Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #11  
Old 11-11-16, 15:54
Alexhoc Alexhoc is offline
Van Guru
Official MemberVW Transporter
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Harrogate
Posts: 177
Default Re: LT or Crafter?

Oh, I meant to add, I'll be going for a broadly similar set up to yours Beast, except I want my blackbird to fit under the bed.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #12  
Old 11-11-16, 16:21
TheBeast's Avatar
TheBeast TheBeast is offline
Van Man
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: London
Posts: 29
Default Re: LT or Crafter?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alexhoc View Post
Thanks Upspex, I didn't realise there was 2 versions of the 2.8, that's good to know.

TheBeast, thanks for the advice, I saw your van on the Crafter forum but haven't been allowed to post yet... How do you find the MPG on the 46? I'm wondering how much the twin-wheel setup affects it... What was your reasoning behind getting the 46 instead of the 35?

I'm happy enough with the cab in the LT to be fair, the Crafter is a nicer place to be but I am planning to upgrade a fair bit in the van anyway so it won't be a big drawback. One thing I would love is cruise control though, it's so nice being able to move my right foot on long journeys!
Hi Alex.

Yes two versions of the 2.8 - the later one has 158 (AUH engine code for the UK market)- the earlier one I think is rated around 130ish. most probably covered in details on other threads on here.

I like the fact it doesn't have an diesel particulate filter fitted as it's only EURO 3 and before this all became mandatory.

I wanted a 46 for nothing other than I like the look and the stance much better - I don't need the extra weight-carrying capacity over a 35 that it brings. (one of the reasons why I wanted a downrated one too).

These things feel rock solid. I like that. MPG is around 30 - a touch more on a run up to around 34-35Mog if you're gentle with it. It's not bad, but of course nowhere near as good as some of the latest vans are getting.

You may not be already be aware, but the gearing is a little shorter on the 46 though so something to watch out for - remember these are legally limited to 56mph from the factory to comply with the laws - so they're shorter geared with smaller 195-section tyres vs the 225s fitted to a LT35. Acceleration is brutal for such a big van, but it runs out of revs around 80Mph if you're daring enough to go that fast.

I plan to change this next week as I'm having 6x Michelin Agilis 225/70/15s fitted all round. This will raise the gearing (rolling circumference) by around 6.6% so will make the cruising at speed more relaxed again.

Cruise control is a valid point too. You couldn't have it with an LT46 at all as far as I'm aware, or if it was available as an option from VW, I've never seen one fitted with it. I've addressed this by recently purchasing a John Gold GC55 cruise control kit. They're a Dutch-based company, and the kit comes complete with a steering-column mounted-stalk to control it. As the LT46 has a mechanical linkage for the throttle (old skool) this is the correct kit.

I've not got around to fitting it yet, but when I have done so, it'll be featured on a forthcoming update on my build over on the LTCrafter forum that you've already noticed by the sounds of it.

Whatever you decide to get - there's plenty to consider !
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #13  
Old 12-11-16, 08:37
upspex's Avatar
upspex upspex is offline
Electrifying!!!
Official TraderVW Transporter
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: NOT on facebook NOT on twitter
Posts: 9,336
Default Re: LT or Crafter?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alexhoc View Post
Oh, I meant to add, I'll be going for a broadly similar set up to yours Beast, except I want my blackbird to fit under the bed.
That aint gonna be easy to get in and out with that amount of head room!

Electrics for camper vans and work vehicles.
www.travelvolts.net

INFO Text call back to 07971 165747 or travelvolts@gmail.com
NO PRIVATE MESSAGES PLEASE!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
  #14  
Old 12-11-16, 12:36
Alexhoc Alexhoc is offline
Van Guru
Official MemberVW Transporter
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Harrogate
Posts: 177
Default Re: LT or Crafter?

Quote:
Originally Posted by upspex View Post
That aint gonna be easy to get in and out with that amount of head room!
I'm staying optimistic!

I found a 2.8lt, 1 owner van that looks clean, full service history, but 180k miles... How much of a risk is that? 2005 model so I'm thinking someone who's driven it that long and that far would have taken care of it?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #15  
Old 17-11-16, 07:00
monkeynuts monkeynuts is offline
Van Guru
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Devon
Posts: 205
Default Re: LT or Crafter?

If the vans tidy then that sounds like a very good base to start from.

1 owner and FSH is not something you hear very often with an old van...this is not say it's not been driven at 90mph fully loaded for all those miles - but with that limited info you've given it sounds worth investigating.
And as has been said there aren't many 2.8s out there, so you never find the exact van you're looking for!

I have factory Cruise on my LT, albeit a lowly 2.5 109, so maybe searching the breakers for a setup? Maybe a minibus might be more likely to have cruise fitted and could be robbed...
Then again, that Dutch kit sounds a whole lot easier to find!!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the VW T4 Forum - VW T5 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Location
Where you live
First Name
Surname
Postcode
Postbit Orientation
Change the display of the avatars and members types.
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)
Body & Engine Type
Tell us about your van.
Date of Birth
Your date of birth and age are displayed in several places on the forum. Only the administrator will have access to your date of birth should you choose to hide it via the privacy option below.
Month Day Year
     
Privacy

Log-in


  • Thread Tools
    Display Modes

    Posting Rules
    You may post new threads
    You may post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off


    All times are GMT. The time now is 10:22.