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Old 05-07-2014, 05:17 PM   #3376
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We love all of the Highway Dirtbikes stuff... I've had it on 6 bikes so far.

This story is to be continued.. We are in the process of (hopefully) buying a home that has a "Sprinter Workshop".
If it happens... the project will continue in an enclosed environment that is going to allow me to do a lot of things I wouldn't be able to do otherwise (color change anyone? )

I'm also on the fence between buying another set of BFG AT tires and siping them for more traction or trying the Duratrac Wranglers with siping and studs (the new house is in the mountains at 7800 feet and getting up the driveway is going to be a big issue come winter )

Hopefully I can make it through the summer on what remains of these:


Sweet! I've been missing all the updates on this van.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:57 PM   #3377
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I'm also on the fence between buying another set of BFG AT tires and siping them for more traction or trying the Duratrac Wranglers with siping and studs (the new house is in the mountains at 7800 feet and getting up the driveway is going to be a big issue come winter )
The Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor tires are real winter-rated (mountain/snowflake symbol) tires marketed as A/T tires. I have them on my Land Rover and they're quieter and more surefooted than the BFG A/T's that I've had in the past.
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:04 PM   #3378
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deuce and a half camper

i see your adventure van, and raise you a home made deuce and a half camper van/rv....with gun locker, hot/cold water, you name it.
it's worth the read :)
http://www.militarytrucks.ca/rv_project.htm
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Old 05-08-2014, 03:16 PM   #3379
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The Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor tires are real winter-rated (mountain/snowflake symbol) tires marketed as A/T tires. I have them on my Land Rover and they're quieter and more surefooted than the BFG A/T's that I've had in the past.
+1 I have them on my 2005 Sprinter Westfalia and with 30k miles they still have half tread depth left.
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Old 05-08-2014, 03:32 PM   #3380
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50K service was performed today.

There is a problem with the EGR again. 30K ago it was the valve itself - this time apparently the chamber after the valve needs cleaning out. It presents itself in a slight off idle stumble/backfire every once in a while. I need to bring it back in next Tuesday for them to warranty repair it. They are also going to take a look at the rust spots on the rear doors and potentially fix that under warranty too.

I had to run up to the house today - here's the picture of the Sprinter's potential new workshop
(there is another 2 car garage and workshop as well off camera right).

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Old 05-08-2014, 03:47 PM   #3381
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Nice looking place! Looks like that garage door will fit the sprinter? Or is that just an illusion due to the angle?

Also, thanks to the guys with the tire info. Planning on replacing my sprinter tires this week, fronts are worn badly on the outside edges. A smart man would have been rotating them to get even wear. Either way, been wanting something with more mud/snow traction and sounds like those goodyears are just the thing.

Looking like an alignment check is in order as well given the wear.
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Old 05-08-2014, 03:51 PM   #3382
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My Sprinter with awning and big tires is about 9'6". The workshop behind the Sprinter has an 11 foot door. There is room inside for a few sprinters :) The garage off camera only has a regular 2-car-sized garage door

BTW, you likely do NOT need an alignment.

Mine wear like that too - I asked about it and they told me that it is normal. The camber of the vehicle is designed in such a way to deal with the side loads of crosswinds and stuff - a byproduct of this is the outsides of the front wheels wear.

There "official solution" is "rotate your tires more".

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Old 05-09-2014, 07:42 AM   #3383
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I wondered if that might be the case since left and right look like they wore identically.

I have some serious garage envy now.

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Old 05-09-2014, 10:16 PM   #3384
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Building an Adventure garage thread now!!!!!

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Old 05-10-2014, 09:48 AM   #3385
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p.s. The van is going in for its 50K service tomorrow
Curious, how much does MB charge for the 50K service?
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:54 AM   #3386
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Curious, how much does MB charge for the 50K service?
$50k?
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:03 AM   #3387
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The full price is something like $470.
I told them not to fill the DEF and not to fill the Washerfluid as I'd just done both.
That reduced the cost to something like $390.

There were a few little things that I also had them do so the total bill ended up being something like $490.

This was the cheaper of the service schedules... it goes on an A -> B -> A -> B schedule
10k = A
20k = B
30k = A
40k = B
50k = A

The B schedule is a few hundred more
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:46 PM   #3388
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Thanks, that's cheaper than a Ducati service!
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:56 PM   #3389
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My Sprinter tires

No to go tire crazy but I wanted to second the experience wit front tire outside wear, particular to the drivers side. I just replaced my originals on my 2012 model which were the Cotinental Vancos, got 43k out of them to the bitter end. I rotate really like clockwork at 5k. But the camber affect definitely is there.

Replaced with standard fare Michelins LTX MS2. Got three sets on my last sprinter through its life with me and 75 to 77k miles was attainable. My opinion on Sprinters off pavement is they get stuck in wet grass so I avoid it. That is until you are in Moab in back country on a red dirt road....and it starts raining!
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:14 AM   #3390
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