You prepare the differential by pulling the hydraulics on the old models. Or on the newer models, push a button that activates a vacuum system that does the same thing by preloading a hydraulic system. That set up a springload, so when the differential is turning independently, a dog clutch...
The older G have their own personality. But they are a aquired taste in regards to performance and driving comfort.
I get that it is human nature to want, what you can't have, and so many Americans have a desire for a diesel G.
But you have a good supply of soccer mom driven G500 that is...
Just a friendly tip. The dedicated forums to the G have a large knowledge base about everything technical with the vehicle. This forum is usually about showing camping modifications, showcasing new and expensive models and sometimes forum fighting.
Among the dedicated G forums, you could find...
Cheap as chips.
For a regular G500 we pay 298.000 USD
For the G500 squared, it is 657.000 USD
Tax due to weight and pollutions for these G's are about 3100 USD pr year.
Yes Denmark is the extreme end of the spectrum, but other countries have high vehicle prices too.
The only place I'm aware of, that gives you a price indication in Europe is http://www.gfg-shop.de/shop/index.php?cat=c152_BOLT-ON-PORTALE---TIBUS.html&XTCsid=c3fb8acec1143bd6c4bf88237cc31862 and as I read it, does not include fitting on your vehicle.
Looking at their facebook page...
Portal Axles comes in three versions. Expensive, Even-More-Expensive and You-Just-Fainted. That's it, no cheap or reasonable. Wolfgang Tibus keep making all sorts of aftermarked special products, including portal kit for G and others. https://www.facebook.com/groups/234107580004397/ and...
FYI 461 production of GD290, GD250 and GE230 started in 1992. Makes them within reach of the 25 year rule.
Just keep in mind, that 461 vehicles where bought to work and not as a status symbol. That means wear and tear to a degree that is not typical of the W463 series.
It's a little hard to give any real advice, based from your initial posts.
There are places to experience, but where will you be?
Copenhagen for two days, will give you time to walk around the Nyhavn area, see a few castles (Amalienborg being the main royal recidence) The little mermaid...
That depends of your interest. We have castles, parliment, museums, resturants, shopping and general sightseeing. With newyears coming up, you should be well entertained by the fireworks and festivities. The one thing we don't have at the moment, is winter :-)
For the snow and...
I never get it why anybody leaves the top trim on when painting a G. Usually there is some kind of rust developing where the clips has scraped thru, at the lip where the windowframe and roof is assembled.
It takes 3 minutes to remove. 5 minutes and 15$ to replace the clips when reassembling.
There is about 4-5 meters to the celing on the main decks of the ferry.
For vehicles above 1.9m there is a fee to be paid, it's just part of their pricing structure.
As I recall, for vehicles longer than 5m there is a similar fee to be paid.
My vehicle just have the half-length snorkel. It's standard issue for Geländewagen with fording kit (commercial and military use - not the cafe racers), up to model year 2010 where it got replaced by the full length design. Where I have yet to be in serious trouble with the waterline, after all...
That depends if you are into the 460 and 461 range of the G or if you are aiming at 463.
Pointedthree.com has massive knowledgebase of everything to do with the 463. You can find some 460 / 461 things, but their strength is in the comfortable vehicles.
Clubgwagen.com has a great selection of...