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Old 01-14-2005, 05:46 PM
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Frustrating afterglow installation attempt - my car doesn't exist

What a frustrating day. My glowplugs went out yesterday and I decided to go with an afterglow system from Bosch. I have an 80 240D made in 4/80 as a Tourist delivery. I have a pencil style fastglow system. In any case I overnighted a kit from Fastlane and as I unpacked it I became concerned - 5 feet of wiring harness, lots of cutting and splicing and a relay that looked nothing like the stock relay. I called Phil and he double checked with another source - it had to be right. No way though because I then removed the glow plugs and tried to install the new ones. What I received (and was indicated by Phil's system and a third source he checked with) is a fastglow conversion kit with afterglow (Duraterm to Bosch) for slow glow cars. No good. I then called my indy source and they had an afterglow kit in stock as well - must be an '81 since the 80 didn't work. The plugs were right but the relay did not work with my wiring harness - I have several more terminals on each plug and they don't fit anyway. Called my indy and he said my car must have been converted but the wiring is factory - it is too good to be anything but. Any thoughts? BTW this is not intended as a critique of Phil - looks like his parts book is wrong not him personally.

Rich Mason
Chapel Hill, NC
1990 300D 285k miles
1993 VW Cabriolet converted to 1.6 TD
1985 VW Westfalia 1.6 TD
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Old 01-14-2005, 07:59 PM
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Phill is pretty good but books can be wrong......

I have a W116 and my unique glowplug relay means I can't use the 123 one either......

I would love an afterglow kit.......but not willing to hack the car up to do it.
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Old 01-15-2005, 10:46 PM
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rhutt7 thread above had the same issue. A member posted a whole article, etc. thanks

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