Vanagon – Westy luggage rack mod

Good friend Stephan came across a Westy owner who made a very interesting hinged cover for the luggage rack. You all know that area is a source of wind noise and some owners have put in a flat plate to reduce the turbulence caused by the front edge of the rack.  This mod is a bit different and although I’d love to meet the owner and have him argue the reason for the trailing edge design, the entire structure looks very well made.

Got a couple more pics. Yes there are latches on the front.

  1. #1 by Chris august on August 24, 2016 - 6:44 pm

    The question will always be can I get one , no matter the mod .
    Who made it , is it functional , are secondary . Some will love it others ,mmmm not so much .

    • #2 by albell on August 24, 2016 - 7:03 pm

      Yup, exactly 🙂


  2. #3 by edbee on August 24, 2016 - 9:16 pm

    Hi Alistair, if you had a wind tunnel you could sort out that trailing edge issue pretty quickly…

    • #4 by albell on August 24, 2016 - 10:31 pm

      Hey Ed,

      You’re closer than you think. Stephen and I made and sold two water tunnels, water version of wind tunnels.

      They certainly could have been used to look at flow over a vanagon model.



  3. #5 by Joel on August 25, 2016 - 8:29 am

    Nice, thx

  4. #6 by Scott Greiner on August 25, 2016 - 9:27 pm

    Ho much is it?

    • #7 by albell on August 26, 2016 - 12:26 pm

      Have no idea. He made it himself.



  5. #8 by trft on August 26, 2016 - 8:06 pm

    Well, it’s a good idea. Even I never get it, kind of neat to know it. Thanks.

  6. #9 by Frank on December 6, 2016 - 10:33 am

    Here is a link to the WIND TUNNEL STUDY picture on various models of a vanagon

    • #10 by albell on December 6, 2016 - 2:13 pm

      Hey Frank,

      Could have sworn I have that in my blog someplace, can’t find it though.



  7. #11 by Harvey Niles on June 14, 2021 - 1:21 pm

    Does anyone know if it is possible to buy a cover for the luggage rack for a 1978 Westy?

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