Originally Posted by wander
I'm talking to Tim and Timberline Vans about my 4x4 conversion.
I'm considering going with Limited Slip in the rear and lockers (ARB?) up front.
My logic is the LSD in the rear will provide decent traction and control in slick conditions and the lockers up front can be used judiciously when I need help in a tight spot.
Wheels will be 17" Method Race Wheels with Bead Grip and 265/70R17 Hankook Dynapro AT tires (I love these tires).
My mission profile will be forest and mountain roads and routes such as the Enchanted Rockies Trail and Mojave Road. No Rubicon or rock crawling. We plan on driving to Alaska and the Pan American Highway.
I'm pretty ignorant on this stuff, so what are your thoughts?
Tim/Timberline did the 4x4 conversion on my 2008 E350. He pretty much focuses on 4" lift (I didn't want higher anyway) and I went with 275/70-18 at his recommendation. As far as the brand I wanted to favor on-road ride quality/quiet over off-road capability/rugged good look of say a BFG K02.
I went with Hankook DynaPro AT2. I'm a little under 8000lbs and down to 45 psi on the road. Seems to handle fine, no real increase in temp on my Roybi infared gun. I'm happy with the size choice and would most likely choose the same if doing it again. Strictly from a looks standpoint, from some angles, I wish they were a little bigger but again I doubt seriously if I would actually buy bigger. I'm real happy with the axles that Tim sourced for me...10.5 Sterling in the rear with factory electric locker and factory 4:30 gears (no need for spacers either). Dana 60 front 4:30 open diff.
Don't know about the spare tire area fit. i went with a U-Joint floor locker and rear skid plate. My future water tank will likely take up the remaining space on the skid plate. The remaining space for the tank is approx 30"x 14" x 12"