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Old 11-02-2016, 12:40 PM
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W163 as an off road vehicle?

So what are these early SUV's like as a Jeep/sort of tractor type use (totally off road, bush use). I believe they have a two speed transfer case right? They are popping up around me for $400-1000 for sale, far cheaper then any other 4X4 with a transfer case and nice size for bush work.
Any comments? I have driven one in the past for various tasks (work-boss owned one) but never off road.
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Old 11-04-2016, 09:19 PM
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I'm coming up with a Borg Warner BW4409 . This is a full time 4WD 2 speed unit that lacks a locking center differential.

According to Transfer Case There is a 50 / 50 torque split until Oct 98 then it changed to 48 / 52 F - R .

Ford tends to use BW transfer cases so it may be possible to add part time 4WD ( with a lock position ) by mixing parts.
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So what are these early SUV's like as a Jeep/sort of tractor type use (totally off road, bush use). I believe they have a two speed transfer case right? They are popping up around me for $400-1000 for sale, far cheaper then any other 4X4 with a transfer case and nice size for bush work.
Any comments? I have driven one in the past for various tasks (work-boss owned one) but never off road.
You'd have to do some major suspension replacing if you're going to be using it for off-road/bush use - the suspension is not that stiff and needs to be reinforced for that kind of driving.
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Old 01-19-2017, 06:45 PM
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Crawling through the woods requires a soft long travel suspension to keep all 4 wheels on the ground. ( and no sway bars )

Our guy needs to define the conditions he will operate under.
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Old 01-20-2017, 04:58 AM
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really need a vehicle with a frame under neath.
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Old 01-21-2017, 08:56 AM
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really need a vehicle with a frame under neath.

unit body will work fine for putting around the woods and besides, the LM in questi9on has a frame.

The most direct route to accomplish what our guy wants to do is push the suspension up an inch, do a 2 inch body lift and install taller tires.
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Old 01-23-2017, 09:34 AM
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You have to go through all the links but most of your answers can be found here

http://www.4x4abc.com/ML320/
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