Errr...as in it couldn't have been much fun with using the bucket. Amazing you got them fitted though.
I wouldn't know as I purchased the Portal axle kit through an off road company in the phillipines for way less ($15K) than Wolfgang was offering (+$25K). They didn't come with the mentioned brakes, had to purchase those separately.Errr...as in it couldn't have been much fun with using the bucket. Amazing you got them fitted though.
Brutus is amazing, huge kudos!!
I thought Wolfgang said that 290GD brakes came with the portal kit? Supposedly they were the best Mercedes brakes he's ever tested(I suppose he means that would fit under a 16" wheel, as the larger AMG sedan brakes are even better I'd imagine).
Hmm, not sure why they were that much direct from Tibus. When he quoted me in '11, they were only ~$13k USD at that time;I wouldn't know as I purchased the Portal axle kit through an off road company in the phillipines for way less ($15K) than Wolfgang was offering (+$25K). They didn't come with the mentioned brakes, had to purchase those separately.
Currently working on the interior, setting up Sat phone, Laptop stand for my toughbook, etc.
Hmm, not sure why Tibus portals increased in price so much.Maybe there were including service with the portals but everyone I contacted was north of $20K for both axles. I know when I contacted ORC they do the whole axle exchange thing. LeTech in the US charges over $20K spoke with Bill directly and ORC referred me to him on Portals.
I assume so, wouldn't want just 2.Was your Tibus price for all 4 portals? I swear I emailed Tibus directly for pricing and it was high. Could be markup as that is the case with any G wagon accessory/mod.
We've mounted quite a few at our shop. Installation is very quick with hand tools. We do use an impact to just get the nuts down on the first round before switching to the torque wrench. I've done both kinds of tire dismount and mount on trail and I would pick the Hutchinson over doing it with irons. The key is using proper tools to pull the face of the rim up off the bead. This can be done in one minute and same goes with the back side. If you've done a few you get a bit of a system down to get it off and on. Practice practice!The theory vs. practice argument is very valid here...in fact, I installed all 4 of my Hutchs in person with a friend...well, until we had to take all 4 of them to a professional tire shop to use the press and other tools to best install, align, etc...everything.
A normal rim would be easier to mount in the field in my opinion with the addition of the tire irons or that handy tire install tool...
Not sure if you've un mounted and mounted a Hutchinson before, but there's not effort in doing so aside from lifting the tire off the barrel. It's very quick to pull the face off with soap water and levers. Just walk the two levers up and down opposite from each other and do so around the rim between the tire then after one full revolution the face pops up and the same for the bottom. Tire comes off and fold and pull out the inner bead. Fold and push in the inner bead and roll the tire to have the inner bead sit perfectly in the middle of the tire, plop the tire on the barrel, push the face on and zing on the nuts to the long studs then go after the shorter studs in criss cross, then after 90ft, torque down. One wheel can have a tire swapped in less than 5 minutes off vehicle.i'll race a hutch guy with a standard rim and two nice tire irons with soap.
we'll do it for pinks, man. i may even use my backup foot pump.
the hutch value is the dot beadlock that gives you piece of mind at 12psi. if youre not airing that low, its an ego thing, right jeremy?