It was more than just a rumor this time. They made an official announcement a few months ago that the 4x4 version was coming to north America. It just makes sense to drop it in Canada first.What a long, strange trip it's been. This is a big day for those of us who heard our first 4WD Sprinter rumor in 2006.
Yep, know that. Longer thread from last March here:It was more than just a rumor this time. They made an official announcement a few months ago that the 4x4 version was coming to north America. It just makes sense to drop it in Canada first.
You know, buddy, a year ago, the smart money would have definitely bet on us doing a new 4WD one. But, unexpectedly, the "stopgap" Sprinter we built last winter is working out really well, so well that it's looking less likely we'll get ourselves the new 4WD. And even if we do, the build we'd do would probably look just like the one we did, as I'm VERY pleased with how the layout and systems are working out for us.Are ya takin' bets on your next Jensen project, Mike? (smile)
Who sells a locking rear for the sprinter?While I am still in the infatuation phase with our low mile '06, I currently would not give up the 5cyl for 4x4. However, I just got my Timbren units today for front and rear, and may change my mind if the suspension firms up. But in the mean time, I am considering rear locker, Aluminess front light bar with hitch mount for removable winch, and years of travel with the savings....
It'll be good if that works out. Back in 2008, Upscale Automotive was set up to use the Oberaigner components in the kit offered by South African company Sportsvans to make Sprinter 4x4s. Upscale was the North American representative and installer of the the Sportsvan conversions, and they got one example built for Tom Tasso (motobueno here on ExPo; trip report of a drive in his Sprinter here: http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/20766-Sprinter-4x4-Trail-Run).Oberaigner offers locking center front and rear diffs for the current Sprinter: http://www.oberaigner.com/en/products/mercedes-benz/sprinter-4x4/