Conversion from Right hand drive to Left hand drive

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Re: Conversion from Right hand drive to Left hand drive

Postby Dj lost » Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:18 pm

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panic-mechanic wrote:The MAIN thing you need is the rack. The rest I suppose you can adapt.


Yep, that's the main thing.

There are going to be loads of little fiddly things though, like a shorter clutch cable for one. That you'll also have to import, or get made.

Cool. So I might do it one day. Little bit of fabrication but this is simple. Jusyt a rack....
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Re: Conversion from Right hand drive to Left hand drive

Postby Dj lost » Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:08 am

Looks like mabye this rhd rack could also work. From just briefly looking as one of my spares, you cut all the gear linkage bracket off, flip rack around and we'll em back on. Then just a bit of a mod with the one mount to round the square side and square the round saide so the mount will fit correctly and wala...
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Re: Conversion from Right hand drive to Left hand drive

Postby panic-mechanic » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:10 am

And if I follow what you are saying correctly then that will also very neatly reverse the direction the wheels turn. So when you twirl the wheel to the right the car will turn left. THAT Should take a bit of getting used to.
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Re: Conversion from Right hand drive to Left hand drive

Postby infiltrator » Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:12 pm

panic-mechanic wrote:And if I follow what you are saying correctly then that will also very neatly reverse the direction the wheels turn. So when you twirl the wheel to the right the car will turn left.


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Re: Conversion from Right hand drive to Left hand drive

Postby Dj lost » Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:16 pm

panic-mechanic wrote:And if I follow what you are saying correctly then that will also very neatly reverse the direction the wheels turn. So when you twirl the wheel to the right the car will turn left. THAT Should take a bit of getting used to.

I had this thaught...would need a bit of modifying....hmm. Easyer to import.
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Re: Conversion from Right hand drive to Left hand drive

Postby Surge23 » Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:48 pm

My bud hooked me up with a LHD pedal cluster.

The following will be needed.

LHD steering rack
LHD brake booster
LHD steering column
new clutch cable
wiring might be an issue

apparently there is a guy who specialises in this conversions and I believe a MK1 is easy to do this on

and now for the good news,all these parts can be ordered from VW SA at around double the price of RHD parts, the clutch cable cost about R 300.

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Re: Conversion from Right hand drive to Left hand drive

Postby Dj lost » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:21 pm

Surge23 wrote:My bud hooked me up with a LHD pedal cluster.

The following will be needed.

LHD steering rack
LHD brake booster
LHD steering column
new clutch cable
wiring might be an issue

apparently there is a guy who specialises in this conversions and I believe a MK1 is easy to do this on

and now for the good news,all these parts can be ordered from VW SA at around double the price of RHD parts, the clutch cable cost about R 300.

Price on a rack?
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Re: Conversion from Right hand drive to Left hand drive

Postby maranou » Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:13 am

On the clutch cable,just use the newer velo clutch cable that's mutch shorter than a normal mk1 so wil work,and the pedal box should be the same and the booster braket then bolts just directly too the brake pedal with 2 bolts,just cut the not needed bits of,the wiring all run from the fuse box so all the wires wil now be too long , the steering rack should also be the same,u just need the lhd steering rack,and to drill a [email protected] load of holes in the firewall.
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Re: Conversion from Right hand drive to Left hand drive

Postby Surge23 » Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:06 am

Thanks bro
My bud says the LHD pedal cluster is different, because he had to orderone for his LHD cabrio.

Not sure of the price of the steering rack, but I will go check up at VW Mooi street next week

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