Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2009 22:01:28 -0700
Reply-To: Scott Daniel - Turbovans <scottdaniel@TURBOVANS.COM>
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From: Scott Daniel - Turbovans <scottdaniel@TURBOVANS.COM>
Subject: Re: Upgrades?
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here's great upgrade- the later bigger aerodynamic outside mirrors.
They don't blow around like the early ones do,
and even without the power adjust feature, they are a great upgrade.
and you must mention 15 inch wheels ( or 16's ) .
If I had to pick One Thing ...........that will make a vanagon better
15 inch wheels with appropriate tires.
I'm running 205/65 R 15 C Michelin Agilles tires .......and man, they drive
as good as they cost, which is almost 150 bucks each ......
but they totally transform the van's directional satiability and cornering.
!4 inch wheels and tires feel quite mushy in comparison.
I recommend 'real' 15 inch vanagon wheels too, not something adapted with
spacers etc. 'Real' vanagon 15 inch wheels.
I like 'em with Heavy Duty Bilstein shocks,
and I'd like to try the Koni's sometime.
And this is one of the 'so great' things bout Vanagons - endless upgrades
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris S" <szpejankowski@GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Saturday, October 10, 2009 6:07 PM
Subject: Re: Upgrades?
2.1 liter is a nice upgrade. So are e-code Cibie lights. If you have
an 84 or older a newer handbrake is better. The 86 and newer front
brakes are supposed to better than earlier iterations, but you'll need
uprights, hubs, rotors, calipers. Some say the cast iron front
control arms make it ride like a Cadillac and sting like a
Beemer.(Something about storing kinetic energy, as one fellow tried to
explain ;-) and I still laugh at that). Tach is nice.
2009/10/10, Rob <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> I have an '84 Westy and was wondering about upgrades, when would it
> be better to just buy a later model Westy?
> I'd like to put power steering in (my wife really doesn't like to
> drive it as is), I want to put the instrument cluster with the tach
> and digital clock in, I'd like seats with built in arm rests (I'd
> like the Eurovan full down option for the passenger seat).
> A back wiper would be nice but it's not that important.
> If I'm going to put in a PS rack I ought to find spindle/brakes from
> a later model too.
> What I'd really like is a 'back' window that opens...
> Just pondering upgrades
> Western Washington State, USA
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