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Greetings from Finland
11-25-2012, 08:58 PM (This post was last modified: 07-04-2015 10:56 PM by vwt3syncro.)
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Greetings from Finland
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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You are a prisoner of the road you follow. Only the untrodden snowdrift is free.

VW T3 Transporter Panelvan syncro 1.9 TDI -90
VW T3 Transporter DoKa syncro 1.9 TDI -89
VW T3 Transporter Panelvan 2WD 1.6TD -88

Spare parts from
VW T3 Caravelle CL 2WD 1.9D (originally 1.6TD)
VW T3 Caravelle C syncro 14" 1.6 TD
VW T3 Caravelle Multivan syncro 14" 1.6 TDic Oettinger
VW T3 Transporter Panelvan syncro 16" 2.1 WBX
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11-25-2012, 09:13 PM
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Re: Greetings from Finland
Welcome! Your bus looks great. Did you have any issues fitting the 16" tyres?

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11-25-2012, 10:32 PM
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Re: Greetings from Finland
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 Tölkkifoorumi.fi 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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You are a prisoner of the road you follow. Only the untrodden snowdrift is free.

VW T3 Transporter Panelvan syncro 1.9 TDI -90
VW T3 Transporter DoKa syncro 1.9 TDI -89
VW T3 Transporter Panelvan 2WD 1.6TD -88

Spare parts from
VW T3 Caravelle CL 2WD 1.9D (originally 1.6TD)
VW T3 Caravelle C syncro 14" 1.6 TD
VW T3 Caravelle Multivan syncro 14" 1.6 TDic Oettinger
VW T3 Transporter Panelvan syncro 16" 2.1 WBX
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12-08-2012, 09:10 PM
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Re: Greetings from Finland
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 ?

BENNIE BEZUIDENHOUT
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12-08-2012, 09:52 PM
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Re: Greetings from Finland
Thanks

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:

You are a prisoner of the road you follow. Only the untrodden snowdrift is free.

VW T3 Transporter Panelvan syncro 1.9 TDI -90
VW T3 Transporter DoKa syncro 1.9 TDI -89
VW T3 Transporter Panelvan 2WD 1.6TD -88

Spare parts from
VW T3 Caravelle CL 2WD 1.9D (originally 1.6TD)
VW T3 Caravelle C syncro 14" 1.6 TD
VW T3 Caravelle Multivan syncro 14" 1.6 TDic Oettinger
VW T3 Transporter Panelvan syncro 16" 2.1 WBX
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12-09-2012, 02:38 PM
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Re: Greetings from Finland
Welcome

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

You have the Bus, use it, enjoy nature!
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12-09-2012, 03:38 PM
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Re: Greetings from Finland
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.

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12-09-2012, 07:32 PM
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Re: Greetings from Finland
Russel,
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?
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12-10-2012, 08:14 AM
Post: #9
Re: Greetings from Finland
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.
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12-15-2012, 05:50 PM
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Re: Greetings from Finland
Syncro need more snow...

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You are a prisoner of the road you follow. Only the untrodden snowdrift is free.

VW T3 Transporter Panelvan syncro 1.9 TDI -90
VW T3 Transporter DoKa syncro 1.9 TDI -89
VW T3 Transporter Panelvan 2WD 1.6TD -88

Spare parts from
VW T3 Caravelle CL 2WD 1.9D (originally 1.6TD)
VW T3 Caravelle C syncro 14" 1.6 TD
VW T3 Caravelle Multivan syncro 14" 1.6 TDic Oettinger
VW T3 Transporter Panelvan syncro 16" 2.1 WBX
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