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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby IamJetta » Mar 18th, 2015, 11:06 pm

Lovely. Debadge all the things!!!
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Mar 18th, 2015, 11:20 pm

Thanks looking much cleaner. Going to be more going on so I need to de-clutter where possible
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby IamJetta » Mar 19th, 2015, 1:52 am

Stubby antenna!
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Mar 19th, 2015, 2:08 am

Haha. We are on the same page. Today I actually ordered an antenna and pulled mine off. I never knew how bad it was until me and the gf switched cars and drove together a few days ago. All I could focus on was that stupid antenna flapping around. Did some research and the stubby antennas tend to not be great for reception and would be like $30 to get here. But there is an option for a stock Chrysler Sebring antenna that fits the base. Not super short but much better and has great reception. I tend to use the radio a fair bit up here. So that should be in tomorrow and for only $7.
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby IamJetta » Mar 19th, 2015, 11:48 am

Hahah nice.
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Mar 20th, 2015, 2:09 pm

Next it was time to tackle these ugly calipers. They looked terrible behind the new wheels.

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Got this kit, and picked up some foam brushes to use with it:

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Dismantling what I could. Left the calipers on the car, didnt have the 14 triple square for the rear brackets so left them on too:

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Blasting the front brackets, everything else got some wire wheel cleaning, then used the supplied brake cleaner and a wire brush to clean:

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Painting the rears:

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Front brackets:

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Fronts:

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In progress:

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Rear assembled:

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Front assembled:

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Looks much better behind the wheel:

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Test fitting both wheels for fitment, think it will sit well with no spacers when lowered.
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Rear:

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Like I said, plate is already removed and changed up, will post that later:

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Can't wait to get the coils on. Have to wait on parts.
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby GTI » Mar 20th, 2015, 2:35 pm

Nice work space.
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Mar 20th, 2015, 7:20 pm

Yeah my buddy does powder coating and I help him out so I get to use the shop whenever I want.
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby IamJetta » Mar 20th, 2015, 8:03 pm

Nice work, gonna look so good when lowered.
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Mar 20th, 2015, 8:07 pm

Waiting on parts from ECS and for 8380 to see if they have an extra collar to replace the one I had to cut off. Hoping to have it lowered the first week of April.
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Mar 23rd, 2015, 2:39 am

Put my roof bars on:

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Thought I would try out something different with the europlate:

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Everything on the car is dark so the plate was too bright:

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Started to smoke it:

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Got a drip on it and had to start over:

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Second try:

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That looks better suited to the car:

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Got some L-brackets:

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Everything black though:

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Bracket is barely noticeable if I take the plate off temporarily:

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Plate holder mounted:

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And the plate:

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Wasn't sold at first but Im starting to like it more and more. Will wait until I get the car lowered and the Cupra-R lip on to decide.
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Mar 24th, 2015, 12:58 am

Got the roof bars on, next was time for the bike racks. First though, had to give them a cleaning after some winter use:

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Clean:

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Got them on with some better hardware than last time, also lowered the rears down to the bars, before they were spaced up:

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Then I noticed something I somehow missed last year:

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They were much too far forward and didnt look right on the car, how did I miss that before. So I adjusted them back:

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Much better.

Also, as noted, I hated the whip antenna. Seeing someone else drive my car I got to see how silly it was. Did some research, went to the Dodge dealer and got a Sebring antenna for $7.

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After:

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So much better and still great reception.
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby IamJetta » Mar 24th, 2015, 2:06 am

Dat antenna
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Mar 24th, 2015, 9:09 pm

I know right, so much better, its the little things.

A Spring time drive in Toronto:

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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Mar 27th, 2015, 1:54 am

Spring is starting to show itself here in Ontario, so decided to give the first good detailing of the season.

First had to tackle this mess of an engine bay:

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First round. Ill get back to it another day:

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Wash:

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Into the shop:

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Cleaning up the winter mess:

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Round of cleaner and wax:

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The paint is bad, every panel has a few chips, dings, scuffs and scratches. But I keeps it clean though:

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In the sun:

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It was nice and clean, so took it for a cruise and snapped a few photos.

Much cleaner rear:

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Bronze burst in the sun:

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I think this pic shows the front end better. Earlier phone pics didnt do it justice and the plate didnt look as good:

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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby matt877 » Mar 27th, 2015, 10:16 am

Looks good!
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Mar 28th, 2015, 2:17 am

Thanks. Happy with the progress so far.
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Mar 28th, 2015, 4:23 pm

Left off with this:

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Did some touching up:

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Much nicer in there now, nothing stands out:

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Got my bike finished and took it home from the shop:

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Had to test the color combo with the bike on there and the wheels:

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Maybe I should raise it instead of lowering it haha.

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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby BraveLilToaster » Mar 30th, 2015, 1:17 am

Sick job bud! Looks wicked!!
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Mar 30th, 2015, 3:29 am

Thanks. In flordia now checking out a vehicle for my father, soon as I get back, time to get low.
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Apr 1st, 2015, 12:32 am

As posted before, one of the wheels got damaged at the tire shop. While I was going to re-do that, also fixed another that had some light spots.

Damage:

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Any fresh coat of powder:

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And back from the tire shop, this time no damage:

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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Apr 3rd, 2015, 5:50 pm

Cant have anything bright:

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Before I had to cut one of the front collars off. The rear collar is very similar, so should work for me for now.
Happened to have two extra.

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One rear on the front:

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Cleaned the GFs Jetta, my bunny is pretty dirty:

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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Apr 4th, 2015, 4:47 pm

Happy ECS Day!

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Suspension install kit with all new hardware and mounts plus the tools:

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Cupra R Lip:

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Getting so close to the complete look that I had planned.
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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Apr 6th, 2015, 4:29 pm

Teaser for now until I get my pics sorted. Got some major rubbing in the rear, need to get it dialed in.

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Re: B-Rabbit - 2009 Rabbit 2.5

Postby matt877 » Apr 7th, 2015, 9:59 pm

Can't wait to see the lip on. Might get one myself.
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