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Old 08-29-2013, 11:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Altough the Kombi is not the safest brick on wheels, I like its rear-engine with RWD layout with independent suspension all-around because it still provides better handling in harsher terrains than modern vans usually do. Really sad to see this icon of the motor industry going without a really suitable replacement.
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There are safer, better handling, newer, minibusses around.

There's no need to keep that old bugger in production.


BTW : VW is considering a microbus based on the up! platform.
They have a concept, though I very mch doubt they'll ever make it
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There are safer, better handling, newer, minibusses around.

There's no need to keep that old bugger in production.


BTW : VW is considering a microbus based on the up! platform.
They have a concept, though I very mch doubt they'll ever make it
Cost was still the main reason why the Kombi remained on production in Brazil.

A "microbus" based on the up! platform would be probably either a mini-MPV such as a Renault Modus, not a real LCV.
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There are safer, better handling, newer, minibusses around.
I know, right. They are here:
Race Bus / Fast Bus / Sleeper Bus **Info & Idea Thread

Especially here, where the thread starter, artistantonio, does an exhaustive single post on installing Porsche Brembo brakes on a Type II
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986 / 996 Porsche Brembo Brakes to all four corners of Type 2 Bus (stock beam)

What's Needed & How Much, quick break down list...

1- 4 Brembo Calipers from 986-------$400
2- VDubEngineering Brake Kit---------$517
3- 944 NA Brake Parts-----------------$250
4- New Front 911 Rotors---------------$68
5- New Rear 944 Rotors---------------$154
6- VR1 Red Caliper Paint---------------$70
7- Porsche Vinyl Stencils(4)------------$30
8- Brake Fluid----------------------------$20

Total ----------------------------------$1,511

(Optional) New 944 Master Cyl - $200
(Optional) New Brake Pads - $100
Or here:Elimation of Split Steering Box and Upgrade to Rack & Pinion Steering.



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I know, right. They are here:
Impressive work


But in a collision, it'd still fold like a bad stack of cards.
Doesn't need to be your own fault.

Used for fun, fine.
Used for everyday transport with everyday's risks, I'll pass.
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And if your fun carries more risk than everyday transport? The thread has lots of pictures of full roll cages and a heated discussion on why you don't use 4-point seat belts on a low back seat.

Look on the bright side, if you slide off the road, it's going to be backwards.
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And if your fun carries more risk than everyday transport?
I just lit a rocket! Rockets explode!

That is how I get around!
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For me it's still kinda hard to figure out the Kombi is not being made anymore, I still see lots of them running, from split-windows to the latest clippers with the water-cooled 1.4L engine.
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My splitty is going back on the road. The new engine has been sitting on the bench for years, built to John Karcey's 'Mileage Motor' specs.

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