Building an Adventure Van

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Geek, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. RustySpokes

    RustySpokes Two-bit throttle bum

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    So you have to have the drivers door open to refuel? :huh That's pretty fucking stupid, not only is the filler right next to the door where you will get that stinky ass diesel on your clothes if you spill any on the side of the van. You also have the risk of spilling the shit inside the van if the nozzle burps back or fails to shut off.

    I was a heavy equipment tech for over 12 years, I hate the smell of diesel fuel. :puke2

    On the plus side here is a video of a girl with big knockers showing where the fuel filler door is. :thumb :lol3

    http://vimeo.com/20375770
  2. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    It sure looks like you could close the driver's side door AFTER opening the fuel door. :ear
  3. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I just went out and did a "sunset photoshoot".

    If you don't like sprinter photos you might wanna close your browser now :rofl

    Here's a couple of samples.. I'll sort through the rest later.

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  4. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Tires and Wheels.

    I've received a few messages asking me about the costs involved on the wheels so I figured I'd do the full write up (although I'm kind of afraid to know myself.... :eek1)

    The wheels themselves are the "Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Wheel Alloy". They came in a silver painted finish and were not very expensive.. but everything together added up.

    I bought the wheels, longer lugbots, wheel caps and some valve stems from Genuine Mercedes Parts.

    $384.00 - Four Mercedes Wheels Alloy
    $67.20 - Twenty Four aluminum wheel lug bolts
    $57.60 - Four wheels hubs
    $8.00 - Four valve stems (which it turned out I didn't need because I got the TPMS)
    $133 - shipping :eek1

    Originally I was going to cheap out and not get the Tire Pressure Monitors for each wheel.. but when I learned that there is no way to disable the warning light on the dash.. I sprung for the TPMS.

    I got them from rider fleet products:
    $273.48 - four TPMS sensors.

    I then took the wheels to Woodys wheel works in Denver and got them powder coated for $125 ea.
    $500 - powder coating

    I then took the wheels to Discount Tire and got the BF Goodrich All Terrain T/As (265/75R16 - I read somewhere that the 285s would rub)
    $1070.62 - four tires mounted with road hazard coverage, rotation, etc.

    ...and finally some Rustoleum primer and paint to paint the wheel cap hubs (which are in the garage drying now).
    $8.89 - paint

    Total: (I don't know that I really want to add this up... )

    $2502.79 :huh



    The wheels as they arrived (UPS was NOT kind to the boxes.. but Woody's checked them and they were still true)
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    The miscellaneous - lug bolts, center hubs, etc
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    The Tire Pressure Monitor Sensors
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    The center hub in the stock wheel
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    The wheels back from the powder coater
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    Looking to see what the black wheels looked like with silver center hubs :puke
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    The center hubs primed:
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    The center hubs painted (it'll dry to a satin finish)
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    Holy crap vanity is expensive... but I think they look awesome so to me it was worth it.
    In my mind they've transformed the van from a cargo van to an Adventure Van. :thumb


    some more glamor shots :D
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  5. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    Exactly, once the fuel door is open you close the drivers door. Really is a slick and simple design.


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  6. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    I really did not need to see those wheels. Now my stock wheels just look boring.

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  7. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    Geek, That is looking great. I think you made the best choice in tires as that is what I have run on everything for many years. Of course what do I know? :lol3

    Marc
  8. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I learned a long time ago Marc.. you know lots :deal

    :freaky
  9. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Less than $100 each for factory alloys? That's by far the lowest price I've ever heard of for one. The last time I priced a factory alloy wheel it was over $500 for one.
  10. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Yeah I was shocked.. that website had them onsale for $96 each (although shipping was substantial - but they are heavy so that was to be expected).

    If I'd bought them on the van they would have been substantially more.. and now I have my steelies that I'm going to paint black and get studded snow tires put on for when mother nature lets loose on us in the mountains :thumbs
  11. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to Asphalt!

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    I'll be curious to see how the BF Goodrich All Terrains perform in the snow.

    I hope that you do not regret not getting a dedicated snow tire.
  12. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    I've always loved the BFG All Terrain's in the snow; had them on several vehicles I've owned and they've been awesome. I hope they work as well on the van, but having studded snow tires on extra wheels can't hurt.

    I'll be carrying chains with me for the Stalker Van. :uhoh
  13. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    those bfg at will last as much as 40K on the clock

    nice wheel and tire combo... geek.
  14. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    I recently had the Stalker Van with new BFG AT's on some roads that a 2wd full size van really shouldn't be on, and I can say that it most definitely had MUCH more traction than it had before with the road oriented tires. :thumb
  15. rthuey

    rthuey twist your wrist!!!

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    curious how far the photo shoot was from your house or is that your driveway?
  16. rawdog

    rawdog Been here awhile

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    That Sprinter van is SWEET!!!!

    I also run BFG AT's. My current set on my Toyota Tacoma has, no kidding, 70,000 miles on them and they still look good - a little while to go to the wear bars still. I just keep the alignment good and rotate regularly. Will always stay with the same tires.
  17. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    Thanks for posting that. I'm thinking I'll register the motorhome I'm looking at in NY rather that waiting until I get out West to do it.

    Nevada #6 and Utah #20 :eek1
  18. Geek

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    Less than a mile? I tend to run down to the pond when I want an "empty background" photo :D

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  19. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Center caps are done :thumb

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  20. ian408

    ian408 Oh? Administrator

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    Where ever it is you're moving, you'll want to look into re-registering costs. In California, you have 10 days to register a vehicle once you move here (and it's expensive).

    Geek. The van is looking good.