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#326 1982gl4

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 01:44 PM

Well I got everything working! I can't wait to try these out at night!

I put the switch in.
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Even the light still works :D

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I wired them in separate from the lights so I can use them anytime.
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Posted 30 June 2012 - 02:23 PM

Did you flock your dash?

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 02:34 PM

Did you flock your dash?


You're flocking right he did!

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 02:35 PM

Did you flock your dash?


Sure did!

http://www.ultimates...t=126022&page=7

It's cracked in a new spot above the glove box since, nothing I did, just the vinyl is so brittle from its formal west coast life. Someday I may fix it. It's not right in front of me anymore so I don't notice it as much.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:24 PM

Drove this around tonight with the hellas, and man they are bright, blinding actually. Its so nice on the back roads around here. I just have to remember to flick them off for oncoming traffic. I also noticed the brake lights were out on my way home, luckily just a fuse, hopefully it was just a fluke and I won't have to deal with wiring.... I also took some nice photos today.

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Oh almost forgot, this car won ride of them month on the local forum I belong to. :cool:

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:28 PM

Those are some nice shots, need a high MP camera though for it to be outstanding! I like those Hellas, fits well.

I actually need to get better offroad lights on the bumper now, since the HIDs overpower them, you can't even tell they are on (Boo!)

Do your Hellas vibrate when you hit bumps, or are they rubber mounted?

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:35 PM

Those are some nice shots, need a high MP camera though for it to be outstanding! I like those Hellas, fits well.

I actually need to get better offroad lights on the bumper now, since the HIDs overpower them, you can't even tell they are on (Boo!)

Do your Hellas vibrate when you hit bumps, or are they rubber mounted?


Yeah the pics were taken with an I phone, not bad in my mind all things considered!

I have the opposite problem, my hellas overpower my normal lights.

They are mounted directly to the bumper, I feel like if they were rubber mounted it would cause more issues as they would be able to move around more. I haven't noticed any vibration issues at all, although I have yet to drive it over a rough back road with them. My legacy bothers a bit, but I made mounts which could have been built stronger. That's soon to be corrected.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:48 PM

I heard you on the homemade light bar for the bumper. The one on TW10 wasn't the bet, and the lights moved around a bit, but oh well.

You would be right about the rubber mounting making it shake more, the Hellas on my roof rack shake all the time (Even stopped idling) gonna fix that and hard mount them.

I see only the outers are lit up on yours (Normal) why all 4 of mine come on is bothersome. I don't see anything wrong or hacking of wires.

Also, I see those fender mounted mirrors seem to work real good! Good view in the 2nd photo.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 05:53 AM

I see only the outers are lit up on yours (Normal) why all 4 of mine come on is bothersome. I don't see anything wrong or hacking of wires.

Also, I see those fender mounted mirrors seem to work real good! Good view in the 2nd photo.


I'm not sure what is going on with your lights. Something is up with them I'm sure you'll find the problem soon enough.

The wing mirrors do work very well. I've grown pretty found of them, the have awesome visibility for the lane changes as well!

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:13 AM

Just picked up a 2000 outback sport to fix and sell. I'm hoping after that is gone I'll use some of my profit to get sway bars for this. I'd love to get it handling better. I'm also in the process of trying to find fwd xt6 rear hubs, or a fwd rear disc set up. If anyone has leads let me know!

Nothing really new done to this. The beetle has taken over the garage for the time being, so I have just been driving this with no real issues so far. I still need to fix my voltmeter but that's not to high on the priority list.

Just for some pic content here is the latest on my Beetle.
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The new color (not the original color of the car, but still a vw color)
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:15 PM

That'll be a fitting color for it! Can't wait to see it after paint.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:17 PM

Not to bring up a sore subject, but......what about your BRAT?! Lol

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:46 PM

Thanks Tom. I think it should look decent when it is all done!

Not to bring up a sore subject, but......what about your BRAT?! Lol


Tell me about it. I've just kind of lost interest for a while (not forever I keep looking at it while working on the beetle...) But I need the beetle finished and sold so I have money to complete it the way I want. There are some things that I'm not too happy about with it. I'm not a fan of the wiring harness. it's just messy so I'll be cutting up a legacy one so it looks factory, and taking out the ea81t harness as it's just added weight, and a fire hazard. The gas tank is crap due to the company that re coated it. They blocked the pickup tube, and they are impossible to find one this side of the country... I need money for coil overs or at least ones for the rear. I can't for the life of me figure out the stand alone and why it doesn't work (still no crank signal). The rear wheel wells have now rotted out. Needless to say I have a list of things. Beetle fist then on to that. After it is sold I should have money to get what/need to finish it. I'm taking a trip to the north west in a few weeks I'm hoping to hit a few yards and find some parts like rear wheel wells I can craft in and a good tank. I just want it to be super clean when I'm done and it's not turning out that way so far :-\

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:59 PM

i have a extra set of wheel wells and a gas tank:grin:u can use the ea82 wagon gas tank u might have to mount it custom but its basicly the same because i also have a extra ea82 gas take i compared to my extra one for my brat, where in the north west are u going?

