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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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what's the fastest way (other than powder-coating, which almost always has some waiting queue), for me to prep and paint these? I'd love to get these started for installation this weekend (tomorrow).


If you want the coating to hold up, don't rush it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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what's the fastest way (other than powder-coating, which almost always has some waiting queue), for me to prep and paint these? I'd love to get these started for installation this weekend (tomorrow).


If you want the coating to hold up, don't rush it.

Went down the prep and powder path, you said it - no point rushing it.

Got the CLKs and Cooper Discoverer AT3s mounted up now, sorry for Mr. Blurry Cam:
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Damn, need some center-caps! Confused
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you decided what you are going to do with the steel wheels?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Have you decided what you are going to do with the steel wheels?

havent yet, will likely keep for now as future dedicated winters...
and in other news, get the van back tmrw!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like this car a lot, my one was almost ready for use, but sadly my garage burned down a week a go.

It had a Westfalia solution inside and I mounted a Reimo highroof on top.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What the heck!! Is this the van you are installing the VNT into? Man that sucks. I'm no expert but it looks like it can be brought back.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What the heck!! Is this the van you are installing the VNT into? Man that sucks. I'm no expert but it looks like it can be brought back.

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Not mine, but definitely No Good In Norway! Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My condolences on your loss. I hope that nobody got hurt in that blaze!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I daily drove the van today (to work). Interestingly, and this could partly be because of the tire changes, I'm finding some scenarios performance challenged - too many variables changed at once, so hard to know if this is engine, turbo/boost, or tire/gearing related.

Additionally, i'm using the EGT gauge now to ensure that I don't go over ~1200 (which I climb towards quite rapidly under acceleration on slight inclines), and I'm also seeing boost and oil (or coolant?) temp on the 3-in-1 gauge. Boost seems to top out around 12-15, and temp is at 198 or so. Dash cluster temp gauge is slightly below the LED as well.

One major concern is that I can see into the bell-housing (?), and I'm guessing there should be a plastic cap on there so no crap falls in off the road? It is making me queazy just thinking about it Confused

The other major problem is that since the work (which meant engine out, as well as having my drive-shaft rebalanced and u-joints fixed to eliminate vibrations), I'm now popping out of 4th gear WAY more often (like, almost always). This gives me hope that it is not internal to the transmission, but more like fitment/adjustment somewhere that can be externally tweaked?

I see this thread here: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=422264&start=0, and noticed that tschroeder0 had mentioned:
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Just a thought; I just had to replace my trans and after reassembly it was also jumping out of 4th it also did not engage easily.
The end result was that I had the mounting plate that holds the rear bushing (the one closest to the tranny was mounted on the wrong side of the flange.

This allowed it to shift into gear but with a moderate amount of vibration it wold jump out because it was not really fully engaged or just barely.

It's easy to see, as when it is in 4th there should be about an inch of space between the shoulder of the "L" shaped shift arm and the final shift bushing, if they are tight together then you've mounted it wrong (sorry I can't remember which side of the trans it should mont on right now). Todd.

Also, Fairweather mentioned:
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The shift shaft could cause that problem also and is replaceable with the tranny in situ. Pretty easy, pull off reverse switch plate and undo shifter ball from the other side, slide old out and new in. Slide it back in gently trying not to damage the seal around the shifter ball end. Pay attention (picture) to the alignment when removing the old one. Your rebuilder or a friend could provide you with a known good shaft.

Lots of other threads pointing to multiple topics. What's the best way to evaluate my shift-linkage, mounting-plate, etc.? I'm way out of my depth, and in desperate need... hoping to avoid my 2nd expensive repair foray, right after TDI AHU replacement.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

luVWagn wrote:
So I daily drove the van today (to work). Interestingly, and this could partly be because of the tire changes, I'm finding some scenarios performance challenged - too many variables changed at once, so hard to know if this is engine, turbo/boost, or tire/gearing related.


it may be too little horsepower (how much do you have now?, might be able to increase it with a chip, 140hp would be good) and too big tire size related

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>Cooper Discoverer AT3 225/75R16, as per Jon_Slider's advice for my gearing.

I apologize and suggest you exchange them for 215x70x16, unless you increase horses (iirc stock ahu is 90 horses, which apparently is too little despite your syncro 16 ring and pinion.. what tire size did you have before?)

