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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!
  2. 3 points
    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...
  3. 2 points
    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..
  4. 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.
  5. 2 points
    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
  6. 2 points
    I'm just clarifying terminology you sarcastic lovely persono
  7. 2 points
    Do a compression test on it before chucking money at cambelt change, you can get tester kit for £20. Sounds like you have a well worn (knackered) engine that probably needs a rebuild of some sort to bring it back to health, compression test will confirm. Do a visual inspection on cambelt for tension belt condition as well as obvious clues as to how old it is, (water pump, tensioners, the print on the belt etc).
  8. 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
  9. 1 point
    Hi everyone! I turn 17 next Sunday and just bought myself a VW Lupo because I think they are beautiful This bad boy already has tinted windows too! I wondered if anyone had suggestions on little mods/tweaks I could do to it that wouldn't affect my insurance? So far, I have made this list: remove side bumpers wind deflectors arial black out trims I would also like some advice with removing the bumpers? I've watched a few videos and have gathered I need to heat them up and peel them back but am unsure of what's the best thing to use to remove any excess adhesive? And would the colour underneath be the same or faded? Thank you! - Lottie
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. 1 point
    That was a great find,looks lovely,looking forward to see how you progress.
  13. 1 point
    The non abs cars have a tiny master cylinder. I have a Polo GTi one to fit. 3mm bigger bore.
  14. 1 point
    Yes non abs and as it's technically an STDI a crap suspension too, the Lupo Sport TDI is a much better set up. I've made the stupid mistake of upping the engine output without first doing suspension and brakes, I knew better 25 years ago
  15. 1 point
    Cracking looking car and thread, thoroughly enjoyed reading it and i'll certainly be taking some of your ideas forward. The wheel looks amazing in the car!
  16. 1 point
    My airbag light was on and it turned out to be the clip on the clock spring that clips into the airbag. Basically the metal contacts inside it had been pushed in and weren't connecting. Manoeuvred them back into position, cleared the light and it's been fine ever since. Another thing to possibly consider/check.
  17. 1 point
    Find a garage that will pass it as that one used to do.
  18. 1 point
    That's too far. This is likely to be an airbag off jobbie.
  19. 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...
  20. 1 point
    If you just need to get to the shops then it's an ok motor but not good on mpg. Needs to be real cheap to make lack hp liveable. Better than a Lada or Yogo! The automatic isn't very clever! Your 60hp feels like 20! It's got 4wheels and keeps you dry and it's made with VW parts so you pays your money, you makes your choice. If it's cheap and in good nick, also a manual then go for it.
  21. 1 point
    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
  22. 1 point
    Be prepared to cut the pipe to get it off, it can probably be repaired at Pirtek but not always, each model seems to be a little different and aren't always compatible but this is not a good reason to scrap the car.
  23. 1 point
    very nice - good clearance on the ~Wilwoods too
  24. 1 point
    I am a cheapskate, also a tightwad, I have 2 Lupo TDIs. Go figure.
  25. 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 🤓
  26. 1 point
    Welcome! You should get the inserts in the front seats retrimmed with original cloth so they match the rears
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  29. 1 point
    Weekend's here. Get them on already and some pictures for us all
  30. 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...
  31. 1 point
    that last pic is stunning
  32. 1 point
    Love this Lupo! That last pic on the Ring is awesome!
  33. 1 point
    Omg it looks sick!!! 😍🚗❤️
  34. 1 point
    Amazing the only word comes to mind.
  35. 1 point
    Waste your money on the locking pins for the engine instead. Then you can't screw it up
  36. 1 point
    Not sure if I follow what you are saying? I was suggesting practic8ng on a car in a scrap yard, remove and reinstate the belt just to gain knowledge and confidence. What parts are you looking for?
  37. 1 point
    Many miles at high revs seem to enjoy burning out exhaust valves
  38. 1 point
    Thanks. Also forgot to say, if you plan on learning this stuff anyway (which is a damn fine plan) at some future point you may as well just start now and spend the money on some tools that you will need instead of paying it to others and then having to buy them later anyway. You could buy a scrap / cheap 4 cylinder engine (VAG stuff would probably be more helpful) and pull it apart in a sensible fashion to see what does what and get your head around how they work if needs be. or if you dont have room for that sort of clutter just go from books (showing my age) or internet and get stuck into the GTI engine. Probably just needs valve stem seals, maybe valve guides, maybe valves lapping in, maybe more involved stuff, maybe piston rings, you wont know until the head is off and you see what the problem is. Compression test will point you to likely suspects or else show the core engine is fine.
  39. 1 point
    When pushing the centre thing back in you have bent the locating pins. That's why it won't fit, snap them off or bend them and get it right.
  40. 1 point
    Hey welcome - what code number keeps coming back?
  41. 1 point
    Loving this thread ❤️🚗💨
  42. 1 point
    Enjoying the bank holiday with a good clean.
  43. 1 point
    Biodiesel is not veggie oil (SVO). Basically the oil portion of straight veggie oil is only about 80% (from memory). The rest is made up of glycerols, fatty acids, protiens, sugars and aromas. Veggie oil diesters, or biodiesels are purified SVO, with only the oil component remaining. All the non combustible products have been removed. The problem is that when you have a hot engine, the non-combustible portion of the SVO gets slowly cooked inside the injector and then turns into a plastic like substance. With newer diesel injectors that use tiny holes instead of a jet, they get clogged with this sticky stuff- game over. That's why most dual fuel systems need to have a purge before you switch off the engine so that no SVO is left in the injection system. Usually starting the changover about 3-5 minutes before parking up.
  44. 1 point
    Oil is usually the gasket failure or weepage. Work out your own bodge for it. Word of advice, spark plugs from a cold engine is hassle, taking them out of a warm engine isn't any hassle. Thermal expansion and all that crap.
  45. 1 point
    GSF had a Good Friday sale on so picked all this for just £35! And that's where the good stuff ends... Started off replacing the air and cabin filter. Looking at the comparisons below, they don't look like they've been changed for a very very long time or ever! And this is where hell starts😂😓 So I then started to change the spark plugs, the first one was on very very tight so I had to get a longer ratchet in order to get it off. This is the first sign that this engine has had a very hard life! And when it finally was out, the plug was drowning in oil! I believe that the seal/gasket needs replacing or there is a crack in a valve but from looking on here and physically, it looks like the belt needs to come off to sort this. So unfortunately this is a job which isn't going to be done anytime soon since I'm keen to do it myself since it is a project car but I don't have the knowledge currently and don't know anybody with an automotive background for guidance! Going to have to wait a few years until I have time to jump on a Btec course or find an alternative way of learning😓 Since the spark plugs were drowning in oil, I decided to drain the car. I would love to know who worked on this car before I owned it! The sump plug was cross threaded so a lot of patience was needed to get this off. Another sign that this engine/car has had a very hard life! Can't say I'm a happy bunny as I know there are going to be plenty of other difficult jobs incoming due to the bad workmanship previously done on this car such as the rear wiper hose but oh well. At least I'm learning and it's going towards something great😀😍 After a lot of searching online, I couldn't find suitable sound deadening which was for a reasonable price so just decided to dry the originals. I then decided to try and sort the driver's electric window. From moving the passenger side window cables to the drivers side switch and it working, I know it isn't the driver's switch at fault which says to me there is a fault with the window motor. There is no clicking noise from the motor when the driver's switch is pressed. But I didn't want to start a job and leave it unfinished as mk2 rightfully said above, the grey foam is for waterproofing and I would need to rip it out to access the motor. This job will be for another day when I've managed to find some radiator backing and bought a new motor😁 Interior is back together again now at least!
  46. 1 point
    @loopydebs , if you haven't 100% committed with that overpriced ECU service, back out. There'll be someother small mechanic's place in your area that specialises in vdubs. They'll provide you with a much better service, and may actually know what's going on. And they'll plug in their diagnostics for a quick look for FREE. It takes two minutes to get the info from the car's computer. Please please look around. I hate seeing people getting ripped off! Anyone else here know any decent vdub/audi enthusiasts in Norfolk area?
  47. 1 point
    Treatment for the collapsed cat came from Kam Racing. Catless headers followed by 2,5¨ Bastuck catback.
  48. 1 point
    Thank you all for support!😀 Very productive day on the GTI, can finally say that the rear washer fluid is now finally working after nearly a week of being clueless! Turns out one of the previous owners had cut the washer fluid hose and knotted it for some reason... Very annoying that it was such a simple thing which I never bothered to check but oh well, lesson learnt😃 The section of pipe going through the firewall looked like a pain to pull out so a trip to Halfords to buy some additional washer fluid hose, and then I joined the missing sections of hose together. Job done! Nearly... The 90 degree pipe which is connected to the wiper motor was firing water all over the boot so that was ripped out and that was replaced with some normal washer hose. Water comes out now but the valve needs adjusting as it just sprays water at pedestrians but that's for another day😂 Next job, repairing the engine cover. Just used a hot glue gun for the time being as a temporary fix until I see a one for sale at a reasonable price. Although the repaired one does fit very nicely. I know I said I wanted to keep it looking factory but I had to😓 Painted the handles black and removed all the rubbery parts off the door trim. Not a bad job but if the paint doesn't hold up however, I will end up wrapping them black instead. Finally, gutted the interior as much as possible and gave it a good clean! So far found 2 raisins, 6p and a smoked cigarette😂 To say one of the owners used to smoke in this car, I wouldn't have been able to tell aside from a cig burn in the rear seat and a dirty headliner like it doesn't smell of it at all. Have side indicators and Quantum 5w40 on order! So giving it a service will be happening soon😀
  49. 1 point
    So, another set of wheels. I have been wanting these for a very long time. Enkei RPF1. They are currently grey but i will be changing them to Silver in the future. They came with new near Toyo T1R’s which I hate but i will run them for a few weeks before they come off. Well happy with how they look though! Also, i go to the Nürburgring tomorrow! So i’ll update this after the trip!
  50. 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!
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