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The TDI

Postby Dreamstate » Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:29 am

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Re: The TDI

Postby tripwalking » Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:11 pm

nice!

One of the best days of my life was when I knew I'd never have to get hair off the mkiv's velour seats again :D
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Re: The TDI

Postby mushroom_curry » Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:07 pm

Updated checklist:

-full detail, done
-safety, done
-windshield, done
-tires, done
-brakes, done
-glow plug circuit -> adjusted loose wires, still threw a code. buying a new one... after replacing it just 8 months earlier :evil:
(weird because the glow plugs still function, I guess it's only throwing a code because of an incorrect resistance reading?)

-adjusting whatever tiny issue there is with the door latch occasionally engaging on 2nd try after unlock, ~7pm
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Re: The TDI

Postby mushroom_curry » Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:28 am

New OE pads
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Fresh new windshield
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Beefed up connectors for easy swapping of future glow-plug circuit/distribution:
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Re: The TDI

Postby mushroom_curry » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:35 am

How does I delete this thread?
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Re: The TDI

Postby professor science » Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:28 pm

should i move it to randys backyard? :p
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Re: The TDI

Postby Dreamstate » Sat Nov 26, 2011 4:28 pm

Yes please
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Re: The TDI

Postby professor science » Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:37 pm

dunn.
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Re: The TDI

Postby Dreamstate » Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:32 pm

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Re: The TDI

Postby Dreamstate » Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:51 pm

Now that I have a mkIV, can anybody tell me where to get rear window stickers? Also, what is the best pink paint for wheels?

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Re: The TDI

Postby mushroom_curry » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:48 pm

Jajajaja XD

Did you drive it to work today???
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Re: The TDI

Postby Dreamstate » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:55 pm

Yes and it was SO SMOOOOOTH
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Re: The TDI

Postby mushroom_curry » Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:22 pm

Sweeeeet
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The TDI

Postby Maraschino Larry » Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:33 pm

You need to 'fix' that by slamming the shit out of it.
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The TDI

Postby Dreamstate » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:53 am

Working on it :)
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Re: The TDI

Postby mushroom_curry » Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:43 pm

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Re: The TDI

Postby professor science » Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:29 pm

Awesome.
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The TDI

Postby Dreamstate » Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:04 pm

Earlier this week when we had our first bit of snow, I noticed that the side mirrors were not clearing up. I had thought that in order to activate the heated side mirrors, you set the adjuster to the center and hit the defrost button on the dash. Well, not so. What do I know? It's my first mk4. The rabbit had a fourth setting for the heated mirrors, so the operation was obvious. A little googling told me that people burn out the mirrors often for this reason. Bummer.

I loved the heated mirrors on the rabbit. Not having to scrape ice and readjust mirrors is a plus in my book Their use seemed to keep the mirrors nearly spotless of any dirt for some reason as well.

Anyhow, I looked up the prices of new heated mirrors. Dang it.. $100ish for the pair. Time for a little DIY! Another google search brought me to a clubTDI forum thread shoeing a successful replacement of the heating pad on the back of the plate with a length of resistance wire. I can do that!

I found 50 feet of 26 gauge resistance wire for $10 shipped, but I wanted to do the DIY this weekend because of the extra long Christmas weekend. Thursday I found myself at Grand River Hobby, buying two four foot lengths of foam cutting wire.

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I doubled up the wire and used the hand drill to wind them up together to make about a foot and a half of twisted wire.
A little use of the multimeter and some online calculators showed me that I would be pulling less than a two amp draw per mirror. I hooked up the battery charger and put voltage and wire got toasty hot in ten seconds, too hot to touch, but not so hot as to melt the plastic backing after being on for over a minute.

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The plastic mirror backing took a little careful work to pull off, and then the heat pad itself. Quite sticky glue used. I went to Canadian tire and got some small wire ends and added them to the resistance wire. The connectors on the car side were small and a little corroded, so I snipped them off and replaced those as well.
As you can see, I used some silicone to glue down the wire and plastic back plate. Also, sone epoxy was used to paste the wire connectors down into place since I didn't want the resistance wire to snap from vibration after time.

The mirrors snapped back into the housings easily again and I started the car. I turned the adjustment knob to the center and put away my tools. I came back after about one minute after turning the heat on and felt them. Nice and warm! A little window cleaner to take the fingerprints off and I was done. A total of about three hours of leisurely work.

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Re: The TDI

Postby mushroom_curry » Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:00 pm

I love butt connectors.
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Re: The TDI

Postby Dreamstate » Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:51 pm

mushroom_curry wrote:I love butt connectors.


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Re: The TDI

Postby Dreamstate » Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:53 pm

Request for a forum for the TDi?
It will be my testbed for some upcoming projects. :)
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Re: The TDI

Postby Maraschino Larry » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:15 pm

mushroom_curry wrote:I love butt connectors.

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