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Old 05-30-2016, 06:07 PM   #35
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22. DieselGeek Sigma 6 Short Shifter

22. DieselGeek Sigma 6 Short Shifter

Growing tired of the cosmetic mods, I wanted to challenge myself for some mechanical/performance mods. Weather is starting to warm. So let's get this R prepared for Spring

Mod: Installing a highly recommended DieselGeek short shifter. While the OEM shifter is smooth, I wanted a more engaging shift. Plus I am struggling with gears 1-2 and the timing of the shifts. Could be the driver, but let's try and fix it.

http://www.dieselgeek.com/VW_and_Aud...ers_s/1830.htm

Advice: You can probably install by just removing the intake, however I removed the battery and battery tray to save my knuckles. It was much easier to adjust the cable ends this way.

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$190

Gear Test Vid:
https://youtu.be/l9NNHx9je0U

The notchy result may turn off some, but this shifter is awesome. I think the feel is so much better and probably reduces throws by 40-50%
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Old 05-30-2016, 06:19 PM   #36
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23. DAP Shifter Bracket w/ TorqueSolutions Bushings

23. DAP Shifter Bracket w/ TorqueSolutions Bushings

While I was installing the Sigma 6, I decided why not change out the factory plastic cable bracket and the rubber bushings. Seemed like a no brainer. Take out all shifting slop.

Bracket: DAP sells an VW OEM metal bracket. Much cheaper than some others on the market. https://deutscheautoparts.com/1j0-711-781-d.html

Bushings: Many options here. Went with Torque Solution at http://www.torquesolution.com/product-p/ts-vw-106.htm

Cost: $55 bracket, Bushings - $35

Advice: Remove the intake along with the battery and battery tray to allow easier install. Trust me.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHkmOJooprs


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Old 05-30-2016, 06:29 PM   #37
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24. BFI Black Alcantara Shift Knob

24. BFI Black Alcantara Shift Knob

Ok, so might as well finish off the shifter overhaul with a nicely weighted aftermarket shift knob. Did a ton a research for these and landed on the BFI Alcantara. Wanted one that sat a couple inches lower than stock shifter.

http://store.blackforestindustries.c...eweshknb3.html

Advice: Think carefully about the knob wrap seam position. Most go center front or back, but I chose about 10 o'clock position. This is the point where the thumb and index finger meet and I don't have to touch/feel the seam and it keeps it from view from the passenger and rear seats. My take anyway.

Options: Many color options, many different weights, many shift knob material options, knob coin options. Whatever gets you going.

Cost: $160

Love it! Shifting now complete. Ready to run.
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Old 05-30-2016, 06:38 PM   #38
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25. F1 Llumar Pinnacle 35 Tint (Professionally done)

25. F1 Llumar Pinnacle 35 Tint (Professionally done)

For those around VA, know it gets crazy muggy, crazy hot in summer. Perfect time to get my Deep Black Pearl cooled down. Asked around the forum, as I never had tints on previous cars. Opted for a ceramic tint. Wanted a consistent % around, so went with 35. Not too dark, not too light, just right.

Yield is about 68% heat and 99% UV.

Went with a recommended local shop that carried Llumar products.

Very pleased.

I may get a 'clear' tint on front (Air80 product) that will heat reject ~40% and block UV, but will need to remove front cam mount and inspection sticker before I go for it.

Cost: $300
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Old 05-30-2016, 07:31 PM   #39
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Five star rating!

Great work on car and posting.
Gave you the 5 star rating.
Good details on the 10:00 spotting of the BFI shift knob.
I have 70% Carbon tint on windshield. I highly recommend it to protect interior and keep it cool. The windshield on the MK7 is big.
I know you are regulated more than my state so that is something to think about. I also added 70% to the sunroof to reduce heat.
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Old 05-30-2016, 07:50 PM   #40
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What's it Worth?

What's it Worth?

So 25 mods, over about 8 months......

Considering the sale of stock tail sets, mirror caps, mirror assemblies and two of these mods as gifts it all totals out-of-pocket of about $2,150.

Sounds like a lot, but then again, if I paid for someone to do these, it would probably be close to double this. And if I chose not to do them, then I shouldn't have purchased an MK7 Golf R.

Small price for making the car uniquely yours.

