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90quattrocoupe said:
If you are still looking to change over from 034 to VEMS, Mark Swanson made an adapter cable for my CQ when he changed mine. Used the same sensors and wiring, already installed.
Just a thought.

Greg W.
Good to know. I like options. I'm thinking of just replacing everything as it is quite of. Thinking about potential damaged wires, corrosion, etc over time.

We will see. Thx for the idea.

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are those Quantum front spindles on the scirocco? they would have the bigger bearings and the hubs would still be 4 x100.
Do you think there will be any events this year? I bought a car but havent' gone through it yet.
 

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Sciroccohp said:
are those Quantum front spindles on the scirocco? they would have the bigger bearings and the hubs would still be 4 x100.
Do you think there will be any events this year? I bought a car but havent' gone through it yet.
Unsure what they are. Some local VW guys (without seeing the front end in person... just pictures I posted) thought they were Audi 4000 rears on the front.

Just guessing. I haven't looked everywhere to see if there is a part number.

Reading through the 2003 Golf magazine, it states "Carrera dampers at the front and rear". It is in the section named "Two-step garage" on page 5. The whole article is fun to read. Very cool car. Bill changed the engine to a 1.8T while still using the 020 transmission.

I really don't know what they are.

He did have a Carrera engine in his old Bug ("the bathtub") that he still holds record for the 100% dirt Mt. Washington hillclimb. Perhaps he had other parts from the donor car.

For events in 2021... still a lot of unknowns when we will start. Waiting for a more open environment in Vermont to allow for hillclimbs. Philo hillclimb is scheduled for May 1-2, but we are still unsure about it until state government makes some changes... might be too early in the year.

It is a bit frustrating, but if that is all I have to deal with in life, I'll take it.

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**** 1980 Volkswagen MK1 Scirocco ****
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Sitting in the garage… planning time for transmission, suspension, etc.

Removed the seat to reinstall it in the Golf in preparation for a track event.



Purchased a new helmet to replace my current Simpson Voyager Evolution SA2010 (size 7 1/2).

I originally ordered the Bell M8 because of the large eye port, but they were not available until June 2021.

Plan B: I ordered a G-Force Nova Helmet SA2020 (size Large) in flat black, a smoke visor (to replace the clear… perhaps I should have gone with an even darker visor), plus some new HANS mounting posts.

I like the fit and it is a bit lighter than my old helmet.



New HANS posts



Single my helmet already has the threaded insert, I did not need the washer/nut combo that goes on the inside of the helmet.



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Time to get the Golf ready for the 2021 hillclimb season, and more importantly, a Test and Tune track event at Club Motorsports (I love this track).

Winter is over and need to find a place for the little snowblower.



Tried to do my own alignment. I have done this before, but it was more tweaking on an existing properly aligned car vs. new suspension, new steering rack (well, just the tie rod ends come into play), new ride height, control arm bushing, etc. etc.

I was out of my element and did not have a lot of experience to know how to do everything correct.

But… there is that darn track event coming up and I needed to get it close.

Goal is -2.30 camber and 1/16" toe out.

I set the camber on both sides to -2.30 (I didn't take the time to zero the level on the floor… that played into my numbers not quite being correct based on the "real" alignment I got after the track event).



Did 1/16" toe out… well, I did it in CM as it was easier to see on the tape measures.



Ordered a new window net. The mesh is the original and the web is new. (24" wide by 18" tall)



Car is all together and ready for track event… after a much needed car wash. Last time I washed it was prior to the September 2019 hillclimb (Mt. Ascutney).



Loaded and ready to hit the road. One thing that I want to do with the trailer this summer is add interior lights and decorative lights on the awning. Lights would run from a deep cycle battery in the trailer and the battery would charge when connected to the truck. Plus… some cabinets and drawers as digging through bins to find stuff suuuuucccckkkkssss.



Welcome to Club Motorsports in the b-e-a-you-tee-ful town of Tamworth NH.
https://clubmotorsports.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;



Some pictures of all the cars and drivers. Lots of cool cars. Some cars/drivers that I race with at the hillclimbs.

Lots of really cool and fast cars.

Love this purple 2016 Porsche GT3 RS. Fastest time of the day. Hard launches and drove it like it should be driven. Very impressive driving Mr. V. Campbell.



