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    Project: Helios

    It's about time I make what I've secretly been working on for the last few weeks public, after 7 years of owning this car, I brought it out of storage and I finished all of the import paperwork to Canada. I bought a new battery, put it in, it cranked and started first try, and I drove it out of storage on flat steelies. I was impressed, Volkswagen don't normally run that reliable brand new.

    Anyway, here's the run down, it's a 1989 Volkswagen Jetta Helios Edition Wolfsburg GLI, you know, it's got four wheels and an engine, it's just a car.

    Mods so far.
    - ABD Intake
    - Eurosport front strut brace
    - Eurosport rear strut brace
    - H&R front sway bar
    - H&R rear sway bar
    - Hella CS/R tail lights (not installed)
    - Hella E-Code headlights
    - Audi 4000 electric sunroof motor
    - Eurosport exhaust manifold
    - Eurosport cat-back
    - Hella smoked OEM side markers (euro-spec)
    - 42draftdesign gauge panel
    - VDO gauges
    - Bilstein struts
    - H&R MK3 VR6 springs
    - 1 of 400 FOHA full 8 piece body kit
    - 1990+ front door swap
    - CE2 Rallye Golf gauge cluster

    So, here it is, it's not pretty right now as it's been sitting for years.


    FOHA pieces, Europlate, and newly registered Ontario plates.


    Brought the wheels to Action Tire to get some new tires.


    Not really sure what I was thinking here but the intake manifold and valve cover need to not look like this anymore.


    Paint stripper and a wire brush all day.


    Late night but I got it all done.


    Late nights with the Helios, at least you're always here for me.


    Started changing the rear bearings, rotors, and pads.


    Got the back all done.


    I'm just taking apart the front end right now, gotta bring the hubs in to get new bearings pressed in, and then the front is getting new rotors and pads as well. I'm hoping to have it on the road this week if all goes well.
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    Re: Project: Helios

    Nice. Did not see that coming dude lmao

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    Yeah, a lot of people thought my secret build was a Honda.. suckers..

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    Re: Project: Helios

    You take that second hit of method. Don't you worry about a thing.

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    I picked up my wheels from Action Tire today, I don't even know what they are, I just said cheap, will look nice sitting in a parking lot, and no balance weights on the face of the wheels, they did a bang up job.


    Got my TLTF coilovers today, these physically go so low that they the car can sit on the bump stop without having full load on the springs, they are literally Too Low To Function (TLTF)
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    Re: Project: Helios

    Was wondering what happened to this. Glad to see it alive again

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    Yeah, it's not going anywhere fast, I always intended to hang on to this one until I have the money to do it right.

    On that note... here's another picture of those eBay coilovers lol


    I tossed a badged grille back on with an OEM black emblem.


    Picked up some new OEM keys.

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    Re: Project: Helios

    OEM as FUCK. I liked the badgless grill. Clear the passenger door, toss the rub strip back on and be done with outside appearance.

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    I don't understand what drugs you take but the shit door is the drivers rear, the rub strips need all new clips so that's a later problem, and no, it's not going to be a ratdub

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    I pretty much died today when my Rallye Golf gauge cluster came in the mail, ugghh yes!!!

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    Re: Project: Helios

    Rhueened pantaloons. Merci.

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    Re: Project: Helios

    It should be almost plug and play, there's just a small modification I need to do to have the coolant level sensor working fully, the temperature gauge will work but the light will flash saying it's empty until I wire it for the coolant level sensor the car uses. Or alternatively it I could find it, get a Rally Golf coolant bottle and just use that so it's plug and play.

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    Re: Project: Helios

    What is the difference between clusters?

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    Re: Project: Helios

    They are both CE2, the stock MK2 cluster is 140mph/220kmh 7000rpm, the previous owner replaced the faulty one with one of those, the factory 1.8L 16v GLI is normally CE1 at 160mph/260kmh 8000rpm, but because mine is a Helios GLI, Volkswagen gave it every option possible, including the new wiring system so it's CE2, so finding a 1.8L 16v cluster only came in a Helios GLI or a Rallye Golf. The 1985 to 1989 are CE1 so the wiring is all wrong but the gauges are what I need, and the 1990 to 1992 are CE2 but don't have the right gauges.

    I got this shipped directly from Germany so its in kilometers and matches what the factory Helios cluster would be if the previous owner left me the original one to fix, but also in metric.

    So in short, I bought a metric version of the stock gauge cluster the car was suppose to have, and its the second rarest cluster you can find.

    As for the coolant level light, the bottle is just different and uses a different level sensor because the Rallye Golf is a 16v G60 AWD, and the Helios isn't supercharged or awd so they changed some stuff around, one of which happens to be the coolant level sensor and the way it reads out.
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    Re: Project: Helios

    I bought some CREE LED headlight bulbs that use the ballast and stuff, they're pretty neat, I'm digging how they look and they're not blinding like HID's but I'm going to hold off on road use until I can see the output to determine if I'm going to use them or not.
    I mostly bought these just to see what LED's in a reflector housing looks like, so far I'm digging it, the reflector is like a rainbow!

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