Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Time to Share

If there is one frustrating thing about the Scirocco it's looking for parts. The thing is, it doesn't share much more than the engine and drive train with any older VW. They almost seem to have a cult following. While I don't think I have any actual readers here on this blog, I wanted to provide a list of the sites I have used in my quest to find parts. Some of these sites will be extremely familiar (like Vwvortex) while others may not. If anyone is reading and wants to add to the list, please message me. One thing to note, all sites ship to the U.S. and these are not in any particular order.

  • www.vw.com - You would be surprised at the little things you might still be able to obtain from the dealer.  As an example the interior door handle trim broke on one of my doors and I was able to source the part from VW.  Just don't go looking for too many other parts as most are discontinued.
  • VW Vortex - The craigslist for VW.  Other than the possability of being screwed out of actually getting your part (this has not yet happened to me but did happen to a buddy), I have found more parts for everything from the body to the interior from this site.  Jut keep in mind, these are all used parts. 
  • Craigslist - I am not going to link to Craigslist since each region has their own.  I have found a few things here and sometimes widening the search to other areas will yield results. Case in point, I found someone about 3 hours away willing to ship me a headlight I needed to replace the one on a Passat that had hit a deer.
  • New German Performance - This is a decent site with OK prices on mostly bolt on items such as clutch kits and stress bars as well as some general engine components and performance parts.  I did purchase a Stage 2 Clutch from this group and the only problem was that they had the pins incorrectly placed on the flywheel. 
  • Race Land -  Good Cheap Coilovers...'nuff said. I'm riding on these. 
  • Techtonics Tuning - I definitely used this site often in looking for all the parts I needed to rebuild my engine.  Prices are fair and everything was complete and good quality. 
  • The Samba - This is another craigslist like site.  I have only purchased 1 item using this site but it's always worth a look regardless of the type of VW you have. 
  • MK1 Autohaus - I have bought all kinds of stuff from these guys (It helps the shop is only an hour and a half away too).  My biggest complaint is the high cost of the parts (granted most are hard to find) and the high cost of shipping. If the price isn't a sticky point and you need a part you can't find anywhere esle, more than likely these guys have it. They also have an eBay store. 
  • eBay - What can I say?  You can find new parts, used parts, aftermarket parts, and so on through eBay and usually at a fraction of the cost elsewhere.  I have gotten tons of items from eBay. 
  • Black Forest Industries - I have not purchased anything from this group mostly due to the high cost.  I have also heard mixed reviews on their customer service.  
  • Jim Ellis VW Parts - I have not purchased anything from them, however I have used all the illustrations multiple times when I didn't know what part I was looking for.  Good resource. 
  • ABD Racing Works - Not a lot for older VW's but has the occasional interesting items.  The descriptions are bland and the pictures are typically stock pics so I have not ordered anything from these guys.
  • APT Tuning - I have not had a chance to utilize these guys and with a carb setup, probably own't need to. 
  • Bob's Auto Salvage - If you are in PA and can get to this place, it's kind of a treasure trove even if you can't find what you need. 
  • The Bus Depot - All kinds of parts.  Could use better than stock images. 
  • USRT - All kinds of performance goodies from cams to fuel management.  Just expect a hefty price tag. 
  • Crazy Quiffs - I have not needed to purchase anything from this group dedicated to the MK1 Golf, but maybe you will. 
  • EuroSport - Exhaust, stress bars, ITB's. Plenty of products. Both my front and rear stress bars came from this group. 
  • http://www.germanautoparts.com/ - I have had multiple occasions to purchase maintence items from this group including thermostats and plug wires.  Not just for my Rocco. 
  • Kohl's German Auto - Local company.  They do have an eBay store for used parts. 
  • VW Heritage - Lots of older OEM parts.  Shipping from UK. 
  • Import Performance Parts - Couple of nice products but ultimately I could get the same things cheaper somewhere else. 
  • Quality German Auto Parts - Looking for a used engine?  Look no further. 
  • Rock Auto - Standard parts supplier but typically has more parts in stock.  Prices are reasonable.  Out of service parts are typically not available. 
  • RSJ Parts - Mostly Rabbit parts. 
  • VeeDubMachine - UK craiglist.  I have found at least one person who was willing to ship me something. 
  • ESE Tuning - Older VW's are not shown any love here but if you have an MK4 or above this is definately a good stop for Euri Styling. 
  • R. Miller - Body shop that knows VW's just don't expect a small bill. 
  • Ginters - Another local body shop.  I opted to have my car painted here. 
  • GEX International - Crate Motors. 
  • URO Tuning - More of the same. 
  • CARiD - Maybe they have something for you. 
  • Autozone - You should know this. 
  • Advanced Auto - Is this even any different than Auto Zone?
  • Pep Boys - I prefer this shop over the other two because they typically have a larger selection.  I almost always walk out of this place with something. 
  • Autotech - Definately worth a look.  I purchased my cams from these guys when they went on sale for almost 40% off. 
  • BBM - Purchased my carbs from these guys.  Plenty of performance parts.  Pricey. 
  • Show Car Body Parts - Mostly just informational.  
  • BKS - Lighting for my Rocco.  Ships from Europe.  
  • Parts Place - Lots and lots of VW parts.  Get the catalog as well, they have parts not even listed on the website. 
  • RPI Equipped - Tuning service.  
  • Scientific Rabbit - All Rabbit info. 
  • GTI16V - This is where I get my show info. 
  • Integrated Engineering - Engine Parts (some custom made).
I am sure I missed some but that is my list for now.  All those links worked as of 10:45 AM on 9/1/2015.