Why is it that the states always gets shafted on our cars..
I got ac installed on my car
Here are my posts from my local forum
#1-OK so this is something I'm seriously considering trying to tackle sometime real soon. I really want to put AC in my nonAC golf. I've started to put together a list of what I'm gonna need, and although it's gonna be difficult I think it's doable. The parts aren't really the problem, I believe most 2.0 parts can be bolted on but what I'm worried about is the wiring. I'm not sure if it's a seperate wiring harness or part of the main harness. If any of you have any constructive thoughts, and maybe somethings I may have not considered let me know.
#2-I decided to go ahead and take the plunge. I bought this-
I also have most of the wiring I'm gonna need plus heater box,ac controls, and modules (Thanks Chinaski). There's only a couple other items I'm gonna need. New alternator bracket to attach the compressor and a new receiver/drier. I'm gonna be using this for reference- http://www.davidprojects.net78…..fitAC.html. Seems to be very informative. I figure I can do this in two stages. Attach the system then wire it up afterwards.
#3- Stuff just got serious -
#4- Condenser and lines installed-
Car is put all back together and drivable, next step is probably doing the behind the dash crap, I like taking out dashes
#5-Holes drilled through the firewall for evaporator port-
And big hole finished
Also got the edges filed and painted. Got the old non ac half of the air box with the blower removed. Just have to remove the rest of the dash to pull the other side of the heater box and drill the ac drain.
#6-Oops I did it again?-
The car had the original heater core in it. It was gross
#7- It's nice when things line up-
Heater box installed and dash put back in. Car is in running condition again. Condenser, pulleys, belts, and ac bracket to be installed tomorrow. System will be evacced tomorrow
#8-Today I bolted in the new ac/alternator bracket, installed the compressor, mounted up last ac line, got the whole system sealed up, and modified the alternator to fit. Just need to put belts on and wire up the engine bay. Soon I will be cool like the rest of you
#9-Picture from yesterday, with it all sealed up-
Differences between the alternator brackets-
Before and after bay shots-
Time to check the system for leaks and wire it up!!
#10 -Suck it, literally. Holds vacuum
Yesterday I spent 8-10 hours converting the engine bay harness to control the ac compressor, I got the system running.
My vw master tech friend helped out considerably. Used a harness from a VR6 jetta so we used the fan control module from a VR6 too. It is so nice to drive around with the windows up in 100+ degree weather
Last edited by Lorenmws; 07-18-2012 at 05:35 PM.
Also, dat early VW fuel injection. Have fun OP, you'll need the VW special fuel injection adjustment tool set: A box containing a hammer for hitting the FI setup with, and a gun for shooting yourself in the head with when that doesn't work. - 4chan.org/o/
I went to the junkyard and picked up the struts and springs from a B4 VR passat sedan. I used the whole front assemblies (ie springs, struts, strut mounts) and in the rear I just swapped my springs with the rear vr springs and spring bushing thing.
Last edited by Lorenmws; 08-09-2012 at 01:07 PM.
I would not recommend running a 15" wheel if you are going for any aggressive offroad style at all. the smallest tire that's even considered aggressive at all that I'm aware of for a 15" rim is the 205/75R15 General Grabber AT2. this tire is 27" tall and 8" wide and would cause serious rubbing issues everywhere and would require the strut mod. The smallest aggressive tire that I know of for a 14" rim however is the All-Terrain T/A KO 195/75R14 which is 25.5" tall by 7.5" this requires strut modding, but will clear your fenders without chewing them up real bad. All the good old 27x8.50r14 offroad tires of old are no longer available, that BFG is your best bet.
Also, your rear shock is fully extended with that spring on the back, causing an odd ride. I found this one out the hard way myself a while back. To correct the issue - use all the passat upper mounting hardware and seat by drilling 2 holes in the strut tower for bolts to come in through the top like the Passat. the car will ride much better and be much safer to drive then.
Here is a MKIII on 27x8.50R14 mud tires:
And a MKII on the same size:
And a MK4 chassis (New Beetle) on the larger 205/75R15:
Hope the info is helpful! And that's one bad-ass car! Me like!
Here is a MKIII on 27x8.50R14 mud tires:
Just experienced my first sh!t giggle when watching this video
edit: I realize it was posted directly above this post. I just wanted to clarify which video caused my first ever sh!t/giggle
Last edited by AnthonyLawson; 08-31-2012 at 12:40 PM.
If you want to make your 2.0 8v faster, read the thread below!