Originally Posted by Jeffrey
What is that apparatus on the roof?
Is there any option you did not get?
I'm surprised you did not go for the custom grille.
I can't remember the reason you went to S-K for the 4x4. Are you still glad you did?
It's the raysat in motion satellite dish. Works AMAZINGLY well, once it's locked onto a satellite. I can flip a u-turn, navigate around town etc and it hangs onto the signal, unless something comes between the van and the satellite like a tree or building, then it works to reacquire the signal and usually takes 2-4 seconds. At startup it can take a few minutes to get locked in tho.
I think I didn't get the amphibious conversion package
Also, no stove inside, yet. going to go with a portable and grill and see how that works, but have it built to house a diesel cooktop like the badgers got if I really feel like I need it and want to put up with it.
I was supposed to get the grill at SMBW when I picked up the van, but somewhere along the way it fell off the build sheet. Now I'm not sure if I'll get it after all or not, the factory grill is starting to grow on me
The main reasons I went with S&K were:
1. flexibility of design - coil-springs in the front and tire size were no problem for S&K as well as other 4x4 details.
2. Price - dollars for donuts, S&K was about 25% cheaper all around. I ended up spending the same amount with S&K but I ended up with a lot more.
I would absolutely go with them again, but there is
room for approaching the situation with patience and forethought. They definitely seem to know their stuff with regards to suspension and drivetrain setup. The 4-way airbags were a first for them I think, and there were some other little issues. I'm going to do a post-mortem post when I'm done working with them (after I come back from vacation next week) to come full circle on the experience; there are still a few parts to be installed like the body armor and skidplates underneath, and a larger compressor tank. I will definitely say again that of all the different providers I worked with on the project so far, Craig at S&K definitely 'got' my vision and worked to make suggestions toward that goal more than anyone, with a close second going to Rob at Integrated Audio.