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Best Mods for the Vanagon

The best mod that I can think of (and I'm waiting to do this yet as I need new window rubber) is swapping the two side windows in a Westy so that the back passengers can be closer to an open window.
Jon Welge, rhythmpoetdonut@comcast.net
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This might be bad (for those purists), but I just converted my middle westy seat that had never been sat in to being the driver's seatm complete with headrest. I changed the seat in the usual fashion, and discovered that I could pop the headrest hole tubes from the former driver's seat, feel where the interior hole structure should be on the new seat, cut a small pencil-sized hole in each headrest support location, insert the plastic headrest hole (holders) and then add the clip and the headrest itself -- voila, one hardly-used-at-all drivers seat. Now I know how that first drive felt!
rhythmpoetdonut
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Tinting your Vanagon's windows: 'Limo tinting film'the mid-van, rear sides and back windows with one shade lighter for the driver's and passenger front side and vent windows. If you want to chance it (check your State's tinting laws) for the front windshield go one shade lighter yet. Markedly lowered heat transference to the interior of the van which means more comfotable occupants and the A/C does not have to work quite as hard ( better for the enviroment too). Nice privacy and security benefits as well. My best modification for cost benefit. Cooler in everyway... very practrical and stylish modern look for the lines of the vanagon.
MaxVanMan
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My favorite mod (at this time) is the brown RV rocker switch I had installed for the stereo deck. The switch controls the ACC wire from the stereo, so I can have the deck play without the key. Works great with my house battery!
Jon Welge rhythmpoetdonut@comcast.net
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Big brake kit on the front of my syncro with 15 inch wheels drastically improved braking.
cornerj@shaw.ca
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If you have an automatic vanagon, you may have the same problem that I did, in seeing the shifter position at night. I could see the glow from the letters but not the shaft. A 1/2"x3" strip of aluminum tape put on the driver side of the shaft is enough to reflect the light from the letters and show the position of the shifter.
bill; billtymer@hotmail.com
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Best mod I've done is switching to HD Radio. Much more music, less commercials, and more variety on those in-between stations. Oh! And they sound better too. Downside, only works in town.
Nick
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