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    Re: Sprinter build thread


    Since you own your home in MA, can't you just keep it registered here?

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    Since you own your home in MA, can't you just keep it registered here?
    Yeah, but I need a residents sticker. That's the tricky part. I've been moving the van every 2ish hours between 9-6...

    Shipping is taken care of, but thanks for the offers folks!

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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

    So, are you getting the tune? I have heard it works for ca emmissions, but that they may get smarter about it.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

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    So, are you getting the tune? I have heard it works for ca emmissions, but that they may get smarter about it.

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    Yeah, giving it a shot. There are so many sprinters in this state I’d have to assume a good portion of them have it.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Tune is in and smog check is passed. Amazing.

    First thoughts on the tune: Same power, everything is just smoother. The motor was already phenomenal, so I’m glad it didn’t change much. Throttle response is better for sure, but not by making it twitchy, just less lag. People claim serious mileage increases, I’m curious to run some numbers once I get more seat time. I’m not usually a stickler for gas prices, but diesel approaches $4 a gallon out here. At $100 a fill up I’ll take whatever I can get!

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    GREAT news!! So glad she is back on the streets!

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    118” wheelbase standard roof work van, getting minimalist upgrades for track day and other hauling: rust remediation, mechanical service, new wheels and tires, new headlights, MB grill, and sound deadening with Thinsulate insulation. This is my 5th van (plus four minivans) but there’s a lot to learn about T1N Sprinters. Lot of interesting features, lot of quirks.

    Curb weight is allegedly 4,650 which is a good 800 lbs less than an Express. GVW is 8550. Towing capacity 5,000. Came with 7 pin connector but no brake controller.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    I took a trip down and back to LA. Cruised around 70mph.

    Absolutely no decrease in fuel consumption from the GDE tune. Might have actually made it worse. Kinda upset about that. Maybe it was unfavorable winds, or maybe the GDE tune is bad at those speeds, but it was just shy of 20mpg and I don't think I was ever under 20mpg on my trip across the country at a similar pace. I might remove the tune, but the van is so much better around town with it.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by JettaJayGLS View Post
    I took a trip down and back to LA. Cruised around 70mph.

    Absolutely no decrease in fuel consumption from the GDE tune. Might have actually made it worse. Kinda upset about that. Maybe it was unfavorable winds, or maybe the GDE tune is bad at those speeds, but it was just shy of 20mpg and I don't think I was ever under 20mpg on my trip across the country at a similar pace. I might remove the tune, but the van is so much better around town with it.
    Hmm. Yeah, i averaged around 21

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Been studying up on these. Turns out mine (and most sold in US) has the “EK1 X145 Body Builder Connector.” There are three terminals under the driver’s seat: power with engine/alternator running, power with ignition on, and power always.

    This allows you to connect 12V accessories without using the dash 12V plug (usually limited to 120-180 Watts) or hooking up an auxiliary battery. You can charge the aux with the alternator (using a battery isolator). This is pretty cool as we have a spare Optima Red Top AGM battery that could be installed temporarily for the trip.

    Easy way to run a fan, charge phone, use a Coleman Thermoelectric cooler without running down the starting battery. Turns out there are 120A and 150A alternators interchangeable with the stock 90A as well. I’ll never use all that power.
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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

    Yup. Aux battery should fit under the passenger seat. Makes it easy to get started on your build for sure

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    If you are looking at used Sprinters, there are definitely a lot of useful features , and “Gotchas.”
    Checkout this first. Inspection tips for buying a used Sprinter T1N - Sprinter-Forum

    Mine went in Wednesday and nothing shocking. Rear shocks bad, one leaking brake line, exhaust will be replaced cat-back, front end components worn. All pretty typical for a 13yo vehicle with 146,000 miles. All fluids and filters are being replaced.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Going to install some eTrack. There seems to be two types: Vertical eTrack with slots, and eTrack with round openings.

