The Van Cafe Subaru-Vanagon conversion kit is a proven solution for converting your Vanagon to powerful and reliable Subaru power. We were one of the first to bring do-it-yourself kits to the market and, with over 700 conversions on the road, we've honed our parts and processes to offer a streamlined conversion experience. Van Cafe manufactures the majority of our conversion parts at our state-of-the-art facility here in Fort Collins, CO where parts are jig-welded for a perfect fit every time.
We’ve configured our conversion kit to be modular and adaptable: You can order the base kit to get you started or go full-monty and get everything you’ll need to pilot your Van to your next adventure.
We make it easy to order each system by offering you a comprehensive, systems-based approach. Need an engine cooling solution? Check out our complete cooling system. Don’t want to cobble together an exhaust? We offer a complete exhaust finishing kit.
You can find all recommended conversion-related parts by clicking the “Finish your project” tab above.
In addition to the best parts on the market, Van Cafe is proud of our long tradition of complete customer support. At any point in the conversion process, from contemplating your initial purchase, to the post-conversion set-up, feel free to contact us with specific questions. We also email a comprehensive PDF installation manual when you purchase the kit so you aren't guessing where everything goes...it even has pictures!
A power plant conversion presents the perfect opportunity to upgrade other essential components. For instance, when you have the Subaru motor out, why not take a little extra time to renew the timing belt and water pump? With the engine out of your Vanagon, why not tackle those CV joint boots or drop the fuel tank to add Van Cafe stainless steel coolant pipes? How about a fuel tank reseal kit?
The base Van Cafe Conversion Kit includes the following components:
- Manual or Automatic Engine-to-Transmission Adapter
- Conversion Flywheel/Flexplate Kit
- Engine Carrier Bar System
- Aluminum Heat Shield Kit
- Stainless Steel Exhaust Headers
- Conversion Throttle/Accelerator Cable
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU PURCHASE A COMPLETE COOLING SYSTEM KIT (OPTIONAL ABOVE) YOU'LL BE CHARGED A $250 CORE CHARGE THAT IS FULLY REFUNDABLE UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR SUBARU DONOR ENGINE'S COOLANT MANIFOLD. MORE DETAILS HERE: COOLING SYSTEM CORE CHARGE
+ This kit directly supports the 2.5L EJ25 motors that were produced from 1996-2010.
+ Although 1996-2000 DOHC EJ25 motors have been used with success, we recommend 2000-2004 SOHC motors for their simplicity and ease of maintenance.
+ Aircooled Vanagons will require the customer to source the necessary cooling system components. Please let us know if you are converting an aircooled Vanagon.
+ Vanagons using a diesel transmission will need to source the correct 091-002 bell-housing as our kit will not work with the diesel specific bell-housing.
Note: Most conversion kits can be boxed and shipped within 48-hours of order confirmation, dependent on time/day of order.
Click here for instructions on how to remove your Subaru Harness
Sending in a wiring harness for conversion? Click here to download our harness info form