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Old 14-07-2015, 02:54 PM   #91
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Quick update on the rusty arch, i've just had the golf bodywork inspected by gilders at hillsborough which is the main vag group bodyshop in south yorkshire i think, anyway it looks like it has had paint before as both front arches and the bonnet are reading 171-180 microns and are quite dull so they wont put in a warranty claim.

Looks like i will have to get the wing repaired myself at some point and might have to do some wet sanding
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Old 14-07-2015, 03:02 PM   #92
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That's a shame, how bad is yours and where is the rust on these?

I've heard of the rusty arch issue but never mentioned where on the arch..
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Old 14-07-2015, 03:17 PM   #93
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Its usually directly above the top center of the tyre around the lip as there is a sponge fitted behind the arch liner i think that collects water and eventually leads to rust, also the sills are common too.

Mine wasnt that bad when i bought the car 8 months ago but has certainly got worse quicker than i imagined.
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Old 15-07-2015, 01:24 PM   #94
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AHh I think I had some but I have rolled the arches now ha, maybe I best keep an eye on that!
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Finally got round to fitting the led number plate lights, dont know why its taken me so long as its a 5 minute job but oh well they look alot better anyway !



Also gave her a clean last night and brought the camera to work this morning as it is such a nice morning













You can see the rust on the wing in that last pic which i will get sorted eventually

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Stunning motor! Nice pics buddy.
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I've been thinking of buying a pair of 'R' pad retainers for a while now but couldn't justify the £50+ to buy the originals and wasnt too keen on having the new style 'R' logo on my R32 so have decided to have a go at making my own 'custom' ones !

I bought the retaining clips which are painted silver and shot blasted them myself at work.........

This is how they arrived.......









The cheapo home made blast cabinet !






Everybody loves a 50/50









And finished............







The plan is to get them powdercoated in satin black and then add high temp vinyl decals of which i've ordered two different sets off ebay....






This is what the original Golf 'R' ones look like...........




I'm going for a similar look but with the original R32 style logo

I'm going on holiday for 2 weeks now so the decals should be here when i get back and the clips powder coated ready to collect.

Will update when i'm back !
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Got my clips back from the powder coaters and they have done a cracking job and no charge ! We do use them for our powder coating at work so he said no charge.

Put one of each of the transfers on just trying to decide which i like best !!







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Very nearly bought one of these but couldn't live without a turbo so went with the R26 instead!
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Well I've had the R32 3 months now feels like I've had it a lot longer !

Been collecting afew bits over the last couple of weeks.....




I'm after getting some new number plates not sure wether to stick to acrylic or get some pressed ones in standard uk font like I had on my previous S4




I saw these plate surrounds on eBay for £6.99 + £4.99 p&p from Latvia thought it might be a risk but were cheaper than any others I'd seen, anyway 4 days later and they were here and look great.




Also ordered some led number plate lights......



Should brighten things up abit at the rear.

I dropped my keys afew weeks ago too and damaged the vw badge so ordered some 'R' badges.



And last but not least I had been looking at replacing the standard air filter with either a piper cross or itg panel filter or a an induction kit of some kind, I know there will be minimum gains from any of these but still wanted to treat her !
I was almost ready for ordering the itg panel filter from awesomegti when a forge intake came up the r32oc forum and wasn't far away from a job I was on in Milton Keynes last week so went and collected it



It was in really good condition with the original instructions and stickers so should look good in the engine bay and a little more induction noise too.

All the parts above need fitting so will update again when they are on.
I'd be very careful with the intake. I had a mark 5 r32. We had a BMC induction kit. In the cold winters with -10 C and less the car would start spluttering and not run well. You would put your foot down and the car would die. Turned out the intake wasn't taking the air near the engine so it was entering too cold. We ended up putting it back to stock and it was fine. The warning light went and car ran like a dream again.

Love the noise the R32s make!
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