Ullie - Thanks for the info, 10,000 euro is a bit rich for me!
Ian - That link's still not working. Do you have a company name and location? My daughter has a sales office in Italy who may be able to help.
Still waiting for a reply to Toyo UK pleading with them to place a special order. I'll let you know how I get on.
Try doing a google search for
Toyo m608 285
just in e-2003.com
That e-2003 site has some wierd Java e-commerce system that made my computer hang! I'd managed to get the email address so I'll drop them a line to see if they'll supply the UK. Many thanks for the information, I'll let you know how I get on.
The company Ullie bought them off in the Netherlands might ship them and would probably be cheaper than sourcing in the UK (or Ireland).
Rob at Gabo in Amsterdam said he wouldn't supply the tyres but I've emailed him again to see if he'll change his mind.
Modifications are required, acording to this site http://vps.paymentgroup.de/uli/vario/thomass2/. I find this a bit strange as the 4x4 rides about 120mm higher than the 4x2. You might like to google: Einzelbereifung (16 Zoll) an Vorder- und Hinterachse
für Mercedes-Benz VARIO 4x4. This seems perfect setup! Only problem, Paul no longer do this conversion and the tyres are no longer made.
Thomas is the guy I spoke to on the return trip from Bad Kissingen earlier this Summer.
He said he only had to make very minor changes to the front bumper to get the clearance. Ullie (in another thread here) told me he didnt need to make any changes. His is the newer bodywork. http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...57#post1079157
i was woundering if it is posssible to cut the Doka Vario with a electrical saw with a metal blade. then buy a used or acccidented wohnmobil, taken the suspension out living only the frame which you put on your VArio.fabricate some metal parts to bolt the wohnmobile to your Vario frame seems to me like the most easy, fast and inexpensive way to do a conversion. The only thing i was asking myself is onces you are done is there an inspection to pass in order to plate the Vario as a camper? is it difficult in Germany to plate DIY conversions?
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Rob at Gabo Amsterdam (thanks to Ian for the link) has given me a price for the 285/70R19.5 Toyo M608Z tyres - 425 euro including fitting plus delivery and VAT. With the powdercoated rims this comes to just short of £4000! Which is just a couple of grand short of what my brother paid for a tidy low milage Leyland DAF GS 45/150 with 5 brand new Michelins. I've placed my order with gritted teeth, I just hope they do the job. I would have stuck with the original Michelin XZT but the thought of heading off to Africa with 16 year old tyres didn't seem vary smart. Anyone want a set of 7 Michelin XZT 215/75R17.5 tyres on MB 814 rims
16 year old tyres!!!! Impressive that they've lasted.