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    Default **MKIV Noob Guide** READ BEFORE POSTING

    You're looking at the official n00b guide for the mk4 section. To cut down on stickies, I've linked all of the old stickies in this thread. **This is a work in progress** Myself, along with all the other moderators will be adding info to this thread periodically, and if you feel something isn't here that should be, please PM me.


    All you need to know about:

    Exterior mods Curious about different bumper setups? Want to know what a "boser" is?
    Head and tail lights Looking for different light setups, or just want to know what a "Joey mod" is?
    Intakes Can't decide between a cold air or short ram intake? Or want to learn about this "Swiss cheese" mod?
    Exhaust systems Want to figure out which exhaust system is best for your engine? Or how about just listening to some different set ups?
    Fuse list Need to find out which fuse is which? This will tell you.
    Suspension All you need to know about upgrading
    Wheel and Tire fitment Fitment questions? Need to know was "ET" is?
    Synthetic oil vs. Regular Want to make sure you are using the right oil grade?
    Diverter Valve vs. Blow Off Valve Learn why diverter valves are better for your VW than blow off valves
    Stance Check out some different tire set ups and decide which size is right for your new wheels


    Have questions about bolt on mods? Refer to your designated engine's thread.
    2.0L bolt on mods
    1.8T bolt on mods

    Some helpful links:
    Master Do-It-Yourself List
    Official List of VW part sites
    Retailer Reputation Thread
    Buyer's Checklist
    Free Diagnostic Software
    Stock MK4 wheel specs
    Official Coilover thread
    List of Relays
    Why OEM G12 coolant is best for your VW
    Ultimate Guide to Going Low
    Last edited by DasBohan; 10-02-2014 at 08:32 AM.
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    Default Re: **MKIV Noob Guide** READ BEFORE POSTING

    sweet vicky, nicely done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboJettaBoy02 View Post
    sweet vicky, nicely done.
    Thanks Eric. Also added the links for the list of vw sites, DIY's, and the retailer rep thread.
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    we need to add some vr6 bolt ons
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJ389 View Post
    we need to add some vr6 bolt ons
    Like what? Nothing really cheap for the 24v engine, they did such a good job engineering it there's not much to upgrade besides ecu and cams and exhaust. Now if your budget for bolt-ons is a couple-few grand then you get down to business without going turbo. 12v a little different... might be a few more options.

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    well just basic bolt ons...cuz lately there been alot of vr6'ers asking what they can add...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TooTallVR6 View Post
    Like what? Nothing really cheap for the 24v engine, they did such a good job engineering it there's not much to upgrade besides ecu and cams and exhaust. Now if your budget for bolt-ons is a couple-few grand then you get down to business without going turbo. 12v a little different... might be a few more options.
    no need to be so contrary man.

    go ahead and start the bolt on thread if you want Jay
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    That's just me be disgruntled... 24v is just crazy expensive to mod and a complete N/A build is only gonna net you 240-250 hp. Only a couple ways to get above that and it's spendy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJ389 View Post
    we need to add some vr6 bolt ons
    Go to the VR6 group page, there is a discussion there about making a bolt on mods thread.
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    Default Re: **MKIV Noob Guide** READ BEFORE POSTING

    Very well done, and very helpful. Thank you

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    Thank you. It's a little weak right now, but we'll be adding a lot soon enough!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vixen View Post
    Thank you. It's a little weak right now, but we'll be adding a lot soon enough!
    lol, oddly enough, i have been secretly workin on a vr6 bolt on thread shhss dont tell. its takin awhile becuz im not too familiar with that motor, but im hopin to have it done soon, PM me with any ideas to add to my list. gotta give some love to vicky and bigJ with their vr6 mods .

    edit: damn vicky, ur doin some overtime work on here. im not sure how to set up the links like u did tho, so ud have to PM with the how-to haha.......noob i know i know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboJettaBoy02 View Post
    lol, oddly enough, i have been secretly workin on a vr6 bolt on thread shhss dont tell. its takin awhile becuz im not too familiar with that motor, but im hopin to have it done soon, PM me with any ideas to add to my list. gotta give some love to vicky and bigJ with their vr6 mods .

