R-Line Fog Grills

RlineThis is a picture of the R-Line fog grills from Europe.  You can get them from places like oemplus.com or ECS Tuning I think.  The center grill is from a Jetta.  They used to cost about 70 bucks, but the price has gone up.  Now they cost about 125 plus shipping from Oemplus.  Just another option for people wanting to change up their front end.  Combined with a the Jetta upper shield, I think it’s looks a little sleeker than the standard honeycomb.

VAG COM

If you are anywhere close to a Volkswagen enthusiast, you need to go grab yourself a VAGCOM.  It’s basically a cable that allows your laptop to communicate with the proprietary VAG interface on your car.  It allows you to customize many different electronic functions on your car.  For example, you can kill the DRL’s, the nanny chimes and dings, and enable remote window controls.  More importantly, it  allows you to diagnose problems that may occur down the line without having to go to a dealer.  Definitely a plus.  Unfortunately, the dealers are mostly apathetic to your concerns, especially if it involves free work, aka warranty.  I picked mine up used for a great price.  They are a bit pricey new, but still totally worth it. Visit Ross-Tech.com for more information.

Don’t bother to get the fake ones on eBay.  They don’t work with the software.

AWE Vent Mounted Boost Gauge

AWE GaugeThe AWE vent gauge was one of my earlier modifications.  A boost gauge is another essential mod to this car, especially once you start modding a little bit.  The most important reason for having one isn’t so much as to know what your max boost is, it’s to find out whether you have a problem somewhere along the line.  Knowing whether or not you’re losing boost pressure can help you figure out what is going on with your engine.

There are countless options for siting a gauge.  AWE’s sits on the aforementioned driver’s side vent.  Eurojet’s upcoming solution also sits there.  VMR has a gauge that sits in the center stack vent.  New South has one that locates on the steering column.  For aesthetics, I think the vent gauges look the cleanest.  The New South gauge is cheaper than most but its placement on the steering column just looks plain ugly to me.

Edit 7/29:  I added a stock photo from AWE’s website to show how clean this thing looks.  I recommend purchasing the AWE gauge if you can.  Installation was easy enough thanks to precise instructions.  If you need help, you can ask your friendly neighborhood forum- i.e. golfmkv.com, or vwvortex.com

5/25/2011

There are now countless variations of the vent pod gauge.  The best way to get a feel for them is to search the forums for some information.  The AWE gauge is still my recommendation and the gauge is now purely electric, eliminating any buzz that mechanical gauges might have.

EuroJet PCV Fix

EJ PCV Fix

This is the Eurojet PCV solution.  It is essentially two pieces of silicon with a machined aluminum check valve.  The check valve ensures that boost does not leak out of the intake manifold and into the crank case.  It also supplements the stock check valve.  It does what it needs to without any frills.  However, the flow of the check valve is not really known.  The stock pcv valve goes from open to closed with hardly any pressure.  Eurojet’s valve is stiffer.  I’m not saying that this is necessarily a problem but it is different from the oem valve’s operation.  For those who want a pcv fix that allows the pcv to function as intended (route crankcase vapors to the intake under vacuum) this is the fix.  Volkswagen has released newer, updated revisions of the oem pcv valve but failures can still occur under higher than stock boost levels.

I still feel that the newer catch can solutions are still your best bet for fixing boost leaks involving the pcv system.  It’s a little more maintenance (having to empty the can out) but it helps keep the intake tract a little cleaner.

Cam Follower – 66,000 Mile Update

About 10,000 miles on follower

About 10,000 miles on follower

I’ve put about 10,000 miles on this new follower.   The picture doesn’t show too well, but you can barely make out some wear in the center.  I wasn’t expecting it to look that good.  That’s great news for me.  Other people haven’t been so lucky.  Oil has been Lubromoly 5w-40 the entire time.  Now that I’m chipped, we’ll have to wait and see whether that affects anything.