Frog Racing



Chris shake down of the GTR in preparation for Pikes Peak Hillclimb







Our local hillclimb "fast car/driver"… the Super Chicken II



How about a car with no gears or clutch? We had to push him while he engaged the starter to get going. Only way to completely stop is to turn off the engine.













The "Mutt". Older Subaru body with STI setup.





MK2 Golf with turbo VR6











And now back home after the track event to get a professional alignment at Twisted Wrench in South Burlington, VT. They did the previous alignment on the Golf and did a good job.



Took my about an hour to make this image to try to capture the before and after measurements. The before numbers show my lack of alignment skills. Yellow is before and Green is after measurements. The colors do not signify in or out of spec… just two colors to make it easier to read.

My instructions to them was -2.30 front camber and 1/16" toe out. Everything else just seemed to work out.



And this little gem. A mint vase from my mother's 1962 (her guess on the year) VW Bug. Includes shiny new looking mounting bracket and original box. Pretty cool



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Well… the plan is to sell it this summer.

Plan for next car is AWD. Might be Subaru STI or WRX. Don't know yet.

I do not need a car during the summer as I can drive my truck. I don't drive the truck in the winter except for infrequent trips to the hardware store and dump when the roads are clear… followed by a rinse down when I get home.

I figure the 2012 F250 crew cab 6.7 diesel should be the last truck I ever own… less than 30k miles on it at the moment. Taking care of it to make it last 40 years.

It does need better headlights.
 

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Hopefully these rims work.

Ordered from http://www.FitmentIndustries.com; (working with Richard).

Konig "flow formed" 17x8" | ET40 | 5x100 bolt pattern | 73.1 center bore

The rims come with 57.1 hub centric rings.

I opted to not order their tuner bolts as I run studs... researching what will work for nuts. My studs are M14x1.5 and the Konig site recommends "spline drive, tuner diameter, conical seat lug nuts." I'm never exciting about any product with "tuner" in it.

What I know... conical seat and I have M14x1.5 studs. Just need to get the rims in my hands to determine what to use for nuts.

From ECStuning, I ordered a set of 73.1mm to 57.1mm hub centric rings (want spares and the price was right) along with 10mm spacers with 57.1 lip (I didn't want a flat spacer).

The reason for the spacer is two fold. My current rims are 35ET. With a 4mm spacer, the Yokohama tires (the take-offs from Vermont Sports Car) do work with the suspension, but with the 40ET of the new rims, I calculated that I need 9mm to get the same clearance. After the Yokohama tires are worn, I will be back to using the skinnier Toyo R888R tires on the new Konig rims that will not need 10mm spacers... I will cross that bridge later.

 

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And... now they are telling me they the Konig rims are out of stock. Research continues.

This weekend was the first hillclimb that we have had since the fall of 2019.

New England Hillclimb Association (NEHA) series event
Sports Car Club of New Hampshire (SCCNH) - great host!
Mt. Ascutney
May 2021

I was happy with the performance of the new suspension especially on the very very very very very bumpy section at the top of the hill.

I set the shocks/struts at the mid-point (same as what I used at Club Motorsports earlier this year). Everything felt good. I thought the back floated a little, but it was better on the bumps, transitions, and was very consistent.

The last run of the day, I reduced the fronts by two clicks and did not like the results. It seemed the front didn't stick as well as before. I turned them back one click (now 1 click higher than the midpoint) and did not get a chance to test the change as it started to rain... figured there was no improvement opportunity with the wet surface.

I do need to get new tires to replace what is currently on the car.

I believe I was first in class and fifth overall... not too bad for a front wheel drive 4 banger. :)

Basic video of my fastest run. I left a lot on the table. This was with the 2 clicks softer than mid-point.

Suggest you watch it in 1080HD.

Enjoy.

Steve

 

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Not much of a "performance" update, but with the non-metallic paint, we decided to go the detailing with clay bar route.

Can't really tell in the photos, but when we saw the completed car afterwards, the paint just popped. Incredible results!



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New wheels, tires, spacers, and nuts!

After learning that Fitment Industries was not able to get the rims I wanted because Konig is reporting that they were now on backorder, I started contacting the vendors on Konig's website to see if they had the rims in stock.

