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  1. Thanks! Wrap was just shy of £1.1k, plus an extra £100 to apply the gtechniq halo coating (which I supplied) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Next up - wrap! Now, I didn’t want to do this. I thought the blue looked good, and just blacking our the chrome and silver bits was all that was needed. But wifey-dearest had other ideas. She wanted a satin or matt black. No way I’d pay for that. I wanted gloss dark grey - which she hated. So we agreed on satin dark grey....and I actually quite like it! Went with gloss black on the roof and all the silver or chrome bits Looks even better when you start messing about with filters!
  3. All sorted! The ACC sensor had indeed been knocked way off - sorted for much less than the £700+ VW quoted. New number plate plinth was £25ish. No other damage fortunately. It’s also now on different springs - much happier with the stance now. I was going to go with VWR springs but then a set of lightly used Emanuelle Design springs popped up for sale on the Golf R OC forum. I’d never heard of them but the reviews were really good - same drop as VWR (25mm, vs 15mm for the eibachs), but a linear spring rather than progressive with excellent ride quality - reportedly. Well I can confirm, the Golf is the comfiest lowered car I’ve ever owned! Couple of pics showing the difference in ride height: Perfect height now in my opinion! Now I’ve just got to sell the Eibachs and return the VWR springs! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. So - tints - that ended up being far more eventful than it should’ve been; involving a steak restaurant under construction, an angry Tamil, and the police! Car went in on a Wednesday morning to autoshades in Sutton - my go to place for window tints for all my cars since forever. Highly recommended. I wanted a light shade at most (35%) all round - but wifey dearest wanted to go even darker. The rear windows were already around 35% from factory, but by applying a 50% film, that took the rears to 22ish % (classed as a “medium”). I don’t like it that dark, but i was over-ruled! Looks darker in the pics than in person. This was done by lunchtime so I asked on the off chance if they could squeeze in the R8 for their lightest shade..they could, so swapped the cars. When I came back at end of day - autoshades asked if I’d noticed any damage to the golf as they’d had a neighbour come in and say they saw one of the other neighbours (a Tamil lady) reverse her Sharan into the golf while it was parked on the street! We checked CCTV and it showed the bump. Not knowing the extent of damage as the golf was at home, I went round to where the Sharan driver lived, above a restaurant opposite autoshades. Although they were in - no answer. Clip of the CCTV footage - excuse quality, I filmed the playback on my phone https://youtu.be/oMoGY5fbIrQ This is the car that hit the golf - the rear bumper has seen some action! Went home and checked the damage - not too bad. The number plate plinth was broken and the pressed plate a bit scuffed and bent. BUT the ACC sensor surround had half come off - and Sof noticed while driving around that the front assist warning went off randomly a couple of times - which suggests it’s been knocked out of alignment. That’s £720 at Epsom VW! Next day (Thursday) I knocked up a note pointing out that they’d committed an offence by not reporting an accident within 24hrs, and that I had CCTV footage and a witness, and if they got in touch and sorted this amicably I wouldn’t need to report to the police. Nothing. So Friday evening after work, I went round. Parked the R8 about 500m away and out of sight, and approaching the restaurant/building site a Tamil guy walks out. So I catch up with him and ask if the Sharan was his - he says yes, so I explain that a female driver reversed into my car on weds morning causing damage, didn’t leave any details, and that I have it on video if he wants to see. He became evasive at this point - denying any knowledge. He tried to get into his flat, and I figured if he gets inside - game over for me. So I got between him and the door. All the while remaining calm and telling him this isn’t a big deal, I don’t want to take it further, just want to get car sorted and it’s not a lot of damage. He’s getting agitated and goes to another door (before I can get in front) and darts inside - I grabbed the door and stopped him closing it. At this point he lost it. No idea what he was saying at this point, but think Apu from the simpsons crossed with an angry chimp. I wouldn’t let go of the door (still trying to get him to chill the f*ck out) so he tried to kick me! It didn’t actually land but got my jacket... Motherfu*ker! So I called the police and reported an assault following a collision - bit of a stretch, but hey... He got on the phone to them too and said I’d hit him! (Wish I had - but no). Five other people, looked like all family, appeared at this point too. The police were great. I explained what happened, showed them the footage, and an estimate from Camspec for the repairs (£330). He was still being a moron - even when the police asked if I wanted to press charges and I said no. He denied any knowledge of the incident (wouldn’t watch the video), denied ever seeing the note (I reckon his wife chucked it) and kept asking if there’s been an accident why didn’t I report it at the time to the police. He also denied kicking me - despite the footprint on my coat haha! It took the police lady shouting at him that I was doing him a favour by not reporting it, giving him a chance to settle, and that she’d arrest him (for assault) and his wife (for not reporting the accident) - for him to calm down. He finally watched the video. The police officer made him go to a cash point and settle it there and then! Legend! No insurance involved this way! Who knew tinting windows could be so eventful! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. The ride height on these springs wasn’t going to cut it - needed to be a bit lower. I measured up, wheel to arch was pretty much 65.0cm front and 66.0 rear. Comparing to measurements for the VWR springs, illustrated in this helpful pic pinched from the web: So - decided. The springs would be getting swapped - again! Doh! Next up though, some tints for the windows. I also booked it in for a wrap ;-)
  6. Wheels and eibach springs on - not the best pic Happy to report that the ride was still very comfortable and very close to OEM. If It still had 18s on, not sure You’d feel a difference in ride at all. Something I didn’t realise is that when lowering a car with adaptive cruise, it can require a reset of the system. Luckily the garage I use - Camspec in Crawley- have all the gear (probably bought with all the money I’ve spent with them in the past couple of years!) Would usually require a trip to a stealer
  7. Got to take advantage of the licence to mod - so I didn’t waste any time. 19” BBS CH-R’s: Calipers were painted at SL Restorations: Then eibach lowering springs went on the next day
  8. Soon after buying my B7 RS4 - I wanted to buy a separate car for my wife (3 kerbed wheels in a month may have had something to do with it) - so wifey mobile mk1 was bought. This little gem: It had literally every option I could see in the GTi brochure, including the recaro buckets. It didn’t stay standard for long - and looked like this when I sold it: As great as it was, I wanted to replace it with something a bit newer - so I began by looking at mk7 GTi’s before being set straight that the only option was an R with the same main options; had to have a sunroof, and had to have heated leather. Additionally I wanted the bigger satnav screen, and DCC (selectable driving modes). When this one popped up for sale - I had to go see it - even though it was 300miles away in Newcastle! It had all the options I was after, full VWSH, and in great condition. So I got it bought: Sof was literally in tears when I sold the GTi, and said about her new R - “it’s so ....standard !” Licence to do mods!! First on the list were new wheels, a slight drop, and painted callipers.
  9. Sent Nick a WhatsApp to bring this to his attention TBF - £1k is about the going rate at a reputable detailer, if it’s a multi-stage correction required. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Was it Nick you spoke to? Doesn’t sound like him Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Be aware that if you have an “up and over” style garage door - the lock mechanism can be defeated in seconds - as I found out. Something like this is more secure: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. No longer on the hunt... It’s a long way home from Newcastle though Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Made it to Newcastle last night to see this car this morning (travelled from London) - hope it’s worth it! 5dr DSG 26k miles FVWSH (3 services inc DSG and cambelt done) New pads and discs Heated leather Pan roof Pro nav DCC Winter pack Radar cruise Wish me luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    I’m always cautious of what a main dealer says - they’re not called stealers for nothing! That being said, if you do have an alignment issue (or do they mean a buckled wheel?) - definitely needs fixing. Where in the country are you? I’d strongly consider taking it to a reputable specialist to get an opinion on the brakes. I’m not sure about VW - but I have a friend that was a tech at another well known premium car manufacturer- they would receive generous bonuses every month for the number of hours of “follow-on” work they could bill from customer visits. Unscrupulous techs would often push brake changes as a common tactic. With the tyres - it’s not a brand I’ve heard of. Next time, read reviews online, and buy the tyres online too. Tyre-reviews and tyreleader are good websites. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Bingo. Get yourself down to SL, ask for Nick (and please let him know Faisal referred you) He just finished work on my RS4, and previously did a full paint correction and gyeon coatings on my R8 (he’ll do gtechniq too). Couple of pics of his work on the R8 - it was a swirly mess when I bought it as the previous owner regularly used hand car washes Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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