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1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro


Nothing was spared on our 87 Syncro build. First on the list was rust repair and the cutting of the fenders to allow for the fitting of larger tires. A color change was performed, refinishing the van to Wolfram Gray Metallic. Front and rear suspension lift parts from Burley Motorsports replaced all of the original equipment, raising the vehicle while providing a better ride. A Foreign Auto Supply FASTT Gen V. Pump Deuce crate engine was slotted in place, mated to a rebuilt transmission and front differential. Front brakes were upgraded, and the rear drums were converted to discs to help cope with the added power. Finishing up the exterior, GoWesty plate bumpers were added, the front bumper being modified to accommodate extra lighting - supplementing the already increased light output from the South African lighting conversion with LEDs from Van Cafe.

Attention was then turned to the interior. Before anything went back in, the paneling was covered with sound deadening material to help reduce road noise. Adding weekender jump seats, a folding table, and a Z bed greatly improved the function of the van. The headliner was replaced and the A/C ducting painted to match. The seats were recovered with GTI inspired plaid inserts and the carpet was replaced with new.

The details of the build are included below. If you have questions about features listed/not listed, please feel free to reach out!

Give us a call at 614-504-3700.

Front End

- BMS/Radflo Syncro Suspension System (Front)
- Radflo Off-Road 2.0" Diameter, Coil-Over Shock with Remote Reservoir, 5/8" Shaft w/ 22
Settings of Compression Adjustment
- BMS Billet Aluminum Upper Control Arms w/ Grease-able Heim Joints
- BMS Custom-Plate Lower Control Arms w/ Urethane Bushings and Stainless-Steel Sleeves
- BMS Front-Suspension Bushings
- All New Front Lower-Control-Arm Bolts, Washers, and Lock Nuts - Including at Radius
Rod Attachment
- BMS 16''/930 Syncro Front CV Axle Kit
- New Febi Upper and Lower Ball Joints
- BMS Radius Rod Bushing Kit w/ Stainless Steel Washers and Sleeves
- BMS Heavy-Duty Sway Bar Links
- BMS Complete Urethane Sway Bar Link Bushing Kit
- BMS Front Big Brake Kit with 288mm Drilled/Slotted Rotors
- BMS Dust/Ventilation Shields
- Ceramic Brake Pads
- BMS Braided, Stainless-Steel Brake Hoses (Made in USA, DOT-Approved)

Rear End

- BMS/Radflo Syncro Suspension System (Rear)
- Radflo Off-Road 2.0" Diameter Smooth Body Shock, Remote Reservoir, 5/8" Shaft with 22
Settings of Compression Adjustment
- Rear Eibach Springs
- Rear Pivoting Spring Perch Hardware Kit w/ Spring Pre-Load Tension Adjusters
- BMS Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kit w/ Drilled/Slotted Rotors
- Ceramic Brake Pads and new Parking Brake Cables to the Calipers
- BMS Braided, Stainless-Steel Brake Hoses and Parking Brake Cable (Made in USA, DOT-Approved)
- BMS Custom-Version 16” Rear Trailing Arms
- BMS Urethane Trailing Arm Bushings and Bolts
- BMS 930 CV Axle Conversion Kit – Rear
- New Febi bearings and Elring seals


- Mileage Pre-Rebuild: 203,331
- Odometer reading post engine conversion and transmission rebuild: 188
- Rebuilt Locking Rear Trans Axel; Rebuilt Front Differential
- New Shifter Bushing, front and rear
- Brand New Drive Shaft and Decoupler
- BMS Drivetrain Mount Kit
- All New Front Subframe Mounting Bolts w/ Stainless-Steel Washers, and new lock Nuts
- New Brake Master Cylinder
- New Clutch Master Cylinder
- New Clutch Slave Cylinder
- New Radiator-Behr
- New Upper and Lower Radiator Hoses
- Stainless Steel Coolant Pipes
- New Fuel Tank Level Sender and Tank Straps
- All New Fuel Hoses
- Entire undercarriage cleaned and painted with a corrosive-resistant, protecting coating


- Upgraded Interior – New carpet and headliner
- New Wiper Blades
- All Windows Tinted and given new rubber European-style seals
- New Smoked-Lense Tail Lights
- New Smoked Front Turn Signals
- New LED Dome Lights, Fixtures and Bulbs
- BMS Full-Body Aluminum Skid Plate System
- BMS Heavy-Duty Driveshaft Protection Bars
- BMS Engine/Transmission Skid Plate Frame
- New upholstery on all seats
- South African Grille with LED High + Low Beams
- New Heater Core and Blower Motor
- Truck Mirrors
- VanLife VOW Window
- Sliding Rear Window
- GoWesty Plate Steel Front + Rear Bumpers
- VanLife Lockable Center Console
- 3 Point Jump Seat Harnesses
- Back-Up Camera
- BMS Swing Away Rear-Tire Carrier
- BMS Swing-Away Utility/Gas-Can Carrier
- Two 2-Gal. Rotopax Diesel Cans
- MULE Rack Sliders
- Yakima Roof Rack and Brackets


- New gear oil in both transaxle and front diff
- Brake fluid flushed and refilled with new dot fluid
- New Oil and Oil Filter

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