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The car went in for its MOT today! This was the first time driving the car further than my driveway, and the front alignment was so far out, I had to turn the ESP off so the ABS didn't kick in on the fronts. On the drive, I was listening out for unexpected noises and it all seemed to be fine! I really do rate the B14's. I thought the ride would be significantly harder than before, especially since I have all new bushes and some were also polyurethane. The firmness is more or less the same as stock and isn't crashy at all. It did put a smile on my face.

The Lucifer system all the way through is really nice. It's pretty loud when you floor it, but standard driving round town it's pretty sedate with some more hints of the R32 burble.

The MOT expired in January, and had been off the road for the last 7ish months - it did get the Covid MOT extension, which was pretty wasted on me since the car was off the road anyway! Of course, the whole car is brand new and went through with flying colours. All the mechanics were under the car taking photos and asking me questions about the "journey".

The car was also treated to new Michelin PS4's all round and a wheel alignment.

Unfortunately only the front wheels could really be aligned. It looks like I really need to get some rear adjustable control arms since the rear camber is 3 degrees out, and the toe is a little out as well. I think the rear could come down a little lower so its more inline with the front.

Overall, I think the car sits nice, and it'll be even better when I get the height sorted all round. I definitely think I need some spacers on the rear, but I cant decide on whether to go for 20 or 25mm on the rear. I would also like to get the back box lined up correctly. The off-side pipe seems to sit in more and I spent a considerable amount of time trying to get it to line up! Once lockdown is over, I'll be booking the car in for a remap (probably with Stealth).

Anyway, here's where we're at today! The car was treated to a Bilt Hamber Auto Foam, Valet Pro Citrus and Tar remover (to remove any Lanoguard overspray), Iron X Fallout Remover, and also a quick single stage with my DA and a green pad with Menzerna 3800.

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Thanks! Yeah, I'm not really driving it at the moment, just because I don't want to tear the new rubber too much. I'll be getting some adjustable arms toward the end of the month, I just cant decide on the Cookbot over the Forge ones. I know Forge's reputation and their customer service is second to none, but quite a lot of people seem to be running the Cookbots as well!

I need to purchase some decent density foam pads for the interior - the new bushings coupled with the exhaust now resonates a good amount at low revs (mainly when pulling away)
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The exhaust itself isn't that loud, I was really expecting it to be really really loud. I'd say it's still quieter than my old MK5 was which only had the non-res Milltek cat-back!

Overall though, the car feels pretty solid and I'm sure with the alignment fixed at the rear, it'll feel even better! Almost in time for lockdown to be over so I can take it out!!
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Do you still have the spare wheel replacement big black foam moulding fitted ? That absorbs lots of exhaust back box noise. If not, stick it back in ?
There's literally nothing under the boot floor unfortunately. I had thought about purchasing a steel spare wheel for emergencies but haven't gone any further than just thinking about it so far lol
 

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U can stick some sound deadening mat there. The same stuff you stick to car doors when building speakers etc. That made a big difference to my cars road noise and exhaust noise
 

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U can stick some sound deadening mat there. The same stuff you stick to car doors when building speakers etc. That made a big difference to my cars road noise and exhaust noise
I think I might have some dynomat left over from when I was doing some stuff on my MK5 that I could probably stick in there.

A lot of the resonation is coming from the dash area unfortunately. I think the middle vent toward the windscreen is the culprit. Holding it down seems to do the trick at least.

I gotta change the discs and pads on my other car at the weekend (6R Polo) since that's due its MOT at the end of the month as well, so I doubt i'll get anything more done on the 32 for a few weeks.

I ordered the hardware required for the rear adjustable arm bits from TPS when I picked up the discs and pads for the Polo, but actually ordering the arms will need to wait till payday unfortunately.
 

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Woah, I didn't realise it'd been so long since my last update! Thread revival time! Back dating these posts to keep a good flow from where I left off.

Next up, the Forge adjustable rear arms arrived, and I didn’t fancy doing these myself this time after the pain of doing everything else on axle stands. I took the car to a reputable VW specialists in Littlehampton, who were great and loved the car. The camber was way too much on the rear, and it couldn’t be properly aligned as there wasn’t enough movement so adjustable arms were definitely required.

 

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When turning at low speeds (like when parking) there was an annoying squeal coming from the belt. I figured it was time to replace the tensioner. Since the belt had probably never been replaced, I went ahead and replaced the belt whilst I was there.

Unfortunately, this didn't fix the issue (yay!), so now I’m thinking its the alternator clutch pulley that is seized. Will need to do some further investigation on this.
 

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I came across some brand new front and rear centre console parts from a VW store on eBay. Grabbed those whilst I could as the front part is especially hard to get hold of!

 

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After a few months of enjoying the car, something I missed from my old MK5 R32 was cruise control and comfort blinkers. I picked up the retrofit kits from TPS and went ahead and whilst the steering wheel was off the car, I took the opportunity to use a leather restoration kit from Leather Repair Company which was a great kit! Turned out really nice I think, though I don’t think I’d ever get it to look like a brand new wheel, it’s definitely a huge improvement over what it was before. This was pretty simple, and the retrofit kit for the cruise control comes with a block connector now for the line that goes into the fuse box (I don't think it used to?) so you don't need to splice any cables - win!

 

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Last weekend, the clutch started to slip when pulling away from traffic lights at any more than a snails pace. The car is now at 94k miles, and it's likely on the original clutch (I can't find any documentation from the paperwork I got when I bought the car about any replacement). So I'm dropping the car off at Rushworth Performance for the clutch, flywheel and chains to be done. Also having all the fluids in all the places done whilst it's there. I'm hoping I can get them to take a few pictures for my build as it'd be awesome to see the engine out! I'd love to have done it myself, but I think in this case, it'd be better to have someone reputable in the community, who knows their stuff. Plus, I'm don't have any of the tools I'd need to pull the engine, so best leave it to the professionals on this one!
 
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