Sirus We-can VW Caddy Maxi ‘Life’
Page 2 Introduction
Flat tyres / Vehicle jacking
Page 3-4 Opening / Closing Rear End
Removal of Parcel Shelf & Rear Bench Seat
Page 5-6 Folding Ramp – Opening & Closing
Page 7-9 Wheelchair Securing System
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Welcome to your new car, as you can understand, the vehicle has been heavily modified from
the original factory specification to suit your specific needs. The construction methods and
materials used during the conversion have been selected to increase to longevity of the
vehicle and create a conversion which gives a ‘from factory’ feel.
There are some additional features and operations within this vehicle which have been added
in this manual so as to make general running and operation as easy as possible.
The following information has been put together as an overview of the extra features which
you need to familiarise yourself with before operation.
The Sirus We-can has a dramatically lowered rear floor pan which is part of the design to
create easy entry and exit to the vehicle.
During general driving you will not notice any difference with the handling of the vehicle; we
have modified the rear suspension from factory to allow for a more comfortable ride. We
suggest that when approaching speed bumps etc, your speed is reduced (as would be
necessary anyway) to avoid any unnecessary grounding of the vehicle (although this would
only happen possibly on extreme cases)
Flat tyres / jacking the vehicle
During the conversion of your car, a large portion of the original vehicles interior floor area
was removed to allow for the dropped floor area. This in turn means the area for the exhaust,
fuel tank and spare wheel etc has been taken away, therefore there is no current storage for
the spare wheel on your vehicle without compromising your access to the car. As a result
should a puncture occur during an outing, a Tyreweld Puncture Repair device has been
provided for your convenience which seals the punctured area and inflates the tyre to allow
you to complete your journey.
Due to the nature of the conversion on the We-can, the original exhaust system is replaced
with a full custom Stainless Steel exhaust system, which should last the life* of the vehicle
*consumable parts such as exhaust support rubbers will perish over a long period of time.
Again, due to the extensive conversion your vehicle has undergone, the We-can has a
specially designed fuel tank to suit the profile of the underside of the car. As a result the fuel
tank has a maximum capacity of 75+ Litres (compared to the original VW Caddy tank @ 60
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Opening / Closing Rear End
The rear of your We-can Caddy is where the majority of our conversion is concentrated, but
we have made every effort to make the exterior of the car look as standard as possible. For
engineering and practical reasons we have located the locking mechanism and centre
bumper section to the tailgate. As a consequence to this increased the physical weight of the
tailgate. To counteract this we have increased the power on the gas struts to help balance it’s
weight when lifting and closing. Should there be a problem with this part of the vehicle please
contact Sirus direct on 0121 505 7777.
The tailgate open/close mechanism has not been adapted from factory; the standard handle
is used in the conventional manner to open the tailgate (as shown above)
Removal of Parcel Shelf & Rear Bench Seat
The rear parcel shelf is used in the same manner as VW intended, when the ramp is folded
away the shelf can still be used to keep personal belongings out of site etc, removal is a
simple case of lifting and pulling towards you to release locater pins on shelf.
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The rear bench seat is removed in the following manner; firstly pull the tabs to fold the back
rest down flat.
Then pull the lower tabs either side of the bench where the seat meets the vehicle floor, this
will release the bench seat as a whole unit
It can then be removed by lifting the unit (beware the seat is a heavy unit) Once the seat
unit has been removed you will notice the false floor panel, this is simply pulled out and up to
remove from the vehicle.
To reinstate the seat and floor please follow the reverse procedure.
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Folding Ramp – Opening and Closing
The ramp on the We-can has been designed to be as easy to use as possible. It features a
gas strut assisted release to help reduce the effort required to fold in and out. To release the
ramp on the We-can, firstly grab with the left hand the inner most part of the ramp; secondly
turn the handle ‘downwards’ as illustrated below to release the latch;
The ramp can then be simply ‘walked out’ to its fully deployed position;
Once in this position, a wheelchair can be loaded in to the rear compartment with confidence.
Please note it is advisable to open the ramp on a flat surface each time if possible to
ensure safety of operator and chair user.
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The ‘close’ procedure is a reverse exercise of the opening sequence, simply lift the ramp with
the 2 handles as shown, the ramp will naturally want to close into itself; once in the closed
position a simple hand push on the outer most face of the ramp will ensure the 3 way lock
engages and stores the ramp safely.
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Wheelchair Securing System
To ensure the operation of the We-can is as effortless as possible, we chose the Q’straint
lock-down system with 3 point seatbelt. The following instruction will guide you through the
system and make sure the chair is secured in a safe and reliable manner;
When the chair user is ready to enter the vehicle (manual or power chair) the release button
on the nearside rear arch cover needs to be powered to release the front belt points (once
pressed the yellow light will illuminate as a sign the system is ready for use)
Once the belts have been activated the operator can then pull them out from their reel system
and the front hooks attached to the transportation area on the front of the chair.
Once you are happy the front securing hooks are in position the switch on the inner arch
panel can then be ‘switched off’ this will then only allow the reel system to wind in to put
tension on the chair for the front securing setup. (Please note it is self tightening, so once the
chair is fully in and the vehicle is motion, the reels will continue to tighten if there is any play
with the chair)
The chair can then be walked into the vehicle (if manual) or driven in (if powered) to the
desired position within the rear section of the vehicle, the user / operator must ensure the
chair is well forward enough to allow the rear tie-down straps to be fitted and tightened.
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Once the chair is in a satisfactory forward position, the rear straps can then be fitted. They
operate on a simple quick-release mechanism to aid the speed of fitting each and every time.
There are 2 points at the rear of the dropped floor which are obviously placed and large in
diameter to aid even the most limited of dexterity.
Once the strap mechanism is in place depress the button as illustrated above, this will release
the reel and allow the hooks to be placed on the rear locater points on the chair. Once these
have been placed in position they can be locked tighter manually by using the rotation knobs
on the side of the locking unit (as illustrated below) this will take any slack out the strap
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Once the 2 rear straps have been tightened up, the chair is independently secured to the
vehicle floor in a safe and tested manner. The next procedure is to attach the chair user’s 3
point seatbelt. The first part is to affix the right hand side (buckle side) to the rear right strap
(as illustrated below)
The belt is simply offered over the receiver point, placed onto the nipple and pulled upwards
to secure in to position, once this in place the buckle end can then be placed around waist of
The shoulder belt can then be placed around other side of chair user and secured in position,
the shoulder strap can be adjusted from the rear by the operator to ensure the belt sits on the
users shoulder to give the best operation during travelling and eliminate any slack in the belt
system. Once this has been achieved the passenger should be comfortable and ready to
proceed with their onwards journey. The ramp is simply folded away as explained previously
and the tailgate shut and secured.
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