1986 Volkswagen Jetta GLi

Started on March 26 by VWguyBruce

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1986 Jetta GLi prepared for the Challenge. As the car sits, we spent around $1900 with the NOS. A few more parts to sell and install the 2 liter ABA, turbo.... The first autox with the coilovers proved fruitless as the car was only running on 3 cylinders. You can still see the fire damage by the rear wheel from Challenge preparation in $2008. We made it for $2009. -----Drivetrain----- - Stock motor with AC/PS removed - Solid motor mounts - TT exhaust from the junkyard w/ Cat removed - K&N Filter - Stock CIS-E fuel injection - Home brew catch can - Close ratio trans with Peloquin 80% shim kit - Missing Linkz shift kit with all new bushings -----Brakes----- - Braided hoses - Metal Master Pads -----Suspension----- - Bilstein Sport struts/shocks - Ebay coilovers, 450/572# springs - Poly/TT control arm bushings - Ebay strut bar - Home brew shock tower bar - EuroSport Camber plates - Poly rear shock bushings - EuroSport -1degree rear shims -----Interior/Exterior----- - Gutted interior/trunk - Gti front seats - Heat removed - Euro front bumper/ Rear bumper lightened - 14" VW Snowflakes with old Hoosiers

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Latest updates

Dec. 06

Challenge Results

Looks like I finished 36th overall. Definitely proud of that and the 23rd place finish in the autox. One more year with this car. Lighter, faster, prettier, suspension tweaked. I hope to get close to the Top 20. We'll see.

Sept. 25

Prepping New Motor

Stripped down 2 litre motor to a short block and have the head on the bench getting new valve stem seals. Need to get a few seals and maybe a new pressure plate but otherwise the two pieces should be ...

Sept. 22

More suspension stuff

Swapped in some 572# springs in the rear the other night. It allowed me to eliminate the big heavy homemade rear bar. I also got some free 205/55/R14 Hoosier R3S04's mounted onto some mismatched VW Snowflake wheels that I've gotten ...

June 03

Rota Slipstreams

Picked up a set of Rota Slipstreams a couple months back. Got a good deal on some Falken Azenis RT-615 with more than half the tread, only $10 for the set.

June 02

Cam, G60 valve cover, solid front motor mount

Picked up a TT 260 cam the other day for $40 and installed it with an TT adjustable cam gear($40) and G60 valve cover($25) while I was at it. Looks nice expecially with the shiny EIP solid front mount. Just ...

April 02

3 Cylinder Operation Corrected

Whilst running the autox the other day the car was only revving to 4000rpm and #4 cylinder wasn't firing at all. Well, I am happy to say I corrected the problem and the car is running like a champ. It ...

March 26

Soap Dispenser Catch Can

We autox'd it last fall the weekend after we missed the Challenge. Blowby was so bad through the airbox that we thought it blew a head gasket. This was essentially the first time we'd had it running/driving since I'd owned ...

March 26

Coilover Conversion

Purchased Ebay coilovers from a fellow GRMer. Finally had time to install them. They turned out pretty good. I'm likely going to install 600ish rear springs and remove the rear bar. I cut the front spring perches just above the ...

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Mar 26, 2009 2:41 p.m.
Vote up for another A2! Great cars, aren't they? You can do almost anything with them.
Mar 27, 2009 11:26 a.m.
They're sort of an addiction. I have too many spare parts to switch to another car.
Jun 1, 2009 1:47 p.m.
Looks great so far. Are you going w/ the stock head and ABA shortblock, or the full ABA swap?
Jun 1, 2009 1:49 p.m.
Also, have you thought at all about running the 2L 16V motor ( B3 passat motor that uses cis-e )? I'm wondering which intake could use for it.
Jun 2, 2009 11:56 a.m.
I'm not sure what I'm gonna do with the ABA. I was thinking of running it as is with MegaSquirt and eventually putting the turbo I have on it. I also have another 8V head that needs a valve job that I was going to do some port work/CC on the maybe use the ABA shortblock. I also considered finding the 2L 16V block to keep me legal in EP but not sure that means THAT much to me. Right now we're dealing with the CIS-E fuel injection stumbling under load. I picked up a cam for cheap and thought I had the stumble worked out but it's still there. Revs fine under a medium foot all the way to redline. My buddy is supposed to lend a hand this weekend and thinks he knows what the trouble is. We'll see. As for the 16V, we have talked about it but I like the simplicity of the 8V. If a deal on a 16V motor turned up I would buy it just to have it
Jun 2, 2009 12:25 p.m.
Thanks for the info. As far as the stumbling, do you have another fuel dist. to try out? Maybe the "flap" isn't moving as smoothly as it should be? Just a thought. Also, I just recently got motivated enough to start working on my car again. Hopefully, I can finish removing the engine so I can start prepping for the new engine( I'm doing the RD or JH head w/ the aba shortblock unless my mind changes again.... ). Good luck w/ the car and thanks again for the encouragement and info.
Sep 25, 2009 2:02 p.m.
Stripped down 2 litre motor to a short block and have the head on the bench getting new valve stem seals. Need to get a few seals and maybe a new pressure plate but otherwise the two pieces should be mated soon.

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