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    Thread: New to VW Community, Just Picked Up A 337.

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      04-25-2012 12:28 AM #106
      why don't you just joey mod the other one and have them both with a black bezel, chrome is out go black
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      04-25-2012 12:37 AM #107
      Quote Originally Posted by Pcsnow00 View Post
      why don't you just joey mod the other one and have them both with a black bezel, chrome is out go black
      I contemplated it, but after hunting down as many photos of 337's as I could find, I decided I preferred the 337 with the original chrome bezel.


      Which brings me to another interesting question...I realized it's my car and I can/should do what I want with it, but given the car's original/current misfortune, would it be overly sacrilegious to paint the car a color other than Reflex Silver? I have a pretty fantastic deal on paint and am strongly considering a metallic/pearl white a la Escalade/CTS or the 350z. Also saw something similar on RudeBoy's R32.
      Last edited by Kevrend; 04-25-2012 at 12:42 AM.

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      04-25-2012 12:40 AM #108
      this is the color I'm referring to:
      http://vimeo.com/16395072

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      04-25-2012 11:12 AM #109
      i think its a sweet ass color but like my sig says its ur car do what u want
      F**k the haters, it's your car and your money, build what you want!

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      04-25-2012 11:57 AM #110
      Quote Originally Posted by 97vdub2slow View Post
      i think its a sweet ass color but like my sig says its ur car do what u want
      I'm definitely torn. On one hand, I want to bring this thing back OEM. On the other hand, there are a lot of things about it that I've already made subtle variations on: armrest, leather door cards, shorter antenna, monster mats. Granted, all OEM by technicality, but not for the 337.
      On the other hand, I've got a butchered car already, and I still think no matter what, it'll be a huge step up from this two-tone, pin striped absurdity.

      Plus I love that color. It comes down to discussing it with my painter and finding out how much more scratch I'll have to come up with to do the interior jambs and engine bay.

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      04-25-2012 12:04 PM #111
      Quote Originally Posted by Kevrend View Post
      I'm definitely torn. On one hand, I want to bring this thing back OEM. On the other hand, there are a lot of things about it that I've already made subtle variations on: armrest, leather door cards, shorter antenna, monster mats. Granted, all OEM by technicality, but not for the 337.
      On the other hand, I've got a butchered car already, and I still think no matter what, it'll be a huge step up from this two-tone, pin striped absurdity.

      Plus I love that color. It comes down to discussing it with my painter and finding out how much more scratch I'll have to come up with to do the interior jambs and engine bay.
      I think at this stage you might as well do something different but tasteful and give it it's own personality. It may not look like a 337 anymore but it's still a GTI. Looking at the car at its current state makes me sad.
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      04-25-2012 01:04 PM #112
      Quote Originally Posted by vincenzo View Post
      I think at this stage you might as well do something different but tasteful and give it it's own personality. It may not look like a 337 anymore but it's still a GTI. Looking at the car at its current state makes me sad.
      me too.

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      04-25-2012 01:10 PM #113
      http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=0&n...iew&ad=8460601
      Quote Originally Posted by Kevrend View Post
      this is the color I'm referring to:
      http://vimeo.com/16395072
      this is what a guy i know did this is actually the car that he did. its that exact paint color that you are referring too and its a 20th......i personally like the color.... just know that you will get doo doo talked about you car being a 337 and white......best of luck to you
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      04-25-2012 01:44 PM #114
      Quote Originally Posted by Pcsnow00 View Post
      just know that you will get doo doo talked about you car being a 337 and white......best of luck to you
      I already get doo doo talked about how it is now, so I can deal with it. Just waiting back on a price. Hopefully I'll be bartering some of my photography services to him

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      04-25-2012 03:08 PM #115
      Quote Originally Posted by Kevrend View Post
      I already get doo doo talked about how it is now, so I can deal with it. Just waiting back on a price. Hopefully I'll be bartering some of my photography services to him
      in that case i say GO WHITE!!!!
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      04-25-2012 07:39 PM #116
      Once you go white you don't go...back?

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      04-26-2012 04:27 PM #117
      Flat silver 337....

