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    Thread: 1985 vw diesel swap into honda crx

    1. Member The Infidel's Avatar
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      06-26-2008 08:58 PM #106
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    2. 06-27-2008 01:51 AM #107
      Quote, originally posted by 3dubssofar »
      this guy is clearly not from the vortex cause he said he was going to do something crazy and then he actually did it.

      lol so true


    3. 06-27-2008 05:48 PM #108
      made excellent progress today.

      here is a youtube video if you're so inclined

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m20GLIFfQ-A

      got the axles finished, started her up, made the tires go round and round, clutch works, throttle works,

      still lots to do.

      i expect to take her for a test drive tomorrow if all goes as planned. i don't have any transmission linkage right now, so i couldn't take her out today.


    4. 06-27-2008 05:54 PM #109
      With the black smoke and the clacking, people are going to think you just have a Honda with severe engine damage. Sleeper and a creeper.

      Keep up the good work.

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      06-27-2008 05:55 PM #110
      Sweet, engine sounds good!
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    6. 06-27-2008 06:16 PM #111
      freakin awesome.... subscribed

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      06-27-2008 06:19 PM #112
      wow a regualr vortexer this wouldva taken 20 pages not 4 lol
      grassroots racing to knuckle busting scenestahs
      we do it.

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      06-28-2008 08:42 AM #113
      Quote, originally posted by demelok »
      wow a regualr vortexer this wouldva taken 20 pages not 4 lol

      Ha. I loved the video. This looks like a really fun project. Of course if I was doing it, my friends would probably castrate me. LOL


    9. 06-28-2008 12:59 PM #114
      here are some photos of the completed axle shafts. I haven't driven at high speed yet, hope they don't vibrate. Machine shop guy thinks they are going to be fine...but he said i might not want to drive 100 mph.

      it's interesting how the honda and vw shafts are so similiar in size.

      note to self: don't let the little ball bearings fall out of the vw end of the axle shaft.....ugggg




      Modified by lapeer20m at 10:44 AM 6-28-2008


    10. 06-28-2008 01:53 PM #115
      looks and sounds great... most people dont swap the same replacement engine in a vw this quick... cough mk3 tex uncough

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      06-28-2008 01:55 PM #116
      Quote, originally posted by USOPHUNKE »
      most people dont swap the same replacement engine in a vw this quick

      thats what i was thinking... how man unfinished project threads have we seen

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    12. 06-28-2008 04:11 PM #117
      i didn't get around to working on the project today, but i was able to perform some caculations.

      i've had some difficulty finding data on the vw golf mk2 diesel , but i ran across one article that said the

      final drive ratio is 3.94:1

      stock tire size is 175/70-13 which = 890 tire revolutions per mile

      crx tire size is 185/70-14 which = 833 tire revolutions per mile

      multiplied by the final drive ratio, the engine should be spinning about 225 fewer rpms @ 60 mph with the crx tires.

      not really a big difference, but should help improve fuel economy a bit.

      anybody know if there is an overdrive 5th gear conversion available for the vw trans?


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      06-28-2008 06:43 PM #118
      Quote, originally posted by lapeer20m »

      anybody know if there is an overdrive 5th gear conversion available for the vw trans?

      http://www.brokevw.com/020ratios.html

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      06-28-2008 11:11 PM #119
      Your trans code should be ACH:

      http://www.a2resource.com/eandt/eandt.html

      You could try finding a .71 from another 020 and putting it in there. But finding a different tranny with a better FD (AND that .71 gear) could lower it even more!

      I think the AVX with a 4.25 would make it even better? Or is that the other way around? The AVX is kinda hard to find though, so I wouldn't put much into finding it (US ECODesel only).

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      06-28-2008 11:37 PM #120
      .71 is the balls
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    16. 06-29-2008 05:53 PM #121
      did lots today. drained the gas out of the tank, filled with diesel, drained a bit of that out, then re-filled with diesel. connected fuel lines to the engine, traced my wiring and hooked up the ignition. I also got my shifter installed mostly.....still needs a bit of tweeking as i can't find all the gears all the time.

      she's still ugly......also waiting on my alternator before i install the radiator and engine coolant, glow plugs, brakes need some work, there's currently no exhaust and the list goes on and on. but i'm making pretty good progress. it's only been like 9 days since i started the project, and i work a full time job too.


      here's the latest video of the first test drive. things are still a bit rudimentary

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      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrG0Q7_GuWo


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      06-29-2008 09:32 PM #122
      Quote, originally posted by The_Hamster »

      Glowplugs are not required to run a diesel engine. They are a cold-starting aid.

      OP is from Michigan... Something that IS required to run a diesel engine is getting it started.... good luck doing that in the Michigan winter without the glowplugs....

      Great post though.


