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    1. Member stroker216's Avatar
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      05-04-2012 10:38 PM #1
      No believe me its okay, im not 'one of those kids' I crashed my jetta back in january...woopie, but bought the passat and have been consumed in every way by it. Im 17 years old and do deliveries so im on a pretty tight budget. When i bought it, for 250.00, basically the only thing it did was run, barely. It had been sitting for a little over two years, the brakes were like one solid chunk of rust, sunroof leaked anddidnt work, the rear driver was wide open with a lovely blue tarp 'covering' it. But I decided to jump into it. Ive been hunting through this forum and its seems like there isnt a whole lot going on. From what I can tell, Izzo is boss and doesnt like low vehicles, so sorry if you dont like. Anywho, this is basically my build over the past few months, for some reason there are quite a few pictures I cannot find so if it appears as if there are gaps in the build, I apologize. So, here we go... And sorry about the huge pictures.
      Day One.


      Started tearing the front end apart, Both wheel bearings were destroyed, Tie rod ends and ball joints ripped, bad CV boot, seized struts, the works.





      I picked up some used coilovers, front two were used, backs were BNIB. The kid could not have possibly run them any more incorrectly and insisted that they were impossible to use. he had no strut bearing and had them spun really low with the helper springs, some people should not be allowed to work on their cars.


      He game me this though


      The driver side strut was a three day project trying to take out.



      So I went to town



      All Cleaned up and never seized


      Organization at its finest





      Could not physically separate the tie rod and tie rod end on the passenger side. So I replaced the whole assembly which cost me like 130 bucks. oh well, Made aligning it much easier.





      All put back together, all in all took about a month to get the thing on the road. This was the first test fit. The camber was set way too far out and i took a chunk out of my tires with the fenders, had to do some 'fender rolling' (with a nice wooden baseball bat and hammer) and kick the camber in. Actually really like how the wheels fit. They need to be spaced out in the back but I have new wheels I am refinishing now.




      Spun them down a little more to get this



      Car is in really good shape other than that dent you can see in the last picture, no rust which is surprising for a New England car left to sit.
      Like I said, windows and sunroof leak really bad so I pulled out the Seats and some carpet pad to steam clean it. Bought some mk3 gti leathers for the front and b4 passat ones for the back. Couldnt find any pics with them in


      Grabbed a new sunroof and broke my headliner


      Cleaned up the headlights, got two new unbroken fog lights for twenty bucks too, hella oem, not pictured until later though.

      But then the clutch decided to go. At first I replaced the slave cylinder, only for it to go bad, so I threw another one in and realized it was the clutch so out came the transmission. Took about two and a half hours to get out. real PITA. This is where some of the pictures got lost. Went with the stock sachs clutch disk and a stage 2 spec pressure plate, slightly used. Then I spent close to 17 hours trying, multiple different ways to get the transmission back into the car. Literally got it centimeters away but couldnt properly line it up. Gave up and ripped the front end off and pulled the motor out. The tranny bolted to it in maybe 7 minutes. Had so many plans while the motor was out but just decided to put it back in. I have a 2.9 intake but the throttle body is set straight back rather than the stock one set off to left. Too much SAI/ emission nonsense to put it in. Oh well. Motor went back in and when I fired it up it was making an awefully scary noise. Apparently when I was wrestling the transmission in, I dented the gearbox cover just enough so something was rubbing inside. banged it out and everything turned out to be good. the stage 2 pressure plate bites hard but engages very close to the floor. Oh well.


      Inside of that cover

      I tried out the VR lip but I ripped it off way too many times and just went back to normal.


      Took some pictures with my buddies mk4



      Background of my computer, god I love this picture

      Currently, Roof rack is temporary, my friend let me borrow it for dustoff, I told him id give it back when he got his mk2 coupe back up and running, so Ill have it basically for the next hundred or so years.

      I welded up a new exhaust. Just running a cat and borla muffler. I still have to make the cutout in the bumper so it looks really ghetto.




      I ground through my oil pan so I got another one tested my welding abilities....

      Came out nice, no leaks, 3/16 inch steel=broken concrete. haha.

      that little guy is no longer with us.

      I know you guys will hate me for this, but Ive always liked them and got a good deal. Also have perfect tires to stretch over them. 16x9.5 all around. tires 205/45/16. In the process of refinishing them.


      My most recent problem was a blown out brake line. I replaced the line and couldnt get them to hold pressure so I pulled out the old master cylinder and one should be here on monday. I do not like not having my car. Oh well, what do you expect from a 250 dollar car.
      I will try to keep this thread updated as much as possible.
      I do have a question as to why my passenger window just goes down when it wants to. Ill roll it up and it will go right back down, Im asuming a bad ground? I can hear the motor (window) click sometimes when I push the brake or turn the lights on. I know these cars are famous for aweful windows and door latches. Any insight on anything is appreciated. Thanks

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      05-04-2012 11:25 PM #2
      Damn, where do people get cars for two fiddy?!?!

      P.S. I hope you don't get much flame for being gay

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      05-04-2012 11:26 PM #3
      No homo, just seeing if anyone was paying attention haha. The license plate was directed towards the mk4. Haha

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      05-05-2012 12:13 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by stroker216 View Post
      No homo,
      Too late; keep telling yourself that

      P.S. TCL would've crucified you by now

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      05-05-2012 12:45 AM #5
      Hey man, I was nice enough to highly regard you in my intro, gee, this is what I get in return.


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      05-05-2012 10:03 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by stroker216 View Post
      Anybody else notice the perfect cupholder? I think that alone is worth $250
      Volkswagens are like strippers, they only work when you throw money at them.

