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Freewheeling: Exterior Aesthetics

February 17, 2011 Freewheeling 1 Comment

The work has not all been behind the scenes. Greg has taken care of a few aesthetics as well.

The big ticket item: NEW WHEELS! When six new rims + six new tires arrived on the doorstep one day, I instant-messaged Greg to say, “How much did these cost??” and he said, “Probably too much, but they’re here now!” The reason they were too much is because the van had perfectly good wheels and new tires on it. But these aren’t just six pretty faces — they are also more efficient. Cruising down the highway at 70 mph with the old wheels, the RPMs were at 3300. With the new wheels, the RPMs come down to 2700. The diesel engine is burning less fuel, and noise is also reduced. All good!

He’s planning to sell the old ones and recoup some of the cost. Anyone need any 15″ dually rims off of a 3500 Sprinter? The tire size is 195/70 R 15.

Wheels BEFORE

Greg got them installed the next day and beamed as he drove home. “It really looks like an urban assault vehicle now, doesn’t it?” What do you think?

It doesn’t matter what any of us thinks; Greg is happy! We took ‘er out for a joy ride with Argus, just for the fun of it.

Wheels - AFTER

He also replaced the branding elements on the car, indicating ONCE AND FOR ALL that this is not a Dodge product. It’s a Mercedes! These markings are what a “normal” Sprinter coming off the line in Germany would look like. Greg has basically reverted to its original style. I like it!

Hood Emblems

Door Emblem

Rear Detailing

And here’s a sneak peek at the “homework” he did to make sure the big structural changes I mentioned are going to look aesthetically pleasing:

I am glad he decided to outsource this part of the project!

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