they don't fit.
or at least I don't think they do. The triple-rotor joints on the inner shafts aren't supposed to compress COMPLETELY on installation, are they? Yeah, I don't think they fit. On the one hand, the driver's shaft seems to fit nicely. On the other hand, the passenger shaft is compressed completely, and the motor still needs to be shifted to the left for the bolt to go into the motor mount...but that axle ain't letting the motor move that way.
If anyone has any bright ideas as to how I can shift things a little so the motor sits a little further to the left, I'd love to hear it.
I tried installing the passenger's shaft with no prep-work. Stupid. The hubs had been sitting in the junkyard for god knows how long, just rusting away. The first picture is of the passenger hub nut. The CV joint isn't even sticking out. The second picture is of the driver's shaft. Before installing, I took a little screwdriver and scraped out as much rust and grit as I could, and coated it with some lube. The hub nut went on smoothly, and tightened properly. Then I went back to the passenger's hub nut, and couldn't get the shaft out of the hub. COULD...NOT. I spent the better part of 3 hours trying to get it free. When I finally did, I had pounded the end of the CV so much, it was flared at the end:
Anyway, here's what a mk4 passenger triple-rotor joint boot looks like, under no stress:
Here's what my driver's shaft looks like...compressed, but not TOO badly:
And then there's the passenger's side. This one, I'm thinking will make the car unsafe to drive:
I don't know man, I'm open to opinions and suggestions...who has a set of VR6 axles with stub axles I can try-before-I-buy? Either way, this sucks. Major setback, and I DON'T want to pay for custom axles to be made.
Move motor mounts over? Possible? Beuller?
Modified by punkassjim at 1:24 PM 10-29-2004