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Members' Cars / Re: LUCY ‘91 Mk2 Golf GTI Alpine White
Last post by Eddypeck -
I did look at heated screens but they've gone up a lot in price to what they were a few years ago. I couldn't justify it, also couldn't keep the car in the garage indefinitely, it was only a temporary home. Couldn't fault the service from National Windscreens, because of poor mobile signal and GPS where I live it took longer to process the payment than it took the guy to fit the screen.

The Autodoc order took 12 days from order to delivery, but I placed the order on a Friday so might not have been picked till Monday.
Comparing the price with ECP, Autodoc was £93, ECP was about £170 after entering the promo code. Wasn't exactly like for like due to availability of brands. I ordered on the App, which gives more favourable prices and promos, I got a free shipping deal saving about £9.

After I placed the order someone mentioned I might be hit with extra tax at customs which was a concern, but arrived tracked parcel from Royal Mail with nothing more to worry about. Because of this I've used them again to order the Brake Bias Valve I need as it was £35 delivered compared to £50 being the cheapest I could find from any other source.

Oh, and 'TIM' gauges obviously just because I wanted to see my name on then  :D and compared to VDO it was a sensible financial move. I know I'll have no trouble with the volts as I used it temporarily in the Beetle but yet to see the others working.
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Wheels, Suspension & Steering / Re: Another Spline Adaptor Question
Last post by dubstar -
the small spline had a spring and washer.... if the PO did the job properly when removing the adapter he/she might have put a washer in place. If you're trying to refit the adapter on top of the washer you might get into trouble. Otherwise, sorry I don't know the answer.

Perfect, so it should just be spring  then adaptor, no lock washer?  Will give it a go
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General Chat / Re: Solar panel chargers
Last post by Kenneth cartwright -
i did try one of the early solar panels, was crXp... in end i bought a power pack/jumper usb sized that i carry around when driving old bangers.
Now on my garage at home ive got 400watts of solar to 110amp leisure battery, this can be switched with controller to charge battery, run through invertor to create 220-240v  to run chinese diesel heater, and henry hoover.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100W-150W-200W-300W-solar-panel-kit-20A-Battery-charge-Controller-for-Caravan-RV/124283883427?_trkparms=aid%3D1110012%26algo%3DSPLICE.SOIPOST%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D230924%26meid%3Dcec98dd18a884e88993a205348dbbc74%26pid%3D101196%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D124284904665%26itm%3D124283883427%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DPromotedSellersOtherItemsV2WithMLRv3%26brand%3DEco-worthy&_trksid=p2047675.c101196.m2219&amdata=cksum%3A124283883427cec98dd18a884e88993a205348dbbc74%7Cenc%3AAQAFAAACELs66kkAP41TTmQu%252FGj5YFNeptZQyRejWNKk4QP5ooJf5P77xk5pMrg4dGStv2z0qw0SgBNSxCKhdlCtPxBDCk9SKu1tjeITKsKtvr%252BEuUmXr6KEfawt7ZQ%252B9TKbm2dAKE2%252BK8VJSZS%252FOA6qn7AIWadUGN5nxgCcpILPR6XawqBFUfjp%252FyT1vx0spxGj5f9boxHRapuX%252F4tLRrEkACGKYzWL0I1Xn1avYKiVWTmgYOAtYOduMYuCJjMcHUusRiKjJLJY22lCBgYNUvEKBN4Zduf6jOr2mKM8Ef5XS3B2OQRnoaXX1%252FxojUWQRZ8sW2h6hBjyE%252B6X4VvEGf8Lu%252Bwlqrn7F2BDmPluG1ZR7WFH86azp59uN9SqR%252F6RAdVkGstRyo%252BpAUayc11iBEB7NNk5fpLHek9vPXFT77qHe1bLJYlIyOQGsR%252BsLmohDQSx%252FKLrqVBMlMr6ORE3IztQ%252B6xYT9HTkZf8mBVbTkgky6Q%252BN0aRkljY0CvxBdvbQC6CHNWuL4CVI5Fmyz7AWoCwBbDug1t7rTeRjh%252BSZtl%252FNb5eSBB%252BtbLOGuhGY9yQkogi%252FNUtiHe0rCuvNPNPPFGGtNv%252FCSahutDHl2Ux8JYcmeNpzlbM%252FRejdOfE60qereSHL35iS6YIx0gSfEvvp9m7oK3%252B2IKP1XX%252BLX0knuqLDZJQFdaUG4UAdwAtnoirjtmOwwG9mQ%253D%253D%7Campid%3APL_CLK%7Cclp%3A2047675  latest version