I hope your tranny gets sorted soon too
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the hole you speak of is where you check your timing? The guy who installed your engine may still have it? If not no big deal. It is the same threaded plug you find on an early Rabbit bell housing.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jon_slider wrote:
luVWagn wrote:
So I daily drove the van today (to work). Interestingly, and this could partly be because of the tire changes, I'm finding some scenarios performance challenged - too many variables changed at once, so hard to know if this is engine, turbo/boost, or tire/gearing related.


it may be too little horsepower (how much do you have now?, might be able to increase it with a chip, 140hp would be good) and too big tire size related

since:
>Cooper Discoverer AT3 225/75R16, as per Jon_Slider's advice for my gearing.

I apologize and suggest you exchange them for 215x70x16, unless you increase horses (iirc stock ahu is 90 horses, which apparently is too little despite your syncro 16 ring and pinion.. what tire size did you have before?)

I hope your tranny gets sorted soon too

I should've been at 110hp, with the previous AFN, except it was mated to the wrong (non-VNT) turbo, so doubt I was getting 110 at all. I did have smaller tires before, details are way up in the thread, let me check and get back.
EDIT: Previous tires were 195/75R16

I do plan to get to VNT soon, and will also check nozzles, so would be interesting if that alone would get hp increase up around 110 (at least), but not sure if chipping is required to get that far?

Exchanging the tires is a bit problematic now that they're on and rolling Neutral I can also swap back to the old steel rims+tires until things are dialed in more.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BavarianWrench wrote:
If the hole you speak of is where you check your timing? The guy who installed your engine may still have it? If not no big deal. It is the same threaded plug you find on an early Rabbit bell housing.

Yes, that's the spot I believe, and i'll follow up with them tomorrow to get the plug back / installed. Not great that it got left off... but I guess just a simple mistake.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taking a break from the ongoing headaches of the machine itself, look what just arrived for me!

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Well packaged and safe.

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This shape looks vaguely familiar.

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There's no option for cut-outs to host the stock switches, so I've got a Mk3 headlight switch (with fog indicators) coming, and will install a 2nd binnacle/cluster pod in my dash to host the relocated switches, stereo, etc. Kind of a bummer that the cut-outs can include room for optional gauges, but not the stock switches Sad But I knew that going in.

The RPM gauge is a bit low, so hopefully my TDI and gearing doesn't end up with me up at 5000RPM very often? I didn't realize at time of order that the 160mph dash got me a higher rev-range on the tach, and dumbly ordered the 140mph dash (since I'll never be going that fast anyways). Argh.

Andy @ SyncroSport was great to deal with (after some initial delays), shipping was timely, packaging well done, etc.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice spring day in Snoqualmie, here I am with a new jacket trying to camouflage myself into the van Smile

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Don't know why i'm smiling like an idiot, as i'm actually experiencing Hightop Hell. Too bad there is already a thread on here about a Syncro 16 Moneypit, otherwise I'd have to re-title this thread Rolling Eyes
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luVWagn wrote:
Nice spring day in Snoqualmie, here I am with a new jacket trying to camouflage myself into the van Smile

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Don't know why i'm smiling like an idiot, as i'm actually experiencing Hightop Hell. Too bad there is already a thread on here about a Syncro 16 Moneypit, otherwise I'd have to re-title this thread Rolling Eyes


Its only money - and the van looks terrific!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, you can't take money with you Laughing
12-15psi is about the norm for a afn, mine will tend to hold at 13.8 or so.
Once you get that engine sorted you'll be laughing, if you have the 6.17 final drive it feels like a rally car.
Also, good to see one of Andys dash pods in the states Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lloydy wrote:
Yeah, you can't take money with you Laughing
12-1psi is about the norm for a afn, mine will tend to hold at 13.8 or so.
Once you get that engine sorted you'll be laughing, if you have the 6.17 final drive it feels like a rally car.
Also, good to see one of Andys dash pods in the states Very Happy

Engine is mostly sorted (dropped in an AHU, bit hard to start, smokes white for first 5-mins, especially down hill, still having some n75 and glowplug issues). Next problem is that after all this, now it won't stay in 4th Neutral. Admittedly, it had done that twice in 1000mi, but now does it religiously - which is a bit suspicious...

I could do without a $4k tranny overhaul at AA, especially since Aidan Talbot already did this box, but hey - would give me a chance to put in a decoupler and have a triple knob :p

Lloydy, what turbo and nozzles and N75 you running on your AFN, and do you have an after run pump?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn, I really want some centercaps...
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