Add-ons

Gday all,

I've just self-installed a few "essential" extras, someone may be interested.

1. An on/off toggle switch for the cigarette lighter outlet on the dash ... now I don't have to remove whatever adapter I'm using  just so I can turn it off. Should be a standard inclusion.

2. Central locking for the 2 front doors. Anyone tried reaching across from the drivers seat to pull the lock snib on the passenger door and the armrests are in the way? I've got long arms and I still couldn't do it. Much better now.

3. Easy shift kit that reduces the throw of the gearshift between gear positions by at least 25%. It's still not as slick as a sports car but it's no longer like a truck. Love it! Details are at http://www.van-cafe.com/vanagon_parts.jsp?pa=p&p=1189072164&pct=1276373440&ct=1943895813

4. Also included in the above kit is a gearshift extension ... brings the gearstick handle to just under the steering wheel. The jury is still out whether I like this or not.

Anyone got any questions or comments on any of these, please fire away. Cheers.

Ken

Wow Ken, you have been busy. Was the central locking easy to install? I would be great to have it on all the doors. Its one thing I really miss moving from the caravelle to the Syncro.


-----Original Message-----
From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Ken
Sent: Sat 7/1/2006 12:11 AM
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Add-ons


Gday all,

I've just self-installed a few "essential" extras, someone may be
interested.

1. An on/off toggle switch for the cigarette lighter outlet on the dash
... now I don't have to remove whatever adapter I'm using just so I can
turn it off. Should be a standard inclusion.

2. Central locking for the 2 front doors. Anyone tried reaching across
from the drivers seat to pull the lock snib on the passenger door and
the armrests are in the way? I've got long arms and I still couldn't do
it. Much better now.

3. Easy shift kit that reduces the throw of the gearshift between gear
positions by at least 25%. It's still not as slick as a sports car but
it's no longer like a truck. Love it! Details are at
http://www.van-cafe.com/vanagon_parts.jsp?pa=p&p=1189072164&pct=12763734\
40&ct=1943895813
<http://www.van-cafe.com/vanagon_parts.jsp?pa=p&p=1189072164&pct=1276373\
440&ct=1943895813>

4. Also included in the above kit is a gearshift extension ... brings
the gearstick handle to just under the steering wheel. The jury is still
out whether I like this or not.

Anyone got any questions or comments on any of these, please fire away.
Cheers.

Ken
When Joachim and Jasmin were with us, they pointed out to me that the two front doors are fairly easily opened.  To protect against this, they had installed a sliding catch in the B pillar which engaged in the door frame.  It could be opened only from inside the vehicle.  The rationale for this was that the rear and side doors are extremely difficult to open, so entry to the vehicle was via the side door, after which the front doors were unlocked.  This is not on the subject of central locking but it is a good security point.
 
Les
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Murray Lee
Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2006 11:23 AM
Subject: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Add-ons

Wow Ken, you have been busy. Was the central locking easy to install? I would be great to have it on all the doors. Its one thing I really miss moving from the caravelle to the Syncro.

.

Yes Les thats a good comment and a sensible idea. It gets me wondering
though what could be when touring Oz in remote places and at times you
leave the Syncro parked while you head off somewhere for a while, with
the question in the back of your mind .. will it still be there when you
get back? Could be a long walk home.

Reminds me when in the UK a few years ago the car parked in front of
ours overnight had its window smashed for thieving the contents. So much
for lock security.

Murray, installing the central locking I wouldn't describe as easy ...
it was my first time. I find doing anything on the syncro does take a
fair bit of time. But for a carpenter, I found it do-able and gave me
the chance to check out the internals of the doors, grease the locks
properly, combine the cabling for the speakers with the central locking
and splash around some fishoil for good measure ... all part of the fun.
The kit came from Jaycar .. under $40. I decided doing the slider and
rear doors as well was nigh impossible. Had there been wiring present in
the loom for it ... maybe a different result. And it requires a magnetic
type catch etc. for the slider, so it gets harder there.

Cheers.

Ken


--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, "leslie harris"
<leslieharris@...> wrote:
>
> When Joachim and Jasmin were with us, they pointed out to me that the
two front doors are fairly easily opened. To protect against this, they
had installed a sliding catch in the B pillar which engaged in the door
frame. It could be opened only from inside the vehicle. The rationale
for this was that the rear and side doors are extremely difficult to
open, so entry to the vehicle was via the side door, after which the
front doors were unlocked. This is not on the subject of central locking
but it is a good security point.
>
> Les
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Murray Lee
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2006 11:23 AM
> Subject: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Add-ons
>
>
> Wow Ken, you have been busy. Was the central locking easy to install?
I would be great to have it on all the doors. Its one thing I really
miss moving from the caravelle to the Syncro.
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Hey Ken

Got any photos of the process? Installing central locking was on my
'todo one of these days' list. Lots of other things above it on the
list though. So the jaycar kit works well hey? Wires into the loom easy?

