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    Hi all...
    Maybe someone remember my blue probe, it looked like this...

    And ended up like that


    Then I had this one and few more dailys


    And then I decided to buy new car... My GF had vw caddy and mk4 golf, both were pretty reliable, so I decided to turn down my antipathy for VW and bought a New Beetle, it's just different shaped mk4.

    Bought this one, 2000 1.8t with 370k kms but It was in good shape.
    The day I bought it


    Traded my BBS RXII for these MAE crown jewels monoblock 9x19, they had huge tyres on them, but the thread was good, so I rocked summer in offroad mode. oh, and their lips were poorly painted white



    Entertained myself with designing and 3D printing small stuff like dash vents, tow hook cover etc...


    TA technics coilovers installed, pollished lips and smaller tyres. Sat pretty high that time as I got lot of axle binding...


    Removed swaybar and wraped indicators with yellow tint


    Roadkill damage happend


    I was a little short on money, so I ordered no-fogs grill frame, made maself a grill from some stuff at work and also made a splitter/lip form damaged Alfa Romeo 147 bumper...


    More lows needed, so notch, engine spacers



    Polished wheel centers...


    And newly tinted headlights


    3D printed temporary centers waiting for better ones to arrive.


    We washed our cars and attended VW festival nearby.



    And on my way back home it drunked like 20 liters of water for 80km...
    So to my friends garage again, did timing, waterpump, new radiator etc..


    Also audi centers came in, sadly I can't find the right caps, but these are pretty close.

    Looks better with them


    Just testing my wide-body idea... not bad...


    O really like how it stands out on the streets.


    hohoo, extended balljoints came... More Camber and more lows




    Always wanted open-air roof, but with roof that shape and size? Oh hey, used Ford Ka electric one comes to help.
    Weekend in the garage, yey








    I still need to 3D print cover for this compartment. It protrudes about 50mms to the opening and I decided to keep it. It's practicall


    Yeah I know, same angle again




    Noticed that rusty rocker panel? Yeah, solved that with new metal ones and proper job of my friend Kesam (see Kesam Garage on FB
    He had to refurb some tabs and even made new ones when needed.










    Unexpected oportunity... Whole set of 2pc AEZ Olymp 8,5x18 for 90€? Here we go. New winters bought.


    Old 16s

    "New" 18s



    Daylying through winter...

    ... strikes back, shattered a lip by frozen snow


    Nevermind, I took it off and came with Idea to weld the custom bumper.
    First idea was with subaru legacy bottom end, and on my kinda over-the-top sketch it looked awesome.


    But the bumper I wanted was already sold...
    So I came up with idea of using Citroen C3 bottom end, with VW lupo indicators again


    But this week. I found another add on austrian craigslist-like site...
    Whole projektzwo bodykit, dual exhaus and set of fog ligst for 180€
    Bought it... Bumper parts have few cracks etc, fixable. You can't find these parts anywhere anymore. It's not a mainstream car and these kits were pretty expensive new. Its front and rear bumper extension and 4 fender flares (not on my photos)


    This is how it should look installed


    Also mounted these rain guards, love em shitty pic though...



    And these are already waiting to install, rear camber/drop plates -5 degrees from russian guy "billy bons customs"

    and shorter front springs, not going that much lower but they should sit higher and I can probably get rid of 5mm wheel spacers and go a little bit lower then.



    And this is how it looks now, dirty daily...


    And my next plans?
    - mount the dual exhaust
    - AC/SAI delete, new cooling fans and their relay module
    - replace engine bay fuse box - already bought
    - replace front springs for shorter ones
    - Fix, paint and mount projektzwo kit - not sure about fender flares- maybe we'll make custom ones.
    - Rewiring the roof so it's memory works and you can slide it with one button touch - now I need to hold the button every time I shut off my ignition...
    - rear camber plates, but I want to replace everything you need to remove for install... so new hubs and new brakes (maybe a vented bigger ones from skoda octavia RS)
    - subwoofer revamp, sound deadening, new speakers

    Looking for another wheels, I really like the maes, they are pretty rare in this monoblock version 1... but heavy as f... I'd love to find some wider 18s...

