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    1. Member blue70beetle's Avatar
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      10-02-2012 08:44 PM #22576
      Shouldn't they have a lower CG than an upright engine? FWIW, Moto Guzzi is a V, but sideways. Honda did the same with the CX500/650s in the early '80s.

      Speaking of opposed engines with a low CG, want:

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      10-02-2012 09:06 PM #22577
      yeah I wasn't saying that Moto Guzzi's were boxers. Just that they weren't space effecient...
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      10-03-2012 12:13 AM #22578
      Quote Originally Posted by blue70beetle View Post
      Speaking of opposed engines with a low CG, want:
      WTF? A GL1500 chopped into a quasi-dirtbike? Or an XR hacked to the nines to cram in a GL1500 motor?

      For my tastes, the Valkyrie was a pretty sweet boxer six — though the old KZ1300s' and CBXs' inline six was a hoot for a bike, too....

      Back to VWs, I replaced the HVAC blower on the GTI tonight — the bearings have been noisy through several winters, though quiet in the summer. Took two hours, and I'm still not sure it's in quite right, plus I broke a couple trim tabs for the glovebox and center console.

      What is it with VW and blower fans that don't last for jack?! The old black Jetta needed a replacement, too — and even though it was a trickier job, at least there weren't so stinkin' many little plastic tabs to break when you pulled the relevant part of the dash....

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      10-03-2012 01:36 AM #22579
      Quote Originally Posted by OstTrefftWest View Post
      WTF? A GL1500 chopped into a quasi-dirtbike? Or an XR hacked to the nines to cram in a GL1500 motor?

      For my tastes, the Valkyrie was a pretty sweet boxer six — though the old KZ1300s' and CBXs' inline six was a hoot for a bike, too....

      Back to VWs, I replaced the HVAC blower on the GTI tonight — the bearings have been noisy through several winters, though quiet in the summer. Took two hours, and I'm still not sure it's in quite right, plus I broke a couple trim tabs for the glovebox and center console.

      What is it with VW and blower fans that don't last for jack?! The old black Jetta needed a replacement, too — and even though it was a trickier job, at least there weren't so stinkin' many little plastic tabs to break when you pulled the relevant part of the dash....
      Haven't had to change one in my VW's yet. Knock on wood. But I feel for you because I've done a heater core in the Mk2 before and that wasn't fun. And if it makes you feel better it always seems like I break something in the process as well.
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      10-03-2012 09:31 PM #22580
      A little work on the B4 today.

      Inner and outer tie rods, plus lower ball joints all changed out. The steering rack boots are both ripped though, so new ones on order. Now I have to hold out for alignment till they arrive since the outer tie rods will have to come back off. And even though I tried to match the old tie rods for length, I can visually see that the wheels are toed out a bit.

      Yay...

      EDIT: Oh and I've been doing a bit of poking around. Actually as Jason can attest for quite some time, trying to find someone who has stock of the seat cloth in the harlequin for a Recaro project. Well I've called and emailed dozens of places at this point with no luck. I might have found an alternate. I have a place in the Netherlands sending a sample to me. Its actually material for an Opel Astra/Corsa. What do ya'll think?

      New material...


      vs. Factory Joker fabric pattern...


      May be a serviceable replacement. My only concern is it may be too "grey"...
      Last edited by Foxtrot; 10-03-2012 at 09:43 PM.
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      10-03-2012 10:54 PM #22581
      Interesting alternative. There's something to be said for keeping the OEM party seats for a concours event thirty years from now, and going "just a little different" than OEM for the Recaros. I see what you mean about potentially too grey, but it's sure worth checking in person....

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      10-04-2012 02:42 PM #22582
      Steering rack bellows installed, now all I need is the alignment. Not bad for ordering about 3pm yesterday and them showing up at my door by 10:30 this morning.
      "2 tone paint jobs are for wusses.. I rock 4 tone"

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      10-06-2012 09:10 AM #22583
      FS: Happich Replacement seals

      **WTB: G60 or lysholm chargers** **WTB:mk6 TDI Turbo upgrade** **WTB: mk6 power folding mirrors**

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      10-06-2012 09:35 AM #22584
      I'd love to buy that...just need some extra cash sitting around...

      A clean Fastback and a clean, fast Ghia are both on my short list of cars to own.

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      10-07-2012 04:40 PM #22585



      FS: Happich Replacement seals

      **WTB: G60 or lysholm chargers** **WTB:mk6 TDI Turbo upgrade** **WTB: mk6 power folding mirrors**

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      10-07-2012 11:53 PM #22586
      Quote Originally Posted by OstTrefftWest View Post
      And the proud new owner of this bike is...

      No, not me, but an old friend of mine's husband. He's adding it to his stable, which also includes an RT touring rig and a Suzuki Boulevard for around-town hops. Bike looks clean, but will need some TLC — carb jetting, perhaps (though they've been recently rebuilt by Bing). Still, glad to see it go to a good home!

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      10-09-2012 11:46 AM #22587
      What a load of grade "A" bull ****!!!! I just took my '97 Passat to Tire Barn to get the alignment done after my front end work. The front desk clerk asked the alignment guy if that would be an issue, and they turned me away. He said the alignment job was "too complicated of a job."

