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It's been a while since I updated this thread... haven't done much in the way of audio since I last posted though... it's been all mechanical stuff for the most part.

I wasn't very happy with the look or sound of my sail panel tweeter setup, so I decided to mount 'em in the factory dash location.

So, I took one of the OG speakers from my buddy's dash



sliced that dirty slut with a dremel



cut out some plastic and added a layer of Ensolite



and made a chinsy bracket thing to go on the back.



Mounted that bizzle in the dash. (I put the cover back on after the pic)



Part of the reason I left my wiring so "modular" was for situations like these. I just ran new wires from the dash to the kick area, and swapped out the leads from the old tweet spot to the new one. So, since I have both tweeter housings already, I can move them back to the sails if I wish.



So, it went from this



... to this.



And not only does it sound a lot better, but it looks a f*ckton nicer in there. I busted out some of the CDs that I used to tune with back in the day and got it dialed in pretty good, just using the 6 band EQ that comes with the head unit. Not perfect, but a lot better.

I have dreams of buying an RTA setup and tuning that way, but meh... we'll see.

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Here's a quick overview of the other schtuff I've been doing with the old girl since September...

Sourced a good condition trim piece for the front door, all new OEM clips



Purchased & fit black C pillar and headliner trim.



New complete exhaust, front motor mount, knock sensor





RAPID valve cover



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Rear brake cylinder replace & full bleed



Re-blacked the rear bumper



Fixed the driver's seat base





started installing a new rear sway bar



And took some pics... with my phone


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Im not usually a vw fan but im really like the care and attention that are being given to all the upgrades on this car, very nice sir!
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That valve cover is dope!!!!

have you thought about doing the Multi-rib belt swap to this jetta?

I just did it to my 1991. Deleted 2 vbelts!!! Power steering is the only thing still on vbelt.

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That valve cover is dope!!!!

have you thought about doing the Multi-rib belt swap to this jetta?

I just did it to my 1991. Deleted 2 vbelts!!! Power steering is the only thing still on vbelt.
Thanks dude, I've wanted a Rapid VC for years. Always loved 'em. Just finally found one at a good price.

I have all the bits for the serp conversion minus a known good AC Compressor. Once I can sort one of those I'll do it. I'd really like to have working AC on this Car

Here's the conversion on the engine I built for my last MK2:


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Thanks dude, I've wanted a Rapid VC for years. Always loved 'em. Just finally found one at a good price.

I have all the bits for the serp conversion minus a known good AC Compressor. Once I can sort one of those I'll do it. I'd really like to have working AC on this Car

Here's the conversion on the engine I built for my last MK2:

JUST GORGEOUS. Are you on vwvortex?

Did you have the problem with the Power steering pulley and the fact that it was crooked with the crank pulley? I did. I had to put nuts in between the p/s pulley and the pump to correct the offset.

What is a rapid valve cover anyways?

Your going to do the conversion and keep A/C? I think thats where it gets pricey.

I ditched the A/C. I might do a 2nd alternator in the future.

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Im not usually a vw fan but im really like the care and attention that are being given to all the upgrades on this car, very nice sir!
Thanks dude

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JUST GORGEOUS. Are you on vwvortex?

Did you have the problem with the Power steering pulley and the fact that it was crooked with the crank pulley? I did. I had to put nuts in between the p/s pulley and the pump to correct the offset.

What is a rapid valve cover anyways?

Your going to do the conversion and keep A/C? I think thats where it gets pricey.

I ditched the A/C. I might do a 2nd alternator in the future.
Thanks! That was a great motor. ABA block, p&p head, 270 cam, ported intake mani... awesome midrange power... perfect driver

Yup, "odj" on Vortex. Been there since '01.

I don't remember what I did about the PS pulley. I am pretty sure I had the pump & pulley from a MK3, and used that. Dunno for sure tho

Dunno if Rapid just made stuff for the MK1/MK2 8v motors or if they were one of the super vee dudes (like Bertils). Pretty sure it's the former though.

I'd like AC. I hate showing up places with a sweaty back.

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Thanks! That was a great motor. ABA block, p&p head, 270 cam, ported intake mani... awesome midrange power... perfect driver

Yup, "odj" on Vortex. Been there since '01.

I don't remember what I did about the PS pulley. I am pretty sure I had the pump & pulley from a MK3, and used that. Dunno for sure tho

Dunno if Rapid just made stuff for the MK1/MK2 8v motors or if they were one of the super vee dudes (like Bertils). Pretty sure it's the former though.

I'd like AC. I hate showing up places with a sweaty back.
I live in wisconsin. So A/C is definitely a joke in this state.

Ok. Thats essentially what I did. I used my p/s pump in an mk3 bracket.
I just found out about vwvortex about 6 months ago. Love the site. I've already bought TONS of used parts HAHA.


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oh btw. The size of that camshaft makes me laugh. Mine is the stock size. Yours has to be at least 2 1/2 times that.

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I hate how clean your MK2 is >.<. I wish I could find a rust free small bumper jetta that clean!
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What's up DIYMA crew!

I've been kinda MIA for a bit on this thread. Not a lot to report on the stereo front in the last few months.

Biggest thing I did, stereo-wise, was to put some polyfill in the front door enclosures. That helped bring some midbass up front. Still not perfect though.



Otherwise I listened a lot and tweaked with the EQ and high/low pass settings in the deck. Also figured out that one of the channels on my sub RCA is bad, and I borked up wiring between the deck and the rear speakers somewhere in the dash. *shrug*

So, I put a cheap ass system in a beater Ranger I picked up, and just had to post about it here... then got back into checking hot deals and classifieds every few days.... and, well, you know how it goes. My new DEH-80PRS should arrive next week

I plan to run full active (hi/mid/sub) and just pull out the rear deck speakers. From the reading I've done so far I'm not sure if I can run the tweeters off of the head unit's Power as part of the networked mode. So... I'm considering a 5 channel amp to replace the ESX, most likely a class D. That damn ESX weighs a TON.

Anyhow... I'll post more about that stuff when I get to it. Here's a quick summary of all the other work I've been doing on the Car as of late:

Trimmed the front fenders



Rolled the rears



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Picked up some awesome waterproof fuse holders & relays, and relayed the headlights





Flushed coolant, new water pump, new thermostat



Installed my FOHA spoiler



New dash bezel



New windshield (Por-15'd the channel first)



OH! I started building a 1.8T to go in next summer Aiming for ~250whp/300wtq


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i am just so jelly of you.

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LOL Don't be dude, this Car drives me nuts!

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LOL Don't be dude, this Car drives me nuts!
At least it looks gorgeous

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Patience, Patience.. LOL.. I know how you feel..

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From the reading I've done so far I'm not sure if I can run the tweeters off of the head unit's Power as part of the networked mode. So... I'm considering a 5 channel amp to replace the ESX, most likely a class D. That damn ESX weighs a TON.
You can run tweeters off the head unit and the mids and subs off the RCAs in network mode. Be sure to follow the manual, it's a little confusing as to what is the mid and high on the outputs.
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At least it looks gorgeous
Thank you!

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Patience, Patience.. LOL.. I know how you feel..
It sucks. I'm back to four cars to babysit now, too. First world problems, right?

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You can run tweeters off the head unit and the mids and subs off the RCAs in network mode. Be sure to follow the manual, it's a little confusing as to what is the mid and high on the outputs.
Ha! I was just reading some of your posts toward the end of the ginormous 800PRS thread. Cool... I saw that a few people chimed in that you can run internal amp.

Now I can stop shopping for new amps. My wife would be pissed!

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