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      06-19-2011 03:17 PM #51


      I'd love to have those white/red ones. Good work! Keep it up.

      You make me feel like i'm slacking.
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      06-19-2011 03:29 PM #52
      All that and no installed pics

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      06-19-2011 04:03 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by akern2 View Post


      I'd love to have those white/red ones. Good work! Keep it up.

      You make me feel like i'm slacking.
      If you find some cheap all clear ones (pricewise, I got these for $25) send them my way and I'll do 'em for ya for the price of shipping!

      Quote Originally Posted by VDub2625 View Post
      All that and no installed pics
      Patience, young grasshopper. Tonight after I take my stock ones off (I sealed them using silicone caulk) Ill put these on, just for you
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      06-19-2011 09:57 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by VDub2625 View Post
      All that and no installed pics
      Just for you Jason,






      And then a wierd mixed one:


      I decided to stay with the all-reds.


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      06-19-2011 10:04 PM #55
      On a seperate not so good note,

      I am starting to think that my alternator is not working, or that something is stealing juice from my battery.

      Reasons:
      Radio is not turning on (which in turn means the amplifier isn't either)
      When I turn the Hazards on, the interior lights flicker as the hazards are blinking.

      And the part that scares me the most:
      When I turned on my parking lamps, the car started to choke as if it were about to stall. When I turned off the parking lamps, it stabilized back to normal. It also seems to be working a bit more when starting.

      I think I'm going to take it to a trusted mechanic over the course of the week and see what he has to say about it. He isn't VW specific but he knows some stuff.

      Before I do that, anybody wanna help me figure out what's going haywire?

      Thanks
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      06-19-2011 11:38 PM #56
      Ok, I went out to move my car for the mail man in the morning and it wouldn't start. AGAIN

      I now seriously suspect the alternator after finding this:



      If you look closely, you see a plug that goes into the alternator, that has a cut wire.

      What plug is this? And is it causing my problem. FYI the battery is BRAND NEW. I bought it thursday.
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      06-20-2011 12:17 AM #57
      that for the ac compressor not the alternator check the blue wire from the alternator to the battery

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      06-20-2011 11:02 AM #58
      Link to taillight DIY?
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      06-20-2011 12:52 PM #59
      glad my DIY worked out for ya. they turned out well

      search my name for the DIY
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      06-20-2011 03:30 PM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by Juzzo92 View Post
      Link to taillight DIY?
      Awesome car btw
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...DIY%3A+Tinting

      Thanks I just wish it was running right now...

      Quote Originally Posted by steveo27 View Post
      glad my DIY worked out for ya. they turned out well

      search my name for the DIY
      Thanks man, it was a great write up, I owe you one.
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      06-20-2011 04:36 PM #61
      just realized your 15...

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      06-20-2011 04:51 PM #62
      nice jetta man!
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      06-20-2011 04:52 PM #63
      I'd seriously suggest getting it polished, it looks more like pink right now. Trust me, you'll almost sh*t yourself when you see your paint renewed to og.

      Otherwise great work so far! Just keep plugging away at cleaning up parts until you can do some more complex stuff. One thing I can definitely reccomend is to completely wash the engine bay with some heavy duty degreaser, and to take off corroded parts and have them sand blasted clean.

      Something down the road I'd also suggest is to redo your wiring harness, get it all organised and re-wrapped with better looming. Modify it so that the wiring can be tucked neatly into place instead of this hornet's nest they came with!
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      06-20-2011 04:59 PM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by The Janitor View Post
      I'd seriously suggest getting it polished, it looks more like pink right now. Trust me, you'll almost sh*t yourself when you see your paint renewed to og.
      +1 Mine looked worse than that when i first got it, but it polished up really good. There are a few spots where the oxidation got it down to the primer, but it still looks million x better than it did.

      8 dollar orbital buffer from walmart ftw!
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      06-20-2011 07:50 PM #65
      Quote Originally Posted by tunethtmkII View Post
      just realized your 15...

      another fewllow youngin' haha.
      Yep, if you get into the scene young, you learn faster

      Quote Originally Posted by Keithcar View Post
      nice jetta man!
      Thank you good man!

      Quote Originally Posted by The Janitor View Post
      I'd seriously suggest getting it polished, it looks more like pink right now. Trust me, you'll almost sh*t yourself when you see your paint renewed to og.

      Otherwise great work so far! Just keep plugging away at cleaning up parts until you can do some more complex stuff. One thing I can definitely reccomend is to completely wash the engine bay with some heavy duty degreaser, and to take off corroded parts and have them sand blasted clean.

