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    1. Member L. Fopps's Avatar
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      02-28-2011 08:42 PM #1
      My buddy went out to school in Colorado and gave me his car before he left since my brother totaled my old mk3
      This is gonna be a long ongoing one. Im trying to correct any DTL's and get the car back to functional before i start getting into serious mods.
      Its a 97 GLX with 180,000 on the clock.

      Updated Edit: ENGINE TEAR DOWN BEGINS ON PAGE 11. Prior to that I was just getting it reliable for daily driving at the time and doing little things here and there.

      The new plan is going 2.9l some mild head work to flow more air, dRC 268 Cams, United Motorsports chip, HD valve springs, Titanium Retainers, Lightweight Lifters, and many more.

      This is what it looked like when i picked it up.


      The mk4 wheels look like sh!t but i was willing to deal with them for the time being until i found the belts were out on the tires cause it never got an alignment after the fk streetlines were put in....

      so I picked up these with good tires for $105 and flipped the old ones for $50... Bugatti's and good tires for $55 ain't too shabby..




      I very soon realized the problems with the car as expected with a free car but who could complain

      The car was screaming and realized it was a combination of things
      1) the power steering pump was screaming. Took it off and found the PO broke the screw that held the bracket and fitting in place and apoxied the fitting into the pump.. The apoxy cracked and the pump was aerating, screaming, and spitting fluid out the resovior and all over my engine bay.
      2) The secondary air pump was making that horrible noise so i just pulled the plug for now...

      Also my battery is draining constantly and found out the aux water pump is running constantly so most likely ill be pulling the plug on that also for now.

      other than that just clean up for now

      And here's some shots of my old one back when I first had gotten my license 7 years ago.
      Don't mind the monster truck wheel multi lugs







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      02-28-2011 08:50 PM #2
      I have a sai pump and an auxiliary coolant pump if you want to replace either of them. It looks like a clean start.
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      02-28-2011 11:41 PM #3
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      02-28-2011 11:58 PM #4
      first of all, fck replacing the SAI pump, get the C2 chip and delete that b!tch.

      and for the aux pump, you can just unplug and bypass it without any adverse effects (from my personal experience - engineers will beg to differ)

      as well as you may wanna look at your FCM being faulty causing the pump to run/

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      03-01-2011 12:29 AM #5
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      for a VR? and how much for each? both in perfect working order?
      Yes it came off my 99 gti. I'd do $70 shipped for both
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      03-01-2011 06:41 PM #6
      gave it a wash and wax today came alot cleaner than id ever expect.. corrected my blinker electrical issue, and cleaned the maf and throttle body



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      03-01-2011 09:56 PM #7
      bummer bout your old car but good luck with the new one. any major plans or just kinda get it back to stable and then go from there?

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      03-01-2011 10:12 PM #8
      for now just gettin it back to stable but once i get involved well see where it goes

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      03-03-2011 09:01 PM #9
      got it on the road today registered insured, fresh tires and a well needed alignment.

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      04-07-2011 02:36 PM #10
      Some time has passed and fixed some mechanical and cosmetic issues.
      decided im keeping it and its time to start doing some modding.
      Got my Joey Mod on yesterday Headlights are done fogs in progress.

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      04-07-2011 03:16 PM #12
      Pics of Joey mod?
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      ...just re-tap it.

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      04-07-2011 04:17 PM #13
      I'd never do a Joey mod, but they've always interested me in the fact of how much work goes into them.
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      ...if you find a penis in your bum, ya, you're screwed.


      ...just re-tap it.

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      04-07-2011 11:11 PM #14
      just finished up heres the end result



      Before/After


      gonna go slap em back on the car and ill get a picture on the car tomorwo
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      04-08-2011 07:28 AM #15
      Good lookin Fogs there sir.
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      ...if you find a penis in your bum, ya, you're screwed.


      ...just re-tap it.

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      04-08-2011 02:28 PM #16
      Did you use black or clear silicone to seal the fogs back up?
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      04-08-2011 04:24 PM #17
      looks good keep up the work!

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      04-25-2011 12:28 PM #18
      Its been a while since ive updated anything at all. I never had a check engine light due to the P/O pulling the bulb out of the cluster. I replaced the bulb and it instantly came on. VagCom'ed and numerous codes. Incorrect secondary air flow mass air flow. system too rich.. evap... and main catalyst.

      To solve the secondary air issue:


      Sorry for the cr@ppy quality.

