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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby Dreamstate » Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:45 pm

Plasti dip FTW.

Step 1 - plasti dip primer
Step 2 - plasti dip black at 12" distance for 2 coats (smooth)
Step 3 - plasti dip black at ~6" distance for 2 coats (texture)
Step 4 - allow a 24 hour cure
Step 5 - Armour All dash protectant all over (the greasy stuff)
Step 6 - buff away the Armour All with a soft cloth

I've done this on my mirrors and center console and it's holding up very well. I didn't have the primer when doing the interior handles, so a few need to be redone now.
Repairing rock chips is a cinch. Once a year I give the few chips a quick spray and it blends in perfectly.

The purpose of the Armour All is to remove the grippy texture. This way finger nails just bounce off instead of digging into it and possibly marring the finish. This is most important on the interior parts.
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Fri Dec 05, 2014 1:04 pm

^ That is good info. Yeah I need to plastidip the interior bits, but all the B5 Passat stuff has repops from China which are like $5-10 shipped and don't come with that softish coating that gets all messed up so quick.

But there are parts that they don't sell, like on the center console. So for consistency sake probably better to just use plastidip and have at 'er.

The truck bed liner stuff I used on the front lip is holding up to heavy rock abuse since I prepped it good, and remains a bit flexible too which is nice. Although it's way rougher compared to plastidip. I may try out the plastidip and if it looks better then I'll do the sideskirts and the Allroad flares in that too for consistency sake.

Just got a call from the repair shop.
Turns out my engine mounts were toast too. 034 Street Solid mounts going in.

F*** man. On the plus side I might as well drop in beefier SMIC, TT injectors, K04, exhaust, Stage 2 upgrade this summer for sure since all the maintenance is up to snuff. Will go better with my motorsports theme. 8)
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:27 pm

Picked up the car.
Stage 1 feels like better response... but maybe that's just the mounts?
It kinda does feel faster/snappier once the turbo spools.

Glad that there is no ABS or Ebrake flashing light on my dash anymore!
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Tue Dec 09, 2014 3:16 pm

Okay I'm not sure what might have been wrong before but I've gotten 400km to a half tank of fuel on the Passat.

I know I drive the car around like an old man, but it seems that with the chip in there, that I must have backed off the throttle even more? People do get annoyed and pass me on the roads but that's because I'm driving the speed limit and have nowhere to go in a hurry.

In contrast I was getting about 300-400km to a WHOLE tank of fuel. Perhaps the old plugs were fouled? Either way I am NOT complaining. Def here a lot more turbo whoosh and the diverter valve snap/whoosh a lot louder. Feels like a really solid car with the mounts... very european and very tight.

Enjoying the car and doing whatever I can to ensure not a lot of stone chips accumulate over this winter season (staying very far back from cars ahead).

It has cost me $5400 including purchase of car and all maintenance to date, but not the headlamps, coilovers, wheels or RMT200 head unit. I think that's more than fair. If it runs the way its running right now for 5 yrs total, I'd say it worked out well!

Would make me very sad to see it go.
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:33 pm

1552 ST Coilovers arrived today! Though they will go on in the spring.

Really makes me wish I could grab some Phaeton Challenger wheels as winter wheels even.

Plan is to get these Tarmacs sold in spring and just get old-man awesome Phaeton wheels for their ultra light weight as summer wheels, then keep running these 15" winters in the snows. Gotta love how cheap 15" tires are anyway.
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby Dreamstate » Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:56 pm

15s are the way to go. Picking up nearly new winter tires on kijiji for cheap is like shooting fish in a barrel.
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:49 pm

Yeaaaaah it's really gratifying.

Quite fun too because you can pick up some gangster studded tires out here that you would likely never actually buy if given the option in-store.
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:52 pm

Sweet OBD2-scan-port gauge thingy:

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http://www.p3cars.com/vw-passat/p3cars- ... interface/

Would rock it in addition to a 2-gauge steering column pod running an air fuel gauge (with stepper motor / needle, NOT the bouncing around light) and a boost gauge.

Pretty neat.

Still want to go GT28RS this summer if she keeps running like a champ!
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby Maraschino Larry » Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:38 pm

For some reason I follow them on IG, really clean products.
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:45 am

Why I cannot scan my OBDII port while my stereo is plugged in:

"...If it is not and you have an after market radio check the aftermarket connectors there is a blue wire that is looped, cut the loop and it should allow you to communicate. The blue wire is looped from the electric anntenna signal and the K wire..."

