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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:18 pm    Post subject: Vanagon Syncro Tranny... Need Info.. Reply with quote

I am looking to buy a Vanagon Syncro Transmission to put in my Dune Buggy. I have found a guy selling one near my house but I know nothing about Syncro Transmissions..

I currently have an 091 - 6 rib in my buggy and I have been told that an 094 Syncro will have the same bell housing and CV flanges.. Are all Syncro transmissions the same or are they different over the years.

If an 094 is the same, can I use the same fly wheel I have on my 2276 Type 1 engine.

What about the nose cone, can I use my existing Type 1 torsion with a custom plate or did I need to cut out my torsion?

Thanks in advance for any info.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The syncro transmission is close brother to the 091. You can use your existing bellhousing so that your current flywheel and clutch setup will work.

All vanagon syncro transmissions are externally the same in size and mounting. The bellhousing itself changes depending on petrol or diesel (along with the input shaft) but you won't need this as you'll be using your current one.

Internally, there are 5 different final drive ratios, 4.57:1, 4.86:1, 5.43:1, 5.83:1 and 6.17:1.
The 6.17 while being the lowest is also the weakest due to the size of the pinion head.

Gear ratios, all have the same G gear, Reverse gear and first gear. Then you have a choice of 2 2nd gears (this involves changing the mainshaft in the box), A few 3rd gear ratios and several 4th gear ratios. Add to this that Albins make stronger versions of 3rd and 4th gears in a variety of ratios and you can pretty much tailor the transmission to your needs.

The syncro transmission is a lot longer than the 091 and when fitted to the vanagon, passes underneath the rear cross member rather than butting up to it. This should give you some idea of how much longer. You won't be able to use your existing mount and if you want to keep the trans at the right height, you'll probably have to cut a lot out of the chassis.

I'll see if I can find the link to Baja syncro which is being built at present.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the Baja Syncro link...

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http://www.shoptalkforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=114030

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks.. That is exactly what I was looking for.. Is there anyway to tell the gear ratio without pulling the tranny apart?

I am driving a few hours away to pick-up the tranny and will not be able to do much other than look at it.

Would you consider $1500 to be a good deal for a Syncro Tranny with locking diff and the dashboard switch?

Thanks again
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

$1500 is a fair price as long as the ring and pinion is is good condition.
Most USDM Syncro transmissions are 4.86 geared.
There will be a part number stamped on the case.
That will let you know what gearing it was originally.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a chart of the gear ratios depending on transmission code.

http://www.syncro.org/FinalDriveRatios.htm

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks A Bunch..

I bought the Transmission. It appears to be in GREAT condition.. I was able to spin the drive gear and run through all the gears with ease..

In addition, he had the Air Actuator switch to lock the rear diff.. I looked up the Tranny and it is an AAN.
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