      Changed all my vac lines and had to pull the front end off to get to the one that gets pinched between the intake manifold and the air pump. All the vac lines were literally falling apart in my hand. The fitting coming off of the combi valve was completly broken and scored one from the local junkyard. Almost got a practically new combi valve as well but they were closing so ill have to go back this weekend. went home put it all back together as it is my daily and need to get to work.

      as for MAF:
      Changed my filters as the P/O seems to never have and they were beyond clogged and hoped that would solve my mass air flow code as i just cleaned the sensor.

      Air pumps still loud but working hopefully just works long enough to get through inspection and then ill unplug that tear sucker.

      Cleared the codes and drove it all weekend. Holy **** its running like a brand new motor and the power that it was lacking beforehand was insane.

      This morning on the way to work my CEL came back so well see if i solved any of these issues tonight when i get outta work and scan it. Im trying to narrow sh!t down one problem at a time.
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      05-04-2011 09:59 AM #19
      My horn was always screwey. I had to turn the wheel to honk. If it was straight it wouldnt work most of the time and then yesterday on my way to work it honked on its own every time I made a left turn. I figured my clock spring was shot which it was and literally fell apart when i pulled it off. I picked up 3.5 cabby wheel last night on the way home from work fro ma local guy and im in . Just gotta get my hands on black interior
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      05-04-2011 10:36 AM #20
      the mk4 avus wheels look better than those bugattis IMO... build is going well though.
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      05-04-2011 11:03 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by emg60vw View Post
      the mk4 avus wheels look better than those bugattis IMO... build is going well though.
      everyones entitled to there opinion.. but im not an avus fan
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    21. 05-04-2011 11:32 AM #22
      Ive got mk3.5 cabrio black leather front seats and a black leather rear jetta bench for sale. . . . . .

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      05-05-2011 01:17 PM #23
      picking up a black dash, glove knee panel and console today for hella cheap and 2 free beers along with purchase pictures once installed
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      05-05-2011 01:30 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by polofreaks View Post
      Ive got mk3.5 cabrio black leather front seats and a black leather rear jetta bench for sale. . . . . .
      How much?
      (_fishbowl society_)

      i wish i was a little less slower...i wish i was lower....i wish i had paint that looked good i would show her...i wish i had a rabbit with a hatch in the back with a custom fit boser.

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      Quote Originally Posted by 1.AteTee MkIV View Post
      How much?
      I love your sig
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      05-05-2011 04:46 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by L. Fopps View Post
      I love your sig
      Haha. Your the first to comment on it
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      i wish i was a little less slower...i wish i was lower....i wish i had paint that looked good i would show her...i wish i had a rabbit with a hatch in the back with a custom fit boser.

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      05-05-2011 11:47 PM #27
      Picked all of this and a passenger airbag up today in mint condition for 40 bucks. Gonna finally fix my heater core now that its summer while the dash is out. woulda been nice to find this deal in the winter

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      05-06-2011 12:33 AM #28
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      05-09-2011 10:25 AM #30
      Finally got some clean pictures with the Joey modded headlights and fogs



      Cleaned and degreased the engine bay. .


      and found some more problems

      the running hot is due to the fact that the belt driven fan isnt working due to the belt being non existent. my battery cables are cut and frayed. And my coolant tank is leaking on the center seem. I got my engine codes down from 5 to 1. Now i only have a main catalyst below threshold? What are some possibilites for this issue? my buddy said the cat was done with the exhaust lesss than a year ago. Could o2 sensors be my issue?
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      05-09-2011 01:39 PM #31
      great turnaround for this car. looks great now. very clean. though i have no input for you cel issues.
      Anyway, csb, bbs rs, and as always, lower it.

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      05-24-2011 09:21 PM #32
      so the car got towed by a crazy shady company and now its f@cked up. I went to pick it up they charged me an insane amount of money, cash only and my car was hidden behind a tractor trailer in front of a gti they had in pieces that needed a motor and right next to my car same story with two eclipses.

      Anyway since i got it back it doesn't want to start right and is now when i let off the gass it wont idle it revs at like 1800 rpms. i disconnected and reconnected the throttle body and did a throttle body alignment in Vagcom and still have the same issue. I also now have a coolant temp sensor code that i never had prior as well as an evap leak. Can these be my issues and if not what are some things to consider?

      Thanks in advance
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      05-24-2011 09:30 PM #33
      check the hoses going to the throttle body cause those were causing an EVAP code for me. I had the reving issue when my throttle body plug wires got melted so check those.

      good luck man, good thing you were able to save the dub from the shady ' we hope you never come to claim your car' tow company

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      05-25-2011 10:44 AM #34
      all vaccuum lines as well as sai and kombi valve lines have been replaced just before towing. That was what i would have originally thought if they hadnt just been done
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