Vanagon – Nathan’s new wheels

I think they are 16″ Mefros. I’ll have to ask about the tires. Certainly looks perky. Hey, and note the tire carrier 🙂


  1. #1 by edbee on April 14, 2016 - 8:27 pm

    Nice looking van! Wow, what size are those tires? And what suspension mods does the van have? Almost looks like it would need different gearing with those tires.

    • #2 by albell on April 14, 2016 - 9:43 pm

      I don’t know what tires they are. He had 215/75 15 before. And I’m afraid I’ve forgotten if he has any other lifting mods to suspension.

      He has a 1.9 turbo diesel in there. No tranny work. I can imagine gearing takes a hit with the big tires. I’ll ask him about all this.




    • #3 by Nathan on April 15, 2016 - 9:33 am

      Thanks! Tires are 205/80/r16. Rims are off of a factory syncro 16, so they are skinny! I like them more than 215/75/r15.

      The van has Steve Schwenk’s westy lift springs, but is the weight of a weekender, so maximum lift is achieved. 20.5 inches hub to fender with a set of spacers in the rear.

      The van was converted from gas to a tdi, trans geared accordingly, but that engine blew up. It has an aaz in it for now! I like the mechanical injection, thinking about keeping and beefing the aaz.

      Gearing is ok, I can almost do the malahat in 4th gear. I should figure it all out as I know it has been changed but I do not know the numbers!

      • #4 by albell on April 15, 2016 - 12:33 pm

        Thanks Nathan,

        I had completely forgot about the Schwenk springs.

        Yeah how do those tires feel?



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