apparently its all the same except the engine mounts that are in a different place on one side, not a prob, only a tenner to get another
Hi, I am new to mini forum, i am a member of Turbominis. It is a great site. I am planning to purchase a wreck Golf TDI,and transferr all the mechanical components to the project mini, except it will be rwd.
The Golf TDI is drive by wire, via a electric cables, and the clutch is hydraulic so repositioning the engine can be easily done. Modern diesel engine is not as noise, dirty and heavy. For example 1.9 TDI has a cast iron block with aluminum heat and drop forged piston, it is very light weight, when compare to mini 998 engine which is all cast iron except the water pump housing, tranny. The original 998 weights hopping 330 lbs. If i compare both engines i think they might be the same weight or less for the diesel.
Personnally, i think FWD cars are not as good as rwd cars, I am not saying FWD are totally garbage. My next project is to build a RWD mini, but powered by TDI. TDI hp is 100 hp/ 177ft/lb of torque, is more than enough for the mini but of course this 1.9 TDI can be boost power up to 250hp / unknow torque figure.
250hp diesel engine is nuts, i mean every gear your head is push against the head rest, just like the Subaru STI. The design is as follow
1) Remove front engine/tranny, and remove interior seats, rear and quarter panel glass. Fuel Tank, lines...etc
2) Plasma cut or grind the rear speaker panel that located under the rear glass out completely
3) Cut out the rear seats side covers, (seat belt tensioner should be out already)
4) Cut out the bottom support for the rear seat and bent upward
5) Follow the cortour of the rear seat slowly cut out the back support metal in two step as it is a big chunk to carry out from the interior
6) The back of the seat should be out completely, that you can see the ground
7) Use a marker to mark the distance from the bottom of the front seat (on both side ) to back ward, to see how far should the engine sit.
8) Measure the center of the rear axis to ensure both output drive is the same as original
9) Position the TDI tranny , measure, how far the suspension can travel, now start building the rear chassis for mounting the engine, tranny,
10) Ensure there is clearance between the exhaust pipe and the rear bonnet, TDI turbochargers is located at the back of the engine, when looking from the front of the car.
11) I preferr Golf aftermarket suspension with ride height and damper
12) To be continue........