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Well she's only a 2.4 Lwb but I wanna off road her :) I should really get a syncro but don't have the money due to my love of Racing Dirtbikes

Ive got the Bf Goodrich At on her and Thinking about jacking it up a little too. Mabey a spacer in the rear and just raise the front? Is it possible to convert the van to a syncro? I have been told it is but I don't really have a clue about it.

 

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what size tyres are you running,T:
ive tried with my lwb 2.4 velle but theres too much overhang espically the front.
also find its pants in the wet or snow.:(
 

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Im liking the chunky lookA: makes sense too for goin on to beaches & wild camping etc....can see me goin down this route tooT:
 

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So is the Jack up T4 a No cause awful handling?

They are 215/75/15 Bf Goodrich All Terrains, Nope they don't rub at full lock. Rear arches are a bit tight for space at the sides. I put the rears on first and was like "Ah **** not going to work for the turning" but they fit just nicely :D I will admit I went doing a bit of off roading on it yesterday and turned off the Fireroads into the real stuff, well just overgrown Digger tracks and came to a Small bog type wet patch only 6ft in length and been a 2wd I decided I had to take a small run 1st gear job at and at the other side was a small bump back out onto the fireroad, when I hit that about I did feel the right wheel come up and hit the Wheel arch. It did not leave a mark or anything but thats what got me thinking about jacking it up, Now if your just going over speed bumps you will never have a problem its just the off road terrain that made it happen that time as it was at a angle as well.
 

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I Race Enduro's and you are going up crappy lanes and into waterlogged fields so if anybody is doing anything like that I Highly recommend them. Decent enough on roads too. Just don't put the foot down on a Fresh tarmac Wet Roundabout cause they would slip a little but same as all tyres.

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my syncro got 225/75/15 on there and dont rub at all. Find its great in mud/snow and on the beach but not sure the articulation would be good for real off road stuff. Great all round vehicle tho, as regards converting a normal one to syncro dont bthink it would be that easy or financially viable unless you could get a complete donaor vehicle<a href="http://s197.photobucket.com/albums/aa50/fil321/?action=view&current=IMG_0064.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa50/fil321/IMG_0064.jpg" border="0" alt="vw van 4"></a>
 

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Sorry to dredge up such an old thread, but is that jacked up at all^^^^^^. Mine is lowered 60mm and i'm beginning to wish i hadn't bothered. Is there any chance those tyres would fit on a lowered van, or should i be sticking to 215 65 16's?
 

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Well she's only a 2.4 Lwb but I wanna off road her :) I should really get a syncro but don't have the money due to my love of Racing Dirtbikes

Ive got the Bf Goodrich At on her and Thinking about jacking it up a little too. Mabey a spacer in the rear and just raise the front? Is it possible to convert the van to a syncro? I have been told it is but I don't really have a clue about it.

fellow moto rider! :ILU: *<:)>
 

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That looks the dogs danglies on those tyres.

A t4 is never going to be a full on off roader because of the suspension set up with it's limited articulation.

That said a lot of the pretend 4x4's have all the articulation of a bar stool.

Tyres are allways the equiliser, your T4 on decent rubber could easily embarass say a Vitara in the right circumstances.

Thats before we factor in the biggest component in stuckology, the nut behind the wheel.

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That looks the dogs danglies on those tyres.

A t4 is never going to be a full on off roader because of the suspension set up with it's limited articulation.

That said a lot of the pretend 4x4's have all the articulation of a bar stool.

Tyres are allways the equiliser, your T4 on decent rubber could easily embarass say a Vitara in the right circumstances.

Thats before we factor in the biggest component in stuckology, the nut behind the wheel.

Rhys
the t4 would never embarass a vitara, they have next to no articulation and the torsion bar setup along with terrible ground clearance is just going to get you stuck all the time.
i had a standard suzuki samurai with just a set of colway MT's on it and it would go almost anywhere, the tyres werent much bigger than standard but gave it enough ground clearance and grip to avoid getting stuck on the diffs. and with the beam axle set up the articulation wasnt bad at all with the completely standard leaf spring and shock.
the vitaras are very similar, the only difference is that they have independent suspension on the front.
but still have the ground clearance and a short wheel base with little overhang.
thats what makes a good offroader, ground clearance, suspension set up and over hang. the closer the wheels are to the ends of the vehicle the better.
dan
 
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