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      05-05-2012 01:35 PM #8
      Nice Build thread, looking forward to seeing more

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      05-05-2012 03:47 PM #9
      They all look good on the outside, inside is more important

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      05-05-2012 10:21 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by vaults View Post
      They all look good on the outside, inside is more important
      exactly, I will gladly give that cupholder to you for 250, but i will not send you any pictures of the inside.

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      05-05-2012 10:47 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by vaults View Post
      They all look good on the outside, inside is more important



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      05-06-2012 09:57 AM #12
      Love that red trim line

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      05-06-2012 11:38 AM #13
      Autozone pinstripe

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      05-06-2012 01:49 PM #14
      Yours makes me miss mine You should keep the VR lip though! B4's look good with them if done right.

      OEM+

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      05-06-2012 04:32 PM #15
      That looks (looked) really nice. I was checking that out when I first got mine. I never extended my lip though. Im going to get a mk3 2.0 lip and do it right. My buddie is running it on his cabriolet now haha. Looks nice

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      05-13-2012 10:50 PM #16
      Nice man, haven't seen it around westerly tho.

      I'm selling my white mk4 for jolf 1.8t.

      Gimie your black wheels lol

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      05-15-2012 09:31 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by stroker216 View Post
      Currently, Roof rack is temporary, my friend let me borrow it for dustoff, I told him id give it back when he got his mk2 coupe back up and running, so Ill have it basically for the next hundred or so years.
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      Last time someone gets help till 2 am.....

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      05-15-2012 10:08 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Nbmx View Post
      Last time someone gets help till 2 am.....
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      05-15-2012 10:42 AM #19
      Your car is looking good man.

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      05-15-2012 02:24 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Marc1987 View Post
      Nice man, haven't seen it around westerly tho.

      I'm selling my white mk4 for jolf 1.8t.

      Gimie your black wheels lol

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      Ill sell them to you, but the tires are getting streched over the salad shooters.

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      05-15-2012 02:25 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Nbmx View Post
      Last time someone gets help till 2 am.....

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      05-15-2012 02:31 PM #22
      I threw one of the wheels on to see how it would fit. Ive only finished polishing one wheel. The brakes died on me so thats what Ive been doing for the last two weeks.




      It took napa a week to give me two mismatch calipers and one didnt come with a carrier. Napa (never) know how.


      I got a new master cylinder too, Its been bled twice and the brake pedal goes to the floor so Im going to bust out the power bleeder and go to town. Yippie...

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      05-15-2012 04:25 PM #23
      How well are you able to turn while that low?

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      05-15-2012 10:05 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by coolalex View Post
      How well are you able to turn while that low?
      I have the camber kicked in semi-far and im running fender liners too. I 'rolled' my fenders with a wooden dowel and the pulled out enough so there was no rubbing. If i hit a bump turning it hits the fender and cant be too good for the differential but other than that its fine.

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      05-23-2012 09:24 AM #25
      Tires mounted and on!!




      Havent finished polishing yet. Had to do some rediculous fender work and its still wrong. im running 16x9.5 et 0 salad shooters. (32mm adapters)... Considering milling the front adapters down 8mm for a little better fit. Its just a little much.






      I also finished my hack job exhaust. It sounds good but a little loud and has a really bad low nd drone, its painful.

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      05-23-2012 09:28 AM #26
      One more from instagram

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      05-23-2012 07:44 PM #27
      Is this a well spoken 17 year old that knows how to work on cars!?!?! Awesome job man, I am impressed; keep up the good work <--- once you are 21

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      05-23-2012 09:48 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by SpaceHamster View Post
      Is this a well spoken 17 year old that knows how to work on cars!?!?! Awesome job man, I am impressed; keep up the good work <--- once you are 21
      Ha, thanks man, I try my best. Im actually 18 now, birthday was sunday! Its all down hill from here haha

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      05-24-2012 10:03 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by stroker216 View Post
      Ha, thanks man, I try my best. Im actually 18 now, birthday was sunday! Its all down hill from here haha
      Hell, I would buy you a now!! Inspiration for my soon to be 30 year old ass!! Great work man! Keep it up and don't led this thread die! I am watching !!!
      Drive that **** like you stole it!!


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      05-24-2012 11:13 PM #30
      Looking very good.

      Delivery driver? Don't think your car in its current state is going to work out. Got another car?

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      05-25-2012 12:48 AM #31
      Keep up the good work kid !

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      05-25-2012 04:38 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by jaypees_alh View Post
      Looking very good.

      Delivery driver? Don't think your car in its current state is going to work out. Got another car?
      Nope, its my daily driver. I use my mothers mk5 jetta sometimes but I cant stand driviing the auto 2.5

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      05-25-2012 08:37 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by stroker216 View Post
      Nope, its my daily driver. I use my mothers mk5 jetta sometimes but I cant stand driviing the auto 2.5
      Just put a turbo on it

      Reason I mention using a slammed car for deliveries, is that you don't get to pick the destination, and the road there, well it can be not so happy for dropped cars.

      Case in point: SOWO was a blast, but I85 south from CLT to GA is one of the worst stretches of road in America. I HAD to drive it though, or take the wife's 540 wagon, which is awesome, but wasn't an option... 'cuz it's SOWO.

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      05-25-2012 08:57 PM #34
      If you want some tips on how to make the fronts sit better (not poke so much) let me know.

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      05-25-2012 11:06 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by dano17 View Post
      If you want some tips on how to make the fronts sit better (not poke so much) let me know.
      Please do share publicly. I've been looking around for spindle swap stuff in case my near zero offset wheels don't clear the front properly, and any help would be greatly appreciated by everybody I think.

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