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Discussion Starter · #182 ·
So, for quite some time now I've been lurking over ebay, to come acros a rear -line bumper in Misano Red , in a decent shape.

Seems like I scored





In great overall condition, just some minor cratches, mostly in this area, but i was gonna paint this part gloss black in the future anyway, so no biggy







Last shot with stock bumper on



Cleaned everything while we were there



Removal required some pretty sneaky deep sockets which i didnt have at the time with me but had to get





Trunk tray also needs to be removed



Some customization as always









Some better shots after a proper clean















All in all, i am very very pleased with how it came out. It gave exactly the rear width i was hoping for and made the wheels blend in even better.



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Discussion Starter · #184 ·
I may have missed some changes i made so let me get back to those.
It might be some small things, but they all add to the whole result i guess.

So, bought these



Before



And after



Gotta find a black washer fluid reservoir cap as well-if anyone knows where, let me know



Then I also, started collecting another set of parts

This buzzer





And these o-rings



This unit





This oem wiring





And these OEM sensors in Misano Red







So yes, we are getting ready for a parking sensor retrofit and i think i pretty much have everything i need. For now i am doing some maintenace modifications on my front suspension which i am also going to show you

Cheers

More to come

Mike, @mgpdoc over at instagram for even faster updates​
 

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Discussion Starter · #186 ·
So after about 40.000km, the car seemed to have gotten somewhat lower, to rub more easily, and to make some weird rolling sounds that it didnt in the past. After closer inspection, it seemed that some components needed further attention. And when i say, further attention, i usuallycmean replace everything with new parts, on both driver and passenger side.

Let's see





I dont know how some of these parts are called in english to be honest, so i am just gonna show some photos of them, or describe them even, hehe



The outer ball joints of the steering rack



Then the bearings of the outer part of the front control arms







Also, new top mount bushings and bearings. Next time i might even go for powerflex ones, we shall see



Wrenching time









Uppon further inspection we also replaced this part of the steering rack



It's amazing what some wheels, and spacers can do in such short mileage



Car also received a proper alignment afterwards





Needless to say the car changed significantly after all this maintenance. It sat higher, and it felt lighter, like the tyres were underinflated if you can see what i mean. One side was worse but i chose to go for both.

Next time i need to do it again i might go for some powerflex components but i dont wanna compromise the ride quality by much (much more anyway) as this is my current daily. What is more, there is no comparison between the A1 floor and the golf, and i mean in quality. It's like everything is weak in comparison, but oh well it is a smaller car. It also uses many golf mk4 platform components for what it's worth.

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Discussion Starter · #188 ·
On an early spring night, prior to Easter Time in Greece, I had some work done, that led to this







Dont get me wrong, there is a plan here that it starting to evolve

Inspiration came from this





Rear seatbelts removed as well







Then had another roadtrip







Then, coming back there was a track day, in a track i had not ever before driven in, so decided i might as well go in with the AUD1ESEL, just to see the circuit, and so, naturally removed some unnecessary weight.





Then, i had some more ideas on RECAROS. Yeap, cant lie, i love RECAROS.

and what do you know . . . . .



Scored these that came out of and Audi R8 whose owner moved to a Ferrari and then a Lambo and these were looking for a new home







They are in amazing condition





Then I went on cleaning them and enhancing them with some protection



They were in great condition like i said, no need for much work





Bought some decals to customize the look









Super excited to say the least



Specific Audi A1 mounts from Recaro on the way, pretty soon.

More things have happened, stay tuned for updates, Cheers



Mike​
 

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Discussion Starter · #189 ·
So, on thing that had been on my mind for quite some time now, is the fact that the car had a difference in high rpms- well high for a diesel anyways, due to the fact that it overheated on the Intake Air Temps. It was more than obvious that the car needed a bigger IC. Not just in summer time, which in Greece, is the rule during the year, but also in colder conditions, in repeatitive pulls. You could feel the car got hot reducing boost, and thus power.
We also checked that on the dyno.

So, you know what comes next.

Sneak pic





Wow, that is big





Lets see how it will look



Approved !!



As you can see, i went for a bolt-on solution for this car. At least that was the plan. Darkside seem to know their things on TDi engines so I went for product for my CAYC engine. However, when you always go for universan parts and make them fit your car, you know what happens when you choose a bolt-on part for the first time, dont you.

Some close-ups, prior to fitting it







Professional garage lift on the way



Removed the front end



This here, is supposed to be an IC



Lovely out of focus picture for reference



Crash bar removed





And I believe this is where it all started going awfully wrong.
I noticed how the oem ic was held in place, and then saw the fittings of the Darkside IC. I easily understood there was no way it would fit straight away. None. Yes, it says in their product description that it takes some trimming, and some modification to fit, but it surely does not say that none of the fittings, not even one, fits in the stock points.

Contacted them via email, they replied instantly, however they insisted that it was my fault and that it should fit right away. I am no new to the modding scene, i know when a thing fits and when it doesnt.



