Hey G Wagen ExPo community! Earlier this year I purchased a 1993 250 GD chassis with a Zeplin ambulance body. I've spent the majority of the year converting it to a camper in Berlin, where I had never been until starting down this road. I started a build thread in the Other Custom Expedition Camper section. Here's a link to the thread:
And here are some pics of the current state of the rig. The interior is almost done. The truck is in storage in Spain until we can return in January (expired tourist visa) and continue on to Morocco in the winter. I'm planning on doing a huge round of performance upgrades in the spring/summer when we return to Europe.
Huge thanks to everybody here for the inspiration. I'm looking forward to connecting with more of you in the future.
It drives really well on the highway and on the street. I do really like how stable it is. Maybe it's the width. With the stock wheels and tires and suspension without a steering damper it was insane. It would try to jump into the next lane if there were grooves in the road. This current set up I could drive without the steering damper very comfortably. Steering was just oddly light. Putting the KING damper from a JK worked well to give the steering feel back.
It does eat up some of the torque naturally. Thankfully it's not like a Toyota where I like to re-gear going to a 35". The Thor coils do make it quite soft in the corners. I did the suspension and tires at the same time so I don't have a comparison with just the suspension upgrade. Although I had these tires on my 4Runner and they are softer than normal M/T tires. These tires give a numb turn in. Yokohama G003 M/T has a better turn in feel than the Maxxis RAZR's.
I hear a lot about wheel bearings... so far they're holding. They're still the factory bearings. Mind you it's no different on the Toyota side as well... but I've had really good luck with wheel bearings (knock on wood) on the Toyota's even running massive offset and spacers etc... We'll see how this goes.