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Offline the phantom

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Re: Saving A Full Spec 3 Door VR
« Reply #60 on: April 23, 2020, 08:56:18 pm »
Haha yup! I hope it was well looked after when you took ownership. MK4 R32's will soon be cheaper than they already are!

sadly the subsequent owner had a series of cooling and starter motor issues and it was wrecked by Platinum
Land Transport New Zealand, taking the fun out of driving since August 2008

Offline LouieP

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Re: Saving A Full Spec 3 Door VR
« Reply #61 on: April 28, 2020, 05:27:36 pm »
Time to sort the tunes out...Hope everyone is all well and okay? As much as i love the look of the OG Blaupunkt HU and how period correct it makes the car look, it is pretty useless. The screen is partially dead and some buttons don't work. I did not throw it away and it will eventually get sold with the car. Some of you are probably wondering why the heck would you put a radio in when you could listen to that VR noise  ::) >:D



Pulled the unit to find what i love the most about NZ New cars, ISO harness! :laugh:. The head unit i was using came out of my previous mk4 and at the time i purchased an ISO to Kenwood adapter so easy peasy. I realised i needed one of these antenna adapters for euro cars so one was purchased online and it was posted out to me.





Harness hooked up and all ready to go back in



I removed the glovebox to route the microphone for the HU neatly through the car for an OEM fitment.



Fitted and working great. A modern touch to an older car. Bluetooth to connect to spotify and also built in hands free which is all we need nowadays


I quickly learnt how crap the factory speakers are...I guess that's one more thing to add to the list and maybe a sub in the boot.

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2014 MK7 Golf GTI - Pure White
1996 MK3 Golf VR6 - Black Magic Pearl

Offline liv

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Re: Saving A Full Spec 3 Door VR
« Reply #62 on: May 12, 2020, 02:00:08 pm »
great find and love the work you're getting on in restoring this classic.  Growing up in KZN, this was also one of the cars I dreamed of owning one day, alas not gotten around to ticking that bucket list item off yet.  looking forward to the updates.

Offline superfueler

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Re: Saving A Full Spec 3 Door VR
« Reply #63 on: September 01, 2020, 11:35:31 am »
Any new updates on this beauty??  :D
Current: 2010 Audi A4 2.7 TDI silver, 2017 Ford Ranger 3.2 Px2 DC frozen white.
Past: 2004 Golf R32 black pearlescent, 2009 Audi S3 white, 2004 Audi A4 B6 1.8T blue, 99 Golf mk4 GTI black, 2005 Audi A4 B7 2.0T black.

Offline LouieP

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Re: Saving A Full Spec 3 Door VR
« Reply #64 on: September 01, 2020, 02:51:08 pm »
Any new updates on this beauty??  :D
Haha there is some, I just need some time to upload photos :P. Here is a photo next to her full spec'd grand kid (sunroof + buckets)

2014 MK7 Golf GTI - Pure White
1996 MK3 Golf VR6 - Black Magic Pearl

Offline LouieP

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Re: Saving A Full Spec 3 Door VR
« Reply #65 on: October 27, 2020, 09:04:10 am »
It's been a long time but lets see if we can get back to this

I wanted to give the ignition system a refresh as i think upon taking ownership of a VR, it should be amongst the first things done.

BBT leads from Qualitat, NGK platinum plugs ex UK, Meyle coolant temp sensor, Meyle serpetine belt and a Bosch O2 sensor (confirmed dead via obdeleven). I still need to find a cam sensor as the one i had coming from Latvia got lost during lockdown.



