@Eric N posted:
"2110: You'll wonder why you went with these gears." This made me laugh..
It sounds like no matter what I choose, I will never have the right gearing for every situation. I race Single Speed mountain bikes, so I am very familiar with these thoughts running through my head during a ride.
I am going to mess around with the ratio calculators, and maybe, see what it takes to use a reversed Subaru 5 speed, but i know the r/p ratios are limited.
I had a single speed 29er(still do kind-of). I took the rear wheel off and bought a Nu-Vinci stepless internal hub and some spokes. Laced up a 5 pound hub(yes it's really that heavy) but now I have infinite gears and a pretty usable rig with no derailleurs or dropped chains.
Beware the fitment of a Subaru transmission in a VW-based car with VW engine. The input shaft is higher than a VW trans, it may raise an aircooled motor too much to fit under the engine cover. Obviously not a problem for a watercooled car.
I know people have also installed 901 transmissions in Beetle chassis, that's probably a better bet as the VW engine bolts right up with no adapter, as do the CV joints(with the proper flanges).