RTK3 Grill

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RTK3 Grill

Post by custardbomb » Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:00 pm

On the unit fitted to my 81, the two grills were the later style black plastic. I am wondering whether these would have been supplied originally ir may have been changed as nearly all the RTK3 I have seen fitted use the alternative/earlier plastic framed, metal grilled recesed insert style painted in orange. Does anyone know what the correct one was or were both used?

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Re: RTK3 Grill

Post by custardbomb » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:54 am

Has anyone got any thoughts on this, I have attached photos of the two grill variations below if anyone can help establish which would have been original for my van.

Thanks,
Chris
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Re: RTK3 Grill

Post by schmiddi » Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:36 am

Hi Chris,
the left one was build from 1985 till 92. It had two different sounds (city and country )
The right on is the right one.

watch the link http://www.blaulicht-sammler.de/2_hella_rtk3.html

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Re: RTK3 Grill

Post by custardbomb » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:55 am

Good morning Juergen,

Thank you for letting me know. My van was a 1981 construction by VW, and put in to service in 1983 and has an RTK3 fitted. When I bought it it had the black grills on it, and I was lucky to pick up another RTK3 with the orange grilles off ebay.de as I thought these were the ones that should have been fitted originally.

If I remember correctly, the other RTK3 you refer to is the SL model.

Thank you for your help, as I am now going to fit the orange grills to replace my black ones (:D

Regards,
Chris

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Re: RTK3 Grill

Post by rolandrat » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:23 pm

Chris, I can confirm this, the orange 'glasses' grills (moulded like the ones on your right photo) are the correct ones for your van! /\:)

Sorry for forgetting to reply earlier, I was on my way to Busfest whilst you posted your question. 8..@

The RTK 3 Jürgen refers to is a SL (= Stadt-Land i.e. city and overland switching and sounds) indeed.

The one on your left photo is a crossover RTK 3 tho', already with the SL grills but no SL interior. :geek:

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Re: RTK3 Grill

Post by custardbomb » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:26 pm

Thanks also for your help Roland, and no worries about not replying.

I was really hoping that would be the case, I will have to fit those grilles as soon as possible as I prefer the 'retro' feel of them, and its one more step towards restoring my van to original condition. The only problem is that I think I have lost the bolts and they are different lengths on the later grille as opposed to the earlier one, I am now going to hunt through everything I have to find them (:D :D

Do we know when the 'crossover' ones were used, is it possible some of these made it on to the earlier vans?

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