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    Thread: New to VR6: 2.9L Build

    1. Member L. Fopps's Avatar
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      08-15-2011 01:08 PM #101
      with the stock thermostat under heavy driving it was reaching 230 and staying right there. Im new to vr's and just assumed this was an issue and should be running a steady temp. I did a new thermostat and fan swtich and both are low temp 70 degree celsius. It stays right at the 160 mark now unless im pushing it then itll go up to 190. I guess I was just paranoid seeing it climb over the halfway point and it was unnecesarry...Oh well now I have peace of mind as I just did a coolant system overhaul.

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      08-15-2011 01:45 PM #102
      New thread title.

      Okay so im now at a point that the car is reliable, running at normal operating temp, and have eliminated all dtc's except for my cat.

      Future Plans and Things I am Looking For:

      Test pipe
      42DD o2 spacer
      42 DD intake elbow with no pcv inlet
      Custom catch can
      Finish up my 2.9 clone manifold
      at the same time
      1. do my chains
      2. cams and matching chip
      3. as well as MK4 head gasket
      1.8t IAT

      I am unsure which cams I want to go with. I am not very familiar with cams but was considering doing 268's based on other threads I've read but am interested to know how it will idle and run for normal daily driving. Also which brand and which chip to match? I am very interested in hearing everyones opinions.

      Im still looking for

      Black glx leathers in good shape.
      some 16 inch wheels. (Staggered, wide, I'm open to whatever just show me what you got. Im really interested in some Porsche 7 slots but like I said im open to whatever.)

      I also want to respray but i refuse to do so until I have my own place with a garage to keep it out of the weather once it is done.
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      08-15-2011 11:06 PM #103
      effin spoiler holes leaked. ad with all this rain back seat floor is soaked. Just realized this a little while ago... and Lowes doesnt have the correct plugs. Shoulda known not to go to that *** store and shoulda went to home depot but it was closing time. Don't have time to shopvac the moisture out bought some damp rid and going to get the wetness out tomorrow as well as hopefully find some plugs

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      08-15-2011 11:14 PM #104
      Try an external oil cooler to help with your temp issues.

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      08-16-2011 09:49 AM #105
      I thought about it. But now my temp seems to be good.

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      08-16-2011 01:02 PM #106
      Quote Originally Posted by L. Fopps View Post
      Anyone got a nice set of black glx leathers? Or have any idea why my car won't run at a steady temp? Problem described 2 posts above.
      How about a set of mk3.5 cabrio fronts and a jetta rear bench in black leather. ... .

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      08-16-2011 01:40 PM #107
      pm sent

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      08-17-2011 10:00 AM #108
      sold the beaver leather door cards at a local gtg last night. Hopefully after work Ill have the time to pop my black ones on, swap out the driver's door and get my oil changed. Something tells me its not all happening but its okay to be ambitious right? Then I just need great condition seats and my interior swap is complete

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      08-19-2011 01:47 PM #109
      Good job on the dash.... I didnt remember having to deal with shear bolts. I was a long time ago though.

      Good luck on clean leather they can be rare.
      Quote Originally Posted by MKIII's KING View Post
      lol @ special tools. vortex is full of that.

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      08-20-2011 12:22 PM #110
      yea Ive had a hard time tracking them down except for when i didn't have the money... Now that I do I cannot find them anywhere. Engine build to begin soon I just need to find the space. Its rough going from a house with a huge garage to an apartment.
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      08-24-2011 11:04 AM #111
      Anyone got a Black wingless trunk in good shape? Not looking for one that the spoiler was removed and holes are plugged. Looking for a GL wingless trunk.

