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posted on August 1st, 2010 at 09:30 PM



Thanks everyone,

Dave, 550lb/in = 9.8kg/cm... thats a hard spring! I remember running 8kg/cm on the front of my previous GTR and they were hard as hell, though that could have in part been due to the dampner rates too. I presume you have this rate matched to your dampners to get good squat and rebound on the drag strip right? So ive had a re-think and i'll take your suggestion of 450lb/in = 8kg/mm and go with 150lb/in or 2.7kg on the front.

About the tail light lenses... I had a set of clear ones that I was going to use but the quality was so bad with how they were glued together that I couldnt use them. Ive got to get a new set and will probably go standard red/yellow and leave it at that.

Ive also got to get myself a DM200 LCD display for my wideband system too so I can stick the gauge to the windscreen and see what the AFRs are when Im driving without having to take my eyes off the road.

Ive got 2 weeks to sort out sourcing these bits, and sorting out the tail lights and suspension as im going to be working next sunday and attending a wedding on saturday.

Grogy, Im already in QLD!... Cairns is about 2400km north of the border.
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posted on August 1st, 2010 at 10:47 PM



ahh yep, i thought that might be the case, they seem to be a very poorly produced part compared to other lenses,ive only ever seen one or 2 versions that looked semi good, though once in sunlight for awhile things may of changed, again though this thing looks awesome :tu:

i drove to melbourne from brissy for a 21st last week... i could go to cairns to see an awesome beetle, roadtrip anyone :lol:




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posted on August 1st, 2010 at 11:11 PM



Come pick me up :lol:



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posted on August 2nd, 2010 at 04:21 AM



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i drove to melbourne from brissy for a 21st last week... i could go to cairns to see an awesome beetle, roadtrip anyone :lol:


Great idea. Can you pick me up in Melbourne on your way?




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posted on August 2nd, 2010 at 05:49 AM



Yeah the 450lbs rate may still be a bit stiff for your comfort,
but just a rough bit of maths will tell you
that the car is going to squat at least 2" when the weight transfers on a launch.
...but I would guess it is a little heavier than 1800lbs too.




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posted on August 2nd, 2010 at 09:37 PM



Great to see it on the road Ian, well done!!
Have you had that Coke yet :smilegrin:

Any drive-by vids?

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posted on August 3rd, 2010 at 11:28 AM



:cool::cool::cool:carbon decklid looks the goods,very nice package
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posted on August 3rd, 2010 at 09:28 PM



[ I think Ill be changing the gear ratios in the box at some stage as the spread isnt particularly friendly. And changing back to 1st gear whilerolling to get around neighbourhood roundabouts is tricky, as the 1st gear synchro isnt very accommodating.]


Hi Ian, I've been following this build, and think that your bug is awesome. Well done!!!:):)

I have i similar gear box (G64-21)6sp, you will get use to the ratios. I thought the same, but even launching at the strip with the long 1st, I'm able to get a
1.52 60ft in a bus weighing 3500p.
My idle is 1900rpm to 2100rpm so in 1st gear it sees 20kph (fast for a car park) and most back street corners are back to 1st. Also 2100rpm is 100kph in 6th (idling). Just a different style of driving.
Alsow makes it a challenge to tune.
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posted on August 4th, 2010 at 07:23 PM



Sorry no drive by video yet...

Aaron, I think your right about the gearbox. I am sure ive been driving the car like a bit of a girl too, trying to not rev the engine too much and spin the wheels. Yet also trying to not stall it. Im sure that driving fast will be a lot easier to do than trying to drive civilised. The car does spin the wheels very easily though, especially when reversing up my steep paved driveway into my shed. Cruising around 80km/h was around 2200 in 3rd from memory.

I've gad a win with the suspension today. I found out that the front and rear springs are actually interchangable, so ive swapped them front to rear and now have 7kg on the rear and 4kg on the front. I have to go for another test drive and see how it feels on the weekend. The rears are shortened springs though so they still need to be replaced.

Ive still got to put in the inner valve springs, which is another job for later in the week. The data logger add-on and a mini flat LCD screen are on its way to aid with the road tuning. I'll be able to mount the LCD straight to the windscreen in front of the driver much like the MFD on my GTR.

Thats all for now.

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posted on August 4th, 2010 at 09:07 PM



Mate if there was a show called "VW Master Chef". you would top it!
fantastic build...
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posted on August 4th, 2010 at 09:09 PM



i agree! Its a very tasty build for sure...

I'd take a bite :tu:!

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posted on August 4th, 2010 at 10:38 PM



I've been killing to see this beast together on on the road and it looks tuff as. It looks like you could go a bit wider in the rear wheels from some angles. That would be seriosuly tuff!

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posted on August 5th, 2010 at 06:07 AM



I tend to agree, either with some width or some offset or both. I might add that this is merely an observation, as the car is looking seriously awesome.

any ideas or plans for running boards or gonna keep the current look to maximise the appearance of the wide and low stance?




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posted on August 5th, 2010 at 06:08 AM



oh and I love the expression of the dude behind you filling up his car. wondering what planet and what year from the future that bug morphed in from!



