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VW Autos For Sale / 2002 VW Beetle TDI for sale
« Last post by Tommy Franklin on September 10, 2020, 12:32:23 PM »
New rebuilt 5 speed.  New timing belt.  New clutch.  Needs turbo.. $900 obo

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Upcoming VW Events / Re: Bug-a-Paluza 22 - POSTPONED TO AUGUST
« Last post by Russ on July 10, 2020, 02:10:48 PM »
Due to a recent spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County Tennessee, home of Bug-a-Paluza, the county health department recently enacted an order that requires everyone to wear a face mask in public. Our volunteers will be required to enforce the rules, with the possibility of fines and jail time if they don’t. With this added requirement, the Scenic City Volks Folks regretfully announces that Bug-a-Paluza 22, which was scheduled for August 1-2, has been cancelled for this year.

Everyone who is currently registered will have the option to have their fees donated to Ronald McDonald House, rolled over to next year’s show, or refunded. This was not an easy decision for the club to make. We ask for your understanding in the decision, and for your continued support of future shows.
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Upcoming VW Events / Re: July Club Meeting *LOCATION CHANGE*
« Last post by Russ on July 02, 2020, 09:22:55 AM »
Please note the new location of tonight's meeting, in the camping area of Camp Jordan Park!
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Upcoming VW Events / Re: June Club Meeting *LOCATION CHANGE*
« Last post by Russ on June 15, 2020, 02:10:42 PM »
Please note the new location of tonight's meeting, in the camping area of Camp Jordan Park!
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Air-Cooled VW Tech / VW Bus - Replace Tie Rods, Steering Damper, and Drag Link
« Last post by Russ on June 06, 2020, 06:38:50 PM »
Recently I upgraded my steering on the bus by replacing the tie rods, steering damper, and drag link. What a difference! It wasn't too difficult and I made a quick tutorial on the project.

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Air-Cooled VW Tech / Re: Bus tires
« Last post by Russ on May 29, 2020, 10:18:55 AM »
Here's a bit more info on the RA08 vs. the RA18 from Ron Salmon from Bus Depot:

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OK so I have the skinny on the new (to the USA) Hankook RA18. It is largely similar to the RA08 we all know and love, with one notable difference. While the RA08 is solidly an All Season tire, the RA18 may be slightly less "all season." Let me explain. Both tires carry the M&S rating, meaning that they meet U.S. industry standards for "mud and snow" driving. But not all M&S tires are equal because the standards are fairly broad. The actual tread pattern on the RA08 is a bit more aggressive and probably better suited for winter driving (although still not comparable to an actual snow tire).

Hankook themselves seem to recognize this difference, in that they sold the RA08 as an All Season tire but are waffling on the RA18 - In a press release they promoted it as All Season (and they put the M&S logo on the sidewall) but online they call it a Summer tire. That being said, it is still an M&S tire and therefore a better choice for winter weather than most competing tires that are strictly summer-only such as the Conti's, Yoko's, etc.. (It bears mentioning that no all-season tire is as good in snow as an actual snow tire.)

Further comparing the two tires, they seem to be relatively evenly matched and both at the top of the pack. Several years ago the German publication Promobil gave the RA08 top honors in a head-to-head braking and handling testing against Michelins and other tires, using Mercedes Sprinter sized vans. In a subsequent version of the same test, the RA18 got the top slot. The magazine concluded, "The best tyre under wet conditions and not impeded in the dry, the new Hankook is clearly the winner." It was the only tire that they awarded their "Very Good" rating to, while the Conti and Michelin got "satisfactory." On Hankook's part, their promotional literature claims that the RA18 has slightly better treadwear and rolling resistance than the RA08, albeit with no specifications to back it up.

So while they may be less suited for all seasons than the RA08, they are still considered the "best of the best" for buses. And given that heavy snow isn't really a factor in this part of the country, there is probably no reason not to run them.
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Air-Cooled VW Tech / Re: Bus tires
« Last post by Russ on May 29, 2020, 10:15:30 AM »
Well it's a few years later and it seems Hankook has superseded the RA08 bus tire with RA18. They are listed as a summer tire rather than all-season like the RA08s were: https://www.hankooktire.com/mea-en/passenger-cars/hankook-vantra-lt-ra18.html

However they are still load rated for a bus and seem to be generally the favored tire right now. Bus Depot has been selling them.

Best price I've found right now is about $75 each from Tires Easy: https://www.tires-easy.com/185-14/hankook-tires/ra18/tirecode/2001939

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Upcoming VW Events / Re: Circle Yer Wagens 51 *POSTPONED*
« Last post by Russ on May 29, 2020, 09:13:01 AM »
New dates for this show are: October 3-4.

http://www.circleyerwagens.com/
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Upcoming VW Events / Re: Buses on the River
« Last post by Russ on May 29, 2020, 09:09:58 AM »
Per the Facebook page, this event is still happening but there will be some changes this year.

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As of 5/19/20 this event is STILL HAPPENING!!
We do not plan on cancelling the event unless the campground is closed or  governmental restrictions prevent it from happening.

HOWEVER,  there will be some changes to events in order to keep everyone safe. At this point we WILL NOT be having Disco Burritos or the SPAM Cookoff in order to discourage cross-contamination. All other events will follow social distancing guidelines, and masks are encouraged for the Awards Ceremony and band performances. Our main priority is safety, so please stay tuned for further updates on events and safety measures.

https://www.facebook.com/events/627140771420840/
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Upcoming VW Events / Re: Summer Jam 12 *CANCELLED*
« Last post by Russ on May 29, 2020, 09:07:37 AM »
UPDATE: This event has been cancelled.
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