      Something down the road I'd also suggest is to redo your wiring harness, get it all organised and re-wrapped with better looming. Modify it so that the wiring can be tucked neatly into place instead of this hornet's nest they came with!
      I knowww, I hate how it looks pink. I recently bought Carnauba (Is that how you spell it??) for the tail lights. Maybe I'll put some on and see how it looks.

      Today I might be taking the car to the mechanic to check what's going on with the alternator and battery, and possibly why my battery is drained. I might just ask him to take out the engine so I can start cleaning the bay and making it look new.

      Redo my wiring harness? How do I go about doing that? Where would the wires be "tucked neatly into place"? Oh and believe me, my harness looks more like a giant ant pile than a hornets nest

      Thanks for all the kind words and advice

      Quote Originally Posted by Keithcar View Post
      +1 Mine looked worse than that when i first got it, but it polished up really good. There are a few spots where the oxidation got it down to the primer, but it still looks million x better than it did.

      8 dollar orbital buffer from walmart ftw!
      Is that what you would recommend for the polish? Is it sold in cans or bottles like meguiars wax&polish bottles?
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      06-20-2011 07:57 PM #66
      Ok well got this in the mail:





      NOS leather shift boot. Can't wait to put it in!

      Also, I got to looking on the wiring diagrams of the Bentley.
      Here's the pages I got on A/C and the Alternator/Battery

      A/C:



      According to the two above diagrams, the plug that is cut is the Double T2/g located under the A/C Compressor Clutch. Am I correct?



      Alternator & Battery:


      In this diagram the R (red) wire is the one going to the battery, correct? Where do I check for continuity and to see if the alternator is infact charging the battery?
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      06-20-2011 08:19 PM #67
      when you turn the key to on, does the battery light come on?

      the exciter wire runs from the alternator to A2/02 on the fuseblock, test for continuity between those 2 points
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      06-20-2011 08:23 PM #68
      and for restoring the paint, give this a good read

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      06-20-2011 08:47 PM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by Volkswageneer1990 View Post


      Is that what you would recommend for the polish? Is it sold in cans or bottles like meguiars wax&polish bottles?
      Yeah, i used turtle wax rubbing compound first to get rid of the heavy oxidation, its really aggressive stuff, so use it only on paint that really needs it. then claybar, polish, then wax. I used zymol it seemed to work pretty good. plus it smells like bubble gum. i dont remember if i clayed it before or after the polish, somebody else should be able to chime in with the etiquette. dont go to crazy because there is a thin clearcoat.
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      06-21-2011 05:45 PM #70
      The battery light will come on as steveo mentioned, when the key is switched on and the alternator exciter is hooked up properly. If that does come on (and goes out when the car is running), then I'd try changing out the voltage regulator, or at least checking the length of the bushings.

      As for the AC, that brown wire is just a ground, the green wire (still hooked up) is the signal. So ground that brown wire (or connect it to the brwon wire in the sheath again) and you'll be all set.

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      06-21-2011 06:17 PM #71
      So....uh....what are you planning on doing with those clear/red tails?.....

      If your exciter wire, brushes, and what not are all good, keep in mind the age of the alternator belt. I had one that stretched too far and wouldn't let the alternator charge, but it made no squeeling noise.



      Edit: new page bitches.
      Last edited by akern2; 06-21-2011 at 06:20 PM.
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      06-21-2011 06:29 PM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by VDub2625 View Post
      The battery light will come on as steveo mentioned, when the key is switched on and the alternator exciter is hooked up properly. If that does come on (and goes out when the car is running), then I'd try changing out the voltage regulator, or at least checking the length of the bushings.
      yep. the charging systems on these cars is stupid, the circuit goes through the cluster, and if the bulb is burned out/not lighting, the system will not charge properly
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      06-21-2011 06:33 PM #73
      It's not a bulb, it's an LED so it's not likely it'll ever burn out in the car's life, and that's just the indicator light, there are resistors in the cluster that actually put a draw on the exciter wire like is required. but it is a little odd that they're there. Guess it's a safety rhing (require the cluster for the car to run right).

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      06-21-2011 06:35 PM #74
      LED, bulb, same thing. if it does not light, its not charging :p
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      06-21-2011 06:38 PM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by steveo27 View Post
      LED, bulb, same thing. if it does not light, its not charging :p
      Do you freak out when the light comes on? Like check EVERYTHING only to realize the interior lights were on overnight killing the battery slightly.....
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