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Greetings from Finland - vwt3syncro - 11-25-2012 08:58 PM

I am from Finland, I have two VW T3, 2WD and Syncro, plus one spare-car Syncro.

My 2WD T3 has been with me since 1998. It was originally a light blue, but I painted it green later.
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My Syncro has been with me since 2009.
When I bought it, it looked like this:
185R14 tires, 1.6 TD (JX)
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Now it looks like this, 215/85R16 off road tires, 40 mm lift up series, 1.9 TD (AAZ), 228 mm TDI/WBX clutch, home made bumbers, rock sliders and many other changes.
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Re: Greetings from Finland - BHM - 11-25-2012 09:13 PM

Welcome! Your bus looks great. Did you have any issues fitting the 16" tyres?

Re: Greetings from Finland - vwt3syncro - 11-25-2012 10:32 PM

205R16 Nokia winter tire and 215/85R16 Malatesta Kobra Track off road tire

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40 mm lift up series (special made for Tö members)
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Before lift kit installation
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And after lift kit istallation

I cut a little sheet metal
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Re: Greetings from Finland - benniebez - 12-08-2012 09:10 PM

Hi VWt3syncro,
Welcome and very nice Syncro you have. I like what you did with it but I'm a bit scared to get that much lift, lifting the bus with tires and lift up series put your Syncro 80mm higher :o I will do the arch modifications and want to put 205R16 or the 215/85R16 tire & rim combo. I guess the cutting of the swing arms was 'n bit much, or was that the minimum to cut for fitment purposes ?

Re: Greetings from Finland - vwt3syncro - 12-08-2012 09:52 PM


If You choose 205R16, You do not need to be cut the swing arms, but if You choose 215/85R16, you have to cut as much as I cut.
My tires are Malatesta Kobra Track, much higher than the standard 215/85R16.
More information and pictures of my Syncro can be found on Facebook:

Re: Greetings from Finland - EcLiPsE - 12-09-2012 02:38 PM


Those Malatesta Kobra tires looks like Yokohama Geolander M/T Muds.....

Re: Greetings from Finland - Russel - 12-09-2012 03:38 PM

That tread patern is used by many tire remanurefacturers (retreads) It is a directional tread though. So you should run 2 spares.
Be very carefull with just cutting your trailing arms as it can become an isue with insurance or vehicle inspectors. Not road legal ispecialy in Europe.


Re: Greetings from Finland - robh - 12-09-2012 07:32 PM

that swing arm cutting looks a bit suspect? Isn't it easier to add in a section from donor swing arms, and increase the actual length?

Re: Greetings from Finland - Russel - 12-10-2012 08:14 AM

Hi Robh
It is far better to lengthen the arm by using 2 arms and splicing them together with reinforcements internaly.
VW did a similar thing to get the 16 arms.
I have seen the method in the photos quite a few times as it is easy and dosent require the removal of the arm but it changes the structure, flexability and stress points of the arm.
For off road use, fine but not recomended for road use.

Re: Greetings from Finland - vwt3syncro - 12-15-2012 05:50 PM

Syncro need more snow...

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