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  1. 4 points
    Sorry for all the posts, getting around the post upload limit. You'll notice the tints are gone aswell. Heat gun made light work of them!
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    First up with the new car was servicing - normally the first thing to do when purchasing a new car. Thankfully the owner provided me with VW oil filters and 2 sets of VW spark plugs. I purchased some 5W40 oil from TPS (£13.30/5L!!!!!!!) and off we go. I also gave the car a quick clean up, not the full wash i was hoping for as i didn't have all my gear with me, however it'll do. Now some of the eagle eyed will have noticed that the rear spoiler is needing attention, i'm not sure how but the paint has completely stripped off the underside and flaking off the top. Needless to say i've ordered some paint up and i'm going to try and paint it this weekend coming if the weather holds out. I've also been bothered by the engine bay, notably the screws and bolts along the slam panel, they are a bit orange for my liking. It's a similar story for the arch liner screws. I've ordered up some new ones and i'm hoping they'll also arrive by the weekend. So that's all for this time - while i save for some wheels i'm really tempted to get some 15mm spacers just to fill the arches a little bit. I can't be bothered with rolling arches again, and i really don't want any rubbing so i think i can get away with 15mm front and rear. To be continued..
  3. 2 points
    This would bring me upto recently and the most recent photowhoring of the car, have a few more plans in mind so will be on here a bit more for some advice.
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    Greetings! I have just bought my wife a really tidy little Lupo in Fantasia green, 2002 with an unbelievable 7,800 miles from new. Absolutely immaculate condition with full vw history. Apparently the lady owner bought 2 brand new, an auto and a manual and very rarely used it. Still had it serviced every year though. I am amazed at the build quality for a little car and compares to my Audi A4 quattro! I have posted a question about the cigarette lighter but just wanted to say HI to everyone here
  5. 2 points
    I'm just clarifying terminology you sarcastic lovely persono
  6. 1 point
    Respect. I still need to do the top hinge on one of my SDIs. That's @mscherryviolet 's machine, isn't it?
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    Dash doesn’t have to come out but you do have to remove some lower plastic pieces and loosen the dash slightly. Thin arms will make it easier but it’s still a major fanny on. I took my wing off to replace my hinges because my triple square but was too long. I’d rather rest a gearbox on my head, I’ve done it and it was bad. That’s how much I hated doing this.
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    Hi there, been lurking on the forum for a couple of weeks, thought I should sign up and say hello. After a history of air-cooled VWs (bugs and vans) and pre 70s Land Rovers, and about to turn 50, I fancied something a little more fun, less thirsty and also a bit more likely to start on a cold n damp morning! So I now have this lovely 1.4. Makes me smile every time I drive it... no real plans for it at the moment other than needing a few little fixes to tidy it up. I'm sure I'll be searching the forum for tips and knowledge as I go...
  10. 1 point
    If anyone could get cruise working and share how I'd be eternally grateful, I'd save so much fuel 😂
  11. 1 point
    Hi all, Well i had my Lupo up for sale briefly, but i decided against it. My other project will just have to slow down a little to accompany running both at the same time. I've already sold one Lupo GTI and i don't want to sell another - certainly not in my favourite specification. So a little about the car, i aquired it not too long ago - on a bit of whim. Having owned a Lupo GTI a few years previous, i noticed one of my neighbours had this car sitting down the side of his house. At this time i wasn't too familiar with Anthracite cars, and initially thought he had it painted. On researching it i realised this was a rare colour, and when i found out it had only covered 68k miles i was very interested. It turned out the owner was a friend of a friend, so i probed the question and a few months later here i am the owner. The car has a few choice modifications; KWV1 coilovers (VERY impressed with these as on my last GTI i had cheapies fitted and it was horrible) KAM Racing decat manifold + KAM midpipe and backbox. Now this is super loud, its a bit too much for me in all honesty so i will either put this back to stock or have a company weld in a 200cell CAT and perhaps a middle silencer, time will tell Alpine double din W502R head unit The car initially looked like this; Now i loved the look, but i knew these weren't the wheels for me and the owner wanted to keep them which was fine by me. So i purchased the car on the stock Bathurst alloys, wheels i never had on my old Lupo. Now i've seen them on the anthracite car i actually really like them - i love silver wheels and they really pop against the anthracite. I will get them refurbed at some stage, but for now they will do wrapped in Toyo Proxies (not my tyre choice but again, it will do). So here is how i picked the car up; I was super happy with it, it brought back a lot of memories and being a little older i have more of a path for the car. I want to keep it clean, i want to improve it rather than go over the top. I do really like the OEM+ style, however i do want to improve the performance and driving experience. A few things on my list would be things such as Wilwood's, subframe refurbishment, new OEM bushings where possible, braided hoses etc. You see the idea. I have recently become a lot more interested in detailing, it's really struck a chord with me and perhaps a little bit of OCD. Between this car and my other halfs Cooper S (below), i plan to share my experiences and product experiences. And the other project i was talking about is my 1965 Morris Mini Minor, a car i've had for a long time now and is more recently being rebuilt. It's been painted and reassembly has begun. The engine has just been rebored to 1330 and is being rebuilt as we speak (when i get time!). Cheers
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    I've ran Lupo avy using Polo GTi ECU so I wouldn't think that was an issue.... Six speed 6n2 ftw.
