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Due to this time of year and the weather being rubbish and a death in the family, I’ve not done anything or felt like doing anything to Gina since my last update.

On a positive note, I received the best Xmas gift ever, a Autoglym all in 1 car care kit, It’s got everything! I can’t wait for the weather to improve so I can use it.

Gina really needs a full detail, and with this kit and all the other stuff I’ve got, she’s gonna sparkle.

Autoglym kit bag.



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Ahh buddy. So sorry to hear of the passing of a family member. Chin up.

Hopefully keeping busy on your wagon will help. Take care and have a peaceful new year.
 

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Thanks mate, It’s been a tough end to the year but, I’m ready for some new things to come both in my life and for Gina.

I’m looking to go to larkspeed in Leeds very soon, they have finance options for lowering kits, springs and shocks.

So hopefully I’ll have a big update (with pics) soon. Bring on 2019!!


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I thought I’d update this as it’s been some time since I last posted anything.

So being honest nothing has changed, I haven’t been able to go anywhere because I torn a ligament in my knee, so I’ve been unable to walk properly and been on sick for nearly 3 weeks.

My plans haven’t changed but things will have to wait a little longer as I’m behind on afew bills and need to catch them up asap. I am back at work but I’m finding the clutch in my truck is not helping my knee. By the time I get to the weekend, my knee is so sore that I can’t go out to tinker on Gina.

I still want to get the new suspension setup that I mentioned in my last post, so when I get chance, I’ll be getting the parts bought and fitted.

I’ll update again soon




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Here’s a pic of my car on Friday late afternoon when I got back to the yard. I wasn’t happy at all. Someone thought it would be funny to splash the car with the large puddle that I parked next to.



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Might be heading to a youtuber car meet at yum cars in Mansfield on Saturday 16th. I’ve already met jono (rusty phat) afew times, and his car meets are getting very popular. I’m looking to get/buy some yum car products from the unit whilst I’m there.


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Big update,
I spoke to larkspeed (who are based in Leeds), on the phone about availability of parts and cost for parts. I told them I wanted bilstein b4 front and rear and also eibach pro springs. They told me that they don’t hold them in stock and would have to order them in. The cost was calculated to be just over £400 but with the finance option would be almost £500.

I’d already looked at demontweeks to see what they charge on their finance options. Demontweeks offer finance over £250 at 0%.

So I’ve ordered from demontweeks, bilstein b4 front and rear and the eibach pro springs for £395 at 0% over 6months, I’ll be paying £65.95 for 6 months.

The items should arrive before next weekend and I’ll be looking to get them fitted ASAP.

After this it’s a remap at pk automotive in Lincoln, stage 1 should take my car from 140bhp to 180-185bhp. That’s a plug and play map they have tried and tested with their own rolling road. The remap for mine is £249.

Lots of exciting things coming for Gina very soon.


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Just to point this out,
I spoke to my insurance company about changing the suspension before I ordered the parts.
I’m all good to go, it’s been put down on my policy as a suspension change/modification and it’s added only £37 to my total policy.
So once they arrive I can fit them and not worry about having to make a call to say they are fitted.

It’s worth asking your insurance first before doing any changes, just in case.



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Definitely post some pics up once you’ve got the new suspension. No doubt it’ll aid braking and handling. Definitely a good setup. The power gains look good but it’s going to put more stress on your turbo especially. Check what hoses need replaced and check the clips if there are any badly rusted ones.
 

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Discussion Starter #111 (Edited)
Yeah I’ll definitely get before and after pictures, it’s not going to be a massive drop, only 30mm.

In relation to the remap, Ive been and spoke to the lads at pk automotive about getting them to check and replacing any rusted jubilee clips, or pipes etc etc. They said they do a check of all the turbo related stuff before any remap just to be on the safe side.
They advised me to change my oil and filter before the remap, and to also top up or replace the coolant if needed.
They said it’s not necessary but it’s just good practice to get it ready, almost Like a mot prep afew days before it go’s in.

