Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The TReg did a great job with the extra 5,000lbs on the back. U-Haul recommends a 55mph speed limit, but after several hours of driving and the rate I saw other trailers being towed, I was eventually comfortable with a higher speed. Despite the extra weight and having a thirsty V8 under the hood, I still managed 10.7mpg overall on the 1800mi trip. The only point at which I wished I didn't have a 5,000lb trailer behind me was when we hit the Rockies. Without a brake controller, mine were working overtime on the descent and eventually wore to the brake sensor. Likewise, on the ascent, my NA motor was struggling to get up some of the steeper inclines. Not to say that it was difficult, just that the lack of HP at the higher altitudes while towing was painfully apparent.
I'll look to get a small trailer eventually for carting around things that won't fit in the back of the TReg, and maybe a tow dolly if I end up buying a fwd car to get my kicks on the abundant mountain roads just a 20min drive away..
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Amazingly, I was able to get all four of the wheels in the back of my R32 (which I finally have a serious buyer for.) Here are the pics to prove it:
Monday, August 9, 2010
According to the quick-reference sheet included with the filters, simply banging the filter against a solid surface will get them 86% clean, taking a vacuum to the panel will get them 97% clean, and washing them in a lightly-soaped water will get you 100%. Since these are dry filters, they are easier to clean and do not need to be "recharged" with an oil kit. They actually block 99.2% of dirt, as opposed to the 98.6% of an oiled filter.
These are a great option for any vehicle, but as there is 0% in the aftermarket for intake systems on my T-Reg, they are the only upgrade I can think of. I'm sure they'll afford me a few more horses since they allow better breathing for the engine, but fuel economy will also increase (I'm hoping) which is good since I've been averaging 12.68mpg over the last few tanks!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
In addition to the dash cover, I received and installed my NY GIANTS hitch cover and hitch lock. A hitch cover provides me with the chance to show support for my favorite team without adding a bumper sticker (never been a fan of those). I also received my WeatherTech mats for the front and rear seats as well as a rear cargo area mat. I'll upload photos and my initial impressions of those in a separate post.
Also to be covered in a separate post is my recent GIAC tune installed by Justin @ UroTuning. I'll just say that throttle response was improved by at least 80% and the shifts are so smooth that if I didn't have an exhaust note, I wouldn't know they were happening!
My favorite (and by far most convenient) mod is the OEM push-button start that I installed yesterday afternoon. This was purchased from SpockCat on ClubTouareg.com. Installation instructions were very straightforward and made life 10x easier. I've only been able to start/stop the T-Reg so far, but I should be able to just turn on the ignition once I get the hang of how the two-tier button works. I've been able to unlock the vehicle just by grasping any door handle, and now I can continue to leave the key in my pocket from start to finish!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Front dome and map lights
- 39mm Fuse Style (1) Note: I used the High-Intensity (HI)
- 194 Wedge Style (2) (HI)
- 194 Wedge Style (2)
- 194 Wedge Style (4)
- 42mm Fuse Style (2) (HI used on both sides)
- 39mm Fuse Style (1) for the rear hatch door
Glovebox and center console
- 194 Wedge Style (2)
I didn't replace the door lighting when opened because their usually not included in "the interior" count and aren't seen often enough to make a difference. I'm experimenting with a select couple of external bulb replacements, but so far nothing's really "poppin".
I'll be taking some high-quality photos of the interior lights to post on here and be used for the UroTuning kit.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Fairly plain by itself...
But "pimp" when installed.
SO glad these came as they did. I'd heard horror stories about UPS bending them in the other packaging.
Need to find a paintshop...
...And, last but not least, the new wheel.
P.S. I'll post tomorrow with a complete list of LED bulbs and locations for reference. Just said he'd put together a kit for the interior, but it will be a little pricey (there are THIRTEEN lights to replace inside!)
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Porsche 997 Turbo Reps - 22x10
Audi RS4 Reps - 22x10
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
I also emailed VWoA from the main website with my VIN and informed them that I was the new owner and would like to make sure that all Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) were completed on the car. They responded to say they had all been completed and would notify me in the future of any new TSBs to be aware of. :)
There are only a few quirks to the car that I have to sort out; the center armrest in the front squeaks when pressed down upon; the car has a "stink" of the previous owner's 3.5yrs of use (bought an air freshener, but a carpet shampooing and cabin filter replacement are likely necessary); the navigation discs are from 2003, so my house/street/development doesn't exist on the map.
I never documented the build-up of my previous car, a 2004 VW Golf R32. After 4 years and $10k invested, I only have my own failing memory to look back on and see each step of the process. Despite my new-to-me 2005 VW Touareg V8 having a much shorter list of potential modifications, I decided to document each and every touch I add to it. Interior, exterior, engine, electrical and mechanical, I will photograph, review and comment on each, hopefully helping another Touareg owner in their own build at some point.
Color: Campanella White w/Kristal Grey Interior
Model Year: 2005
Engine type: 4.2
Power/ Torque: 310 bhp /302 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed Tiptronic© automatic transmission w/low range
Drivetrain: 4Motion full-time all-wheel drive
Original MSRP: $56,100
Options: Too many to list from memory, so I'll upload a scan of the window sticker. ;)
Some light reading on the Touareg
"Touareg - Complete Specs (USA)". VW.com.
"VW Releases Details On 350Hp Touareg R50 - Carscoop". Carscoop.blogspot.com.
"Volkswagen Touareg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia" Wikipedia.com
A potential activity :)