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  1. So I’ve been a member on here for a few months now, never really posted much. I bought the Lupo for £450, had a few mechanical problems, I broke the gearbox when I first started driving so had my dad sort that. I wasn’t really going to do much to the car as I didn’t really think I’d keep if for a long time. Slowly started adding stickers to the back and thought that’s all that I’d do as I didn’t think it was worth spending much on a £450 car. Here he is today, haven’t finished with him at all. I bought a few things and before I knew it he’s completely different to how he was when I first bought him. Haven’t really got many photos of the “in-between” stages. But he was a standard Lupo 1.4s. Nothing more, now he’s a little more exciting. So here he is just after I bought him. As standard as you can get. This is about half a year later, as you can see, quite a bit has changed. (Lowered, modded lights/ indicators , Tarantula alloys, wind deflectors, a load of other stuff I can’t think of.) Rear end, partially smoked and yellow tinted lights, wiper blank, stickers. Pressed plates. Splitter. Still a load to be done, spacers are on their way for the rears, fronts will then be done eventually, got some plans for the steering wheel to be changed and hopefully straight through exhaust at some point, body work needs some attention and the wheels need a good refurb. oh and here’s the gearstick and gator. Cherry/Pro Bomb fitted. Mainly bought for the fact it’ll annoy the people that live nearby. 25mm Rear Spacers fitted also. Still need to get passenger side rear wheel painted gold, along with returning the others.
  2. And we are back! The Lupo has been happily doing the job of being a great daily for the Mrs. Just a rear wheel bearing replaced last month and regular servicing carried out, the car has been brilliant! Something I have wanted to do for some time now was replace the suspension as the shocks had developed leaks and was leaning way too much in corners. I began researching kits available for the Lupo and kept an eye on various classifieds for a potential deal. As the car would continue to be driven over potholed roads and launched over speedbumps, the requirements meant a compliant ride and a sensible drop. No sump scrapers here. Also with my wife's lack of mechanical sympathy, I needed something that would take adverse situations in its stride. I looked at various coilovers and decided that they were completely unnecessary as the adjustment just wasn't required and I didn't wan't the maintenance hassle either. So various fixed spring/shock combos were investigated. The cream of the crop Eibach Bilstein combo was turning out to be quite pricey and didn't give quite the drop I was after and using cheaper springs with standard shocks sounded like a recipe for a bad quality ride. Various kits from Koni, AP, Spax, Apex and other brands all looked very tempting and all came in around the £300 so while deciding what to buy a brand new Apex Sport kit with a 40mm drop came in on a clearance deal at £215 delivered! Done deal! Apex Sport kit with a 40mm drop The kit looks well made enough for a budget setup. It didn't come with bump stops or top mounts so these were sourced from Euro Car Parts. I went with their option as they offered SKF branded top mount and bearings. So the patient was prepared for surgery. Some reference measurements and pictures were take to see how much the chassis would drop. The old factory suspension had definitely seen better days. A lot of penetrating fluid required. A reference measurement of camber was taken before removal of the shock. An Iphone with the level app or similar will do. This made it easy when fitting the new shock so the camber is close to original while the suspension settles over the next couple of weeks. Final alignment will be done then. The top mounts were dismantled as the top spring cap, dust boot and bearing retaining nut was required. This picture shows the order of assembly. The required parts were transferred to the shocks before fitting to the car. Then the rears were tackled. These were in a similar state to the fronts and had no real damping qualities left. To get to the rear dampers, the interior trim requires removal. The vertical trim pulls away near the top. This reveals x2 torx head screws. Remove these too. The holes can be seen here. Pull the plastic box section towards the front of the car and pull the carpet trim down. This reveals the top mount cover. Pull that off and the top mount will be accessible. Now unbolt everything. The rear bump stops were cut down by the same amount as the suspension drop, 40mm in this case, otherwise the rears would be riding the stops prematurely. I do this because VW tends to use very long rear bump stops for height control so not cutting them down would result in a bumpy ride. Refit is the reverse of removal as they Haynes manual always says! lol. With the rears fitted and the car back on the ground, it's always a good idea to re-tighten all the top mount bolts as the car's weight helps it all seat a bit better. I took the car for a short test drive to help it all settle further and find out what it was all like. I was pleasantly surprised! I expected less roll and a firmer ride anyway as the OE stuff was so badly shot but what surprised me was the way potholes and bad surfaces were dealt with. No crashy bangs or bumps, no hard thumps and I didn't cringe when travelling over speed bumps! Happy as I could be tbh. So how does it look now? Front and rear arch gaps don't swallow children any more. And the overall look is pleasant indeed! I expect it might drop a little further of the next few days too. I'll report back with how it fairs and if the good ride quality is sustained. I hope this helps as I could not find an account for this kit when searching for myself. Gurds
