There are many different van styling accessories for your T6. These range from alloys and splitters to side bars and roof bars. Whether you want to upgrade your van for practical advantages or simply give it a sophisticated edge, here at Wildworx we have you covered! As more and more people are choosing to holiday closer to home rather than taking the expensive choice to visit abroad, having van styling accessories can be added to make your adventure easier! So, if you want to explore breathtaking coastal areas or a more secluded and quiet place, Wildworx offers various different accessories and looks for your van no matter the occasion! If you want to find out more view our van conversion accessories.
What are Alloys?
Alloy wheels are wheels that are formed from an alloy of magnesium or aluminium. Typically, they are of a greater strength than pure metals due to the different atom sizes. Having alloy wheels comes with many different benefits, such as being lighter. This allows for quicker acceleration and the ability to stop faster. Another added benefit that comes with alloy wheels is that they also improve the appearance of the vehicle. For some of you, the cosmetic display of your van is hugely important and having alloy wheels will give you the ability to advance the appearance majorly. Alloy wheels can come in many different impressive designs which add character to your T6 and make it more visually appealing. So whether you want quicker acceleration or a stunning finish to your VW transporter, alloy wheels are the ones for you!
What are side bars?
Not only do side bars boost the appearance of your T6, they come with many constructive advantages. One of the main advantages of adding side bars is that it allows easier access into your VW. This is extremely helpful when you are with people of different age groups who may struggle when trying to enter the van. Side bars can also have non-slip pads added to them to allow you to access your van safely and comfortably, which can be highly advantageous when weather conditions are not great! They also help preserve the exterior of the van when driving along as the side bars prevent road debris from hitting and scratching your van. Appearance wise, side bars can help give your van a more attractive and contemporary look making your T6 stand out from the crowd! As the attractiveness of your van is hugely important to some of you, adding side bars is highly recommended.
Do I need side bars for my T6?
It is highly recommended to add side bars onto your T6 not only for protection but also to enable easy and safe access into your van. If you are travelling with small children or anyone who may struggle getting themselves into a T6, it would be ten times more convenient to have side bars added. This will quickly take away the hassle of struggling to climb into your van and make your journey run much more smoothly.
What are roof bars?
A roof bar is a collection of bars attached to the roof of a vehicle. They are generally used to carry large objects such as: bikes, canoes/kayaks, extra luggage or ski equipment. This can be very fitting for many people, whether you are using the van for a holiday or a business matter, as they allow you to carry more and can even free up some space that may be useful for other purposes in the van. As you can see, there are many different reasons for choosing a roof bar, it is very convenient when travelling. Before purchasing a roof bar for your T6, it is recommended that you make a list of what you will be carrying on your roof bar. This will allow you to find the most suitable roof bar for your journey. To enhance your roof bar, various accessories can be added such as a bar wind deflector. By adding this to your Volkswagen transporter, wind noise will be reduced. A frequently asked question is if roof bars will cause any damage to your T6. If properly fitted and looked after well, roof bars will not damage your VW in any way. Roof bars are not only helpful practical wise, but they also improve the appearance of your T6. This may be something that is desired when buying roof bars for your Volkswagen Transporter.
Are roof bars necessary for my T6?
Having roof bars added to your T6 will make life much easier! It takes away the stress of not being able to fit all your belongings into your van and can also allow for more room in your VW. No matter the adventure you are taking, roof bars will improve your experience significantly! However, to avoid any complications make sure you are aware of the weight limit of your roof bars as this can have an impact on your van.
What are splitters?
Splitters can be added to your T6 to push high pressure air upwards rather than allowing it to pass underneath your van. This means that whilst driving your VW at high speeds, you will have better control over the van due to an increase in traction. Not only do splitters help improve the performance of your van, they also increase the attractiveness of your T6. They can come in many different styles and colours allowing you to pick the one you think will be perfect for your VW! Here at Wildworx, we can help you enhance the performance and cosmetic display of your VW transporter so you can achieve the perfect look!
What is a Coilover?
To put it plainly, a coilover is a spring and damper together as a single component set. That means the spring and the damper have been developed to work together to function as a single unit, this setup was designed to operate as one as opposed to bringing separate parts together you will find you have less issues. There are a fair amount of companies who manufacture aftermarket coilovers for all different types of vans/cars. A lot of these companies develop them to be able to adjust the ride height, firmness of the ride and the chamber can also be changed on some types but only if they are supplied with adjustable top mounts.
Coilovers or Springs?
A lot more can be achieved when the suspension is being converted using coilovers. The obvious difference between springs and coilovers is how low you can drop your T6 Generally the lowest you can go is 45mm. With coilovers on the other hand you are able to achieve a 65mm drop. This is pretty slammed, especially with your VW dropped onto 20 inch alloys. You can get adjustable lowering springs and dampers but these are not as available as adjustable coilovers. You are certainly able to get impressive results with lowering springs or a combination of springs and dampers but they are limited. New springs and dampers will be tested and designed as a pair. They will be firmer and more controlled. If you want that ‘slammed’ look then in our opinion coilovers are the way to go. Lowering your van will reduce body roll and enable your vehicle to stick around the corners.
Springs and shock absorbers can be sold separately but they must match up to the original components of the suspension, a lot of people do not check this and can end up very disappointed when they have to send them back and wait for the correct ones to arrive! One mistake is choosing the lower price point. You may think you are grabbing a bargain but this could cost you quite a bit in the long-run, too hard and the top mounts will perish from a battering from the dampers and you’ll be dealing with a noisy and bumpy ride every time you get in! Cheap coilovers are the main cause of this. Many, many people lower their vehicle too much (yes it looks cool but not practical) this can cause unnecessary and uneven wear to tyres and very costly, again, damaged strut top mounts and a very uncomfortable drive is achievable with this option but rather unwanted. This can all be avoided if you do your research.
If you’re serious about coilovers then you have probably already considered all options and given coilovers some thought. Here at Wildworx we don’t recommend purchasing budget coilovers. As explained above this will be costly in the long run and will sacrifice the ride, seeing as you are most likely going to be venturing quite far in your Camper or Trade vehicle this will not be ideal. There are loads of choices when it comes to coilovers. The ones we stock are Van Slam 5forty. These are not terribly expensive but are great quality and reasonably easy to install. They sit perfectly with 20 inch alloys and the results are gorgeous. We have always had great feedback with these.. Another option is Bilstein’s. These are quite expensive but again are great quality and you won’t be sacrificing comfort with them, we fit a lot of these for our customers.
Do your research!
Fitting upgraded coilover suspension will allow you to transform the look of your car completely and change it depending on where you are travelling or if you are attending a show. Some coilovers come with adjustable top-mounts which enable you to fine-tune the camber on the car/van either for improved handling or an impressive visual. Where adjustability is on offer, you have a lot of very exact control over how your car handles so either yourself or a professional can suit the vehicle to handle as you like. We do have a workshop in Redditch where we can fine tune this for you. It is very achievable for most people to do themselves, you can watch this video of fitting Stance Coilovers to a VW T6.