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    Thread: El Diablo Goes on Air! (MK2)

    1. Member AndrewDaniels's Avatar
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      03-17-2012 08:40 PM #1
      Hey guys, my name is Andrew and I got some Airride for my 16th birthday. This is basically everything that my Dad and I have done to get it on.

      First things first, here's how we stared. It's not like I didn't like coilovers, I just thought airride was cool:
      This picture was taken at H20i 2011


      First we fitted the 5 gallon tanks and air compressor:




      Then the initial teardown of the car, after about 2 hours and a lot of fun, this is what we ended up with:






      These were the inside mats under the front seats, soaking wet:


      Now the wiring:



      We decided to run the wiring for the future subwoofer:



      We got the first strut in:


      Now we found the perfect spot to run the airlines, right under the back seat:


      The camder plates we wanted to put on. They're 2 degrees:


      First shot of the camber plates on there, it's kinda hard to see but oh well:


      This is with the camber plates and 25mm spacers on there, as well as he Autopilot V1 system, which we later switch out for the V2:


      Back end at first:


      Front end at first:


      This was the first time we had the car on the street since putting the bags in, I wasn't satisfied:






      Got in my new JL 10 inch powered sub:


      A couple of shots of the Autopilot V2 system:




      Then my Dad and I drove up to New Jersey to pick up this Rallye Grille and rad support:


      We decided to do a few other projcts with the car while the interior was out and the headliner was really saggy so we ripped it out:


      Some spots were cracked, so we put fiber glass and this stuff called G/Flex Epoxy on the back to stiffen and repair it:



      After a couple of days we got in our black suede headliner material and were ready to put it on:
      18 with a bagged Mk2... Pretty sure I'm the only one at my school with bags...

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      03-17-2012 08:45 PM #2
      The finished product:


      As I said before the sound deadening mats were soaked so we tossed 'em and put in Dynamat:


      And now just pretend I took pictures of the reasembly of the interior...

      Now how the car sits now with the AWESOME Autopilot V2 system hooked up and WAY more accurate that the V1 (note this is not all the way down):






      This is it for now, I still plan on putting the Rallye Grille in and recongifuring the trunk. More to come...
      18 with a bagged Mk2... Pretty sure I'm the only one at my school with bags...


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      03-17-2012 08:58 PM #4
      Highly impressed with the build, even moreso impressed with your father

      Looks like great father son bonding time, my dad and i started at a very young age too so i have a soft spot for these activities

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      03-17-2012 09:27 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by MechEngg View Post
      Highly impressed with the build, even moreso impressed with your father

      Looks like great father son bonding time, my dad and i started at a very young age too so i have a soft spot for these activities
      Yea, it was a great time to spend with him. Not everybody has that.
      18 with a bagged Mk2... Pretty sure I'm the only one at my school with bags...

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      03-18-2012 09:44 AM #6
      Nice job! Thumbs up for a cool dad too.

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      03-18-2012 09:44 AM #7
      Nice ride, you guys put in some great work! Tell your dad he's a complete badass for helping you out.

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      03-18-2012 02:44 PM #8
      i remember this car from h2oi. Awesome build
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      03-18-2012 06:34 PM #9
      Cool to see another young guy on bags
      Your setup is definitely much nicer than mine, but then again my dad thinks my Cabby's a joke. Keep it up!

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      03-19-2012 12:04 AM #10
      holy **** this is impressive.. wish i knew about the mk2s when i was in highschool i would have had a baller car like this haha but at 20 with an s4 about to be on bags and rs;s i cant complain keep up the good work! cant wait till you shave the bay lol
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      03-19-2012 11:20 AM #11
      thats sweet man.. love the factthat your dad helps you and understands the project.. old and new school ideas equals a well done vehicle... love the rally grille by the way.. saw one on a mk2 yesterday by the beach

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      03-19-2012 12:29 PM #12
      very nice set up man! I remembered seeing it at h2o. Also I took a peak at it this fall. I stopped by your house when your dad let me borrow the fender roller. Very cool guy, your father is. You want to talk about the "pay it forward" idea, he's a great man to have in our community and I'm sure you "didn't fall far from the tree"

      Real nice work, and treasure the time you have with the family!

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      03-19-2012 03:28 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by msheehan View Post
      cant wait till you shave the bay lol
      Haha me neither!!
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      03-19-2012 06:27 PM #14
      Yeah...we sold this to his mom as "this will get the car back in the driveway because it's too steep...."

