Craig’s G500

craig

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The German army wolf had a steel recovery loop welded to a thick plate that bolts into the rear frame cross member where the hitch goes. I have one that is refinished if you want one.
Thanks for all the additional info. I’m going to take a closer look at those rings. They do look stouter than mist tie downs.

That wolf recovery loop setup sounds interesting. PM me a few details when you have a chance?
 

SSG

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The Coopers do look really nice. I was thinking of Toyo Open Country or BF Goodrich KO2 for my G.
 

craig

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The Coopers do look really nice. I was thinking of Toyo Open Country or BF Goodrich KO2 for my G.
I’ve had 4 sets of BFGs MTs and do like them. The Cooper’s generally get better reviews than either the BFGs or Toyos though, and are a bit less. The Expedition Portal tire review had me leaning towards the regular Cooper Discovers but the basalt rocks are just too hard on the sidewalls up here in the PNW. This was the most conservative tread I could find with a strong sidewall. They drive fantastic on road and off so far. I’d recommend them without considering price, with the lower cost it’s even better.
 

SSG

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Strongly considering them. How do you like that suspension set up you have? I will definitely be doing suspension to mine and definitely want an auxilary tank to help out with range.

I saw a video of stock Mercedes Gs (463) doing the Canning Stock Route back in like 2011 and the major issues they had were with the stock suspensions (many failures) they had a 460 or 461 series as well which made it through with no issues. Andrew St Pierre White (love his vids and content) said in the vid below that the 463 is "Not an overlander", I disagree, obviously in its stock form it had issues with that very hard trek but with modified suspension and tires, kitted out, in my opinion the 463 is a highly capable overlander :) Although he did say that the bad press it received was unfair because the vehicle was in stock form.

 

craig

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Strongly considering them. How do you like that suspension set up you have? I will definitely be doing suspension to mine and definitely want an auxilary tank to help out with range.

I saw a video of stock Mercedes Gs (463) doing the Canning Stock Route back in like 2011 and the major issues they had were with the stock suspensions (many failures) they had a 460 or 461 series as well which made it through with no issues. Andrew St Pierre White (love his vids and content) said in the vid below that the 463 is "Not an overlander", I disagree, obviously in its stock form it had issues with that very hard trek but with modified suspension and tires, kitted out, in my opinion the 463 is a highly capable overlander :) Although he did say that the bad press it received was unfair because the vehicle was in stock form.

Yeah, I saw that video too. Considering all that a vehicle can beed to handle rugged roads/trails a suspension issue is pretty minor and almost always replaced on every vehicle (Jeep, Toyota, Land Rover, ...) to do this sort of thing.

So far I like it. Fox external reservoir shocks are known to be quite good, and rebuildable. The springs were stiff at first but have relaxed with a a few miles of washboard/trail and is now a nicer ride than stock. I haven’t had a chance to see how well the vehicle articulates yet.
 

MitsyMonty

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Awesome to see another G being off-roaded in the PNW! We should hit the trails sometime :)

Curious what shop (if any) has worked on your G, I've been looking for a competent one in the Seattle area to do some mild upgrades but it'd be nice to find a shop that already has experience working on the 463.
 

craig

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Awesome to see another G being off-roaded in the PNW! We should hit the trails sometime :)

Curious what shop (if any) has worked on your G, I've been looking for a competent one in the Seattle area to do some mild upgrades but it'd be nice to find a shop that already has experience working on the 463.
I’d love to hit the trails. PM me.

So far my friend who’s the Shop Manager at Land Rover Seattle has been helping me with the bigger items. He’s moving though, so I’m also looking for someone.

Craig


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