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Everything posted by LR5V

  1. Everyone knows a Red rocker cover adds tons of BHP.... but why do some cars have just plain alloy?
  2. Never said is was cheap. I agree cheapest option is oem, but if they are not available... Rigid brake pipes can be made to length at motor factors, but I would make my own cunifer ones. Bracket is no biggie, ask Hel for long enough hoses to reach the beam arm, cable tie the union on a saddle hard to the beam.
  3. Lupo Full service - need some tech answers

    Cheers for the info, good to know.
  4. The more expensive option is to get flexi hoses from the caliper and make up solid line to run down the beam arm to the short flexi adjacent to the bush. Just phone Hel, ask for Golf Mk3 to Mk4 rear caliper conversion hoses, or you could slum it with these Goodridge ones on ebay: Goodridge Mild steel fittings not as good as Hel will all stainless...but you get the idea I've got to ask, what on earth is linco?
  5. Lupo Full service - need some tech answers

    I think Rich is saying the expensive OEM green mineral based PAS fluid is not very good and should be swapped out for much cheaper Red PAS fluid -I'm holding on for the reason, mix and match on older golfs can be not cool for the seals, is this different for the Lupo? Yes - the Platinum oil is great stuff, I understand some TPS branches can be funny letting joe public in. Mine is fine and the guys are really great and are kind enough to give me some discount.
  6. what would you replace? (lupo GTi)

    Glad you are sorted
  7. definitely this: So is it just pot luck if you get Red or raw alloy?
  8. Dodgy central locking

    Common fault in VAG cars of this age is the micro-switch within the door lock module going faulty. This guy explains the fix well, even sells new microswitches: Fix for door module BMAC VAGS Clutch cost - put your reg into Eurocarparts or GSF -but wait till the weekend they tend to have money off offers.
  9. FFR Gearbox

    Assuming its a cable linkage: Diesel Geek  - How to adjust VW MK4, MK5, and MK6 5 speed shifter adjustment for 02J and MQ250 transmissions 5mm drill bit was too big for my gti selector, it was 4 or 4.5mm that worked. make sure you remember to undo the locking pin on the gearbox before trying your adjusted linkage.
  10. what would you replace? (lupo GTi)

    Assuming its a drive bearing, afraid it is more tools required. There is a bearing tool that removes and re-installs with hub on car, buy it either to keep or sell on used and get most of the money back. Or are you talking about drive shaft? - hub puller needed Depends if you are keeping or replacing the ball joints, if they are being replaced you dont need to worry about damaging the rubber grease caps -use a joint splitter / pickle fork and go to town with a club hammer. If keeping -there are tools to split them hooking around the hub & putting pressure on the top of the thread, there is a technique with a hammer on the hub, but its not the easiest to master. Lower ball joints are easier to remove with the hub off the car, you can see what you are doing and there is a bit more space - just unbolt from control arm
  11. what would you replace? (lupo GTi)

    Unless you live somewhere very nautical I wouldn't bother greasing the top mount. Every time I tried doing these by the book with spanners or open sockets etc. it never went well. rounding off the hex in the top off the shock was a favourite fail, or shearing the allen key in the shock another. I could usually get the strut off, but doing it up would be where the problems came. Invest in an impact gun- I have found the best option is with the car still on the ground - with the Impact gun buzz off the nut holding the limit plate & then the actual strut mount bolt. re-installation is just reversal, initially loose fit the strut in the tower, drop the weight back on an buzz the nuts reasonably tight - if you go mad you can crush the bearing, so don't go mad
  12. Did you get this sorted? Could be ignition switch
  13. Need to find my paint code - I know it is either Tornado Red & Flash Red but can’t seem to find what years they were used on the GTI. My service book does not have the white vehicle options sticker & the one on the boot floor is mashed up. With mine being a late 2005 one can someone confirm what colour it is?
  14. what would you replace? (lupo GTi)

    Interested in the thoughts on this.
  15. what would you replace? (lupo GTi)