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 04:11 PM

i have a extra set of wheel wells and a gas tank:grin:u can use the ea82 wagon gas tank u might have to mount it custom but its basicly the same because i also have a extra ea82 gas take i compared to my extra one for my brat, where in the north west are u going?


My friend and I are going to Washington and Oregon. Planing on driving down the Pacific Coast Highway after that, we may go into Nevada on the way back. Should be a good two weeks! If you had a decent set of Wheel wells I'd be psyched. I have access to an ea82 gas tank, but they are quite a bit wider. I've looked at them side by side. I could cut the car I suppose, but I would really rather not.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:29 PM

Yes indeed, the EA82 tank is somewhat different, also the mounting bolt holes are different IIRC. Also the sending is on top vs on the back. Which is why I had to source an EA81 tank for my build.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:14 PM

My friend and I are going to Washington and Oregon. Planing on driving down the Pacific Coast Highway after that, we may go into Nevada on the way back. Should be a good two weeks! If you had a decent set of Wheel wells I'd be psyched. I have access to an ea82 gas tank, but they are quite a bit wider. I've looked at them side by side. I could cut the car I suppose, but I would really rather not.


go to johns in gaston oregon he has all the stuff u want but hes a little exspensive last time i went he had 3 2nd gen brat shells u could get a good set of wheel wells off of them and i think they had the gas tanks

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 06:49 PM

Been driving this all the time. Loving it and its going great. I got a chance to check my milage tonight after a couple weeks with my normal commute. I'm getting 30 mpg! Been a great car since I changed out that boat anchor of an engine.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:45 PM

Took this go a german car meet (Wolfsgart) up here today with a few friends. A pretty good turn out. I wasn't sure what the reaction was going to be for this at a mostly vw show. As it turns out at the gate the volunteers were telling me I had to show it, most of which didn't recall ever seeing a Subaru this old... On my way into the show I got a lot of thumbs up and shouts. One of the sticker venders told me to stop as he had to put one on my car on the way in :cool: anyway some pics of the show, and one of my new sticker.

My friends beetle on widened steelies.
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A class winning audi.
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There was just something cool about this.
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Loved this squareback
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Slammed turbo diesel Merc
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And my new sticker. Although I didn't pick it out. I thought it was pretty fitting.
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And you can kind of see my friends 75 Mercedes in this one. Unfortunately I forgot to take a complete photo of it. I guess it slipped my mind as I see it everyday at work...
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Posted 16 August 2012 - 09:45 PM

Currently I'm driving around the country, and today we went to a few pick and pulls. I was amazed at the cars people just put to death up here! There's no rust. I haven't seen a ea82 in the yards in 3 years up in the north I found 20+ between the two yards! I also found a ea81 std hatch and snagged a few parts. I'm looking to complete the grill. I know more hard to fine parts... If you have anything for the grill let me know! I need the head light buckets/mounts a grill and a left parking light lens. I have the headlight surrounds and the rad support!

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 10:15 PM

i have the grill and those bezals with the lenses if u get around to sandy oregon i would be glad to sell them to you

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 10:42 PM

Thanks to a very helpful forum member I ended up with some more parts for my gill today :headbang:

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Thanks Turbosubarubrat!

So all I have left are the headlight buckets and I'll be ready for some zzz and welding after!

I'm also stoping on my way back home in Colorado to pick up some more rare parts :popcorn:

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 11:07 PM

glad your happy with them decided i didn't want them after i got my third eye passing lamp, passing lamp grill, and bezals a couple days ago with a set of tail lights for $150 for my 85 brat which i think is even rarer than those we sold you

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 08:17 PM

Thanks to another forum member I picked up some fwd xt6 rear hubs! I can't wait to get this converted to 5x100. I'm not sure what wheels to run... I know I'll be using dual port out back front brakes/spindles as I have a couple around. so they will at least have to be 15's I was thinking some rs five spokes would look nice, but we will see what I find!

Not sure what people use to re taper the ball joints anyone know?

I also hope to use an impreza disc set up on the rear with the e-brake backing plate and all.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:30 PM

^ stoked to see the 5 lug conversion when it happens!:headbang:




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