Sunday, August 17, 2008


As of today, I have one side completed. I would have been done, but discovered yesterday that one upper strut bearing plate was worn beyond limits. No one in town carries the part so it was ordered thru Schuck's Auto Parts. It will be here Monday AM. (I endorse Schuck's. They are very responsive to parts orders.)

A Bilstein performance strut assembly ... The Best!

New driveshaft/CV joint assembly. Both left and right were replaced.

Upon initial build of the car, I did not attach the upper stabilizer bar because it interferred with the mounting plates for the DC/DC converter, the main contactor and the throttle pot. I trimmed down the mounting plates and now the bar fits. (I put a lot of work into getting a great paint job on the bar.)

Here is a pix of the strut assembly installed in the right side of the car. The springs are not stock, but custom wound units designed to handle the added battery weight AND lower the car about 1-1/2" (38 mm)

A new ball joint.


Lance said...


I've really enjoyed your blog and I have learned so much from it. I just ordered a VoltsRabbit Kit so I hope to be a copycat and driving my own Electric Cabriolet in a few months. Not much on my blog yet, but I've started one.

What brand is your upper strut tower stabilizer bar and where did you get it? I want to install one but make sure it clears or can made to clear the EV components. Also did you do anything to the stock brakes?

Thanks again for the great blog, cheers.


Roger Daisley said...

The upper stab. bar was part of my original VW Cabriolet. I have the four headlight, Euro Wolfsburg edition. It may also be on a Scirocco.

To fit the bar in, I simply cut the mounting plates for the DC/DC converter, throttle pot and main contactor so that they did not extend above the top of the upper strut mounts.

The stock brakes work just fine. I have a rear disk brake setup from a Scirocco, but have not seen the need to install it.

Thanks for the nice comment. If you have any question, feel free to email me.


Ps: Send me your blog erl and I'll link to it.