Small Car Performance Vanagon Conversions


The Vanagon is perhaps the most versatile of vehicles. It can be everything from a moving Van to a motor home and to some even a sports car. VW upgraded the engine several times since 1980 ending up with 2.1L and 95 horsepower in the 1986-1991's. From the beginning, the water cooled four was plagued with head gasket problems and VW dealers had their hands full with warranty repairs. They never seemed to be able to cure the corrosion issues on the Wasserboxer's heads and many long term Vanagon owners necessarily look upon this $2000-$3000 repair as a regular maintenance item.

Build Your Dream Syncro!

Do you have a desire for a Syncro Multivan? Or how about a Syncro Carat? Maybe you just happen to own a 1985 Camper with 61K on the odometer and you want better traction in all weathers. We can convert your two wheel drive Vanagon into a Syncro and at the same time install a Subaru engine to give you the ultimate in power, traction, economy and reliability!


We're often asked "What's the cheapest way to do a Subaru engine conversion?"

The answer: make it right the first time!

We've designed superbly engineered parts to convert your Vanagon to a smooth, powerful Subaru power-plant. Our kits are a matched and proven set of parts that takes the worry out of building a Subaru powered Vanagon. No scouring the internet, fabricating parts, and worrying about whether muffler A will fit with bracket B. You will be rewarded with a finished conversion that looks and drives better than the original in every way. We are the only source for the parts necessary to use engines as new as 2012!

TYPE-2 Bus Conversions

In addition to Subaru conversions on Vanagons, we also do Subaru conversions on Type 2 VW Buses. We offer these conversions with all 4-cylinder Subaru engines (2.2L, 2.5L, 2.0T, and 2.5T). Whatever engine you choose, you’ll be amazed by the change in your Bus’ power and ride. Most important, however, is the reliability, comfort, and peace of mind that a Subaru-powered Bus will provide you.


Big Brakes for All!!

The team at Small Car Performance is proud to announce our latest product for the Vanagon community.  As many early model Vanagon owners know, the big brake upgrades on the market require a donor spindle set from a late model Vanagon.  NOT ANYMORE!!  We are proud to kick off our core program for '80-'85 2wd Vanagons to help make the transition to modern braking easier and more accessible.  Check out our product page for more details!  #bigbrakesforall

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Small Car now offers towing for our customers at $2.00 per mile! We will pick your vehicle up if needed, or to save you the trouble of bringing it to us during work hours, up to 30 miles!

Call to schedule! (253)-473-2474