Image courtesy of  Van Cafe

Image courtesy of Van Cafe

Overland Outfitting

Suspension System and Lift Kits

Total Price: Varies

SUSPENSION SYSTEM

The suspension system in the Vanagon is fairly simple and designed to be extremely reliable. However, over time, bushings and CV joints need replacing. In a 25 year old plus vehicle, the time is probably sooner than later that these components will need replacing.

If your Vanagon is squeaky, that means it’s time to replace your upper control arm bushings as well as possibly some other worn out components in the front suspension system. This is a service we do regularly and we are happy to help you upgrade your old German parts with high grade, polyurethane replacements. Designed to last more than a hundred thousand miles, these polyurethane suspension components may be the last the suspension pieces you buy.

In addition to bushings, CV joints should also be replaced especially if you’re planning on adding any kind spring lift kit to your Vanagon. Over time, CV joints and CV boots can wear badly causing clicking while turning or even driving in a straight line in the worst cases. Don’t wait for a CV joint to pop and leave you stranded. Go ahead and get the high grade German Porsche replacements and boogie on down the road worry free.

 

LIFT KITS: SPRINGS AND SHOCKS

As with everything else on these vehicles, over time parts begin to wear out and need replacing. Shocks and springs are no different. Depending on how you plan on using your Vanagon, we have a list of recommendations we are happy to share with you for how you should set up your springs and shocks. 

If you are planning on lifting your vehicle beyond stock height, we highly recommend replacing all the CV joints at that time with the high grade Porsche 944 or 930 CV joints.* 

*We will not install the cheap Chinese CV joints for the Vanagon. We have seen too many of these fail in matter of weeks to feel confident in sending our clients down the road with these low grade replacement parts.

Shock and spring combinations


 

Overland Kit One

Old Man Emu with GoWesty Springs
Great for heavy rigs that see a lot of trail use. Superb lift and outstanding longevity. Syncro only. The ride is stiff in lighter vans.

$1,750

Syncro Vanagon
Price includes labor

 

 

Overland Kit Two

Old Man Emu Shocks with Syncro.org Lift Springs
Stiff shocks and softer springs make for a good compromise between trail ride and tarmac ride comfort.

$1,750

Syncro and 2WD Vanagon
Price includes labor

 

 

Overland Kit Three

Adjustable Fox Shocks with GoWesty Lift Springs
Adjustable shocks allow for user to set stiffness. Springs are progressive and provide a decent ride on and off the trail.

$2,500

Syncro and 2WD Vanagon
Price includes labor

 

 

Daily Driver Kit One

Bilstein HD Shocks with Syncro.org Lift Springs
Outstanding ride quality but not much lift over stock. 2WD only.

$1,500

Syncro and 2WD Vanagon
Price includes labor

 

 

Daily Driver Kit Two

Adjustable Fox Shocks with Syncro.org Lift Springs
Adjustable shocks allow user to set stiffness. Paired with these springs, right comfort is easy to dial in.

$2,500

Syncro and 2WD Vanagon
Price includes labor

 

 

Daily Driver Kit Three

Adjustable Fox Shocks with GoWesty Lift Springs
Adjustable shocks allow for user to set stiffness. Springs are progressive and provide a decent ride on and off the trail.

$2,500

Syncro and 2WD Vanagon
Price includes labor