Wait, IronTrap? What happened to your old user name?
That's just a "universal" scan tool. I can't justify the purchase of VAG-COM since I have a bunch of friends locally that are wizards with it (and let me borrow it when needed ) so I just use one of these universal scan tools. They can scan the car and give all of the codes, check and reset readiness/monitors, freeze frame data, and give real-time date from the engine (coolant temp, IAT, duty cycle, O2 voltage, TPS %, etc). So basically for 99% of what you'd need for diagnosing, or monitoring your engine. I just hooked this one up, read my codes, and watched the sensors and such work in real-time to make sure my flying lead was all legit. Another one of those little detail mods no one will notice, and I'll probably forget about haha.
And to update the thread, I been working out some odds and ends on the car and loose ends.. hoping to take it to H2O if all goes my way. I got a quick alignment done with some help from my buddy Dan, and also got the airride controls to sit better in the kneebar, and still working on diagnosing a some pesky leaks in my passenger side wheels. Turns out my rear wheel is leaking around the rear bead a bit.. I'm guessing I didn't make sure the bead was nice and clean on the wheel before mounting the tire... hoping to repair that this week!
beautiful car as always man!
do you/will you set up any actual CEL so you know when a code pops up? or just check it every so often?
i see the evap code, but im assuming you dont have all the stuff like canister vent valves or purge solenoids or stuff like that on this car?
Keep it up. details make the car.
Happy to say that the car did great on the 4 hour drive each way down and back and also as a people mover (often seeing 4 people in the car at once) with no major issues at all. The sound and power this car has is fantastic and it really is a treat to drive. It was a pretty neat feeling pulling into OCMD with the car and thinking how almost exactly one year ago I was towing the car home in a very sad state.
Only things of note was that I need to eventually replace the **** throwout bearing in from the ebay clutch kit I installed.. it is quite noisy with your foot off the clutch, I forgot to plug a breather port on the top of the tank and found that when you fill the tank 100% full that port will spew a lot of gas out of it until it is below the port level... sorry mother nature! Also found oil is seeping/leaking from the oil filter housing cap even though it is tight.. not sure the issue, so I'll probably source another filter, o-ring and cap just to be safe.
Only plans I have for the car for now is to just finish tidying up some small things on the car and maybe work on figuring out how to shorten the pan a little bit to get it sitting how I want when air'ed out... otherwise I just want to enjoy it as-is while I work on some other projects I have going in the garage.
Thanks to all that followed along, gave advice, helped source parts, lent me a hand, or just put up with my rambling BS. On to the next project!
A few pics some friends took over the weekend past.
Last edited by IronTrap; 10-03-2012 at 09:32 AM.
This isn't a normal 4 cylinder steel oilpan, and I've never seen anything other than MIG welded steel parts out of that outfit.. this is an aluminum oilpan that would need to be TIG welded.
Not to mention I prefer to do my own work over paying a premium for something I can easily make in my own shop.
Appreciate the input though.
Wow... just wow. I wish I had your garage and space. my Cabby could use with a real tear down and clean up. I'm sure I'll catch crap for my opinion, but I really don't care, so please fix the "patina". She would look so much better with full repaint.
On a side note, your welding is top notch.
Formerly rabbitman05. Few thousand posts lol.
Love this one, even more than my own 24v bunny. Well done sir, a real beauty
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