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Members' Cars / Re: LUCY ‘91 Mk2 Golf GTI Alpine White
Last post by AndyBa -
Looking good Tim....That could could have been a good excuse for a heated screen!...but it's surprising how much the price increases when VAT, delivery, fitting and the wiring are added  :D
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Mk2 Golf Chat / Re: Oil Pressures at Head.. 8v PB
Last post by Scherni -
well the FAE sender works a treat - the difference between the 0-5 and 0-10 bar sender is massive for accuracy of reading.

I now have a redundant 0-10 Bar VDO Sender.. anyone want one haha
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Mk2 Golf Chat / Re: Oil Pressures at Head.. 8v PB
Last post by Scherni -
If it's possible, go back to your FAE sender, it was 5 Bar and fit it at the point above the oil filter to see what readings you get.

Different engines I know, but to give you an idea - The 205 has a factory 5 Bar gauge and is on its original sender so presumably 5 Bar compatible and giving as accurate a reading as factory gauges will allow.

At idle on cold start up it will be showing around the 4.5 Bar mark before eventually dropping to around 1.5 Bar when fully warm.

If you look at the specs for senders on the VDO webhop site it'll show the measurement ranges for 5 and 10 Bar senders which'll give you an idea of the differences.

If I've understood correctly they work by using resistance, measured in Ohms.

Most VDO gauges seem to work between 10 Ohms and 184 Ohms... if you're using a non-VDO sender with a VDO gauge you'll have to ensure it works between this same range.

Below is listed the 5 Bar senders ohms readings beside the 10 Bars - it'll show how using the wrong sender / gauge combination can affect the gauges accuracy.

Oil pressure is 0.0 Bar

11 + 10

Oil pressure is 1.0 Bar

47 + 31

Oil pressure is 2.0 Bar

82 + 52

Oil pressure is 3.0 Bar

117 + 71

Oil pressure is 4.0 Bar

151 + 90

Oil pressure is 5.0 Bar

184 + 107

The 10 Bar sender will continue in 1 Bar increments to its max as follows -

6 Bar 124
7 Bar 140
8 Bar 156
9 Bar 163
10 Bar 184

If your engines true oil pressure is 3 Bar your 10 Bar sender is giving the gauge a measurement of  71 ohms instead of the 117 ohms a 5 Bar sender would be so it'll be under reading by about 40%.



you're an absolute gent. this is detailed and tbh i didnt expect anything less haha!
you're improving my knowledge singlehandedly!

great shout on the FAE sender, ill pop it in here this afternoon and give the car a whirl to see what its showing!
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General Chat / Re: Solar panel chargers
Last post by kartman -
I just purchased one of these: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ring-12V-Solar-Powered-Keep-your-Battery-Topped-Car-Camper-Leisure-Charger/154221515172

Its the middle size and output in the ring range. I added a bead of clear silicone around the solar panel edge as per the instructions for mounting permanently outside and it is now attached to my fence, hopefully placed optimally for hours of sunlight available each day.

Seems to be doing its job well so far, as a minimum it is keeping the voltage constant and not dropping as it would over a couple of weeks, will be able to give better feedback in a few weeks time. Here it is installed on my fence.
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Wheels, Suspension & Steering / Re: Another Spline Adaptor Question
Last post by Eddypeck -
the small spline had a spring and washer.... if the PO did the job properly when removing the adapter he/she might have put a washer in place. If you're trying to refit the adapter on top of the washer you might get into trouble. Otherwise, sorry I don't know the answer.
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Members' Cars / Re: Lock Down Rebuild 1984 1.3 CL (daughters first car)
Last post by Eddypeck -
My wife's first car was a Fiat 126 in yellow, I keep threatening her I'll get her one one day. I saw the other day a 'new' retro revival of the 126, like the modern Beetle/Mini/Fiat 500 etc.... not sure if it was just a concept but did look cool.

Great work on both cars, there's a non-mk2 section in Members Rides if you want to record further updates on the Fiat.