I have already installed the short shift kit and gear stick extension
- excellent in my opinion. Yes the extension sometimes almost hits
the indicator lever when in 3rd gear. Think the extension is intended
for LHD thus it's not perfect for us, but I still think its an
excellent improvement on the old 'truck shift' :)

1. An on/off toggle switch for the cigarette lighter outlet on the dash

Hey got any photos / details of this one? Sounds like a good mod. My
main concern is the cigarette lighter socket is european and doesn't
seem to fit anything. Was going to pull the dash out just to put a
standard socket in there or in the mean time try to find like a double
adaptor that will convert from european lighter socket to standard.
Any ideas?

Hope we all had a good weekend. Just finished washing the mud off my
van. Have to think of a name for her :)

Sam

>
> Murray, installing the central locking I wouldn't describe as easy ...
> it was my first time. I find doing anything on the syncro does take a
> fair bit of time. But for a carpenter, I found it do-able and gave me
> the chance to check out the internals of the doors, grease the locks
> properly, combine the cabling for the speakers with the central locking
> and splash around some fishoil for good measure ... all part of the fun.
> The kit came from Jaycar .. under $40. I decided doing the slider and
> rear doors as well was nigh impossible. Had there been wiring present in
> the loom for it ... maybe a different result. And it requires a magnetic
> type catch etc. for the slider, so it gets harder there.
>
> Cheers.
>
> Ken
>
>
Sam, it'd be a damn sight easier we had a field day on these topics and
any others than to fill up this forums hard drive space with the
burgeoning detail.

I actually wrote up a decent reply to you the other day about all this
and when I went to post it, I got back an error message from the forum
telling me an error had occurred and I lost the lot ... just like that.
And it's not the first time I've lost a post during transmission.
Perhaps the safer thing to do in future would be to compose messages
elsewhere first, such as in a text editing program or in Word, so that
if it gets lost again, I would still have a backup copy. Food for
thought.

So Sam, my place or yours? Or we could leave it till the Batemans Bay
jaunt if we go. Cheers.

Ken


--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, "pootaguru" <me@...> wrote:
>
> Hey Ken
>
> Got any photos of the process? Installing central locking was on my
> 'todo one of these days' list. Lots of other things above it on the
> list though. So the jaycar kit works well hey? Wires into the loom
easy?
>
> I have already installed the short shift kit and gear stick extension
> - excellent in my opinion. Yes the extension sometimes almost hits
> the indicator lever when in 3rd gear. Think the extension is intended
> for LHD thus it's not perfect for us, but I still think its an
> excellent improvement on the old 'truck shift' :)
>
> 1. An on/off toggle switch for the cigarette lighter outlet on the
dash
>
> Hey got any photos / details of this one? Sounds like a good mod. My
> main concern is the cigarette lighter socket is european and doesn't
> seem to fit anything. Was going to pull the dash out just to put a
> standard socket in there or in the mean time try to find like a double
> adaptor that will convert from european lighter socket to standard.
> Any ideas?
>
> Hope we all had a good weekend. Just finished washing the mud off my
> van. Have to think of a name for her :)
>
> Sam
>
> >
> > Murray, installing the central locking I wouldn't describe as easy
...
> > it was my first time. I find doing anything on the syncro does take
a
> > fair bit of time. But for a carpenter, I found it do-able and gave
me
> > the chance to check out the internals of the doors, grease the locks
> > properly, combine the cabling for the speakers with the central
locking
> > and splash around some fishoil for good measure ... all part of the
fun.
> > The kit came from Jaycar .. under $40. I decided doing the slider
and
> > rear doors as well was nigh impossible. Had there been wiring
present in
> > the loom for it ... maybe a different result. And it requires a
magnetic
> > type catch etc. for the slider, so it gets harder there.
> >
> > Cheers.
> >
> > Ken
> >
> >
>
Ken, 
 
I don't know why this is happening and it hasn't been reported to me before.  As a safeguard, put your own e-mail address in the cc line of the reply.  If that doesn't get through, then it is probably a quirk in your e-mail programme.  Keep me posted.
 
Les
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Ken
Sent: Tuesday, July 04, 2006 11:16 PM
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Add-ons


Sam, it'd be a damn sight easier we had a field day on these topics and
any others than to fill up this forums hard drive space with the
burgeoning detail.

I actually wrote up a decent reply to you the other day about all this
and when I went to post it, I got back an error message from the forum
telling me an error had occurred and I lost the lot ... just like that.
And it's not the first time I've lost a post during transmission.
Perhaps the safer thing to do in future would be to compose messages
elsewhere first, such as in a text editing program or in Word, so that
if it gets lost again, I would still have a backup copy. Food for
thought.