I assume in most cases that the vendors are just a conduit for taking the order and it ships directly from Konig. Essentially, the availability is based on what Konig has in its inventory.

I contacted CARiD and they told me that had them. After double and triple checking, I placed the order with them and they arrived! I have never worked with CARiD before, but have been very pleased with this transaction. Adding them to my list of places to shop.



I ordered the BFI spacers (10mm thick, 57.1 hub, lip, 5x100 bolt pattern) and hubcentric rings (73.1 wheel center bore to 57.1 VW hub) from ECS Tuning and the M14 x 1.5 open end Gorilla "tuner" nuts and socket from Summit Racing.



Somewhere along the lines I noticed that BFI spacers are for OEM wheels only. Thankfully before I tried to use them. I'm on the hunt for replacement non-OEM spacers.

Images from BFI's website. It is more of a side note on ECS Tuning's site where I ordered the spacers.

The difference is the lip on the spacers. The OEM only rims are more of a cone while the "universal" is a cylinder.





The nuts…



The Konig rims did come with bolt on center caps, but I do not plan on using them as it will make it harder to work on the car (access to the axle bolt). We will see.



I tried to get the "new" tires mounted at a local shop, but they said their tire mounting machine could not do them as the sidewall was too stiff.

They suggested Green City Garage and Chris (owner) was able to mount them within a few days. Very happy with my interactions with Chris. Will be going back there.



Tires mounted just for show…. It only has the 4mm spacer. I think they look nice. The tires are a little taller than what I had on there before, but the price was right.





Earlier I noticed that I was getting a code for the left rear ABS wheel sensor per my simple BlueDriver code reader/reset tool.

(Brakes Code) Error 290. Static - ABS Wheel speed sensor rear left (G46); signal outside specifications.

I replaced the wheel sensor and still have the error. Unsure if I need to drive the car after replacing it to reset code. Hindsight as I type this is that I did not clear the code and scan again.

If the error is still present, I will have to check the wires going to the sensor.



Next:

Find 10mm thick, 57.1 hub, lip, 5x100 bolt pattern spacers
Install second horn
Install vacuum pump for the brakes
 

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Thanks for an unexpected "shout out" from Grassrootsmotorsports, I had someone ask me why I use "Rabbit Farmer" as my handle, logo, and online identity.



Easy… I used to have a lot of Volkswagen Rabbits (MK1 Golf); from my daily driver, hillclimb/track/autocross/ice time trial car, and my future "full race" Rabbit that I ended up selling to purchase another Rabbit.

Here is the story of the Rabbits.



1984 Rabbit L

My first Rabbit. We made a surprising number of modifications to the car over the years. Car came with a 1.7 liter carburetor engine and four speed that we installed a 1.6 liter fuel injected engine from my 1980 Scirocco; we might have installed the 5 speed also (that was a long time ago). We did carb the Scirocco engine after blocking off the injector ports where I ran double downdraft Dellorto 40mm carb with no choke… and drove it year-around. Bought that carb brand new… cost as much as the car did.

Didn't look pretty, but it was pretty quick.



198x Rabbit (GTI?)

As the white Rabbit was losing the battle against Vermont winters, I purchased a replacement Rabbit from someone who did track events (lived in Massachusetts). He delivered it to the NHIS (Loudon, NH) track as it was half way between us… that was nice of him.



We removed the bolt-in cage (sold it to someone to do some racing) and we installed a hillclimb legal custom cage using the roll bar from the white Rabbit.

This was my only car for a few years… driving it to work every day, climbing over the cage (rain, shine, snow) with dress pants and a tie. Drove it to the events (no truck and trailer or anything fancy like that) packed with all our camping equipment and tools.

What I did with the car… Bilstein Sport struts/shocks and two-step 2.5" coilover springs (front 450# main/350# tender and rear 300# main/150# tender), 22mm rear anti-sway bar, Toyo RA1 tires, LSD for the 5-speed close ratio transmission, polished and ported 8V head, bored the engine to 1.9 liter and bumped compression to 10:1. After purchased tow vehicle (2001 Dodge Durango) and trailer, we increased this to 12:1 and ran C-12 race fuel.

Painted it green… um, blue… um green? in my parents' driveway.



