Vanagon – syncro – VW tool 3141 substitute

As I am planning on fiddling around with my syncro’s front springs and shocks I thought I might need a tool to guide the top of the shock back into position when re-installing. Bentley calls for VW tool 3141, the best pic I could find with a quick search is this Snap-On one. I had some 1/2″ diameter aluminium rod handy, and a M10 X 1.00 tap (same thread as used in pressure sender on engine, I needed one to make my sender relocation manifold). The lathe made making the tool easy, shaft is a press fit into handle and is pretty secure, but I probably still need to blob on a bit of weld on the joint.

End of shaft.

End of old 2WD front shock – it has the same thread.

Tool screwed onto end of shock.

I hope to be able to show you how it is used when I pull the front springs from the van, but I need to borrow a spring compressor before I get going with that.


  1. #1 by edbee on July 17, 2012 - 5:37 pm

    You can borrow my spring compressor if you will be through Vancouver any time soon (North Van actually)

    • #2 by albell on July 17, 2012 - 6:05 pm

      Thanks Ed – I wish we lived next door to each other, we could cajole and encourage to get more van chores done.

      thanks again


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