Isn’t it funny how your inbox got flooded with updates from every business you’ve ever given your email to, about how they’re handling COVID-19?
Well, we just want to let you know it’s business as usual here on the Darkside. Our workspaces are far enough apart to satisfy even the most anxious germaphobe. The Dubs aren’t carriers. The clients are watching their projects progress via our weekly YouTube videos. (Around the Shop videos on Saturdays; Watch Us Work videos on Sundays) and we’ve got enough projects to keep us busy, busy, busy. In fact, our next opening isn’t until July 2020.
Stay safe, friends! Work on your Dubs, create great memories with your family, and go easy on the TP… though we’ve been eyeballing the blue shop towels if things get desperate.
We caught up with Tony Walker of Aircooled Werks to talk transmissions. Guy knows his stuff, which is why we love using his custom-built transmissions in our builds. If you’re in the market for a rebuilt transmission or transaxle, here’s what you should know.
Rebuilding quality VW transmissions and transaxles takes the proper knowledge and factory tools to get the job completed. A rebuild starts by updating your gearbox with many new VW components instead of using used parts from other gearboxes to make something work. VW did a wonderful job engineering these gearboxes 40+ years ago with many modifications through the years. For the best results, make sure your transmission builder updates your unit with only the best and latest VW parts.
Tony starts with updating the gear carrier by re-bushing the 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th shift rails so you have smooth shifting without future problems.
This solves another problem – one of popping out of 4th gear. The factory 3rd/4th slider was only flank cut on the 4th gear side and only on one side of the tooth. We install a new 3rd/4th slider that has been cut on all four flanks with better angles to enhance shifting. This allows the slider to fully engage the gear synchronizer hub and hold it in gear.
Reverse gears are often abused and then become a problem. We replace all reverse gears.
The 1st/2nd gear sliders are also replaced. They are flank cut on all four sides for better slider/synchronizer hub engagement.
We replace both 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th shift forks with new steel 5mm late models.
Media blasting is a vital part of the rebuild. We make sure all the reusable parts are thoroughly cleaned and inspected before being reinstalled.
Nose cones are vital to the transmission shifting correctly. Used and worn, they can allow differences that put pressure on the hockey stick and shift rails. We install new nose cones to alleviate any problems.
One of the most overlooked areas on a rebuild is the clutch cross shaft. VW only spot welded the arms from the factory. We take the best original shafts and weld both arms for better strength, or if needed, we install an HD shaft for maximum strength.
After all parts are cleaned, blasted and replaced, their respect shafts are then assembled with new synchronizer rings and placed into our German shift jig.
We make sure the shift points for 1st/2nd gear and 3rd/4th gear are set for proper and smooth shifting, as well as reverse gear alignment on the 1st/2nd gear slider.
We feel these modifications give you the best and most reliable VW transmission and transaxle money can buy.
If you’re in the market for a rebuilt VW transmission for your ride, contact us for more details about how you can get one just like this.