    Which to choose? For a wall install the round style seems to be more compact and robust.

    Examples:

    Erickson Horizontal E-Track - Zinc Plated Steel - 2,000 lbs - 5' Long - Qty 1 Erickson E Track E19148

    Tow-Rax Low-Profile Floor Track for Tie-Down Anchors - Aluminum - 6' Long - Machined - Qty 1 Tow-Rax Tie Down Anchors TWSP72TA

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    I believe the first item you linked is called 'l-track'. Sometimes also called "aircraft track" or some-such.

    L-track and E-track: Which tie down system is right for you?

    I use l-track in my trailer as I find it good 'nuf, better looking and easier to work with.
    I have e-track on my open trailer and it's a pain in my ass every time I want to move tie downs.

    I got a bunch of custom sized l-track plus the fittings from usgargo forever and a day ago when I set my trailer up. All orange, of course.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    Yup. Aux battery should fit under the passenger seat. Makes it easy to get started on your build for sure
    I want an isolator at a minimum.

    I'll be charging an AGM, and the starter battery is a NAPA Legend, which I believe is also an AGM. But it is much higher capacity. Do I need some sort of charge controller, or can I just let the alternator do its' thing?

    Tried to ask this on the Sprinter forum, and most of the responses are "Well, buy this $200 product which can charge a three battery bank from the alternator, solar panels, or shore power." This is a minimalist build so I just want something that will prevent the starter battery from being pulled down.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    The van is at the body shop so the only thing I have to work on is the spare. It appears to have been in place since new: there's a German-made Goodyear Vector tire that's unused. But the wheel was quite rusty, especially the back sided. Hit it with a wire wheel, then Naval Jelly, than wire wheel, then Naval Jelly and more wire wheel until all the flaky rust was removed, although the surface is still quite rough. Sprayed both sides with a Rustoleum primer/finisher to control any further corrosion. It looks good enough to sit in the spare carrier underneath the van....




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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Here's what I'm starting with.


    I'm thinking I can mount an L track rail on the metal just above the wheel well. I can do the same on the passenger side in back, but not for the slider. Can I put a strip on the edge of the door well? I'd like to have something for tie downs in the front half on that side.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    I want an isolator at a minimum.

    I'll be charging an AGM, and the starter battery is a NAPA Legend, which I believe is also an AGM. But it is much higher capacity. Do I need some sort of charge controller, or can I just let the alternator do its' thing?

    Tried to ask this on the Sprinter forum, and most of the responses are "Well, buy this $200 product which can charge a three battery bank from the alternator, solar panels, or shore power." This is a minimalist build so I just want something that will prevent the starter battery from being pulled down.
    The alternator is fine. I have an isolator on my shelf. They are about a hundred bucks. Make me an offer.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    You can get a charger that'll vampire voltage off the RV batteries when they are near fully charged to top up the starter batt. Trik-l-charge IIRC.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    The alternator is fine. I have an isolator on my shelf. They are about a hundred bucks. Make me an offer.
    Make, Model etc?

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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Make, Model etc?
    I'll post up when i get home
    It's the good blue sea one that allows you to start the van off the house if the chassis battery gets low

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Our van (also a 2006 118”, but standard roof) was in the shop last week for front-to-back mechanical service: rear brakes and shocks, replacement brake line, and all new fluids and filters. Not everything was finished before an appointment at the body shop. Zombie kept on top of rust pretty well, but there were a few areas that we wanted fixed up so everything is rock solid going forward.

    The windshield will be removed to address the [currently minor] rust around the edges. There was one relatively small area of rust-through on the left side, so the whole area is being replaced with a new patch panel.


    The goal is to address any issues that would appear in the next few years, rather than chase them later.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

    Here's what i have. Never used.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Body shop has just about finished welding in all the patch panels, so new steel just about all the way around the body. Next they are removing the windshield to eradicate any rust spots, another known problem area.


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