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  1. hi guys, I've been a member on the forum for a while now and have owned a few Polo's but have never made a build thread so i thought it was about time i got started. I currently have a 1993 Tornado red 1 litre Coupe and the story goes.... i used to own this car and bought it when it was standard and drove it for a while but then decided it was too old and i wanted something new so i sold it to a friend and bought a 9n off another, had that for a while but then missed my mk2/f and just wanted something older again so i ended up doing a part-ex on another mk2/f that came lowered with ats classics and 8 spoke wellers. so i fell back in love with the mk2/f polo again and this time decided to do some work myself, fitted some camber shims and gave it more stretch etc... then got to the stage where i needed something faster so ripped the engine out and started smoothing the bay then found a hole in the battery tray and the front left sill (F**k Speedbumps) ohh and the back arches were cut off to fit my J.d.m arches hah. anyway gave up on it and bought myself a civic as I'm sure youll all love to hear , drove that for a while then heard that my polo was up for sale again so bought it back and i plan on never selling it again !!! since buying it back I've done a few bits, mostly what had been done to my previouse one with the parts from it, fitted corrado VR6 front seats removed the rear seats OMP Wheel and Boss fitted a glove box clear indicators wooden beetle gearknob beetle basket stainless manifold new fuel tank G40 exhaust G40 taillights Then the head gasket went!!!!!!!! :@:@:@:@ so..... engine out again and i thought i might aswell do the suspension and breaks at the same time too THE ENGINE turns out the engine was just gubbed so i removed it completely and used the aau from my previose polo, Rebuilt and fitted a 1.3 Gt head and cam, stainless manifold, stainless centre section and back box, new water pump, timing belt, gaskets, oil filter, spark plugs, coolant, etc.. cbr 600 bike carbs (still need wired up!! ) THE BRAKES being a 1 litre coupe fox the breaks were PISHHH so theyve been removed and replaced with 239x20mm vented G40 Discks and pads (mintex) VWII calipers, VWI carriers and Hell Braided hoses up front, with new Drums shoes and cylinders on the back with camber shims too and new wheel bearings all round. THE SUSPENSION I was running a 60mm kit on my old polo but that wasnt low enough, but lucky for me this polo came with a 80mm kit (wich i bought the first time i owned it but never fitted ), this still wasnt low enough so I've recently bought and fitted some TA Technix coilovers and now sits how i like it THE WHEELS Currently running 13"x7j front and 13"x8j rear Weller 8 spoke wheels (mad offset ) with 165/55/13 Nankang tyres, plenty camber and stretch on the back and rolled arches to get them under So thats what has been done, its not nuch of a build thread but i feel it will just be eaisier to say whats been done and then ill try upload some pics of the stuff thats been done and how it looks for those who are interested and ill try continue the thread from here and keep it upto date with pictures and posts WHATS NEXT finish covering my door cards finish rolling the arches more new tie rod assembly polly bush kit (maxRPM.de) Powerflex Black seriese Inner bushings Camber adjustable top mounts (maxRPM.de) braided fuel lines get the bike carbs wired up and setup properly make a subframe and sump guard/belly pan underseal the car toyo r888 or yoko semi slicks. thats whats been done uptill now and ill get some pics of my car when i bought it and my previous polos up soon and then keep you upto date with my progress and anything new, look forward to hearing what you guys think
  2. just seeing if anyone can shed some light on this. I've found a set of 13"x8j banded steels for sale and was just wondering if anyone knew what sort of tolerence I'd have in regards to lowering it aswell. Only wanna put it down 40mm but obviously don't want any rubbing issues. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  3. Hi folks! After being without a car for over a year, I decided to get myself a usefull car for a change :) I decided to go for a Polo 6N Estate (two dogs :P) with 1.6 engine. Found a nice one just outside where I live - white, just serviced, a tad under 100K miles made. The car seemed in pretty good condition, no major issues with it, no rust, everything in working order. It even has a mad bulldog sticker on the boot (I do have Huskies tho...:P)! Gave it a spin and test ride - deal done. Here are some pics: So far, I've only managed to do 500 miles with it but I'm very pleased with what I got for mere 750 GBP. The car drives nicely, it's solid and compact. The engine is really great. 