      What a load of crap. I pointed out the fact that they had aligned my Mk3 Golf twice and my Mk2 Jetta once and that they have the same suspension setup, he just said "Nope. We can't do it and recommended I go to Dubbers."

      So, apparently front end allignments on "ALL" FWD Volkswagen's from 1975 up (a '75 Rabbit has the same basic suspension setup as my B4 Passat) is too "hard" a job for Tire Barn. Just thought I would share.
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      10-10-2012 09:43 AM #22588
      Well as much as it pains me. I did it. The Mustang is up for sale. It kind of makes be a bit sick to my stomach to sell something that has such sentimental value to me, but it has to be done. Here is a link the craigslist posting...

      http://tippecanoe.craigslist.org/cto/3328871548.html

      Asking $3200 officially. If a local vortexer wants it I might be willing to deal a bit.



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      10-12-2012 01:24 PM #22589
      What's the best place to get an exhaust done around here? Becks wants 500+ to install a downpipe and make a cat back.

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      10-12-2012 02:04 PM #22590
      I heard mike used Midas in W Lafayette and got a good deal
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      10-12-2012 03:53 PM #22591
      I don't have a good exhaust shop anymore. My goto place closed...

      Here's one for you guys. I was doing a fluid change in my 02A. I know that it takes 2.1qts. I had 2 old bottles of Redline MT-90 on the shelf from oh I don't 7 years ago that I bought when I rebuilt my 020 in my mk2 and maybe from when I rebuilt Jason's 020. But there was only about 1 and half quarts there, so I ordered another quart off of Amazon.

      OK, here's the question. The other 2 bottles were open, but the fluid in them was new. And the fluid was about the color of fresh motor oil. You know that nice light brown/straw color. The new bottle this stuff is a light pink.

      Did they change the color of MT90 at some point?



      Also, the old bottle had residue in the bottom of the bottle, like something had settled out of it.



      I don't know guys, I've got 1.5qts of this stuff in my trans now, and I'm thinking about draining it back out, and going with all new. What do y'all think?
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      10-12-2012 04:03 PM #22592
      If it shifts ok, run it.

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      10-13-2012 09:14 PM #22593
      Ya I just got my gti aligned at car x in west laf.
      Well they "align it" and then ran out of gas on the test drive it after the alignment.

      so that pissed me off, they also charged me for them running out of gas :\

      Well I drive home and it STILL pulls to the left.
      After all the hoopla they say the car is too wide and hard to align because its wide, low, and on bags.... it was at a ride height slightly higher then a 60/40 drop so it could fit on their lift.

      They say its my camber they cant adjust ( i know you cant adjust it much) so now going to get camber bolts and have them do it again.
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      10-13-2012 09:29 PM #22594
      try Tire Barn in Lafayette. they have an in-ground rack, and i had decent luck there. only other place i can recommend, would be Fox & Fox in Ft.Wayne. it's a drive, but they do alignments on all sorts of lowered cars and hotrods. i've used them before, and i really prefer them (good price and great to deal with).

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      welcome to the layer cake

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      10-13-2012 09:40 PM #22595
      Tire Barn is the place that claims they're unable to do it...

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      10-13-2012 09:40 PM #22596
      Quote Originally Posted by n0rdicalex. View Post
      try Tire Barn in Lafayette. they have an in-ground rack, and i had decent luck there. only other place i can recommend, would be Fox & Fox in Ft.Wayne. it's a drive, but they do alignments on all sorts of lowered cars and hotrods. i've used them before, and i really prefer them (good price and great to deal with).
      Look halfway up the page dude at the experience I just had with Tire Barn. They refused to align my B4 Passat. They also refused to do an alignment on Jason's B5 Audi as well.
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      10-13-2012 11:09 PM #22597
      eh, i never had any issues with them. i went in with the specs i wanted, and they matched them as close as possible without camber bolts or any other bs. this was also several years ago though.
      welcome to the layer cake

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      10-14-2012 12:15 PM #22598
      Tire Barn wouldn't align my mk4 either. The only places I found that would do it are Dubbers or Mike Raisor.

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      10-14-2012 09:11 PM #22599
      Quote Originally Posted by zellers88 View Post
      Tire Barn wouldn't align my mk4 either. The only places I found that would do it are Dubbers or Mike Raisor.
      That's bull****! I'm still pissed about it, especially since I've used Tire Barn so much in the past.

      On another pisser of a note. UPS denied my damage claim on the sunroof that was shipped to me. (shocker I know). I knew they would after reading about their policies and denied claims all over the net. Plus, they shipped the item back to the guy in PA, so now I don't have the money or the broken part. WTF!!!!!!!

      We'll see what the guy in PA decides to do, I messaged him this morning.
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      10-17-2012 10:40 AM #22600
      Today's eBay do-want items:

      '79 Bunny diesel, looks squeaky clean, has cracked block; in Indiana: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1979-...#ht_878wt_1006

      '91 Jetta diesel coupe, looks minty: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1991-...ht_1082wt_1006

      Bad thoughts. Bad, BAD thoughts about those cars....

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