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Old 08-22-2015, 06:31 PM
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Installed a new battery today. My previous battery was 2yrs1mo old and was a dealer oem 000 915 015DG 72Ah battery. Name:  ImageUploadedByAutoGuide1440264405.598120.jpg
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Old 08-22-2015, 07:12 PM
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Wow that's a big battery!
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Old 08-22-2015, 07:30 PM
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That's the std battery on the Jetta and golf tdi, but the beetle tdi had one size smaller, but still larger than the gasoline models.
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Bath time!
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Old 08-22-2015, 10:47 PM
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Cool I'll have to keep that in mind. My battery box is busted to crap so when it croaks I may do that. It wasn't too difficult to get in there was it?
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Old 08-22-2015, 11:24 PM
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No more difficult than the oem battery.
Remove power steering reservoir bolt.
Remove battery hold down clamp.
Remove cables.
Remove battery.
Reverse for installation.
Took less than 10 minutes.
Need ratchet, sockets 10mm, 13mm and a long extension.
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Old 08-23-2015, 12:34 AM
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Awesome thanks! Hopefully mine holds out for a few more years.
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Checking in.
How's the progress on the Fat Fives? Will they make debut after winter thaw?
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Old 10-15-2015, 03:28 AM
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They look pretty good. They have been sanded with 240,320,400,800,1000. Gonna hit them with 1500 and 2000 before I buff them. I'm sure I'll have to go down in grit and then back up with areas that I'm not satisfied with. I'm debating on tire size. Stock is 225/45-17; but I'm thinking seriously about 205/40-17 for a slight stretch and to really show off the wheels! I think gender gap may be too much with the 205's. I wish I had the part numbers for the springs and shocks that Michelle Ryskamp is running.
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Old 11-14-2015, 07:59 PM
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I had a bad dog bone (pendulum) mount. I got a new one from the trusty guys at fixmyv.com. New stretch bolts with blue loctite 243.
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Old 11-14-2015, 08:02 PM
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Nice!
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I have been looking at Febi motor mounts; can you tell us, where the mount was made? (e.g. china, germany, usa, etc.). Thanks!
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:37 PM
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Billy, the mount was made in China. We will see how well it holds up. China makes some very high quality products along with inferior products. Seems like quite a few Tdi folks are using the Febi without any issues. If u have any problems I'll report; otherwise I consider it fixed.
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Installed a Frostheater coolant heater a couple of weeks ago. It is wonderful! I didn't clean up the installation and had the cord hanging out the grill. Today I took the time to finish it off.
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Yeah, I think it is somewhat of a struggle to find high quality parts; as my original parts start to fail and need replaced. I try to find the highest quality parts at a affordable price. I'm finding; many parts are now made in China, even genuine Volkswagen stuff from the dealer and traditional German companies, like Bosch. Back in my air cooled bug days; I always tried to find "made in Germany" parts, as a guide for quality parts (I had to settle for Brazilian or Mexican parts as they still produced air cooled cars). Now with global manufacturing; this strategy doesn't necessarily work anymore and so I have to do more research, find the oems and get feedback from online sources, like reviews or enthusiast websites like this one. VW makes allot of cars for the Asian market; that use older designs and parts. These work on our cars, as many times they are the same components and I think these are finding their way into the US replacement parts supply chain. I try to find out who made the original part for Volkswagen and then find it from them, this usually results in finding a quality part at a better price. I have admit; I do get kinda annoyed, replacing a German made part with one from China! The quality maybe the same; for all I know but I guess I still prefer German! Volkswagen and their oem's are global; parts are made many times right next to the VW factories, China is a growth market for them and parts must be much cheaper to produce there... It makes financial sense.


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Fuel prices are still plummeting. Today at Sam's Club in Easley SC.
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Fuel prices are still plummeting. Today at Sam's Club in Easley SC.
Wow! Opposite seaboard in Southern California it's a whole dollar more!
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Wow! Opposite seaboard in Southern California it's a whole dollar more!

It's amazing how much fuel prices vary!
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