Cant wait to get s4 sides on my car too. Do you have the mounting brackets for them??
my s4 skirts are mostly velcroed on
the guy i bought them off was a bit of a 'do-it-yourself' kinda guy and he said he bought most of the hardware from hardware store (nuts and industrial velcro). However i was pricing out some of the brackets....i think the rears are kinda important they were about $70 each from dealership and the front ones about $40 each it tends to add up
i think lazerviking said he screwed them in at the ends and just used velcro down the body of the car...i hope it's that easy
I don't know how much of a difference the front brackets make. the rears seem like they'd be more important. I don't have them on mine and it stays on fine but you can tell something is missing where the rear bracket should be. mine are being held up with the front two bolts, a few random bolts on the bottom that might not even make a difference and about $15 worth of industrial velcro... pretty ghetto install but I've had them like that for a few months and they've held on perfectly fine
well the cat was a no go tonite....damn o2 sensor are completely seized onto the cat....whoever the douchebag was that undid them before did not put anti-seize on them...who knows how long they have been like this... looks like they will strip if i force them
In plug the cats fromm the harnesses and pull out the down pipe with then still attached, you'll have more room to try and get them out. Also run to the auto store and get some pb blaster. That stuff does amazing things
well good news tonight is that i was able to save the o2 sensors and new cat is in.....bad news is that one of the studs from the exhaust mani broke off and thats going to be a job for my friend so more $$$ i swear i will stick to west coast cars from now on....
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hey everyone...doing a small update...nothing exciting just changed both my valve cover gaskets....seems all i'm doing lately is catching up on odds and ends...enjoy the pics
now to start off i broke the pcv hose...yay
it was so damn brittle all i did was look at it and it snapped.....ofcourse you will see why when you see the state of it.....
ewwwwwww.....here is a better pic of the crap that was inside
anyways as i started to get moving ofcourse i broke something else.....
this little airline very very easily snapped.....
was gettin frustrated by this point but i kept pushing......
yay first valve cover off
not too much gunk or dirtyness....nonetheless i needed to clean the edges to ensure a good seal with the new gasket..
some of my sparkplug recesses were absolutely flooded with oil ...i was rolling up tissue paper to put in there and suck it up
i tried to get a pic of the inside....this was after i sucked a ****load of oil out
passenger side valve cover off....yay!
old gaskets just disintegrated when i tried to pull them off....guess it was time....lol
clean clean clean
the edges where the seal will be made should hopefully look like this at the end....the hardest part ofcourse is cleaning margins of the head where the valve cover bolts into with the same precision.
all back together yay......this took me a lot of time so if it seems like im jubilant it is because I am!
ofcourse i wouldnt have had the balls to attempt doing a job like this if i didnt have a back-up car so luckily my beater was on hand
well thats it for now....i can do a write up if the other 2.8 fellas out there need it.....but honestly be prepared to spend some time and not rush coz thats when things get broken...now i can concentrate on gettin out of winter-mode and putting on the s4 sides
hey guys i been driving around for a day now and it still idles kinda uneasily...like it will be smooth with these sorta hesitations in between....when i did the gaskets i also put new sparkplugs in to quell the misfires.
The car runs much stronger but the idling still feels weird......sparkplug leads looked good and even put dielectric grease on the tips of the sparkplugs. The car is at 185,000 km and this uneasy kind of idle has been going on for the last 10,000km
Any ideas guys?
could be a leaky pcv system. when i had my mk3 gti i had similar problems but it seemed to have been caused by a crack in the one of the pcv hoses (block breather tube).
also my mom has a b5.5 passat with a the 30v (with about 110k mi on it) in it and she was experiencing similar problems. she just had to get her valve seals replaced and it seems to be fine now. the vw tech said that caused the rough idling and the excess oil around the spark plugs.
Well I hope we have no more cold snaps coz I'm rolling on summer rubber now.....here are some pics of me trying out something....hehehehhe
hmmm what's wrong with this picture
lol they were huuuge
for once my height was not a source of annoyance as the fender just cleared the tyre
needless to say they looked monstrous
the tyres were soo meaty that my 12mm spacer was not giving enough inner clearance, so i doubled them up :
she shall go lower very soon
hey guys a quick question......when i get ST's and inevitably start to wind them down....will that change inner clearances for my wheels? I was just thinking as the car gets lower the wheels will start to camber out more right? I am just asking because I want to be prepared once I buy them since I will then have to probably buy bigger spacer and longer bolts..... I already have 12mm spacers up front and 15mm in the back and right now my specs are :
wheels : 18 x 9 ET 40 front , ET 37 rear
someone care to weigh in?
no, camber will not change the inner clearance for your wheels.. the only thing the tire would interfere with is the suspension uprights, and those house the hub for the wheels, so when you camber, those camber along with the wheel.. if that made sense ?