      Also...it's just as much fun for me to work on this since Andrew is sooo enthusiastic and really has a good eye for details at such a tender age....
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      03-24-2012 04:00 PM #15
      Hey guys, some of you are probably wondering how I like the Autopilot V2, well here's my answer. My dad and I both LOVE the V2, not just because of the looks, but because it is soooo much more accurate than the V1. The V2 is like a new iPhone, it's awesome with all these new features. The V2 is cool because it has so many options and pressures that you can set it at. I definitely recommend spending the $900 on it because it is just awesome. Another nice feature it has is that when you receive it, the harness is bundled up, there are minimal wires, and the manifold is one piece rather than 2 separate pieces and the dump valve is much quieter then the V1 manifolds.

      If you have anymore questions feel free to ask.
      18 with a bagged Mk2... Pretty sure I'm the only one at my school with bags...

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      03-26-2012 10:01 PM #16
      awesome

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      03-26-2012 10:36 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by AndrewDaniels View Post
      Hey guys, some of you are probably wondering how I like the Autopilot V2, well here's my answer. My dad and I both LOVE the V2, not just because of the looks, but because it is soooo much more accurate than the V1. The V2 is like a new iPhone, it's awesome with all these new features. The V2 is cool because it has so many options and pressures that you can set it at. I definitely recommend spending the $900 on it because it is just awesome. Another nice feature it has is that when you receive it, the harness is bundled up, there are minimal wires, and the manifold is one piece rather than 2 separate pieces and the dump valve is much quieter then the V1 manifolds.

      If you have anymore questions feel free to ask.
      Can you comment on how consistent or inconsistent the presets are from time to time?

      Have you done any height measurement test with a certain load at certain preset, and then some other time with the same load/preset? How close or far off were they?

      Thanks.

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      03-27-2012 06:10 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Monkeykungfu View Post
      Can you comment on how consistent or inconsistent the presets are from time to time?

      Have you done any height measurement test with a certain load at certain preset, and then some other time with the same load/preset? How close or far off were they?

      Thanks.
      Well, the presets are very accurate, we check them just about everytime we go out to make sure one side isn't sagging or the pressure is way off. They are very on point, something that the V1 was not. And also, my dad and I never actually measured heights, but we just go by eye and so far everytime we checked it's looked very good and close everytime. One thing that we did learn is that if you are airing up or down, that you should make sure your foot is off the brake or the E-brake is off b/c then the wheels will be locked and in order for the pressure to be right, the wheels need some mobility. One time the pressure was way off, but we fixed that, it just happened to be a line not fully secure. But overall I'd give this system a 9/10, very accurate all the time.
      18 with a bagged Mk2... Pretty sure I'm the only one at my school with bags...

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      04-02-2012 10:57 AM #19
      What's up guys, just took a mini photo shoot. Here you go:









      And if you were wondering what the interior looks like:




      The trunk right now:




      Here's the car in the background, it's my dad's 1969 Austin America, w/ dual Weber carbs:
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      04-19-2012 08:48 PM #20
      Got a small update on the Rallye Grille:


      18 with a bagged Mk2... Pretty sure I'm the only one at my school with bags...

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      04-19-2012 08:59 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by AndrewDaniels View Post

      Here's the car in the background, it's my dad's 1969 Austin America, w/ dual Weber carbs:
      So.... when is the AA getting bagged? That's one nice ride.


      Nice grille too BTW!

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      04-22-2012 08:00 AM #22
      Got another update:


      18 with a bagged Mk2... Pretty sure I'm the only one at my school with bags...

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      04-22-2012 03:04 PM #23
      looks good. a lot of the pictures are broken though. interested in seeing the rest.

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      04-23-2012 07:48 PM #24
      Some crappy cell pics for now:




      Let me know what you think. I think they look AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      04-24-2012 12:56 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by AndrewDaniels View Post

      Let me know what you think. I think they look AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      im going to have to agree with you here
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      18 with a bagged Mk2... Pretty sure I'm the only one at my school with bags...

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      04-28-2012 01:04 AM #28
      car looks great. saw you at the meet at sandy point i was parked behind you and talked for a while
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      04-30-2012 06:22 PM #29
      And I finally got around to putting that Rallye Grille in:


      18 with a bagged Mk2... Pretty sure I'm the only one at my school with bags...

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      05-14-2012 03:12 AM #30
      Looks good man, like it even more with rallye front end

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      05-15-2012 03:17 PM #31
      really nice standing... any pictures of the negative plates at the rears?? i still planed these too..but dont do it before..looks nice...
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      06-05-2012 03:36 PM #32
      Hey guys, I've been away from mine for a while as my dad and I got another toy:






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      18 with a bagged Mk2... Pretty sure I'm the only one at my school with bags...

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      06-05-2012 04:01 PM #33
      what tire size are the 912's?

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      06-05-2012 05:17 PM #34
      damn it looks so sweett man

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      06-05-2012 09:38 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Grabbit View Post
      what tire size are the 912's?
      They are 205x45x16's all the way around
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