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Vanagonjr

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Syncro Trans in 2WD
« on: April 11, 2008, 09:56:31 PM »
Anyone on the list here with experience doing this?  It apparently has a different front mount, which I should (hope) have off the Syncro part's van.  Some say to change the front nose cone back to a 2WD one and use the original 2WD mounts.

Anyway, any input appreciated.  

John
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2008, 06:53:29 AM »
I'm just curious why you would want to do this if you don't have 4WD? There isn't any gearing advantage with the 5speed.  1st is lower than the normal 4 speed and 5th is the same as 4th in the 4 speed.   I've heard horror stories of the syncro trans failures which has put me off on owning one myself.
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2008, 06:04:10 PM »
A couple of reasons,

1) My present tranny is on borrowed time (3- 4 gear slider)
2) I already have this tranny out of my (former) Syncro parts van
3) The Syncro trans has a locker diff for better traction and the low range can also be good in certain off-road situations.  
4) Also the high reverse great on Vanagon 2WD trans is lower with this trans.  

No this won't change my van into a "1/2 Syncro", but I got the trans and I hope to improve the real poor off-pavement traction of the van.  I know a Limited Slip is better, but this is what I own and I can't afford  or justify a LSD with tranny re-build.

Wish I had kept the rear gas tank from the syncro to use to add rear weight bias in hopes of trying to approach bay window van performance off road!  

I think a change to 15" tires that you can lower the high tire pressure would help wonders off-road as well - but that's not happening anytime soon.

John
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