    TRW tend to be the OEM supplier for VW, but I prefer Lemforder - side by side the Lemforder parts are better finished, don’t seem to corrode as badly & come with all the required nuts and bolts, that sometimes you don’t get with TRW stuff. You could try Febi, but if you do in my experience expect to replace them a lot sooner than the others.
  16. what would you replace? (lupo GTi)

    I knew VW were lazy engineering some stuff, but those control arm bushes are the same size as used on Golfs Mk2, Mk3 & Mk4 - the solid rear TT bushes are a nice upgrade on all those golfs, a welcome surprise that they are used on the Lupo too Same size rear bush is used in some VW engine mounts too - solid tt bush are good upgrade here too, a favourite of the Mk1 race boys. Rich - as this seems to have turned into a bushes thread, I wondered if you had come across the Super pro camber correction bushes for Mk4's, TT etc.? they are eccentric bushes that push out the rear of the control arms, moving the hub forward: Super pro camber correction Any need for these on the Lupo, or is the geometry good enough as it is?
  17. lupo gti head wanted

    Getting bent valves out can be a complete nightmare. when my Mk3 ABF belt failed at low speed - I used anything available: hammers, pry bars, pliers, screwdrivers and nearly destroyed a brand new valve removal tool Hope you get sorted soon
  18. Japanese LUPO GTI's

    One of the problems with Japanese branded import cars back in the 90's was body protection, for there domestic market cars they didnt need as much protection when imports got to the UK they just started to return to the earth dissolving under the salt barrage of winter Did VW give the same protection euro standard of body protection to the cars heading to japan? or did they lower their standards? -I suspect they were all on the same production line so all got the same..
  19. Yes - the A9 used to be a great drive, I have very fond memories of battling tourists, the sweeping bends, the signs counting down the distance to the next bit of dual carriageway - really annoying they counted down form 3 miles!! Still say M6 at least 30 minutes quicker + you mental health is maintained, either way safe journey fella.
  20. Yes, Scotland is different from the rest of the country. Roads are kept open longer, but this is by using ridiculous amounts of salt, you should see the state suspension nuts and bolt get into - a third the bolts on my Mk4 were seized up due to rust Scots Drivers are used to poor conditions, I'm from Edinburgh, we always find it amusing to see on the news what carnage just a few flakes of snow creates south of the Watford gap! Make sure your wipers are in good condition do deal with the salt road spray What route were you thinking of taking? A1 may seem the most logical, but it just goes on and on forever -you get to Scots corner and think you are progressing, but your still miles south of Newcastle, changes to single lane road at Alnick, more miles to Berwick single lane til Dunbar and then even further to Edinburgh. I would consider going via M6, the lakes are also tend to be kept open, only downside is the pi## poor drivers you get near Manchester -but always seems to be a lot quicker than A1 Lastly you cant avoid the A9, you need to be aware that between Perth to Inverness there is 27 sections of average speed cameras http://a9road.info/uploads/publications/A9_Perth_-_Inverness_-_Average_Speed_Camera_Locations.pdf Oh and Happy Hogmanay
  21. I have looked, surely there are more options than just Powerflex? What do the race boys use?
  22. Couple of Q's from a New Lupo Owner

    Thanks again Rich - Yes I had read those were.. er ..troublesome
  23. Hello I am new to the Lupo and the forum - but not new to VAG, I only got my Gti a couple of weeks ago, loving the small block experience. I have already fixed the dropped ash tray but left wondering and need advice on two issues I have: One of the problems is the passenger side window mechanism ate itself on the second day of ownership, I got to say whoever designed this set up must have been having an off day, its not the best engineering I have seen from VW. A £12 ebay repair kit sorted the cable, but the lifter clips that came with it ended up being total excrement. Are there genuine kits with just the lifters? - I am making a trip to TPS next week or is there any other known good source for these lifter clips? The other question is the fog lights - is it normal for the bottoms to not be flush with the bumper at the bottom?