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  Topic: Van Tracker: Combination Kill Switch + Tracker + Movement Detect
Sodo

Replies: 58
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Today 8:55 pm   Subject: Re: Van Tracker: Combination Kill Switch + Tracker + Movement Detect
I do not understand the need for a latching relay.

Latching relay 'resets' automatically to "safe mode" every time you shut the car off.
So you don't have to 'remember' to set it.
It's ...
  Topic: I've never done a transmission oil change before, what do I do?
Sodo

Replies: 27
Views: 752

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Today 2:46 pm   Subject: Re: I've never done a transmission oil change before, what do I do?
How many quarts / liters will I need ? Also does it matter if I use synthetic or not based on what was in there before ? (I have no clue what is/was in there) thanks.

It does not matter if you swit ...
  Topic: Solar panel confusion
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Replies: 14
Views: 220

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Today 10:42 am   Subject: Re: Solar panel confusion
You need a device that manages the connection between the start battery and the auxiliary battery. Your system may already have it.
Is this a Westfalia?

With engine off, check continuity between ...
  Topic: Van Tracker: Combination Kill Switch + Tracker + Movement Detect
Sodo

Replies: 58
Views: 1540

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Yesterday 3:19 pm   Subject: Re: Van Tracker: Combination Kill Switch + Tracker + Movement Detect
I see this often on kill-switch discussions.
  Topic: Syncro transmission output shaft came out
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Yesterday 10:31 am   Subject: Re: Syncro transmission output shaft came out
You will have to remove the bellhousing. Clean the floor of the transaxle while you're at it too, try to wash the heavy metals off it.
It's a common custom to not change Vanagon gear oil, leaving it ...
  Topic: Van Tracker: Combination Kill Switch + Tracker + Movement Detect
Sodo

Replies: 58
Views: 1540

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Yesterday 8:28 am   Subject: Re: Van Tracker: Combination Kill Switch + Tracker + Movement Detect
if you don't have a hard start relay, you better have a momentary switch that can handle 12+ Amps. I think most people (including me) use maintained vs a momentary on their manual kill switch.

Com ...
  Topic: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
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Replies: 136
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:02 am   Subject: Re: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
Your lead-acid start battery is rated at 12.6v

It has 6 cells in series, each rated at 2.1v
2.1v x 6 = 12.6v

Charge voltage is ~13.8
Each cell charges at 2.3v.

2.3v x 6 = 13.8

It can cha ...
  Topic: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
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Replies: 136
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:32 am   Subject: Re: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
You take them to the steep part of the charge curve (top or bottom) to ensure they're as close to equally charged as possible.

This statement needs a pic. The charge curve could be considered “fla ...
  Topic: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
Sodo

Replies: 136
Views: 6921

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:16 am   Subject: Re: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
If you have a 40A DC-DC charger, the charger itself will never pull more than 40A.

But if the start battery is hungry, mega-headlights ablaze, defroster fans on HIGH, then all that stuff is ahead o ...
  Topic: Van Tracker: Combination Kill Switch + Tracker + Movement Detect
Sodo

Replies: 58
Views: 1540

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:02 am   Subject: Re: Van Tracker: Combination Kill Switch + Tracker + Movement Detect
500 hours x $50/hr =$25,000
X $100 = $50,000
And at 50% under-reported hours it doubles.

jwallis you should get a Syncro!
I think you gave the proper mindset for time-valuation. Wink


as ...
  Topic: Van Tracker: Combination Kill Switch + Tracker + Movement Detect
Sodo

Replies: 58
Views: 1540

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:22 am   Subject: Re: Van Tracker: Combination Kill Switch + Tracker + Movement Detect
as I've asked before, tell me a story about even one single van with a simple kill switch that has not been effective in preventing theft.

You mean tell us about a van that got stolen despite havin ...
  Topic: No clutch all of a sudden
Sodo

Replies: 12
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:49 am   Subject: Re: No clutch all of the sudden
This happened for the first time about 2 months ago when I had the shop change out the starter. Not sure if it was a coincidence but as I was leaving the shop the clutch was completely dead then. The ...
  Topic: Engine and gearbox protection rails
Sodo

Replies: 8
Views: 260

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:09 pm   Subject: Re: Engine and gearbox protection rails
No dims but some ideas.
Sorry but my Syncro & skid bars are 100 miles away.
I made them look “similar to OEM” but twice as strong.
Definitely redesign the mount ahead of the transaxle so the ba ...
  Topic: Luxury Tools
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Replies: 654
Views: 140101

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:27 pm   Subject: Re: Luxury Tools
I ordered this one $84
3/8"18V Torque Ratchet Wrench
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QRV88ZR/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_h5jBDb1C993J7

It's 18v and if the batteries crap out I'll adapt it to my Maki ...
  Topic: What are the best synchronizer rings?
Sodo

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Views: 360

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:52 pm   Subject: Re: What are the best synchros?
Driving a Vanagon is not like racing. A racer, however is fairly focused on the machinery and more apt & able to adapt the meat to the machine. But in racing, faster is winning & slower is lo ...
  Topic: Driving Vanagon tips!!?
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Replies: 32
Views: 883

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:45 pm   Subject: Re: Driving Vanagon tips!!?
Is down Downshifting to slow down the best way? Or is it better to throw it in neutral and use the brake?

I want to say I’ve had friends tell me in my newer manuel trucks to use the brake instead ...
  Topic: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
Sodo

Replies: 136
Views: 6921

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:17 am   Subject: Re: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread

Wait.. I'm confused, isn't the point of a DC-DC charger to limit the house battery charging amps, thus not overwhelming the alternator?

you are not confused. that is their purpose.

DC-DC cha ...
  Topic: Subaru 2.5 wandering idle
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:41 pm   Subject: Re: Subaru 2.5 wandering idle
I had the p0171 come & go, then my engine cracked a piston ring land (detonation?).

Currently no codes, but wandering idle. Mine’s 2007 though (drive-by-wire).
  Topic: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
Sodo

Replies: 136
Views: 6921

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:15 pm   Subject: Re: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
Hmmm.
You know.... the expense of buying and installing, managing, packaging solar...... hmmm.
Compare this to the cost of the 280Ah, perhaps mounted somewhere else. Or under/outside the van.
Sola ...
  Topic: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
Sodo

Replies: 136
Views: 6921

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:29 pm   Subject: Re: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
they look too tall to fit in my '86 syncro. I don't have a swivel either...I think I'd have to lift the rear battery cover, and still might have issues with sliding seat back and forth...

Batteries ...
 
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