So Sam, my place or yours? Or we could leave it till the Batemans Bay
jaunt if we go. Cheers.

Ken

.

Les, help me out will you. In yahoos Post Message reply page, I don't
see anywhere on it a cc line to use. Does it need activating?

Cheers.

Ken


--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, "leslie harris"
<leslieharris@...> wrote:
>
> Ken,
>
> I don't know why this is happening and it hasn't been reported to me
before. As a safeguard, put your own e-mail address in the cc line of
the reply. If that doesn't get through, then it is probably a quirk in
your e-mail programme. Keep me posted.
>
> Les
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Ken
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Tuesday, July 04, 2006 11:16 PM
> Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Add-ons
>
>
>
> Sam, it'd be a damn sight easier we had a field day on these topics
and
> any others than to fill up this forums hard drive space with the
> burgeoning detail.
>
> I actually wrote up a decent reply to you the other day about all this
> and when I went to post it, I got back an error message from the forum
> telling me an error had occurred and I lost the lot ... just like
that.
> And it's not the first time I've lost a post during transmission.
> Perhaps the safer thing to do in future would be to compose messages
> elsewhere first, such as in a text editing program or in Word, so that
> if it gets lost again, I would still have a backup copy. Food for
> thought.
>
> So Sam, my place or yours? Or we could leave it till the Batemans Bay
> jaunt if we go. Cheers.
>
> Ken
>
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Ken,
 
You are quite right.  I didn't think it through.  What I said applies when you hit "Reply All" to an existing message, which opens the normal e-mail format in most platforms.  This carries the cc line.
 
If you get the error message again, see if you can copy and paste the message into a Word document and send it to me direct at:
 
This will give me a chance to try to work it out.
 
Les
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Ken
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 11:22 AM
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Add-ons


Les, help me out will you. In yahoos Post Message reply page, I don't
see anywhere on it a cc line to use. Does it need activating?

Cheers.

Ken

.

Ken, you're right, I need to get my butt into gear and come round to
check out all the cool add-ons on your van, and the storage
underneath. I'm only slightly jealous! How are weekends for you?
I could probably come most weekends that work for you. My number is
0414 737 587, give us a call.

On the yahoo eating your nicely typed reply issue, which has
happened to me on more then one occasion - in my instances it was
a 'browser issue', nothing to do with yahoo, where after I typed my
reply and clicked send, my net connection timed out, and when I
click back the page is reloaded with a blank text box. If you
recieved an error message from the forum, then probably a yahoo
thing that we can't do much about except ideas like type your
message in a seperate text editor then cut n paste it into the yahoo
post message form, or email directly from your email client to the
yahoo group, or temporarily 'save' what you're typing by copying it
onto the clipboard.

:) Sam


--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, "Ken" <unclekenz@...>
wrote:
>
>
> Sam, it'd be a damn sight easier we had a field day on these
topics and
> any others than to fill up this forums hard drive space with the
> burgeoning detail.
>
> I actually wrote up a decent reply to you the other day about all
this
> and when I went to post it, I got back an error message from the
forum
> telling me an error had occurred and I lost the lot ... just like
that.
> And it's not the first time I've lost a post during transmission.
> Perhaps the safer thing to do in future would be to compose
messages
> elsewhere first, such as in a text editing program or in Word, so
that
> if it gets lost again, I would still have a backup copy. Food for
> thought.
>
> So Sam, my place or yours? Or we could leave it till the Batemans
Bay
> jaunt if we go. Cheers.
>
> Ken
>
>
Gday Sam,

No good this coming weekend ok, I've just got back my fixed starter
motor this afternoon so I think I'll be busy. I'm hoping it'll be
quicker putting it all back together than what it took pulling it apart.
And if I get really keen, I might even type up the procedure and tools
needed.

One of our members, John Figgis, gave me food for thought about the wire
to the solenoid with the touchy push-on connector. If you ever have
trouble with it i.e., falls off or the connection fouls up with mud or
whatever, its impossible to get your fingers near it to check or
remove/reinstall or see or anything. So I solved it my making a
permanent soldered connection at that terminal and with a 15cm long wire
running snug and tied off back along the solenoid and finishing with a
line plug. This gets the wire back through the firewall into the engine
bay and then I can reconnect it there with the existing wire and line
socket, easily accessible at any time and less exposed to dirt and
moisture. Problem solved and easier to disassemble the next time the
starter motor needs maintenance. Thanks a lot John.

Sam, I'll be in touch asap when things are a bit clearer ok. Thanks.
Cheers.

