you know what you need most of all? some better pics
And to answer "OMG BRO ARE YOU SERIOUSLY DRIVING DAT LOW WITH SUCH SKINNY AZZ TYRES?!?" question, yeah and I still do above the speed limit. Driving in a slammed b5 makes me more aware of the road conditions but it won't stop me from driving it like I stole it. Plus 205/40/17's isn't a big deal. 195/40/17's however.....(and yes they do exist. Ask me how do I know)
I know, I know, I should update my thread with updated pics. I'll try to today seeing i washed it yesterday for a car meet which I ended up not going to. So it's all sparkling clean for nothing.
Some In between pics of my progress.
before polishing the lips:
That same night I painted the centers a caramel-peanut butter brown, with a hint of metallic flakes.
I had higher expectations for the color, so i'm already thinking of changing it to a different color.
Process of assembling the wheels together the next day,
tires mounted that evening:
Polished those hazy headlights with a Turtle wax polishing kit. Pretty legit IMO
(before: Right side, after: Left)
And current shots of it this morning:
This past weekend I've added a set of 6000k HID for the low beams. It's a bit blue-green-ish for my taste, was hoping for a Xenon bright oem white. So I'm gonna switch down to 5500 or 5000 (which ever i can find first)
So for the next couple of months, my main goal is to work on the little problems and CEL issues I have with the car. I need to replace the LCD gauge cluster screen and cam chain tensioner among other things. Then after all that, probably I'll work on getting a tune and full exhaust done. Who knows from that point on.
Last edited by Chuckdee; 04-23-2012 at 01:56 PM.
Le photoshoot ....I did this like last tuesday but I'm just now posting them lol.
...and sadly we shall bring this chapter to a close, cause now I have plans to sell the car. This past friday I got my car towed from the downtown area (such a stupid situation) and after retrieving it on saturday, I hear this loud squeaking noise on the driver side that would vibrate the whole car at 3000 rpm. It sounds like a suspension part is loose but idk what part it is.
Spent all yesterday trying to find the noise but no luck. At that point, it was a dealbreaker for me. I got out of my first car of 5 years to get away from dealing with constant fixing and maintenance. It would be nice to finally have a car that i don't have to worry about fixing one problem after another, after another.
So seeing this may cause me an unnecessary amount of stress just from trying to fix it, I'm gonna get up out under it and sell it. I'm disappointed it had to come to this, but life ain't worth trying to solve problems for something that shouldn't cause you problems.
I will be selling the wheels and coilovers soon. So if you want a legit set of style 5's in 5x112, PM me.
bummer. BUT, I can empathize. I thought about a similar route but I have pretty much already replaced everything on my car. Just remember; timing belts, water pumps, control arms/tie rods, CVs, motor mounts, etc. are regular wear on any car.
That being said, I thought briefly yesterday about an e36 M
Back from the dead!
So in the mist of putting my car back to stock this happened, like 2 weeks ago i believe.....
....i knew this would eventually happen, but at stock height...really??? The stock shocks were blown, leaving me with a very soft ride, which lead to me bottoming out really hard on a road near my house (thankfully) I never cracked the pan while I was low, mainly cause I was too careful on the road.
Then I went to buy a replacement pan on ebay and then I got this
...the wrong pan. I didn't pay attention when ordering, thinking all b5 1.8's would have AT LEAST the same oil pan....nope.
So as I send this one back I wait for my new CORRECT pan to come in today, I may have figured out my rattling/vibrating noise. From looking a different thread on here with the similar symptoms I have (http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...exhaust-rattle) it MIGHT just be the cat. From a couple of "runs", I've noticed I'm slower than some of my friends cars, even slower than a focus....I know it's a 1.8t but c'mon it shouldn't be THAT slow.
Plus the vibrating/rattling noise only happens when I rev the engine around 2500-3500rpm so I'm really leaning on this may be the problem all along. Also found out that the snub has literally corroded off and the pass mount is broken, like there's no bottom piece.
So I'm gonna replace the mounts first to see if the noise is still there. if not, then I'll buy a straight pipe to solve my cat issue . If it works, then i'm 70% sure i'll be keeping my car for a while....again lol and work on reviving it back. If not, then i'm gonna get myself a tsx, so time will tell.
So cause of Memorial Day, my package that was scheduled to arrive yesterday (don't know why they didnt see that coming) has now been pushed to this friday. also I've ordered my mounts, so we should see if this fixes the problem. If not, then next is the straight pipe.
