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I like it. The round headlights would look much better than the square ones.
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single rounds or gtfo.
Thats what Ive been thinking.

I need to research if it is even possible.

Im about to order another wolfsburg front grille. So IF the conversion is possible, then I need to order the correct one b/c the grille surrounds the headlights.
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It's like a ranger swap, you need the round headlight header panel, grill, lights, there is probably more but idk.
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Putting the Golf to the gas mileage test starting today. Filled it up ($51 premium gas)
I know I can probably use a lower octane gas, but Ill stick with what is recommended for now.

From the first half-tank I used earlier this week, im guessing its getting around 32-33 mpg. We will see.
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Well, my front passenger tire is leaning in at the top. Its not terrible, but something I would like to fix or get fixed.

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Putting the Golf to the gas mileage test starting today. Filled it up ($51 premium gas)
I know I can probably use a lower octane gas, but Ill stick with what is recommended for now.

From the first half-tank I used earlier this week, im guessing its getting around 32-33 mpg. We will see.
premium at 33 mpg is way better than 16 mpg of reg though!
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premium at 33 mpg is way better than 16 mpg of reg though!
Heck yeah it is! lol.

I guess over a period of time, this car will pay for itself from the money Ill be saving on gas compared to the truck lol.

I just learned that a front end conversion is simple. All I will need is the correct grille, headlights, and the different rad support. Done.
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Heck yeah it is! lol.

I guess over a period of time, this car will pay for itself from the money Ill be saving on gas compared to the truck lol.

I just learned that a front end conversion is simple. All I will need is the correct grille, headlights, and the different rad support. Done.
yeah its really easy. I'll own one of these old vw's at some point but will stay away from driving it in the rain

when i graduate i may sell my truck already and pick up a subaru brz
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Ordered tie rod ends, ball joints, and control arm bushings for the golf tonight.

Got a special deal from WRD. Sale going on through the 15th. Got the package deal with all of the above + newer CA bushings and OEM bolts for a total of $135 shipped. Retails normally for $300ish.

Not too bad.
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yeah its really easy. I'll own one of these old vw's at some point but will stay away from driving it in the rain

when i graduate i may sell my truck already and pick up a subaru brz
Brz. Boo. Sti. YEAH.

Nice vw I love those old golf's, but the only vw id ever get would be a tdi.
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Ordered tie rod ends, ball joints, and control arm bushings for the golf tonight.

Got a special deal from WRD. Sale going on through the 15th. Got the package deal with all of the above + newer CA bushings and OEM bolts for a total of $135 shipped. Retails normally for $300ish.

Not too bad.
That's cheap!
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Look at German auto parts.com. They are pretty good and their sticker is sweet.
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Well, new tires will be a must after ball joints and stuff like that. The golf doesn't like rain.
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It would look real good slammed with some camber in the wheels. Ive always wanted a slammed vr6 jetta,
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Yeah, it would look awesome.

My plan for now is to get all broken or worn out stuff replaced with OEM stuff.
I MIGHT get a new coil/shock set. This will stiffen up the suspension (and allow me to lower it very slightly ssshhhhhhh)

I believe the rear suspension to be plain 'ol worn out. It squats like CRAZY when I hit the gas.

It might be the whopping 100hp.
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you can get dirt cheap coilovers lol


http://www.racelandus.com/coilovers/...lover-kit.html


cheap and you get what you pay for but they work.
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Nice Golf. Watch out for those soccer moms and inattentive texting drivers though... especially one in a truck or SUV.

The different fuel injection systems are CIS (what my 85 Cabriolet has, it hates vacuum leaks) CIS-E (later version, did not show up on the Cabriolets IIRC, only on the Golfs and Jettas) and Digifant (also known as Digifart)

All systems have their own quirks.

I can tell you from experience that a vacuum leak anywhere on a CIS injected car will be noticeable. Same probably goes for CIS-E, since it only has a couple extra electronic doodads added onto a CIS system.
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Yeah, it would look awesome.

My plan for now is to get all broken or worn out stuff replaced with OEM stuff.
I MIGHT get a new coil/shock set. This will stiffen up the suspension (and allow me to lower it very slightly ssshhhhhhh)

I believe the rear suspension to be plain 'ol worn out. It squats like CRAZY when I hit the gas.

It might be the whopping 100hp.
90 horses, but like 130-140 for torque. Mine didn't like the rain either. I had a bad ground on the fuel rail. Kept arcing and bucking. Eventually caused a small fire that melted some stuff.
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Yeah. I was told to replace all of the grounds

I was reading a chart the other day that said this model had 100hp. Ill look into that more.
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Yeah. I was told to replace all of the grounds

I was reading a chart the other day that said this model had 100hp. Ill look into that more.
Do you have A/C? If you do, ditch it. That's good for at least a 15 lb weight loss (if you remove everything... compressor, condenser, evaporator, accumulator) and some hp since there is one less pulley to turn.

While you're at it, dump the power steering too. That will get rid of more weight and increase power too. However, a manual steering rack swap might be required in that mod.

If you do decide to do this, have the system refrigerant recovered by a shop. It's probably an R-12 system. As for power steering fluid, catch it and bring it in with your used oil.
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Do you have A/C? If you do, ditch it. That's good for at least a 15 lb weight loss (if you remove everything... compressor, condenser, evaporator, accumulator) and some hp since there is one less pulley to turn.

While you're at it, dump the power steering too. That will get rid of more weight and increase power too. However, a manual steering rack swap might be required in that mod.

If you do decide to do this, have the system refrigerant recovered by a shop. It's probably an R-12 system. As for power steering fluid, catch it and bring it in with your used oil.
Nope, no ac. Just windows lol.
I might look into dumping the power steering. The belt squeals every now and then. Im wondering though, how hard would it be to turn the steering wheel without power steering?


Buying some Brembo drilled and slotted rotors from a member on VWvortex. Might also buy some control arms that he has for sale.

Attempting to install new door handles today (if I can stand to be outside while sick like this) along with new fuel filter.
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I almost bought a dub yesterday cus of this stupid thread... Mk3 GTI, red, sunroof, 2.0L $3500 Obo.
There was also mk4 Jetta w/a 1.8t for $4900.
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I almost bought a dub yesterday cus of this stupid thread... Mk3 GTI, red, sunroof, 2.0L $3500 Obo.
There was also mk4 Jetta w/a 1.8t for $4900.
Hahaha

Do it. The more I learn about them, the "funner" they get.
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1.8t handles mods well. Bigger turbo and a custom tune and you are looking at like 300-350hp.
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I might look into dumping the power steering. The belt squeals every now and then. Im wondering though, how hard would it be to turn the steering wheel without power steering?
turn the key to on, but don't start, roll down a hill, try to steer? haha
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turn the key to on, but don't start, roll down a hill, try to steer? haha
I have no PS with a 2.3L and 30" tires. You get used to it after a while
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