Plugs definitely need to be replaced


I heard through the grapevine that a 99 MK3.5 Cabrio was arriving at Zebra Onehunga. I woke up early and shot over to pick up something I've been wanting from this car for mine. If you've been following the thread you'll know what that is ;)



I wanted to see what the paint was like under all those years in the NZ sun with no protection. I whipped out my DS6 pro and did a quick one step. Came out great but then we went into water restrictions...the car never got a once over unfortunately but really motivates to continue the refresh

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Offline Poonmobile

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Re: Saving A Full Spec 3 Door VR
« Reply #66 on: November 12, 2020, 09:13:35 pm »
Steering wheel? Black sun visor and possibly grab handles?!
Current:
06 NZ B7 RS4 Avus Silver, 01 NZ B5 RS4 Avus Silver, 93 NZ VR6 Tornado Red 3dr, Renault Clio 172 & Renault Clio 197
Past:
MK2 VR6, MK5 GTI, 2 x MK5 R32, 8L S3 Imola, MK4 Golf V6 4MO, Polo GTI, 2x MK3 VR6, D2 S8, B5 S4 Avant, 03 NZ R32 Deep Blue Pearl, Renault Megane R26 liquid yello

Offline LouieP

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Re: Saving A Full Spec 3 Door VR
« Reply #67 on: March 07, 2021, 05:45:53 pm »
It's been a long time since an update on this and frankly I've been more interested in driving it in the top half of the tachometer than tidying it up  >:D. If you still have one these by now, you'd know the rubber and plastic components in the shifter have turned to crumble pie. It was time to change that.

The parts needed where

1. Dieselgeeks Cabin Side Bushing
2. Dieselgeeks Super Slider
3. OEM Shifter Cable Holder

First was to do the Cabin Side Bushing





Unfortunately you have to cut the raised sheet metal on the tunnel to slide the pin out. A dremel was used for this job



The old bracket out and in not too bad shape but the ridges were worn down and thats what caused the side to side and up and down movement



New bushing on and back in the car





The slider was a little broken but it was changed anyway







Old one broken off which took more effort than I thought.



Super Slider on and ready to go back in.



The old cable holder had no visible breaks but was very flimsy compared to the new one. That must be from all the heat in the VR engine bay







Job done!

How does it feel? Excellent! Its like a new car again, the gears are crispy smooth and notchy in a good way.

I initially wanted to do the 02J shifter conversion but its too much work and after you're done, you still end up forking out $300 ish for Dieselgeeks short shifter. This is very OEM like and and helps keep the car feeling period correct
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Offline Poonmobile

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Re: Saving A Full Spec 3 Door VR
« Reply #68 on: March 09, 2021, 10:05:23 pm »
Oh, I didn't even know you could get those parts! I had a diesel geeks short shift kit in my mk4 and that was awesome.

I'd love to do this, thanks for the pics and steps. Do you have links for the parts/part numbers etc? Feel free to PM me
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Current:
06 NZ B7 RS4 Avus Silver, 01 NZ B5 RS4 Avus Silver, 93 NZ VR6 Tornado Red 3dr, Renault Clio 172 & Renault Clio 197
Past:
MK2 VR6, MK5 GTI, 2 x MK5 R32, 8L S3 Imola, MK4 Golf V6 4MO, Polo GTI, 2x MK3 VR6, D2 S8, B5 S4 Avant, 03 NZ R32 Deep Blue Pearl, Renault Megane R26 liquid yello

Offline LouieP

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Re: Saving A Full Spec 3 Door VR
« Reply #69 on: March 11, 2021, 05:37:06 pm »
Oh, I didn't even know you could get those parts! I had a diesel geeks short shift kit in my mk4 and that was awesome.

I'd love to do this, thanks for the pics and steps. Do you have links for the parts/part numbers etc? Feel free to PM me
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To be honest, for a modified mk3 like yours, I would just look into a 02J conversion with a short shifter. Links are below and part number for the cable holder.

https://www.dieselgeek.com/products/02a-cabin-side-bushing-set-for-1992-1999-mk3-and-mk4-cars?_pos=3&_sid=d079a04bc&_ss=r
https://www.dieselgeek.com/products/super-slider-for-1993-1999-vw

Cable holder 1J0 711 256 - Available from Qualitat $50
2014 MK7 Golf GTI - Pure White
1996 MK3 Golf VR6 - Black Magic Pearl