Oil cooler

The other night I fitted an oil cooler to the engine. This I did to control the oil temperature a little better on the motorway, and on the track. I found that sustained high RPM caused the oil to heat up beyond 100°c. I would really rather keep the oil temperature below 100°c, so an oil cooler was the solution.

This consisted of a 16 row square shaped cooler which I mounted vertically to the left of the gearbox. Stainless steel braded oil hose carries the oil from a take-off plate which fits between the oil filter, and boss. This take-off plate contains a thermostat that allows oil to flow through the cooler when its above 80°c. All this kit was purchased from Think Automotive. It is top quality kit, and hopefully where I have installed it should get a good airflow at speed, and keep the oil temp under control.

Porsche cup-2 rims

I have recently purchased some new wheels for the bug. They are cup 2's, 7.5"x17" ET65 and 8"x17" ET52. It is my intention to make them fit! Here is a picture, on the left is one of my existing Porsche 2-litre alloys, and on the right a cup 2.



In order to do this I need to make some modifications. Firstly at the rear I need to cut the bump stop down a little, and remove one of the bolts from the spring plate, probobly by turning it into a stud threaded into the trailing arm. At the front its a bit less straight forward. I need to reduce the diameter of the springs, so the wheel can tuck under, because they would touch the springs at the moment. Here I have a few options:

SolutionProsCons
Kerscher strutsBest solution, with excelent quality and adjustabilityHigh cost
Bugpack or similar struts with toplineparts.com slimline springsSimple solution, as I already have Bugpack strutsNot sure they are thin enough
toplineparts.com Maxx strutSimilar to Kerscher strut, but cheaperFixed adjustment steps
Home made slimline strutsI can make them how I like, and they will be cheapNot as easy as I thought!


Well I started to make my own. Below is a picture. I used a threaded sleave welded over a shortened late 1303 strut, with a MK1 Golf (Rabbit) shock absorber insert. The MK1 golf shock is about 25mm shorter than a 1303 one. The welding is not as neat as I would like, and because the top of the strut is flaired, it will be very close the spring, which might rub on it. I also wish I had welded the sleave on further up, so I could use a shorter spring. I am probobly going to get the springs and try them anyway, they might be ok. Got to try haven't I?