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 Post subject: VaJJ's 98 Turbo GTi
PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:53 pm 
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Hey all, well i figured it was about time i started a build thread to share my swift with everyone as i love looking at everyone elses.

1998 mk3 Turbo GTi

Mods: Engineered running 4-5psi
Viper Alarm/remote start/windows
Garret T25 turbo
Intercooler
POD filter
Turbo timer
Strut brace with engine steady
Blow-off valve x2 (explain later)
Garndi Turbo chipped ECU
Alpine stereo, couple of amps and some components
Momo steering wheel
LED strips under doors
15" mags
Rolled guards

Viper Alarm: to say a bit about this... i love it.... has a window module that auto winds up when locking and can control them via remote to vent or roll down, its a saviour on hot days or when it starts raining. also has remote start which is great if your in a rush, to warm up before taking off and giving it some. also has the immobiliser, vibration sensor and glass break sensor. (a bit of a pitch for viper lol but ill be putting these in any cars im gonna keep)

So when i got the car it had a link ecu system and was overfueling a fair bit and was way too low to be practical so the work i have done to it since getting it:

Previous setup order: pod - turbo - intercooler - atmo BOV - throttle body
Current: pod - turbo - Recirc BOV - intercooler - MAF - throttle body

pulled out link system changed the distributor to standard, got a garndi turbo chipped ecu from gtaye, secure mounted the pod filter added in the recirculating BOV close after the turbo and plumbed back to just before the turbo (short path) added in the MAF sensor (link ecu had MAP sensor) and left the old BOV in place just unhooked it and didnt remove cos i couldnt be bothered finding something to seal its hole.
Door LED's i know people think this is tacky fast and furious crap but if you have ever stepped out of your door at night and into a mud puddle or worse DOG POO when you don't own a dog then this is a great idea, only comes on when door opens and only cost about $6 all up, chose blue because the car had a blue theme.
also i spent a few weeks sorting out the electrics and the whole alarm system (only locks worked when i got it)



my Swift history:
Swift #1: 1992 mk3 1L 3cyl the povo pack was great, about $70 of fuel to get 900km
Swift #2: 1998 mk3 1.3L cino extreme, (black betty) was riced up
Swift #3: 1992 mk3 GTi got it to travel down south, cheaper on fuel than the 4wd
Swift #4: My current 1998 Turbo GTi mk3
Swift #5: 1992 mk3 GTi bought cheap for som parts for the turbo swift
Swift #6: 1997 mk3 GTi bought for the wheels, was close and cheap so i said yes
Swift #7: 1995 mk3 GTi a guy randomly came up to me when in my turbo and said he had an old swift in the garage, so checked it out and decided to rescue it hopefully give it another life to someone here
Swift #8: 1995 mk3 Turbo GTi (recent buy) because it was a bargain and i had the parts to fix it

just a quick add on, i found this thread before i bought the swift, it was part of the redline family from 2006-2008 in Darwin then it disappeared for a while and resurfaced in orange 2011, if anyone can find anymore history on this it would be great :)
http://redlinegti.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=36695


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 Post subject: Re: VaJJ's 98 Turbo GTi
PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:01 pm 
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so the other day when updating the thread i figured out that today is my cars 1st birthday as in it has been exactly a year since i first drove it and bought it and for me to have a car for a full year is an accomplishment as i usually change around every 6 months.
so anyway i decided that it deserves a cake on this special occasion.

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 Post subject: Re: VaJJ's 98 Turbo GTi
PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:00 pm 
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Whahaha! You need to put some paint on the front bumper though... 8)


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 Post subject: Re: VaJJ's 98 Turbo GTi
PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:23 pm 
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yeah lol when i got it it had the right colour bumper but was shagged and cracked right through, i happened to have the same bumper that i had already fixed at home and i was impatient to get it on the road so just switched them over and gave it a spray can job for now, proper paint is on the long list of things to do in my holidays

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 Post subject: Re: VaJJ's 98 Turbo GTi
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:37 pm 
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repainted the cam cover, made a new plug wire cover and some new bolts and gave the car a service today also replaced the engine steady with a good one.

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 Post subject: Re: VaJJ's 98 Turbo GTi
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:01 pm 
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great work mate , twin cam in blue would look good.

Have you thought about painting some of the bits in silver it looks a little bland at the moment.

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 Post subject: Re: VaJJ's 98 Turbo GTi
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Turned out pretty good. Will have to see how long it lasts.

I forgot how full a gti engine bay is!

