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10-29-2015 12:59 AM
Kjekz
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Car looks good as always. But where are the pictures of MK6 VW HVAC control retrofit?
10-28-2015 01:51 PM
Vidar
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Good. Some people are very sensitive about their threads.

You are thorough in your answers, a bit too thorough, because, of course I've had everything off already. The technicians needed full access. They suspected something between the 2-layer metal panel, but couldn't pinpoint it.

Before I went that extra mile with the technicians (or mechanics, which I like to call them), I had already been driven around and around and around by a family member on a specific kind of asphalt and at a specific speed. Knocking and swearing. That rattle has really gotten to me.

Should have had your subs, maybe the rattle would've come out in the open, with the help of those.
10-28-2015 08:10 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

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Originally Posted by Vidar View Post
I know I'll be getting rattles from one of the C pillars, but don't know what's causing it. I've been hunting the rattle for almost 5 years. Even paid the VW dealer to have two technicians investigate with stethoscope and other instruments, but to no avail.

Sorry for a little thread-jacking.
no problem man! I think of it as a bump to the top of the build log page haha.

as far as the C pillar goes, I don't recall any specific rattles in my car, but there are wires and such going behind the pillars. they affix to the car with like 4~6 pressure clips. maybe one broke off and is between the inner-skin and the outer-skin. its a 2-layer metal panel. all the antenna wires cut up through there. I bet you its just a clip that's vibrating. maybe take off the C pillar and either have someone drive you around while you sit in the back seat and touch things until you locate the noise? the C pillar comes off with one bolt behind the seat belt strap. just gotta be careful and remove the cover from the seat belt pully-thing. it flips out from the bottom, so don't pull from the top, it is one piece with a hinge on the top. I think its a 15mm bolt or something? then take the rear shelf panel off, its kind of tricky because you've gotta take the rear quarter panel that covers the back speaker off, plus the rear hatch trim, then it pulls up and off. I think there may be a few screws at the bottom of the C pillar but I don't remember. behind the driver side C pillar is a really nice grounding point also. lastly the headliner panel at the top rear of the hatch comes off. a few pressure clips, pull straight down. then the C pillar just pulls right off, its in there tight so yea. unfortunately its one of the first things to be installed for the interior and everything else stacks on top of it.

I hope you can track down that rattle!
10-27-2015 02:29 PM
Vidar
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Wow, thanks for a thorough answer.

I had a SEAT Leon 20VT Cupra (cheap Golf GTI) before and know about that shield, so when I was under the R32 some years ago, I dealt with something similar, so I hope that's ok now.

I don't have a sunroof, so one issue less. Or two, if you count the potential water leaks.

Those flaps makes horrible noises already. I need to keep an eye/ear on them.

Thanks for the tip on the N shaped gasket.

I know I'll be getting rattles from one of the C pillars, but don't know what's causing it. I've been hunting the rattle for almost 5 years. Even paid the VW dealer to have two technicians investigate with stethoscope and other instruments, but to no avail.

Sorry for a little thread-jacking.
10-27-2015 09:15 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

hmm. there is an exhaust shield above the 1.8t exhaust that makes some noise, I am not hugely familiar with the r32 exhaust, but I know the whole rear floor pan is different to accommodate the haldex gear box, awd drive train, individual rear suspension, and so on... but I would assume there is some kind of similar aluminum shielding held on by circular aluminum fasteners that spin onto a kind of stud affixed to the car. this shield around the muffler makes noise for me.

second, the headliner rattles where it meets the sunroof in the aft center most section of the sunroof opening. you cant just wedge something in there because the sunroof slide goes through this area. my solution was to epoxy\fiberglass the top portion with some reinforcement to make it more rigid. you might be able to just get some DUCT SEAL and mass-load the area. there is an aluminum reinforcement around the perimeter of this opening, and it has maybe a 1\2" recess up in there. stuffing it with duct seal would add mass to this area making it resonate at a much lower frequency.

duct seal-
https://www.menards.com/main/electri...-external-mcom

lastly, there are flaps behind the bumper below the tail lights that equalize pressure inside the cabin when the doors open or close so people don't pop their ear drums when inside and a door is closed. these flaps tend to, well - flap - open and closed on high pressure levels and it sounds terrible. I was able to take my tail lights off, remove the bumper, and then remove the plastic housings that hold the flaps. then I carefully removed the flaps and wrapped the housings in black panty hose\leggings. I sprayed them with scotch-guard water repellant spray and reinstalled them without the flaps. the cloth keeps insects and water out but still breathes.

other than that, the car is fairly quiet. I have noticed the glove box makes some rattles but I don't think its associated with the subwoofer. also, my windows were rattling inside the door. it was because the N shaped gasket that locks into the top of the door panel, and then the door card locks into the N shaped gasket was compressed a bit. this gasket has a metal core and a rubber\felt exterior that the interior of the glass presses against to form a seal. I pried open the gasket a bit with some channel lock pliers and some rags so I didn't damage the rubber and reinstalled them. the window sits tight and does not move anymore

10-27-2015 07:35 AM
Vidar
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

req (Andy?), what would you say was/is the parts of your mk4 with the most rattles and creaks regarding vibrations from the subwoofers? I'm in the dampening stage and wonder if some panels are worst than others. Yeah, I know mileage might vary, but, worth a shot, I think. (My sub enclosure is soon ready, I hope.)
10-16-2015 09:22 PM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

thanks for the kind words everyone

jason, my car might not make it. it needs a new front right axle, and new rear wheel bearings, kind of nervous about taking it that far before i fix those two parts. i dont know when ill have the parts to fix it yet.

