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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 vendor's 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 $9000-$10,000 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, such overruns were designed out of the Bostig equation. There is no lower install or operating risk conversion available, that's how one person can support 700+ conversions and stay in business. 

Are they available right now?

Usually not, they tend to sell out months in advance. You can check available kits by month here:

http://www.bostig.com/bostig-vanagon-conversion-2020-2021-kits-20-deposit-total-price-7495/

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 followed the Bostig instructions and support guidance, 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 may want to rethink owning 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.