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Old 06-16-2015, 09:48 AM   #519
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One thing that makes controlling an Interstate easier is to sit closer to the steering wheel. Gives more control. Something most of us learned when we owned the earlier Interstates. The earlier versions were like driving a bus and sitting way back like people seem to like to do today made it more difficult to control the vehicle. Trust me, these are not cars, they are trucks. Jim
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:26 PM   #520
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Recently installed a set of PIAA 560 LED driving lights. With the help of a post I saw in the Sprinter-forum I reverse engineered a light mounting bracket using .25" thick 6061-T651 mill finish aluminum. Since this was a prototype (different than the one seen on Sprinter forums ) I first rattle canned it gloss black then covered the whole thing with grip tape. Used some BMW bolts in place of the Mercedes bolts to mount the plate to the stock mounting bolt locations for the OEM bumper cover.

Makes a huge difference on dark back roads and extends the lighting to past high beam distance. With the high beams on it brightens the road tremendously.

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Old 06-16-2015, 07:50 PM   #521
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Which sway bar is recommended?

http://www.amazon.com/Hellwig-7254-R.../dp/B003LFDSHS

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Old 06-16-2015, 09:00 PM   #522
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Which sway bar is recommended?
Be careful of your clearance vis-a-vis the generator. It's already very close to the stock sway bar, so a larger-diameter bar could chafe the generator cover.
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:02 PM   #523
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Recently installed a set of PIAA 560 LED driving lights. With the help of a post I saw in the Sprinter-forum I reverse engineered a light mounting bracket using .25" thick 6061-T651 mill finish aluminum. Since this was a prototype (different than the one seen on Sprinter forums ) I first rattle canned it gloss black then covered the whole thing with grip tape. Used some BMW bolts in place of the Mercedes bolts to mount the plate to the stock mounting bolt locations for the OEM bumper cover.

Makes a huge difference on dark back roads and extends the lighting to past high beam distance. With the high beams on it brightens the road tremendously.

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Looks very professional. How did you wire it?
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:18 PM   #524
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Also increasing the rear sway bar diameter will reduce understeer and if big enuf could lead to oversteer. That's where the tail end wants to lead.

Not sure what the effect would be on the electronic stability control would be.
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Old 06-17-2015, 09:21 AM   #525
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Looks very professional. How did you wire it?
Jerry, the PIAA lamp kit comes with a wiring harness with an integrated relay and a connector for a PIAA supplied on/off switch lead.

2 long leads go to the lamps. Somewhere in-between I zip tied the lamp relay to the headlight wiring harness. 2 other long leads ( + and - connections) are routed into the cabin through the one easily accessible plug in the firewall and routed under the floor covering and into the battery box. A separate lead is the connection for the lamp switch from which there branches another lead that is the switch power and I used an open fuse slot under the drivers seat power distribution block. I mounted the on off switch to the left of the headlight switch.
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:32 PM   #526
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Amazon.com: Hellwig 7254 Rear Sway Bar: Automotive

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Old 06-17-2015, 01:20 PM   #527
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Teamaron-----Check the Sprinter Store since they engineered sway bars especially for Sprinters. They do sell on Internet and know shops that can install them correctly. They also use a high quality bushing material.
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Ya want lights????????

I got lights!!!!!!!!

120 watts of LED at over 10,000 lumins.
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Details! Brand, mount, wiring, inside switch. Is this going to be one of your electrical component upgrades?

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Details! Brand, mount, wiring, inside switch. Is this going to be one of your electrical component upgrades?

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Sure....it can be!

The light is from Superbrightleds.com. I re-purposed the two bolts that hold down the front step in the grill to hold the light. Had to do a bit of 'magic' to get that to work, but it went well. A bit of drilling and tapping into the billet aluminum casing, a little 3" stainless angle and it's mounted.

I have a factory aux. battery in the engine bay, so I tapped the relay into that. The light has an available switch kit that I ran inside and is now temporarily mounted on my turn signal stalk for easy and quick deployment.......especially if some numb-scull refuses to dim their high beams!!!! A combination of the LEDs and the HID high beams that are on the van and they either quickly dim or get blinded. Works for me!!!!!! .......but NOT for them!!!
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I have a similar setup to Lew, (26" 120W Single Row LED), but mounted it on the top so I could still get my foot there to clean the windshield.
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