1 Year warranty - Unlimited mileage *
Frequently Asked Questions
We can ship an exchange unit or rebuild yours (for all but a Syncro)...same price for most units
Vanagon Syncro cores must be rebuildable( for example...have good Ring/Pinion, intact cases & not run out of oil ). Due to the scarcity of these transmissions, we need to rebuild your trans. Current market prices are charged for parts over and above the normal rebuild. Case, Main shaft, Rev/Granny housing and Ring/Pinion and mainshaft are examples of pieces that must be OK in a normal rebuild. Corrosion of the case may cost extra due to the inability to resell to the next customer. (Sorry you poor rust belt people)
We use only German bearings, seals and synchro's in our rebuilds. All Vanagons receive the custom updated 3rd/4th slider hub to cure their most common failure and get re-bushed carrier housings and 1/2 relay lever in main case.
Turn-around time is generally 3 to 4 working days. May be longer in busy Spring & Summer times. (or if I am playing hooky or if it snows at Stevens pass) Have my son Matt helping these days, so thing go pretty quickly.
We suggest a name brand 75/90 Synthetic for stock Vanagons with stock 2.1L motors such as Valvoline, Royal Purple, Amsoil or Penzoil.
Use MTL for the Jetta style units for "normal" usage.
For higher power applications over 150 HP, a thicker weight racing type oil is highly recommended. Swepco 210 (80/140 wt) is the recommended choice (the Porsche boys love it.) 210 is better in colder applications than 201, but both will shift a bit stiffer when cold..
The high power SVX and TDi conversions will eat up your ring/pinions if your not careful...beware...We recommend Swepco 210 for the higher HP/Torque and heavy rigs and to change every 2 yrs max.
Vanagons with a non stock engine can get a taller .77-4th Gear to drop about 500 RPM or a .70 for the SVX or TDI engines ($350 extra) A taller 1.18 or 1.14-3rd gear that drops about 200 rpm($350)...call for details or other gear ratio info and availability. Other ratios available these days...A 1.09-3rd or a .73 or .75-4th
We have a mainshaft bearing retainer plate available to keep the mainshaft secure in its housing for higher powered motors as well. $150 extra.
Bolt Kits are available on 4 Cyl - 2.0 L transmissions.
Bell housings for the 020, 02A and 02J units are an extra charge if they have holes in them.
Syncro (or 2wd) mainshaft retainer plates are a good way to assure the mainshaft bearing will stay put down the road for higher powered vans...Always suggested for a TDI or 3.3 Subie and not a bad idea for a 2.5 either.
WARRANTY is maximum 1 year for anything over 165 HP (2.5 Subie)...period... Have had some ring & pinion failures due to no fault of ours and cannot be responsible for aftermarket parts with a transmission designed for a 100hp motor.
UPS is generally the best shipping method we have found in the US. The local Mailboxes Etc. or Post net type outlets charge a much higher rate (double) than taking it to the real UPS center. The newer UPS stores charge about 10% more than the UPS center's. For example an 80 Lb. Jetta trans going from here (Seattle) to NY costs about $100 to ship. A syncro trans runs about $125 give or take. UPS will ship up to 150Lbs. Fed Ex is your best choice to Canada due to lower brokerage fees....
I use heavy cardboard boxes with the transmission wrapped in 3" of heavy duty 1" bubble wrap or heavy duty foam and extra cardboard placed so it won't punch through the box. 2 boxes nested together make a stronger box also. Styrofoam turns to dust and packing peanuts are worthless with heavy objects. Pieces of wood turn into toothpicks. Please make sure the oil is drained completely and wrap the tranny in garbage bags to try to contain any leakage. For Syncro units...Please plug the vent line hole (near the front top) because there is always 1/2 Qt of oil remaining in that portion of the trans...UPS will charge you for any damage caused by oil leaking onto other packages. Leave switches in, leave slave cyl bracket's on and remove mounts. I get boxes that have not been drained of oil and it makes a big mess. The key to shipping heavy things is to make the trans secure in its box so it will not move...at all...For most of you, bubble wrap is the best choice...pack it well and tightly...I have had Syncro's shipped with a piece of 3/8 plywood at the nose get punched thru...The gorillas in the shipping warehouses hate heavy boxes and treat them with no respect.
For $50 additional, I can ship a box with bubble wrap padding to help insure a syncro trans arrives here safely.
If shipping on a pallet, use this address. 30330 NE 172nd St Duvall, WA. 98019 This is my neighbors machine shop that has a forklift and room for a semi to maneuver.
Use the shipping address below for boxes under 150 lbs and please call to set up an appointment, Email or tell me a shipment is on it's way. Call for details or the best way to package a heavy item or just to say Hi.. Thanks, Matt
PO Box 1251- mailing
29924 NE 173rd St.- shipping via UPS or FedEx
Duvall, WA. 98019
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