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    VAG Tuning and Detailing. Into high end audio setups too.

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  1. Certainly looks odd - more along the lines of lacquer loss. What I can say is its' not PPF as that does not come off like this in pieces. PPF is extremely tough and can easily withstand some bird poo (speaking from personal experience as my car is PPF wrapped).
  2. Around 2 years mate and ~18K miles. That was with absolute mechanical sympathy, on-point servicing and minimal c**t style driving. That boost level certainly is addictive but not so much when you're left with pieces of the conrods as a memento... 😓 Apologies to the OP for this blatant threadjacking. I do not mean to cause you any concerns on your Stage 3 journey 🙃
  3. I was Stage 3 back in 2016 running 500HP+. Last remap with MRC was in Nov 2017 at 520PS but that was at 2.45 bar (35.5PSI). Unfortunately my engine gave up (rod out the block, check my Insta) in May 2018. I've been working on a major project ever since and its' all very close to completion. Car is now running on a fully forged engine, just the final mapping that remains. All will be disclosed in time
  4. Technically you are now Stage 3 mate 😎 Typically the '+' in any Stage 'X+' tune denotes additional fuelling upgrades. You'd be classed as Stage 3 even when you were going for the L450 (no HPFP required) or now with the L500 (HPFP upgrade required). Stage 3 is basically a non-OEM turbo, mostly a hybrid or larger. Look forward to the results on this machine - bet you're excited! 😃
  5. This was my Milltek backbox on a 7R. I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. Shockingly poor quality really..
  6. Thanks mate 😊 I believe what I have pictured is the passenger seat heater element loom that connects to the car's loom. Also known as 1K0 971 365 RT.
  7. @Scotty2hotty @SpursMadDave Link to resistors below. I bought two different ratings as I had read about both 2.2O and 3.3O. Thought I'd get a second one after I identify the correct resistance. Turns out they both work! So take your pick 😊 2.2 Ohms - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-2-2-OHMS-OHM-SRS-AIRBAG-RESISTORS-0-25W-2-AMP-FUSED-FAULT-LIGHT-RESISTOR/261532669816 3.3 Ohms - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-3-3-OHMS-OHM-SRS-AIRBAG-RESISTOR-RESISTORS-0-25W-2-AMP-FUSED-FAULT-LIGHT/261532857253 As for the occupancy sensor, I believe a new one was sourced and just slotted in place to get rid of the error on vagcom. I didn't personally do this bit. Here's what mine look like fitted. Test drove 200miles last week and they felt great 👌 Bum warmers work a treat - a bit too hot on setting 3 TBH but I'm not complaining! 😓 In case @SpursMadDave or anyone needs, I've got this spare loom:
  8. They look awesome mate - do you plan on getting them re-trimmed or fit as-is? I recently got a pair of VW Wingbacks (found in an Audi S3 🙄) custom re-trimmed and they look ace 👌👌 Had to get the air-bag resistors and passenger occupancy sensor sorted.
  9. Have you identified that its' the N205 that's failed on this occasion? Do seem like a common failure point though I've not seen many post about it. The Americans seem to have a few of these fail on their engines when you search on the web. Good luck with the fix mate! 👍
  10. Also take a look at this post in case your error is remotely related to this fault. Assuming you are in the FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1541477379484574/permalink/2051957348436572/
  11. I believe these might be the N205 solenoids that are being referred to here. I had a similar issue on my built engine recently but I won't go into details. I too had the same symptoms (cruise/front assist not available) and it actually made the car go onto some kind of a limp mode as the high lift cam won't engage with this fault, meaning you won't make any power up top. Only option is to remove them and check. If they look bent or damaged, time to replace them. Unfortunately its' a common fault for these solenoids to fail, as corroborated by the various part number revisions VW has made. PM me if you have any further questions. Here's a link with part numbers for reference: https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-volkswagen-audi-parts/n205-valve-priced-each/06e103697l/
  12. samx300

    Evening everyone

    We used to have monthly Surrey meets (might still do). Best advice is to join the FB Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1541477379484574/) and keep an eye on the events section 👍 Any plans to take the tuning stage any further than the TDI Box? Mind you, its' a slippery slope... 😐
  13. I do observe hints of BMW, Jag and Subaru from various angles. Maybe the design grows on people but from first impressions, its' not as iconic as we've come to expect the Golf redesigns. Certainly not as striking as the change from a Mk6 to a Mk7.
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