This kit contains three custom-made brackets and all hardware needed to attach OEM exhaust headers.
Not required for our custom stainless steel exhaust headers!
Background: On '86-'91 Vanagons, where the front (1-3) OEM exhaust pipe passes under the engine block, there is a bracket that attaches the pipe to the engine block via three bolts. These bolts pass through the bracket and attach into stainless steel brackets that are attached to the engine block. When we sell a rebuilt engine for an '86-'91 2WD Vanagon, we include these stainless steel brackets on the block, because they are held in place by two case-half bolts that really need to be installed at the time of overhaul. A portion of the engine core deposit relates to these brackets because we often get engine cores back with them missing. They have become quite scarce (and were super expensive from VW), and are now NLA.
This kit is relatively easy to install, although no instructions are provided. Please view the additional photos to get a good visual of the installation. Two things to note:
• Every Vanagons exhaust set-up is unique. These brackets will need to be shimmed out according to how your exhaust is riding, so be prepared to add (or delete) some of the provided washers accordingly.
• Our new brackets are more simple than the original (read: not threaded). You must drop the bolts down from above before sliding the brackets in place on the block.