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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Another 1.8T hits the road !! Reply with quote

Spacers, it does the trick.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Another 1.8T hits the road !! Reply with quote

Altoona wrote:
Running_Man wrote:
What are you 2wd guys running for suspension springs these days? I just installed a 1.8t in my '85 2wd westy with Gowesty 1.5" lift springs, and it appears to be sagging in the back. I believe the 1.8t engine is a bit heavier than the wbx, so I'm wondering what my options are at this point....

I'm not that excited to do spring spacers as I've read that it is not good for progressive spring performance.

I want to keep the van lifted between 1.5 to 2" max.

I want the van level.


Spacers don't affect the spring performance at all. If you are happy with how it rides, throw some spacers in there.


I totally agree (no issues with spring spacers)!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Another 1.8T hits the road !! Reply with quote

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What are you 2wd guys running for suspension springs these days? I just installed a 1.8t in my '85 2wd westy with Gowesty 1.5" lift springs, and it appears to be sagging in the back. I believe the 1.8t engine is a bit heavier than the wbx, so I'm wondering what my options are at this point....

I'm not that excited to do spring spacers as I've read that it is not good for progressive spring performance.

I want to keep the van lifted between 1.5 to 2" max.

I want the van level.


Spacers don't affect the spring performance at all. If you are happy with how it rides, throw some spacers in there.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Another 1.8T hits the road !! Reply with quote

What are you 2wd guys running for suspension springs these days? I just installed a 1.8t in my '85 2wd westy with Gowesty 1.5" lift springs, and it appears to be sagging in the back. I believe the 1.8t engine is a bit heavier than the wbx, so I'm wondering what my options are at this point....

I'm not that excited to do spring spacers as I've read that it is not good for progressive spring performance.

I want to keep the van lifted between 1.5 to 2" max.

I want the van level.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Stephan's been doing them. He just reworked/improved the throttle system very nicely! What's your plan for auto R&P?


Yep, I know

R/P all depends on tire size. So why not put a bigger tire on stock R/P?


Give it a try. I had a bigger tire (215/65/15 = 26.5") mated to a 3.73. Didn't like it. Curious to hear how another R&P/Tire combo might work out.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Stephan's been doing them. He just reworked/improved the throttle system very nicely! What's your plan for auto R&P?


Yep, I know

R/P all depends on tire size. So why not put a bigger tire on stock R/P?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sweet video, when are you going to start doing conversions for vans with auto tranny?


Thanks
Good question

I'm clearing the operating table for the next conversion, it's an automatic Westy. We have a real nice throttle drive-by-wire/kick down system designed for it. Looking forward to helping out the auto's Smile


Stephan's been doing them. He just reworked/improved the throttle system very nicely! What's your plan for auto R&P?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sweet video, when are you going to start doing conversions for vans with auto tranny?


Thanks
Good question

I'm clearing the operating table for the next conversion, it's an automatic Westy. We have a real nice throttle drive-by-wire/kick down system designed for it. Looking forward to helping out the auto's Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet video, when are you going to start doing conversions for vans with auto tranny?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The red Doka needs flares!

Looking good Paul!


Thanks Eric, I agree they look pretty sweet on my 1.8T Westy

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The red Doka needs flares!

Looking good Paul!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

84' Red Doka 1.8T test drive



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats! That's the Full Service way to do it right, fully BAR coded sticker.
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No need to argue with Cali smog shops about respecting an Executive Order.

And the Selectable APR Chip is a Killer App for offroad crawling torque. Top Class Cruise Control Stalk retrofit. I'm jealous, my Vanagon cruise control stalks keep failing. I'm on my 3rd one and it's acting unreliable again.
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Thanks for the pics!

Now, how about a skid plate?Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another 1.8T hits the road! Dancing VW Logo

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This ones an 87' Syncro tintop with a low mileage 1.8T motor.

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Another fresh BAR label without needing an executive order Very Happy
California says yes to this motor!

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Every emission device is installed from the donor (03' Jetta).
Check engine light placed in the best location.

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Cruise control and drive-by-wire like a modern car.
That's the diagnostic port under the fuse panel, conveniently located.

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This thing got a few upgrades while we were at it.
Stage 1 APR tune selected with CCS stalk, Big Audi disks front and rear, cold R-134a blowing front and rear, 930 rear axles from Burley and fresh rebuilt trans with all the bells and whistles from AA Transaxle. Guess what there's a limited slip Peliquin inside!

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A little bit of bling! - 1.8T badge deserved!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doka makes it easier to convert the 1.8T instead of a van Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome job on an awesome truck!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Tequila, Jon and Stephan

I understand this Doka was a fire vehicle for the Continental tire company in Germany. Started life as a 1.9 carbureted wbx with no frills.

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More to come!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations!

now about those wheels.... Twisted Evil

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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