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 #36076  by SamirD
 Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:30 pm
KuroNekko wrote:No problem. I have some older photos of when I was working on it in the past few summers. I'll upload them later. With this car, like any project car I imagine, things are done in phases. In the past, I've:
- Replaced all shocks with KYB Excel-Gs. (The old ones were complete goners.)
- Replaced the steering dampener. (Smoothed out the steering. No more wobbles.)
- Replaced the drag link. (Got rid of the clunking in the steering.)
- Replaced front brake pads and rebuilt front calipers. (Got rid of the screech and the bus stops decently now.)
- Replaced front brake lines and hoses. (For the sake of a front brake overhaul.)
- Replaced alternator with a 70 Amp version. (Old one's bearing seized and ate the belt. Turned out the old alternator installed by previous owner was a 55 Amp; made for non-camper buses.)
- Replaced spark plugs and wires.
- Replaced rotor, distributor cap, points, and condenser. (Thinking about going with an electronic ignition in the future to replace the points and condenser for lower maintenance and better MPGs.)
- Replaced valve cover gaskets.
- Adjusted valves.
- Changed oil and filter. (Valvoline MaxLife 10W-40 in winter and 20W-50 in summer.)
- Replaced alternator belt. (Old one seized on the alternator.)
- Adjusted timing (and learned to use a timing light).
- Sealed leak in water tank (For the sink.)
- Installed windshield flower vase (because... VW bus).
- Installed solar trickle charger for the battery.
- Replaced #3 cylinder thermal sensor.
- Replaced transmission fluid with Red Line MT-90.
- Installed LED 3rd brake light.
- Installed LED tail/brake light bulbs.
- Installed high output sealed beam headlights with hi-temp harnesses.
- Installed cargo net for cabin roof carrier.
- Installed rear seat table.
- Installed rear door bike carrier.
- Installed engine bay's fire extinguisher.
- Replaced cigarette lighter wiring.
- Installed high output bulbs for dash gauges (Now actually visible at night!)
- Replaced fuel pump and fuel filter.
- Replaced accelerator cable (Literally a cable running from front of bus to the rear.)
- Probably forgetting a few other things but you get the idea. It never ends but the car is older than I am so it's expected.
Super cool. I can imagine what it looks like now from where it started. How far do you consider yourself 'done' on the project? 10%? 90%
Speed_Racer wrote:
SamirD wrote:
Speed_Racer wrote:I ordered a new set of tires for the SV650. When I install them, I'm also swapping out the fork springs for a firmer pair.
Neat, I never knew you could do that. What type of advantages does that bring? I would imagine more stablity in turns under braking.


It's not hard at all, just a few more steps beyond changing fork oil which should be done every so often anyways.

Stock SVs were undersprung from the factory, so as a 180 lb dude I get a ton of fork dive when braking and wallowing in the corners. A firmer set will solve most of these issues and increase confidence in the twisties. The only downside is a stiffer ride around town, a tradeoff I'm ok with.

Another fix that a lot of SV riders do is swap out the entire front end with the inverted forks and brakes from the GSX-R, but that's out of my price range. (Sample pic below)

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Very cool. I had no idea you could just swap forks like that. I'm going to have to start watching for major bike mods like this. 8-)
 #36250  by KuroNekko
 Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:32 am
Here are some older photos from the VW bus project.

Playing with parts.
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A new drag link installed.
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Front brake caliper rebuild.
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Took apart a CV joint to clean and repack it. After cleaning it out, I realized how cool it looks. After some photos, it got packed with Red Line synthetic grease and put back on the axle.
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 #36264  by Fritz2
 Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:01 pm
I had a friend in high school who had one of these. I don' know if the motor was stock, but when he would accelerate hard(!) from a standing start, the front end would lift even with the two of us up there, and it felt like you were really going fast. I could have just been scared, he was a madman.
 #36268  by KuroNekko
 Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:51 pm
Fritz2 wrote:I had a friend in high school who had one of these. I don' know if the motor was stock, but when he would accelerate hard(!) from a standing start, the front end would lift even with the two of us up there, and it felt like you were really going fast. I could have just been scared, he was a madman.


Your friend definitely did not have a stock engine. These VWs are infamous for being the slowest thing on four wheels. After all, an air-cooled 2.0 liter four cylinder engine making 88 HP is pushing 4000 lbs (in camper form). However, I've heard of people swapping engines including one who put a Porsche engine in his. For the Vanagons, water-cooled Subaru engine swaps are possible.
 #36286  by Woodie
 Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:01 am
I put a new exhaust system on the Aerio, wow what a job! I hate exhaust work, everything is rusted solid and usually needs to be cut off with a cutting wheel.
 #36656  by Speed_Racer
 Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:53 pm
I've been doing (and spending) a lot on the SV lately. I installed the new springs and serviced the forks and the bike rides like it's new. Way more confident in the corners and a lot less brake dive.

Other recent upgrades: LED blinkers, re-wrapped my seats with some fresh vinyl, sprayed the inside of my windscreen black as a ghetto-tint. New set of Continental sport-touring tires. Installed a RAM mount on my handlebars for my phone and wired in a charging point by the ignition. Rode to LA and back (1400 miles) last weekend and had no issues, rolled over 23k miles on the odometer.

June's upgrades are a new chain and front/rear sprocket.

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 #36665  by redmed
 Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:43 am
Oh man, all I did was connect my batteryminder to my F250.