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Looks awesome, Andy! And congrats. Love the new waterjet-cut aluminum VW badges! I'd prefer a cleaner look without the full "volkswagen" one, but that's just my personal preference. They're very nice.

I'm interested to see what you think about the new tweeters, too.
thanks bb! i had a guy i met on the vwvortex trade them to me for some super sweet flush jetta backlit vents

i put the volkswagen script on there because it was an aircooled throwback to the OG days of VW along with the 1930's VW Cog emblem.
10-15-2015 10:33 PM
bbfoto
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Looks awesome, Andy! And congrats. Love the new waterjet-cut aluminum VW badges! I'd prefer a cleaner look without the full "volkswagen" one, but that's just my personal preference. They're very nice.

I'm interested to see what you think about the new tweeters, too.
10-15-2015 08:15 PM
AccordUno
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Interesting to see the tank hanging off the roof.. Does that tank impede your rear view?
10-15-2015 06:20 PM
bertholomey
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Definitely would love to see you and the car!
10-15-2015 06:12 PM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

fixed the pictures. sorry everyone
10-14-2015 02:51 AM
kyheng
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

You need to set it to public.
10-12-2015 07:02 PM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

ugh. bummer. let me fix it.
10-12-2015 04:36 PM
glidn
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

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Originally Posted by Vidar View Post
I can't see the pics. Is it only me?
yeah, me neither
10-10-2015 07:51 PM
Vidar
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

I can't see the pics. Is it only me?
10-08-2015 07:53 PM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

a lot has happened.

suede headliner
1\2 the air suspension installation is complete
MK6 VW HVAC control retrofit
MK4 20th Anniversary Edition rear spoiler
MK4 GLi Side Skirts
Seat Cupra front lip installed
new tires 205-45-R17
i bought a MK7 GTi steering wheel that im working on
custom waterjet CNC emblems
Kravchenko XBL^2 tweeters that im getting ready to install

you know, stuff.

i just got back from #Eurocane2015 at H2O International, and that was a BLAST (hehe). I ended up scoring first place in the Mild F - 99.5-05.5 Golf\Gti 1.8T for the car show portion on sunday.

if youre interested in H2OI pictures, here is a gallery!

here are some pictures.

(thanks to the VWVORTEX media group for these first two)











yes i put the air tank and management on the roof! AND NO ITS NOT FINISHED YET!




















and the new kravchenco tweeters ive got to install





i hope to make it to the NCSQ meet next month. i hope that the air suspension will be done by then and the tweeters will be installed by then. i hope my CV axle does not go out on me because i need to change the boot on it badly. thanks for looking at my build
09-04-2015 07:29 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

thank hanatsu, I have always admired all the stuff you've done around the forum. from all the tutorials, the in depth tech analysis of just about everything. praise from you is very humbling for me, so thank you very much!!

I am working on starting up my air suspension. the whole interiors gotta come out one last time (crosses fingers). new tires should be here today. frame notch this weekend I hope. new rear wheel bearings and wheel centering plates. I've been using a Bluetooth speaker in my car for a few weeks because im getting ready for this stuff. after I got rear ended a few weeks ago I told myself I wouldn't put the stereo back in until I finished the air ride. time is scares though.

looks like I forgot to post the aftermath of being hit by a 16 year old kid... pictures to come soon.
09-04-2015 06:48 AM
Hanatsu
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Love your car. Nice stuff indeed

Perhaps I can finish up my own Golf this autumn... other stuff tends to add up and comes in the way of finishing my projects lol :<

Skickat från min SM-G900F via Tapatalk
09-04-2015 06:02 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

thank you @austruiz

I have some more modifications coming down the pipeline that I will be posting here shortly
09-03-2015 06:54 AM
austriuz
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

fanat-tastic project (y)
I see you have a good time with yor car, it's cool
I have audio in my golf 4 too ant enjoy the sound and dooing something for beter sound
07-18-2015 11:15 PM
strakele
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Car's lookin really good Andy. Fresh paint and new interior is awesome. Still diggin' the XBL system?
07-13-2015 07:07 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

I'm not sure what you're asking @vwjmkv? You want to know if MK4 seats drop into a MK5?

after a quick google, I am going to tell you that MK4 seats can be installed in a MK5, but that involves some fun work in modifying the rail mount system to affix one seat to the other car as well as wiring in the airbag system and anything else like passenger weight sensors for the airbag system.

I would say that you could do it, but I don't really recommend it. if you are looking for nice seats for a MK5, the best option is MK5 Euro seats. they are drop-in replacements and look much better than the MK4 GLI\337\20THae recaro seats or R32 konig seats. MK4 recaros sell for roughly $200~500 USD depending on the condition, and MK4 R32 seats sell from $500~1500 depending on the condition. MK5 Euro seats I would imagine to be several thousand dollars.

07-12-2015 11:05 AM
vwjmkv
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

would those seats work in a 2008 jetta?
04-27-2015 06:16 PM
JayinMI
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

It sounds pretty good, too.

Jay
04-27-2015 07:06 AM
bertholomey
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

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Very nice paint job!! Wish I could have seen/heard your car this weekend.
Absolutely correct! The paint job was fantastic......the skirts, bumper, etc gave the car a much more custom look (IMO) - really set the car up - very cool effect, and those wheels are so incredibly cool in person. Fantastic job Andy!!!
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