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5 Days Ago 06:26 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

thanks!

the battery terminals are nice, the only thing I wish theyd change is that the set screws are on the bottom. youd need to unhook it from the terminal and flip it over to hook a new wire into it. if the set screws were on top it would be much easier. also, it would be nice if there was a second screw-stud type connection on the other side for small wires that people may want to install instead of using the set screws because everyone knows that small set screws tend to strip easily and not hold small wires very well compared to a ring terminal. lastly, I would like to have a bolt that holds the terminal to the battery as an option. as they sit, you can only use it with stud type batteries. I wish theyd have included a bolt type adapter of some kind instead of the spring clamp thing, but these are all moot points.

I do really like the terminals. I really like the plastic flexible covers over the top. now I really got to put some tuning into my DSP ... for me this is the hardest part to get right
5 Days Ago 09:30 PM
captainobvious
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Sweet! Nice fresh paint.

Love the clean battery wiring as well. Interestingly enough, I picked up one of those new Knukonceptz battery terminals as well but haven't used it yet. How do you like it? It looks like a very well thought out design. We're gonna have to hook up at some point when my system is back together so I can get a demo!
5 Days Ago 07:24 PM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

my alternator died on saturday. i guess so many years of lots of headroom finally took its toll. but i upgraded to a 120A alternator versus the OEM 90A unit. so ive got that going for me.

been putting this off for way too long, but i finally did it. big three. i figured i could do it while the alternator was out. since i had all the tools out, i just did what i had to do. and since i was doing that, i figured id finally install my new battery terminals. a big shout out to my boy Rokusek for helping me do everything today.

pictures.



















no check engine lights here!!









i also got some new interior parts

before:






after:






03-01-2015 11:54 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

so my car should have been ready on wednesday, but they broke one of my tail lights, and it was a Hella aftermarket part that is no longer in stock anywhere so they had to order an OEM replacement. turns out they did not realize that the tail light was aftermarket and now they have two tail lights that dont match. i had them buy a replacement for the other side, that part did not come in until friday because the snow that came through the east coast and my car wont be ready till monday. i have to drive to flordia on monday and return on tuesday so i wont get my car till wednesday. well, at least im not driving it with the fresh paint in this crappy weather.

some pictures that were taken for me from the paint process!





an area that had rust due to a very tiny paint chip near the windshield letting water enter under the driver side door seal. they fixed it







































i also ordered some wheel spikes and i think it will look very cool when they get put on. they were 98 cents a piece lol.




its been a cold few weeks here in virginia.


02-21-2015 04:38 PM
JayinMI
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

A lot of people want to lower them or something, or build Volksrods, and Super Beetles aren't ideal for that. There are several threads on Volksrods.com where someone bought a super not knowing they had strut front suspensions. If he's just going to drive it, then it wouldn't matter. Might make a difference on some of the parts he might be interested in, if he makes changes tho. That's all.

Jay
02-21-2015 09:08 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

i mean i did fit, but id of been much happier if the seat went back another 5 inches or so.

the heat did work, it wasnt perfect and it was very cold outside lol. i didnt see signs of lots of rust or anything like that, a small fiberglass repair in the front driver wheel well and some in the strut tower but for a 72 it really was not bad at all considering its age.

what do you mean by the front suspension? i dont think he plans on doing anything but keeping it in working order and maybe cleaning a few things up. i think he just wants to enjoy the car. he used to have one when he was younger and was interested in finding one in good shape to enjoy during the summer time.
02-17-2015 12:04 PM
JayinMI
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

6'2" and you don't fit? My dad's 6'2" and he fit in my '70 with inches to spare. The heat does leave something to be desired, especially if the heat exchangers are rotten.

When I was driving mine 40 miles to/from college, I'd have to turn the heat on (after scraping the INSIDE of the windows to see), run it almost til I got dizzy, then shut it off and open the vent windows to get the fumes out. Luckily I scored a new set of exchangers part way through from my mechanic. Then I kept melting the side of my foot. lol

I assume you realize it's a Super Beetle, so hopefully the strut front suspension won't mess with his plans for the car. It's a very common mistake for people to make, but you being a VW guy, I'm sure you're aware.

