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Namib Dunes in a VW Syncro - PCB - 09-30-2012 10:10 PM

Hi,

Does anyone know of a VW Syncro doing the Namib dunes - e.g. Luderitz to Walvis or Faces of the Namib?

They seem capable on sand but do they have the power for dunes? My folks have one with the 2l petrol golf engine conversion done vy Stuart. Its been lifted and has larger tyres than standard. We are keen for the syncro to join us on a trip in the dunes but want a heads up on whether thay are up to it. Its been kitted out extensively so carries quite a bit of weight above standard.

Thanks
Paul


Re: Namib Dunes in a VW Syncro - syncromad - 10-01-2012 07:03 AM

i believe you need more power than a syncro has for the dunes trip, my brother in law went with his D4D 3,0 hilux and battled, he said the ones with Power chips were okay but stock was too "Pap",

we have played in the dunes at Walvisbay with syncros and they are okay on the smaller stuff but battle on the really large stuff,

weight is also an issue on the dunes as well as driver skill,

Check with the tour operator, they will know if a syncro can make it, there are a tonn of syncro's in namibia,

stuart


Re: Namib Dunes in a VW Syncro - EcLiPsE - 10-01-2012 12:27 PM

A few answers I found on youtube about the mentioned "Sterk Taxi" ;-)

http://youtu.be/7B9GThbxEkQ

http://youtu.be/rES73E8OaQo

http://youtu.be/O3CejT3l57M


Re: Namib Dunes in a VW Syncro - ian - 10-01-2012 05:52 PM

The 4x4 community GTG was held at Brakkenduine this year. It is a 4x4 trail consisting almost completely of sand with many dunes. I was a bit apprehensive about tackling it with only a 2.0 motor but we did very well. Out of roughly 30 to 40 vehicles we were one of only 3 vehicles to make it up the steepest and longest dune. But we did have to work the motor very hard and a bit more power would have helped.


Re: Namib Dunes in a VW Syncro - izak - 10-01-2012 09:13 PM

Yes I went in to the dunes at langstrand and Swakopmund to look at the Hors skeletons
Sixteen hundred and ninety five (1695) horses and nine hundred and forty four (944) mules were destroyed near Swakopmund in November / December 1915
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Re: Namib Dunes in a VW Syncro - PCB - 10-03-2012 10:21 PM

Response from one of the tour operators:
I am sorry The Syncro is not a suitable vehicle as the nose part of the vehicle will give you trouble when climbing or going down a steep dune. It will bump into the dune or the ground when going down. Hope you understand my explanation.


Re: Namib Dunes in a VW Syncro - Russel - 10-03-2012 10:41 PM

Interesting link that Izak. Its nice to get a bit of history, maybe not important in the greater scale of things but an insite into things past.
Russel


Re: Namib Dunes in a VW Syncro - ian - 10-04-2012 07:41 AM

The Syncro does not have the greatest approach angle and the nose can make contact at the bottom of a steep dune but, unless you have a plastic bumper that you don't want to damage, I don't think it poses much of a problem. I'd get a few more responses from other tour operators before making a decision as I'm not confidant that the guy who told you that has actual experience with Syncros.
Ian


Re: Namib Dunes in a VW Syncro - ian - 10-04-2012 07:56 AM

Paul I think guys here are hesitant to put up their hand and say "do it" and then feel responsible if it doesn't work out. The Syncro is a bit short on power but it is still great on sand and if it was me I'd give it a go unless someone who really has experience of Syncros in that location said no. I don't think the approach angle is going to be a problem, especially if you have a metal front bumper. The Syncro is also lighter than a lot of 4x4's and can run a bit lower tyre pressures than most.
Maybe wait for some more responses from the tour operators and you could also pose the question on the <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.4x4community.co.za">www.4x4community.co.za</a><!-- w -->.

Ian


Re: Namib Dunes in a VW Syncro - EcLiPsE - 10-04-2012 10:18 AM

ian Wrote:Paul I think guys here are hesitant to put up their hand and say "do it" and then feel responsible if it doesn't work out. The Syncro is a bit short on power but it is still great on sand and if it was me I'd give it a go unless someone who really has experience of Syncros in that location said no. I don't think the approach angle is going to be a problem, especially if you have a metal front bumper. The Syncro is also lighter than a lot of 4x4's and can run a bit lower tyre pressures than most.
Maybe wait for some more responses from the tour operators and you could also pose the question on the <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.4x4community.co.za">http://www.4x4community.co.za</a><!-- m -->.

Ian

He already asked the same question on the 4x4 community and i've looked up a few approach & departure angles in response the the "Long Nose" of a Syncro ;-)

Here is what I found:

Amarok 4-Motion Spec: Approach, departure and break-over angles are 28º, 23.6º and 23º respectively. (This is apparently very close to... if not the same as the Toyota Hilux...)

Syncro Standard Spec : Approach & Departure is 23º (This is with 205/70R14 if im not mistaken)
With a lift kit and 15" wheel is will be closer to 28º - 30º...