory a double-DIN Eclipse receiver that included a Tom-Tom or something that snapped into the face and served as the head unit's display as well as navigation. Not the prettiest thing, but not bad -- and gives you both "built-in" nav plus a portable GPS....

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      09-15-2010 02:01 PM #20504
      Quote Originally Posted by OstTrefftWest View Post
      And for John's original question, there was in recent memory a double-DIN Eclipse receiver that included a Tom-Tom or something that snapped into the face and served as the head unit's display as well as navigation. Not the prettiest thing, but not bad -- and gives you both "built-in" nav plus a portable GPS....
      You mean this:
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...clipse-AVN4430

      BTW, someone is about to purchase my clarion single din. Im still thinking about molding a double din into the center cup holder console (i do have a spare) and that eclipse was an option but im just not sure. Any thoughts on the matter or any recommendations? the other option is still that JVC KD-AVX77 http://mobile.jvc.com/product.jsp?mo...hId=133&page=3 single din. so im not sure. any thoughts?

    30. 09-15-2010 05:04 PM #20505
      Hey guys, I heard there was a big following from purdue on this forum, nice guy met at a car wash told me last year(black 540i think his name was alec) so I thought I would say hi

      I have a b5 stg 2 red s4 pics of course....







      Also, does anyone have an audi drain plug tool? I want to do a trans flush, I have stands and all the necessary items but I dont own one that specialty tool wondering if I could borrow someones....

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      09-15-2010 05:12 PM #20506
      if it's the same size as the R32 i might have it.


      thank jason, but i ended up getting a sony single din with bluetooth and was only $140. can't wait to get it installed. Eric, will i need a harness adapter? an where can i get one sir?
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    32. 09-15-2010 05:16 PM #20507
      think it might be the same? looks like a 16mm torx kinda? Your radio should come with a harness, then you can just splice into your stock harness its easy to do with no soldering, probably cheaper than buying an adapter

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      09-15-2010 05:38 PM #20508
      [QUOTE=Also, does anyone have an audi drain plug tool? I want to do a trans flush, I have stands and all the necessary items but I dont own one that specialty tool wondering if I could borrow someones....[/QUOTE]

      I think I might have one, have Ill check tonight and I'll let you know

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      09-15-2010 07:32 PM #20509
      In reply to John, yes, you will need a harness adapter and possibly a pocket. Talk to Alex (Marty) over @ Best Buy or Greg Prather @ Autographics...unfortunately I only have a few VW, Ford, and maybe a Chrysler harness or two laying around.

      IIRC the drain plug on that Audi should be a rather large allen type bolt. I should have a socket in my box for it.

      And a PS, that Eclipse is a big pile of poopie (unless they changed a ton in the last few years). We had one when CC went under...sold it for super cheap but it never worked right from day one.
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      09-15-2010 08:11 PM #20510
      no luck...

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