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Old August 16th, 2016, 07:58 PM
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Cali. Vanagon seeking corrosion resistance opinons

I just took delivery of a sweet, totally rust-free Syncro Vanagon for my brother. It's going to live in a salty, ocean-front environment.

Looking for un-biased opinions about Waxoyl vs. Fluid Film vs. used ATF vs. ?? Anything that can keep corrosion at bay...
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Old August 16th, 2016, 08:06 PM
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Yes to all of the above. Got any pics?
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Old August 16th, 2016, 08:17 PM
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Fluid film is once a year. Waxoyl lasts longer and only needs touch up.
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Old August 16th, 2016, 09:13 PM
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They will make a nice pair.
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Old August 16th, 2016, 09:18 PM
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So is it a VW motor or has it had a Subaru conversion?
Nice looking van. Locking front/rear trans axle?
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Old August 16th, 2016, 09:21 PM
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Old August 16th, 2016, 09:29 PM
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256k original motor miles... rear locker (functioning)... I'm gaga. Hope he will be, too.
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Old August 16th, 2016, 09:30 PM
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Congrats on a Syncro! They are so hard to find.
A co-worker of mine has a blue one... and planning to put in rear locker.

I was looking at 2WD Westie's before getting the D90. Nice addition.
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I had a blast in mine as he will in his.
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I mean this with honest curiosity and not meant to come across as harsh but can someone please explain the point of these things to me?

I moved to the bay area 2 years ago and these things have such a massive cult following out here in California and I just can't see why. I've looked at them and tried to understand but I just don't get it. Why do west coast people love these vans so much?
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Old August 17th, 2016, 01:20 PM
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unbiased opinions

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...sis-68668.html

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ilm-68421.html

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ing-58073.html

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...age-62866.html

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/f6/por15-59056.html

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...tor-56385.html
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Old August 17th, 2016, 02:20 PM
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I mean this with honest curiosity and not meant to come across as harsh but can someone please explain the point of these things to me? I moved to the bay area 2 years ago and these things have such a massive cult following out here in California and I just can't see why. I've looked at them and tried to understand but I just don't get it. Why do west coast people love these vans so much?
They are roomy and great to camp out of/in. The rear bench make down into a bed. Pull up to camp, unload , set up chairs and table, open beer. Everyone else is still setting up their tent.

Also 4 wheel drive.
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Old August 18th, 2016, 06:02 AM
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Thanks for the links, Josh! Spent a lot of time reading and am down to WD-40 or Waxoyl... probably a combination of both. Likely to blow the wad and get the Waxoyl done by someone with the right set of application tools (to get in the crevices of the frame) - at least the clear - and then use WD-40 on bushing areas/suspension, etc.

Stephan - a lot of what Abraham said. They're surprisingly well built - over-engineered in many ways - and this one, with 250k+ miles goes down the road as smoothly as my '16 Silverado. In fact, it doesn't vibrate like the Chevy does when the cylinder-deactivation takes over!

This one will be moving out, along with my brother, to Nantucket - where he can drive on the beach. Full-time 4WD, a granny gear, and a rear locker - with good Geolander tires (PSI set to about 10) - should keep him under way. When my family goes out to visit him, the 7-seater functionality will shine.

I've always been anti-minivan. To such a degree that I thought of marketing the bumper-sticker, "BEWARE THE MINIVAN" because they represent the pinnacle of distracted driving. Yet, even since the mid-80s, I've applied an *asterisk* to the word - minivan* The asterisk is for *Vanagon*. I just don't see them in the same light.

If you get a chance, take one for a spin!
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