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    Quote Originally Posted by MariusFourie View Post
    Correction. 17mm.

    I used a wheel nut's nut end with thread and flanges ground off with a breaker bar and 17mm socket to get the gearbox's filler plug off.

    All oils changed.

    Car is at 267'000km and....

    Rear diff was dark black
    Front diff was moderate to dark black
    Transfer case was dark black
    Gearbox was medium black

    Glad I changed them all out.

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    My Gariep pics

    towed my trailer from Gariep to East London today.

    Doing mostly 105km/h GPS speed. Power was never an issue. It had plenty in reserve.

    I averaged 11.7l/100km

    The windfarm close to Molteno


    Moving camp because I parked in the wrong area


    chevy engined pajero. Man it sounds nice!


    The most flex you will get in an air suspension treg


    every night was clear with lots of stars


    heading out to donkerpoort trail


    yes, I made it after the third try because I forgot how to use the electrickery.


    More to follow when the internet behaves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MariusFourie View Post
    serviced the car tonight.

    I went through the whole effort of taking the tappet cover off and sacrificing a liter of clean oil to flush all the dirty oil away in the valve train area. I also poured some clean oil in the filter housing to flush the dirty oil out as well. Then after the old oil has drained, I poured about 500ml of clean oil in the filler cap and let that drain as well.

    I'm sure I got most of the dirty oil out.

    I will now check how quickly the oil goes black.

    So far after 5 minutes of idling the dipstick still show perfectly new golden oil.

    I used Shell Helix HX7 AV oil. Shell charged me R84/liter. Goldwagen wanted R185/liter

    It is a 5w-30 oil as opposed to the Fuchs I used before that was a 5w-40. I will report back after my next drive I can notice a difference in the engine, oil temp and economy.

    266523km on the clock now.
    268401km now

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    I think I found my funny knock on the suspension. I thought at first it was the subframe bolts.

    Seeing as I already did the lower control arm bushes I looked at the top ones and saw this.

    It's moving laterally back and forth. Goldwagen is getting some for me. R150 each.

    Should be an easy swap. Nothing in the way of the arms.



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    some gariep offroad pictures at donkerpoort

    joining a rope properly to recover a cruiser




    approach angle is good




    steady foot for the traction control makes light work of 3 wheel drive


    Ground clearance




    1.4 bar - yes, the beetle is heavy!


    Not bad flex for air suspension with anti roll bars front and back.





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    my bushes I need to sort out. Notice how easy they move and notice how they don't bounce back.



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    Dad having a feel of my car. Must be harsh driving 5 cylinders when you are used to 10.

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    bought a pollen filter yesterday from goldwagen..... doesn't fit! Can't return it as I mangled it to much trying to make it fit!

    Bought suspension bushes for the front upper wishbones. I ordered 4, Goldwagen ordered 2.

    Strip the suspension, press in the new bush. WRONG BUSH!

    Spend 2 hours removing new bush.

    Needless to say I'm pretty livid at the moment.

    But while it's fresh in my mind here is the procedure for getting to the front upper wishbone. There is no space for the front bolt to come out unless you drop the strut mounting.

    So, jack up the air suspension to max
    hold lock button in console for 10 seconds to get jack mode
    loosen wheel nuts
    jack up the corner and support with axle stands
    remove wheel nuts
    remove wheel
    take off upper balljoint nut and release ball joint with balljoint tool (i unscrewed the nut until flush with thread end and gave a smack with a 4 pound hammer. One shot and it was loose)
    remove sway bar link bottom bolt
    get something under the bottom balljoint like bricks or something and build up so the gap between blocks and balljoint is about 2 inches (this saves the knuckle and CV joints from dropping too far down in the next steps)
    remove the bolt that connects the strut to the lower control arm
    undo one of the 10mm nuts on the level sensor and put it away safe somewhere

    now

    remove the three 16mm bolts in the engine compartment (one is in the rain tray)
    hold the strut bracket with one hand when removing the last bolt
    the strut bracket will now be able to drop down far enough for you to remove the two bolts that hold the upper wishbone to the strut bracket

    Actually not hard at all. I got mine out in about 15 minutes but it feels like a nightmare to me due to the bloody wrong parts issue.

    For reference the bushes that came out of mine are 7L0 407 077

    Both the bushes that came out the front left so far had huge cracks and the center piece was completely loose from the rest of the bush!

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    Really enjoy reading all about your work on the Treg, pity about the wrong parts though. Keep it up.
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    As it stands

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    this is what the bushes look like. I could remove the inner part by hand. It was completely detached.

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    Bush dimensions out of interest

    40mm outer diamter
    10mm inner diametr
    42mm length

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    went searching for bushes in town this morning.

    Couldn't find any.

    Resorted to ordering bushes from Audi (cheaper than VW for the same part..WTH? ) @ R843.60 for the 4 bushes.

    I said I'll take the bushes out of the new q7 on the floor and they can just replace it when the new ones come. They didn't bite

    No car for the weekend. Eish!

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    Thank you for the info Marius, no doubt this will be of interest as my Treg ages.

    Sometimes think how long I'll still keep it. Then I look at what replacement vehicles are available, and my decision is always to keep it. Cannot see anything materially better with which I would be happy.
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    my thinking as well.

    If I trade mine in I have to start fixing a car all over again and it wont be as nice as this one.

    Slowly I'm getting this car in order and then it's a R600k car that I'm driving. I can't buy that now. The only replacement I'll consider is a new ML 250 BlueTec or Cayenne or new treg but that is far out of my budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kortgat View Post
    Thank you for the info Marius, no doubt this will be of interest as my Treg ages.

    Sometimes think how long I'll still keep it. Then I look at what replacement vehicles are available, and my decision is always to keep it. Cannot see anything materially better with which I would be happy.
    + a Gazillion on that.


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    sorted the front left upper wishbone bushes today and reassembled the suspension.

    151 photos. 20 seconds apart. 3fps.


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    remember to only tighten everything once the car is at rest in it's normal ride height position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MariusFourie View Post
    sorted the front left upper wishbone bushes today and reassembled the suspension. 151 photos. 20 seconds apart. 3fps. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgxTQQaPp_U">YouTube Link</a>
    Cool, all done in 50 seconds.
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