1.6 8V multipoint gives the impression of being stronger than it really is - pulls very well from low rpms. Could, of course, be due to the fact my shoes weight more than this Anyways, so far, I'm loving it and despite the fact I'm used to driving cars from a completely different league, I enjoy driving it quite a bit. I've decided to put together a + and - list - hopefully, this can be of help to someone thinking of buying it. Here we go: + - nice, responsive engine - feels airtight and quite well made - good steering - slick gearbox - very roomy for it's size (I fit in easily and I'm 6,2) - pretty darn economical for the engine size and age - practical (love the rear seats folding) - it's quite high so no issues when driving on rough terrain :) - surprisingly comfy - probably me only, but I love the fact that, appart from electrical windows, it's got no equipment - roof racks come standard - - it's quite high - and it rolls quite a bit - perhaps a bit unfair considering the fact I gave this engine a + but I could easily live with high rev happier engine (all fun stops @ app. 4500-5000 rpm) - reverse gear needs very, very gentle and precise handling - allthough it's got some space, there may be issues getting larger objects in the trunk (inner width between arches, boot edge very high) - seats are fixed - you can only tilt the seating position (I did manage to get it set right for my bum) - fuel cap and doors have no lock - no glove compartment, no nice trays, cup holders... (quite an issue when entering the car with a coffee to go! ) The car isn't completly issue-free. I do have to add, I can be quite meticulous so the following list should be taken with a little reserve. If anyone knows about the solutions for these "problems", I'd be more than happy to hear about it! Issues (any feedback appreaciated!): - wobbly ride - the car setup is soft by default but I think the suspension has seen it's better days - braking is shakey (disks need changing) - the right wheel bearing is a bit lound on full lock (turning left) - reverse shifting is a bit painful as it sometimes crunches. Also, I need to press the clutch all the way down in order to do it (is the cable self adjusting?) - I notice some fuely smell when starting it cold - the economy is great though (managed to do 47 mpg on highway + B-roads!) - idle is a bit restless - not harsh and barely noticeable, but it's there (idle motor needs cleaning / setting? ) - according to the rev counter it also seems to idle a bit high @ app. 850 and 900 rpm - is that normal? - the main belt pulley seems to dance just a bit - is that common with Polos? - handbrake grabs too late (8+ clicks) - middle exhaust protection is loose as it rattles So, to summarize it, it will need: breaks change / overhaul, suspension change, idle motor checkup, new HT leads, rotor and cap (just to be safe), exhaust protection refit. I intend to use it as a daily driver, mostly for weekend journeys to the hills and mountain areas, vacation. If it proves to be just as good as I think it might, I do have some plans though (again, help here more than welcome!): Plans: - suspension change > I was thing to go with AP fixed / coilovers as I 've only heard great stuff about them. Besides, I've been told they're nowhere near extreme as far as the height (-40/-30) and firmness go. Cnsidering the fact they're relatively cheap, seems they're the perfect way to go. I would like to lower the car just a bit and make it a bit firmer but still keep it very usable as a daily driver. Anyone done that with AP on theirs? Alternatives perhaps? - brake overhaul / upgrade > what kinda brakes fit the Polo cheap without any bigger issues? If it's a hassle, I'll just go for original disks... - wheels and tires upgrade > The car now drives on 14'' steelies and 175/60 winter tires so I feel this is what I'll deal with first. I'm a big sucker for widened black steelies but the law over here dissaproves so I'll probably go with regular, wider ones (7, 7,5 J). Haven't really decided yet, about this one, but black 14 '' steelies with smaller ET seem as a good option. I might however go with a more regular, 15'' setup and a decent 195 rubber. Any suggestions? I'd be more than happy to hear about it. Steelies are a safer option given the car is white but I'd love to hear about good looking 15'' alloy alternatives. I must also add, I was allways more about the performance than looks, so weight plays a certain role here :) - Yakima or Thule wind barrier on roof (as soon as I get ahold of one cheap - quite pricey these!) - rubber"edged" protector in the boot (done!) and a dog guard frame (ordered) - rear red lights (this stuff seems hard to find) > Question - do indicators glow red or orange with these? If red, it's a no go (yeah, the law). - maybe pair of Golf GTI front seats - not a sucker for audio but maybe a decent USB capable radio as the one I have is a cassette player ) - a big if - engine tune up (any proven to be good and worthy mods on a 1.6 8V unit)?) So, all in all, nothing big, nothing drastic - just want to make this good servant to look a tiny bit better and drive a tiny bit tighter. Here are two pics showing what I had in mind looks-wise: That would be it - sorry for the lenghty introduction - I usually get carried away with this stuff easily ...and, yeah, thanx for the welcome and any help in advance! Best, F
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