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Hi guys, welcome to my build,

right I was looking for a nice Mk4R32 and due to my workhorse starting to die on me I had to buy a daily sooner rather then later and just could not find one in time for my budget.

Driving home past the local Vw garage I saw a mk4 5door 2.8 v6 4motion in reflex silver with black leather recaros and full VW service history up for a £2500 so I stopped for a chat and found out it was owned by a retired police officer who had it for the last 5 years and was completely standard and drove like new, so I haggled and shook hands @£2k and just had to pay for an mot and get road tax.

As soon as I got home I sourced a set of genuine R32 bumpers off the bay and some skirts to complete the kit.

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this is the day I picked her up from the paint shop prior to having the r32 cat back system fitted

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to fit this I needed to buy an extra drivers side hanging bracket for the left side and we had to cut about a foot off the original exhaust and add another clamp.

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we also did the mod to keep the silencer flap open for a better sound and nice rasp

(tap the pic to see a video and hear the exhaust in action)

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Obviously I had the kit on and needed the wheels and was not sure what way to go and after much thought I decided I wanted either a genuine set of R32 wheels or a nice set of bbs (loving the ch and neally bought a set when the R spokies came up) in the end I bought the standar R rims as it would finish off the look.
 

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The mods so far are the genuine R32 bumpers

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skirts plus paint and cosmetic work, genuine R32 wheels and Avon tyres

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r32 cat back exhaust

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ive fitted the r pedals apart from the clutch pedal if anyone's got one please pm me as some b£&tard off eBay took £40 for it and says he sent it twice both times unrecorded and never arrived once- never pay on paypal with the gift option as I learnt the hard way llol

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ive added an R s elector too

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over all how it's looking today albeit a little dirty [:)]

I have bought off a fellow member a set of stubby heated electric mirrors in reflex silver and am looking forward to getting them on although there on Polo base plates.

i have also bought a black grill but not sure whether or not to leave it on or go back to silver

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your opinions please?
 

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Got some polo mirrors so need to break them down and rebuild them on the golf base plates, not looking forward to fitting them but can't wait to get them on

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I have the old mirrors if anyone wants them dop me a pm they are heated blue tinted electric in bits ready to fit
 

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The black grill is defiantly growing on me think I'm gonna take out all the bumper grills and gloss black the lower grills in the bumper and i want to move the number plate too what you recon?

Fitted the mirrors tonight ill get a pic on tomorrow in the daylight
 

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Cleaned my exhaust today with the dremel tool and used a wire brush attachment and buffed it with the polishing attachment and used a bit of autosol and a cloth to wipe it off with.

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Mint result

i made the mistake of doing after the clean and then had to clean the bumper carefully as I should imagine rubbing it into your paint work with a cloths not gonna do you any favours, so next time it will be step one on the detailing list
 

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I've been busy today and made the most of a quiet day, whilst cleaning the car I decided to take the lower bumper grills out and give them a clean as you can never get then nice with the back to black and also look so dull

i didn't take any before shots as it was kind of an in the moment thing,

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they were easy to get out as you release 3 clips of the top of the outer grills by putting your hand under the bumper and the middles one has some little spring steel clips to hold it in place and once you've knocked these off with a s receiver it pulls towards you and helps to keep it square when you pull it out as its quite snug and could imagine easy to snap if to much pressure is applied.

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fisrt I clear with fairy liquid as this is a pukka degreaser and I would never use it on the car but as they were off and I had a drying booth set up I decided it was the best way forward.

once they were dry I decided to paint them and poped to halfords as its like 500yards from where I work, I got a plastic primer, a can of black gloss and a can of laquor.

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A couple of coats of plastic grey primer, I did several coats of primer from different direction to makes sure everywhere got plenty of paint

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the first coat of black gloss going on

I did 3/4 light coats of the black gloss as I did not want any runs in the paint and again did it from all angles to make sure I never missed anywhere, followed by a good few coats of laquor to finish it off.

I started it first thing in the morning and had the first coat on by 930 and baked inbetween each coat in my make ship spray over booth.

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i decided after a trial fit of one of the vents I would be rushing it and not end up with the finish I was after if i left them over night to cure, as I could imagine stones chipping the soft paint and them looking rubbish in no time so I did the sensible thing and drove home grilless llol sneak preview for now and ill put a proper shot on tomorrow in daylight.

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