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Old 05-30-2016, 07:58 PM   #41
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Great work on car and posting.
Gave you the 5 star rating.
Good details on the 10:00 spotting of the BFI shift knob.
I have 70% Carbon tint on windshield. I highly recommend it to protect interior and keep it cool. The windshield on the MK7 is big.
I know you are regulated more than my state so that is something to think about. I also added 70% to the sunroof to reduce heat.
Thanks I learned from the best! Now I'm caught up, so I can ease off the posts (for now anyway)

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Old 05-30-2016, 08:15 PM   #42
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Personal Touch

Personal Touch

Some small items that make it a little better.


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Old 05-30-2016, 08:37 PM   #43
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First Oil Change

At 6,500 miles and gearing for coming out of hibernation, it was time. Decided I'd DIY the change.

Ramps
http://www.amazon.com/RhinoGear-1191...ilpage_o07_s02

Jack Stands (just for extra safety purposes)
http://www.amazon.com/Torin-T43002-J...ilpage_o07_s00

Wheel Chocks
http://www.amazon.com/YM-W4205-Compa...ilpage_o07_s01

Oil Pan
http://www.amazon.com/Midwest-Can-Co...ilpage_o04_s00

Oil
http://www.amazon.com/Liqui-Moly-233...ilpage_o06_s00
http://www.amazon.com/Liqui-Moly-233...ilpage_o06_s01

Funnel
http://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-10705-...ilpage_o03_s00

Oil Filter Housing Socket
https://deutscheautoparts.com/make-m...ng-socket.html

Oil Filter
https://deutscheautoparts.com/06l-115-562.html

Advice: Many sell kits. I price the consumables individually and arrived at the same price for oil, oil filter, drain plug. So, easier just to buy the kit. Roughly $60-70

https://deutscheautoparts.com/vw-mk7...hange-kit.html
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Old 06-03-2016, 06:26 PM   #44
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A few years ago my plant had a booth at our local Fall Festival.
We had a tire recycling theme, so I made a few items.
These two guys are from used riding lawn mower tires.
The tool belts are from Walmart.

One of my co-workers took them home as his son loves to play with them. He is 2 years old.

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Old 06-03-2016, 11:42 PM   #45
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For your kids.
A few years ago my plant had a booth at our local Fall Festival.
So we had a tire recycling theme, so I made a few items.
These two guys are from used riding lawn mower tires.
The tool belts are from Walmart.

One of my co-workers took them home as his son loves to play with them. He is 2 years old.

Attachment 9831

Attachment 9832
ha, they will love this.

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Old 06-11-2016, 12:21 AM   #46
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26. LED Light Strip Under Hatch Cover

26. LED Light Strip Under Hatch Cover

Back at it. So I know I posted in the DIY, but i've added yet more LIGHTING. Can never have enough, right? Wanted better coverage in the trunk, so I decided on a LED strip light and mounted it under the hatch cover.

DIY Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/46ckjh292d...Strip.pdf?dl=0

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Old 06-11-2016, 12:46 AM   #47
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27. Llumar Air80 Windshield Tint

27. Llumar Air80 Windshield Tint

After getting 35% around, decided to just complete the heat blocking party and get the Air80 windshield. It was almost 90 today, but when I picked the car up it was in the shade. I will report back on how much heat reduction getting the windshield done...

Cost: $100

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Old 06-11-2016, 02:17 PM   #48
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27. Llumar Air80 Windshield Tint

After getting 35% around, decided to just complete the heat blocking party and get the Air80 windshield. It was almost 90 today, but when I picked the car up it was in the shade. I will report back on how much heat reduction getting the windshield does/has. Specs below....

AIR Window Film Performance

please do...just down the road in north cackalacka. used same llumar tint 2 weeks ago on our sportwagen. went legal w/ 35% on front 2 windows, and slightly illegal w/ 40% on back doors and hatch. still warm inside and thinking about going back for the 80% air blue on the windshield and maybe pano sunroof.
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Old 06-16-2016, 06:22 PM   #49
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+1 for a fellow Cubs fan on the east coast. Nice ride man, I like your build.
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Old 06-16-2016, 06:39 PM   #50
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For your kids.
A few years ago my plant had a booth at our local Fall Festival.
We had a tire recycling theme, so I made a few items.
These two guys are from used riding lawn mower tires.
The tool belts are from Walmart.

One of my co-workers took them home as his son loves to play with them. He is 2 years old.

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Awesome.

You car is nice too, Sabo.
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Old 06-16-2016, 11:55 PM   #51
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+1 for a fellow Cubs fan on the east coast. Nice ride man, I like your build.
looking strong this year.

thanks on thread. I see trunk LEDs is on your mods list. My trunk is lit up perfectly now..

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