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posted on August 5th, 2010 at 08:15 AM



Just so we can see them some more:

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posted on August 5th, 2010 at 11:37 AM



I love this build, only thing I would alter is the lack of running boards, it just makes the guards look so much wider without them. However trying to step over a foot wide running board would be an experience in itself:)
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posted on August 5th, 2010 at 03:09 PM



you could always taper them from each end so that you are not having to take a running leap to get into the car, rather just a standing start.
Either way it is a work of art.




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posted on August 5th, 2010 at 03:34 PM



Yes indeed running boards will definatly be being made to fill the gap with the guards and likle Goldie suggested i'll be tapering them in near the door and then going wide again as it goes past the B pilar.

Going to a wedding this weekend too, so I am not going to be able to acomplish anythng new with the car for another week... which will probably allow my wallet to stop gasping for air.
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posted on August 5th, 2010 at 06:13 PM



hey guys I have personally seen this car in the flesh and i must say Ian major kudos on the work done. i could not believe what i saw in this superbug when i laid eyes on it, the engineering feats Ian has done MUST be seen to be fullly appreciated. Ian mate well done and thanks for showing me your labour of love.................................... all i can say now is SHOTGUN
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posted on August 14th, 2010 at 05:36 PM



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posted on August 15th, 2010 at 09:58 PM



No more video yet.

I spent 1/2 the weekend chasing and resolving oil leak issues from the pushrod tubes. One of the unexpected joys of an oxy boxer is that there isnt really a good pushrod tube solution that fits well. Ive used adjustable pushrod tubes which are larger at the case end so they seal, but they really are too short for the job. I had used a few shims at each end of the pushrod to move the seals further out but that causes other issues.

It seems the perfect solution will be to custom make a new and longer end for the head end of the pushrod tube. For the moment though after having pulled all the pushrod tubes 3 times Ive finally got an engine that doesnt leak oil again.

Ive come up with a design for my alloy running boards at last too. I should have them partially fabricated by the end of the week. They are going to involve a few trips to the sheet metal fabricators.
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posted on August 30th, 2010 at 08:56 PM



Hey all...

Quick update. I have finally been able to get a machine shop to properly fold a radius onto some sheet alloy so I can make some running boards. As simple as that might sound, its been bloody hard to try and get it done in Cairns. Between being promised "yeah sure we can do it", waiting a week to not still not have them done, and finally having them done but with a 90 degree bend instead of a radius, oh... and then being over charged for something I didnt want... well you get the idea.

In the end, a machine shop had the better tools to do the job than the sheet metal places... go figure. So I picked them up this afternoon and set about making my wide ass running boards/stone deflectors.

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The plan is that they will bolt to the guards front and rear with 10mm bolts, and to the 90 degree angle 40x20x3mm (that you cant see) with some 6mm button head stainless bolts.
They arent going to be level either. I am angling them down to the road, from the sill at an angle of around 25-30 degrees, to help give the car a lower appearance and tie them into the lower edges of the aero guards a little better.


Once im happy with the fitment, they come off to be powder coated in gloss black to match the headlight trim and taillight trim. The stainless bolts wont be painted.

Im thinking of getting some stickers made up for them with a German skull and cross bones in a WW2 hat, and "Do Not Step"
written under it... to keep away feet.


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posted on August 30th, 2010 at 09:08 PM



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posted on August 30th, 2010 at 10:15 PM



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posted on October 20th, 2010 at 03:58 AM



So you finished the car yet Ian?
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Very close. Ive taken the car for a few more drives and make changes each time I do. Mostly suspension and steering adjustments, and now the car feels planted stable when driving.

EFI (and probably my intake pipe diameter) doesnt quite make the cam Ive chosen very drivable down low, but from 3000 rpm the car wants to just rev. To give you an idea, the seat of my pants dyno tells me that its quicker than my GTR which was running around 300awhp. I have positive manifold pressure from around 2200 rpm but drivability at that speed is a little dubious still and requires more tuning.

The data logger I ordered nearly a month ago still hasn not arrived. The company happily accepted my payment and then just forgot to dispatch it. Ive since had words and now have a tracking number that says it will be here in a few more days.

Im going to be re-making the right side running board as it didnt come up right, but the left was ok. Ive also replaced the tail lights with the more modern thing/lbug type lights, which suit the shape of the aero guards a lot better. I'll take some photos soon once the running boards are painted and finished.

So for the moment everything is on hold till the data logger arrives. When it does there is only that to install, and a pump for the water to air intercooler setup. Then tuning tuning tuning.
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posted on October 20th, 2010 at 06:52 PM



hi ian, thought u must gone on holidays or run out of money like me. glad u back, it make for interestin readin with some good pics, cant wait to see it run. seat of pants dyno.....ummm hot bugs always feel fast especially down low
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posted on November 10th, 2010 at 09:31 AM



I haven't made much progress with the bug lately. Ive been flatout with work in general, and other projects.

The data logger I purchased for the bug didnt perform as desired. While it did work, it slowed my laptop down to the point that it was too slow to use, which is pointless. Im working on sorting out an alternative but need more time to get it done. I just need more time.

The other project that has been occupying most of my time is my GTR stroker engine project, which is now in my car and being run in. Rb26 block, sleeved, spaced and stroked to 3.15lt.

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