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http://www.ross-tech.com/vag-com/aftermarket-radio.html
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby Dreamstate » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:38 pm

Same reason why I couldn't get the TDI etested two years ago. Many of the wiring harnesses you buy to connect an aftermarket radio has them looped. *shrug*
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:54 pm

Well the RMT200 deck, uses the stock connectors... so I basically just have to cut a wire off of the harness and tie it back. If the deck actually responded to the diagnostics system and communicated speaker faults etc as the system was designed to, it would work just fine.

I think I'm going to go with the P3Cars gauge because I have a feeling that my stock diverter valve isn't holding boost... will be nice to have a single gauge that does it all without having to deal with the cluttered look of a steering column gauge setup. I'll mull it over I suppose.

Must remind self that it is a german ford taurus.
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:33 pm

Found a better bolt-on way to get 250whp, without suffering from crazy lag, and keeping things largely stock.
Been looking at the Frankenturbo F21L setup.

Basically you get:
- F21L hybrid turbo
- 550cc fuel injectors and adapters
- Uprated diverter valve
- in-line fuel pump w/ fittings
- manual boost controller
- manifold
- uprated boost pipe
- all req'd hardware and fittings

For $1500 shipped.

I would then run the Stage 3 / GT28RS tune as many have done, and a 2.5" turbo back exhaust w/ cat delete, and add in that cool P3cars digital boost gauge.

So grand total, $2400 for all components to get an additional 70hp without terrible lag. I can also install this set up myself since it's all bolt on.

I think that's WAY better than $4000+ with painful lag and a GT28RS on a FWD car.
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:15 am

When the Tarmacs sell I wanna roll on these 16s:

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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby Maraschino Larry » Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:59 am

IIRC those are called "swing"s... always liked them.
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:00 am

There is a newly powdercoated set available here locally for $400 :)
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:42 pm

For my reference

-Decat
-Frankenturbo F21L
-550cc injectors + REVO stage 3 tune
-P3 cars vent gauge
-FMIC, heat dispersion paint in black (hidden)
-2.5" TT dp and SS catback, 3" turn-down tip
-Mattig rear window spoiler, factory painted (DTM feels)
-Chinese tail lights with orange turn signals and clear reverse
-Projektzwo mirrors
-Heavy heavy dark tint all around with thick tinted windshield banner

For Stage 2 REVO with F21L - temp solution:

d/c N75 from power and let turbo run on "actuator pressure" - will keep airflows within the limits of the fueling

GTRS 550CC file run with F21 and worked fairly well. Boost threshold not a big deal as 550 file adapts from 15PSI to 22.5PSI with factory sensors. FT should work perfectly with 550 @ 3bar as long as MAF, MAP and N75 remain connected
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:20 pm

Got the Passat sitting nicer this weekend thanks to Jesse in exchange for having offered up some rental space over the winter.

Bigger bonus though, was finding a pair of Projektzwo mirrors for $80 on a dormant VWvortex thread. They seem to fetch 300-400 euro on ebay.de, so they were out of the question for my car. At $80 though, I'm ALL over it. The sale thread is from April 20th, 2008... so ACTUALLY 7 years later.

This is also how I got my 14" tires for $200 + shipping. Always worth hitting someone up!

To refresh your memory, this is what the mirrors look like:

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They use the factory motor mechanism and heat. So can't complain about that!
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:39 pm

Will likely be sold today.
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby professor science » Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:55 pm

You're a tough nut to crack.

Reason?
Upgrade your grey matter 'cause one day it may matter.

Don't be in such a hurry to condemn a person because they don't do what you do, or think as you think. There was a time when you didn't know what you know today...

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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:23 pm

Sold.

See "the dossier" for update.
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:41 pm

Worst thing about owning a car like that, is the false sense it gives you that there are many out there just like it.

Didn't realize how uncommon a 1.8T GLS Passat was...

I considered the 175,000 kms the car had to be on the high side for a daily... crazy to see 2010 Passats with just as much if not more mileage going for over $10k... just cray.
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Wed May 27, 2015 11:42 pm

Saw new owner driving my old Passault. He lowered it some more too.

Feels bad man.
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Re: 1999 - Passat GLS

Postby mushroom_curry » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:50 am

Should have left it like this

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