Custom R32 Instrument Cluster (Faded Screen FIXED)

This is my FAVORITE car mod yet. The center screen in my instrument cluster was not working? So I removed the cluster, and sent it to have the faded screen repaired. I had a full color MFI installed. Now the cluster has the tons of options and settings, with out having to replace the instrument cluster. Gauges, needles, cluster LEDs, and more can all be changed. The cost will depend on what mods you want done to the cluster. The way mine is modified will cost you about $500. This may actually be cheaper than buying a new cluster. Also if you simply want the screen replaced with the style that came in the car, you’re looking at about $150.

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Brake Caliper Stiffening Kit ~ How To Install and How it Works

How to install Tyrol Brake stiffening kit on MK4 R32. This Brake Stiffening kit prevents the caliper flex inherent in the stock rubber design. This flex leads to uneven pad wear and rotor deposits under hard usage. One note after talking with Tyrol, this is not meant to change pedal feel. If you experience any change in pedal feel, that is an added bonus. The kit is very simply meant to apply more even brake pressure with less flex in the caliper.

This DIY is pretty straight froward and requires only some basic hand tools. I have listed some tools below if you find you are missing anything. Be sure to follow the rest of the R32 restoration and rehab.

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Did the R32 Survive Tail of the Dragon?

For the last few years I have been talking about this event called Wookies in the Woods. It’s a driving event at “The Tail of the Dragon”, built around the Golf R and VW R32. There is so much great about this event. The people are amazing, the roads are a blast to drive, and it really stresses your car. While it’s not awesome to have something break, it’s a great excuse to make an upgrade 😉

I took my R32 out to see how she would perform. As you will see in the video, she did great. I did find one area where I can make some great improvements for the next modification. I also added two little goodies to it before leaving the mountains. You will have to watch the whole video to see. Be sure to follow the rest of the R32 restoration and rehab.

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How To Replace MK4 Engine Mount (DogBone Mount) Bushings ~ R32 Restoration

How To Replace M4 Engine Mount (DogBone Mount) Bushings In this video I show you how to replace engine mount / motor mount bushings in the DogBone on a MK4 R32. The process is similar on all mk4 cars including Audi TT. These bushings are often replaced due to wear causing excessive engine movement. Replacing engine / motor mounts is an easy DIY car upgrade. Also I have not noticed any additional NVH in the car, other than a slight amount with the A/C on. This may or may not be due to the pendulum mount bushings as I am always concerned about the A/C compressor

This DIY is pretty straight froward and requires only some basic hand tools. I have listed some tools below if you find you are missing anything. Be sure to follow the rest of the R32 restoration and rehab.

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Dogbone mount tool

This tool makes the job much easier

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Thermostat Replacement and Cooling System Upgrades ~ R32 Restoration

Thermostat Replacement and Cooling System Upgrades for a 2004 VW R32. This thermostat replacement will cover all 24v VR6 engines. This will also cover thermostat housing replacement and coolant transfer pipe or CRACK PIPE. This thermostat was failing, but some how there was not a thermostat housing leak. This is an extremely common repair on many different Volkswagens. The repair seems to come in two forms, repairing a coolant leak, or fixing a check engine light. A VW with a check engine light? Surely you must be kidding! 😉

This DIY is pretty straight froward and requires only some basic hand tools. I have listed some tools below if you find you are missing anything. Be sure to follow the rest of the R32 restoration and rehab.

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How to Install a Short Shifter and Adjust Shift Cables

It’s time for another R32 modification and upgrade. In this video I will show you how to install a short throw shifter and properly adjust the shift cables. Installing a short shifter can be an easy modification and dramatically improve shifting speed, and feel. Proper shift cable adjustment is vital to performance. This is just one part of the upgrade for the shifter on the R32. Dieselgeek also makes a bushing kit that brings the shifter back to even better than stock.

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How to add Comfort Turn Signals to a Volkswagen

Buy adding one flasher relay, this VW modification is one of my favorites. The Comfort Turn Signal is an easy to install kit for the MK4 or B5/B5.5 VWs. This will allow one tap of the wiper stalk to make the turn signals flash 3 times. This is also referred to Convenience Lane Change, or Komfort Blinker. With a few tools and this kit, you can make your older VW have a feature found in most new cars. Except BWM, they don’t have turn signals. .

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