Well it’s not exactly a car (2005 Volkswagen Caddy TDI) — Volkswagen Caddy wagon II

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Well, it’s not a car. (2005 Volkswagen TDI)

Although by no means of the the sort of vehicle one would a project thread about, she has a reliable steed to me in my first of driving and I thought it was about she was treated as she deserves !

It’s a Volkswagen Caddy 1.9 TDI, known as Sudsy due to being branded in ‘Duds Suds’ Dry sign writing which about three weeks to off.

I’m the second During her early life, was exclusively used for carrying of laundry around Waterford It was everything I was looking for at the time: up in the years, never carried loads, no hitch, full history with main and then a looked after by a Indy mechanic. Bodywork was with no accident damage.

It had lying up for quite a while I bought it, so first on my list of to do was a full fresh service all the belts, filters and fluids. I out all the brake discs and pads for new along with all the suspension and engine and gearbox mounts. of them were particularly bad but I wanted guaranteed hassle motoring as I would be doing trips to the UK for the year.

The only blip on the radar was the alternator pulley wheel away from the alternator a stupid two piece design and the of the wheel separated from the whilst on a trip to Oulton Thanks to Julian Smith at D who was able to locate and source the locally and the help of the Racing at Oulton Park, we were to remove the remainder of the separated and replace it with the new item.

than that she has not missed a beat and I’d expect no of it in the future.

I’ve only some small practical so far. Perspex on the bulkhead to heat in the cabin, a pair of deflectors, 90% security tint on the glass, a large wood box with lid secured against the and a set of pressed metal number

The van is mostly used to carry camera, lighting and tracking so there is rarely much in it except for the fat ******* driving it.

I was year going to change the van for a E39 Sport but the right one never up and tax was just too strong so I’ve to wait a year, keep the van and maybe go for an E60 diesel sport in the

Since I’m keeping it, I it would be best to make it my First changes were swapping out the OEM bulbs for Xenon Max headlight and dipped light It’s an incredible different made.

Next change is out the standard suspension and wheels for a set of coilovers and wheel / tire At this stage most will be disgusted at the idea of coilovers in a van. The problem the Caddys’ is that when are not loaded up with weight, are horribly soft. They like an absolute pig, roll is atrocious and cross become a life death By lowering the van and slightly stiffening it up, be aiming to get her handling like a car. I’m not into the bone shaking, overly suspension setup so getting right will be key. ordered a set of aftermarket coilovers includes a kit to move the rear above the leaf springs at the along with a slightly damper which should be later in the week. I’m at an 80-90mm drop all round.

Next up are the wheels which this morning. 18 BBS LM Replicas (4 x 9J with 225/40/18 Federal I done a lot of research before settling on the 225/40/18 combination. I it to be the best combination of looks still retaining functionality.


I got a lot of from some apparent over sticking such big on the van and thereby placing an unnecessary of strain on the gearbox / clutch / train etc

So I went and done the on this and the difference between a and a 225/40/18 is 2.54mm (0.4%) in diameter which is a pretty difference. Manufacturers recommend anything under 3% in difference is acceptable over the standard

There are a few marks on the bodywork it picked up this year so getting those sorted week and once it is back paint it’s going to Martin Ffrench at Wexican to have its new suspension and wheels I’ll hopefully have photos for you then.

UPDATE #1:

arrived much earlier expected so I headed up WKD Imports in yesterday to get everything fitted and aligned. Just one ****ty shot, I’ll try get proper once it is back from at the weekend.

And another shot this morning before it to the garage to get a few small marks

UPDATE #2

Finally got around to a proper update.

With the and coilovers arriving from much quicker than I booked Martin Ffrench to the transformation the same day. I everything needed into the van and towards WKD Imports in Carlow who us the use of their workshop, lift and of the art alignment machine.

It was dead handy to have the machine right beside Martin was working on the van.

set to work removing the original suspension which turned a slightly bigger job than we anticipated.

The Vmaxx coilover kit for the 2K consists of two front coilovers and an kit for the rear to relocate the axle the leaf springs.

We used the / mud / **** guard from the suspension to try and prolong the life of the for as long as possible. The rear ‘flip’ was relatively straight but we were fair thankful for the I wouldn’t like to be attempting it on my in a driveway.

After everything was tightened and checked Wez and Martin set checking the alignment before me on my way home. I dropped the van in the following to Derek Carey Motors in to have a couple of marks the van had up over the previous twelve sorted out.

I picked up the van this morning and into David in Tom Geraghty in Waterford to pick up some spacers for the front. I had used spacers stacked to get the van back to but David recommended using 10mm spacers as the stacked would cause a slight through the wheel.

After it was case of giving the van a long clean inside and out and finally some semi-respectable snaps of it !

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