For those who missed the 2013 TDIFest in Sunday, Maine, it was a hit. Besides the usual good time and camaraderie, the drive up Mt Washington "looked" to be most interesting. (video from the top of TooRoundTDI's car)
TDIFest 2013 is just over a month away and promises to be filled with fun and excitement! This year's TDIFest is located in Newry, Maine and will be centered around the Sunday River Resort’s Grand Summit Hotel on Labor Day weekend (August 30th - September 1st). Find out more at http://wiki.tdifest.com, register at http://reg.tdifest.com, and reserve your hotel room by calling 800-207-2365 (group code 85b22m) by August 9th to take advantage of our great group rates. Please note that late TDIFest 2013 registration rates go into effective August 1st so register early and save!
Kick off the weekend with our fabulous New England cookout (meet-n-greet) on Friday evening. Saturday will feature breakfast with a guest speaker, show & shine, and several technical sessions. Saturday evening will feature a group drive and dinner on your own at one of the great restaurants in downtown Bethel. Sunday offers the raffle drawing and additional technical sessions. Sunday evening gives you time to explore the mountain, ride the ski lift, and end up at the Peak Lodge for our awards banquet and live auction.
Both Saturday and Sunday will have vendor displays in the parking lot. This is a great opportunity to get to know the vendors and purchase items that you might need for your TDI. Many vendors have already graciously donated some products that will be auctioned off at the banquet, with the proceeds helping to fund TDIClub for another year. If you are a vendor and wish to donate some products, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be able to give you further information.
It's not really local to Cincinnati, but is at the home of a regular TDIClub member from just east of Columbus. Aaron (Growler) regularly connects with a few of us in SW Ohio and is always wrenching on someone's TDI. If you are looking for a place to connect with other TDI owners, this would be a great opportunity.
TDIClub GTG at Aaron's (Growler) in Millersport, OH Saturday 6/29 from 9am until?? Food, Fun, Diesels, Diesel Nuts, and general good times.
All are invited, Please bring sides to share, Chairs to sit on and stories to tell. Aaron from Boraparts will be there offering Malone Tunes, and deals on Parts (preorder and have it shipped to my place for GTG pickup). Paramedick Bruce is coming up from Kentucky. Frank Irving (Franko6 from TDIClub) is there to talk your ears off about Cylinder heads, Camshafts, and Injectors all day. I do have a low rise lift good for fluid changes (take all your old fluids home please) and Tire rotations etc.
A handful of CinciTDI friends gathered on Saturday at Roosters in Fairfield Ohio with our Volkswagen TDIs and stayed warm inside most of the time for just a social get together (GTG). That's not to say a few cars didn't need a bit of "wrenching," but the temperature and wind chill would not have have made that a pleasant task – besides we only intended to talk and eat.
Adding a nice summary by Doogie from the Yahoo List (below), but for some great How-To detail regarding the Lower Contol Arm work, check this LINK.
Thanks Tim. Wow, those LCA’s on your car were for sure worn out, but the sway bar bushings you could see daylight through them! J I bet after your alignment it felt like a new car! Your aluminum skid plate makes me feel like I should bite the bullet and get one asap! Btw, I like getting dirty! Makes me feel like I’m doing something!
Thanks to Eric for the quick ride down to the hardware store to get a replacement bolt. For those of you who didn’t make it, Tim’s mega-muscle strong-arm approach to removing the bolt that holds the torsion-bar dog-arm-to-LCA was too much for the 10 year old bolt, and it snapped off after about ½ inch removal.(He’s such a BRUT!) Thankfully we didn’t have to deal with removing the remaining bolt, as it was stuck in the old LCA, which he had purchased a new one. So, all we needed was a replacement bolt.
Eric took us down to the local hardware store, where a misplaced broken curb jumped out in front of us, and POP! Busted a tire on his spanking clean 2012 Passat L Tim and I were amazed at how much room that thing has, and were quit envious of it. Feeling bad about the tire pop, we jumped right on it like an Indy 500 pit crew, and had it swapped out before Eric could say “WOW! Now I’m Glad I got the Road Hazard warranty!” His beautiful little (big?) Passat only has 3000 miles on it! Quite a little thing it is!
Attention All TDI Power Enthusiasts:
Jon's Auto LLC is proud to present the return of Jeff from "Rocketchip" (www.rocketchip.com) to their shop in Central Ohio. Jon Hamilton, BBB-accredited shop owner, 10 year veteran TDI & ASE-certified mechanic, still holds the record for the fastest diesel up Pikes Peak with his 2000 Golf TDI because of Jeff Robertson's custom tune. With over 25 year of experience in performance tuning, Jeff is a nationally recognized tuner and is well-respected in the TDI community. Rocketchip has a number of different levels of chip-tuning to suit individual preference and goals. Jon's Auto has hosted this event since 2005 and have received 100% positive feedback with likely gains in fuel economy and definite gains in performance. This semi-annual event will be held on Saturday August 20 @ 8 AM. They will be doing chip tuning, injector installs, FREE VAG-COM computer scans, and other minor work if necessary. Due to space and time constraints, they are reserving this event for individual who wish to be tuned only. This is a first come, first serve event or you may drop off your TDI Friday evening or Saturday morning to avoid the wait. Please contact Jon's Auto via e-mail or phone to confirm your attendance, so they may provide Jeff with an approximate tune count. Jon's Auto appreciates your time.
Information you should know....
-Early registration ($25) will last until June 21, then revert to full price of $35. Please plan accordingly.
-A "companion" registration is available for $15. A companion is defined as family, boyfriend/girlfriend. Period. If you are a club member, you must pay full registration price. Companion will get nametag, T shirt, and admittance to the pig roast. Pretty good deal. Companion MAY NOT enter a car in the show n shine. That requires a full registration.
-Pig roast. NO ONE eats for free. Only those with full or companion registrations will be allowed to go through the line. This includes kids. Please plan for this. Cutoff date for pig roast registration is noted on the registration site. We probably won't be able to accomodate last minute registrants due to finite amount of prepared food.
-Banquet. For those with special food need, please let us know. We can arrange accomodations if they aren't extensive.
-Vendors are not being charged anything extra to be at TDIFest 2011. However, all members of your party involved with sales must pay full registration. Family members not selling qualify for companion registration. Vendor is responsible for any hotel charges for unusual needs.