Product Number: GW-EFI
Product Name: Gowesty Fuel Injection Component Replacement Kit
For many years now, the "Achilles' heel" of the 1986-91 Vanagon has been the antiquated and usually-problematic Digifant fuel injection system. Even when it was brand new, Digifant was far from perfect. Fast forward over thirty years, and one finds that every wire, connection, and component has the potential to bring your perfectly planned road trip to a screeching halt. Volkswagen themselves knew the system had genuine flaws, as did every Vanagon owner, repair shop, and parts retailer. For over a decade, we explored fixes, patches, upgrades, and improvements for the Digifant system. We were convinced we could get it to work reliably, but we were wrong. Short of Volkswagen releasing brand-new parts to completely replace the entire system, Digifant was going the way of the Dodo.
The writing was on the wall: Digifant had to be replaced with something smarter and more reliable. But what would this be, and who would invent such a thing? Who else? GoWesty! We rolled up our sleeves back around 2012 and go to work! After thousands of test hours, tens of thousands of test miles, and an unbelievable amount of effort, we were finally able to release this system in January, 2018! Read the full story here.
This product does the following:
• Replaces no-longer-available-new (NLA) Bosch components
• Improves reliability
• Improves fuel efficiency
• Improves performance
• Adds self-diagnostic capability (OBD-II)*
• Compatible with any water-boxer currently running Digifant fuel injection! (A kit for 83-85 vehicles with Digijet is on the drawing board!)
*We highly recommend the additional purchase of our ScanGauge OBD-II Kit for GW-EFI. An OBD tool is indispensable for diagnosing any installation issues with your engine management system. Simple installation instructions and custom preprogrammed gauge displays make our ScanGauge the best tool available. Please visit the product page for complete details.
Gowesty Fuel Injection Component Replacement Kit - Installation PDF
GW-EFI Mechanic's Guide
Estimated Installation Times:
• Professional VW mechanic first time GW-EFI install : Estimated 10-12 hours
• Professional VW mechanic, who has previously installed the GW-EFI: Estimated 8 hours
• Amateur: Estimated 14+ hours
The GoWesty Engine Management System is comprised of:
New Electronic Control Unit (ECU)
• Replaces no-longer-available (NLA) Digifant ECU and Idle Control Unit (ICU)
• Has standard OBD diagnostics via OBD-II – Added feature
• Compatible with standard real-time parameter displays, including ScanGauge – Added feature
• Capable of future software updates if/as needed– Added feature
• Sequential-fire injection instead of batch-fire injection
All-new Billet Aluminum Throttle Body with modern TPS
• Replaces worn-out original throttle body with a new redesigned unit
• Modern, sealed TPS replaces antiquated and NLA factory throttle position switch
• Obtains accurate throttle position throughout the throttle range
Modern manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor
• Added sensor for better fuel management control
• Used to obtain engine load and barometric pressure reading
• Provides data for automatic altitude compensation – Added feature
New oxygen sensor
• Replaces antiquated factory oxygen sensor
• Modern 4-wire design with sealed electrical plug - Added feature
• Used to adjust fuel trims
New knock sensor and controller
• Added sensor to protect engine against detonation/pre-ignition
• Used to detect detonation/pre-ignition (called knock) and retard timing to mitigate detonation/ pre-ignition
Modern distributor-less ignition system
• New electronic coil-on-plug ignition coils replaces antiquated factory single coil
• No more high-voltage ignition wires - a common source of spark that causes engine compartment fires - new feature
• GoWesty-designed cam position unit and crank position wheel replaces antiquated distributor, cap, rotor, wires
• Used to accurately determine crankshaft and camshaft position
Modern Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor in GoWesty-designed MAF housing
• Replaces antiquated and NLA factory "trap door" air flow meter
• Measures mass of incoming air in order used to calculate required amount of fuel injection
GoWesty Tachometer Adapter
• Converts the digital tachometer signal from the more modern ECU to a signal that the factory tachometer will read
GoWesty-designed all-new engine management wiring harness
• Replaces prone-to-moisture intrusion, antiquated, corroded, and NLA factory harness
• All modern, completely sealed connectors for years of trouble-free service in all conditions
Need replacement parts, like an oxygen sensor or an ignition coil? Fear not, we based our system around readily available parts that you can source from virtually any auto parts store, or pop some in your cart from the list below.
• Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor
• Cam & Crank Position Sensor
• Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor
• Knock Sensor
• Oxygen Sensor
• Ignition Coil Pack
• Spark Plug
Prefer to hit up your local parts supplier? Download the Local Auto Parts List PDF.
TECHNICAL NOTES & CONSIDERATIONS:
Ignition timing: Timing is set to original factory specifications. 35 degrees at 3000 RPM. Idle speed and fuel mixture is not adjustable and is completely automatic, as it was (supposed to be!) with Digifant.
Existing Components: Several components of the original fuel injection and delivery systems are not replaced by this kit, and their proper operation is critical for the new GW-EFI system to work properly and reliably. It is HIGHLY recommended that all of these items (listed below) be replaced if they are original, or of unknown age. GoWesty will continue to supply these items individually for the long-term, of course.
• Fuel injectors
• Fuel pressure regulator
• Fuel pump
• Coolant temperature sensor
• Power steering pressure switch
Download the installation instructions on the "Instructions" tab to see the pre-check procedure.
EMISSIONS INFORMATION: Gowesty Fuel Injection Component Replacement Kit (GW-EFI) has received an official California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order #D-786, and is smog-legal in all 50 states.