That would definitely have been a problem if we wanted to match the overall width of the factory Rover axles. The centerline of the steering kingpins is virtually the same as the Rover swivel balls, and overall we're only about 7" wider than stock axles at the WMS. We'll get some of that back with 7" backspaced wheels, so the track width shouldn't be too crazy.Those are sick!
I guess I never really thought about it, but i didn't realize that the steering knuckles were INSIDE of the portals. That's going to make clearancing for tires/turning radius interesting to say the least.
Portals are great as far as ground clearance but definitely NOT as far as reliability!!!!I have had two vehicles with portals and they are fantastic. Did not think that they were available for LRs but it is a favorable improvement as far as clearance and reliability.
What kind of failures are people experiencing on the MB portals? The Tibus portal boxes we initially explored as an option had an available temperature sensor upgrade, which made me wonder if they were having overheating issues at sustained speed.I can comment re 1st and 2nd hand Report’s about portal reliability. I have had a high but not perfect level of reliability in 99600mi. Other owners particularly with previous owners have done worse. If there’s one area of trouble with Unimogs it’s the portals.