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Old 02-28-2017, 09:29 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by ccw3432 View Post
Something you may want to look into if you're planning to travel to Mexico with the Sprinter. The diesel fuel that is available in Mexico is not recommended for the newer Sprinters due to the sulfur content. The emission system apparently can't handle it well. From what I have read I wouldn't take a newer Sprinter to Mexico. I'm not an expert on it but I'd look into before you make a purchase.
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Old 02-28-2017, 08:31 PM   #12
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The 35" tires I referenced earlier turned out to be a project done by Van Compass. Brian at SMB mentioned it, but I didn't originally catch that VC was doing it. In addition to the taller tires, they give the vehicle an extra 2" lift beyond the factory lift the 4x4 already gets. The taller tires together with the extra lift would increase both clearance as well as approach and departure angles.

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Old 03-01-2017, 01:23 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by carringb View Post

Crew cab pickups are all 170+" wheelbases, but they also start with an extra foot+ of gound clearance.

That may be the perception, but when I looked at the specs, the RB 144 sprinter 4x4 has the same min ground clearance (8"), better approach and departure and break over angles than the Ford F250 SD 4x4 supercab pickup that has a similar 142" wheelbase. The Sprinter 4x4 raises the body 3.5-4" which is higher than a stock F250 4x4.

Sprinter 4x4:
AA-28 deg
DA- 27 deg
BA- 25 deg

F250 4x4
AA- 20.1 deg
DA- 18.5 deg
BA- 19.8 deg

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Old 03-01-2017, 05:31 PM   #14
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Keep in mind that SMB is hesitant to build on the 170" WB if it is SRW. The weight becomes too much (unless you are going with an exceptionally light build) and they almost insist on DRW. Dualies can be a problem off road because rocks can jam between the tires and cause blowouts. They are hoping that Super Singles become an option on the 170" 4x4 next year, but even SS have the disadvantage of not airing down well.

This can protect DA drag on pavement, but is likely useless off road:


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