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    G550 Radiator

    https://www.mercedesbenzstarparts.com has OE for around $1K
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    Mechanic Colorado Springs

    Basically an S class drivetrain. What issues are you struggling with? I do all my own work and really don't trust mechanics for the most part. Often the dealership has the worst. Indy mechanics are usually the better option.
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    2014 G550 expedition build

    OE mercedes spring tubes. With some WD 40, a heat gun and a pry bar they can be worked onto the ORC springs. I found that it gets rid of the spring chatter at low speeds and turning that I had previously running aftermarket springs without the tubes. No tubs on the rears but no chatter.
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    2014 G550 expedition build

    Thor springs have been pulled and replaced with ORC heavy version on My G500 05! Made a world of difference in drivability. Front only dropped about .5" vs the Thor springs and is still a hair high compared to the rear but its perfect when the front winch is mounted. Rear maintained about the...
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    Braid Winrace S 17*8 ET33 for mercedes G

    Yeah. I'm super happy with the Winrace S wheels. Braid said they can fix the mounting pad depth on future orders as well so that the OE lugs work, would just need to specify that at order along with my other specs. Great wheels so far and no downsides that I'm aware of.
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    2014 G Project

    Also get some SEM rust seal and a hypodermic needle and inject it into the rust bubbles. Should slow it down at least. You don't want that to continue!
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    2014 G Project

    Yeah it looks like yours are missing. They just stick on with adhesive tape so its likely not a difficult fix. Curious though on why they would be missing. Windshield rust could have been the driver for removing them I suppose. Post some close up pics as I would like to understand this problem...
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    Mini Restore (deferred maintenance) and new toys for my 05 G500 Grand Edition

    Swapped the Thor G10 17" wheels over from my 14 since I liked the Braid Winrace S 17s better for the newer truck.
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    2014 G550 expedition build

    I'll try to snap some pics and take measurements on the 05 before pulling the Thors. Effectively the front rides about 30mm higher than my 14 rig yet the rear is about the same. I've got the steel tow pin bumper and a warn xps9.5 with synthetic line on it. I've also got the steel rear bumper...
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    2014 G Project

    Congrats! A 2014 550 is a great modern G and being pre turbo/adjustable suspension it keeps you safer mods too. I really love my 14 550 build. Regarding wheels/tires, I would strongly recommend getting to a 17" and into a C or D rated BFG k02 tire as the best combination on this truck for...
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    2014 G550 expedition build

    Love the suspension setup with ORC/Ohlins on my 14 G550! I'm actually pulling the Thor springs off my 05 G500 to run ORC on that truck as well since its a much better ride height for my setup. ORC doesn't muck up the suspension geometry so bad, Thor is like 70mm lift in front and rides about the...
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    2014 G550 expedition build

    Decided to run the new Custom Braid winrace S on the 14 and swap the Thor G10s to my 05. The G10s are forged but the benefits end there. G10s are not DOT compliant, Don't work with the OE carrier, Not TPMS compliant although I was able to rig them with TPMS sensors. Custom Braid Winrace S...
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    Braid Winrace S 17*8 ET33 for mercedes G

    Custom Braid Winrace S 17*8 ET25 in anthracite milled for OE caps Mounted on my 2014 G550: DOT Compliant Weigh approx 27.5lbs each (~81.5lbs with tire) TPMS sensors worked perfectly Mercedes OE caps fit perfectly Required 37mm Mercedes ball seat lugs as the mounting pads were more shallow than...
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    Braid Winrace S 17*8 ET33 for mercedes G

    Nothing really solution wise from Braid but I asked what was possible for future orders to make everything work with stock 45mm lugs. I sourced H&R Merc ball seat lugs in 14-1.5 37mm that should do the trick.
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    Braid Winrace S 17*8 ET33 for mercedes G

    Got the custom Braid Winrace S wheels for my 05 G500 today (17*8 ET25). Looks like its right at 27.5 lbs. Ball seats are installed however its looking like I'll need to run 38mm shank lugs vs the OE 45mm lugs as the seat is more shallow than the OE wheels by about 7mm. OE hub caps fit...
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    Craig’s G500

    I'm Also in the PNW. Down in Portland OR. I've got a buddy also doing a G build currently that's up in Seattle. We should try to get a group trip going in OR/WA sometime.
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    Land Cruiser converts, please weigh in on your post-conversion thoughts

    The Gs are built like tanks. Remove the bling and lift 2-3 inches and they're absolutely amazing. Smaller form factor than a 100 cruiser too. I had a 2001LX 470 for several years before going to a G500 about 10 years ago and never thought twice about the switch. I do all my own mechanic work so...
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    G500 Ohlin + Thor Spring Lift

    Ohlins/ORC on my 2014 G550
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    G500 Ohlin + Thor Spring Lift

    I would recommend the Ohlins L version (for lifted trucks) with ORC heavy springs. Jackwagon overlanding has some of the best prices I've seen for Ohlins. I'm running this combo on my 14 G550 and it's great! Mike Horn used Ohlins on his trucks for his around the globe expedition! On my 05 G500...
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    Mini Restore (deferred maintenance) and new toys for my 05 G500 Grand Edition

    The main box is fully assembled. There is a G500 platform kit that you assemble that includes the ears and mounting points.
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