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FAQ

 

What do you do again?

I sell the leading kit for DIYers to install a newer engine in their 83-91 VW Vanagons. It makes them faster, more reliable, more fuel efficient, and easier and cheaper to maintain.

How does it compare to the other options? 

Aside from everything you can read on this site, there's plenty more out there... don't just take a vendors word, do some homework here's a great example:

http://www.vanagon.org/why-we-chose-bostig/

How much is the whole conversion when done?

If you set your budget between $8000-$9000 for the whole project, finished and driving, you'll be fine. Unlike the other options where multi-thousand dollar surprise cost overruns are very real if you're unlucky, such overruns were designed out of the Bostig equation. There is no lower install or operating risk conversion option available.

Is the engine included?

No. The wearable parts are sourced according to instructions in the manual. This is because using these methods, it is faster, easier, and cheaper to source those parts directly without having me have to handle them and mark them up. In addition this was done since they are the parts you will maintain the conversion with down the road, and will know how to get them again!

What year/application engine do I need

See the "Engine call sheet" contained in the factory manual. The manual is in the docs area of the support section of the main site menu.

I'm not a mechanic, can I still do the conversion?

Yes. I have more musicians and academics as customers than car guys. The system is designed for novices, and is so simple and easy you will succeed.  NOBODY has failed that has started a Bostig conversion, this is unique among the conversion options for DIYers. We've had shop classes, 10 year old kids, mobility impaired 76 year olds, and even a legally blind person (can't drive it, but did the install)  complete the install successfully.  It's actually very safe to say that if you cannot complete a Bostig, you really should not own a Vanagon. Common hand tools are the only requirement. The entire install process can be viewed by downloading the manual for free from the support section.

I have an Air Cooled or Diesel vanagon, can I still do the conversion?

While it's possible and people have done both, I don't recommend it. It's the same amount of work as the conversion itself, and without all the help/docs. You need the watercooled trans for both, and other parts as well... it's just extra hassle that is best avoided unless you simply can't part with the van. But you'll need to find outside help for that portion of the install, as I don't support it. 

Are they available right now?

I run a production group once per year. The least expensive and only guaranteed way to get a kit is to place a deposit for the production group during the period when deposits are open (usually August to December). Production runs January-April.  

For  each group build extra parts are ordered in case of QC and shipping issues. Once the build group completes, extra kits can be built from the overages. These kits are then made available for sale after all group kits have shipped. This year there will be 7 extra kits that will go up for sale May 20th, no automatics available.  You can email extrakits@bostig.com if you'd like to double check on availability.