View Full Version : Wedge Busy day... The TR8 Arrived!

05-09-2007, 08:55 PM
Busy day...

I got the call that the TR8 arrived yesterday. Picked it up last night, smogged it this morning, registered it and ordered a new steeering column bushing this afternoon (sure to be a PITA). You got love it! ! Its official!

At home in my driveway.
tenses moments waiting to see if I pass smog
at the DMV, distracted by the cutie doing my paper work

05-09-2007, 08:59 PM

Oh yeah, the car in the picture is nice too!

Good luck,


05-09-2007, 09:01 PM
Wow! And factory fresh!!!

Looks nice with wires!

So where can I order one??

Mickey Richaud
05-09-2007, 09:21 PM
So, first impressions?

05-09-2007, 10:11 PM
really looks good. Car too..

05-09-2007, 10:54 PM
Great looking car, I bet if they looked that good fresh from the factory they would have sold tons more. I am so jealous.... back to the paint shop for mine sooon but I doubt I will ever ave mine look that good

05-09-2007, 10:57 PM
So, did you ask her if she wanted to go for a spin??

05-09-2007, 11:05 PM

So how does she drive Larry?!?!?!

05-09-2007, 11:46 PM
Congratulations, Larry, that's a beautiful car; much nicer than the silver SoCal one! How close or far was the 8 from not passing? I know I always had my fingers crossed getting my Audi V8 smogged... Drive her in good health, as my dad says!

05-10-2007, 06:11 AM
Congrats on your entry into the fellowship. You will soon find that the TR8 guys are tight knit bunch. We pride ourselfs on being regular guys who are always ready to lend a hand. The steering column bushing is no big deal. Remove the top bolt on the top steering knuckle in the engine bay and pry apart with a fat screwdriver. Go under the dash and remove the top retaining clamp by the plastic column surround. Pull the whole wheel and column straight out. The old bushing should fall right out. Heat the new one slowly with a torch or boil it in some water in the microwave. If you use a torch, be very careful. The melt easy! Squeeze the top part into place and then press the rest in with a blunt slotted screwdriver. Reassemble. The toughest part will be realigning the splines on the column and the knuckle so that the bolt can be reinserted. It goes faster with two people, but can be done with one. I changed out one over the weekend. I asked my wife to ome out and give me a hand. I actually finished it before she got out to the garage. It took about 15 minutes, but everything went as it should, and I've done dozens of them before.

05-10-2007, 06:41 AM
That looks like a great car. I can just imagine you cruising around CA. You lucky guy.

05-10-2007, 08:46 AM
I'm soooo glad I don't have to deal with all of that smog BS here in the northwoods of Wisconsin...but our dairy cattle DO need catalytic converters...

05-11-2007, 08:40 AM
If they had cuties like that in all smog stations I'd be lobbying for a smog law in WI too. NICE 8 SC! Let's hear all about it, including driving impressions.


Mickey Richaud
05-11-2007, 11:46 AM

Must be busy DRIVING it!

C'mon, Man, let's hear whatcha think about it!


05-11-2007, 12:19 PM
Actually I've been doing more cleaning than driving. I'm waiting to get my new steering column bushing (should arrive today) as driving it to the DMV without one was a little nerve racking over bumps.

Intital reactions... the brakes are soft, the suspension is soft. No suprises, I called TSI yesterday. The engine runs great and I've yet to find anything that resembles rust or any kind of body work. The car is very solid unlike the TR8 I rode in a few weeks ago.

05-11-2007, 09:47 PM
Larry, you're a busy guy! How's the '4 coming along? I think on your last post it was in for paint?

Best, Kevin

05-11-2007, 11:48 PM
ConGrats Larry, Simply Beautiful........