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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:03 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

dhaavers wrote:
FINALLY added the missing spacer from my reverse light switch @ the tranny,
so now no more sporadic reverse lights in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th gear... Rolling Eyes Embarassed Wink

Wash & wax, prep for road trip...see all y'all on the road! Very Happy Cool

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How can you tell when you have sporadic reverse lights (SRL?)?

Iíve seen a van going 40 mph forward with reverse lights on and I didnt know it was a syndrome. Regardless, I wonder how you can tell if your van has it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:31 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I finally got around to semi-permanently attaching a prop-rod for the decklid.

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I think it's a rear hatch strut from an Audi, but I don't recall which one.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:53 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

jimf909 wrote:
dhaavers wrote:
FINALLY added the missing spacer from my reverse light switch @ the tranny,
so now no more sporadic reverse lights in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th gear... Rolling Eyes Embarassed Wink

Wash & wax, prep for road trip...see all y'all on the road! Very Happy Cool

- Dave


How can you tell when you have sporadic reverse lights (SRL?)?

Iíve seen a van going 40 mph forward with reverse lights on and I didnt know it was a syndrome. Regardless, I wonder how you can tell if your van has it.

Driving at night & looking in my mirrors I noticed road signs reflecting back to me
after I passed them. I could turn my reverse lights on & off just by wiggling the
shifter around while driving forward in 4th (or actually any other) gear... Embarassed

- Dave
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:26 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

^^^ Thanks. Hmmm, SRL syndrome, one more thing to worry about.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:28 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

...Mostly just if you return your core tranny without first removing the spacer to use on your "new" rebuild... Embarassed

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:11 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Spent some time on my Tristar today. My Monkey Mechanics looked past my Freshly powder coated skid bar and engine hanger and put my old crappy stuff back on.
I also went through it and installed a bunch of washers and put some some shorter bolts in place of longer ones and gave it a General look over. I've seen quite a few mechanics and hobbyists alike that install hardware with no washers, WTF.
My ol man taught me proper hardware etiquette, he has a big wooden box he made, full of old hardware and was always digging through it. I just go to the hardware store and buy 100 of each and save my time digging.
Changing the bar and installing the skid plate were about a 3 hr Project. 350 miles on my DJ and just loving it. My 2.2 subie has nothing on this thing except 4 vales per cylinder and over cam and Distributorless ign. Still a contender, This power a Syncro with huge 16" wheels and a constangt load of tools.
Almost 386000 miles. Keeping this one all VW.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:33 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I cleaned, lubed and adjusted my rear brakes today - made a huge difference, I am not convinced the auto adjusters work
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:50 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

16CVs wrote:
Keeping this one all VW.

Stacy

A very smart move Stacy.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:19 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

16CVs wrote:
350 miles on my DJ and just loving it. My 2.2 subie has nothing on this thing except 4 vales per cylinder and over cam and Distributorless ign. Still a contender, This power a Syncro with huge 16" wheels and a constangt load of tools.
Almost 386000 miles. Keeping this one all VW.

Stacy


Uh.... I am confused... DJ engine? As in DigiJet? And, 16" wheels... What tire diameter?

Im jones'en for a few pix.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:02 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I bought a cubby door and added it to the back. Now I can get to the cabinet when the back is loaded.

ps I painted the door to match. It was previously wood grained. I could buy the later model trim, but it would cost $38 with shipping. I figure only a vanagon maniac will notice the difference.


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I bought some inside trim. Rather than spend $30 for the slot cutter router bit I knifed, then rasped, then dremeled the slot. I had previously cut the lip of the trim to be shorter. This was the most time consuming of the whole process.

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I had to improvise the latch.
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Previously I removed the back table and moved the front table's attachment point. Now I can have the table AND open the cabinet.


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These two mods make the rear cabinets much more accessible when the van is fully loaded. On e more to do- under the bench. Happy camper!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:42 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

That cubby door mod is the one improvement I might contemplate to the original furniture-Excellent Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:47 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

While waiting for my Insurance Agent appointment (yearly visit on why my bill keeps going up, when I've not had any accidents, or claims) I was buggared by the speakers coming and going, and the 'coin tray' being too full to open/close. So I pulled it out of the dash, fiddled with the wires until I got all speakers back to solid, and tucked wire mess back into craggies..