Removed the OEM IC after a lot of swelling, just to see who was right and who was wrong



Side by side





Cutting for the piping to go through





Then I understood that it was either game over and car back to stock, OR, try to mount it and make it work, like always



Tom came to the rescue

Two hours later- boom - i was exhausted, but it was ready



Went to hospital like that the next day hehe



Refitted the bumper, that went in with zero modifications





Exactly the look i was hoping for, subtle, yet visible for those who know



I love it. And I also love how it performs. Difference is massive. Car used to pull strong up till 3500rpm and then, make a pause, so you would be better of changing gear to the next one. Now, you can pull till rev limiter and feeling the car pulling still strong. massive difference without a new ecu file as well.

As for Darkside, I am happy to say, that after some emails we exchanged, they accepted their fault, and sent me back half the cost as a partial refund. I support their accepting their fault, and I made a new order, which I will show you in the next update :)

A teaser pic for now



Cheers

Mike, @mgpdoc over at instagram for faster updates on all of my project cars​
 

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Discussion Starter · #190 ·
Car saw some time at the track, and also did really really well for what it is, especially since it was also my first time at that track. Gave some MX5's a pretty rough time, especially my friend Tom's that recently bought one, a late NB one











Had some serious issues with Oil Temps, had to push for maximum 2 rounds and then cool off for lik 3-4 laps. It was 40o Celcius, and car did not like that at all.





Almost 4 sec slower than me







I had really missed some track time, so will be revisiting soon enough, with this car, or the golf as well.

Also, I wanted to do something about the back side, where having removed the rear seat bench, there was red exposed metal, which i didnt like







Quick visit to my trim shop







Pics dont do it justice, came out great IRL





Also, got around to fitting my oem rear parking sensors on the S-Line bumper i installed

Removal





Said sensors



Installed





Looking great



When I find some time, i will also retrofit them to make them work as well hehe



Cheers, plenty of more to come

Mike​
 

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Interesting you should mention oil temps. When I had my 185 remapped, the guy who did it said it was those temps which limited how far he could push it on the dyno. He said it got very hot indeed. Obviously a limiting factor in the design of the 1.4 engine.
 

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Discussion Starter · #192 ·
Hello guys. Been some days that i was ready to update my build threads of all the cars, when I logged in to my threads, and saw all my pics gone missing. I thought i had gone overboard with bandwidth, but then I also remembered, that i have a premium account, so that doesnt happen. Long story short, I figured out what PhotoBucket had done.

So, currently, more than 8-9 years of build threads are useless. All that work and effort is lost.
And what is more, Photobucket gave us NO warning, nor did they send their thoughts on this change whatsoever
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I accept paying for using one's services. I dont accept being bullied into doing it, in such a non-professional way.

I cant tell right now how I will continue blogging my build threads, but i wil definitely WONT be paying photobucket not 400, but not even a single cent.

Cheers

Mike
 

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Discussion Starter · #193 ·
So many many things have happened while Photobucker has been letting us down, and I havent posted updates ever since. But, I decided I must keep this going on, cant afford to lose all this after all these year.

So, first I did a proper engine bay wash

Some befores

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

And some afters

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Washing engine bay by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Washing engine bay by mgpdoc, on Flickr

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Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Washing engine bay by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

And here is the location that some things will change.

Dpf by mgpdoc, on Flickr

But all that in the next post.

Cheers for now.
 

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Discussion Starter · #194 ·
So many many things have happened while Photobucker has been letting us down, and I havent posted updates ever since. But, I decided I must keep this going on, cant afford to lose all this after all these year.

So, first I did a proper engine bay wash

Some befores

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

And some afters

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Washing engine bay by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Washing engine bay by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Washing engine bay by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Engine bay wash by mgpdoc, on Flickr

And here is the location that some things will change.

Dpf by mgpdoc, on Flickr

But all that in the next post.

Cheers for now.
 

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Discussion Starter · #195 ·
Some weeks ago I ordered and received the Dpf delete 2,5 inch Downpipe from Darkside Developments. Quality was great as you will see yourselves in the picture.

Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Also bought some EGR blanks

Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Adapter for the lambda senson which is the only one that will be re-used

Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

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Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Darkside De-Dpf Downpipe by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Next posts will be about installing it and much much more to bring you up to date

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Discussion Starter · #196 ·
So, this is the place we will be working on for this post. This, and the EGR system.

Dpf by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Here's an idea of the crap that goes inside your inlet on a diesel car with just 28k miles on the clock. Sad is it not ?

De-Dpf exhaust install by mgpdoc, on Flickr

De-Dpf exhaust install by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Block of plate to the rescue

De-Dpf exhaust install by mgpdoc, on Flickr

EGT sensors off

De-Dpf exhaust install by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Lamda Sensor off

De-Dpf exhaust install by mgpdoc, on Flickr

After A LOT of fiddling and swearing, the downpipe came off

Dpf by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Not in piece sadly as for this to happen probably all the subframe would have to come off so ef it.

