Dual Difflocked VW — Volkswagen Transporter syncro

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Volkswagen Transporter syncro


Would you your rare and collectible VW axle deep mud, up inclines at ridiculous angles and boulder strewn, teeth bush tracks. Thought but then this ain#146;t no Volkswagon collectors piece.


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you#146;re looking at here is one and only VW syncro dual-cab with 16 wheels and double-diff-locks. A bit of a true, but it#146;s important we get the explanations correct right the start. You see, Volkswagen#146;s 4WD system is nothing special Under and it #146;s fitted to a few vehicles, including transporters side story) .

The usual size with Transporters is 14 and single-cab configuration with a diff-lock down the back is normal too. So, finding a Transporter with two diff riding on 16 wheels is a rare indeed. But whatever you do, don#146;t go Hans that all he has is a tricked up This machine sure no custom butchers special and was under contract for Volkswagen by specialists, Steyer Daimler-Puch side story) .

The vehicle came to Australia in the 90s for the Wynns Around Australia and won its class based on engine (2.1 litre). The passage of has seen the unique VW sold to owners, although how Hans it is an interesting story in itself. A tiler by trade, Hans has about six VWs over the years, all of Combis, although there been a couple of dual-cabs and one or two projects. I was in the process of re-building a Toyota would you believe, but I was really happy with it, Hans. Then my best John came back Queensland with some of this dual-cab, double-diff-lock VW and I fell in love.

So, I rang up the and asked her if I could buy it and she said yes I think because she was having a good time in Bali I rang. Volkswagen#146;s ultimate 4WD was in reasonable condition when it in Perth, yet a vehicle such as still needs repaired and like any other. Peter is the individual responsible or keeping VW in perfect working order and probably no-one better to do the work in Perth.

A motor by trade specialising in VWs, works out of the same shop on the premises that his father founded back in the 1950s. To say the guy is a Volkswagen connoisseur is an understatement and even done some of his own on Hans#146; double-diff-lock syncro. I was at in Germany for a training course in 1985 and they told me that double-diff-locks were fitted to military vehicles, Peter. This particular one Hans owns came Australia along with a 16 Combi camper to do the Wynns Australia Trial back in I think the Combi was just a vehicle for the trial, but it#146;s now by a Baptist missionary up at Oenpelli in the Territoy #150; I should because his engine is sitting in my I#146;ve got a feeling too, Hans#146; dual-cab is the actual one used on a poster where it was off a sand dune on Fraser

Interestingly, the dual-cab featured and the associated Combi utilise the 2.1 litre liquid-cooled powerplant. the same engine as found in MV numbered Transporters from through to 1992. Peter that these motors do good maintenance and he has already the heads and head studs on engine due to corrosion. Although the pistons, rods and crank are on board, Peter has replaced the (stock specification) and various in the valve train. A new clutch has been added, while the was fully re-built by Regents in Park. Everything else in the and transmission departments has proved reliable, including the stock system and Bosch #145;Dijifant#146; EFI

As an enthusiastic member of the Wanneroo 4WD club in Perth, Hans his rare VW on regular excursions and Not surprisingly, the vehicle carries a few modifications, although there#146;s a of interesting features that are There is, for example, provision for shocks on all four corners, yet is happy enough with shocks and has recently replaced the with Bilsteins. While discussing the underside of the vehicle, worth noting the huge plates which run all the way from to back. There are no linkages or components to snag on obstacles and if the wheels are driving, this could literally #145;skate#146; if the front wheels left the Also of interest is a wiring under the back seat to three batteries in addition to found under the front seat. As a serious 4WDer, has always used the extra capability for such things as air and the #145;obligatory#146; Engel fridge. In Hans says that he about three Engels and one he uses depends on the length of the !

There#146;s plenty of space out the and underneath the dual-cab, so much so in that a 50 litre water is a standard feature too. On the and much of the dual-cab#146;s interior has customised, with the rear trims and their additional spaces a prime example. the front seats resides a centre console, again storage space in mind, it was originally designed to carry a TV and a video recorder for the kids. in-flight entertainment is provided by a sound system.

When all is and done however, the great is that this rare VW is used in the sorts of conditions for it was intended. The looks on the faces of 4WD enthusiasts when they see they falsely believe to be a climbing a near vertical with six foot deep and knee deep mud.

Volkswagen Transporter syncro

Oh a feeling indeed. VOTT#146;S A MEIN HEIR ?

To understand how syncro AWD system came being requires some of the relationship between the various makers and specialists in Europe. it was in the late 1970s that from Volkswagen and it#146; s Audi and Porsche, got together to see if could invent the World#146;s All Wheel Drive system.

When the boffins had finished, decided that Volkswagens with the new system would be #145;Syncros#146;, while Audi use the #145;Quattro#146; tag. Porsche the system in their 959, but really have a catch The number of Volkswagens fitted the Syncro system over the is vast and includes everything the Passat, the Golf to all sorts of or semi 4WD vans, Combis and

Transporters with the system are quite rare and as discussed in the story, double-diff-lock, 16 wheel are few and far between. Over the years have actually been versions of VW#146;s Syncro the more latter — and as to the dual-cab featured here known as Vanagon.

Names the system sees the rear driven all the time, while the wheels are normally free. wheel spin occurs a viscous coupler transfers to the normally free wheels for traction. The viscous coupler is a full of parallel plates and a gel. When the plates to turn at high speed spin), the gel turns into a locking the plates and transferring through to the wheels that are free.

The system is quite but is really more practical for cars as things can become if a wheel leaves the ground. For 4WDing therefore, the addition of at one diff#146; lock is preferred to up the Syncro system, but of course, the transporter featured here is with two diff#146; locks. no mistake about it, this double-diff-lock syncro is virtually !

Most of Volkswagen#146;s syncro vehicles were (and built by Austrian 4X4 specialists, Daimler-Puch. Steyer have operating since the late and are well known for their Haflinger vehicle. If you#146;re none the wiser, then that Steyer made the for Mercedes Benz, the Fiat 4WD transmission, assemble the Jeep Cherokee and are involved with Rover#146;s Freelander. (c) Rick 1999

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