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    Lupo project daily, T5 transporter and a Psychotic Golf 5 Gttdi with mods

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  1. battlebus

    Coilover advice

    First drop with 165 50 15 tyres was still comfy, but didn't like the tyres. Current stance, smooth, no crashing and firm but not much over the stock stuff. Bear in mind the stock shocks will be done at anything over 80k and this ones did 130 o the stock stuff. Tyres now 185 45 15 and done over 10k on the cheap joms with no complaints at all. I have bilstein b14 kit on my other vehicle and that's lovely but couldn't justify the expense on this cheap car. id say if your going to drive it at sensible height like this, these are still better than any spring kit. If you dump it on its ass, it doesn't matter how expensive the kit is, it will run out of travel and be awful. Shocks bottoming out or bump stops are why most people fail, to drive low you really need other work like engine mount/ subframe moved, chassis notches, shock mounts moved etc. its quite a lot of work but you can get a good ride with a big drop, if you know what your doing.
  2. battlebus

    Coilover advice

    I have fitted Jom coilovers to my Lupo SDI and my sons Arosa TDi and both have been great. For a sub 200£ kit the ride is excellent. Firm but not too crashy. I dropped them both id say half the capability of the kit and although i catch the odd severe speed hump with the red end of the front sub mount i have never caught the sump. Its about adjustment of how you drive really and not straddling pavements etc. I priced replacing oe kit and it was way more
  3. battlebus

    SDi Daily fantasia

    Thought it looked like the 020 box. same size? could be cheap swap for better ratios down the line too 🤔
  4. battlebus

    1.7sdi turbo?

    Bit light on uk footage there but encouraging none the less
  5. battlebus

    1.7sdi turbo?

    Yeah, will do the turbo first and see what happens. Supposed to be a budget build 😁
  6. battlebus

    1.7sdi turbo?

    Thats the route planned. i won't be killing it anyway and just done the cv joints. Whats needed on the rebuild that's only 100? might be worth doing now anyway. Off to search for a crank now too
  7. battlebus

    SDi Daily fantasia

    Hi, Thought id add a thread to show the progress so far and plans for the future. This is a 1.7 sdi and i have had it for ages as a daily. The colour was where we started and once my wife decided she preferred the golf gtd i started to use it. I have a T5 camper and didn't want to daily it anymore so out came the tools. I fitted coilovers, the gti front hubs/calipers and renewed and refurbed the brakes. Its had a few cosmetic bits on the outside and a GTi bonnet which i stripped to bare ali one day this summer and kinda like it now. aside from this the rest has been maintenance clutch bearings etc but reckon for a little cars with 60 hp its pretty good fun. The future of the car is less certain as i am about to start cranking up the stakes. With a mate we reckon we can double the power. Turbo, injectors, loom and few other bits and lets see.
  8. battlebus

    1.7sdi turbo?

    Did this get done? i am about to start this on our lupo 1.7 sdi and looking at doubling power. Know the box is the weak link but worst case it will get a stronger one 😁
  9. battlebus

    Fantasia Green, ATS Classics, Cross in Hand, East Sussex...

    See this a lot, ema number plate on it.
  10. battlebus

    Handbrake lever high?

    http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/a3b4/jetdrumrearbrakes.htm This explains all. Adjusting at the lever is not the answer. The adjuster wedge can be accessed through one of the wheel nut holes. The diagram is for A3 but is the same setup for the Lupo.
  11. battlebus

    Gonna buy a lupo, so here I am.

    Hi, been into vag for nearly twenty years and owned golfs, polos, audis, and transporters. Currently on the drive is a T5 in the process of being converted to a camper. In the garage I have a caddy mk1 pickup with a 1900 kr 16v mill waiting for me to get it back on the road. I took it off the road last year to do some mods and that's where it's been since. Recently sold my wife's T4 multivan so I need another set of wheels. My eldest has just turned 17 so thought a lupo would be ideal for a runaround to save a few quid on running costs so I can afford to insure the daughter too. So, here I am, joined the forum and looking for a car. It looks like we want a fantasia one, been offered a really nice one that is well known with its appropriate private plate but I need my own canvas. So it will be in the frog hew, with power steering and either petrol or diesel but feeling the Sdi with its cheap tax

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