Ken


--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, "pootaguru" <me@...> wrote:
>
> Ken, you're right, I need to get my butt into gear and come round to
> check out all the cool add-ons on your van, and the storage
> underneath. I'm only slightly jealous! How are weekends for you?
> I could probably come most weekends that work for you. My number is
> 0414 737 587, give us a call.
>
> On the yahoo eating your nicely typed reply issue, which has
> happened to me on more then one occasion - in my instances it was
> a 'browser issue', nothing to do with yahoo, where after I typed my
> reply and clicked send, my net connection timed out, and when I
> click back the page is reloaded with a blank text box. If you
> recieved an error message from the forum, then probably a yahoo
> thing that we can't do much about except ideas like type your
> message in a seperate text editor then cut n paste it into the yahoo
> post message form, or email directly from your email client to the
> yahoo group, or temporarily 'save' what you're typing by copying it
> onto the clipboard.
>
> :) Sam
>
>
> --- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, "Ken" unclekenz@
> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Sam, it'd be a damn sight easier we had a field day on these
> topics and
> > any others than to fill up this forums hard drive space with the
> > burgeoning detail.
> >
> > I actually wrote up a decent reply to you the other day about all
> this
> > and when I went to post it, I got back an error message from the
> forum
> > telling me an error had occurred and I lost the lot ... just like
> that.
> > And it's not the first time I've lost a post during transmission.
> > Perhaps the safer thing to do in future would be to compose
> messages
> > elsewhere first, such as in a text editing program or in Word, so
> that
> > if it gets lost again, I would still have a backup copy. Food for
> > thought.
> >
> > So Sam, my place or yours? Or we could leave it till the Batemans
> Bay
> > jaunt if we go. Cheers.
> >
> > Ken
> >
> >
>
hello everyone, I have had mix thought from myself and others about converstions in syncros....have been told if any converstion is to be done it should stay VW....VR6, 1.8 ect any thoughts about other engines....good and bad....very interested in syncros as what I have researched has shown me the capability and robustness of the VW......thanks for any input...or sites to visit to read about would be highly appreciated



Ken <unclekenz@yahoo.com> wrote:

Gday Sam,

No good this coming weekend ok, I've just got back my fixed starter
motor this afternoon so I think I'll be busy. I'm hoping it'll be
quicker putting it all back together than what it took pulling it apart.
And if I get really keen, I might even type up the procedure and tools
needed.

One of our members, John Figgis, gave me food for thought about the wire
to the solenoid with the touchy push-on connector. If you ever have
trouble with it i.e., falls off or the connection fouls up with mud or
whatever, its impossible to get your fingers near it to check or
remove/reinstall or see or anything. So I solved it my making a
permanent soldered connection at that terminal and with a 15cm long wire
running snug and tied off back along the solenoid and finishing with a
line plug. This gets the wire back through the firewall into the engine
bay and then I can reconnect it there with the existing wire and line
socket, easily accessible at any time and less exposed to dirt and
moisture. Problem solved and easier to disassemble the next time the
starter motor needs maintenance. Thanks a lot John.

Sam, I'll be in touch asap when things are a bit clearer ok. Thanks.
Cheers.

Ken

--- In Syncro_T3_Australia @yahoogroups. com, "pootaguru" <me@...> wrote:
>
> Ken, you're right, I need to get my butt into gear and come round to
> check out all the cool add-ons on your van, and the storage
> underneath. I'm only slightly jealous! How are weekends for you?
> I could probably come most weekends that work for you. My number is
> 0414 737 587, give us a call.
>
> On the yahoo eating your nicely typed reply issue, which has
> happened to me on more then one occasion - in my instances it was
> a 'browser issue', nothing to do with yahoo, where after I typed my
> reply and clicked send, my net connection timed out, and when I
> click back the page is reloaded with a blank text box. If you
> recieved an error message from the forum, then probably a yahoo
> thing that we can't do much about except ideas like type your
> message in a seperate text editor then cut n paste it into the yahoo
> post message form, or email directly from your email client to the
> yahoo group, or temporarily 'save' what you're typing by copying it
> onto the clipboard.
>
> :) Sam
>
>
> --- In Syncro_T3_Australia @yahoogroups. com, "Ken" unclekenz@
> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Sam, it'd be a damn sight easier we had a field day on these
> topics and
> > any others than to fill up this forums hard drive space with the
> > burgeoning detail.
> >
> > I actually wrote up a decent reply to you the other day about all
> this
> > and when I went to post it, I got back an error message from the
> forum
> > telling me an error had occurred and I lost the lot ... just like
> that.
> > And it's not the first time I've lost a post during transmission.
> > Perhaps the safer thing to do in future would be to compose
> messages
> > elsewhere first, such as in a text editing program or in Word, so
> that
> > if it gets lost again, I would still have a backup copy. Food for
> > thought.
> >
> > So Sam, my place or yours? Or we could leave it till the Batemans
> Bay
> > jaunt if we go. Cheers.
> >
> > Ken
> >
> >
>



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