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Wilfred
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still find it very strange. With my brothers VW golf with 1.9 tdi (90 bhp) I can tow a trailer with 2000 kg, and still cruise easily at 100 kph on the highway. And I don't need to shift for a hill or something....

are your vans that heavy??? Is 5th gear very long?
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wilfred wrote:
I still find it very strange. With my brothers VW golf with 1.9 tdi (90 bhp) I can tow a trailer with 2000 kg, and still cruise easily at 100 kph on the highway. And I don't need to shift for a hill or something....

are your vans that heavy??? Is 5th gear very long?


1500 Kg without load. Wheels being 14 inch could play a part on mine. Also the saloon gearbox.
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1500 kg.

The documents on my passat say the empty vehicle is 1371 kg, and ready to drive (full tank, driver) it's 1471.

The difference is relatively small in my opinion...? What speed were you going? the passat is quite aerodynamic, where our vans are aerodynamic like a brick...
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only a short drive yesterday. I will give you the low down once I've been out and about for a bit.
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1500kg!!!! Laugh Out Loud


Mines weights in at 2500kg unloaded. Put me into it and that's another 100kg.... Of pure muscle. Happy

http://www.karmann-coachbuilts.com/differences/dimensions.htm
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2500kg. Bloody Hell. That's a heavy load to pull.
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And that's just kai's wallet ....

There's something like 20 different tdi ratio'd gearbox's .. but you might be better with a 20vt petrol box..

Now all of ya ...get off my thread Laugh Out Loud
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kai wrote:



Mines weights in at 2500kg unloaded.



I think you mean 2000kg unloaded and you have a max loaded weight of 2460kg Wink



as for the golf tdi pulling a heavy trailer with ease, it does not have the aerodynamic properties of a bungalow that we have that makes more difference than weight


the problem of the higher fifth gear, imho, is that the engine does not stay in its ideal boost range when an incline etc is encountered
I spent nearly a year number crunching with gear ratios and tyres sizes before I got my 3H box rebuilt with a better r&p and not the longer 5th gear
once a tdi drops out of its ideal boost range it virtually drops off a cliff, power wise, a remap might give a larger torque range but it will be trial and error
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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so no gearstick on it nor heater element in it.. but still brainstorming on those...

Roll on next week


I finished (finally) my gearstick setup. It really works perfect. Interior looks virtually stock (minor modification at the base of the stick. Will show later on).

Cables are also hard to disguise.....
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wilfred wrote:
easy-does-it wrote:
so no gearstick on it nor heater element in it.. but still brainstorming on those...

Roll on next week


I finished (finally) my gearstick setup. It really works perfect. Interior looks virtually stock (minor modification at the base of the stick. Will show later on).

Cables are also hard to disguise.....


looking forward to seeing this. I haven't gone near it yet but I always thought it would make sense to put the base for the shifter UNDER the cab floor, not on top of it!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See my thread, kool rides section. It's all there.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more bits and pieces...







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