De-Dpf exhaust install by mgpdoc, on Flickr

First test fit

Dpf by mgpdoc, on Flickr

De-Dpf exhaust install by mgpdoc, on Flickr

TB block off plate - will change to matching bolts later

De-Dpf exhaust install by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Downpipe path

De-Dpf exhaust install by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Here is where it got tricky will get to that later

Final dp part which is modified with a v band to match the rest of my 3inch cat(what cat lol)back

De-Dpf exhaust install by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Dpf by mgpdoc, on Flickr

De-Dpf exhaust install by mgpdoc, on Flickr

De-Dpf exhaust install by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Dpf by mgpdoc, on Flickr

This is the part where we had clearance issues. Downpipe touched the steering rack. Ofcourse, once again, bolt on fitment wasnt the case

Dpf by mgpdoc, on Flickr

So out again to modify it

Reshaped it and it was great afterwards

Dpf by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Matching bolts as promised

Dpf by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Sensor on

Dpf by mgpdoc, on Flickr

These however had to be left plugged and tucked in place, cause the car cannot work without them. Even after the ecu remap. Will see if maybe at a later version.

Dpf by mgpdoc, on Flickr

This map sensor of the DPF was removed though

Dpf by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Egr and boost pipe removal by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Egr and boost pipe removal by mgpdoc, on Flickr

As was this EGR part from the Exhaust manifold to the EGR

De-Dpf exhaust install by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Car was a little rolling-coal happy

Egr and boost pipe removal by mgpdoc, on Flickr

But nothing a wash and wax cant fix

Egr and boost pipe removal by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Egr and boost pipe removal by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Then i decided to remove the complete EGR assembly as it was no longer used, to save weight and clean the engine bay even more

Oil return line has to be removed

Egr and boost pipe removal by mgpdoc, on Flickr

And you have to make a U-joint for the water pipes that run to the coolant radiator of the EGR which is also removed. Luckily i had the U-joint from the A4 hehe

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Blocked this hole as well

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

And this is what was removed

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Egr and boost pipe removal by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Then, we remapped the car, it made another 10hp but we havent finished yet, will get back to you with more results once we fine tune it

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Big shoutout to etuners greece, and Stelios Alexandrakis in particular.

Cheers

More to come​
 

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Discussion Starter · #197 ·
So another task I have been wanting to address, is the tailights after i removed the paing from the hazard and reverse lights.

Instead I sourced some red tint film like i said i would

Made a template of the area i wanted to cover

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Came out awesome with the slightest effort

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And still is in place perfectly after much washing, dust, and abuse

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Stay tuned, more to come

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Cheers

Mike ( @mgpdoc over at instagram )​
 

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So, truth be told i was pushing my luck somewhat

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Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

In the past i entered the sea with the Cherokee pretty ofter at this particular spot. However . . .

This is not a Jeep

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Got pulled out by a family car, but not without my pride and my car being hurt as well. AC radiator got pushed by the bad Darkside IC installation probably, and also, wheels were scratched from the rocks at the beach.

Had no Ac for the next days, and scratched wheels, oh well

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

On my way back home, at a highway parking

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Got back to Athens, and lost no time

First AC radiator replacement, and new mounting points and brackets for the IC, properly this time, and not like my half-ass job on a bad product

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

All done and I love how the new BEHR Ac Radiator is silver instead of black

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Looks mean

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Temporary Audi wheels while mine were sent to be painted

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Gave it a proper wash

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Do these wheels make it look like a Renault or is it just me

Untitled by mgpdoc, on Flickr

I also ordered this Powerflex mount - Diesel Specific - To reduce engine movement which was getting frustrating especially after the track visit.
It increased vibration, but reduced movement like it should

Powerflex by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Oem

Powerflex by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Powerflex by mgpdoc, on Flickr

And then wheels were ready

I opted for a change to see how it would look. I normally like to keep my cars in a two tone theme. And this is no exception, it was red and black.
However, i thought I'd give it a go on something rather different.

So. . .

Gunmetal Wheels by mgpdoc, on Flickr

This is what I came up with

Gunmetal Wheels by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Gunmetal Wheels by mgpdoc, on Flickr

First time on the car

Gunmetal by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Wheels by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Gunmetal Wheels by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Gunmetal by mgpdoc, on Flickr

They sure look bigger

Wheels by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Gunmetal Wheels by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Wheels by mgpdoc, on Flickr

To be honest at first i couldnt get used to it but the more i saw it the more i liked it

Wheels by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Threw on some Rota caps in Gunmetal which I ordered from UK again

Gunmetal Wheels by mgpdoc, on Flickr

And the box as well

Summer by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Car is currently away on vacation mode, seeing some dusty roads and beaches

Summer by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Summer by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Cheers

Summer by mgpdoc, on Flickr

Mike​
 
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