      Just enough different but still close to OEM
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      04-26-2012 04:42 PM #118
      I'm not sure I'd see a flat silver as looking finished on this car
      If I'm going to do something close to OEM but not quite, it will probably be starting with a Reflex Silver and adding a slight gunmetal flake and a deep gloss black roof.

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      04-26-2012 05:56 PM #119
      Quote Originally Posted by Kevrend View Post
      I'm not sure I'd see a flat silver as looking finished on this car
      If I'm going to do something close to OEM but not quite, it will probably be starting with a Reflex Silver and adding a slight gunmetal flake and a deep gloss black roof.
      Than apparently you never have seen this car ....
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      04-26-2012 06:11 PM #120
      Quote Originally Posted by Deceitful View Post
      Than apparently you never have seen this car ....
      Damnit. More photos?!

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      04-26-2012 10:15 PM #121
      Quote Originally Posted by Kevrend View Post
      Damnit. More photos?!

      vortex search tattoo24v or google search even. or youtube "holdfast"


      car went through many stages but most were flat silver.
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      04-27-2012 09:50 AM #122
      Props to a fellow 337 restorer. Check out the thread in my sig for my restoration!

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      04-28-2012 12:43 PM #123
      Quote Originally Posted by DarksideZ View Post
      Props to a fellow 337 restorer. Check out the thread in my sig for my restoration!

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      Thanks! Ditto! I subscribed to yours when I picked up the car!

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      05-02-2012 11:21 AM #124
      Brought the 337 in for an alignment yesterday because I found my front driver side tire to be worn through to the banding on the very inside 2 inches of tread. Pretty excessive camber wear, and only on that tire. I threw a set of steelies on it earlier this week so I could start working on the RC's. While it was in for the alignment, the shop wasn't able to get it aligned 100% because some of the suspension components (tie rod ends) were seized up. They did the alignment for free and told me what I'd need, so I'll be picking up the ECS Tuning Stage II Suspension Refresh Kit this week. While I was there, they mentioned they had a set of ST coilovers for my car that they would sell me for $700. I'm leary because frankly, I'm not a member of the GoLow movement. Do I like slightly less wheel gap than factory? Yeah, definitely. But do I have any interest in sacraficing ride quality and handling for something as vain as a slightly smaller gap between the wheel and fender? Not at all. So the question is, are these coilovers going to substantially change my geometry and ride quality?

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      05-03-2012 01:09 AM #125
      Quote Originally Posted by Kevrend View Post
      Brought the 337 in for an alignment yesterday because I found my front driver side tire to be worn through to the banding on the very inside 2 inches of tread. Pretty excessive camber wear, and only on that tire. I threw a set of steelies on it earlier this week so I could start working on the RC's. While it was in for the alignment, the shop wasn't able to get it aligned 100% because some of the suspension components (tie rod ends) were seized up. They did the alignment for free and told me what I'd need, so I'll be picking up the ECS Tuning Stage II Suspension Refresh Kit this week. While I was there, they mentioned they had a set of ST coilovers for my car that they would sell me for $700. I'm leary because frankly, I'm not a member of the GoLow movement. Do I like slightly less wheel gap than factory? Yeah, definitely. But do I have any interest in sacraficing ride quality and handling for something as vain as a slightly smaller gap between the wheel and fender? Not at all. So the question is, are these coilovers going to substantially change my geometry and ride quality?
      I don't actually own ST's but i've heard they ride great, they are a subsidiary of KW I believe, and these don't slam your car by any means, just provide a mild drop. If the ST's you mentioned are used, i'd look online for some in the ~$850 range, but if they are indeed new, i would snatch those up quick!

      Good luck with the build, sounds like your dedicated to get that thing to brand new again!
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      05-03-2012 10:19 AM #126
      They are new! I'm still weighing out my options between staying stock, going with a cupkit or going with coilovers. I really do enjoy the handling that the car already has and don't want to lose that. Albeit I'm sure all options will still feel wonderful to me coming from a wrangler on 33" mud terrains and a broken sway bar link

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      05-03-2012 05:59 PM #127
      I believe ST coilovers are non-powder coated steel so they are susceptible to rust. Keep that in mind. Once those threads rust you wont be able to make any adjustments again.
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      05-03-2012 06:51 PM #128
      Quote Originally Posted by KurtCav View Post
      I believe ST coilovers are non-powder coated steel so they are susceptible to rust. Keep that in mind. Once those threads rust you wont be able to make any adjustments again.
      Thanks! Great bit of info! Anyone have experience with the JOM coilovers from BFI?

