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Technical forums => Vanagon concerns => Topic started by: Bradleyvw on July 06, 2009, 07:11:10 PM

Title: subaru conversion problem
Post by: Bradleyvw on July 06, 2009, 07:11:10 PM
While passing a tractor trailer at 85+ mph on the highway,  my fold up picnic table that I  have stored in the luggage rack for years, caught wind and flew off the roof, shattering on the highway behind me. Luckily no one was behind me.  The bungee cord hook straightened out. Boy, I love my new engine. :D
Title: Subaru engine
Post by: Peter M King on July 07, 2009, 06:40:41 AM
Ya Ya go ahead, rub it in to us bay window folks
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Post by: prez on July 08, 2009, 10:38:09 AM
Brad, watch out now-a friend of mine was in route to Vacation, Martha's Vinyard-had his entire roof rack blow off with all of their clothes in it-scatered  all over Rt 95.     Hey, I saw a bay in N.J. do 100 mph     - strap 'em down-
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Post by: Peter M King on July 08, 2009, 10:54:55 AM
A bay window doing a 100 mph, what kind of tow truck was it on?
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Post by: MrLiMBO on July 10, 2009, 08:46:23 PM
I did a 100 in a bay window once a long time ago.  It was a 78 standard bus.  Just me and another guy.  Took a few miles to get there on I-91, but it did it.

I had my BBQ blow off the roof on my old bay window camper years ago. On my way to Transporters Rites of Spring.   Stopped to pick it up and backed into a guard rail from my trouble.  Not a good day.   Make matters worse, when I got home, my wife had to rub it in by saying "I told you to take sandwitches"!
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Post by: Peter M King on July 11, 2009, 01:13:44 PM
Well that's very impressive, was it white knuckle driving. Too bad you didn't take sandwiches,
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Post by: prez on July 13, 2009, 01:45:34 PM
Perhaps the greatest 'top speed increase' was in 1972 when new ones would all do 90 easily, a far cry from the '71 1600cc.  Ad a stock 2.0L and they're faster-modify it and faster yet.  My '75 was seen doing a wheel stand [a dumb move] which sortened the life of the frame in the rear tortion area. Bays cut the wind better than splits, but things get tough at higher speeds. All vans need to roll well and have a tight front end in order to have stability at any speed. Many of these modern motors have 2X the power and more which produce a serious change in in the gas pedal.  I agree with Brad in that the Subaru motor 'looks'  like it belongs there.
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Post by: Bradleyvw on July 13, 2009, 08:44:11 PM
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  My '75 was seen doing a wheel stand [a dumb move] which sortened the life of the frame in the rear tortion area.

I don't know if your 72 did wheel stands, but I saw it fly by me on the NY state throughway coming back from the Woodstock show a few years back. I was doing 75mph and all's I saw was a beige flash pass me. :shock:
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Post by: prez on July 13, 2009, 09:00:51 PM
It was my '75, not '72, I had it 19 years....Much pain and torture to that van.
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Post by: aviles on July 29, 2009, 12:59:40 PM
what kind of subi motor did you put in?
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Post by: Bradleyvw on July 29, 2009, 06:20:51 PM
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what kind of subi motor did you put in?

A 2005 2.5
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Post by: aviles on July 30, 2009, 01:47:44 PM
i just put a 2.5 in mine too i got lucky and got a 07 with 14k miles:lol: i am so happy with it, looks like it belongs there, plenty of tourque, no overhang on the bottom...im afraid im gonna get a speeding tix...did you stay stock on the tires and tranny gearing? how bout that idle :D
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Post by: Bradleyvw on July 30, 2009, 10:32:10 PM
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...im afraid im gonna get a speeding tix...did you stay stock on the tires and tranny gearing? how bout that idle :D

Yeah, I'm worried about the speeding ticket also, but I just can't resist stepping on it.   My van has an automatic , and I wish it had another gear.  It has 16" rims, but the tire has the same revs per mile as the 14" did.  I purchased the tires last year, before I had the  Subi put in. :D
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Post by: aviles on July 31, 2009, 10:45:38 AM
yeah 3rd gear is a beast huh? i had a bmw tailgating me going onto rte 101 in nh and I just floored  it went from 35-70 in third gear! looked in the rear view and no more beamer! :twisted: just makes me question why VW never went this way...heart + soul = harmony
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Post by: aviles on July 31, 2009, 10:56:55 AM
so the 16" rims do they make a difference in gearing, you mention same revs, i hear some folks re gear the tranny to get more out of each gear even adding a fifth...i think im gonna leave mine as is but im contemplating shock & springs to try and eliminate some of the body roll in corners with the extra speed
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Post by: Bradleyvw on July 31, 2009, 10:43:45 PM
For the automatics which is a 3 speed, there is no cure, no aftermarket gears. Ill just have to get used to it. Maybe in time I'll put a little taller tire in the rear. The 16" rims  make a big difference in handling, less body roll but a bumpier ride.  I also put new Bilstein shocks all around and larger South African brakes up front. The Westy is so much more pleasurable to drive now.
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Post by: aviles on August 03, 2009, 09:08:55 AM
its like i hate to sounds so :oops: mushy, but ive fallen in love with it again...i can pick up the boys at practice, i can go camping, i can go to the beach, i can go cruising without that constant fear of breaking down with the wife & kids
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Post by: Bradleyvw on August 03, 2009, 09:07:45 PM
I've only put 3000 miles on it since the conversion and my confidence is back again.  We're taking it to Ohio (Dixie Bus) and Kentucky (Mammoth Caves NP) later this week.  Should be at least 2500 mi. round trip back to Long Island . Well end up at the Terryville Conn. the night before the show.
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Post by: aviles on August 05, 2009, 12:12:56 PM
very cool trip you have planned, best wishes for safe travels.. she'll be fine thats just a jog  :D im going to try and make it to terryville this year so maybe ill catch up with you there...try not flex your new found muscles on the trip, either that or buy a decent radar :twisted: