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Old 08-02-2018, 04:44 PM   #1
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Best Sprinter Rear Storage Option ??

I want this. Best rear box design I have ever seen for Sprinter. Detachable, does not use hitch, rear doors still functional.
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Old 08-02-2018, 04:58 PM   #2
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Can't tell if it looks good, or just weird?

It just does something to my eyes. Like I'm seeing result of a very high-speed rear end collision between matching Sprinters.
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That is very different. Kind of looks like an AI ran into another AI.
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an optical illusion in the twilight zone
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I'm sorry...that's just wromg
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Old 08-03-2018, 01:04 PM   #6
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I donít like it.

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I've seen those rear storage add-ons in Europe. That is the first one I've seen in USA. Any idea of the source and if they are available in USA?
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Alex, when are you installing it?
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I've seen those rear storage add-ons in Europe. That is the first one I've seen in USA. Any idea of the source and if they are available in USA?
MIKE - trying to find out myself. Its called a Sprinter Pod attached to a custom-build from North Coast Auto in Ohio. I really like the concept due to it's detachability even though I dont particularly like the execution. If I had one done, I would want 1/2 or 3/4 height. My local body/paint guy says that's very easy to do & not expensive if he doesn't have to replicate Sprinter rear (i.e. if I want just a basic thin storage box made of fiberglass or carbon fiber or diamond plate).They spent a lot of effort on mimicking the Sprinter rear end on lower half, yet the top part looks like one taken from airport shuttle buses

WACHUKO - I was especially interested in the skeletal structure supports. If you look closely, I know you can probably do this with your metal & fabrication tools/skills. I already talked to my guy about doing a shorter version. I wonder if 80/20 would be an option for such a long span? Just deciding on materials, I want diamond plate but that would add lots of weight. So CF might be the way to go, though the most expensive option. It would be enclosed storage for 2 bikes. We may just fabricate the skeletal/frame and attach 2 of my bought Tri-Sports (name brand of the case)
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MIKE - I just found out the build was done by Midwest Automotive Designs. Have sent them message inquiring more details.
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The one item of this scale that I would like to see for the Sprinter is a fiberglass replacement for the sliding door with a swinging door and a window. The swinging door would be much like the door of the Atlas with a pull-out screen. That would make the AI perfect.
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The one item of this scale that I would like to see for the Sprinter is a fiberglass replacement for the sliding door with a swinging door and a window. The swinging door would be much like the door of the Atlas with a pull-out screen. That would make the AI perfect.
JOHN +10 . Been scouring the net for long time now if somehow there was such a thing but I don't think so. Just seems amazing that with so much aftermarket Sprinter stuff, there would be at least something, but alas, no luck. It would make the AI perfect to me too. For now, our solution is to slide front passenger seat as far back and use the AI like a Mini-Klasse-A. So far, fam is now used to this mode of ingress/egress. Which is why I need to remove that low-hanging obstruction called the Samsung tv.
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I'm with the other posters - that thing is offensive to my eyes. It looks like that episode of Star Trek where the Enterprise intersected with a parallel universe, folded backwards, and chopped itself into overlapping pieces.

BUT - to each their own. I myself lean more toward the more steampunk-styled van where the exterior is jazzed up with coordinating but not matchy-matchy add-on gizmos.
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I'm with the other posters - that thing is offensive to my eyes. It looks like that episode of Star Trek where the Enterprise intersected with a parallel universe, folded backwards, and chopped itself into overlapping pieces.

BUT - to each their own. I myself lean more toward the more steampunk-styled van where the exterior is jazzed up with coordinating but not matchy-matchy add-on gizmos.
INTERBLOG - Hahaha , it actually ain't bad looking straight on the rear coz one only sees 1 set of "rear". But the corner shots with the double tail lights is very weird. You said parallel universe, I said twilight zone, probably one & same.

MIKE, WACHUKO - I spoke with Jim at Midwest Automotive Designs. He said the rear is NOT a one-of. It is order able from EU at around $2,800. It is manufactured in Romania and a valued customer who is Romanian wanted them to incorporate it in the custom build. BUT he said he would never do it again even if I paid him $25,000. They had to redo most of the fiberglass work to the tune of over $5,000. And had to redo the mechanicals to their liking. He does admire the concept, even though the manufacturer's execution was very poor. So even though they really did not manufacture it, they pretty much re-engineered it.

Here's the Romanian site. The 1st pic is an updated version with 2 swing-out doors and is same width as Sprinter.
http://alfastrike.net/navesnoy-bagaz...-sprinter-2006
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