Date registered: Feb 2003
Vehicle: 1999 G500, 1995 G320, 2006 E320cdi
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RE: My "new" 1989 Syncro Westfalia
Mine's coming with the 14" alloys. I have resisted the temptation to vary too much from "stock" right away, but in spite of that I am definitely planning on a front diff locker next year. With a larger wheel, I worried about power loss as well as the effect on steering and handling when matched with the lifting springs. Maybe this is not a real issue. Variance from stock, especially brake and engine upgrades also creates maintenance complexities on the road and can effect resellability (sp?). I have seen a fair share of junkyard busses with corvair motors and carved wheelwells.
I did add a jumpseat and EMU shocks with the decoupler and major mechanical overhaul. I have also been eyeing some bush bumpers on www.aircooled.net, as well as a spare tire carrier and ladder on the rear from the syncro.org site. Maybe I will end up going for the 15" SA rhein wheels and the lifting springs some day. There are definitely alot of upgrade options out there, picking and choosing them without creating a frankensyncro is the hardest part. I don't want to end up trying to make it into a Gwagen.
This one's joining my '85 300GD and the aircooled fleet ('74 & '78 Westfalias), it should bridge the technology gap nicely. I wonder what the neighbors will think?[:0]