2008 R32 DPB DSG
Posted 12 August 2020 - 08:33 PM
Posted 18 August 2020 - 06:30 AM
I have just ordered a pair of SKF bearings from AUTODOC ready for the front hubs. I also bought a pair of steering knuckles. Mine are really rusty so would need blasting and powder coating and at £50 per upright , new ones made sense . However, the brakes are a project for the future , not for now, so I have the bits I need when I am ready .
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Posted 28 August 2020 - 05:41 PM
MOT time and my rear tyres had some heavy wear on the inside edge. I was really impressed with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 so I've gone for a full set of those again.
I also had a full Hunter 4 wheel alignment done by A Line in Dudley. Great guys who came with lots of recommendation from Pistonheads, well worth the 50 mins travel each way. Very knowledgeable guys, gave me a great run down and advice. (Front camber can't be adjusted on OEM suspension) £65, so very reasonably priced too.
Before. Although just inside limits for rear camber it was right at the negative end
No pics of the new tyres, it's raining although I have been out there giving everything a quick wash for good measure. I can't stand the tyre glue being left on new rubber so a decontam and dressing was in order.
Edited by Muska, 28 August 2020 - 05:42 PM.
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Posted 29 August 2020 - 11:53 AM
just as a curiosity point, as mine is running about the same amount of front camber.
Apart from going camber plates there isn't any good ways that is known of to get camber on this platform?
Not after -3 or anything like that, but wouldn't mind being able to get it dialled in without the camber plate approach.
MK5, DBP, Manual, KW V2, Milltek Resonated
Posted 13 September 2020 - 03:14 PM
Plans have stalled with my rear brake upgrade/refresh due to my computer developing a fault. It's about time it had an upgrade so it's taking all my spare money for the minute. Normal service will resume shortly...
However, I've had a steering rack inner joint replaced as it was picked up during the MOT. I'm quite surprised just how much of a difference it's made, really tightening up the feel and responsiveness. I needed to go back for another alignment on the front though as the wheel was no longer straight and my OCD couldn't cope! One front toe adjustment & £25 later I'm happy again
On with a bit more cleaning...
I decided to strip out the air box, all parts to it right up to the bumper and the fuse box cover. While I keep these pretty clean it's impossible to get right into the nooks and crannies so out they came. Washed with CarPro Multi X at 10:1, left to dry then dressed with CarPro PERL:
PERL gives a very nice matt, non greasy finish. A very versatile product I can highly recommend.
Today I cracked out the machine polisher on the bonnet. I was going to wait till after I have some paint in spring next year but curiosity got the better of me.
I did a 3 stage polish with Hexlogic pads and a range of Menzerna polishes.
It's not perfect, probably 90-95% of defects taken care of but a huge difference.
Once polished I prepped with CarPro Eraser then coated with Gyeon CanCoat - a ceramic coating. Once that's had a few days to cure I'll top it with Polish Angel high Gloss.
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Posted 16 September 2020 - 05:54 PM
Evening. A detailing question.I visited a car detailer local to me this afternoon. Very impressed with his work. Cost. Given that he felt that my paintwork needed a ‘major enhancement’ the price would be around £500. Sounds a lot, but how much does it cost to buy the necessary equipment to do the job oneself ( assuming the requisite ability)?
Posted 17 September 2020 - 12:30 PM
It could well be a fair price, it would really depend on whats included in a Major enhancement. Can you provide any details of the steps included/products used, in particular any coatings?
To buy equipment to do this yourself I think you'd be looking at a little north of £250-350 depending on products chosen. The caveat here as you identified, is experience/ability. You can do a lot of damage with incorrect technique/equipment.
Whats the name of the detailer you've spoken with?
this video might give some insight into the process involved and the results you can get when with an experienced detailer. Helps to show how this chap can charge £1000's for this level of correction.
Edited by Muska, 17 September 2020 - 12:32 PM.
Posted 17 September 2020 - 05:35 PM
Thanks for your help and advice (both) Company I spoke to was ATD detailing in Derby. Basically a small company run by a very enthusiastic man. He is solidly booked until the middle of November . I saw the car he was working on it looked stunning ) He explained that it was a ‘stage one or basic enhancement ‘ and thought that the paintwork needed more ,but that the customer did not want to spend any more. He gave me a good 30 mins of his time, and spent quite a bit of that looking over my car, pointing out loads of things that I had not noticed .
Anyway, I will look at the video and then make up my mind. Ceramic coating is a dead cert.Car will be used in the wet .
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Posted 13 October 2020 - 01:24 PM
@CODWEAR - sorry I missed your question. I think I paid £450 for all 4 wheels, that was for a full refurbishment with the machined lip.
Not much to report otherwise although I can highly recommend VW Retrofit in Reddich. Alex fitted me OEM bluetooth with A2DP (music streaming) and it works faultlessly. It even displays the track names which I wasn't expecting, especially with Spotify. He even knocked a little off for me in person while chatting about the car
Posted 23 October 2020 - 09:42 AM
Had some spare time in my job so I was thinking about reading some quality OEM R32 material and maybe find an inspiration on which way I want to turn with my R32 in the future. What better place than this thread. Took my time and read it all over again. Lost of words. Superb taking care of OEM design. And also found some great detailing tips and products 👌
I have a few questions that I wrote down while reading this thread tho:
- did you put OEM H&R springs on your new shocks or lower?
- do you maybe know the color code for Omanyt's? Looking forward to send mine out for rebuild, just double checking because I want OEM silver
- is the RAL5002 paint for you front callipers
a close match to the OEM paint?
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Posted 23 October 2020 - 01:06 PM
Thank you for the kind words There are new detailing products most months! Polish Angel is by far my favourite currently. they're expensive but the results are like nothing I've seen before and a little goes a very long way.
- I fitted new H&R -25mm lowering springs, not OEM. I just wanted to close the arch gap up a little while keeping the OEM(+) look(there is a small+ to my OEM dreams )
- I don't know the colour code for the Omanyt's but I had brand new center caps at the same time and they're an absolutely perfect match. Let me know if you have trouble and I'll call up the company I used and ask them.
- After lots and lots of research, RAL5002 Ultramarine Blue was a superb match for the OEM colour. I have a brand new set of rear calipers in the correct colour in my garage, I'll put one against my repainted front calipers shortly and post the picture for you. If I were doing it again I would have the fronts power coated in this colour just for a longer lasting finish.
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Posted 23 October 2020 - 04:53 PM
Thank you for the answers. I see the two colors are pretty much the same (i know the shadows are different and the camera can't justify the look in person).
About the Omanyt's I'll try to find the color code if not I'll write to you.
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