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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 8:08 am    Post subject: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

Hey guys, I've been lurking but not posting (or bragging about my van) but now I'm here to share my story.

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I bought this van and have been enjoying it a lot: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=728033&highlight=sema+burley
My wife hated the wrap, and this was the only condition for me having her permission to buy it:
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She wants to paint it a deep purple, so that's in the plans too.
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Burley built everything under the van that wiggles or turns, but warned me that he hadn't "done anything to the transmission" so I knew my fun was over when I heard grinding while backing up Rolling Eyes so, I'm pulling the trans out.
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However, I want to be able to tow a boat faster than 45 MPH, so I've been looking at engine swaps. I have a Subaru outback, so a Subie conversion was my first choice until I met Greg on the side of the road near Nashville, TN, and he took me for a ride in his van. So, I'm driving up tomorrow to pick up a Boxeer kit from him! What a Christmas present! (LOL, thanks wifie!)

More to come over the Holidays..
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 8:28 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

funny thing about SEMA builds....90% are all junk

https://www.thedrive.com/news/30930/this-hilarious...ema-builds

one of the shows promoters basically sent an email saying "because of covid, i don't want to see any shitty builds with the excuse 'we didn't have enough time' so i hope to see some GOOD builds for '21"

I have been to SEMA shows in the past. most of the stuff is very poorly put together.

my point is, hopefully you didn't pay a premium for the SEMA name.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 8:36 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

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funny thing about SEMA builds....90% are all junk
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I look at it this way, I paid for a Burley-built suspension and skid plate. The rest of the van (engine, trans, and interior) was free. I got what I paid for.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 8:58 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

Looking forward to seeing what you do with it. Don't skimp on the transmission rebuild, the diesels are harder on them.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 8:59 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

Neato. I think I prefer the unwrapped van to the wrapped van. it looks like a fun project!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:16 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

Awesome. Love that van Cool

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=...mp;start=0
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:24 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

Are you going to paint it a deep purple so it can be a highway star?

How about BMW Technoviolet? Interesting color, really changes depending on the sun.

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Looking forward to seeing the project get under way!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:02 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

Looks like you are ready to have fun with it. Very Happy

Don't mind the curmudgeons, they are actually OK most of the time... Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:16 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

$45,000 for that? Burley must be getting ready to retire. Ouch.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:45 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

Sounds like you're super-excited and motivated to build that Burley Syncro into your perfect Vanagon, and that's great to hear. That's a big part of the fun of owning a Vanagon. Thanks for taking the time to share with us the kick-off of your project, and I for one, would love it if you could keep updating us with the details and your impressions of the Boxeer TDI conversion. Burley does a great job with Syncro suspension and brake upgrades, so you're definitely starting off with a good platform.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:48 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

What's with all the Debbie Downers?

I counted over $20K in Burley parts, not counting any labor.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:08 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

shame on those dissing others rides Sad
the new owner is happy with his ride.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:11 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

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shame on those dissing others rides Sad
the new owner is happy with his ride.


I agree. Facebook antics are for middle schoolers.
Stoked to see this thing with a Boxeer and trans-rebuild Exclamation
ok ok, maybe just...#onelesssprinter
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:16 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

jrcstudios wrote:
I got what I paid for.


hey, if you're happy that's all that matters. it just reinforces a statement i made in another thread about prospective buyers:

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=9528773#9528773

i have burnt 100.00 bills down to my fingertips tossing money at my wife's westy, i feel your pain...

should be a fun money pit when you're done. mine better be Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:21 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

Thank you for sharing this amazing van you married and your other wife Razz
I saw it at some point on FB I think.

A customer was at Sema last year to buy an air ride suspension for me to install.
He found one that he never got bc of Covid, and the company went bankrupt.
Tuff year.

I sent him to meet Burley and look at the van for me since there were no pics of the undercarriage at the time, he had no idea there was a Vanagon there Laughing

Here are the few pics he took, I wish he had done a better job at it but better than nothing Laughing



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:24 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

tjet wrote:
What's with all the Debbie Downers?

I counted over $20K in Burley parts, not counting any labor.


I wasn't going to say anything about that because I'm trying to just focus on the positive during these troubled times, but, yes, I was thinking that it's probably not the best to criticize a brand new forum member's purchase - especially when he's so obviously proud of it.

I do know that sometimes it's really easy to type out a reply and hit send, though, when you have a thought or opinion to give, and I'm sure that's all this was.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:34 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

Canít wait to see how the project ends up. Donít mind the nay sayers, seems like you are enjoying the van and project. Money has different values for everyone and getting a ďstealĒ on a van doesnít mean as much to some as it does to others. I think itís crazy for folks to spend 140k on a sprinter revel, but if I made a lot more money it may seem reasonable. Letís be honest, most people would say we are all dumb for investing the amount of time and money we have into these things. If Ide took the money and Time Iíve spent on my van over the last 7 years and invested in stock I could buy three vans now. But too many memories, like you are getting now.
Also there are really not a lot of other 4x4 capable vans available and even Syncro inventory seems low. Even old basic Ford quigly vans are asking 30k.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:43 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

I'm glad that van went to an enthusiast who's going to use it, upgrade it, abuse it, upgrade it again, and hopefully share lots of pics of projects and journeys along the way. Congratulations on joining the club!

For anybody talking about the money side of it, I'm reminded of several threads explaining why it's NOT a good idea to keep a spreadsheet of ongoing costs. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:48 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

I am ALL for it! Great buy imo. The van overall looks great, has arguably one of the best, if not the best suspension and undercarriage on it compared to a lot of other vans, let alone a Syncro. Also, you're not far off of pricing for a Syncro in that condition. Putting a Boxeer in it is only going to make it that much better. I'm all for it and am looking forward to seeing what happens.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:53 am    Post subject: Re: Burley Motorsports SEMA van gets a Boxeer Ea288 TDI engine Reply with quote

If you are going to be towing with that Diesel engine I would suggest a very thorough transmission upgrade and rebuild: new gears, splash plates, cooling system, maybe even upgrades bearing retainer plate.
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