Then I proceeded to dump out the tray, and select the bits and pieces from the coins left (mostly) by the PO... Didn't count the money, but this picture of other stuff has some interesting bits.

BTW... does $1450/yr seem exorbitant for 4 vehicles, 3 of which are Liability only?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:42 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I had some extruded aluminum channel and lens cover left over from our kitchen remodel, so I used them to create an LED license illuminator.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:02 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Hung the ej22 in Cosmo the BlueBird of Happiness. More holes to go, but it's off the stands!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:12 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

It's a european high compression DJ engine, puts out 112HP vs the stock 95 HP. Originally it ran Modified Digijet injection but it runs a Digifant system now.
If you look in my Gallery you can see a picture of the 16" Atiwe wheels mounted on the truck.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:24 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

16CVs wrote:
It's a european high compression DJ engine, puts out 112HP
Stacy


Sweet! That HP range and high compression remark give me hints at the 10c design...

What exhaust are you using? Stock for the 1.9, stock for the 2.1, or a tuned vendor design?

Now just to figure out what Cam to be looking for, the 1.25:1 rockers, swivel feet, and a tri-y tuned exhaust... I hear Type 1 rods are a (near?) drop in option. Wish there was a good place to read what the EU DJ comprised of. Seems a guy can't even ask about secret stuff, since Boston Bob is gone, and others don't much want to give out what they do. Its funny, as I can almost imagine myself getting all the way through an engine build for myself, but no way and no how would I ever build someone else an engine.

Perhaps I will just leave well enough alone, and be satisfied to still have the option to buy the 10c/RMW Tri-Y SS system, and some bolt-in rockers.

All I really want is a few more ponies with better low end torque.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:43 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

No secrets here.

A true DJ is the same as a MV except for high Compression pistons. No Catalytic converter or Oxygen sensor. Uses a Digijet injection sytem except that the Distributor stands alone and uses a Idle air Control valve and an Idle air control relay like a MV. The MV IAC valves are either B or D and the DJ uses an A or C.
I would not run any aftermarket exhaust system. Every one I've seen leak and rattle, not worth the extra HP it may give you. I have seen more than a few removed and stock systems put back on.
My DJ runs strong and has a PERFECT idle. It was built by a local Machinist here in town, He has a proper cam ground for him, mine had a bug cam in it. It was not cheap or quick. He painstakingly checked everything. Did a 3 angle valve job to my Kolbenschmidt / AMC heads as well as new sodium filled exhaust valves. This had been a quickie rebuild before and suffered from bad oil pressure which was blamed on a bad Printed circuit or a faulty switch and then a bad oil pump which was undersized.
I think that a set of AA 2.2 Pistons will give you the same bang for your buck. The secret is in the quality of the build and attention to detail. I've gone through it and replaced the Throttle body as well as a NEW OE IACV as well as rebuilt IACR as well as the vacuum lines from the vent tower to Throttle body and air cleaner as well as a new Boot and repalcement harness. So those parts coupled with a proper rebuild is Tits on a ritz. If you were closer you'd be more then welocome to come and drive it.
It gives me a big sile when I drive it.

Stacy
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:41 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

First off, Zeitgeist 13, two very good mods that I need to add to my list of "What to Tinker With Next." Thank you.

I snapped a piece off my shifter's assembly a few weeks ago which made the original shift knob useless. My $15 eBay shift knob came the other day. Installed in a few minutes. Works really good, just gets really hot in this California sun.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

16CVs wrote:
I would not run any aftermarket exhaust system. Every one I've seen leak and rattle, not worth the extra HP it may give you. I have seen more than a few removed and stock systems put back on.

That's a bummer to hear, as I always thought I'd go with the Vanistan / RMW WBXhaust when I had the funds. Besides the clamps (I think), everything else I've read was positive.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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Wow, that's pretty nice! Do you have a link to similar ebay ads?
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