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      12-25-2011 11:35 PM #1
      Welcome to the Sportwagen Do-It-Yourself, How-To and Frequently Asked Question Thread.
      How to add something to the FAQ?


      If you have anything that you would like added to this list, or to report broken links, please use the report post to moderator function.

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      To search within this thread, please press Control+F or Command (Open Apple)+F on your keyboard. (Note: Just because nothing is returned does not mean that it is not here, your search term may not be used in the description). Many items and issues may fit into all categories, so it is best to spend a couple minutes looking through the whole thread.

      NOTE: Some of this may be duplicated information from the MK5 and/or MK6 forums. If you are unable to find a DIY that is not Sportwagen specific, check the DIY/FAQ threads in those forums as well.

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      Last edited by Code3VW; 12-26-2011 at 12:48 AM.
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      12-25-2011 11:36 PM #4
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      Last edited by Code3VW; 01-24-2012 at 01:54 AM.
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      Last edited by andylyco; 02-21-2014 at 02:20 PM.
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      Last edited by Code3VW; 05-22-2012 at 04:47 PM.
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      Last edited by Code3VW; 12-26-2011 at 12:15 AM.
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      12-25-2011 11:40 PM #11
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      Suspension Removal and Installation of Coilovers - 98DUB

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      Quote Originally Posted by rootrider View Post
      going to want to specify mk5 or mk6, where applicable

      That will be present in the Version 2 changelog.
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      12-27-2011 12:20 PM #19
      This is an AWESOME thread!! Thanks Code3VW (and others who contributed if applicable) for putting this together for us. Any chance of making this a sticky? This really needs to be on top.

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      Quote Originally Posted by andylyco View Post
      I made this a sticky, and I'll probably delete any non FAQ posts and lock it to keep it clean. Let me know what you think. This is a great Christmas present- thanks!
      my recommendation is to leave the thread open for at least a while... it'll make it easier for people to post up thoughts, links, etc. Once things are more fleshed out then there may be a reason to lock the thread and remove old posts... not that I'm a fan of doing so in an faq thread.
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      01-11-2012 04:51 PM #22
      Just thought of something that should be on here - The break-in instructions that rootrider put up a couple months ago. That will be very informational for many of the people who are just now buying the TDIs.
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      01-12-2012 12:36 AM #23
      that was Drivbiwire's break-in schedule from tdiclub... it comes pretty well recommended:

      http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=252501
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      01-18-2012 09:11 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by rootrider View Post
      that was Drivbiwire's break-in schedule from tdiclub... it comes pretty well recommended:

      http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=252501
      Added here. Good find, sir!
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