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  1. vwhammer

    4wd, Awd or 2wd w/locker???

    'Twas a meaty loaf of a man that once said "Two out of three ain't bad". Why not get the best of both worlds? I guess I don't know what you are converting and how in depth you were looking to go with the conversion but I chose the AWD/4WD route. I won't get into my build much because it's...
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    Exploring New Zealand From the Left.

    Maybe you did not want to bring it up but White Island just erupted today with several casualties.
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    Gas can kill.

    I guess the real question is how many people with all these fuel cans strapped any and everywhere have actually had to use them? I plan to add a small tank (4-5 gal) under my van to combine with the stock tank to net me about 20 gallons, which should equate to about 400 miles. Heck the Dalton...
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    Project Little Van - Daily Vanagon/Adventure Rig

    Yeah sorry about the updates. I've fallen victim to too-many-irons-in-the-fire syndrome which has made the updates slow to roll in. Things are progressing a little bit. So I think in the last update I was dealing with a differential issue that I did not anticipate. I have since pieced...
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    Cream of the Cra.... inexpensive TIRES! Let's get this on the table.

    It really does depend on the size and which General AT you go with. The older AT2 can be $50 or $60 less than the same size BFG AT. The A/TX are little more pricey but most are still $20 or $30 less than the BFG. For the most part, at least on tirerack.com, the generals are $25-55 less per...
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    Cream of the Cra.... inexpensive TIRES! Let's get this on the table.

    Dang! Two pages about budget all terrains and no one has mentioned the General Grabber AT2. I have used these on vans, trucks and two Subarus and have zero complaints. Even some of Generals new tire designs are still priced pretty good compared to the competition. I have also had good luck...
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    VW People....Check in!!!!

    Was this built like this at the dealer?
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    Project Little Van - Daily Vanagon/Adventure Rig

    Man you would not believe the combinations I have come up with so I could bail on the stock Vanagon transmissions. I started looking at Porsche stuff and even contemplated swapping to a mid engine set up so I could use a bunch of available transmissions. If I did not have so much time and...
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    Project Little Van - Daily Vanagon/Adventure Rig

    Yes I totally think it was an overhaul by someone who maybe did not know what they were doing. The fellow I bought it from said it was rebuilt recently. He also went on to say that it slipped between shifts for the first two or three runs through the gears when it was cold outside but stopped...
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    Project Little Van - Daily Vanagon/Adventure Rig

    Hmm yes. More updates are in order. So I tore into my new transmission only to find a wee bit O'carnage. Ok its not that bad but its not good either. I noticed, while cleaning my trans before tear down, that the diff would not turn. This is not normal. I popped it open and the diff still would...
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    AC while boondocking

    My 295 watt panels are 65.5 x 39.3
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    AC while boondocking

    They will fit traditionally but there will be a bit of overhang everywhere. If power is your priority then you will deal with the strange set up but, in practice, it probably would not look as bad as you might think. I have yet to toss them up there and see what it looks like. A lot of people...
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    AC while boondocking

    Yeah there is not a whole lot of info on that mini split set up. The main complaint that I have seen is that they have a dry break system so you can separate the two parts and run the hoses through smaller holes and such. Apparently those dry breaks can be a pain to open or close back up and...
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    AC while boondocking

    I have been eyeballin' one of these for sometime now. https://rollibot.com/product/mini-split-ac-room-air-conditioner/ This unit would likely take a 2kw generator to run, at least for initial start up. I have run a 5000btu window unit on one of those hundred dollar, 900 watt, 2 stroke...
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    Project Little Van - Daily Vanagon/Adventure Rig

    So after the suspension work I needed to proceed with the daunting task of removing most of the crap from under the van so I can clean it all up, take care of some rust, add some new seam sealer and undercoat the whole thing. After this, reassembly can begin. I started with removing most of...
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    Project Little Van - Daily Vanagon/Adventure Rig

    Ok back to the build. Last time I updated I had just purchased all of my air suspension parts. I then began all the machine work necessary to build my front shock/air bag mounts. I was slowly making progress on that but with time running out and the air suspension taking up too much time I...
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    Project Little Van - Daily Vanagon/Adventure Rig

    The only real "custom" part of the whole thing is the valving. I simply picked one of their shocks that was the approximate size and travel that I needed. The rep at Bilstein gave me this link https://cart.bilsteinus.com/results?custom=Off-Road Motorsports&typeId=91954861479982800 I applied a...
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    Project Little Van - Daily Vanagon/Adventure Rig

    Well geez. it's been a minute since I have updated this thread. I essentially have 30 days to make my van drivable so I have been working on the van a bit more than posting about it. For the time being I have bailed on the air suspension as it was taking up too much time with all the machine...
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    Transmission cooler - fan needed?

    I feel like all the things you listed are exactly the reason auto transmissions get wrecked in off roaders. Tall tires, big bumpers, loaded out truck and slow speed with higher revs all equates to hotter trans temps. This can only get worse if you did not change gearing with the larger tires. I...
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    Volkswagen Vanagon 4x4 Conversion.

    Sorry no new progress as of late. It's still happening but it's just moving real slowly. I ran into a snag with my 2WD Vanagon build, that I am currently working on, when I discovered that my transmission was trashed. It took nearly 4 months to track down a good trans which slowed down that van...
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