I made a couple hardware overviews for our MK1 Vr6 kits, and I still have a few questions that I either didn’t address in one video or a tip I forgot, I am going to add a couple more videos soon, but this may make finding the info you’re looking for a little easier, if you have questions before during or after install please feel free to email me! Sal@s-pautomotive.com
General install Tips:
- Press your bushings in before you mount the brackets onto the motor or chassis
- If you have an 02j trans the upper trans mount holes are threaded, you need to drill them out to use the hardware provided
- Grease the inner speedo cable with a silicone grease before installing!
- I find it easier to set the radiator in the core support before I install the motor – but not bolt it down
- For a cleaner install on a AAA motor if you’re not using the AC/PS systems cut the bracket off just below the alternator mounting points to the block.
- Always start all the bolts in a bracket, manifold,cover etc before tightening any of them down
- If you are using the mk1 fuel lines, the best place to cut them I have found is just before the cross behind the steering knuckle, you can carefully hand bend them up toward the passenger strut tower and trim again to your desired length
- Work the exhaust system from front to back, hang everything loose in the clamps and work each section into final placement front to back as well
- If you’re using one of our harnesses the “Trigger” needs to have power in both the key positions START and RUN – this is often the problem for a no start, someone didn’t check that the wire they chose had power during the crank key cycle. A good source for this is your former coil power wire on gasoline cars, on diesels the injection pump power wire works well.
Matt wanted to be able to jump in his Scirocco and drive it everyday, without worrying about the failing CIS system leaving him on the side of the road. To overhaul the 1.8 and rebuild the CIS system was a realistic option, however after looking at the cost of the rebuild he realized he was well on his way to a later model motor swap. Even better. Better mileage from an 02 controlled fuel system, more power, easier to find parts. Win-win!
On to the evidence!!
Slightly better after a washing!
Ready to Paint!
Our MK1 VR6 motor mounts ready to go!
Integrated Cable Boss on our mk1 02a mounts, we also offer a smooth version for our mk1 hydro kit
Its ready to go home!
Mk1 Vr6 Scirocco conversion, stainless shift rod kit, full 2.5″ stainless exhaust, silicone coolant lines, hidden 3″ maf intake pipe, 2.25″ tucked radiator with fan and shroud. everything you need to have a fun in your mk1!
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Tired of looking at those spark plug wires on your 12v VR? Running a SRI or an intake without the wire retainers? Install our coil pack relocation kit and using your stock wires, the coil will now mount where the SAI pump was. Included with out mounting bracket is an SAI delete plug for either AFP or AAA (choose which one you have when adding it to your cart.
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So you’ve installed your new mk4 powerplant into your mk1, now you are left with plumbing it in. Some swaps (vr6 specifically, the TDIs dont fit well either.) require you to modify the radiator, and finding stock hoses that will work can be a scavenge-fest.
We have used a stock mk1 rabbit radiator flipped upside down, then you have to cap the overflow port, and it wants to leak eventually, not to mention that your temp switch is now across the engine bay and in the way of everything you just installed..
Soo… we went looking for OEM options, found a dasher radiator that works pretty well, unfortunately the aftermarket support for Dashers is very small. There seems to be little to no stock of the replacement dasher radiators anymore. Leading us to our natural course of action, make something that works the way we want.
In about 1-2 months, we will be stocked with a new radiator for your swaps. Fully tig welded endtanks, no plastic all aluminum construction coupled with the dual pass design will help keep your rabbit running cool. Stock mounting pins and core-support mounting tabs are in place. We also have removed the overflow port as most mk4 based swaps have a port on the motor or in the factory hoses.
These will also work for those who want to run carbs or ITBS and are using some sort of an overflow container.