Jay
02-17-2015 11:15 AM
Kjekz
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

I've been on the hunt for the gli/ae recaros for ages, so if you are interested in selling and not afraid of some overseas shipping shoot me a PM
02-17-2015 08:14 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

ive still got the other interior. like i said my car is in the shop right now and its all together. i am thinking that ill try to fit it in the 1992 GTi that i bought for a few hundred dollars a few weeks ago. im still trying to sort out an ignition problem, but thats neither here nor there lol.

if that does not pan out i dont know what ill do with the GLi recaro seats and panels. sell them? i dont know. its all in great shape, i bet i could sell them to make up some money ive got in the r32 interior - i know that i dont want them just sitting around my house if i end up not being able to use them.

on another note, its a snow day here. we got a few inches of snow then some rain then some more snow, and we dont have any plows, so its super dangerous to be driving around so i get to stay home

yesterday i drove up to manassas and hung out with Tintbox and then procceded to meet up with a fella who had a 1972 volkswagen beetle for sale. fresh paint, good interior, generally a solid car. my father in law has been looking for one to toy with and we picked it up for him. unfortunately the weather caught up with us on the drive home and a 3 hour drive ended up taking 6.5 hours. being 6'2" tall, i do NOT fit into a beetle. the lack of a modern heating system, me being too tall for the car, and dry rotted wiper blades made this drive very long and arduous.











lets just say it was a very long weekend haha
02-14-2015 05:37 PM
vwdave
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

That's a great score. Glad you able to snag the interior that you were after. I could imagine how happy your wife is with the change.
02-14-2015 05:12 PM
JayinMI
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

So, did you trade your interior for the R32 interior so his car will still have an interior when it gets repo'd?

I like where this is heading.

Jay
02-14-2015 06:50 AM
Kjekz
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Nice score on the seats

were the old seats gli recaros?
02-14-2015 06:23 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

thank you CTYSLKR! your words do mean a lot to me. motivation to keep this updated and making it as good as i can. welcome to the forum!

a little update. i was able to catch an amazing score. i already have updated my interior with Recaro GLi seats in the past and do a full black interior swap. what i have been looking for is an unmolested MK4 R32 that i would be able to snag the interior from, with little such luck over the course of the last few years.

reason being, the GLi seats are for a 4 door and are not heated. my wife missed the heated seats, and i missed the fact that the golf seats roll forward for access to the back seats. the GLi seats do not have this function due to the extra 2 doors. gaining access to the rear seats goes like so - slide seat rails all the way up, then roll a knob so the seat back tilts forward so there is a sliver of room to scoot through. then reverse the process. what a pita.

the R seats have a lever that unlocks the seat rails and rotates the whole seat forward in seconds - very nice. a feature that is very awesome once its no longer an option.

so an acquaintance of mine had his R32 VR6 engine get hydrolocked by his "friend" while he was on deployment. he owed too much money on the car and was afraid to file through insurance due to the car being totaled and taken. he is upside down on his loan and the car is worth a fraction of what it would be to sell and make it up - on top of that he just got boned on his divorce (no pun intended) by his ex-wife and the bank wont give him a loan to cover the remainder of his car payment if some one were to buy the car outright for 1\4 of what he owes. most likely the car is going to get repo'd and there isnt much he can do about it. so he sold me the whole interior.



















on another note, we got my IB 18" incriminator audio flatlyne install up in the attic. i need to fix some things around the house because they are vibrating in every room when the bass hits real hard haha





the car is STILL in the shop getting paint and all, it should have been painted yesterday and will cure over the weekend. next week im going out on some boats for a 5" gun shoot calibration and test basically tuesday through the following monday so its okay if they take their time and reassemble everything correctly. more updates when i get back and put in a few hours. i think ill be taking the headliner out and getting it ready for the digital airlift V2 suspesion while im at it
02-11-2015 05:50 PM
CTYSLKR
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Just wanted my first post to go to an awesome build. Thanks for all the info. Sweet set up and car!
02-04-2015 10:41 AM
Rokusek
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Where are those updated pictures meng?
02-01-2015 07:50 AM
Vidar
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

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Originally Posted by req View Post
thanks Vidar! I know exactly what you mean, I try to go to car shows and what not but my car never really stands out because its OEM+
I know how it is. If the persons looking at my car don't really know the mk4 Golf, they don't see anything special.

The only thing you need to be jealous of, regarding GTI/R32, is the sound it makes and the instant bottom end torque. The GTI is already forced induction and a lot of pounds lighter. Makes for a better driver's car. If one's into that.
01-30-2015 08:14 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

thanks Vidar! I know exactly what you mean, I try to go to car shows and what not but my car never really stands out because its OEM+ look, people don't realize I did a whole interior swap and have a carpc and all this stuff until they look closer. I wish I had bought an R32 instead of a GTi all time time though, so im jealous that you've got one and I don't

I do not know if the airbag will deploy in the case of a crash, hopefully ill never have to find out 0_0 ... but ive got no airbag light, so that's good.

so the car is in the shop, prolly has the door off and windows being removed for paint. im having them fix a few scratches and what not while they paint the front bumper. it will be much more of an eye-catcher now that its going to have a lip kit and skirts to round out the exterior look... then when the air bag suspension goes in people will take a closer look hehe.






on a side note, I finally installed my second pair of incriminator audio flatlyne 18's in my attic as an infinite baffle manifold. yeah, it is impressive watching a movie with real bass. it needs some EQ I think, but for now its awesome. Rokusek are working on finishing a grill for it, most likely it will be done this weekend.




