Syncro pneumatics

Since I drive a VW Vanagon Syncro, one of the first applications for Redshiftt I focused on is adapting positive air pressure servos to replace the feeble and expensive vacuum-powered servos the factory used to operate the diff-locks and driveshaft decoupler. This is...

Engine swaps, mileage, emissions and power

I’ve always chuckled quietly to myself when Vanagon people justify their plan to convert their van’s engine by stating, confidently and a priori, that their fuel efficiency will naturally improve by swapping the engine to something “modern”....

Testing coolant pressure caps

In online discussions about replacement coolant pressure caps for Vanagons, people often talk about blowing, quacking, making kazoo sounds, etc. as confirmation that their new cap is OK. Some of these folks are undoubtedly referring to a short, funny little video...
“The Knob” appears!

“The Knob” appears!

Things are coming together for Redshiftt, in addition to the patent news, we also have in hand the first run of production parts for “The Knob”, as well as the first copies of the circuit boards and Apps for testing. . The knob mechanical parts fit together very...

Making mainseals seal

Lots of flywheel seals get replaced and still leak. The primary reason is that the f/w has a groove worn in the seal race, this being much more of a problem with wbx’s than it was with older VW boxers because they tend to be left in the vehicle for two or three...

On the wbx flywheel seal

A fellow attempting to repair a flywheel seal leak on a recently rebuilt engine had the seal pop out of the case, and he wondered why. A helpful participant posted this: . Are you recessing the seal on the seal bore or is it flush with the case? Also, there are two...