Ebay Jetta Fog Grills

 

Ebay Jetta Fog Grill - Driver Side

I grew tired of the hidden fog light look so I sourced out a set of Jetta fog grills on eBay.  I bought them from a seller called Eurosportgarage.  I also bought my Depo projector fogs from them.  They have good pricing and are quick to ship.  Anyway, I found a set of Jetta grills with fog cutouts for 40 shipped.  They do not include the trim strip however, so keep that in mind.  If you already have the trim strip, they are cheap.  If you have to purchase the strip separately, you’re better off buying elsewhere.  Those chrome trim pieces are about 50 bucks each if you buy them alone.

The eBay grills are practically OEM quality.  I have an OEM piece without the fog hole and you cannot tell the difference.

Lamin-X Fog Light Protection

One of my fog lights was destroyed by a rock and I replaced them with new Depo projector fogs.  To prevent it from happening again, I decided to try out a precut Lamin-X film kit.  It has two precut sheets of urethane film that adhere to the lens of the fog light.  This film prevents all but the largest of rocks from chipping and cracking the glass lens.  The film comes in a 20 mil or 40 mil thick size.  I opted to go for the 40 mil.  It is actually quite thick and maybe 20 mil would have been just fine.  In any case, it would take a huge rock to take out the lens again.  I ordered it from www.lamin-x.com. I have to admit that is a little pricey for the amount of film you get (2 round pieces for around 17 shipped).  It does beat a broken fog light though.

Depo Projector Fog Lights

Depo H11 projectors behind custom Jetta grills

One of my OEM projector fog lights cracked and I finally got around to replacing it.  It actually cracked a little while ago but I only recently ordered a replacement.  Instead of opting for just an oem single replacement, I took a chance on these Depo replicas.  A pair is the same price as a single OEM replacement.  They came in today and I am pretty impressed with the quality.  Glass lens, built in cut-off and adjustment.  The fit is excellent.  These take an H11 bulb, just like the OEM euro projectors.  The H11’s can be a little harder to find sometimes.  Anyway, light output through the lens is good and the cutoff is sharp.  Not bad for 80 dollars shipped on eBay.

Here are a couple of phone snaps:

 

Very well packed and protected

Nice quality projector lens, poor quality photo

Another angle

Amber Rear Turn Signals – DIY Mod

Red turn signals have always bothered me.  They’re much harder to notice than amber turn signals and difficult to differentiate from the brake lights in certain cars.  The MKV cars have amber turn signals in Europe but for some reason, the US-spec cars get the horrible red flasher.  Fortunately not all is lost.  A forum member by the name of Darcness came up with a cheap, very easy DIY to incorporate amber turn signals into the US-spec tail lights.  It just requires you to purchase two bulb sockets.  The mod requires some soldering but it is not difficult.  It also requires the use of VAG-COM to change some settings around.

I love this mod, I finished it up a few days ago and the amber turn signals do a much better job of signaling my intent to other drivers.  They are a little dimmer in the daytime but still very noticeable.  At night, they are absolutely fantastic.  I’ll get a picture up ASAP.  I will say that you should use 921NA bulbs in the mod.  It will give you the brightest light in this application.  A 194/168/916 bulb will fit and work but is dimmer than the 921.  The thread on the forum will state that there might be heat issues but with the intermittent nature of a turn signal, that won’t be a problem.  It may not even be a problem with continuous usage.

You’ll need a few things for the DIY:

Soldering iron

Solder

Cutter

Wire strippers

(x2) 921 NA (Amber) wedge bulbs

(x2) bulb holders  (Order these exact ones www.discoverbulbs.com/connectors.htm.  Click the link and scroll to the 194/921 wedge pigtail connectors; they are part number 60-XX @ 2.99 each)

EDIT: This site no longer exists. Try looking for 194 bulb sockets or pigtail connectors on ebay. A Google search will also bring up a good amount of sources.

Vag com or someone who has it

And finally the link to his DIY below

Amber Rear Turn Signals – DIY

Can’t thank Darcness enough for his DIY!  If you find his DIY useful, send your thanks his way on that post!