    edit: damn vicky, ur doin some overtime work on here. im not sure how to set up the links like u did tho, so ud have to PM with the how-to haha.......noob i know i know.
    Hop on over to the VR6 group (link in my sig) I've got a list started of bolt ons, and a few members have chimed in.
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    Alright guys, with the new forum upgrade we lost all of our links BUT, Cory and I saved all the important stuff and I relinked them already, just have to do the DIY's, so be patient with us please
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    this has got to b the best fourm out for our VW's its so good and u guys know just about every thing i am enjoying reading and learning from you guys...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01jetta{SC} View Post
    this has got to b the best fourm out for our VW's its so good and u guys know just about every thing i am enjoying reading and learning from you guys...
    thx man. but alot of kudos go to kennix and wolfen first off. then the mods do alot behind the scenes. everyone works together. thx goes out to ALL members for this site :-)

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    Hey, how about a Potential Buyer/New Owner "things to look for" list? I started one in a post a couple of days ago...feel free to dig it up and use it if you like. Or I can if you like -- would I just copy and paste into a new thread? Mike
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    there is already one of those in the announcements section i believe
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    I meant something more model-specific (MK4, in my case). Like this:

    Brake light switch: the correct one is green.

    Hazards: if you have any problems with your hazards or turn indicators (the turn indicator relay lives inside the hazard switch), then it hasn't been done.

    LATCH system: look for some stickers on the bottom of the rear seat uprights.

    Other things to look for (not recalled, but upgraded):

    Coolant temp sensor: new model is green (old is black);

    Backup light switch (if your reverse lights don't come on and you have a manual tranny): figure out if you have the black, bolt-on-from-the-top version or
    the screw in version and replace accordingly;

    Clutch switches (manual tranny only, of course): there are two next to each other - if you can start your car without pressing in the clutch pedal (or you're having cruise control issues), replace them both;

    Door lock module: if the courtesy light on your driver's door doesn't light up when the door is open (and the bulb is good), you may have to replace the door lock module -- there's a non-replaceable (not easily, anyway) micro-switch in the module that "tells" the car's ECM when the door is open and, when not working, all sorts of little gremlins pop up (do a search if you need to replace the module, there's been lots written about it);

    Trunk lid microswitch: if the courtesy light on your trunk lid doesn't light up when it is open (and the bulb is good), you may have to replace the micro-switch on the lock mechanism;

    Fan Control Module: A/C stopped working suddenly? Compressor not engaging? Most likely your FCM needs replacing: $50 online (or $200 from a dealer) and about an hour of your time.

    High-mount cupholders: if yours aren't broken, don't worry -- they will be soon enough.
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    i like it. pastey paste cory
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    Added suspension and wheel/tire fitment links, thanks to user feedback!
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    my cars starting to come along with all the modifications i would like to be done on it. and my next big step is going to be suspension! ive carefully been searching for the best and most popular suspensions. i just need some help and personall opinions on what you all would reccomend. If im gonna go low then i really want it slammed (keep in mind though i do live in BFE kentucky and the roads are facking terrible lol) still not sure if air ride is an option right now either but ill consider it. would really love to hear what you all think. thanks - jetta mkiv gls (04)

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    Updated with a few links.
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    I've looked all over the noob sections and I can't find a definition of "long beaches". Help?? Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MexiWagen Jetta View Post
    I've looked all over the noob sections and I can't find a definition of "long beaches". Help?? Thanks!
    They are vw wheels... there are a few threads on here about them. You can search the forum or google vw long beach wheels so you can see what they look like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MexiWagen Jetta View Post
    I've looked all over the noob sections and I can't find a definition of "long beaches". Help?? Thanks!
    Added a link that should help ya out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vixen View Post
    Added a link that should help ya out
    thx vicky .

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    Thank you, I'll check that out.

    Just looked at the results. So, Long Beaches are OE Alloy Wheels, right?
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    Pure awesomeness. Thanks for compiling the stickies makes things so much easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodmasta View Post
    Pure awesomeness. Thanks for compiling the stickies makes things so much easier
    No problem. Anything you need to know that isn't here, go ahead and let us know.
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