Hey all, I've been working on rebuilding my MK4 over the last couple of weeks. Thought I'd post it up somewhere to keep a track for my future self, and for others! I picked up a MK4 R32 last November after 5 years with a MK5 R32. I just couldn’t get over the MK4 looks and decided it was worth swapping.
The car is 2003 with 85k on the clock. The service history was decent and there was nothing majorly wrong with it. It already had a Miltek resonated exhaust on it but otherwise was standard Since owning the R32, I knew there were a few things that needed doing.
The handbrake no longer held the car and the rear brakes barely worked. The handling when pushing the car hard didn’t fill me with confidence.
I decided that I was going to strip most of the suspension components off the car and replace each rubber bushing with either OEM or polyurethane bushings where needed.
The car is old now, so some parts are probably not available, or some parts only come with bushes pressed in for example. My end goal was to make the car handle nicer. I wanted to invest in some high-flow manifolds and sports cats and then get the car remapped.
I didn't want to go over the top with the performance modifications and I had no intention of going down the forced induction route either. Overall, I wanted the car to be a real good example of how the car should have come out of the factory.
In the first lockdown, I had most of the car resprayed. There was a few rust bits in the roof sills that needed sorted, and it turned out both front wings were knackered from rust.
I left the paint gas off for around 6 weeks, then went to it with my DA and Menzerna Super Finish Plus 3800 (obviously after decontaminating the paint!)
Edited by dsgnr, 16 December 2020 - 07:55 AM.