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15 06 2011

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More interior bling

15 06 2011

I fitted a Vagmeistter shift gate last month.  A nice mod – it matches well with the standard interior and brings a bit of R8-style bling to the cabin.

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Relatively straight forward to fit – see my previous post here:

https://landwomble.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/shift-gate-fitted/

I also added red footwell illumination which I love:

https://landwomble.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/adding-footwell-illumination/

I then got thinking about how nice it’d be to have the shiftgate backlit in the same way.

Cue another purchase of some adhesive red SMD strip from eBay:

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I wanted a feed that would come on with the sidelights, and dim with the dash dimmer.

I popped off the switch panel in front of the gear lever and took a feed from pins 2 and 3 of the fuel filler.  I did try Scotchlock connectors but the cabling’s a bit thin so it was easier to cut the wires and use

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From here, if you remove the shift gate and gaiter, it’s a very easy job to thread the SMD strip through to the gear surround.  I cut a slit in the edge of the gaiter to pass the cable through, and then stuck the strip around the inside ring directly under the shift gate.  A 30cm strip is exactly the right length to go round the interior of the ring, which is pretty handy.

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Pretty happy with this one, as it goes.  A nice, even and not too in-your-face glow, that dims with the rest of the interior illumination.  Job done.





Adding Stance – H&R spacers

15 06 2011

My car’s the facelift version, so it has a 20mm drop and RS4 18″ alloys from the factory.

They look pretty great, but don’t exactly shout out stance.

Off to the lovely Charlie The Vagmeistter for some H&R spacers.

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These are more expensive than you might expect, but are great – they’re half the weight of some other models I tried, which reduces your unsprung weight and makes a big difference to the handling.

These are the hubcentric, bolt-on type – you bolt the spacer to the wheel hub with the supplied flush bolts, then bolt your wheel onto the spacer.

Rear ones went on first – these spacers are 25mm on each side, which is about the maximum you can get away with on standard wheels.

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I then went to fit the 20mm front ones – driver’s side went on great.  When I got to the passenger side, I hit a snag – I couldn’t bolt them on so they fit tightly to the hub.  On closer examination the last couple of mm of thread on the hub was full of brake dust and corrosion – I cheated and got the excellent Glynn at GLT Motors in Handforth to sort this out for me.

Protip – an old wheel bolt with slots cut up the thread can be used as a tap to fix the threads.  Cue me coming back home to get a spare bolt (one of a pair which the aforementioned Charlie sent me for free after I snapped the head off a wheel bolt last week – don’t ask) and back to the garage.  After walking home, I then had to walk back to drop off the car keys.  Argh.

 

Before:

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After:

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Much better.  No rubs, either.  Car’s got stance.