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    I've never tried it so I could be completely wrong, would the Polo GTi ECU work or is the wiring too different? Always pondered but never fully looked into it.
  14. 1 point
    Hey hey! Que bien! Bienvenido a club lupo. yeah but @Rich isn't there a built in routine in some of the lupo ecus? You can use the switch gear from a T4 i think? Never done the mod.
  15. 1 point
    Lupo GTi ECU doesn't like the cruise control option.
  16. 1 point
    Hey guys, thought I'd add my Lupo into these journals, this will be taken from another site so the timeline may get skewed This basically started when I left a deposit with a Japanese importer a couple of years ago with the idea of bringing something over, however things kept popping up and I'd kind of forgotten about it. I've been in the mind of getting second car for awhile, basically just something to toy around with and drive on the weekends. I was initially on the search for an e46 M3 which brought me back to my deposit. I was just about to ask for it back when i saw this car pop up, threw a bid on it not really thinking much of it, assumed I'd lose and then ask for my deposit. to my shock I received a message the next morning to say I'd won the car and that they'll get it ready for shipping It's a fairly new process to me, usually being quiet picky when buying a car I can confidently say I'm bricking it to see what actually arrives haha. Saying that, these are just another one of those cars that I've wanted to tick of my list for awhile so their is definitely a level of excitement there too. Anyway, just a few pics from the port. So the car finally arrived into Ireland, this is possibly the most impatient I got during the whole process knowing it was so close but so far away haha it took a couple of days to get through customs and then had to be transported down to me. It was only by chance I looked at snap chat and saw the photos of the car posted in Dublin port.And a photo of the car then being delivered, I think this shows how small it is, was kinda taken back by its size so far so good, few bits to be done so the list is being drawn up at the moment on top of things I've been stockpiling since buying it, first purchase was a new battery as the one in it was completely dead, and the next step will be the VRT, really looking forward to get ths step out of the way and start digging into it. Now have the car few months and it's been brilliant! With all the boring stuff out of the way at the start getting the car VRT'd etc I turned my attention to getting the car up to my standards. was nice to start from a clean base.I left the car into Tom Fahys Garage, these guys have owned Lupo GTi's and worked on quiet a few so I knew it was in good hands (as the picture shows). I asked them to give it a full one over which came back with the car getting a good bill of health which was a relief.Just had the following work done which consisted of a full service, timing belt, water pump, auxiliary belt, a re-furbed alternator due to a bearing noise, some brake hoses and also got some new tow eye covers and had them painted by them.Tidied up a few small bits, new mats, a good condition gear knob bought from ebay Germany, replaced wipers, did a headlight restoration (needs a bit more work) and replaced a cracked ariel base. Got a new bluetooth head unit fitted by Jeremy at auto electrical concepts. Then set about removing stickers etc on the car and gave it a full thorough wash and a quick hit of the polisher to find some extra gloss.So now I've got a bit of a feel for the car and have it up to a decent standard the modifications can start, I've already received some bigger caliper carriers so will be upgrading the front brakes from 256mm to 280mm.I've also now got a few things coming in the post so hopefully should be able to keep this more updated. So after a couple months reading through threads and hours on ClubLupo I finally decided on a suspension set up. For the longest time I was going between coilovers or up-rated dampers, ended up with dampers as I wanted the car more setup for road, so below shows the collection I put together over the last couple weeks. This consist of: Bilstein B8 dampers Eibach lowering springs making up a Bilstein B12 kit Whiteline rear anti roll bar H&R 15mm spacers On top of this I've bought every bushing, so new tie rods, wishbone bushes, ball joints, drop links, front stabilizing bar bushes, new top mounts and rear axle bushes.. Probably more in there but everything is getting swapped out. Above shows the new calliper carriers, these will be fitted with new 280mm front brakes and larger pads. I'm hoping the combination of these parts should dial the car in a little more, looking forward to getting it all fitted now. So got the car back with everything