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 Post subject: Re: VaJJ's 98 Turbo GTi
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:06 am 
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papa wrote:
great work mate , twin cam in blue would look good.

Have you thought about painting some of the bits in silver it looks a little bland at the moment.


Thanks, yeah i would like to do up the engine bay alot more, i was having a hard time trying to figure out what colour things should be but now i quite like the satin black and silver. will keep blue hoses but probably wont use blue paint as it might just make things look too busy, plus getting the right blue colours could just go wrong.
i plan to make a timing cover aswell, alloy or stainless surround with a perspex front. will update as i go.

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I forgot how full a gti engine bay is!

lol yeah mine is a bit excessive because of the turbo setup with aircon still in but i dont mind it being packed

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 Post subject: Re: VaJJ's 98 Turbo GTi
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Silver always works well.

I would start with cleaning up the wiring and pipes then look at the intercooler piping, Bov and airfilter.

Moving the battery into the boot and getting gelcell would be a start.

Then you can paint some of the engine parts in silver

Also put the alarm in the inner guard out of sight.

have you thought about getting a stock front bar with maybe fitting a Nissan silva add on.



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 Post subject: Re: VaJJ's 98 Turbo GTi
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Great pic but I have to say it looks better in the flesh. :wink:
I like Papa's suggestions for de-cluttering the bay too.
Either way you go I'm sure it'll come up great.

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 Post subject: Re: VaJJ's 98 Turbo GTi
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so for a bit of an update, i installed my drilled and slotted front rotors along with the new intima pads and while i was at it i thought id give them a bit of a paint.
i done the fronts one day and then a few days later i noticed the back ones looked out of place being faded and rusty so i thought id do them aswell and this is the result.

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as for the engine bay i think ill go with the style of silver/chrome and black with blue pipes. i also figured that i dont actually mind the full compact engine bay look as it kinda looks modified and tough in my opinion its just the untiediness that i dont particularly like so ill try tidy up wires, move the alarm, get a nicer battery and do a bit more prettying up as time goes on.
also got new tyres for the 17 inch rims and on the next rainy day ill put em on and find out what you all think and which rims i should go for. cheers.

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 Post subject: Re: VaJJ's 98 Turbo GTi
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which wheels do people like? also with the second set i can change the colour since the paint is chipped and needs touchup anyway so if choosing #2 any choice in colour?

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 Post subject: Re: VaJJ's 98 Turbo GTi
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I'd say the third but they seem a bit too generic but the second look good although don't heaps suit and seem a bit cheap looking, either way they both look better than the first picture. I think the second and as everyone seems to have that stictch mesh look.

Car is looking good though! keep it up


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 Post subject: Re: VaJJ's 98 Turbo GTi
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I'd vote for set number 2.
I'd put them on mine. :mrgreen:
(let me know if you don't end up using them. :lol: )

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I vote for set number 2. I've always liked that look :)

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 Post subject: Re: VaJJ's 98 Turbo GTi
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The hyperfangs are the way to go and fit a stock front bar with a spoiler like Homers and Dan have/had on their race cars?

Mate it needs to be lowered its sitting far to high.

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for now the hyperfangs are on because they have the good tread on them, will see how i feel in a month or two.
as for the height i actually prefer the standard height look, reminds me of a bit more of a rally look. also i really do hate scrubbing tyres, like really dislike it lol i like to go the speed limit and not slow for corners i dont have to and since im a BIG boy i need all the space i can to stop scrubbing or at least until i find the right suspension setup that will stop it, i guess the 17's dont help but so far they havent scrubbed much more than the 15's

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so i went with the hyperfangs for wheel choice as they have the good tyres.
ive changed the tie rod ends, got a wheel alignment, replaced rear brakes.

also gave it an oil change while doing the 5th gear. using fuchs super GTO 10w40 fully synthetic seems to work great
today i got around to changing a cino 5th gear in (happend that the spare busted gti box i had was actually a cino box so woot)


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so its been quite a while since ive updated my thread. still loving the Swift, i got a 2000 WRX was great but used more fuel so i sold it, dont think ill ever get rid of the swift.
anyway a few months back i had some trouble with the bonnet latch geting filled with dirt and not latching properly which led to the bonnet flipping up and smashing my windshield, so please service you bonnet latches before it happens to you.

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hopefully ill get some more motivation to do all the bushes soon and do a thread about it.

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Lol You think thats bad i hit a fallen tree branch at 120mph sent my bonnet threw the windscreen! LOL I'll try geting a photo up


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