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  1. #1
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    AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    Iím always doing something to mod my T3/Vanagon so I thought Iíd share some of the modness with you guys.

    Yesterday I installed some nice plate steel bumpers to replace the flimsy stock ones that bend just looking at them.

    I like the new look and I have legitimate park bench seating at both ends of the van now! LOL

    The integrated receiver hitch is a nice touch, but I wonít be towing anything really heavy with my 95 HP WBX engine that has its design origins in the late 1930ís.

    Before and after













    And a couple other shots of these well designed/made bumpers.







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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    It needs a flat 6
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    AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    The Oettinger WBX6 is the stuff dreams are made of!

    Of course a Porsche WBX would be mind blowing too. Itís been done...out of my reach for sure.
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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    It looks good.

    Since you obviously plan to keep it, and it's in such good shape otherwise, I'd consider spending your future mod money on an engine upgrade. You don't have to shoot for the moon i.e.; Porsche. It would definitely enhance the driving experience and overall drivability. You can always keep the original engine in the hanger should you ever want to re-install it, but I doubt you'll want to go back once you make the change.


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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    Quote Originally Posted by TGHW View Post
    It looks good.

    Since you obviously plan to keep it, and it's in such good shape otherwise, I'd consider spending your future mod money on an engine upgrade. You don't have to shoot for the moon i.e.; Porsche. It would definitely enhance the driving experience and overall drivability. You can always keep the original engine in the hanger should you ever want to re-install it, but I doubt you'll want to go back once you make the change.


    TG
    I was thinking the same. I nice VR6 engine from a mid 90s model would be awesome. I had a Passat with that engine and it was very nice. Smooth power and strong.
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    AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    The VW boxer engine is such a quintessential engine for the Vanagon, Iíll never give it up. The 95 HP 2.1L WBX is the final revision of the 24 HP engine that debuted in the Beetle back in 1938.

    Iíve driven Subaru and Ford powered Vanagons. The extra power is nice, but the whole character of the vehicle is wiped out. Also the transaxle becomes the weak link with those higher output engine conversions.

    The WBX gets a bad reputation because itís driven by too many pot smoking hippies that canít figure out how to maintain an electronic fuel injected engine that doesnít have a check engine light to tell you what part of it is failing.

    With my ZRX inside and the sliding door wide open, I cruise at 80 mph all day long. It only has trouble up the steepest of hills, but even then it rarely dips below 65. It has a top speed of 98 MPH, which itíll actually do on flat ground!

    Weíve had it for 20 years now so Iím absolutely attached to the West German engineering of that engine.
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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    Then mod the stock engine. There are tons and tons of aftermarket upgrades for that engine. They can get them to make big horsepower. You don't need to go radical to achieve a nice improvement and still maintain the character that you admire.

    It's not like you don't have a mod affliction already, you know.


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    AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    Oh, Iím right there TG!

    - EV14 high performance injectors
    - 1.25:1 ratio rockers
    - big bore throttle body
    - high flow catalytic converter
    - remapped ECU

    Iím at 215,000 miles on the stock engine, and until it has a catastrophic failure, Iím not going to do any more.

    I have a spare engine that I plan on building up to 2.2 or 2.3L to have ready to go when this one pops.

    Iíll also install a tuned exhaust and higher compression heads with some porting on this next big bore engine.





    Right now the original engine doesnít show any signs of slowing down.

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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    I think a top fuel parachute in the back would be a nice touch.
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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadman View Post
    I think a top fuel parachute in the back would be a nice touch.
    That would be perfect! Certainly would be a conversation starter.


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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    I bet you didn't save much weight, But they look good.
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    AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadman View Post
    I think a top fuel parachute in the back would be a nice touch.


    Quote Originally Posted by av phil View Post
    I bet you didn't save much weight, But they look good.
    Both bumpers came in at 143 lbs. The stock ones that came off were maybe 10 lbs each.

    Luckily it doesnít really feel the extra weight acceleration wise. It goes from slow to slightly slower.

    When all 7 seats are filled with adults, it really starts turning into a turtle from stop light to stop light.
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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    Ian is a true artist. He created this bus from the cartoon drawing that he was given. It's amazing to see what he creates with just his mind and relatively rudimentary tools.


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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    Those new bumpers look great!
    Speed kills..........but only the dumb and the inexperienced!

