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Old 06-10-2009, 06:05 PM   #1
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A real 4x4 Sprinter

Now I'd consider this (perhaps with slightly smaller tires).

http://www.4x4offroads.com/mercedes-ben ... -inch.html

His mileage works out to 14.7MPG which isn't bad. May be light on available power though.

Pretty impressive build.

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Old 06-10-2009, 06:59 PM   #2
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Re: A real 4x4 Sprinter

As soon as I saw that picture, I guessed it was from Iceland. They make some serious off roaders, and usually with the largest tires possible. Impressive stuff. Must have something to do with the long winters.


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Re: A real 4x4 Sprinter

Very Cool!
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:15 AM   #4
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Re: A real 4x4 Sprinter

Check out Larus' post on the Hop Swiss thread in the Homebuild section, the same van is pictured with Ford vans too...
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Re: A real 4x4 Sprinter

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Now I'd consider this (perhaps with slightly smaller tires).

http://www.4x4offroads.com/mercedes-ben ... -inch.html

His mileage works out to 14.7MPG which isn't bad. May be light on available power though.

Pretty impressive build.

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I like the Sprinters... but comparing it to the full frame Ford E-350, the Sprinters are unibody, thus I can see why he did all that structural welding. I don't think unibody is recommended for a 4x4 machine.
Then again, the newer Landcruisers from 98' on are unibody compared to the older 97 and below which are real full frame trucks..
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:17 PM   #6
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Re: A real 4x4 Sprinter

The Sportvans that Frank Herber does in South Africa have IFS 4x4, mostly with factory Ober-Ichner (SP?) parts. He's said several times that the unibody can't take a solid axle swap in.

Since the majority of the 4x4 Sprinters done in the US are simply one-off solid axle swaps I'd be curious to hear what the results are from real world use.
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Re: A real 4x4 Sprinter

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The Sportvans that Frank Herber does in South Africa have IFS 4x4, mostly with factory Ober-Ichner (SP?) parts. He's said several times that the unibody can't take a solid axle swap in.

Since the majority of the 4x4 Sprinters done in the US are simply one-off solid axle swaps I'd be curious to hear what the results are from real world use.
Solid axel on unibody is not a problem friend of mine has Jeep Grand Cheeroke on 46" tires and it works fine and its street legal and here are few Chevy Astro on 35" to 44" tires and solid front axle ,and i have fabricated Ford Aerostar on 44" tires and 6.2 gm diesel
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Re: A real 4x4 Sprinter

Larus,
I would like to see some photos of the Grand Cherokee and others. Can you post some up to your gallery here? That would be great.

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Re: A real 4x4 Sprinter

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Now I'd consider this (perhaps with slightly smaller tires).
http://www.4x4offroads.com/mercedes-ben ... -inch.html
I was with them until they went and added that spoiler. Ugh!



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Old 06-24-2009, 06:20 PM   #10
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Re: A real 4x4 Sprinter

Ok i can find some pics
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