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  1. Hodakaguy

    1990 Unimog

    In the title, 60k
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Hello Folks, for those who have followed me on my past builds this won't be a surprise :-). Squirrel mode has once again kicked in and our van is now up for sale. I sold the last vehicle to fund an airplane and ended up building the van instead, now I'm selling the van to make the airplane...
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Oh dang! Sorry about that, I'll get it fixed asap. Looks like they have the V coupler with a male end included here: https://amzn.to/3sK95Bb Hodakaguy
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    Pics of your VAN! Post up!

    Early morning sunrise on the back roads. Hodakaguy
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Agreed I do like the mounting solution on the Vancompass sliders better than the Backland units, but that said it came down to asthetics for me. I don't personally care for the look of the VC sliders with the flat plate construction and for how I intend to use them either will be sufficiently...
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    The sliders themselves are steel and rock solid, the mounts will be the weakest point. Normally a slider would be mounted right to a frame, but with the sprinter lacking an actual fame a compromise has to me made. Although the sliders are very stout and very solid I will keep the mounting...
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    It was actually pretty easy. I measured, market out and drilled all 8 of the pinch seam holes on each side. Then put the slider in place and drilled through the slider through the pre-drilled holes, quick and easy. The rest of the rivet nut holes were marked and drilled on an individual...
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Your gonna love them. I took about 6-7 hrs, but that includes time to fabricate spacers and time to remove and re-install both plastic footwells on the driver's and passenger side. Make sure you have a low profile manual rivet nut setter on hand. Hodakaguy
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Continued from above.... The two middle brackets on the drivers side didn't quite match up with the body and left a gap, looks like maybe a slight error in manufacturing. I fabricated some steel spacers to fill the gap and everything fit up nicely. The rear mounts get drilled and...
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Backland Expedition Gear Slider Install. After installing the lift I wanted to install a set of sliders. The sliders offer several benefits: They act as a solid step, protect the rocker panels from damage, protect the side of the van from door dings, can act as bench to sit on or a table...
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Just getting to posting about the sliders, see below for full details :-). Light is definatly better! Hodakaguy
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Beautiful Morning Sunrise.... Travel Light, Travel Fast! Weighted our van this morning, fully loaded for travel (Except clothing and food) and weights in at 7320 lbs total, GVRW is 8550. Not bad as that includes the roof rack, 34" tires, full 47 gallon fuel tank, suspension with 2" lift...
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Continued From Above.... After using the deflators to drop the pressure in the front tires to 25psi It's time to test out the new compressor and manifold to see how long it takes the compressor to air up the two 34" tires from 25 psi to 50 psi. Attaching the air hose to the valve stems...
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Continued From Above.... The controls to the Switch pro are in my headliner, located within easy reach just above the dome light. With the compressor wired and now fully installed I turned my attention to setting up a dual tire inflation setup. This setup will allow me to fill (Or...
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Continued From Above..... I used a 90 Deg air tool and a rotofile bit open up a hole to clear the new wiring, this will allow the cap to snap back in place and protect the terminal from accidental shorts. Shortening the trigger wire harness, only the small section on the bottom will...
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Wiring Time! The wiring that comes with the ARB compressor is quite extensive and includes wiring for diff lockers and a bunch of stuff I won't be needing. I started by removing the wiring that I don't need so I'll end up with a clean harness. Here is a the factory wiring diagram, the red X...
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Continued from above.... And installed. I used Stainless bolts with large washers on the back sides to reinforce the back side of the plastic. I installed another quick connect at the compressor. This gives me the option to plug my fill hose directly into the compressor if anything...
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Time to get the plumbing installed on the air compressor. I stopped by a local industrial supply company and had them make me up a Teflon lined stainless steel braided hose, this hose will be the one that connects to the compressor. With the hose and parts in hand it's time to get started...
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Continued From Above..... Shiny new ARB Twin Compressor ready to be installed. Bolting in the compressor. The vacuum line on the brake booster can easily be re-routed to clear the compressor, just slide the retaining clip from the side of the metal tubing and place it up on...
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    Hodakaguy's 4x4 Sprinter Build

    Next up time to start the air compressor install. I'll be installing a VanCompass mount coupled with an ARB Twin air compressor. This compressor setup will be used primarily for airing up tires after we have deflated them for off road travel. Typical VanCompass....parts came well packaged...
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