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Old 05-21-2013, 10:44 AM   #301
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I noticed and had been wondering about it. Looks good and makes it subtly different from the other EVs out there. Something you or the previous owner did? What's the stroy on it?

PO had it done. Its really subtle. Probably the first time in my life I've been okay with a pinstripe.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:40 PM   #302
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Photo taken by my friend Max at the VW show. Pretty much describes the pack structure here;-)

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Old 05-23-2013, 09:55 PM   #303
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:13 PM   #304
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Since my friend John's Porsche 993 steering wheel has been sitting here I felt compelled to do something about the boring plasticy steering wheel.

The 993 wheel felt MUCH better than the stock VW one but despite having the right splines the holes for the airbag wires and turn signal cancel were all wrong. Not impossible to make work but the 993 wheel just looked too similar and was too expensive to be worth modifying to work.

But.....now that I knew exactly what I was looking at I figured a Audi Sport wheel from a S4/S6 would work. The spines are wrong but conveniently VW/Audi made a factory spline adapter that can be found on MK3 Jettas/Golfs.

I found a deal on a 2001 Audi S4 wheel on craigslist for $50! Then immediately ran off to the pull-n-save to snatch an adapter.......which would be its own adventure!

For those of you with a short attention span.......oh squirrel!......I mean here is the cliff notes picture! The thick three spoke weighted sport wheel feels MUCH nicer to drive with!!! I had no idea a weighted wheel would make such a difference. I swear it handles better!





Now, for those of you with nothing better to do and want to know the silly tech and my follies at the junk yard, keep reading!

For quick reference this is the part I'm after. It's only $42 at the dealer. Figured it would be about $1 at the junk yard.



I read all these posts on various VW forums about how to get these off. Some said they could get it off with a screw driver....B.S!!

I went to the junk yard with a fairly well equipped bag of tools, including a bearing puller, gear puller etc. My bearing puller wouldn't grip onto the part, I even figured out that a wrench between the puller and the spine adapter would create the grip needed but the wrench would just grind into the soft metal adapter! Boo! I messed with the stupid thing on two cars for about 1.5 hours with no luck!! One of the cars someone else had obviously already tried to remove the spline adapter with no luck. They even tried drilling out the safety bolts to remove the whole column with no luck. I left the yard last night defeated by such a simple part.

Ghetto fab trail fix attempt at its best.



After reading the forums some more I came up with an idea........I returned to the junk yard today with 1 tool.....a BFH!!

Trip back to the junk yard......wasn't a bad deal for the aussie!





So I figured out from reading the forum that the steering column is collapsable and the spline adapter is sitting on top of the upper spring. Which lead me to my evil thoughts about how to get it off. I figured I'd try my evil plan on the first car where I had already destroyed the adapter. Take a massive swing at the steering shaft with the hammer and it collapses the column and the spine adapter jumps off like a grashopper. I had so much fun with this method that I picked up three adapters in 3 minutes of work, SO MUCH FUN!!! Hope nobody was in need of a good steering column.


The spine adapter is actually just a touch too long for use on the Eurovan shaft. So it must be trimmed by this much...



After doing the very precise measuring I went over to my high dollar CNC system and trimmed it down!



Perfect fit!



The airbag/horn plug is identical. So is the airbag unit installed in the airbag cover. Plugged right in and didn't throw any coded. However, something on the horn is contacting and causing the horn to stay on. Didn't have time to sort it out today but I'm sure its an easy fix. I think the wheel mounted at this angle allows the weight of the horn to activate itself. So a little trimming of the connectors should cure it.



It's amazing how much of a difference this wheel makes in the overall feel of the van.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:59 PM   #305
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:34 AM   #306
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Nice that you include your dogs in day-to-day life.
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:47 AM   #307
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Nice that you include your dogs in day-to-day life.

Is there any other way?. They go everywhere they can with me. It's the only thing I don't like about motorcycles.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:29 AM   #308
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While I think my 4 spoker would have looked great, the 3 spoke S4 wheel looks awesome.
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:18 PM   #309
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Is there any other way?. They go everywhere they can with me. It's the only thing I don't like about motorcycles.
That's what sidecars are for brotha :).
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:41 PM   #310
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Looks great! This is one of the upgrades I plan on doing to my van as well...just need to find the right one.

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Old 05-26-2013, 09:55 PM   #312
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Finally! After all this work we got to do a first round test run of the van! Just to see how well it works as a camping tool!

The VR6 is doing well. It easily holds the 65mph speed limit on the steep high elevation climbs here in Colorado. (That is Loveland Ski Area in the distance)




Found a nice little spot on Dillion Reservior for the night!



A must have for camping with a 4 month old is a star generating night light turtle

Think before she gets older I should just make the whole top clear acrylic!



Popped the top, set up camp and enjoyed. Few bugs to work out and more mods ahead!

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Stumbled on a craigslist deal today. Guy had a brand new in the package set of 60" Yakima rack tracks for $70. These are normally about $130 before tax or shipping! They almost never come up for sale used since people leave them attached to toppers, etc when they sell their cars. (Would you take the time to fill the holes?)

I have a ton of extra Yakima rack stuff laying here, including a brand new set of mounts for these tracks I picked up a few months ago for about $20.

This should make for a nice rack set up. I have a few bike racks, a cargo box and may still have room to mount a solar panel.

I simply layed the tracks next to the hinge inside the roof and drilled the holes. Figuring that mounting it as close to the hinge as possible would give it the most support with the roof up, and down. I also mounted them as far back as reasonably possible. No sense in putting them all the way back since you would never put a cross bar at the back edge of the roof for a box/ski rack/etc.

Between neighborly interruptions and trips to the hardware store for longer bolts I really only got most of one rail sealed up and installed

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Had to run some errands today, but had some time to kill so stopped at the Starbucks in Cherry Creek North(Because Aviano Coffee is MIA).

It was the usual mob scene!



Fortunately, I brought my own private patio area complete with table! (This van thing is slick)



Also comes with its own(semi) private changing table!





....and it was kind enough to rain on us for a bit so that I can test all those holes I drilled in the top last night......so far no leaks! The sound of the rain on the roof was also great for putting Elise to sleep!
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