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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hodakaguy, Jun 25, 2012.
And it still gets better and nicer...
That's the nicest, closest fitting, and most appropriate looking aftermarket bumper I've seen put on anything.
Very nice work! I am a big fan of the Rocky Mountain Westy bumper setup.
Fantastic build! Thank you for sharing... Can't wait to see some video of this machine off the pavement!
Thanks for the comments....can't wait to see this baby finished myself
Pressed the lower ball joints in this am. I removed the boots to press the joints and noticed there was very little grease in the joint from the factory.
Here's a picture of the factory grease. The other ball joint had more grease that this one...but still not a lot. They are both Meyle joints, one had while lithium grease and one had a red grease in it.
I carefully cleaned all the factory grease out of the joints and re-greased them with Redline CV2 grease, working it down into the joint. They should last a LOT longer properly greased.
Inner seal pressed in to place. I had this part powder coated at a local company to save time. They did a good job other than coating a couple areas they shouldn't have and leaving a couple spots bare.
A coat of POR15 applied to the bare area around the inner seal.
Steering rack bushings removed.
The new PowerFlex Urethane steering rack bushing next the OEM rubber bushing that was removed.
After pulling the rubber boots off the steering rack you need to pry up the lock tab to separate the Tie Rod Assy from the steering rack.
My father giving me a hand cleaning up the steering rack It is now a lot cleaner, although it has some undercoating on it that doesn't want to come off
After seeing the factory grease in the lower ball joints I decided to check the new tie rod ends as well. They had more grease than the lower joints did although I fully cleaned them out and packed them with the same Redline CV2 grease as well.
The new steering rack rubber boots didn't come with clamps, a quick trip to NAPA turned up the correct OEM style Oetiker clamps
New boot clamped in place.
Nice thick coat of BelRay grease installed on the steering rack bushings...ready to install.
Steering rack ready to re-install.
Using a Dremel tool and wire wheel to remove the powder coating from the tapered ball joint holes that the powder coating facility didn't cover.
I saw a white westfalia in Tillamook this weekend, with the same headlight conversion, custom bumpers and washington plates, thought it might be you...guess not.
I don't think I am in a minority here - when I see stuff like this it just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy...
Great build and thread, I have really enjoyed watching this come together.
Hoodka, are you using stock EFI for the Subaru?
Yep...using the stock Subaru ECU/EFI. I had a friend running a LINK ECU on his H6, it never was set perfectly and as a result never ran quite right. I figured the factory spend a lot of time on the ECU mapping so I'd just use theirs .
Installed the Lower Control Arm bushings.
Power steering rack installed, lower control arms installed with Powerflex radius rod bushings.
Burley upper control arm installed.
Here's the factory grease in the upper ball joint....pathetic.
Cleaned out the old grease and packed it with Redline CV2 grease. Ready for service.
Now it's starting to look like something. Drive shaft freshly packed with grease and bolted in place.
Trying the Fox shock on for size. Looks like plenty of clearance....we'll see how it looks when the spring is in place.
More to come......
What wheels are you planning on running on this thing? Just picked up an old audi wagon with the same lug pattern and have been looking to see what's out there. Wanna run something small (15-16"), with big meaty sidewalls.
I'm running these 16" Mercedes wheels.
Here's a thread that has a whole list of wheels that fit the Vanagon: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=203519
Post pics up of your off road wagon when ya get it done
Those just look "right".
Well, HG, I gave up on ever being able to afford your syncro once you get it done about 15 pages ago.
But I may have found a nice Eurovan Winnie out west.
Those wheels look great and thanks for the link. Was actually just skimming through that thread yesterday (took quite a while).
Sweet Syncro build. I've been looking for awhile but have just not found the right deal yet.
......which is why I picked up my Eurovan project
Seen last Sunday in Pulaski, VA on Rt 11 scores and scores of VW Vans, in neat rows and by color and year. One of the strangest sights I've ever seen. Who'd a thunk? Hoarding VW Vans:huh
Love your build, I've a friend who built his nearly identical to yours. A van that drives like a sports-car. Quite the beast.
I've seen that in other threads....Kinda strange for sure.
Do you think maybe those are euro spec vans, maybe tied up for some reason due to EPA or USDOT standards? The headlights look euro, and the front plate holder looks kinda wide for the US. (I'm not a VW guy, maybe those headlights were US too. I could be completely wrong.)
Maybe he's holding out for that 25 year exemption, then gonna flood the market with bug-vans? Or maybe is the secret FEMA holding area for illegal immigrant vans.