Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by jtkombi, May 27, 2015.
Interested to learn more about these jtkombi.
I got it through DAS Resto a few years ago. Haven't checked the costs lately but the Aussie dollar was better then, they are expensive though but worth it in my opinion. I'm sure you'll love it, everyone that I've spoken to that has them thinks they are great. My only issue is the wider turning circle but once you're use to it you can allow for it. It's a worthy upgrade I believe and easily changeable back to original running gear. Would be keen to hear your thoughts when you get it in. I'm sure you'll notice a difference when you're cruising the highway
I had a hairy moment a few years ago with the old worn out steering box, oncoming traffic at 100kmh, the kombi not responding as it should and I figured keeping the family safe was a high priority. I thought about keeping it original and replace all the old running gear (still have the original beam just incase) but bit the bullet and upgraded. I've driven a couple of kombis since swapping it over and I'm convinced more than ever it was worth it. Doesn't wander on the road, wind buffering from trucks are no problem, feels tighter and more in control when turning and seems to have less body roll especially when going through roundabouts, but that may be because they sit lower. Side winds still get you (kombis are a big brick after all) but it's not like your constantly fighting to keep the thing straight. It just makes cruising a whole lot easier.
At the highest setting they still sit about an inch lower than standard suspension. I've kept the rear suspension the same (may change that one day) so gives it a slightly old school forward raked look that I like. Should help us go faster too
I had a couple of issues with the initial setup but that was more to do with the guys I used tp install it than anything else. They set it too low which I didn't like, so got them to change it to highest setting. It was in Geelong at the time, so I train it down, picked up the Kombi afterhours and drove it an hour home. The tyres squealed on every bump, was a rough ride and it tracked really badly on the highway, pulling into all the wheel ruts. I thought that something wasn't done right or I had just a made the worst decision ever by getting it. Checked in with the installing mob the next day and when they had raised it they hadn't redone the wheel alignment. Took it down to the local Tyrepower (who were very impressed with the Red 9 setup) to get new tyres as the drive home had eaten up the old ones. New wheels and alignment and I adjusted the shocks to about the 4th softest setting I think. After that it was a real pleasure to drive. Even my wife commented how much better improved the steering was the first time she drove it. Definitely a worthy upgrade if you can do it.
What a great summary- I will follow your lead and set it as close as I can to the original height.
Engine first then I will look forward to the front end upgrade.
It is a big cost but I want the car to be as safe and easy to drive as possible.
Best to everyone- thx very much for the comments as ever.
Thanks for all the info & your experience jt. Loved to hear the story & how good it is now & can see why you chose that. Did it require engineering? What did you do re the tired steering box?
Safety was always high on my priorities too, well as much as possible anyways in a Kombi
I've still got the original beam but the steering box has disappeared somewhere, not sure what happened to it. I have a feeling it may still be at the mechanics but it was pretty shagged and would have needed a rebuild or replacement anyway so not too worried. May pick up a reco'ed one one day if the opportunity presents for safe keeping.
They do need engineering, but for the $5000 stress tests that my local engineer wanted to run on it all to ok it, I put a hold on it. I've been put onto an engineer in Melbourne that deals with the Red 9 gear a bit so I'll get in touch with him before I put it back on the road.
I went down to check out the progress. I should have it back this week hopefully, engine is back in and fiddly bits been put back on
Drivers side after a buff and polish. No sign of that old gas bottle hole. The drivers door sits a bit proud so that'll get fixed up
And the inside where the gas bottle door was filled. Hardly noticeable
Passenger side. Still hadn't had a buff and polish at time of photo. No more dents or chips in the front
And what do you do when your having withdrawals while the Kombi is away??
Kombi tent it in the back yard
A couple more. We ended up putting the rear tow bar back on
Before the bulbar goes back She's looking happier I'll try and clean up the headlights or replace them altogether as the passenger side one is showing signs of age and yellowing off. I think they are different brands too which doesn't sit well with my OCD
Just looking outstanding!!!!
Thanks Andrew, really looking forward to getting it back home
Been watching your thread & must say you've made a great lot of good decisions to end with the outcome you have. Looks like new. Superb. Another 20 years at least.
Four Bus Stop front bumper bolt covers to make it look original.
'Cheap as' & does a nice finish off.
Thanks David, hopefully all the time and hard work pays off. The plan is to keep her indefinitely, so to get another 20 years hassle free(ish) from a kombi would be great.
I'm itching to get it all back together and on the road again.
I'll add those bumper bolt covers to the growing list of new parts that I want. I'd forgotten about those and are a nice little touch. Thanks
Finally got some spare time on the weekend and threw up 2 sheets of Dynamat in the front cab and some more on the back section. I didn't worry about covering the full cab roof as they say you only need to do 30% to be effective. Amazing how much of a difference in the tinniness it makes when knocked. Sounds a lot more solid. I just wanted to get this bit done before it went off to get the headlining put in.
Below is a sticker that's been there since we bought it and it always made me smile. It looks like its done some km's. It also makes it easier to enforce the rules. It was one of the things that I wanted to keep, being the sentimental fool that I am. There was also a no smoking sticker in the engine bay too but that's gone now.
Hopefully, this is the last time that she sees the back of a tilt tray for a while. Off to Dave at Volkstrim to get the headlining done and start retrimming the seats and door cards. Then back to the panel shop to get the windows put back in and a few other minor issues sorted out.
Now you've gone & done it jt...that be jinxing yourself if ever I've seen it.....but hopefully last one eh!
A Kombi on a tilt tray ALWAYS looks wrong no matter what the reason
Hopefully it will be the last time
Hoping I don't jinx myself (where's the fingers crossed emoji) I sneakily put in "for a while"
Agree, they need to be in their element, cruising the roads and hwys of our wonderful countryside under their own steam
Lifted this pic off the Volkstrim facebook page. Headlining is in and looking the goods. Decided to take the headlining down to the trim panels and have gone with the black dot version instead of the perforated stuff. Looks the same and should help inhibit condensation gathering when camping.
We've picked out the fabric that we'll do the seats and cards with, just gotta schedule in a time to get down to Dave and work out the final look. Pic below (not ours) is what we are hoping to achieve. A light grey tweed top and vinyl sides. Originally was going a basket weave style from TMI but like the look and texture of the tweed fabric. I'm thinking there will be no burnt bums in summer and softer to sleep on.
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