I have been debating whether I should make a project thread or not. In the end I decided that even though I am not doing anything new or crazy with my Diesel I would like to share what knowledge I have gained regarding Diesels. Hopefully it will help some one else in the future to learn about Diesels. Plus I want to tell every one in Eurowerks how awesome Diesels are!
So the car: I bought it in August 2009 with about 87,xxx miles. As part of my purchase agreement with the dealership they had to change out the timing belt before I would buy it. The recommended timing belt service interval for the ALH (99.5-2003) VW Diesels is between 80K and 100K depending on the source.
I continued to drive the car, I put some snow tires on the 15" steel wheels and rocked them for the winter. In December of '09 I bought some bead blasted 17" Long Beach Wheels from Chimera.
I also replaced the brake pads all around. Here is Nathan making me a custom 11mm end wrench to fit in the rear caliper. (Belt sander in vise + 11mm end wrench. $hits custom)
Over the winter I traded Bimmertim for a badgeless grill. In the spring of '10 I bought some H&R Sport springs off Craigslist for $100. Hart and I installed the springs and got some General Exclaim UHP summer tires mounted to the Long Beaches. I also got the front Emblem shaved and filled. Finally some clear side markers. The car has looked the same now since EW 2010:
In the fall of 2010 I bought a wheeler for hunting a riding around. Since Diesels are made to tow, I put a hitch on the Golf. I bought this hitch here:
It installed pretty easily, the directions sucked, but I figured out what was what. The quality of the hitch is really good. (The pic is stolen from the Curt website. My actual pics will come later if any one is interested)
The car tows really well in its stock (power, all 90HP) form. With the H&R springs it doesn't squat when towing my ATV. I ran my own wiring for the trailer too.
This is basically the back round before any Diesel mods started. In my next post I will add the things I have since done to the engine and what I have planned.