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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    Quote Originally Posted by TGHW View Post
    Ian is a true artist. He created this bus from the cartoon drawing that he was given. It's amazing to see what he creates with just his mind and relatively rudimentary tools.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dano View Post
    Those new bumpers look great!
    Thanks, I barely recognize my van now. Feel like a whole different vehicle looks wise.
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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    Quote Originally Posted by dano View Post
    Those new bumpers look great!
    No sh!t.

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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    I know a guy that bought a new Dodge Ram one-ton 4x4 Cummins Diesel crew-cab truck last year. Apparently, he felt the OEM front bumper wasn't adequate.

    He spent a little over $4K on an after-marker bumper. That included the install.
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    AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    I paid a little more than $2k for the ones on the Jeep I used to have. They were worth every penny!



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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    It looks mean.....maybe even a little Mad Max like.
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    i gave him a stupid look and said that 'tricks are for kids' and i'd rather stunt his mom and walked out...

    Formerly known as Racer5349...........a fool by any other name is still a fool.

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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    Quote Originally Posted by AV80R View Post
    I paid a little more than $2k for the ones on the Jeep I used to have. They were worth every penny!





    I'm thinking that the one he bought, had it's own zip code.

    Very nice looking Jeep by the way.
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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    I really like the new bumpers on your Kombi, Arash. Is that 2.1 fuel injected?
    I'm sure the 2.1i my uncle had had more than 95hp...

    Edit: the one my uncle had was the 82kw non cat version.

    After that he had the one with the 100kw 2.5 Audi engine.

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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    Thanks Jaco. The West Germans punished the Americans with a lower HP 2.1L

    - 2.1 L (2,109 cc) (95 bhp) (Serial # MV) Wasserboxer, used until the end of Vanagon importation into the US in 1991.

    - 2.1 L (2,109 cc) (112 bhp) (Serial # DJ) 10.3:1 compression ratio, Digijet injection, only sold in European countries not requiring catalytic converter.
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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    Put a hair drier on it 5-6 pound of boost would work just fine.

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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    That is one cool toy hauler.


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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    It sure does need a new license plate now.

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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    I canít get over the pictures of the under body. My 2018 GMC Sierra probably looks worse and itís only got 1100kms / 700 miles on it. Between the salt, liquid deicer and the traction sand itís a nasty mess under there.
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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    That's the blessing of it's CA location.


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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    Quote Originally Posted by zuki dave View Post
    Put a hair drier on it 5-6 pound of boost would work just fine.
    Thereís a German expat that lives on the east coast that is turbocharging these engines and getting awesome power and reliability (as long as you donít get too greedy with the boost).

    As usual, CA knows how to legislate the fun out of everything and itís illegal to install here due to our smog regulations.

    Quote Originally Posted by TankSlapper View Post
    That is one cool toy hauler.
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ca Pete View Post
    It sure does need a new license plate now.
    I canít lose the original blue plate! I have the front one in storage since I donít want it to get hammered by road debris.

    Quote Originally Posted by McRex View Post
    I canít get over the pictures of the under body. My 2018 GMC Sierra probably looks worse and itís only got 1100kms / 700 miles on it. Between the salt, liquid deicer and the traction sand itís a nasty mess under there.
    When I visit my family in Michigan and see how hammered their vehicles get in such a short period of time it always amazes me.

    Quote Originally Posted by TGHW View Post
    That's the blessing of it's CA location.


    TG
    Very true. This one has lived in the SF Bay Area since new in 1986. Some rain is all it sees, and every year I try to clean the undercarriage of all my vehicles to make them look as good as possible.
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    Re: AV80Rís Vanagon thread

    Forgot to mention the other mods

    - remote oil cooler in the D pillar
    - stainless steel pushrod tube shields
    - cabin air control kit
    - 16Ē x 7Ē Mercedes CLK wheels with custom aluminum Wolfsburg center caps (replaced the 14Ē x 6Ē stock wheels) with 10mm spacers in the rear and 5mm up front
    - LED interior and instrument lights
    - Gear shift handle extension
    - 50 Ah auxiliary battery with isolator wired to run everything except the headlights and engine starter
    - Westfalia fold out table in the cabin
    - Wolfsburg rear facing jump seats
    - Window shades with privacy curtain for the front windshield
    - front passenger seat swivel base
    - E code H4 square euro headlight conversion
    - headlight reminder buzzer
    - coolant warning buzzer
    - compact air horn behind grill
    - relays for more voltage to headlight and starter circuit
    - louvered side window inserts with screens for summer
    - electronic idle control unit rebuilt and potted with epoxy for ruggedization
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