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My grandfather and I have started a project converting his 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet to electric. So far all we have is the small front drive unit out of a Tesla Model X. We don't know a whole lot on how to continue but that is why I'm here.
 

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If you intend to put a Model X drive unit in the front of a Rabbit (or any typical transverse-engine car), you should be aware that it won't fit in the intended orientation. You might find the experience of 4G63T in his Mitsubishi relevant: see post #7 of The Evolution of My Evolution.
Oh yeah I have watched a few videos of this car!
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wow I guess I never realized that it sat behind the drive axles in the car. I wonder if the gearbox would handle highway speeds in what would essentially be reverse if the motor was mounted backwards. I'm assuming that would be less than ideal. Alternatively would mounting the motor upside down cause issues?
 

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Okay so we might be in business with some added firewall clearance. I did some rough measurements. I orientated the drive unit at about 9° from level using a level and a protractor. I just used the coolant box on the top as my reference. Again these are rough measurements. I'm working with what I have quick access too at the moment. I the placed a square to the back of the housing not necessarily the mount because I can possibly make a mount that will fit better in the space. I measured from there to the center of the axle. Sorry for the picture quality but its a little over 260mm.
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Next I measured from the firewall of the car to were the current axle sits its roughly 220mm. I also measured from the passenger side frame rail to the steering column and its about 500mm so the motor would need to be pretty much shoved all the way towards the right side to clear and I will probably still need to notch out the frame rail a bit to get it over where it needs to be. As far as height is concerned the steering rack is pretty much level with the axles in the car so I will need to position the tesla drive unit slightly higher to clear it. I can lower the car a bit to offset the axle angle possibly if that becomes an issue.
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