Legendary Gelanderwagen





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  1. #1
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    About the G-wagen, why is this vehicle seen as one of the best 4x4 ever? Is the G-wagen really in a diffrent class than a seriesIII or land cruzer of that time?

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    I am not going to comment on the diff class issue. That will be brand bashing.

    On the Gwagon
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    2 x diff locks
    Coil spring suspension
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    You must remeber that the G-wagon came out in 1978. It was then already equiped with front and rear diff locks, coil spring susention, ladder chassis and of cause reliability second to none. The coil spring suspention is also progresive, which means you get a very comfy ride if the vehicle is loaded or not. The ends of the coil springs are thin and progresively gets thicker to the middle. This means that if the vehicle is unloaded the the thin part of the springs does the work, as the car is loaded the this sections are compressed and the thicker parts start doing the work. At that time diff locks was unheard off. This gave the G-wagon the formiddable reputation it has.
    It is only in the middle 1990's that the other manufacturers start installing rear diff locks and only now in the last couple of years that some vehicles come out with double diff locks that the G-wagon has lost it's edge it had over the other manufacturers.
    At the moment the G's running around are all old and worked very hard thus the reliablity has taken a slight knock, but still a great vehicle.
    Andre van Rensburg<br>Swambos baby V6 Pajero shorty<br>My overland vehicle "Datsun" 3.3l v6 hardbody d/cab.<br>Play vehicle Sizuki SJ413. Mods: Toyota 2c Diesel engin and 5 speed gearbox, 50mm lift<br>Love the bush, overlanding and crazy about animals.

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