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    Thread: Project: Rabbit Farmer's 1.8T Golf IV (racing oriented)

    1. Member Rabbit Farmer's Avatar
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      07-03-2008 06:29 AM #51
      Another busy night. All photos aren't working right now as our host just moved all data from one server to another and the DNS information will take 48 hours to start working again. So, I'm stuck with an IP address until the DNS is resolved. (should be working by tonight)
      Anyway, while I had daylight I worked on the turbo Rabbit instead of the Golf. I wrapped the exhaust to keep it cooler in the car as the exhaust pipe runs where the passenger seat would normally be located. I'll get photos up once the site is back up. I didn't realize that the exhaust wrap has a lot of metal flakes in it.... my arms felt like they were covered with broken glass and started to feel itchy. Great.... didn't see a warning on the box (there isn't one) so I'll have to suffer.
      Since Joe (Axis) will be over tonight assisting (read: doing all the work) with hooking the N75 valve up to the ECU, hooking the A/F narrowband output to the ECU, programming the ECU to accept the inputs from the aforementioned, and finally terminating the stock wiring harness, I spent my time unwrapping the entire under-hood harness (de-mummifying) so that his time could be better spent focusing on the wires instead of the super sticking/PITA to remove wrap. I'm sure every English teach in the land just loved that long run-on sentence.
      Car should be running tonight and we might do some data-logging and programming to set the boost level to 18 psi (or slightly lower) as that is what the current tune is set at. I'm still waiting to get into the dyno for the full tune (might still leave it at 18 psi for now to sort everything out and then turn it up as the summer progresses).


      Modified by Rabbit Farmer at 6:31 AM 7-3-2008

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      07-04-2008 06:46 AM #52
      Happy 4th.
      Car runs just fine. It turns out the original tune was wiped from the ECU so we had nothing to work from. I'm assuming this occurred when it went to the dyno last and they were getting ready to tune it. Such is life. We downloaded a generic tune to get the car started and running to verify that all the gauges worked before starting to remove the rest of the stock harness (scheduled for next week).
      Website still isn't up to show photos (there are a lot of red x's above). Soon I hope.
      Steve

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      07-04-2008 09:56 AM #53
      Jesus....quite the buildup thread. By now, you should have about a trillion spare blocks on ya...wanna sell me one?

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      07-04-2008 09:53 PM #54
      I have one spare block (complete lower end) that I might be selling. It is the mate to the head I just installed.

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      07-05-2008 10:04 AM #55
      all i see is [X]'s
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      you usually just unzip and pull down, or so i've heard

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      07-05-2008 11:31 AM #56
      Yeah, the server still hasn't been switched over properly yet.... Unsure why, 99% of the sites we host were moved correctly, just not the parent site (www.VermontRacing.com). We are harassing them again today.



      Modified by Rabbit Farmer at 11:36 AM 7-5-2008

    7. 07-05-2008 11:54 AM #57
      yeah pics dont work for me either

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      07-05-2008 11:56 PM #58
      Okay, pictures should all be working.
      The pictorial update.....
      Wonder why MK4's have electrical issues? I have been finding a lot of problem wires in the harness as we unwrap and remove it.
      Looky.... car is rolling on its own....
      And the turbo Rabbit. I plan on making it look a little more pretty, but in the nutshell, it is a fast and go-kart like handling car.













      Modified by Rabbit Farmer at 7:56 AM 7-6-2008

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      07-07-2008 10:29 PM #59
      Joe (Axis) removed about 60%+ of the stock wiring harness from under the hood tonight and will finish it up on Tuesday night. Wednesday is dyno day for the Golf.
      The Rabbit went to Ralph's Foreign Auto (local shop) for alignment, shift linkage alignment, and to fix the transmission leak (from drive flanges).
      Nothing too exciting...

