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  1. Phase II - Car is "new" again

    The Showroom
    Bought new - now 8 yrs. old. Phase I - Eibach suspension and 17" alloys (lasted 4 yrs., kept me interested but needed a change) Phase II - Thought about a new car.... then decided to just update what I have. ST Coilovers VMR 710 - 18x8.5 Nexen N3000 225/40/18 Took some time to detail the...
  2. R134A phase out...

    B5 Garage
    Not sure if many have heard, but it seems R134A is being phased out...much like R12 was several yrs ago. Heard this from my brother who delivers Ford parts. Prices will begin going up soon just like they did with R12 pahse out. I've only used one refill can after a minor repair a couple years...
  3. Black Out Phase 1 Complete..

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
  4. Talking Phase: Los Angeles/SFV/Ventura GTG

    Events & Gatherings
    I'm working for a chain called Goldenspoon, Can I get a head-count of interested members willing to drive to Calabasas for a yogurt driven get-together? Nothing too big or fancy, just a gathering of locals to support a small business.
  5. Project DD phase 1 complete, lots of picts

    Anything Auto
    As some of you may know from my other thread my 1997 Acura Integra, my daily driver, was in the shop for a bit getting some work done. After 6 weeks of waiting and a new battery that the shop killed here it is. Long story short, it was hit twice in a week and the second time it went in the...
  6. Phase one does it look????

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    boys and grls... month after i start working on it here it is.. let me know how u feel about so far Bilstein sport with H&R springs 2"1/4 drop all around AMG Twin 18 x 8.5 with 35 offsets replicas and got VW logo stickers from ebay Nitto 18x40x8.5 Shark fin antenna Rear Plate led lights...
  7. the next phase has started...

    Mobile Electronics
    I took the day off on Friday to do two things... 1) play some golf; and, 2) start my new speaker install. I put in a set of Boston Acoustic Z6s. I started with the speakers - relatively straightforward, just took the old SL60s out and put the Z6s in. The first thing I noticed was the imaging...
  8. What oil did you use for Auto-RX rinse phase?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm talking about a "dino" oil for the rinse phase. Can you just use anything? Or are there still standards for a VW?
  9. phase two; complete

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    well, so the second portion of my most recent mod-spree is finished. i've decided to reneg on the airbags afterall. :rolleyes: so, with this most recent run, i've installed eibach rear shocks on the car leaving me with the stock (shot) vw's on the front with h&R OE springs all around, and my...
  10. phase one; complete.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    part one of my little car's cosmetic upgrades has been completed! the skirts, door pieces, front lower, and rear bumpercover have all been dropped off at Roadrunner paint and body out at beltline & 75. this is the best part of it all.... can you guess the price? $300 cash, even! :Yikes: and...
  11. Auto-Rx rinse phase: which oil?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm just starting the Auto-Rx cycle for an '03 1.8T, but I'd like to know what oil others use for the rinse phase, since I know you're supposed to use dino oil, but only synthetics are approved.
  12. (2001, B5) starting my mods, phase 1 complete!

    The Showroom
    First off, I would like to thank everyone on this site for the inspiration and information. Mods so far: - 18 x 8.5 ET35 RS4 replicas from Velocity Motoring (in Santa Ana) - 235/40s Kumho ECSTA SPTs (from - APR engine mount - EVO billet diverter valve - 28mm Neuspeed rear sway...
  13. What weight of dino for Auto-RX rinse phase?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm about 500 miles into my Auto-RX treatment, and have been thinking about what oil I should use for the rinse phase. Since 0W40 and 5W40 aren't available in dino, what have you all been using-- both weight and brand? Now that it's (finally) getting warmer here on the Fargo ND tundra I don't...
  14. Tip 'Regulated' phase

    B5 Garage
    '99 1.8T Tip. This fall added MBC and higher fuel pressure to bring the boost to 11.5/12 lbs. With moderate throttle, my car revs higher when shifting to 3rd, 4th and 5th. On the VAG Com, it shows the torque converter has moved from locked to regulated for a moment and the R's go up 300 -...
  15. auto rx rinse phase

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    so what non synth oil have you used for this phase?
  16. Auto-RX rinse phase initiated. Should've done B&A compression tests

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Is a before & after compression test comparison the only way to objectively determine the efficacy of an Auto-RX cycle on an engine? I'm not taking my engine apart. :nervous: Just started the rinse phase with Rotella T "Synthetic" 5W-40. I will sit and drive patiently for the next 2-3k miles for...
  17. how to make sure all drivers are in phase?

    Mobile Electronics
    Just finished installing a repacement to the monsoon amp with a 4 ch and I am now listening to the results and wondering what a simple way to insure correct phase on all interior spkrs would be? mainly I am wondering about the front tweets, I found the wiring schematic here for the spkr outs...
  18. Auto-RX rinsing phase, what oil are you using?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm about to be done with the cleaning phase, and wondering if anyone had good luck with any specific dyno oil. I will probably just pick out a good 5W-40 then change it out, then I'm going to switch to AMSOIL. Thanks for the input.
  19. Benz to phase out SBC...

    Anything Auto
    Since we've been having soooo much fun with the Sensotronic Brake Control system, it will not be implemented any further than it currently is, in the 211-Chassis E-Class and the current SL. So much for useless technology.... :D
  20. Calling all experts- group delay and phase question on subs

    Mobile Electronics
    I will try and keep this short, but detailed. I am redoing my system and will be building my first vented enclosure. I have done several for friends and have the tools to design it properly so am confident it will work fine. My problem is the increase in group delay and phase differentials...