Just waiting for the bilstein b4s and eibach pro’s to arrive now, getting excited.


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Discussion Starter #112 (Edited)
So with today being nice, I decided I was going to treat Gina to a full detail.

I’ve snowfoamed, washed, tar removed, clay bar’d, polished, waxed, interior spray shampoo, new air freshener, blacked the tires, gloss coated the alloys. Wiped down the engine plastics, polished the windows, hoovered. Just gone to town really.

I’ve used products from,
Autoglym,
Meguires,
Auto finesse,
Poor boys,
G3,
Dodo juice.

I’ve pretty much used everything I had in my detailing arsenal on Gina today.

I spent 5 1/2 hours doing all this lot, and now I’m sat drinking a coffee and chillin.
Only got this picture as my iPhone battery died before I could take any more.




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Just something else I’ve found out about my car,
She prefers shell v-power over bp ultimate.
What I mean is, she pulls better and gives afew mpg more on v-power.
I don’t know if this is in my head or not but, She just seams to feel smoother and more linear on v-power.
Is this normal or weird or just a quirk of my engine or completely in my head?



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Had enough of all my detailing gear being dumped in my airing cupboard and getting lost in the dark. So today I decided to buy some racking/shelving to put in my small electric cupboard and to store all my detailing gear in their new home.

To explain, I’ve just finished painting and carpeting the electric cupboard out.
I used to have my mountain bike in there with afew tools boxes, I’ve now moved those to my bedroom.

New shelving/racking


All the various brands of detailing stuff now in their new home, Minus my 2 wash buckets as I’m currently cleaning them out.



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Discussion Starter #115 (Edited)
I’m still waiting for my new suspension to arrive, it seems to be taking ages, I’ve already spoken to a local vw specialist about fitting them and the price for the work, I just need the parts and then I can book Gina in.

On another note,
I’ve just won some replica monza 18 inch alloys for less than £100.
I’m collecting them tomorrow morning as I’m actually visiting family in the same town as the seller, purely random.

The wheels definitely need a refurb and I’ll be looking to buy some new tyres for them before they are fitted to the car.
I’ve heard some people say that 18s are too hard a ride for the tdi, if so I can always sell them on, so no worries.

I’ll post some pics of the wheels once I get them home.


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The car is looking so nice . Annoying with the suspension but should cone soon. Why steel u having a garage do suspension? Definitely capable of doing it you self or have I missed something lol.

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I could do it myself but I’d then have to pay somewhere to do the tracking after it’s all fitted.
The vw specialist I spoke to, said they’ll do it as part of the work. The plan is to drop it off on my way to work, and then collect it when I finish.
I just struggle to find the time with doing 60-70hrs work a week.
So I’m going to get it done for me this time.



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That's fair enough. 60 - 70 hours what has you slogging so much lol. Your clearly loved at your work lol

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I drive for a haulage company and we've recently taken on a massive contract to transport goods for a leading supermarket chain. So my hours have jumped up from 48hrs to 60-70 hrs a week. 10 hours of that is Saturday's loading the trucks ready for Monday morning and general warehouse stuff. The rest of the week I'm on the road delivering goods all within a 100 mile radius of my base. I love the job but it leaves me with very little time to do much at the moment. It's a new contract so after afew weeks, my hours will ease slightly as I get used to where the new sites/stores are.
It all means I'll have more money to spend on Gina, hence the new suspension on order and now the alloys I've just bought.
 

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I went to Sheffield today to collect my eBay purchase.
Replica monza 18inch alloys.



The alloys need a refurb and I’m going to get brand new tyres once the wheels are ready.

All the wheels have some lacquer peel and variations of kerb rash.
Two tyres have 5mm of tread and the other two have 2mm of tread.

It may be afew months until these are done, but I’ll post pictures once they are ready to be fitted.




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