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(insert hairdresser joke here) Bobtailed Audi TT

Discussion in 'Members Vehicles/Projects' started by thetim, Jan 18, 2020.

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  1. thetim

    thetim Well-Known Member

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    No, it's not a Land Rover. It is on Disco tyres though! My daughter wanted to learn some mechanical skills, so I bought her an A3 to break for parts; the deal was that it paid me back and she got the rest. Her profits bought her a 2001 Audi TT Quattro, so we're doing a soft-roader conversion on it so she can learn to drive off-road. It's coming along OK so far...
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    We're hoping to Youtube it all as we go; the first video is here:
     
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    When you say off road o_O
     
  3. thetim

    thetim Well-Known Member

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    Soft-roader :) Will probably get outperformed by a 'lander (Freelander, hopefully not Toylander) over anything really rough.
    But should be a lot of fun along the way. Once we've done that for a bit, I might disconnect the front driveshafts, lock the centre diff and the girls and I can learn to drift.
     
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  4. thetim

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    We've done some chopping to improve the departure angle...
     
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    Have you hijacked the fun and games from your daughter?

    Cheers
     
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    Good idea. Hopefully it will depart soon! :D
     
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    Haven't taught her to weld - yet ;)
     
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    Why not just tart up the TT and sell on to buy another might be enough in the pot for a properish 4x4.

    but hey fair play to your daughter for getting stuck in:)

    J
     
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    Oh, I totally agree that there are better ways to make progress both on- and off-road than a TT on big tyres. This has the appeal of the road less travelled though. Once it's done and the girls have driven it for a bit, it'll be up to Julia whether she wants to keep it, break it for bits (hope not!) or sell it for something else. I did suggest doing a drift car, which was very enthusiastically received... :D
     
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    I like out of the ordinary. Encouraging kids to appreciate things that are created rather than picked up at halfords can only be a good thing. Great work.
     
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    Every credit doing it with your daughter, looks good fun
     
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    COL! Love it, but you'll almost inelephantly get some "incoming" after mentioning AUDI on here... "Other marques" displayed/discussed/thought about off-line is treated like discovering an UXB from WW2 by some fellow forumite. Bless 'em I say. We all have our foibles...some of us have many foibles...especially moi!
     
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    Unorthodox

    Love it!
     
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    Have bashed on a bit further and chopped various bits off the front:


    Also found somewhere to fit the spare wheel, given that bobtailing it deleted the spare wheel well:


    Needs a suspension lift. Likely to be about 3". I'd rather it was a bit less due to driveshaft angle but I'm quite constrained at the front - the explanation is long and not terribly interesting. If I get really stuck, I'll put some 1" spacers between the rear subframe and the body to get the driveshafts a bit more in line. No double cardan options available for the TT, funnily enough...
     
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    Started lifting the front suspension. Achieved a 3" lift, but the driveshafts are running out of angle on full droop, so for now it looks the part but needs some surgery before it actually works.


    Fitted some bonnet catches too.
     
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    Lopped various bits off the bonnet to make enough room to get a snorkel intake in. No self-respecting off-roader should be without one, right?
    Granted, even with the intake at roof level, it's only about mid-windscreen height on my neighbour's lifted jeep. And the Audi 1.8T has slightly more electrics than, say, a 300tdi... so I don't think we'll be running up to the door tops any time soon.
    Kinda not the point though.
    (well, what is the point?) :D
    Anyway, video of us waving welding torches around:
     
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    I really enjoyed that. A good bit of messing about/engineering!
     
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    Lifting it messed up the suspension geometry, not surprisingly, so the front control arms have been widened to get the camber back, cranked to keep the bushings happy, and offset to stretch the wheelbase so the tyres don't catch on the arches. Had fun getting the steering rack and driveshafts to play ball given that the suspension is now 80mm wider than standard!

     
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    Wow, interesting work....
     
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    What's wrong with paying £7 extra to get a headlamp bulb changed?
     
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