White Rabbit being disassembled while the green car (thanks for my brother Andy for making all this possible… I was new to working on cars).



Pretty car. Street legal and was always fun on the tight roads.



I don't recall what the car came with, but I assisted (handed tools to Andy) Andy with converting it to CIS (fuel injection) from a Golf MK2.



And I did everything with this car…

Ice Time Trials



Autocross



Small track events (time trial)



Big track event (HPDE)



Car shows



And my favorite… hillclimbs!



We decommissioned green Rabbit in 2006 when I purchased the caged the Golf MK4.



1983 Rabbit GTI

The cars have a lot of overlap.

I purchased this stock Rabbit GTI as my daily driver.



Naturally, I had to modify it.

Bored to 1.9 liter with 10:1 compress. Bilstein Sport suspension with stiffer springs than stock. LSD for the transmission. See a theme?



198? Rabbit

Bought this caged Rabbit for hillclimbing. Raced it for a short time and decided to sell it for something that was a lot faster. I wish I kept this car.



198-doesn't matter the year Rabbit

The "Tub 2" was for sale for the right price. Only the roof was metal. Light was heck, wide race tires, 1.8 liter 8-V, CIS (fuel injection), standalone engine management, and 28 psi of boost. Very very very quick car. And the only car that I could do endos (back end off the ground at least a foot!) when braking hard at the track.



1989 Cabriolet

Not quite a Rabbit in name, but it is a convertible Rabbit.

I purchased it was a 1.8T conversion and cable shift. I rebuilt the engine using the same components that I used in my 2001 Golf MK4 that I was hillclimbing. GT28R turbo. VEMS standalone. LSD for the transmission.

272 wHP = happy camper





That wraps up the world of Rabbits.

Lots of details on the later cars earlier in this project thread. Slim Pickings for older Rabbit content as it was all captured on… gasp!... 35mm film.
 

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The coolest thing about this picture (other than a great GTI) is the ice racing tires. You can see how they chew up the ice.

400+ ice racing screws in each of the front tires and 300 in each of the rears.

Fun to drive on the ice with these. There are better methods today for building ice racing tires, but back when I made my tires, this was the way we were all doing it.

 

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Wicked cool!!!

Thanks for sharing the history of the cars of that you've owned....

Looks like a lot of fun over the years!!!!
 

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Anyone going to the Mt Washington hillclimb on August 13-15, 2021 to see Travis Pastrana destroy the (his!) current record in the 862 HP "AirSlayerSTI"?

Should be pretty sweet to see that car going up the hill. (much faster than I will be going).

On the Subaru Motorsports USA facebook page, they posted a video of Travis in this car at Burke Mountain (Vermont); this is one of the hills that our local group races. Pretty cool seeing him run the car on a course that I am familiar with.

Direct link:
https://fb.watch/79lefBroFP/

About a week before Mt. Washington... I better get the car and supplies ready.

No no no... more procrastination is needed.

Steve
 

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Lots of preparation for the 2021 Mt. Washington hillclimb (formally known as the Subaru Mt. Washington hillclimb presented by Yokohama Tire); aka "Climb to the Clouds".

https://mt-washington.com/climb-to-the-clouds

Let's talk about the spacers. I returned the ECS Tuning spacers as they stated they would only work with OEM Volkswagen rims.

I found the spacers I needed at Venum Wheel (www.venumwheel.com) at the right price.

I ordered 5x100 bolt pattern, 10mm, 57.1 bore, black spacers.

A few days before the Burke hillclimb they arrived.

Wonderful!

It was quite obvious that they weren't black. Okay, I can live with that.

But they also aren't 10mm. I really needed 9mm, so going 12mm was more than I wanted/needed. I called Venum and we had a conversation… the easiest way for me to get the 10mm spacers in time for Burke (4 days away) was to pay for another set and return the 12mm.

I decided to hold onto the 12mm until I had the 10mm in my hand as Burke was the only event prior to Mt. Washington that I would be able to drive on the new tires.

Good thing… FedEx screwed me (which is very rare… it is usually UPS with a "weather event" on a sunny day). Out for delivery the day before I had to leave for the event and then (poof!) won't be at my house until the next day.



The chrome looked good on the front. I wanted black to match the rims.



On the back, we have some issues.