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      06-29-2008 09:34 PM #123
      Quote, originally posted by lapeer20m »
      i forgot to mention glow plugs. they are an essential part of the vw diesel system, especially since i live in michigan. This particular engine is impossible to cold start without glow plugs, even when it's 80 degrees outside without the aid of jumper cables.

      the vw actually has a very simple glow plug timing circuit that varies the time the plugs stay on based on coolant temperature....but i'm just gonna use a push button switch and a relay...or maybe just a heavy duty 50 amp push button switch for simplicity's sake. I just replaced the glow plugs recently, 2 of them were not working.

      here's a photo of the weld on the axleshaft

      you dont want to run 50+ Amp's into the cab if you dont have to...

      check out this article... http://vincewaldon.com/index.p...id=28


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      06-29-2008 09:35 PM #124
      Quote, originally posted by lapeer20m »

      make sure you get those balanced before you install them, or you will be in for a pretty shakey ride...


    20. 06-29-2008 11:29 PM #125
      I decided I"m going to try to keep as many of my stock guages as possible. I haven't looked inot it yet, but it's quite possible that the temp and oil pressure sending units from the honda motor will screw right into the vw block....i immagine the voltage gage(do i even have one? at least an alternator idiot light i'm sure) will work when i hook up the alternator.

      i might even see how closely related the vw and honda speedo cables are. i don't immagine it'll indicate the correct speed, but if the speedo works i could always make new speed increments. Maybe just mark 25, 35, 55, 70 as indicated by my gps.

      i'd like to finish the body work and get her painted this week too, if all goes as planned, but i've been slacking on other things that really need to be done around the house, so we'll have to see.

      i need some hubcaps. I have a pair, but need 2 more.


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      06-29-2008 11:37 PM #126
      glad to see someone swapping VW motor's into a honda, instead of the other way around.
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    22. 06-30-2008 12:12 AM #127
      why does everyone build my original ideas before me..... Just kidding. But it is nice to find people of like minds. I also noticed the weight difference, I already have a POS jetta with a great motor, just looking for the right Honda shell. Best of luck to ya and thanks for figuring out all the hard parts for me in advance.

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      06-30-2008 01:50 PM #128
      Great build Subscribed to this one

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      06-30-2008 03:45 PM #129
      Nice to see that someone is being different.
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      real deal<p>After spending two months in the mk3 forum it drove into the woods and set fire to itself.

    25. 06-30-2008 05:30 PM #130
      As a CRX HF fan and a VW Diesel fan, color me officially envious!!

      This is my new favorite thread on the Vortex.

      Can't wait to see that baby moving.

      Mad props, man.


    26. 06-30-2008 06:11 PM #131
      believe it or not my dream motor is a k20 on hondata in my mk3

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      06-30-2008 06:27 PM #132
      Quote, originally posted by _pineapplegti_ »
      believe it or not my dream motor is a k20 on hondata in my mk3

      oooh toda itb's on a k20 in my mk2....WOULD BE heaven

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    28. 06-30-2008 06:30 PM #133
      ive done the measurements.. it can be done with a stock honda trans btw..

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      06-30-2008 06:31 PM #134
      co-build??

      i can get a k24...on the cheeeeeeeeeeeap

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    30. 06-30-2008 06:52 PM #135
      k24s.. bah. u want the 20 so u can spin it 9k btw how much is cheap ?

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      06-30-2008 07:00 PM #136
      i know...k20 is were its at..but ive got a buddy with a k24...for about 500 bucks...

      flipped his crv..and its sitting in the yard as a buy back..but he plucked the motor..

      if it doesnt go into a ef hatch in the next month..its up for 500 bucks...

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    32. 06-30-2008 07:02 PM #137
      wow thats cheap ...

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      06-30-2008 07:08 PM #138
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    34. 06-30-2008 10:21 PM #139
      project is going great!

      things i did today:

      alternator, radiator, engine coolant, did some more electrical stuff,

      test drove the car today out on the road. Drove a few miles to show the car to some friends of mine.

      still have one big puzzle to solve....shifter linkage! i'm having trouble finding any gear that is "up" ie: r 1 3 5. I just need to do some more engineering to figure it out. It's a tricky mechanism.

      I don't have a speedo, but estimate i drove about 50 mph. There didn't seem to be any shaking or noticable vibrations from the axle shafts or otherwise. Things are coming together quite nicely.


      lots of projects left to do.....like making her look pretty.


    35. 06-30-2008 10:35 PM #140
      Quote, originally posted by lapeer20m »
      still have one big puzzle to solve....shifter linkage! i'm having trouble finding any gear that is "up" ie: r 1 3 5. I just need to do some more engineering to figure it out. It's a tricky mechanism.

      Why not just use the entire shifter assembly from a diesel rabbit?

      Do you care about cutting a new hole in the floor?


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