  3. Its been almost a year since I bought our 1.4s Blue Lupo. I feel its about time it had its own thread in regards to the work we've done. Last year, sitting in a pub in Conwy I thought it would be nice to suprise my wife with her first car. She had past her test 5 years previous, but due to pregnancy and birth of our first (and then second) child, she never got round to driving. I sat in the Liverpool arms in Conwy with my brother in law looking at a little picture of a Blue 1.4s Lupo for sale. Maybe it was the beer, as it was a random purchase. I had the cost and how much I was prepared to invest in some 'fixes'. The advert said the car was in good condition, was tidy, had covered 68,646 miles and had 12 months MOT. At £900 it felt worth a punt. So I bought it. Here are some pictures of the car from the advert: It looked fairly tidy and standard. The day came to collect. When I got there the car looked ok, though I noticed the drivers and passenger side door drop, with the drivers side being quite severe. Fair game I thought for the age. Body work was great, small indent on left rear panel, but other wise, great. I handed over the cash and took the keys and documents and made my way. Thats when the issues started. First off the steering wheel was off centre, and there was a lot of play in the steering wheel. Then there was the gearbox noise. This was horrendous in gears 3 and 4 - later I read up and found this is a common issue with Lupo gearboxes and bearings. Then the engine warning light came on - due to low oil levels. A couple of stops on the motorway and fill up of oil helped this. The drinks holder was snapped and there was no stereo. I started to feel gutted, this was nothing like advertised. I contemplated taking the previous owner through ebay and raising an issue through them to get my money back. Part of me felt like I could get it all fixed and it would be a good little car. The previous owner (lets call her Katie) was a ****, she did not want to know, she tried to make out there was nothing wrong with the gearbox, that the steering was fine etc. I couldn't be bothered, plus it was my own fault for being a plonker and buying a car in this way (on the spur). I decided to get the car sorted and give it a good home. So I had the following carried out soon after purchase: * New door straps and hinges * Dodgy temp sender replaced * Gearbox rebuilt by Top Gear Transmissions in Liverpool - absolutely brilliant! * New clutch - fitted by Top Gear Transmissions at time of gearbox work * Bought a new steering column from ebay (as the existing was was totally knackered) * New Cambelt kit * New Catalytic converter * Full service The car was starting to come together. The gearbox is now sweet and I caught it in time, so its the original box with new bearings and it feels good to drive. I also removed the tint window film and also replaced the 'blacked out' rear lights for standard ones. Bought off a nice chap on this forum. When the steering column was fitted, there was no airbag giro, so the airbag light was on - this was taped up for the short term. Here are some pics: This was how the car was until this month. I have now carried out the following: * New airbag giro * VCDS cable purchased * New drinks holder * Sony stereo fitted * New parcel shelf (previous owner had made their own). * Interim service * Passed MOT During the year, I bought some 15" CMS Alloys 7J ET38 off my brother inlaw who has Yellow Lupo Sport (Curly Custard) and they sat in my garage for months. Not sure whether to keep them or sell them - I'd had enough of paying out and didn't want to put the new wheels on the car at the height it was. So in January I bought some Koni 40mm lowering springs and some new bump stops and tops mounts from Dale. And today I had them fitted, with huge thanks to JoeA - he really is a top lad, helped me out a few times, and his mate Brian. Here is a pic of my car loaded up ready to go and get 'sorted': Here is Joe and Brian working hard: Here are some pictures of my lovely Lupo now - the wheels have 195 / 50 and I think they fit the arch nicely at this height: So there you have it. This is a smashing little car now, a lot of money spent - but I've given it a good home and brought it back up to standard. A big thanks to JoeA who's been brilliant with the VCDS and helping get that sorted and also today - this car looks great thanks to you. The next thing is to replace the thermostat as its stuck open, which I will do tomorrow. Other than that, I'm going to enjoy it, and my wifes driving it now too. cheers for reading/ looking. Matt
  4. Hi, I have a 2004 Seat Arosa S 1.0 which is in desperate need of mods. I want to start with lowering it so if anyone has any 40mm springs or could tell me where to go to get some that aren't too expensive, please let me know! Thanks
  5. Alright people! I have got some lowering springs for me lupo sport 40mm all around made by FK been on the car 6 month, i have got coilovers now i want 45 pound Pictures later on today! Thank you
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