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What happens when you install an instrument cluster from a Passat in a Vanagon? Amazingly, it works! Check out the video above to see it in action.


I ran across this little beauty on Facebook. It’s a pod that includes oil pressure and temperature gauges and goes right into the ash tray. It looks clean and the installation is fairly straight forward. The pod is made by Brickwerks and it looks pretty cool. Click through to see more.



This one is from Europe and it appears to be very real. This guy has a digital cluster installed on his VW. You will have to click through to see the full video.



We received this submission from someone who does not want to be identified by name. He has however, posted this inverter installation on The Samba. We considered a similar installation location for our van, but chose to use the space under the seat for storage, and a battery charger. Click through to see how this guy installed his inverter, and mounted a set of outlets behind the front seat.



Everyone knows the limitation of the Vanagon air conditioners. If you have A/C in your Vanagon, the vents are likely behind you, or over your head. There is (was?) an aftermarket solution called Dash Air for Vanagon that attempted to solve the issue. As you can see in the photo the kit moves your stereo over and places vents in the dashboard. Unfortunately, the kit is “out of stock” and we have no information if it even still exists. If you can afford it, Dash Air is an interesting solution. Click through to see the entire kit and get the price.



Many Vanagon owners install fog lights or running lights on their vans. They provide extra light while driving as the stock Vanagon lights are rather wimpy. They also provide a different character to the Vanagon depending on where you mount them. There are many light kits available with several placements to choose from. You can get round or rectangle lights to light up the road in front of you, and the following are only a few examples.



We have seen several Vanagon food trucks around the world. From lunch wagons to mobile cafes, the Vanagon has been adapted to fit a variety of needs. This conversion is really extensive. The Volkswaffle is a first class Vanagon conversion that has a ton of equipment on board. I wish I knew who created this bad boy, but we will just have to admire it from the pictures.




Have you ever considered converting your Vanagon to run on clean energy? Believe it or not it has already been done. EAS (Electric Auto Sports) has done the conversion on several vehicles, and they have not missed the Vanagon. They call their conversion the “E-DUB” and it looks pretty good. Click through to see how they did it.



We have upgraded more of the wiring on the Vanagon. Our first wiring upgrade project was to place a 4 gauge wire from the alternator to the starter. This upgrade did a lot to relieve the bottleneck of power for charging of the batteries. The next project was to upgrade the wiring for the multiple accessories we installed. Click through to see how we did it.


vanagon glove box lights

GoWesty sells a glovebox LED light kit for about $38, but since I already had the LED lights we decided to make our own kit. The first purchase was this micro switch to tell when the glove box is open. It arrived from Amazon in two days and we were ready to roll. Click through to see how we did it.


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