I was hand tightening the new Gorilla nuts and something didn't feel right like I was stripping the nut. Oh-oh. Took it all apart and found that the stock VW hub pushed off the machined lip of the spacer.
I ended up running 12mm front and 4mm (what used to be on the front) rear spacers. I wanted a square car, but would settle for a slightly skinnier rear.

Oh… Venum also told me to return the chrome spacers that pushed off the machined lip because they were obviously defective.



When I got home from Burke the 10mm spacers had arrived. I tried them on the rear and they didn't fit either… with or without the dust cap.

The gap on the rear.



I noticed at Club Motorsport, Ascutney, and Burke that the car didn't seem to have the power it should. It was a little more obvious at Burke as I normally get into 5th gear prior to checkpoint 1 and downshift into 4th to make it over the jump. I never got into 5th.

I figured the engine or turbo were getting old and the power just wasn't there anymore.

Let's start with troubleshooting. Pressure test, check timing, look at the turbo, perhaps a compression/leak down test (though I did these tests earlier this year).



Guess what? It seems a hole that I can put my index finger through kinda robs the power from the engine.

Wrench for dramatic effect.



The car is ready for the 2021 Mt. Washington hillclimb including the door sticker to commemorate the event.



Another set of 'take off' tires from Vermont SportsCar. This time Cooper Rain tires.



I picked up some 1/16" vinyl coated wire rope/cable, crimps, and tool to make tethers for the cameras on the car.



Welcome to the 2021 Mt. Washington hillclimb!



Car with the newly acquired (thanks to the Mt Washington Auto Road) "This VW climbed Mt. Washington" bumper sticker.



Friday practice. The only point of the entire weekend that I was ahead of Travis Pastrana. We practiced the top half of the mountain from 8am-noon. Picture is us waiting below the mid-point to head up for our run.



Cool picture of the collection of cars after Saturday's practice of the bottom of the hill. Parked above mid-point on the hill where we finished.



Sunday timed runs of the whole hill. Cog railway train in the background.



I was able to secure 2nd place in class between two BMWs, both with good drivers. Happy with the results, but I did struggle with the lack of low end power that took forever to get out of the corners. Really impacts my times at the Burke hillclimb.

I hope to resolve that issue over the winter so that the car is more fun to drive on tight courses. We will see.


And those poor rain tires. I drove them during both Friday and Saturday practice. It was dry and hot on Friday. Overcooked them a bit. I expect this look on track where you always pick up track rubber, not so much on a paved mountain road. Could be wrong (been known to happen).



Pictures of some of the cars at the event.

Rabbit… bah! They should have named it something else. "Rabbit" to me is a small car from the 1970-1980s.



Datsun 510



Sierra Car (normally aspirated)



Corrado



Capri



AMX













Cool car at the event. Car was raced by John Buffum (search the internet for his rally racing career in the US… very accomplished driver) a long time ago. Passed through many hands until the current owner acquired the car and brought it to Mt. Washington.



My neighbors, the Sierra Car.. um, cars. The black is turbo and was 2nd overall at the event.









Speaking of John Buffum… he is up on the golf cart for the driver's meeting telling us to not do anything stupid and have fun.



Helicopter from the event that was following the fast cars. I saw him over me at one point… must have been birdwatching or just returning to base.



The Unimog that shows up every year to help with communication on the hill. Pretty cool.



What I think was the coolest tow rig at the event.



We got lucky with the weather. B-E-A-Uuuu-tiful on Sunday. Very foggy on Saturday afternoon. Could not see more than 30 feet +/-.



That wrapped up the Mt. Washington hillclimb.

Perhaps I will have the Scirocco ready for the next one.

And different video cameras… I was so frustrated trying to get the GoPro to work. Problems connecting on my old Iphone 10 XR and my new Iphone 12 Pro.

I will post the video later tonight. World's slowest DSL internet connection requires overnight uploading of videos.

One more event this year… Mt. Ascutney hillclimb in September. My favorite course in the series in Vermont.

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Here is the video. Make sure to select 1080 HD for quality.


2021
Best time 7:15.552
2nd in class (P2)
20th overall out of 72 drivers with times

2017
Best time 7:34.18
4th in class (P2)
30th overall out of 67 drivers with times
 
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