April 23, 2015

Fitting 20s

So a little earlier this month I picked up a bargain set of 20" Calibre Exile wheels for the van. The tyres that were on them were pretty shot, and not load rated enough for my T30.  Although the wheels themselves are in excellent condition.

So I've ordered and fitted a set of 275/40/R20  106 rated Haida tyres.

Using these wheels I had to source some slighly longer bolts, but also tapered, not radius ones like the standard bolts.

Anyway, a picture speaks a thousand words, so here they are:

One this that is now painfully obvious, is how desperately it needs lowering.  How much by I'm not sure, but I'll hold off doing this until the interior is finished, then I can level it off nicely.

April 9, 2015

Carpet Lining

So as spring is now in full effect, and the arrival of the easter bank holiday meant I could get on with the carpet lining of the van.

I've never done this before, so a few hours of studying video's on youtube, and a little thinking about how to tackle it.

So here is the before...

During -  and I'll add this now, an extra pair of hands is invaluable in getting it done in a large single piece of material.

And the finished article.

I used the Van lining carpet from MegaVanMats, and they also supplied the high temperature glue, and I replaced all the standard VW panel clips with blind clips.  The material is very forgiving, and works really well, Just take your time, there is no rush, as if the glue dries, then you can just apply a bit more.

It takes a little bit of time to get used to how it stretches, and how to work out any little creases etc, but from start to finish, this took me two afternoons, and I'm really pleased with how it's worked out.

If you're considering doing this yourself, then I would really recommend the MVM carpet, and giving it a go yourself, it makes a huge difference to the feel of the van, and the back end is now much quieter too.