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

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      05-03-2012 09:19 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 04:59 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.
      .:Roxanne

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      05-03-2012 05:51 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 12:28 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 12:30 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 01:34 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:

      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:

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      05-07-2012 02:59 PM #132
      Clean headlights like that really make a huge difference. Good job!

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      05-13-2012 08:51 AM #133
      Pulled the spark plugs.


      Replaced them with BKR7E's.


      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.


      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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      05-16-2012 02:27 PM #134

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      05-17-2012 09:49 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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      05-17-2012 02:21 PM #136
      At first i wondered....Why only 4,000$?.....Now i know why.

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      05-17-2012 11:26 PM #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 11:09 AM #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 02:03 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 03:52 PM #140
      it's nice to see someone fixing someone elses mistakes, keep up the good work dude.
      cermak_j <-- (double underscore).

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      05-27-2012 04:45 PM #141
      Quote Originally Posted by foundubbedriver View Post
      it's nice to see someone fixing someone elses mistakes, keep up the good work dude.
      Thanks a lot man! It's awesome to be part of such a helpful, responsive community!

      On a side note: Hopefully taking my girlfriend this week to pick up a MkV Rabbit 2.5L

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      05-27-2012 10:01 PM #142
      02m Replacement Wheel Bearing Kit from ECS Tuning


      23mm Metal Sway Bar End Links with Securing Nut

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      05-30-2012 04:52 PM #143
      Quote Originally Posted by Kevrend View Post
      02m Replacement Wheel Bearing Kit from ECS Tuning


      23mm Metal Sway Bar End Links with Securing Nut
      Man....our path is almost identical. My bearings had a lot of play in it. I just replaced my right side one. Went with Timken Bearings, due to their quality, and an OEM C-Clip.

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      06-01-2012 10:47 PM #144
      Project the other night:

      Finally installed my windshield wiper stalk. No more digging my finger into the column to find the tiny broken point of the old one to try to toggle on the wipers while driving.

      Brought the car in to RS Worx today to have the Upper Strut Mount Bushings and Bearings installed, as well as the wheel bearings. Car is driving fantastically now. All vibrations and noises are gone and it feels like a dream.

      Also thought the cluster looked gorgeous when I came in to park tonight:

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      06-01-2012 11:14 PM #145



      how does this happen dude why even bother


      wow good luck.... bring her back from the dead PLEASE

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      06-01-2012 11:15 PM #146
      I'm liking the progress.

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      06-01-2012 11:21 PM #147
      Sh*T - I was so shocked by the pics on the first page didn't realize there was 5 pages to this thread...

      Great progress! good on you - You are a better man then I'll ever be

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      06-02-2012 10:08 AM #148
      Thanks guys!

      A lot of people have asked why I have undertaken a project like this, and for me at least, the answer is simple.

      I sold my 1999 Jeep Wrangler Sahara with 150k miles for $6000. I owed a lot on credit cards and to my parents for bailing me out of some tight spots over the years, so I opted to sell the Jeep and try to find something cheap so I could come out with a few G's on top up front. I also needed something that wasn't going to soak up gas the way that straight 6 did with the 33" tires and Dana 44 rear end.

      Found this and it had everything I was looking for in a replacement vehicle:

      1. Turbocharged 4 cylinder
      2. 6 speed manual
      3. Less than 100k miles
      4. Less than $5k

      That being said, I jumped on it and never looked back. Does it cost me a lot to maintain? So far, yeah, but the vast majority of what I have done to it will remain with it for quite some time now. I am a huge proponent for preventative maintenance and building things once. Do it right, or do it twice.

      In the end, so far the car has been exceptionally reliable. Not a single hiccup besides me being overly paranoid about things and jumping on fixing them ahead of time. I'm incredibly happy with the car and can't wait to keep pushing it towards completion.

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      06-02-2012 12:59 PM #149
      Keep doing work

      Cant wait to see it done
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    25. 06-02-2012 11:22 PM #150
      Quote Originally Posted by Kevrend View Post
      Project the other night:

      Finally installed my windshield wiper stalk. No more digging my finger into the column to find the tiny broken point of the old one to try to toggle on the wipers while driving.

      Brought the car in to RS Worx today to have the Upper Strut Mount Bushings and Bearings installed, as well as the wheel bearings. Car is driving fantastically now. All vibrations and noises are gone and it feels like a dream.

      Also thought the cluster looked gorgeous when I came in to park tonight:
      Awesome pic...That new south gauge and pod look awesome. MAtches everything like OEM. ARe u going to put the BBS RC's on it? U've done a great job giving life back to a 337.
      Last edited by mapleleaf979; 06-02-2012 at 11:25 PM.

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