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VWhead
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:58 pm    Post subject: Another 1.8T hits the road !! Reply with quote

Just completed a 1.8T engine conversion into a 85' Vanagon and it's all California legal ! Very Happy VW Logo Very Happy
The motor was removed from a 02' VW GTI.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow, nice.

doesnt even look like you modified the oil pan and clearance looks awesome.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! Under the engine cover too! How much did you have to lower the transmission from stock?

I like the exhaust layout. Everything is in stock position - except much larger.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very clean install Exclamation
Applause Applause Applause
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

insyncro wrote:
Very clean install Exclamation
Applause Applause Applause


X2 Real nice,

What is the ground clearance for the sump?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweetness! That's one of the cleanest and stealthiest raised engine lids I've seen. That engine totally belongs in there.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great! Did you make those engine brackets/cradle bars?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone for your positive comments!
It's just too much fun building 1.8T breadbox's! Laughing

The oil pan is stock from the GTI donor vehicle and doesn't need any modification.

I wanted the engine lid spacer to be very simple,yet functional. The engine lid spacer is 1-1/4" tall and the trans is spaced down 1-1/2".

The exhaust system is all Tig welded with 304 stainless mandrel bent tubing and uses the donor cat. It sounds great!

Ground clearance on this 2wd is approximately 8" and that's with stock suspension and 27" tires. More clearance could be had with taller springs if needed.

I'm using our newly redesigned engine carrier system,it's similar to what VW did with the Diesel Vanagon engines,but it mounts upright at 15 degrees.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And great 200th post on here too! Well done Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are pricing and options listed anywhere?

This conversion is really growing on me and I am nowhere near Cali. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a 06A factory steel pan available too! I don't remember the part number but I think it is usually on 2.0. That's what I am going to do on my TDI conversion so it can take abuse if I am unlucky enough!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Another 1.8T hits the road !! Reply with quote

VWhead wrote:
Just completed a 1.8T engine conversion into a 85' Vanagon and it's all California legal ! Very Happy VW Logo Very Happy
The motor was removed from a 02' VW GTI.
Here's some pics...

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YAY!!!!! Is this yer van Paul?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that looks very nice in there. great work.
I too am leaning more this way.
is there any reason it couldn't be mounted 'upright' without any tilt from it's original orientation in a doka, ?
I have 9 5/8" from the top of my WBX alternator to the bottom of the engine hatch.
I'm nearly 100% street driven so I don't need higher than stock ground clearance. someday I may get shorter springs, but I'm on carat springs now.

thanks for sharing your pics ! drool worthy !
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, my Doka would like that in the back of it.

as insyncro said, price?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

purplepeopleeater wrote:
Yeah, my Doka would like that in the back of it.

as insyncro said, price?


You kinda gotta look out for the PWR Steering pump when you put these engines uprite Russel @ syncro-nutz did a TDI uprite and i remember the pump was the lowest thing and needed to modifi the diesel syncro bash plate,
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

power steering ?!? I don got no stinkin power steering ! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crankey wrote:
power steering ?!? I don got no stinkin power steering ! Laughing


me either, not power steering rack anyways.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stuff!

Looks like the cat is supported off d-side of block. I have been using something similar.

Is the muffler supported from body? I imagine the turbo must quell some exhaust noise.

Interesting to have a look at another 15 install. I'm currently in the middle of carrier and exhaust redesign and am still making decisions. Very helpful to see your pics.

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellence! I really like your lid spacer. I might have to borrow your idea there. Super clean, congrats on the BAR sticker.
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