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About Scott

I grew up near Houston, TX and joined the U. S. Coast Guard in 1986. I am trained on electronics and taught myself the basics about automotive systems and to perform some of my own maintenance (cars and bicycles). I became involved with Amateur Radio and computers in 1995. The explosion of technology has made my job and several of my hobbies quite interesting. I retired from the Coast Guard in 2016 and continue to work in the the electronics systems engineering field. My hobbies include Volkswagens, bicycling, electronics, amateur radio, web management, and reptiles. Visit my websites to learn more.

Canvasback Cargo Liner

I’ve been very happy with the VW “Car Go” Heavy Duty Trunk Liner accessory that came with my car. I’m confident that it would contain most spills due to its raised lip. However, there was one area of the trunk … Continue reading

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Banners Over StealthGTI.com

When I first created this blog, I started with a banner that I created with an image from Volkswagen’s website. I was able to use images of my own once I acquired my GTI. Later, I wanted the banners to … Continue reading

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The “Trailer Kill”

I recently did a major cleaning of excess material from my home. Some items were headed to the used book store, others to the DAV Thrift Store, and the rest was off to the city dump. This is when having … Continue reading

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More Broken Glass

It’s been just three weeks since replacing the windshield and I already find myself needing more glass. This time, it’s the passenger side rear door window. I noticed the shattered glass after cutting my lawn, so I’m certain that I … Continue reading

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20,000 Miles!

Seven months of GTI ownership has passed; I’m now at 20,000 miles. If you’ve read my other blog entries, then you know that I’ve been fairly busy with some modifications. Unlike many VW enthusiasts, I haven’t gone wild with performance … Continue reading

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Cracked Windshield; Replacement by Fuyao

I’ve had plenty of rocks bounce off my windshield without apparent damage over the past several months. Two days ago, I had something hit my windshield that was barely perceivable. About ten minutes later, I heard a strange noise that … Continue reading

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More Power, Much More…

The first generation TDI was one of the first cars in VW’s North American line-up to be able to achieve substantial gains from what was then known as “chip tuning.” The chip was physically removed from the ECU and replaced with … Continue reading

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Tail of the Dragon

I finally managed to get my GTI on a road trip after 12,000 miles of mostly commuter miles. The Tail of the Dragon is often said to be the trip every driving enthusiast must make. I’ve driven the Dragon three … Continue reading

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EcoHitch and Carry-On Trailer

I just wanted to post a quick note to announce two new pages in which I detail my EcoHitch and Carry-On trailer. I don’t think subscribers are informed when I add new pages (unlike posts such as this one). Feel free … Continue reading

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Subwoofer Changes

One of the symptoms of having the “mod bug” is the pursuit of continual improvements to projects. When I first built my subwoofer upgrade, I had accidentally purchased a subwoofer with 2-ohm voicecoils instead of 4-ohm voicecoils. My P300X1 amplifer … Continue reading

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First 10,000 Miles – Broken-In

It’s hard to believe I’ve already accumulated 10,000 miles, all in just four months! My commute is 53 miles each way, so I’m quickly racking up the miles. That’s okay; I buy my cars to be DRIVEN! If you’ve read … Continue reading

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Convenience Mods

I can’t speak for what other auto brand enthusiasts are doing to “hack” their cars, but Volkswagen and Audi owners have some really good options. Long ago, an enthusiast named Ewe Ross (Ross-Tech) backwards-engineered a VW/Audi dealer diagnostic scan tool … Continue reading

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Electronics Upgrades Galore!

This will be a short entry to tell you about a lot of electronics work that I’ve nearly finished. First was a fairly slick smartphone mount. I prefer to avoid using my USB port by charging my phone wirelessly. It’s … Continue reading

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Helix Sound Upgrade

I had been fairly pleased with Volkswagen’s MIB II base stereo. It’s no powerhouse, but it has cool functionality and its sound output was adequate. I had originally planned to simply tap into the rear speaker wires to feed a … Continue reading

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Dead Battery

I recently experienced my first dead battery in a very long time. This was a big surprise in a car with only 4500 miles on the odometer. But there was a cause that turned out to be my fault. Let … Continue reading

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WeatherTech Floor Mats

This is a late entry to create a page about the floor mats that I can link to my roll-down menu. I’ll delete this paragraph in a week or so. I love WeatherTech floor mats! They’re molded to fit the … Continue reading

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3M Clear Bra: UltraShield of Hampton Roads

I treated each of my Mk6 Jettas to 3M clear bras within 24 hours of purchase. The hood on my Mk3 was chipped-up pretty bad after 10 years, so I hoped to protect my newer cars since I planned to … Continue reading

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First 1000 Miles – Impressions, Part 2

I wasn’t quite ready to discuss performance impressions when I wrote Part 1. I’m ready now, even though I STILL haven’t completely unleashed the GTI’s power. I had been driving with a party-pooper diesel redline of 4600 rpm for the … Continue reading

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First 1000 Miles – Impressions, Part 1

I took just 10 days to blast through the first 1000 miles. I had a goal to follow the break-in schedule as detailed in the owner’s manual, but to do it quickly. My first impressions were not performance-oriented due to … Continue reading

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VW Splash Guards

This is a late entry to create a page about the splash guards that I can link to my roll-down menu. I’ll delete this paragraph in a week or so. I’m a fan of splash guards, aka “mud flaps,” on … Continue reading

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