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Re: MTB Weekend Camper

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Haven't updated this in a while

Had a few issues with the MOT - front bushes on lower arms worn, so I replaced both lower arms with brand new - that was a fun job as the bolts had seized into the alloy subframe so ended up having to replace parts of the subframe too :roll:

Also changed both front wheel hubs
Got a coolant leak but I've narrowed that down to a small hose on the passenger side of the head which I'm going to sort

It's got a fresh MOT on it now, happily doing 50-53mpg on long runs up the motorway to work and seems to be in a good place. But....
Alas, after a really fun year out and about biking in this and camping in summer - it's going to go up for sale soon.

I've found a 2012 van with the nicer looking facelift which also has AirCon and DSG.... I have wanted an auto for a while and I really missed air con in summer when out biking in it. I got a bonus at work for Christmas and found the new van just 20 minutes away... so couldn't say no. Collecting it on Sunday!

I'm not 100% sure how much will stay in this, I'm considering moving the touran dash/door cards/stereo etc... over to the new van. Will probably move the curtains too as the new van still has a plastic bulkhead which I'm not a fan of but will probably put into this van to give the new owner a choice.
The leisure battery and electrics setup will be moving over as it's used to charge my bike.

I'm unsure whether to leave the rear all carpeted out as is for sale, or whether to move that over to and just leave the back as a clean fresh start for someone....

The wheels are likely to get swapped onto the new van too as the new van has some flashy 19's on it and I'd prefer the comfort of the 17's.

Anyway.... if anyones interested in a modified 1.9tdi 2005 van, 19" wheels, custom raptor paint, touran front end, sorted engine (see this thread so far), leather interior etc.... drop me a DM - I'm happy to talk to someone interested if they want me to leave stuff in this and I'll re-buy it for the new van.

I'll keep this thread going as the new van will be getting a lot done to it over the next couple of months ready for spring :)
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Re: MTB Weekend Camper

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You won’t regret the move to DSG: my Caddy is my second DSG vehicle and I wouldn’t go back!

They can feel a bit jumpy when manoeuvring at slow speed (compared to other autos) but you quickly adapt to it.

DSG service interval is 40k miles for the oil change, worth checking it’s been done on your prospective new van


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Yeah he's said the DSG had a service last year - and something about another box bolted to the DSG that has it's own oil aswell

But I'm likely to get the whole van serviced when I get it just for piece of mind
The 6 speed golf manual in my current van is nice on the motorway but for towns I find it annoying in traffic and miss an auto

I'm tempted to look into how much work it would be to retrofit the adaptive cruise control too it too for the long motorway runs :)
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I’ve not had the pleasure of using ACC myself, but a friend has it on his ‘20 plate Golf and raves about it…


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Just a quick teaser picture, not sure if it will work - I've moved away from dropbox

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Got the new van delivered late today - 2012, metallic Grey, DSG, Air Con
Had a bit done to it - 50mm lowered, 19" wheels, rear spoiler, Audi Q3 half-leather seats, Golf MK7 GTI mfsw

Started making a loooong list - couldn't get the seats to go far enough back to be comfy as it had a full bulkhead in.
Pulled the bulkhead out earlier so I can actually fit comfortably in it
The rear was carpeted out, but badly. The roof panel was so thin it was hanging down in the middle.
My old van has proper thick marine ply liners
So I ripped that out too.

Not sure what's going to stay on my old van at the moment. I might just move all the ply liners, carpeting, bed etc.. over into the new van and sell mine with a "clean" back for someone to do whatever they want with. I feel like weekend MTB camper is quite a specific thing to sell.

Probably going to keep my 17's and let the 19's go with the old van - they're a bit too uncomfy for me and expensive tyres!

Need to move my stereo as one of the speakers has popped in the new van, and my headunit/reversing camera/dashcam etc...

Trying to decide whether to put myself through the pain of moving the whole Touran dashboard and door cards - but by the time I'm done moving the electrical setup, audio setup, camera setup etc... I might aswell move the dash and door cards.

Might move the auto-wiper/lights setup too. Just a bit worried I'll make the current van so basic it'll never sell lol

We'll see.... either way going to be a lot going on, expect better pics and a ton of activity over the next few weeks.
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Not sure where to start with this....
LOOOONG week

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I started stripping the stereo out of my old van - head unit, tweeters, door speakers... then got a bit carried away and ended up ripping the entire dashboard out.

Up to that point I wasn't sure if I was going to move the Touran dash over into the new van... because lot of work for not much gain... but when I started removing all the GPS/Wifi antennas, etc... I just decided I might aswell

I then went on to to do the same in the new van

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At this point I was starting to question my own sanity - I did all this last February and a year later here I am again only I'm doing it twice now :roll:

I then made up new cabling for the tweeters as the new van bizarrely didn't have any. Also ran the wifi antenna, GPS, microphone etc.. for the android head unit.
Whilst the dash was off I decided I might aswell move my W8 light and auto rain/light sensor - so all the wiring for them has been fitted too up to the top of the a-pillar.

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Actually tried to make a really tidy job of it this time as I'm planning on hanging onto this van for a while so didn't want any rattles :)

How I left it last night...

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The top part of the Touran dash is in the new van now, both speakers, both tweeters, both Touran door cards, head unit etc....

Today I got my steering wheel module from SpaceWalker - have to say amazing service, sent on UPS and arrived quickly to UK with no drama.
I set about soldering the wires into the SWCM, didn't take any pictures because frankly I made a shit-show of it. Very tiny wires, not much room for soldering, and my soldering iron despite being new and variable temperature just didn't seem to want to do the job. But continuity tests passed, taped the wires all down nicely so hopefully it doesn't fall apart, installed and everything seemed to work.

I have volume control, track skip, full MFD display (which is the major thing I wanted, I wanted to see MPG!), voice commands, mute, and even the DSG paddles on the MK7 GTI wheel control the DSG gearbox :D

After a test-drive the cruise control wasn't working - but I emailed SpaceWalker who literally replied straight away and I realised I'd used the wrong coding label file. Got the right one, set it to old style ECU-CCS and bingo works perfectly. Can turn cruise control on, cancel it, set to current speed, resume, and bump speed up and down with the ACC buttons.

Got to say I'm really happy with that module, it's taken a van with no luxuries and a stupid temperature display, to showing all the information on the dash, cruise control and the DSG paddles are a nice extra!

I'll get better pictures once she's back together, currently been sat for a week getting rained on and is filthy.


Sad to end on slightly bad news but....... I bought the new van without a test drive as my insurance company were shit (long story). Previous owner drove it around 30mph zones and it seemed fine. On first motorway run the clutches in the DSG box are completely shot - it slips like mad in 4th and 6th. Checked VCDS and sure enough faults for clutches. Even though no error light on dash.

I sort of expected it - the van was £2k less than others I could find of the same age with DSG/Air-Con, and he dropped the price by £500 without much pushing.... so it's sort of just one of those things. I hate people hiding issues when selling a car/van but it seems common.

So she's booked into the workshop on 14th February for a clutch pack and hopefully that will sort it :)
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Re: MTB Weekend Camper

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Nice work man!
Always good to see people getting stuck in themselves and succeeding; looking forward to seeing more!
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