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Old 07-10-2019, 10:09 AM   #331
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It really comes down to weight. Is your build out finished? If so, much does your van weigh?



-Rob @ VC


Hey Rob, our build is standard - like a passenger van with extras. We donít really have any heavy weight in the rear. So to start, we ordered front and rear VC shocks and Mark has been totally awesome so far!! Canít wait to get everything installed and will provide full updates here.

Thanks VC and Mark!!


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Old 07-21-2019, 11:18 PM   #332
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Now that my Sprinter drivetrain has been taken care of I want to improve the ride quality. I am set on the Van Compass system. I am thinking the spring pack, rear shocks and with the front Sumo springs will meet my needs. I could be talked into the full Stage Three package. My dilemma is this. Van Compass is no longer doing installs. I was ready to make the drive.

I need find a local installer. I live in the Hood River area and I haven't found anyone to do this. I really want to deal with a shop that deals that has a lot of Sprinter experience. I am tempted to do the work myself. So my first question is this. Who to go to in the Portland area? Or maybe I should I try the install myself? If I do the work myself I won't do the front shocks. Any recommendations?

Thanks,
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:57 AM   #333
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Now that my Sprinter drivetrain has been taken care of I want to improve the ride quality. I am set on the Van Compass system. I am thinking the spring pack, rear shocks and with the front Sumo springs will meet my needs. I could be talked into the full Stage Three package. My dilemma is this. Van Compass is no longer doing installs. I was ready to make the drive.

I need find a local installer. I live in the Hood River area and I haven't found anyone to do this. I really want to deal with a shop that deals that has a lot of Sprinter experience. I am tempted to do the work myself. So my first question is this. Who to go to in the Portland area? Or maybe I should I try the install myself? If I do the work myself I won't do the front shocks. Any recommendations?

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It's not a highly technical or complex job, the instructions and components that VC supply are excellent. Basically nut and bolts to fit it. If you're uncertain the only concern to me would be the safety aspect. The van needs to be correctly supported whilst you carry out the work.
Failing that you don't need a Sprinter expert, any trustworthy garage can carry out the work.
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:20 PM   #334
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Now that my Sprinter drivetrain has been taken care of I want to improve the ride quality. I am set on the Van Compass system. I am thinking the spring pack, rear shocks and with the front Sumo springs will meet my needs. I could be talked into the full Stage Three package. My dilemma is this. Van Compass is no longer doing installs. I was ready to make the drive.

I need find a local installer. I live in the Hood River area and I haven't found anyone to do this. I really want to deal with a shop that deals that has a lot of Sprinter experience. I am tempted to do the work myself. So my first question is this. Who to go to in the Portland area? Or maybe I should I try the install myself? If I do the work myself I won't do the front shocks. Any recommendations?

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How much wrenching experience do you have? The backs are cut and dry. So are the Sumo's. Front lower mounts are cut and dry, the tops have a bolt that is hard to get at from the back side without a decent set of tools but is doable. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. The front shocks are cake once the mounts are in.

All this said, any suspension shop/4x4 shop/alignment shop should be able to do this. Bring them the instructions and your van and let them quote it. I would guess 3-6 hours of labor for a shop, though it should really only take 2 hours if you have a lift, air tools etc.
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Old 07-22-2019, 09:59 PM   #335
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It's not a highly technical or complex job, the instructions and components that VC supply are excellent. Basically nut and bolts to fit it. If you're uncertain the only concern to me would be the safety aspect. The van needs to be correctly supported whilst you carry out the work.
Failing that you don't need a Sprinter expert, any trustworthy garage can carry out the work.
Itís the safety issue. Dropping the axle on a 8000# vehicle suspended by two points kinda freaks me out.
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:23 PM   #336
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Two words. Jack stands. Solid as a rock.
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Old 07-24-2019, 12:26 AM   #337
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Just some FYI for those that may have remote reservoir Fox shocks... while working underneath I noticed rub marks on the "Fox" decal... I felt the brake line and there was a big wear area where it had been rubbing on the shock body...
Wire loom fixed it but if you have them you may want to check them for yourself...
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Itís the safety issue. Dropping the axle on a 8000# vehicle suspended by two points kinda freaks me out.
Do it on totally flat and solid ground. Chock the wheels, use axle stands.
You're absolutely right to be cautious about this!!
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It’s the safety issue. Dropping the axle on a 8000# vehicle suspended by two points kinda freaks me out.
You are not dropping the axle for the rear shocks. You can do the rears with the van sitting on the ground (I did). Use a jack to support the lower shock eye while you take the bolt out, then lower the jack and let the shock extend. Remove top bolt. To replace, install top bolt, then use the jack to compress the shock into position. Replace lower bolt. Done.

If you are changing leaf packs then yes, you have to support the body of the van to drop the axle. Support both sides of the van and pull both rear tires. Then do one leaf pack at a time, supporting the axle with a jack or stand.

THe front you can do one side at a time, lifting the van with a jack under the transfer case cradel and supporting the van on a jack stand. It gets a little crazy but can be done on even a crooked driveway like mine if you take your time (I have to ramp a rear wheel to level the van enough to not pull the whole front end at once).

Starting here, you place a single jack stand under the side you are working on. If the van is flat enough, it will drop the opposing side's tire back to the pavement. I leave the jack with a very small amount of engagement for some stability, however the van is resting on the three tires and jack stand.

Thats an 11.5" tire for height reference:


You can support the back on the two u-shaped protrusions. Need tall jack stands or some cribbing.


ALways leave your tires under the frame rail/pinch weld/unibody structure of the van. In the event you really screwed the pooch and the van slips, it will hopefully land on the tires and not crush you. YOu can see the tire on the opposite side of the van in the rear shot, there is also one on the drivers side.

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Old 07-26-2019, 12:37 AM   #340
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Replaced front bump stops with summo springs purchased from van compass. Noticeable difference in ride as a result and only took $170 and 10 min to do. Wish I would have done this when I bought the van. I also purchased the adjustable rear shock but have yet to install them. I have a Ď17 4x4 crew with a very light conversion as my daily driver.

I donít dread the RR track crossing anymore on the way to work!


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