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  Topic: Reverse Lights No Bueno
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 4
Views: 72

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:30 pm   Subject: Re: Reverse Lights No Bueno
Is it a 12v light? Also polarity is important with LEDs. If itís wired backwards it likely wonít work.
  Topic: Hunting Idle and Hesitation, 85 Dijijet
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 8
Views: 207

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:07 pm   Subject: Re: Hunting Idle and Hesitation, 85 Dijijet
I wonder if the throttle cable sticks a bit and prevents the TPS from closing sometimes. Unplug the TPS and check it with an ohm meter. Go to the cab and depress the accelerator pedal. Go back to th ...
  Topic: Hunting Idle and Hesitation, 85 Dijijet
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 8
Views: 207

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:54 pm   Subject: Re: Hunting Idle and Hesitation, 85 Dijijet
It really seems like a vacuum or exhaust leak causing the O2 sensor to tell the AAR to increase the air supply.
  Topic: Buying a Syncro, anyone familiar with this example?
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 11
Views: 418

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:58 am   Subject: Re: Buying a Syncro, anyone familiar with this example?
I couldnít find the ad today but Iíve seen it before. Didnít it state he was willing to get the title for $1000. Maybe Iím not recalling that correctly. However if thatís true, Iíd negotiate the selli ...
  Topic: Double DIN Navigation
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 88
Views: 22311

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:46 am   Subject: Re: Double DIN Navigation
The more you drive them the better they run. At least thatís my experience. Also learning to be happy with a <$20 stereo helps too.
  Topic: Vanagon Q's...best years / worst years?
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 55
Views: 12321

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:46 pm   Subject: Re: Vanagon Q's...best years / worst years?
This might help.

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=568164

Also if you have time, take a bunch of pics and start a new thread. We will help you out as best as we can.
  Topic: Vanagon Q's...best years / worst years?
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 55
Views: 12321

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:23 am   Subject: Re: Vanagon Q's...best years / worst years?
Iíve owned both years. I would not hesitate to buy the 85. My 85 is the greatest vehicle Iíve ever owned. There were some upgrades to the 86 but nothing worth double the price. Get it looked at by a ...
  Topic: $42k for a Stock 89 Westy (POLL Included)
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 46
Views: 3821

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:30 am   Subject: Re: $42k for a Stock 89 Westy (POLL Included)
I bought it on eBay. I felt at the time it was probably an average deal. If it were a great deal it would have been bid higher. I sold it a few year later for around 11k and felt like I make a fortu ...
  Topic: $42k for a Stock 89 Westy (POLL Included)
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 46
Views: 3821

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:59 pm   Subject: Re: $42k for a Stock 89 Westy (POLL Included)
LOL. Iím under 50 and bought me first Westy 15 years ago for $6500.

This van looks like itís been repainted. The Westfalia decal by the fuel filler looks a little odd as if it were poorly masked. ...
  Topic: Ever used a truck-style grille cover in winter driving?
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 34
Views: 810

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:14 pm   Subject: Re: Ever used a truck-style grille cover in winter driving?
I also find that the rear heater gets hot pretty quickly after the motor turns on. You should be able to get really warm by turning the rear fan on high.

I still vote for bad thermostat. I would ...
  Topic: Ever used a truck-style grille cover in winter driving?
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 34
Views: 810

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:03 pm   Subject: Re: Ever used a truck-style grille cover in winter driving?
I think the thermostat should be closed until the engine is up to temp. If itís closed you wouldnít have coolant flow to the radiator so it seems like this wouldnít help you. If your van is staying c ...
  Topic: Grille restoration / refinishing
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 111
Views: 12381

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:33 pm   Subject: Re: Grille restoration / refinishing
Those headlights look cool. What brand/type are they?

GE Nighthawk LEDs. They are rebranded Trucklites with a chrome stripe added.

I got a chance to check out my grill work in the daylight tod ...
  Topic: Syncro - Price & Advice
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 72
Views: 2882

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:17 am   Subject: Re: Syncro - Price & Advice
Iíd gamble $1000 on it, no more. It was non functional before it rotted away and went through a flood. If they can get someone to pay them more than that, good for the seller I guess.

Sure itís a ...
  Topic: Grille restoration / refinishing
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 111
Views: 12381

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:56 am   Subject: Re: Grille restoration / refinishing
I lightly scuffed it with a Scotchbrite pad and cleaned it well. The masking is tedious but the entire project only took a couple hours from removal to installation. That paint dries in 30 minutes.
  Topic: Grille restoration / refinishing
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 111
Views: 12381

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:31 am   Subject: Re: Grille restoration / refinishing
I did not have to repaint the black part but I donít see why you couldnít if yours is faded.
  Topic: Grille restoration / refinishing
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 111
Views: 12381

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:43 pm   Subject: Re: Grille restoration / refinishing
I finally got around to restoring my grill. Mine is the early style with the painted rim. It took a while to figure out the right color. Eventually I remembered about 15 years ago I painted my stoc ...
  Topic: Starts like a slant six with a bad ballast resistor
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 2
Views: 72

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:56 am   Subject: Re: Starts like a slant six with a bad ballast resistor
I have no idea what a slant 6 starts like, I only grew up around 440 Mopars. However I do know VWs that do not have correct fuel pressure can be hard to start when warm. Check two things. Make sure ...
  Topic: Prospective but concerned buyer; do these break down a lot?
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 33
Views: 1000

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:01 pm   Subject: Re: Prospective but concerned buyer; do these break down a lot?
Several thousands, not several thousand.

The beauty of a Westy is that if it were to break down, you can just go in the back and cook lunch while waiting for AAA. Try that with any modern car.
  Topic: Dometic RM182B exhaust mod
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 7
Views: 242

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:47 pm   Subject: Re: Dometic RM182B exhaust mod
I like it. Iím surprised the factory didnít do something like this. What was the change in interior temp?
  Topic: Prospective but concerned buyer; do these break down a lot?
Yellow Rabbit

Replies: 33
Views: 1000

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:44 pm   Subject: Re: Prospective but concerned buyer; do these break down a lot?
The break down worry goes away after 2 of these 3 criteria are met.

1) You spend several thousands of dollars
2) You learn to be a Vanagon mechanic
3) You get fed up and sell it

Those of us t ...
 
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