01-30-2015 05:47 AM
Vidar
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

I've the same type of car (although an R32), but not the skills you have! It's so very interesting and fun to read and watch something I know so well in real life. I think it makes me appreciate the work more, or something.

Great job on the steering wheel! I don't dare to fiddle with newer airbags in this old car. I'm thinking one doesn't really know it works without crashing and live.

Love the böser too. Not too much, just the right amount of bös-ness.
01-23-2015 11:40 AM
quality_sound Ahhhhh, then definitely go with the wheel you like. There are some badass ones available in Europe.


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01-22-2015 05:14 PM
Kjekz
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Thanks!

Will definetly pm you if i bump into any trouble!

In norway we drive on the left side, but i dont have a HU so doesnt matter which side i have the controls on, since nothing is close to the phone in my pocket
01-21-2015 06:50 PM
JayinMI
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

Just needs a little camber. Like this:





LOL.

Please don't do that.

Jay
01-21-2015 08:38 AM
req
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

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Originally Posted by captainobvious View Post
Sweet. Now will I see you out at some comps this year??

im not sure about that man. im still waiting on my K-audio group buy tweeters lol.

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Originally Posted by SO20thCentury View Post
People can walk past and not see those 18s!?!? You did say somewhere you would grill them but I don't remember seeing a picture...?
haha, well the window tint does help. I mean when I open the hatch people usually
exclaim "holy shit". maybe 80% of them lol. to be followed up by "what are those, fifteens?" then ive got to tell them they are 18's and explain what kind and so forth. the carPC is also something people cant understand or recognize, as well as the full interior swap. it is just very inconspicuous and not flashy so people don't see it when there are cars with candy paint and body kits with flashy painted fiberglass speaker installs two cars down.

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Originally Posted by Kjekz View Post
Great work so far and nice inspiration for my own golf.
Very tempted to try out a MK7 steering wheel and see if i can get the controls to work. Should be similar to your MK6 wheel
I would assume it would be similar, but interfacing it to a radio youd need to buy a canbus interface module - or hope the canbus signal sent through the mk7 wheel would have the same signals to feed a mk5 or mk6 system - and I don't know if anyone has had the balls to feed a new wheel system into an old system to check for backwards-compatibility lol. that is assuming you've got a mk5 or newer. if you've got a mk4, then I would almost guarantee that there is no canbus interface for the MSFW at least to the OEM monsoon system. if you have an aftermarket radio that uses a resistive 2-wire input, then you could just get a JOYcon like I got and feed it that way. please post your findings when you do it, id be glad to give advice once I see what you are dealing with. feel free to PM me when you get started with it



I still have not figured out what im going to do about the RH MSFW buttons. id love to be able to use up\down\left\right\enter to sort folders in my media software instead of using the touch screen. that would be glorious, but the circuitry is different on the RH side and it screws up the LH side. so I still have to work that out.

I don't know why VW would switch the vol\track to opposite sides. seems kind of a stupid layout IMO.


on another track- I got a new R32 front bumper, two new fenders, a set of side skirts, and a 337 edition rear lip. the fenders\bumper +paint were part of the insurance claim from hitting that debris. so I found the skirts and rear lip, and while the front end is getting paint ill have those two painted at the same time.

rear lip will be paint matched with a single exhaust cutout (instead of black plastic) to look like this;


side skirts will match the rear lip depth and meet up with the R32 front bumper as well;


I should be getting the car back next week sometime. the next order of business is to figure out how to tuck my front wheels so I can install the air ride system.
01-20-2015 07:13 PM
JayinMI
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

More convenient when used with a carpc or tablet?

Jay
01-20-2015 06:24 PM
quality_sound I just don't see the point of audio controls on the side next to the steering wheel. Kind of defeats the purpose. IMO


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01-20-2015 05:44 PM
JayinMI
Re: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 1.8t - Mosconi, Vifa, Exodus, Helix PDSP, IDMax, carPC *updat

I can never remember which countries are "backwards." It wouldn't bother me if they were on different sides of the wheel. Chrysler products are like that. But on my car they're both on the left.

Jay
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