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Old 12-06-2018, 10:37 PM   #21
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I had all kinds of plans for suspension upgrades but after I put on better tires and some custom tuned Fox shocks (fairly cheap and easy to install myself), I was completely satisfied with the ride quality.
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Old 12-07-2018, 07:31 AM   #22
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I'm surprised nobody has brought this up yet.... The Sprinter gets a variant of the 4Matic system. The difference being that the Springer can disengage it for RWD operation, while their SUVs keep it active full time.

The 4Matic system is not a traditional transfer case, like the NV 271/273 most trucks and vans get. It uses a planetary differential, similar to that in the leading drive axle in semi trucks. The important thing to understand, is full torque is not available to the front axle. It maintains a 35/65 F/R split. This can limit you in some soft terrain.



A traditional T-case can transmit full torque to either axle, to the point you could drive in FWD if needed.

For bad weather, the 4Matic system will be more stable. But if you end up with poor traction under the rear tires, it's possible to overwhelm it.

Also, change T-Case fluid regularly if you use 4x4 much. My moms GLK earned itself a new T-Case around 50,000 miles (it uses the same unit, for the most part).
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Old 12-08-2018, 04:26 AM   #23
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I would say on our Sprinter 4X4 we're never going to use it for rock crawling or any other true off-road activity. I know full well the vehicle isn't as capable as our TRD Pro 4Runner. But I knew that going in. It's a significant investment, it's heavy, the system isn't designed for heavy off-road use. I think the original Sportsmobile vans are much more capable in that respect.


The Sprinter 4X4 is for snow covered roads for skiing in winter, maybe a logging road that requires me to kick in the 4X4, and heavy rain.


I can bomb up a logging road in my 4Runner at 40MPH and the washboards/potholes don't bother me at all. In the Sprinter, I stop, air down the tires, dial down the Agile Fox shocks, and I still drive no faster than 25MPH.
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