fitted, All I can say is WOW!! Being completely honest I haven't felt happy with how it drove from the time I got it, I think I was trying to convince myself that it drove well but their was a lot of slop, and the pitch and roll was unnerving. Possibly a characteristic of the car but I may have been spoilt by better handling cars in the past, it got to the point where I drove to a ford garage to look at a new Fiesta ST they'd for sale but walking back to the Lupo I knew I wanted to get it driving the way it looked!The car drives amazingly, I always use my old Clio 182 as a benchmark for how fun a hot hatch should be, but this is now the new bench mark! I had the work carried out in Fahys and they were amazing, walking through it and giving advise along the way, I'd originally bought the spacers for the rear to give it a squared look but the convinced me to stick them upfront to increase turn in, actually gives the car a more purposeful appearance.. Tom the owner took it upon himself to do the full geometry on the car spending nearly over a day between aligning it and road-testing it until he was happy. the turn in and general feeling of the car is amazing.The B8s are firm but the ride is actually more comfortable then how the old shocks were before and matched up with the springs the car feels planted. the rear antiroll bar adds much more adjustability on the rear that just wasn't there before, matching up with all new bushes and the car feels so fresh. the new bigger brakes have it stop on a dime.I'm now officially in love with this car and can't believe the difference these works have made to it, I can now officially see what people are raving about with these cars. So the suspension has had enough time to settle now and i'm very happy with the height, removed the tonka toy look but isn't so low that I can't get over speed bumps. front wheels are fairly stuck on the arches, I'm still wondering if I should go for rear spacers but kinda like how it looks at the moment, just a little mental hah. Finding it hard to keep a car clean in this weather I'd been humming and hawing about Cambridge lights for awhile, wasn't sure if I liked them or not. One evening I saw these come up for fairly reasonable money so though them worth a punt. With them on I'm kinda liking them. I'll see how they grow on me.
  17. 1 point
    Buy a spare engine. Rebuild that.
  18. 1 point
    Caramel wheel from Screwfix will take care of that easily. Also dropping out is bad, sixth form was great for drugs and poon.
  19. 1 point
    A little oil burning isn't a problem that needs to be rushed, it will still drive fine. Rather than rushing, take a bit of time to save cash and to find someone good and reliable to do the work - in the meantime enjoy your Gti
  20. 1 point
    Good to see your back on the road,that looks like a great place to do a dubble car photo shoot,scamondan dam?
  21. 1 point
    The first Gti I test drove was also Anthracite when the sun hits all the different flecks it looks brilliant (also looks good on reflex silver) It was never really in the running for me due to price but I wanted to see how one with 55k felt like to drive before driving testing higher mileage cars.Black wasn't a option for me as the bloke who lives two doors up had a dubble garage built and uses small stones on the driveway,90% of the time wind blows from that direction.
  22. 1 point
    I'm envious Dougie! I passed on an Anthracite example last year, and whilst I love the black one I bought instead, the metallic is very classy, (and I'd guess easier to keep looking clean between washes). Also good to see the car back on the Bathursts - some of these alternatives people are fitting really cheapen the look of the Lupo.
  23. 1 point
    Very nice colour and a lack of the red inserts inside helps further
  24. 1 point
    The non abs cars have a tiny master cylinder. I have a Polo GTi one to fit. 3mm bigger bore.
  25. 1 point
    Its not designed for older engines, its designed for more modern engines on the 2 year service scheme, mostly because you've done an oil change by then with topping it up all the time!
  26. 1 point
    Find a garage that will pass it as that one used to do.
  27. 1 point
    The research guys I know at the BP/Castrol science centre told me that oil only matters when it gets old. Really old. They explained that if you change it at under 5k miles and with regular driving (not really short trips), the additives have only just begun to start doing their thing. Something to do the 4 ball wear test (worth a google). HD oil is different. The lower number viscosity rating number only really matters when caning it with an ice cold engine. Like 0W40 or 5W40...
  28. 1 point
    Blue smoke means burning oil. So where can it come from in a NA engine (that isn't broken)... Rings. Valves. Sump gases.