Here’s a video of them in action:

Inno Roof Rack Fairing

If you need a fairing for the stock roof rack, Inno Racks has one that will fit.  You will need longer fairing bolts but that’s it.  This is a good alternative to the Yakima and Thule fairings that need modification to the stock rack in order to fit cleanly.  It clamps right around the OEM bars and has a nice amount of adjustability.  I ordered the large size and it fits perfectly on the OEM rack.  The part number is INA262.  I ordered it from ORSracksdirect.com.  You will need to add on the ISF717 long bolt kit as well.

Installation is easy and the materials are all very high quality.  I haven’t tested it with all my rack accessories yet so I can’t comment on whether it interferes with anything in particular.  My roof basket and bike racks should fit fine.  I am not so sure about the snowboard rack until I try it on, but it should fit.  I’ll update this as soon as I find out. (It does)

Wind noise is practically nonexistent with this on.  The rack used to howl and whistle at highway speeds.

Tested Accessories:

OEM VW Basket
-Fits just fine

OEM Snowboard Rack
-Fits but required a little bit of work/ingenuity.
-The stock T-Bolts are too short, requires slightly longer bolts fit.  My bike racks came with them so I reused them.  You may have to order longer ones from Thule or find a similar replacement.  Basically I placed 1/4″ washers underneath the already included plastic washers.  This raises the front attachment just high enough to clear the metal plate for the fairing.

Thule 517 Peloton Bike Rack
-Fits

I also just tested the VW Basket with bike rack, it barely fits, but it will work.

Here are a couple of quick pictures.  Higher quality pictures are on the way.

Inno Roof Rack Fairing INA 262

They attach by clamping around the bars. The ISF717 longbolt kit is a set of extra long screws that allow it it clamp over the thicker OEM bars.

Clear Sidemarkers

Happy New Year everybody!  I’ve got a few new projects coming in the next few weeks so things will be back up and running soon.  I’ve got a an OEM S3 style relocate coming, as well as a new diverter valve setup.  Here’s a recent one I picked up on the forums.  Excuse the dirty pictures, as it’s been raining in L.A.  These are clear side markers.  I replaced my smoked ones and they blend in better on a white car.  It makes the front end look a little less busy.

Installation is super easy.  Just pop out the old ones and place in the new set.  Many online vendors sell them, such as parts4euro and bfi.  ECS sells them as well but the clear ones are supposedly susceptible to yellowing.

Clear Side Markers

Vendor List

Need Parts?

I thought it’d be useful to have a list of all the vendors I’ve used so far.  These are all places I’ve used before and trust.  Just look up at the top heading and everything will be under Vendor List.  Or just click the word “Vendor List“.  That’s probably easier. Go find the part you need!

New Front End!

Well sorta.  Just a few trim swaps.  I got all the new grill pieces in place.  The lowers had the paint chipping off of them (used pieces) so I just plastidipped them.  Plastidip is an great match for the stock textured trim.  The car looks sweet with the hidden fogs.  Just as well since one of the fogs is also cracked.  Two birds, one stone…nice.

Frontal Surgery

I just received a few new pieces for the front end of the car.  I picked up a grill from the 2010 Wolfsburg Jetta and the lower trim pieces as well.

The Jetta grill is a pretty popular mod to the GTI.  It’s kinda pricey to get though and it’s not uncommon to see them selling used for above 150 dollars.  If you dig chrome, the Jetta grill is also covered in it, but that’s not exactly my taste.  The grill from the Wolfsburg edition though, is all black except for the emblem.

I haven’t installed anything yet but pictures will be live after I actually have some.

Goodbye R-Line fogs

We hardly knew ye…

Sad times.  Well i’m selling the R-Line front setup.  I need the money for the upcoming semester.  So sad to see them go but I think I’m happy with the stock setup.

Here’s lookin’ at you kid, er R-Line fogs IMG_3244and Jetta lower center grill with ghetto trim.  Hopefully you go to a good home this weekend.