Might you have any underside pics? Its pretty important given European history. Let us know if you can share. Also interested in photos under/behind the quarter panel with the different paint readings
Shows just how strong that 55k bid was on the previous attempt.
Seller prolly should have taken it.
Oh well. On to the next!
@Clau73 Appears to not have made reserve? So is the car still for sale? price?
it does have a rather interesting location for the rear DOT side marker lights but I guess it keeps em dry !
@BlueridgeMB . Good point about VT
For VT......do they make you bring the car to the DMV office or at least go in person to the physical office? (ie tough for someone in CA). I was reading their site recently and I thought it at least required a person to go to physical DMV not do remote
(whereas south dakota and MT is by mail / fax / email only)
@Clau73 . Good work showing the lockers actuating, much better video.
did they have any trouble turning off? (sometimes they can get a little sticky if not used often, nothing major)
BTW if you want to do a "useable" overland build then stick with G500 or G550. G550 with correct progressive rate springs, 33-35" tires aired down to 12-22 psi, running boards removed, and maybe a front winch bumper is about all you need to do 99.9% of any trail in USA. Rock sliders and rear bumper that can support weight of car nice options but not required.
@Jdugally As a 49 state gray mkt car it would take hiring on a CARB certified conversion and testing lab in order to go thru the process. The cost is about $8-14k depending on who you use, and timing. I say timing because pricing is not set in stone and when demand is higher we see higher prices asked and longer wait times.
Video does not show lockers engaging. Hitting the buttons and getting orange light only shows nothing. In order to actuate lockers, you need to be on loose ground only. First you activate center and get it to lock, meaning, the red light on the right of the switch will light up, and your ABS will be shut off. Now you are in 50/50 split mode and you will feel it (heavier steering, but better pointing and tracking of front end on turns in loose material, etc). Then you actuate rear locker, orange light first, then (while rolling as slow as the truck goes) you allow to engage, and red light will show on right of switch. Then you will be able to really feel difference, dragging in the back on turns in the loose, but major forward traction. Lastly, you test the front. This will seriously take away steering ability, so you do it while going straight. Same thing, its not locked until you see red light to right of switch, then you will feel incredibly difficult steering resistance. You are now triple locked. Do the reverse order to take off the system, turn off front first, then rear, get them to be off entirely, then center, no lights, you will feel difference back to normal split and unlocked diffs.
Reshoot the video. Just trying to help as it appears who whomever demonstrated in the video does not understand how the car functions.
Flushing the locker hydraulic system is required every 3-4 years, as is changing the diff and t-case fluids, that is why I had asked before. Answer in regards to dealer doing maintenance that appears needed would be irrelevant as these don't appear unless empty or fluid is black, so with out a record, in order to benchmark, all fluids should be flushed.
Two other questions that came up was whether or not the front and rear driveshafts were replaced or their u-joints when the vehicle was fit with the thor springs? Are there any vibrations felt at various speeds? Thank you!
Have things in the service manual been addressed? The below are the normal service items, nothing overly crazy, that are needed on every G every few years.
ie: flush diff fluids, flush t-case fluid, lube knuckle housings, lube and balance driveshafts, re-pack CVs on center cardan shaft, axle outer seals and bearings, and has the wiring harness been checked out (1993-1995 very problematic due to plastics used at this time). Diff locker system flush and bleed, and sliding lockers excercised? Power steering box adjusted? Coolant flushed? Replace with appropriate MB coolant ? Transmission flush and filter? Thank you for insights on these so we can know what to budget for. Great looking truck and fairly special Brabus package. GLWTS
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