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Jon_slider
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite van upgrades, tint, floormats, shocks, springs, tires, headlights, house battery, house heat, gear hammock, cup holders

1. Limo tint. My cali Van has untinted driver passenger windows.. When driving, I like the view better than with the full tinted NM van.. but when parked.. with a sunscreen on front, and full tint.. it is very private (I still use curtains to block streetlights when urban camping).

2. New shocks, bilsteins on the 85 2wd westy. OME shocks and Syncro.org springs on the 86 Syncro westy.

3. Tires.. Michellin Agilis on the 2wd, BFG AT's on the Syncro

4. Headlight relays, bulbs, and the SA grille for the syncro. Headlight relays, bulbs, and Hella round lenses for the 85 westy.

5. Rubber floormats front and rear, from van-cafe or GW

6. Odyssey 1200 House battery, GW house battery solenoid kit and instructions for wiring cig lighter to house battery. With inverter, to charge computer, shaver, cell phone..

6. Propex House heater.

7. Gear hammock http://tinyurl.com/2qugzt

8. Cupholders (not the ones that open up and dump your drink) http://tinyurl.com/2qugzt Two screwed into passenger seat base opposite parking brake, one by rear seat above ashtray on passenger side.)

wishlist
3 window canvas
Closet door mod so it opens without moving table.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

high power headlights
3pt seatbelts for jumpseats
steering wheel leather wrap
SA alloy wheels
rubber floor mats for front
dash cover
car alarm or kill switch
sound deadening
window tinting
full set of gauges
sheepskin seat cover for driver's seat
new speakers
stereo with MP3/iPod input
gowesty 2.4 engine only if the WBX is damaged beyond economical repair.
center console

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1) Overhead DVD player
2) Oil pressure and AFR gauges
3) Additional lighting
4) Aux battery charging kit
5) Factory AC (Behr dash unit)
6) Indoor/Outdoor temp/alarm clock
7) Paint job
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

up here in the muddy rain coast of BC
the best thing we added to our syncro was front wheel mud flaps
ours are made from light weight conveyor belting and fit the whole wheel well - large "fender"washers and bots to hold them on.
Sure keeps most of the crapola out of the sliding door.

We also have a oil pressure gauge - volt meter- huge vacuum gauge
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TOW'D wrote:
up here in the muddy rain coast of BC
the best thing we added to our syncro was front wheel mud flaps
ours are made from light weight conveyor belting and fit the whole wheel well - large "fender"washers and bots to hold them on.
Sure keeps most of the crapola out of the sliding door.


pictures please!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

uther wrote:
TOW'D wrote:
up here in the muddy rain coast of BC
the best thing we added to our syncro was front wheel mud flaps
ours are made from light weight conveyor belting and fit the whole wheel well - large "fender"washers and bots to hold them on.
Sure keeps most of the crapola out of the sliding door.


pictures please!

r


We went for the functionable (read funky) look
the oil pressure and volt gauges are from a jyToyota PU.
The Vacuum gauge was built in 1938 and used in the steam plant that I helped dismantle.
I have a 1/4"shop air hose zap strapped under and back to the FPR on the motor where I Tee'd
we try to run at 10 inches of mercury
17 to 22 inches at 1000rpm near sea level -
this 2.1L wasserboxer is strong motor everything except hot oil pressure is good
it has to be the fastest motor to start that I've ever had-
Just a couple of flips with the starter and it is running in all types of weather
this photo
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The mud flaps are from the same place the vacuum gauge came from.
not fancy but very good for keeping the mud out
snowed like mad a couple of nights ago and it was no problem for syncro da Dr. Mayo in low low
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've enjoyed this old thread and though it may be time to update it a bit. I'd be interested to hear of some fresh ideas, and more importantly, see some photos.

I've recently added a few mods to my 85...

- The flip down frig door mod to access the controls without releasing the cold
- Made a bracket out of 4" mending plate, rare earth magnets, and heat shrink tubing and mounted on the wall next to the rear table. The resulting magnetic latch is strong enough to keep table from swinging out.
- More sound deadening
- Jack Bombay's pop top lift shocks
- And numerous others, too long to list here... Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have my faves, but I'm pretty partial to this one:
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And then this too:
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That Abe's sticker makes my van fast!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That Abe's sticker makes my van fast!


Do you have methane injection?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Burrito Power, baby!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kinda boring, but best value modification I made was upgrading to the high power lights. I think I paid about $80 at gowesty. It made a huge, huge difference, more so than any other modification. Easy to do also.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I've posted this before, but I'll put it here because I am enjoying it so much. The smaller diameter steering wheel from a GTI has been nice. I've also added gauges, oil temp, oil pressure, and vac/boost for my 1.8T. I'm also enjoying the rear facing jump seat, saves mucho space over the metal box seat I had there before.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pop top shocks for the bid loads up top

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did some good stuff this year. (173 HP is the favorite Shocked Shocked )

1) JackBombay poptop air shocks

2) Westy Table slider
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=318998
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3) LED replacement bulbs all around (which may be almost too bright!!!)

4) 173 HP Subaru EJ25

5) AA Transaxle rebuild with a Peloquin Torque biasing differential
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big improvement for less than $100 with a big payoff every time I drive it is the installation of Eurovan seats in the Westy. These seats came from a 150K mile EV, twice the miles of my van and they're still at least twice as comfy as the stock seats. Highly recommended and an easy upgrade.

http://picasaweb.google.com/bike2vcu/_seatTransplant?authkey=0inUs01c7cI#
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did Sodo's table extension and we love it. Saying that, have seen table extension done with tube on outside of table leg rather then inside. Not saying one is better then other, but thought it was interesting way of doing it. http://www.brick-yard.co.uk/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=30514
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sorry, i had 2.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok ok ok....

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And the winner is.....

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The ball valve to shut the heat off my feet.
and the cool paper towel holder. Lets not forget the pedal cleats they help when its wet out.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pedal cleats

Can you put two pictures on the same thread?
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