    And I really want to touch up my interior, its... well, now it has 393k kms on its clock, you can imagine that interior

    Over all I would love to go "fat porsche" look with widened fenders etc... slowly...

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    Cant wait to see it on those drop camber plates. Always in for a beetle build
    97 M3 GT2
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    Short summer clip - Done with just iphone and windows movie maker

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    Nice beetle keep us posted

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    Great to see another beetle. Love the build.
    lamborfuckinghini

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    This is actually super rad, I love stanced new-beetles, something about the rounded body looks so good all laid out, sub'd for sure

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    Coooool! Gotta get a big 911 wing
    I just need something to go from point A to point B
    so i bought 3 bmws
    @cressidodd

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    Looking forward to seeing how this turns out

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    Not much new happened... Waiting for some free time. But at least a little bits to keep it moving forwards...
    Mixed heaterknobs from Golf Mk5 and Mk4 and some epoxy glue to create ones that fit beetle HVAC. On this pic you can see how does the interior look after 400k kms... Gotta refurb that somehow.
    And printed temporary radio bezel to fill the hole there. Not going to paint it since it will be ditched soon (I hope ) with new stereo unit...


    Also made first test with top compartment cover... Not best fit. Already designed mk2
    Again, it's pink, what usable can one print of pink ABS? No idea... so I use it for prototyping


    And I took of all the Adidas branding and unfortunately had to switch back to 16s as there happened 2fingers wide hole in my 18 tire... not going to invest in winters for 1 month, I'll take them 18 rims for refurb instead...

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    Replaced the exhaust... My phone died, I'm using old Nokia now so no pics from install, but it was straightforward process
    Now rolling with dual tip Eisenmann

    We got to make right hanger and cut plastic inner fender a little bit. Still gotta adjust the tip positions, some spacers for left hanger to make it sit lower and adjust the right tip which sticks out a lot more then left one...

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    Notice the left tip laying on the bumper and both not centered.


    Made two brackets to move it a little. hope it'll will be enough. I'll try that in the morning.


    Back to summer setup, observed this inner fender... It made itself some space as expected


    Here it is now

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    Going slow, sorry for that But did a little bits

    Back to the rainbow tint..


    Painted the printed stereo shroud to look somewhat stock-ish




    And then we replaced fan control module and fan assembly itself


    Thought golf mk4 fan assembly would fit, turned out it wouldn't...
    Thought we can simply replace fan with their tripods(or what the hell is the correct name for it)
    turned out it works for big one, not for smaller one - you need to use beetle tripod with golf fan itself and you need to grind the legs a little bit to prevent fan rubbing...
    But still pretty easy job and it's usually cheaper and easier to fing golf or octavia fan assembly here...

    Replaced the front clip screws with ebay rainbow ones, sadly its smaller diameter and the black stuff here isn't dirt, it's paintless plastic :/
    Will solve this later...


    gotta clean up the engine bay a lot. Got to delete SAI and AC, replace battery cover, paint some stuff etc... you can see it has almost 400k kms...



    with no help of our furry buddy tho


    And two not car-work-related photos



    And tomorrow it'll be time for shorter front springs which probably wont be visible from outside but will make me more tyre-spring clearance.
    We f-ed our order and got only one rear hub yesterday so no rear camber install yet... Hope we can get it done mid-week as I need to leave for a weekend...

    I really do consider buying these

    That would be the needed impulse forcing me to start interior rebuild...

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    Bought them...
    first thing first- ditch the stock ones


    I didnt wanted to cut my own stock seats, so I cuted sliders out of my friends spare Audi A3 ones



    The new ones came with sort-of frame underneath them, so few cuts, welds and sprays later...




    And voilá, sliders mounted to OMP seats


    Then you realize you cant slide them because the seat is mounted to forward and you cant use the lever enough to unlock sliding mechanism. so you take them out, weld extensions to rear, redrill the frame, paint again... and voila... mounted





    My audi tt center console, knee bars, vents etc shoul arrive this week... then I need to find leather rear seats to match the front and reupholster the door panels etc...

