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Old 10-19-2011, 08:51 PM   #1
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Hi, Thought you might like to see our new tow and delivery vehicle.



We only recently got it and plan to use it to tow our race cars to events and move tires and wheels around for our parts business. First thing we did was throw some of our wheels on it.



They are 15x7 BRAID Winrace Acropolis rally wheels and are super-strong. We mounted some Yokohama A/T tires in 235/75-15 and are rather pleased with the result. We also mounted up a pair of PIAA driving lights as no self-respecting RALIVAN would be seen dead without some extra lighting.




and of course lots of stickers:




This is one of the cars it will be towing:




Of course we plan a few more modofications but nothing too radical. Just a bit of RALLY-BLING. Mud flaps are a must and we might add a couple more lights to the front. We ordered a Mercedes grill too as the Dodge one is falling off. We are also planning on replacing the dampers with Bilsteins or KONIs and maybe a K&N air filter as well as more stickers.

Although only a 2005 it already has 250,000 miles on it so we won't be flogging it very hard even though it runs great. Already suffering from Sprinter cancer but only surface stuff, mostly around the windshield and right in the middle of some of the body panels. Have to take care of that soon. It needs a windshield anyway so popping this one out and painting the surround will have to be coordinated.

I love driving this thing and am looking forward to many happy miles, some more mods and conversing with fellow Sprinter owners on this forum. BTW you can see bigger versions of the pictures here: http://www.teamilluminata.com./cars/Harvey/ralivan.htm

If you have any suggestions or questions let me know. :)

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Old 10-19-2011, 11:52 PM   #2
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Can you get these wheels in 16" for a T1N and what is their weight rating and price?

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Old 10-20-2011, 12:13 AM   #3
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Can you get these wheels in 16" for a T1N and what is their weight rating and price?

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Actually, yes, I can. And 17"

size offsets* weight price
16 x 7 -25 to 45 25.6 $324
17 x 7.5 -5 to +52 tbd $349
prices are for white. Other colors are +$45.



I've asked the factory for the load ratings.
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Actually, yes, I can. And 17"

size offsets* weight price
16 x 7 -25 to 45 25.6 $324
17 x 7.5 -5 to +52 tbd $349
prices are for white. Other colors are +$45.



I've asked the factory for the load ratings.
Load rating 1265lbs. Seems low for such a strong wheel.[EDIT] Actually Load rating 1540lbs for the 15" and 1760lbs for the 16" and 17".



On this car the wheels and tires were the only things that survived the roll intact.
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The team Dynamics Rimfire we put on my friend's van are rated at 2750lbs though.

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Actually, upon further investigation"

Load rating 1540lbs for the 15" and 1760lbs for the 16" and 17".
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Load rating 1540lbs for the 15" and 1760lbs for the 16" and 17".
Not sufficient for a Sprinter.

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Not sufficient for a Sprinter.

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Yes, I was thinking that. What do they need to be?
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Now the van is officially the Michigan RALIVAN



Also got a Mercedes grill today:



Had to peel off the hood mounted chrome strip after bolting it in place. Left a terrible mess of goop that took half a can of Goop Off and a gallon of elbow gease to remove.



but worth it







OK, needs a chrome Mercedes star and apparantly theres a trim that goes round it too.
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A bit more Mercedes bling arrived over the weekend:

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