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  Topic: Show me pictures of your Maxtrax!
BCgee

Replies: 54
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:46 am   Subject: Re: Show me pictures of your Maxtrax!
Knock-off MaxxTrax set worked great in testing during our first snowstorm this year. Quick n dirty mount on the spare tire with TitanStraps.

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1981074.jpg

h ...
  Topic: Experience With SVX Throttle Body Intake Box From VanCafe?
BCgee

Replies: 4
Views: 311

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:00 am   Subject: Re: Experience With SVX Throttle Body Intake Box From VanCafe?
Thank you each for the detailed feedback above. Howesight - I especially appreciate your experience troubleshooting potential TPS problems.

Presently my acceleration issues are two-fold. Cold condi ...
  Topic: Experience With SVX Throttle Body Intake Box From VanCafe?
BCgee

Replies: 4
Views: 311

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:50 am   Subject: Experience With SVX Throttle Body Intake Box From VanCafe?
Slowly improving components of my SVX swap in terms of electrical and acceleration and came across Van Cafe's 'Throttle Body Intake Box." Anyone use one and if so, could you please share your ex ...
  Topic: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
BCgee

Replies: 32
Views: 1341

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:09 am   Subject: Re: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
does that rear seat fold up for you to access the heater or do you have to go through the front panel?
Thanks

You're looking at a Weekender fold-out bench seat. If I remove the kid seat it folds u ...
  Topic: Help me build an Aux battery system
BCgee

Replies: 65
Views: 3720

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:04 am   Subject: Re: Help me build an Aux battery system
Received a private message request for my wiring diagram. At the risk of heckling here's my original hand-written auxiliary battery diagram for everyone's easy access if you too are following this th ...
  Topic: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
BCgee

Replies: 32
Views: 1341

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:41 am   Subject: Re: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
Nice install! Do you have pics of your heat outlet duct? I installed my B1LC in the same location but havenít yet cut the hole for the vent outlet.

Hereís my outlet, cut directly into the bench sea ...
  Topic: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
BCgee

Replies: 32
Views: 1341

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:35 am   Subject: Re: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
I agree with the wiring! I cannot figure out why they didn't design it such that the various controllers could all use the same plug, just possibly ignoring the unnecessary ones. Would make things m ...
  Topic: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
BCgee

Replies: 32
Views: 1341

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:31 am   Subject: Re: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
I am a little confused about the placement of the altitude sensor. How can it make any difference where it is placed?

My understanding is that folks with super modular cabinetry could potentiall ...
  Topic: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
BCgee

Replies: 32
Views: 1341

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:25 pm   Subject: Re: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
Great info thanks. Any reason you choose Espar over webasto? I live at 7000' and often sleep at higher altitudes. I have a tintop with an open floor plan, no cabinets. We live out of the dry box also, ...
  Topic: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
BCgee

Replies: 32
Views: 1341

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:20 pm   Subject: Re: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
Wait is that a 90 degree heat output adapter?!

Sweeeet install! Is that a custom made shield for your combustion air intake?

Thanks for the pics/post!

Yes sir! 90 deg adapter made it possibl ...
  Topic: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
BCgee

Replies: 32
Views: 1341

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:12 pm   Subject: Re: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
I mounted the B4 under the bench seat drivers side. A 125ah aux battery is under the passenger side and Iíve kept my stock rear heater as it works well and itís cold, ahem, six months of the year in M ...
  Topic: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
BCgee

Replies: 32
Views: 1341

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:32 pm   Subject: Re: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
It took far longer than expected, but Iím happy to report the B4 is up and running like a champ.

So, How Difficult is it to Install?

The million dollar question! The Espar B4 installation is no ...
  Topic: Heater Showdown - Propex, Chinese diesel heater, Espar, Buddy
BCgee

Replies: 108
Views: 5864

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:10 pm   Subject: Re: Heater Showdown - Propex, Chinese diesel heater, Espar, Buddy
I have been trying to figure out how to tie the 2- 2.5mm I.D. diesel pump fuel line into my 5/16Ē nominal (3/8Ē I.D.) vitron fuel line.

I have searched for a tee fitting or even a hose barb reduct ...
  Topic: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
BCgee

Replies: 32
Views: 1341

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:01 am   Subject: Re: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
A quick update from MT on this project.

First, if you buy the "complete" Espar B4 kit off the eBay seller from Russia know that the kit is 99% complete. The notable piece missing from my ...
  Topic: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
BCgee

Replies: 32
Views: 1341

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:33 pm   Subject: Re: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
Espar sells a different high altitude fuel pump, but I searched and don't see one that works with the B4.

This is the one for the D2/D4 however:
https://esparparts.com/fuel-metering-pump-high-p-25 ...
  Topic: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
BCgee

Replies: 32
Views: 1341

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:41 pm   Subject: Re: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
The altitude sensor wiring is a non-issue. That said, you could also run the high altitude pump instead, which I would do if starting from scratch. All you'll lose is a small amount of BTU which is no ...
  Topic: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
BCgee

Replies: 32
Views: 1341

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:14 am   Subject: Re: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
I thought that the latest models of the B4 have the altitude sensor built into it?

Or maybe I'm thinking of the Webasto petrol heaters?

Hmmm this model was NOS sent from Russia, although the box ...
  Topic: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
BCgee

Replies: 32
Views: 1341

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:10 am   Subject: Re: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
Hello, search my gallery for some pictures of my Espar install in the same location. I spent a weekend deciding where to cut the floor for the intake and exhaust.
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/ ...
  Topic: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
BCgee

Replies: 32
Views: 1341

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:42 am   Subject: Espar B4 Gas Auxiliary Heater Install for Syncro Weekender
Received my Espar B4 gas heater in the mail this morning just as us Northern Rockies folks are expecting our first snowstorm of the Fall! Luckily I just finished building out an auxiliary battery syst ...
  Topic: Airflow, Scoops, Vents and High Temps....
BCgee

Replies: 163
Views: 13104

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:01 pm   Subject: Re: Airflow, Scoops, Vents and High Temps....
My Scoops also lasted about one summer before the vintage OEM vents broke. Like others I aggressively installed rivets on top/bottom/sides and used SikaFlex adhesive. On long road trips this summer on ...
 
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