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    sadly, later that day, I hit the deer...
    what looked just like headlight and turn light at night, turned out to be "little bit" more in the morning...
    I already ordered brand new headlight, used headlight mount bucket, indicator - going to take the front of to see what else I need.
    Probably going to order brand new hood and fender, not sure yet.
    For the doors I plan to use some hailstorm-repairs specialist...








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    These are things I ordered from audi TT... (used my new polish colleague )
    Plan is to use them all, wire my open air roof to TTs convertible roof buttons and place the seat heating(I would like to fit heating to new OMPs later), hazard, esp... buttons where stock stereo is, I can print and weld in filler panel for it.

    side vents are direct fit, center ones requires modification and lose their ability to be closed, maybe I can print a piece to keep this ability, not sure yet
    Not sure about center console rear end either, I'll figure something out I guess



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    This is getting pretty cool. I really like it. Keep it up!

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    Default rear camber

    we finally installed rear drop/camber plates... I dont have many pics of it as I was at work and my friend did the main part of it.
    -5 degrees, 1" drop and 1" shift to the rear + new


    We used the opportuninty and painted rear calipers while it was disassembled...
    Pimp Purple + holografic glitter



    I also used isolation tape on the second exhaust branch, it is right below gas tank and I dont want to puncture it in case of hitting something...
    Not best job, I should redo it and tighten it more... I also use spacers for exhaust-hanger mount and almost centered it and leveled both exhaust tips to almost same distance from bumper.


    That led to this



    but it was laying on this part...


    there is charcoal cannister for EVAP system. I'd like to ditch it completely (with SAI etc...) but I dont have enough knowledge yet, I need to google it more So I made some new mounts and mounted it further in bumper. There was also some inner fender trimming involved, I still need to patch the top part with some rubber to prevent it from throwing mess behind it. Fixed some small rusty spots meanwhile.




    and voilá...






    Sadly the front is still like this, but I already have new headlight, new mounts and I am awaiting new fender. Will se If we can fix the bonnet, not sure about that. I may just order brand new...


    and there is another challenge...


    I wasnt planning to use that stereo cage but kinda felt in love with it... But first I need to mount the tunnel part and determine where it needs tu be cut...

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    Rear drop/camber plates look good. Beetle really needs the rear axle moved rearwards when lowered.

    When you take apart the front clip, remove the air intake silence inside the fender. Also a great time to do anything you ever wanted with the lower grill/fog lights.
    lamborfuckinghini

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    Thanks all

    Quote Originally Posted by white out View Post
    Rear drop/camber plates look good. Beetle really needs the rear axle moved rearwards when lowered.

    When you take apart the front clip, remove the air intake silence inside the fender. Also a great time to do anything you ever wanted with the lower grill/fog lights.
    or lower grill - I already have projektzwo kit in the paintshop - I just told the guy not to rush

    Got my fender today, yeah... We can finally start with front-end repairs...

    But I already started tearing the lower dash down so I can go with TT parts. God this car is dirty af...

    Center console will be easy, Mounting bolts/nuts positions are the same, I just had to order TT mounting bracket - I wanted to fabricate it but price of used one is good so - less hassle for me




    Here I'l need to print the extension... I want to paint it all black with glitter in the end so no problem with that.

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    So, just a little bump since basically nothing moved forward as I am sick and spent a week in hospital and will probably spend more time there.

    But now I am at home and feeling better so I hope I'll be able to modify some interior parts and create Beetle/TT hybrids
    Also recieved my stickers and sides/stands for the big wing - If you remember that sketch

    stock vs. mine


    not sure if I'll use the side pods or not, but It will be 3D printed so its worth the try...
    CAD:


    Real laser cutted 5mm aluminium stands

    Also not sure about color combo of the wing/stands
    Black stands/yellow airfoil
    Black everything
    Yellow stands(and pods) / black airfoil?
    Guess I need to mount it the way its now and try some photoshops...

    Few random parking pics



    Still need to find a way to lower the front for low-budget, well, more like no-budget...


    I managed to scan TT center console at work before my hospital visit and made CAD model of extension which should be welded to the TT console... I may integrate cupholder and 12V/USB slots there before printing, not sure

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    Oh that's cool. What does the front look like with the dash in place?
    lamborfuckinghini

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    looking forward to see how this goes!

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