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Old 17-01-2019, 08:55 PM   #291
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Great work as usual. Looks so much better.
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Old 18-01-2019, 06:01 PM   #292
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Today I picked up and installed the Halfords 500 Lumen LED 382/P21W reverse bulbs.

Fairly impressive output - much whiter than the images show.







Reverse (LED):



Side lights:



Brake lights:



Side lights/fogs:



Also arriving in the post today - products to remove the swirls in the rear cluster/s - if its not to cold a job for the weekend.


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Old 18-01-2019, 10:34 PM   #293
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Looking really good now - great modification as said previously, looks so much better
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Old 20-01-2019, 09:13 PM   #294
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Rear light clusters - de-swirl/polish

Today I found some time to de-swirl the rear light clusters - the LHD (Right) cluster I purchased from Germany was particularly bad! -

After being masked off and cleaned with panel prep I wet sanded each using 1500, 2000 and finally 2500 grade sandpaper - which did a great job removing all scratches/swirls to leave a nice even haze ready to polish.

I then gave each a couple of passes with the combination of Meguiar's DMC3 MF 3” pad, Meguiar's D300 compound and Porter Cable DA. I was impressed by the outcome - easily cutting through the sanding haze and leaving a more than acceptable finish/clarity - I could easily have left it there.
Having never wet sanded before this gives me some confidence to move onto some areas of paint that would benefit this.

As a final correction stage I applied Menzerna Final Finish on a white CG Hex-Logic pad. For protection I’ve applied some Fusso sealant I have till I purchase some GTECHNIQ.

Some before and afters :

RHD (Left) before:





RHD (Left) during sanding:





RHD (Left) after Meguiar's D300:







RHD (Left) after Menzerna Final Finish:




LHD (Right) before:







LHD (Right) during sanding:



LHD (Right) after Meguiar’s D300/Menzerna Final Finish:













Both illuminated:
Clarity and sharpness have been significantly improved!




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Are they error free bulbs you have got for the reverse? I wanted to change mine with a view to reversing in the dark being a bit more easier with LEDS. The so called error free bulbs from the Bay were not error free so need to find another recommended bulb. (BMW E90)
FYI the LEDs purchased from Halfords are/have been (so far!) error free.

When I last installed the light I had real difficulty getting a good even seal/fit - ending up with a noticeably bigger gap underneath compared to the passenger side and either a crushed or loose outer seal. Today I removed it and fitted the better outer seal from my original cluster also rotating the adjuster screws to match the original RHD cluster - much easier installation and now a perfect/matching fit.

I hadn't noticed these are marked with white paint by the factory at the correct position.



For the benefit of TT owners I replaced all the retaining/star washers with these. Pushed on with a 6 mm socket:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Starlock-...72.m2749.l2649

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Yesterday my next little improvement arrived.

A new rear valance (part no. 8N0807421F Z9Y) factory painted in Phantom Black Pearl - as are the roof, mirrors and front grilles on the Quattro Sport.

The paint on the original had become a little flat inside the honeycomb but rather than faff with a repaint - it was cheaper/easier to buy new (whilst they are still available from Audi).

The paint is flawless!

I've applied a coat of Fusso sealant for some protection (including inside each and every hexagon! which took an hour!)
Will fit and do some detailing/cleaning in the next few days.

Sorry the updates aren't to thrilling at the moment - I hope to have some progress on the BBS alloys soon including modifying them to accept a threaded CNC centre nut.

All nice and new - I love mail days!





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Always loved following your build, have a TT to call my own now, though not quite the OEM-plus look you have lol!

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Always loved following your build, have a TT to call my own now, though not quite the OEM-plus look you have lol!
Thats minty fresh! I like it.
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Old 16-02-2019, 01:24 AM   #299
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I've read the whole thread last night and I have to say that you have one very very nice TT. I love the attention to detail!

Another Mk1 TT owner here (Well 3 actually lol)

This is probably the best looking of the bunch...

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