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    No grass growing under your feet!

    That is some serious progress in a short period of time.

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    Nice , now you need mudflaps , that front wheels makes that vehicle so dirty , and when people climb in and out their pants scuff the sides and they full of mud.



    15 FRONT MUD FLAPS QUALITY MUDFLAP ...">
    You need to get rid of the air intake, it is far too low , will post some pics how to do , with OEM filter, after garantee , repalce with a cyclone filter
    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...sed-air-intake
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koos Best View Post
    Nice , now you need mudflaps , that front wheels makes that vehicle so dirty , and when people climb in and out their pants scuff the sides and they full of mud.
    Will post the font one , how to cut out the bracket from aluminium plate and cut some nice rubber for the Transporter
    You need to get rid of the air intake, it is far too low , will post some pics how to do , with OEM filter, after garantee , repalce with a cyclone filter
    For sure - you read my mind. The mudflaps I have ordered from VW - probably collect tomorrow. Appreciate the info though. These the ones...




    On the air intake - please help. I will certainly take up that advice.

    The aftermarket snorkel is not to my liking Iím afraid.
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    Looking good

    If you are getting some seat swivels imported let me know. Might also be interested to share transport cost. Apparently there is a guy in Kempton somewhere that also makes them locally. I got his number from the Motorhome guys that sell the Fiamma products in SA but has now lost his number unfortunately. Still on my to do list.

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    Family members making it their own.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cats View Post
    Looking good

    If you are getting some seat swivels imported let me know. Might also be interested to share transport cost. Apparently there is a guy in Kempton somewhere that also makes them locally. I got his number from the Motorhome guys that sell the Fiamma products in SA but has now lost his number unfortunately. Still on my to do list.

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    I'd also be interested. Most of the swivels I've seen are for the double front passenger seat, and not the single which most of our SA vans seem to have.
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    Jason, could you please take a photo of where your FR roofrack attaches to the roof.

    I sort of accidentally ordered a full length version and ladder from FR for my bus (I'm telling SWAMBO that it's your fault ), but now looking at the current rack, it appears mine has additional rails fitted to attach the Outback rack. My excuse is that I have a few FR accessories for the roofrack, that won't fit the Outback roofrack without some modifications.

    Oh, and I'll have an Outback roofrack for sale soon (it includes a removable expedition rail...and possibly rails to attach it to the roof ) if anyone is interested.

    There's a photo of the roofrack in an earlier post on this thread, without the expedition rail, which is stashed in my garage at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imvubu View Post
    Jason, could you please take a photo of where your FR roofrack attaches to the roof.

    I sort of accidentally ordered a full length version and ladder from FR for my bus (I'm telling SWAMBO that it's your fault ), but now looking at the current rack, it appears mine has additional rails fitted to attach the Outback rack. My excuse is that I have a few FR accessories for the roofrack, that won't fit the Outback roofrack without some modifications.

    Oh, and I'll have an Outback roofrack for sale soon (it includes a removable expedition rail...and possibly rails to attach it to the roof ) if anyone is interested.

    There's a photo of the roofrack in an earlier post on this thread, without the expedition rail, which is stashed in my garage at the moment.
    Iíll take the blame!

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    Thank you, mine has an additional "rail" fitted in the groove on the roof where the FR brackets are attached. Will have to see whether it removable...or make another plan if it isn't.
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    How is your wind noise , I have terrible resonance on mine.
    Front runner as well fitted on my double cab, and the table also makes a terrible rattle noise if experiencing a side wind.
    Please can you post a pic of the wind deflector , how far back it sits from the top of the windscreen.
    .My roofrak is maybe too far forward because its a double cab, nearly in line with front end of roof till the full length back to end of roof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koos Best View Post
    How is your wind noise , I have terrible resonance on mine.
    Front runner as well fitted on my double cab, and the table also makes a terrible rattle noise if experiencing a side wind.
    Please can you post a pic of the wind deflector , how far back it sits from the top of the windscreen.
    .My roofrak is maybe too far forward because its a double cab, nearly in line with front end of roof till the full length back to end of roof.
    I feel you... the wind noise that I had from my Frontrunner rack on my double cab was bad enough to cause me to remove it. I took a chance in the bus, being told it was not as bad. I agree though... the rack being forward makes it worse.

    Really almost no noise in the bus. I have to pay attention to it to even notice.




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    Cup holders... where are they in the rear A simple little thing that was very shortsighted in having none for passengers in a bus.

    I looked around for some aftermarket options... lots of silly little options that I didnít like. The idea of the using bottle cages (the type used for bicycles) came to me. Worked a treat!

    The second row install:


    ...and third row install:

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    How did you attach it? Rivet on there?

    I think this is being copied this weekend :-) Some more details needed please?

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    Things have slowed down a little on the bus build. With a looming lockdown level change, Iím really looking forward to getting out with her.

    One of the more irritating things on the Transporter for me was the rattles. Drive over even slight corrugations and an immense amount of noise emanates from the sliding door and roof panels due to their sheer size and flat construction. Something had to be done.

