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 Post subject: the modding pitfalls post(what works,what doesnt)
PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:33 am 
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having had quite a bit of experience modding the coupe,iv decided to write the common sense modding post.how many times have you bought a mod only to find it either doesnt fit or it wont work with summat else you did earlier.so i thought this would be the perfect place for people to write down what they experienced.possible material for a sticky here.....so here's what i know so far

AUDI TT STYLE GEAR BOOT-looks fantastic but what they dont tell you is it wont work properly with a SHORT SHIFTER and looks crap with a short gearstick.its designed to sit up whereas it cant with a short stick!!

STEERING WHEEL COLUMN ADJUSTER-chrome caps look great BUT they dont tell up the plastic end is actually MOLDED on to the metal so you end up hacksawing/dremmeling off and so its NOT reversable.

HANDBRAKE COVER-this is all one piece so if you want to change handbrake cover you have to measure it and cut it off and therefore its not reversable!

OBX RADIATOR HOSES-iv found they are much more flexible when hot hence they constantly leak at the end and just a clip will not stop them you have to seal them too.upping the bar pressure with a different cap probably doesnt help

L.E.D REAR LIGHTS- please note your cruise control will NOT work with LED'S as rear lights.they will need resistors wiring it to make your cruise work.please note this doesnt apply to new lights without led's they wont affect your cruise

TUSCANI MISSION PLATES FROM MIDNIGHT WOLF-if you have it in silver if you put the slightest smallest thing on it it will scratch to hell(ask faz)this also applies to anything done in brushed alloy by midnight wolf including e brake covers


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Thanks for the info. Very valuable. I was considering a couple of the mods myself and it's saved me a ton of trouble.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:51 am 
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anyone who's done anything like these please add it on


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Just trying to think of some of the mods i have done and anything to add. only thing i can think of is the airvents on the centre consol. they have to be carefully sawn off (never managed to pry them off).

Gen 3.5 Dash Upgrade. just check the size for the stereo and mulitgauges because the American ones are a slightly different size and my stereo/multigauges didnt fit (any1 else have that problem. think some sites are now doing European size ones)

OEM Metal Pedals. If you buying these make sure they are right hand drive. The left hadn drive ones wont fit (brake and clutch will, but footrest and acc pedal wont).


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also on that dont buy brushed ally window switches from korea or yanks they are designed for lhd

if buying airram or overboost type intake remember they are all designed for lhd and will fit but will have to be modified heavily
remember when buying dials remember to check they are legal for uk.they can be in kph but must display mph somewhere on guage


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prob should mention as well that fitting a multigauge set fromt the 2.0/2.7 into a 1.6 is waaaaaay more trouble then its worth!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:47 pm 
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What works

- The Xracetrack front strut bar from performance coupe (Gen 1 & 2)
- XS Power catback - PROVIDED its welded to a sports cat and/or 4-2-1 system to pull it backwards a bit, otherwise it can catch on the rear subframe. Reccomended if whole system is being done
- Seaful Racing Adjustable cam sprocket - does exactly what it says on the tin

What doesnt

- FSE Fuel Pressure Regulator
- clutches from excedy. especially the "so called" stage 1 organic which wasnt AT ALL.


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big brake conversion - buy off a member on here, paint up and half an hour later you have massive and better brakes!

usa rear lights - can have big fitment issues, when installing make sure you use a foam filler around the outside otherwise you will get leaks.

Ultrabrite LED reverse lights - dont fit in the hyundai socket on the lights so unless your mounting them seperately dont bother.

ground wire systems - despite alot of people slating them, they really seem to direct all the grounding throughout the car back into the battery, easy to install, bit of a dress-up kit but sorted my grounding issues out.


FSE fuel reg - if you purchase it, take it back before even opening it, not needed at all!


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rear light tinting film.........impossible to get flat on a gen3 and creases and just looks crap better to buy tinted lights or tinting spray...........(doesnt include rear fogs they are flat)

any dashboard vinyl kit especially from firms like rvinyl.........they are crap


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OBX RADIATOR HOSES

wont work with any pressure over 1.0 they will leak everywhere because they are much softer.dont be tempted by 1.3 bar caps


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GOOD!

-Vinyls from LiDL = quality vinyl, brilliant service, brilliant customer care, a top lad with a top talent.

-GT Wing spoiler from pc pricey but looks fantastic IMO! I wont go on about my experience of fitting as an error was made by Matts supplier but by all other accounts fitment is pretty easy.

-SRI combined with a cold air feed! Ive tried with and without a feed and in my experience its so much better with!

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-White dash! gen1/2 Looks fantastic but day or night, rain or shine gives off a horribly annoying reflection on the windscreen! :bang

-Spraying the HOT manifold cover! Unless its in brilliant condition i.e pretty much brand new its an absolute waste of time! Paint cracks and any rust will come back quickly!


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After having Angel Eyes fitted to your lights make sure when re-fitting the lights you don't trap any wires or you may end up melting something ;)

T badges before fitting check that you have the front one at the front and the back one at the back the pin spacing is different and once stuck in place you'll struggle to get them back off without buggering the adhesive tape.

Fitting a high spoiler make sure that the foam cushoning is supplied with it or it'll cost you an extra £70+ from the stealers and if you decide to fit it without the foam you'll laways have a rattle and the spoiler will rub into your paintwork.

Strut brace, loosen all the bolts and make sure the car has no one in it. fit the 2 ends to the struts and tighten the bolts then tighten the remaining bolts this way the car will handle correctly.


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you forgot...........dont put headlights in the oven do them with heat gun
dont bother with shark racing mirror indicators pain in ass to fit
ALWAYS monitor anyone from stoke who is re-fitting headlamps ;)


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BAD!

-White dash! gen1/2 Looks fantastic but day or night, rain or shine gives off a horribly annoying reflection on the windscreen! :bang

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Yeah ive noticed that, i went with a really clear and shiny laquer to finish mine all off with and i get a really annoying glare a) from the sun on the windscreen b)from the dash lights on the top of the surround

either cover it with a matt finish, or sand it down and make it matt afterwards!


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Clear Rear Lenses for gen 3 / 3.5
Not a straight replacement.
Lens covers are too large and have to be cut to size.


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Catcams for Gen 1 & 2

SMT6

Provided its put together and tuned by a reputable company that is.....


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Also worth bearing in mind that a modded car is often much more difficult to sell. So keep in mind that some mods are better not undertaken at all if you want to sell her on easily. Some dealers WILL NOT offer trade ins with modded cars.

Reversible mods are a good option too. Parts can often be resold to others on here after you've removed them!

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That's why I tend to keep all the bit's I take off, just in case I need to put it back to standard.


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