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      05-05-2012 01:28 AM #129
      I guess this is what winter mode will look like for now
      30 second exposure, light painted with an 8" LED light.
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      05-07-2012 01:30 AM #130
      Here are some images of the treadwear on the tires that came with the car. Pretty miserable.
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      05-07-2012 02:34 PM #131
      Did a full headlight maintenance yesterday. Took my broken driver side 337 headlight and opened it up and removed the silver bezel. Then pulled open the complete driver side 337 headlight and pulled that bezel as well. Also opened up the terribly faded 20AE headlight I had installed on the driver side. See before:
      DSC_5502
      I took both 337 bezels and coated them with sandable auto primer, then two coats of a gloss black.
      Installed Volx Tuning glass lenses.
      End result:
      DSC_5627

    27. 05-07-2012 03:59 PM #132
      Clean headlights like that really make a huge difference. Good job!

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      05-13-2012 09:51 AM #133
      Pulled the spark plugs.
      DSC_5649

      Replaced them with BKR7E's.
      DSC_5648

      Then I tore out the inner and outer tie rods, the lower control arms and lower ball joints and swapped them out with parts from the ECS Stage III Suspension Refresh Kit.
      DSC_5650

      I've never done any work on suspension or steering components before aside from swapping sway bar end links on my TJ, so at first this was a little daunting, but I made sure to hunt down every DIY I could and made a list of tools I would need before starting. Picked them all up, received the refresh kit, jacked the car up Thursday night around 9:30 pm. Worked on it until midnight, then came back to it Friday night from 9:30-11pm. Pretty thrilled with the result.

      I did not get around to pulling the struts and swapping out the upper strut mount bushing and bearing, but I have to drive to Boston tomorrow night so I'm having a local indie shop do them and the alignment tomorrow while I'm at work.

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      05-17-2012 10:49 AM #135
      Just got back from a 650 mile round trip to Boston. Had the alignment done Monday afternoon and drove the car up Monday night. Steering felt great, but I did notice a slight whirring/friction sound in the front end while feathering the gas to maintain constant speed. Believe the likely culprit is a failed wheel bearing on front passenger side. Will be ordering replacement bearings from ECS. Hopefully I can get them replaced before the bearing destroys the hub and forces me to replace that as well.

      I will also be ordering the ECS Dogbone Mount kit as well as metal style 23mm Sway Bar End Links with the securing bolt.

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      05-18-2012 12:26 AM #137
      love seeing this thing transform ..... while your on ecs you should do the 2.0T coil pack mod.

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      05-19-2012 12:09 PM #138
      Quote Originally Posted by eeemolaaa3551 View Post
      love seeing this thing transform ..... while your on ecs you should do the 2.0T coil pack mod.
      I've got it in my list of future mods! From what I've read, it's totally worthwhile!

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      05-27-2012 03:03 PM #139
      Recent updates:

      Purchased front wheel bearings from ECS Tuning, they will be installed on Friday along with the strut top bushings and bearings from the Stage III Refresh Kit.

      Also picked up a set of Meyle 23mm metal sway bar end links, and installed. Will post up photos tonight.

      Also ordered a new lower foam for the driver side Recaro to replace the current one with the busted left side bolster. Should be here this week and install during the week. Again, will post photos once I receive it.

      My side skirts will need to be replaced before paint, so I'm torn. Considering I'm going a slightly alternative route with the Pearl White paint, should I replace with R32 rep skirts (arguably more aesthetically pleasing) or 337 rep skirts?

      BBS RC's are finally under way. I have the first one sanded down and primed for it's first stage, and I'll be sanding that down today to prep for filler to take out the gouges from prior owner. Still deciding whether to do them gloss black or gunmetal.

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      05-27-2012 04:52 PM #140
      it's nice to see someone fixing someone elses mistakes, keep up the good work dude.
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