    A pity more photos were not taken to show what was done. All panels were removed and a strip of 3mm adhesive sealing foam attached along all contact points. To further eliminate vibration, I glued a ďuĒ shaped rubber along all edges to create a soft seal when reattached. All I can say is that itís like driving a different vehicle, the vast improvement of a near elimination of rattles!








    The last picture shows the horrible 80ís style ashtray in the panel. I searched around for something better to do with the space, and found a good quality rubber net holder to replace the hole left once removed. Practical and fits neatly.



    Windows next. The bus with its many windows letís in a lot of light, so a darker than normal 20% tint was recommended. This would be crazy dark but n most vehicles, but due to the lack of any tint in the Transporters stock glass, and the amount of windows, it works beautifully.





    The list of things to do are getting shorter. After much deliberation, opted to go for seat covers instead of a reupholster. Places my order for a full set of Melvill & Moon covers in charcoal grey to compliment the balance of the interior. The extra storage pockets will be very handy too.

    A rear parcel tray behind the third row of seats is on the cards, compliments of a custom front runner rack and fittings. Measurements are done.... it all fits and mounting brackets in concept stage.

    Suspension was supposed to have been done... but work commitments have not allowed me to find the time.

    Soon.

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    Looking good. I'm following closely and steeling ideas..intrigued to the parcel shelf idea, and whether it can be modified to fill the space if i remove the rear row of seats in my bus.
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    Not for the first time, you okes are making me wonder whether I should have bought a Bus instead of the Amarok!



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    Free to explore beyond the limitations of our local boundaries, the family had the chance to take the bus out on her first holiday.

    Back today after a week in and around the Kruger and covering near 1200km of various terrain, I had the chance to take note of things that need to be worked on.

    Tyres: when I purchased my 1st Amarok, I also put on a set of BF Goodrich KO1ís. On them I did a fantastic trip to and within Namibia, but recall memories of a lack of fondness of the comfort the tyres provided. I changed them for a set of Pirelli Scorpions, then Hankooks and was far happier. Many said that the newer KO2ís are better, but now after this trip having them on the new bus, I still have my doubts. Maybe itís suspension related, so on to the next point.

    Suspension: OK can I please have my suspension upgrade as soon as possible! The stock suspension feels really linear (not a good thing) and was terrible over the corrugated Kruger secondary roads. The combination of the BFís (at 1.8 bar it was better) and the stock coils and damping just doesnít work for me. Itís fine crawling slowly through the usual axle twisters etc, but hates corrugation. Note this is the standard ďsoftĒ suspension, and not the harder ďrough roadĒ coils. Iíll give the tyres some time after a suspension upgrade, and decide from there.

    Rattles: I was proud of my noise elimination methods mentioned before... then the kids opened the rear sliding windows on gravel roads. Aaaaaaargh! It drives me nuts... so figured out a temporary solution on the fly by stuffing socks in between the two glass panes. After the usual unpacking once back home, quickly made up my window rattle eliminators (the thoughts thereof keeping me awake at night) and installed them. A simple little trick for anyone else looking for a solution - neat rubber feet machined to size and attached to the glass with sikaflex. Sorts it out, looks factory and can be easily removed if need be.






    With the windows opened to their widest, the rubber compresses between the two panes and secures their position. Solved! We also picked up that the side awning poles were rattling inside the aluminum extrude inside. A couple O-rings on the poles and that too was gone.

    Comfort and packing: This impressed me greatly. She cruises really well, is really comfy and has loads of packing space, including the roof rack obviously. We were loaded rather heavily, but surprised me none the less.
    I did pack all of 12 ammo boxes on the roof which caused some heavy wind resistance, and the wind was hectic at times too!



    All and all, it was a great time out and we all loved the spacious interior and social atmosphere of the drives.

    On a slightly disappointing note, my set of Melvill and Moon seat covers arrived whilst we were away. Beautiful, but when trying to fit them something seemed slightly off. Looks like the cut is matched to T5 seats and the cut isnít perfect. Spoke with Robert Melvill and immediately had a courier come and collect to see what can be done. Good service from them so far in the face of this, but will keep the thread updated with the outcome.



    Marloth detour.





    Some tiger fishing...

    Good times... look forward to the next!!

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    Glad you enjoy your bus. When my kids were growing up I had a T3 Syncro. The family loved it! Did long travels in absolute comfort. In that sense it's better than anything else bar much bigger specialised vehicles. The new model with better power and handling must be great.
    We can't change the wind but we can set our sails

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    Yip

    They are great touring vehicles but yes on gravel you need to let out some air of the tyres to get a decent ride. Remember that they recommend very high standard pressures, mostly for high speed load carrying and helping to save a bit of fuel. On a gravel road you need to lower those pressures or you bear the brunt. Especially on the harder sidewall BFG. I would even go as low as 1.6 on them, just keep speed below 80kmh.

    Good fix on the windows. Must say that is probably the biggest gripe with the bus, it actually have very few and small opening windows. Not great for open air driving.

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