I had a rattle whenever I would get out of the throttle. Turned out to be the waste gate in the turbo. There is a threaded rod on the side of the turbo from the actuator to the actual waste gate. Mine was worn/stretched whatever, so the gate wouldn't shut all the way. There are some adjusters on the rod to tighten it.
Food for thought.
Hello all! So first off, like many others on here and elsewhere, I decided NOT to sell my car. Just keep it and settle with what I got. Next year, I'll just save up for a project car or something.....
....anywho, since that last post I've done a lot and been through some not-so-great times with my b5.
While in that process of "trying to sell" my car around may, I decided to address some issues. I didn't have any a/c since I owned the car since this Feb and it turns out the PO wired in some bull**** plug to the a/c clutch relay
the wire in question:
...for what? I dunno -___-
After fixing most of the annoying issues, it's been treating me well since but during that time I've gotten offers on trades and I even got an offer on an e36 with M3 bits and a motor swap. For about 2 weeks I've thought about the pros and cons on doing the trade and after test driving it, it felt like a reliable car.
Thing is, I wasn't sure about the motor swap, owner said there was 120k on the motor and Idk how many miles he's put on it since then. So after thinking about it, i decided to keep my a4 instead.
Where I last had it around may:
Drove it stock for about a month in june....
.....And put the coilovers back on as of 3nd week of july:
The car still have some issues, but what old car doesn't? The issues aren't annoying, now that I know what they are. It's mainly the case of parts wearing out over 10 years. So I don't think I'll be able to rest until I fix whatever is deciding to rot or break on their own.
...but it doesn't mean I can't have fun
Converted a jar full of change:
to these rolls
and got these things:
led turn signals for the front w/ resistors. All from eBay, go figure.
Decided to clear out my headlights:
....and I re-polished them too, don't worry. lol
What used to be reflectors...
Wiring in the resistors:
Cut out a vent to fit the gauge in
scored a pretty good set of 205/40 Falken 512's for $20 from a friend
Last edited by Chuckdee; 10-31-2012 at 06:42 PM.
I just used some rustoleum gold paint I found at Home Depot, nothing special.
Updates as of sept till last night:
when I lowered my car to 22.5 all around:
Also when I mounted my "1st skid plate"
when I was taking apart the wheels:
*These spider webs indicate that these wheels were neglected for a while :/
Took out the helper springs in the front to obtain moar low in the future with the wheels:
....for ****s and giggles, I decided to not spin up the coils just yet, I wanted to see how low I can get. Maximum amount I can get is 22" GTF. I could get lower if I cut a hole for the upper a-arms to go through.....Not looking to do all that just to get lower, i'm pretty content with where I'm at.
After that, I readjusted the fronts to sit at 22 1/4 in the front and 22 1/2 ish in the rear.
Sorry if those night pics look like crap.
After riding around at 22 1/4 with that stop sign as a skid plate, I thought I'd use another sign for better coverage:
it somewhat worked but it kept scraping a lot
So I took it off to do more work to it.
Then the inevitable happened....again
Around the same time I was going to H2oi (I was flying to there anyways). So I bought a new oil pan and with the time it took for me to put on and to work up the motivation to remove something so simple , it took me 2 weeks to do, so don't judge me lol.
Around that time, I tested a color idea for the wheels
...and right then, it was decided.
Next, I was originally shave the valve cover for a smooth look when polished, but me not knowing how to do it, came out pretty bad
So I painted it instead. A wrinkle black finish:
(i'll have a better pic of the finished product later)
after replacing the oil pan, I raised the car to a quarter inch while waiting for the Evo Thor plate to come in
Got tired of breaking pans and replacing them AND working on making road signs to fit.
50% thicker than the Panzer and with free shipping from boraparts.com, which makes it cheaper than any one else selling either skid plate. Can't beat that!
Link for those interested: http://shopping.boraparts.com/produc...roducts_id=325
Plate on and I feel comfortable speeding......in mexico of course
Reworked the cracking, f&%#ed up bumper
Painted it and cleared it last night
Pretty decent job for carefully doing it for the first time, but I'll do it again next week.
After testing out the colors on the faces, i decided to paint the rest the same
Repolished the lips:
...and that's all for today. Expect more progress tonight/tomorrow.
Last edited by Chuckdee; 10-31-2012 at 08:19 PM.