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  Topic: Vanagon Original Stock Radio Player
Vanuber

Replies: 16
Views: 819

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 7:27 pm   Subject: Re: Vanagon Original Stock Radio Player
https://blaupunkt.com/automotive/incar-entertainment/autoradio/car-radio/

No cassette player, but the best after-market option. Seems out of stock at the moment.
  Topic: Best charging option for longevity on new LiFePO4 battery
Vanuber

Replies: 33
Views: 1044

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Sep 01, 2021 9:18 am   Subject: Re: Best charging option for longevity on new LiFePO4 battery
Interesting. So, you're saying I can wire 120V AC input directly to DC to DC charger as an input? I haven't heard of that before.

Shocked Don't do this. I hope he's suggesting you can get by wit ...
  Topic: Lift project questions
Vanuber

Replies: 5
Views: 288

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2021 11:44 am   Subject: Re: Lift project questions
Will the 1985 springs work with these tires (maybe with lift spacers) or do I need to go with lift springs. As stated Im trying to create enough room for the 16 inch tires. Thank you for any guidance ...
  Topic: Best charging option for longevity on new LiFePO4 battery
Vanuber

Replies: 33
Views: 1044

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:14 am   Subject: Re: Best charging option for longevity on new LiFePO4 battery
Not a question of charge acceptance, its more of alternator overheating. Especially if idling and charging. Alternator will get hot, its not really designed to put full output all the time, unlike o ...
  Topic: Best charging option for longevity on new LiFePO4 battery
Vanuber

Replies: 33
Views: 1044

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:09 am   Subject: Re: Best charging option for longevity on new LiFePO4 battery
I've been in shady campgrounds for 3 days and had that aux battery anxiety.. I know moving from 50ah lead acid to 100ah lithium is going to be a game-changer, and I know I have a lot of solar, but I s ...
  Topic: 1990 Westy Syncro Resurrection, overland build, and what's next?
Vanuber

Replies: 12
Views: 432

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2021 8:42 am   Subject: Re: 1990 Westy Syncro Resurrection, overland build, and what's next?
Nice Westy! Congrats...

I'd have a real hard time changing anything on a time capsule like that. An original like that will be worth triple-digits in a few short years. Changing as much as you int ...
  Topic: Suspension hard ride
Vanuber

Replies: 23
Views: 574

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2021 9:17 am   Subject: Re: Suspension hard ride
I have a Westy with Bilstein XHD shocks and 16" GW wheels, '85 stock springs. I am running Michelin Defender T+H 215/60R16 95H tires and am pretty happy with the ride. It is certainly not a Cad ...
  Topic: Suspension hard ride
Vanuber

Replies: 23
Views: 574

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2021 6:01 am   Subject: Re: Suspension hard ride
Always been riding like an ox cart.


ditch the bilsteins. i'm telling you they are just way stiff:


it's always been a complaint for them. i'd swap shocks then go after tires.

Possibly, al ...
  Topic: Schwenk or GW springs for proper ride height
Vanuber

Replies: 23
Views: 1130

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2021 9:05 am   Subject: Re: Schwenk or GW springs for proper ride height
I have an '85 as well with stock springs and Bilstein XHD shocks from GW. I am happy with the ride, but have some butt sag and the front rides pretty high. I am curious to know if the Schwenk spring ...
  Topic: Schwenk or GW springs for proper ride height
Vanuber

Replies: 23
Views: 1130

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2021 7:04 am   Subject: Re: Schwenk or GW springs for proper ride height
I have an '85 as well with stock springs and Bilstein XHD shocks from GW. I am happy with the ride, but have some butt sag and the front rides pretty high. I am curious to know if the Schwenk spring ...
  Topic: Removed fuel tank, looking at underside, what to do?
Vanuber

Replies: 17
Views: 715

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Aug 11, 2021 4:37 am   Subject: Re: Removed fuel tank, looking at underside, what to do?
What else should I take care of while the tank is dropped?

If you have any desire to install a Propex under the fridge area (think Van Cafe Truckfridge kit) it's easier with the propane tank remove ...
  Topic: upgrading charging systems- any suggestions?
Vanuber

Replies: 12
Views: 396

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2021 9:50 am   Subject: Re: upgrading charging systems- any suggestions?
Doesn't seem like much to run but, I'm wondering if my alternator is pretty wide-open all the time and its causing things to burn up. Lost the voltage regulator on the first one. Replaced it and liter ...
  Topic: Shipping a Vanagon Westfalia
Vanuber

Replies: 46
Views: 1440

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2021 9:09 am   Subject: Re: Shipping a Vanagon Westfalia
I actually chose 4 Corners Transport too based on reviews here on the Samba. However, it's been over three weeks now since I contracted with them... and I'm still waiting to be assigned a carrier.
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  Topic: Shipping a Vanagon Westfalia
Vanuber

Replies: 46
Views: 1440

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:25 am   Subject: Re: Shipping a Vanagon Westfalia
I used a broker, 4 Corners Transport, to get my Westy from CA to VA. Yes, it was going to take two bays or come on a flatbed, which was my case. But this is based on height. My '85 was taller than ...
  Topic: One more auxiliary battery installation 85 Westy
Vanuber

Replies: 28
Views: 1728

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2021 7:36 am   Subject: Re: One more auxiliary battery installation 85 Westy
Vanuber, thanks for all this detail, and for your help with the dimensions on that panel.

I'm trying to do something similar but less ambitious and am wondering about how you calculated the ampera ...
  Topic: LiPo4 Charger Recommendation
Vanuber

Replies: 8
Views: 333

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2021 8:12 pm   Subject: Re: LiPo4 Charger Recommendation
The Victron IP-22 is a smart shore charger, AC to DC. It can put out 30A which is what LiFePO4 battery like (high amps). It can be run as a charger or power source.

The Victron IP-67 is more of a ...
  Topic: DMB at The Gorge Sept. 2nd-6th.. Who's going?!
Vanuber

Replies: 11
Views: 433

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2021 12:36 pm   Subject: Re: DMB at The Gorge Sept. 2nd-6th.. Who's going?!
Vanuber- Phish actually plays the week before. Very Happy

I am all too aware Sad You should go early and catch them too!
  Topic: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
Vanuber

Replies: 759
Views: 44460

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2021 11:46 am   Subject: Re: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
I am looking to set up my charging systems so that I do not keep the LiFEPO4 battery at 100% when it is sitting for extended periods when I am not traveling.

It looks like I need to set up my charg ...
  Topic: DMB at The Gorge Sept. 2nd-6th.. Who's going?!
Vanuber

Replies: 11
Views: 433

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2021 11:43 am   Subject: Re: DMB at The Gorge Sept. 2nd-6th.. Who's going?!
I've always wanted to see a show at The Gorge but haven't had the opportunity yet. On my list for sure. Have fun!

Likewise. Phish at The Gorge is on my bucket list. But DMB would be awesome as we ...
  Topic: Battery charger that also acts as a power supply (SOLVED!)
Vanuber

Replies: 16
Views: 730

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2021 6:02 am   Subject: Re: Battery charger that also acts as a power supply (SOLVED!)
Nice diagram! Question. What is the porpoise of the DC-DC charger?

The DC|DC charger draws current from the alternator to charge the house battery. It connects to the starting battery and draws cu ...
 
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