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  2. mk2

    SDI to 3L style conversion

    Yeah there's one in N germany right now 88k km. drives perfectly. they just want rid of for 300 euros. No TUV. Corrosion on drive shafts, rear beam, exhaust and coils. Yeah. Big deal...
  3. Blue Loop

    SDI to 3L style conversion

    Get a whole 3L and use it there!
  4. mk2

    SDI to 3L style conversion

    Ok, i get it. Not noticed the subtle difference at the join between the wing and the bumper before. Seems like too much work for the mo to change everything. I do like the 3L front grille though. I'll swap just the steering wheel assembly then. I might get a couple from germany. Can you believe they only go for about 15 euros plus 12 euros shipping. I don't get why in germany they scrap what we'd generally class as reasonably good nick motors. I mean come on, surface rust on a rear beam or springs, and light corrosion on brake lines and drive shafts... that isn't dangerous. A slightly worn door hinge. Stuck electric windows? TUV failures?
  5. mk2

    SDI alternator removal - how the heck!?

    Nah, the copper open ring mounting to the neg terminal. When you tighten up the bolt that clamps it, it strains the edge causing the plastic to get a hairline crack. Then moisture and salt spray get in there causing an electrolytic reaction between the copper and the aluminium. (Like how a sacrificial anode works on a steel hulled ship). The ali corrodes away and separates from the copper. Open circuit. Fail. Game over.
  6. Rich

    GTI Upgrades

    I haven't put oil in mine since I last had it off for welding.....
  7. Blue Loop

    SDI to 3L style conversion

    Aluminium indeed. Here you see the shape difference better
  8. Today
  9. LR5V

    GTI Upgrades

    I did spread it - it was a 3-4mm bead.
  10. Rich

    SDI alternator removal - how the heck!?

    Stupid springs which push them on?
  11. mk2

    Number plate for sale

    What's happening to the black lupo?
  12. mk2

    SDI alternator removal - how the heck!?

    Andrew my alternator was different in the end. It was a bosch one with an oval plug. Your's is square i think. All fixed. I've taken some pics. There's a design flaw in the regulator which in time will cause every unit to fail.
  13. Rich

    GTI Upgrades

    I flatten the sealant out with my finger. I hate single person gearbox jobs.
  14. LR5V

    GTI Upgrades

    New clutch kit arrived yesterday, same kit as I used before, testing the plate, it slid onto the shaft perfectly. Today was Dry, so pulled my finger out and got the Box back in by myself, I nearly gave up but sat down and had a think, visualising the 15-20 degree angle it needed to go in at from the front, the hardest part was getting the Right hand drive flange past the engine block. It was nearly there so used the long bolts on the starter motor in the rear top and bottom front holes to stop the box falling out. this lined the box up pretty well took a bit of a shake and it slid into place as a normal gearbox should. Some foreign object must has got into the spline in the previous attempt. I was unable to start the engine as the starter is going slow - may have fried it trying to start in gear. or the battery is low on charge, too tired to check just now. Unfortunately I cant drop it back onto its wheels as I need to do another job - the sump was my first sealant type one I have ever done, so I need to drop the new oil and take the sump off again. Think I may have not used enough sealant, all the research I did said don't use too much as it can drop into the sump - any guidance on size of bead needed?
  15. Andrew1971

    SDI alternator removal - how the heck!?

    Hi All The picture . My SDI with no front or alternator. If any one wants more pics let me know. Andrew
  16. mwalk25469

    Number plate for sale

    Looking for sensible offer on this number plate for your Lupo P2 1UPO P2 LUPO
  17. Rich

    SDI to 3L style conversion

    GTi wings.
  18. mk2

    SDI to 3L style conversion

    Can't you just fill the indicator holes then use a 3L grille? Never seen one for real, so might be a dumb question... wings are different. Amazing. Material yes (ali instead of steel i think?), but shape...?!
  19. Rich

    SDI to 3L style conversion

    Curvy corners like the gti
  20. Blue Loop

    SDI to 3L style conversion

    For the grill you'll need the whole bumper. To fit the bumper you'll need the front wings (or work on yours) as the shape is not the same...
  21. Rich

    EPC & Check Engine

    No idea.
  22. Rich

    SDI to 3L style conversion

    Wheel yes, grille no.
  23. mk2

    SDI to 3L style conversion

    Kinda misleading title, but trying to keep it short. i want to fit a 3L steering wheel and front 'grille' / indicators to my SDI. I was looking for a Gti wheel, but they're hens teeth because my poverty spec wheel is very rough. I also have a small crack in my front grille that has been annoying me for ages. Anyone know if the stock 3L steering wheel and airbag assembly (basically a complete stering wheel ) is a straight swap to a regular SDI? Same spline? Same mounting back boss? Same airbag connection? Same clearance to steering column housing? Same question for the front grille and indicators. Does that go straight on? Are the indicator mounts the same? Are the light bulb sockets/connections the same? Do the little plastic locating tabs fit and are they in the same positions...?
  24. Yesterday
  25. mk2

    EPC & Check Engine

    What's it for?
  26. Rich

    EPC & Check Engine

    Stupid one way valve, I like it as I once had a non starting car and someone had spun it 180. Shame I was so far into stripping it for another theory when I noticed otherwise quick money maker.
  27. mk2

    EPC & Check Engine

    Looks like a breather vapour separator, but not sure as i haven't worked on this model... @Rich what d'ya reckon?
  28. Rizzo80

    EPC & Check Engine

    So what part is this, having a hard time trying to find the pipe that connects to it
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