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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.

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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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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Why a GTI “Sport?”

As mentioned on my “Why Stealth GTI?” page, I prefer to keep a sedate appearance with my cars. Doing so avoids unwanted attention from thieves, vandals, police, and boy-racers. I was certain that I’d be quite content with a base “S,” … Continue reading

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“Stealth GTI” Origin Story

I’ve considered buying a GTI many times over the years. Being a TDI enthusiast, it was difficult for me to give up three things that couldn’t be had with the GTI:  1) Over 40-mpg, 2) 600+ miles between fill-ups, and … Continue reading

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