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RE: A different 5 speed...?

Tire height = 23.375"
Ring & Pinion = 4.125 (stock)
1st = 3.800 (stock)
2nd = 2.058 (stock)
3rd = 1.480 (I think 1.421 would be better)
4th = 1.040
5th = 0.821 (Bus overdrive)

Overall, I'm just a smidge overgeared in 5th, but it's very small and I know
 Where the stock overdrive (in 4th) is 80mph my overdrive (in 5th) is
Remember volks, all VWs had an overdrive which was 4th gear!  Anything less
1:1 ratio is overdrive.

The late model Type III does not have frame horns like the Type I so we had
"make" ours using 3/16" U-channel steel welded to the torsion housing.  The
tranny mount is BEEFY, but designed for a Type I frame.  I will be crawling
under her this week to take more pictures and I'll get them posted to the

I just finished talking with Clyde Berg and found out I have been shifting
5th wrong.  I've been doing it in the standard 5-speed way like most modern
(I pointed out to Clyde that the instructions were rather lacking and he
confirmed).  This is the proper shift pattern (we'll see how it works
when I go home...) --  

       1  3         
       \   \       
     \--\---\  5   
      \  \   \  \  
       R  2   4--\
To get into Reverse or 5th you have to push the thumb button to disengage
lock-out.  Looks like a small shift pattern? -- it is!
   Toby "on the road again" Erkson
   air_cooled_nut@pobox.com  <-- Please use this address for email
   '72 VW Squareback 1.6L bored and stroked to 2.0L
   '75 Porsche 914 1.8L, ORPCA member
   Portland, Oregon, http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/8501/

>-----Original Message-----
>Just for our knowledge, (maybe you've covered this previously, 
>if so just hit me
>with a wet sponge...) what gearing is in your new 5-speed?
>stock 1st, stock 2nd, stock 3rd, stock 4th and a new higher 
>5th? (highway
>close ratio 1-4th and the old fourth gear is now the 5th?  
>(dragstrip  special)
>What modifications did you have to do to the rear suspension fork?

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