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Old 07-13-2019, 01:10 AM   #1
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what is this wheel setup?

Anyone know what this setup is for wheels/axles/whatever? The wide stance on these wheels looks pretty rad.

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Old 07-13-2019, 09:01 AM   #2
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It's just wheels with either a lot off backspacing, or they had adapter made to use domestic truck wheels. There's zero benefit to this especially up front. You have a huge scrub radius with this, introducing a form of bump steer as a result, and are adding extra loading to relatively lightweight wheel bearings, and generally fubar-Ing the suspension kinematics. Not to mention likely clearance issues at full lock.

If this had a solid front axle conversion, it wouldn't be as bad. But that looks like stock IFS.

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Old 07-13-2019, 09:26 AM   #3
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Yep ^^^^ All that and the added disadvantage of throwing mud ALL over your rolling house all the time. You hit a tiny puddle and any effort at a clean van is toast. Doesn't matter to some but I wash my vehicles so infrequently that I hate this with wider wheels.

I can't believe someone has 'skateboarded' a Sprinter. The future is not bright.
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Old 07-13-2019, 09:35 AM   #4
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Yeah, I have to say I can't stand when people do that to any vehicle. The wrong backspacing can add a lot of extra stress to ball joints and steering components, and in a number of places you can get written by LEO for having the tires sticking out that far, kicking up rocks to everyone behind you.

IMO, its usually people buying the wrong rims (off Craigslist) and just slapping them on their rig.

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Old 07-13-2019, 12:04 PM   #5
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Got it, thanks.
Still, the kid in me thinks it looks dope!
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:19 PM   #6
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This is a vancompass kit with 30mm spacers all the way around.
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Old 07-13-2019, 03:56 PM   #7
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Thumbs up for style points fer schure but not practical.
In most states it's illegal to have tread protruding past the fender.
Back in the day, fender flares, usually hacked off a Gremlin, made do.
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Old 07-21-2019, 03:49 PM   #8
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All the above are valid reasons not to install that set-up.
In California it would be illegal for street use.

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