  29. 1 point
    Hi all Jonny here from leicester I would upload a pic but it says max file Blablabla and won’t allow me
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    Latest little mod, DIY engine mount. The standard engine mount is oil filled and there is no aftermarket solution out there. I noticed mine felt a bit sloppy at the Ring so I thought i’d look into it, I purchased some Poly Resin, the same stuff the use to make engine mounts. Set about splitting the standard one open and draining all the oil out. I opted for the softer resin as I didn’t want it too stiff. But turns out even with the softest resin it is a LOT stiffer than standard! Instantly noticed a lot more vibrations ok start up, i’ve done over 200 miles the weekend and it’s definitely bedded in a bit and feels much better now. Engine noise inside the cabin has completely changed, sounds better. Gear changes feel even more precise. Overall, really happy with it! Painted the engine mounts and a couple of brackets as well to tidy it up a bit. I’ll leave some pictures below and some more pictures on the new wheels My new favourite picture i’ve taken
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    Actually scratch that, I just went and checked it is a very shallow 13mm. Socket wont work unless you grind the end flatter as they have a bevel for easier location.
  34. 1 point
    very nice - good clearance on the ~Wilwoods too
  35. 1 point
    I am a cheapskate, also a tightwad, I have 2 Lupo TDIs. Go figure.
  36. 1 point
    And now the wheels, had them powdercoated in chrome, looks lovely and looks quite similar to the original RC finish!
  37. 1 point
    Without wishing to be a pedant the front is a mc person strut as it utilises the wishbone and control arms the rear is basically a coilover unit, attached as it is to a trailing arm🤐 Just so as not to cause confusion 🤓
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    Welcome! You should get the inserts in the front seats retrimmed with original cloth so they match the rears
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    What we really need, is to see some pics of it!
  41. 1 point
    Flog off the unwanted bits and return closer to standard. Shame about the wheel arches messing up the body work that wont be easy to put right.
  42. 1 point
    Could I have the name and address of the vag specialist.
  43. 1 point
    The way I install dash cams properly is to mount them permanently on the back of the rear view mirror on a block of foam. The cable is usually routed behind the roof trim, mirror mount, sun visor clips and A pillar trim. Then the power is supplied from the loom behind the light switch, which powers on only when ignition is turned on. To,access the light switch loom pull out the light switch- easy- press the knob in then turn anti clockwise the pull it out. Then you can get to the plug and cables. You could feed the wire between the edge of the dash and the A pillar...
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    I'd love to go to the Reims circuit (or what's left of it) but it seems to be too far from everywhere else for it to be worth as a weekend trip... That last picture on the Caroussel is amazing.
  45. 1 point
    that last pic is stunning
  46. 1 point
    Hope you get it sorted! I’ve recently been wanting to be able to do this stuff myself, especially since buying my latest Lupo which is stuck in the garage... If you were near me I’d love to come and help/watch and learn!
  47. 1 point
    Well I'm back from what can only be described as one of the best trips ever. The weather was perfect! I covered 1273 miles in total, 6 laps of the Ring and the car didn't miss a beat. It continues to amaze me and anyone else that comes in the car. Last year my best BTG was a 9.50 taking it fairly easy as I didn't know the track at all. This year, with the car feeling much more capable than last year I managed to get into the 8's with a 8.49! With a passenger and a couple of hold ups. I say it to everyone who has never been to the Nurburgring, make it a priority as it is simply the best place in the world for petrol heads! It was extremely busy on the Friday as it was Car Freitag, but Saturday, Sunday and Monday were a bit quieter. Especially if you get to the track first thing. I thought a few of you would spot me in Shmee's video, it was a very strange moment as I have been watching him for so long. Safe to say the Senna looked even better in person. I also stopped at Circuit de Reims-Gueux as I was passing through from Paris, would of been rude not to get a few photo's! I'll leave a few pictures below of the whole trip! And save the best till last...
  48. 1 point
    Man he was asking for a roasting here and no one jumped in, I am impressed with your restraint guys.
  49. 1 point
    Got my new wheel's on! 16 inch BBS RS764's Stuck my new boot lid on aswell, next things to do are get a glass bung for the rear wiper hole and paint the back of the VW badge black!
  50. 1 point
    I'll stick my two penny's worth in to this thread revival as I've just seen it Got the Bilstein B12 kit on my GTI (IIRC it's Eibach lowering springs (~30mm) and Bilstein B8 dampers). The ride is reasonably solid; it's worth avoiding potholes. One thing that did happen was that within 4-6 months of each other, both rear dampers blew their seals and needed to be replaced as they pissed out their oil. I rarely have people in the back of the car (probably 10 times max in 3 years) so I'm not sure it was this that caused it. Anyway, handling and grip is phenomenal with Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.
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