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      08-26-2011 08:29 PM #112
      Quote Originally Posted by L. Fopps View Post
      Its rough going from a house with a huge garage to an apartment.
      yeah it is! it's crazy how i have to plan projects now so that i finish them immediately because i can never just let the car sit in a garage til i have more time...i can never start a project unless i know i can finish it...which usually means fri-sun...which is when everything else is closed...so it's been interesting planning my projects and sourcing all the necessary parts beforehand...i have some big ones coming with engine performance head and other stuff but this summer went by too fast....i haven't even had time to put my abt side skirts on since selling the oem's to you! ha good luck with the lack of space...it def has its pros and cons.
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      08-30-2011 11:17 AM #113
      Well the cars been great since I did the overhaul of my coolant system. I've just been driving it to find any other bugs that it may have and there haven't been any until....

      Yesterday I got home a half hour early from work and decided to go to the dealer down the road to look for a new truck since the rocker panels on mine are starting to rust. IF ANYONE THINKS THEY CAN DO A SOLID JOB ON A 2000 GMC SIERRA SINGLE CAB ROCKER PANELS PLEASE PM ME I'D RATHER NOT GET RID OF MY TRUCK.

      Anyway I got to the corner of my development and the car died and all electric was cut. Popped the hood figuring the negative terminal got loose and what I saw under the PO electrical tape job was a disaster. I didn't break any of these wires this is how they were. The wire shorted out and had what was the start of a fire luckily I have tools in the car and pulled the negative terminal off before I had any serious problem..



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      09-11-2011 08:46 PM #114
      Got my electrical all sorted out and headed down to dubs on the boards. It was an awesome time.
      Once again a show kicked my ass into gear. Came home and changed my door finally but broke my door lock. Going to take it all back apart ad attempt to fix it. And i rolled 190,000 today. Check engine light is on for my lack of a cat.

      Jeep City



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      09-12-2011 05:34 PM #115
      glad to see this thread is alive and kicking do work

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      09-13-2011 11:33 AM #116
      I need a garage... We lost our house and moved into an apartment at the wrong time. I wanna get this motor pulled and start some real work

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      09-13-2011 01:26 PM #117
      sorry to hear that dude hope life gets better

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      09-27-2011 09:27 AM #118
      needs pics with the new wheels on here asap lol plus i just want to see more then the one picture i saw of them. time to put phinxxs photography skills to use yet again

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      09-27-2011 12:45 PM #119
      as soon as the new adapters are on and theres decent pictures I will post. There not staying purple im not a fan of "sumptuous plum" lol but the stance is exactly what I wanted.

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      09-27-2011 04:34 PM #120
      alright sounds good. but i do think the plum color looks pretty damn good on ur car. ive been looking at all sorts of rims im so lost on wat i want on my car.

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      09-27-2011 04:36 PM #121
      bbs lm's would be amazing. but be prepared to pay

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      09-30-2011 04:09 PM #122
      Picked up some mint 7 slots at h2o.. only problem is that there sumptuous plum purple. Obviously not staying this color very long at all... Im not a fan. Pics are with the adapters that they came with. It now has an extra 5 mm up front. If only I had a garage that I can start breaking into the motor already Anyone got a garage I can use?





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      10-05-2011 10:41 AM #123
      New Adapters and sitting exactly how I want it to, now gotta get rid of the purple. Im back and forth between gloss black or red with black inside the 7 slots so Im gonna spray paint one side red and one side black and see which i like better and then strip them and powder coat with the final decision.



      Looks like GIzmo has voiced his opinion once again and likes the 42dd O2 spacer


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      10-11-2011 12:17 AM #124
      Ive been a little slow lately on getting things accomplished due to work, but I've been motivated lately to make some progress. Painted the wheels, finally no more purple. And then made a trip to harbor freight for some goodies. With all the black this song comes to mind idk why. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKvpzqGzwjU

      Anyway... Product of Today





      And it wouldn't be much of an update without my cats approval on something lol.

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      10-11-2011 01:15 AM #125
      Quote Originally Posted by L. Fopps View Post
      Then I just need great condition seats and my interior swap is complete
      Im still selling some nice black leathers

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