I took this lorry for a good long run today - mostly dirt roads - about 450 km - and got home tired. Although it goes really well - good and strong - something is not right. I think it is the Bilsteins. For many years I have sworn by soft springs and harder damping, but in this case it does not work, irrespective of tyre pressures, and I think it is the shorter wheelbase coupled to a bit more speed - its quicker than my other short G's were, and this just makes it a handful on really rough backroads. I would have thought the opposite.
Back to Sachs??
I quite like the fuel consumption though, looks to be quite consistently 11.5 ish l per 100 so i think i might get 800km on a tank.
I did the wheel aligment with a tape measure and it feels ok - goes straight and smooth on good tar. But it is on the dirt Dawie, where it is just harsh. I did some of the way at 2 bar pressure and then at 1.8 and it was still rough / hard.
My home made tailgate was not to my liking so Frik and I took the old rusted rear door and chopped it, fitted new steel where the rust holes were, fitted horizontal hinges etc. It fits and works. The best deal was not having to work out the catch.
But at present my trouble is not going, but stopping. I phoned Dirk and he reminded me that the bottom pistons of the front calipers work together with the rear brakes, and the top pistons (dual circuit) are the independant second circuit. I really hope that i have cocked this up because it wont pass the roadworthy as it is. Will check it tomorrow and report.
As you know it finally got through the test but the brakes did not feel good. As per above comment, one of the front calipers had a sticky piston in it which caused all the trouble ON THE BACK WHEELS. Sent it in to Norbrake for overhaul - and now its very good.
Btw I used an ATE booster and master from a 2.6 VW caravelle which is an improvement on the std 460. This car goes, and now I can stop also.
Use the description i gave above - i cant see any numbers that make sense - its a Kombi Caravelle 2.6i - the 2.6 having upgraded brakes from the 2.5.
You need to pinch a clearance dent into the steering column as the booster diameter is larger and it clashes. The outlets from the master face the fender and not the exhaust so you need to re align the brake lines - perfect for a turbo engine.