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      07-07-2008 10:39 PM #60
      the rabbit is sick and fastaddiction [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      07-09-2008 07:00 AM #61

      I'm having my driveway sealed so we had to work on the car outside for the last two nights. It was hot, humid, a buggy as the sun went down. The car is all together and running okay on a tune that was downloaded from 034 (for the 1.8t, but for unknown turbo, etc.... just enough so it runs). I still have to properly mount some of the gauges (fuel pressure and boost) with the new mounts, but didn't have time before the dyno.
      Dropped off the car at Quinitin's last night at 12:15AM for a dyno appointment on Wednesday....

    12. 07-10-2008 01:58 PM #62
      Do I see a weed sprayer used for water injection?
      And what's up with the half of a water heater expansion tank welded to the firewall, is that clearance for the turbo?

    13. 07-10-2008 02:02 PM #63
      wow you have quite a collection
      anymore of that flag roof??


      Modified by audi666 at 1:04 PM 7-10-2008

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      07-10-2008 05:49 PM #64
      Not water injection... IC sprayer.
      Head over to No-Rice for the complete project including the roof.
      http://www.no-rice.com/forum2/...=1211
      Steve

    15. 07-11-2008 03:49 PM #65
      Sweet build, that rabbit is so hill jack, was it sitting for a while or was it being driven up to the day you got it?

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      07-11-2008 07:13 PM #66
      They haven't hillclimbed it for about three years, but they have been autocrossing it. It should be 100% ready to go on Saturday.

    17. 07-11-2008 11:34 PM #67
      sickness

    18. 07-12-2008 12:00 AM #68
      i might have a buddy that will come take that auto tranny off ur hands if you still have it. he's not far from you and he's a college student so i knwo he'd jump at the chance. i think those bolt to the 2.0's right same auto..anyway if you got it lemme know...btw ur collection is sick

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      07-12-2008 12:01 AM #69
      i like the walkthrough it was cool to see the progress as everything goes along and that old vw hill climber looks swwweeeetttt!

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      07-12-2008 02:14 AM #70
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      07-12-2008 08:54 AM #71
      The automatic transmission is gone... the auto is a lot heavier than a manual.
      Looking through our cars, everything is turbo charged right down to the truck; everything is VW except for the truck. Gotta love German engineering. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      07-15-2008 06:15 PM #72
      Progress and results.....
      I was running out of options so I reached out to some locals and Motorgeek and was pointed towards Marc Swanson in NH (3.5 hour drive, but next to the track) (www.efiexpress.com).
      Gauges mounted on "A+" pillar (dark gauge is the boost; I haven't wired the lights in it yet).

      Trying different rim color on the Golf. I have two sets of RA1's mounted on Flix wheels (they are a bit heavy, but in my price range at the time); one set is silver and other gun metal.

      We left the house prior to 5 AM on Sunday (track day was on Monday).



      Playing in Marc's garage....

      Pyscho cat (Vern) playing "Tunsis" in the Rabbit

      Car is all tuned and is running great at 23 PSI. I did manage to break off a stud that mounts the turbo to the exhaust manifold so I am looking for a new manifold (I hate the ATP so this is a good time to change it). I also need to look into better bracing for the turbo.
      That is all for now. Time to jump into getting the Rabbit ready for the hillclimb (Okemo II) this weekend.
      Wife's Cabriolet is running again (it was just the t-stat that was stuck).
      Video and photos should be up later this week. Both Nick (STI) and I have in-car video so you can see both cars going back and forth. I couldn't pass Nick (close in the straights) because I couldn't hook up like he can with the AWD. Good times at NHMS (f.k.a. NHIS).
      Steve

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      07-17-2008 12:47 AM #73
      bad a$$

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      07-28-2008 09:41 PM #74
      Well, it doesn't take long to end up in the archive.
      Kinda a non-update. I finally got the photos and will post video (in-car this Golf at a track and in-car the turbo Rabbit at a hillclimb). Both videos looked a heck of a lot better before uploading to Youtube. Hopefully the sound works properly also; I had a problem playing on Windows Media Player 9 without the AC3 (or whatever) codec.


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      07-28-2008 09:47 PM #75
      I like this car.

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