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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:37 am    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

Wow, looks great! Looks to have been well taken care of. Is it the original JX TD then?

As to the speedo, I have seen threads on speedo tweaking but thatís about the extent of my expertise. Read this one not too long ago -

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=700820&highlight=speedometer

- more for a consistent over/under reading issue but has some good pics of the inner workings.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:26 am    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

New member first post
I bought a rig from this site from Zach in Utah

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:28 am    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

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I bought a rig from this site from Zach in Utah

Very nice. What size wheels / tires?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

235/75R15
They are too big the front & back rubbed
I had to put wheel spacers on the back
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

bajabones wrote:
235/75R15
They are too big the front & back rubbed
I had to put wheel spacers on the back


Very nice doka though. Looks really 'clean' and rust free. Welcome to the club.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

I needed a place to hook up trailer safety chains
I had a trailer shop fab this 3/8 plate
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:50 am    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

Great idea! Nice and clean.

I might have to copy you there.
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I needed a place to hook up trailer safety chains
I had a trailer shop fab this 3/8 plate
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....wait. Thatís my wrench!

Iíve been marking most all my tools with red tape Very Happy
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Must be a doka thing Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:03 am    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

Some how my syncro came without lockers
Where do I get a control panel?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:11 am    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

bajabones wrote:
I needed a place to hook up trailer safety chains
I had a trailer shop fab this 3/8 plate

Nice. Is that the original euro ball (50 mm?) or a U.S. one?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:24 am    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

I thought it was euro?
It measures about 2Ē
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:27 am    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

maybe express interest here
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=...p;start=80
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

The underside of trailer hitch
You think itís euro or us?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

Hey guys!

Iím not really new to vanagons as i have an 85 westy but itís a mere 2WD so i thought iíd go syncro doka, and why not a factory 16í. It†Ďs a decent example, it has a couple of bruises but itís solid and it doesnít look bad.

It had very very old studded Nokia tyres. Swapped these for general grabbers in 205R16 and rebuilt the front brakes to make it a driver (new calipers, pads and discs..)


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Recently i had the opportunity to get this other Swedish doka, 2WD but with a funky factory interior and a clean vindic cell.

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Here are both of them side by side

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Kind of felt guilty about robbing the 2WD from its parts but iím pretty sure my syncro had a vindic cell from factory (tabs on the gates for the latches...) and so now it looks like a spaceship and is a good camper/bar/works horse...

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I do love the look of the doka without the cell better but itís just so much added practicality. Weíll see if itís a keeper or not. The roof rack iím Pretty sure iím Gonna take off.

Plans are to keep driving it as a daily driver and iron all the kinks. Then maybe a resto but knowing myself i doubt ill ever get to that Very Happy good inspiration on this thread for clean rigs though, thanks guys!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

That's a great pair, Roland. My great-grandfather always said you never can have too many dokas Ö or maybe that was someone on the Samba Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

Really nice dokas!

Love the bookie booth in the 2WD
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

Greetings Doka Brethren,
i am in need of replacing the engine cover on my recently acquired Doka.

What's there now is a ratty plywood cover held in place w/four bolts. Could re-fab that easily enough, but I'd like to know, was that stock?

On my old '83 Vanagon, the engine lid was hard plastic with sound deadener IIRC and a couple of quarter turn clips to lock it in place. Something along those lines (sans clips I'd guess) would be sweet.

What does yours have?
Thanks much!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

The wood cover is what they came with along with shouldered bolts.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

The stock lid was laminated wood with four bolt holes. The wood is hard as steel but unfortunately in instances where the engine got hot enough it warped leading people to seek other solutions.

On my sinka I have an aluminum diamond-plate lid -- works very well but note it can heat up. My doka has an old wooden highway sign (they were made extremely tough) still using the four bolt holes.

I have seen lids on a piano hinge and mini-shocks to raise and lower. I often thought of getting a loose bus lid and cutting it to shape and fit the trucks (note early bus lids were metal and later ones, plastic IIRC -- both tough).
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Official Syncro Doka thread! Reply with quote

After nearly 2 years since dismantling everything, my Canadian model 1986 Syncro Doka, is finally back on its wheels (it already has accumulated a nice layer of dust on it since painting it back in November). Now I've got room in the garage to finish prepping the doors to get those painted.

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