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Old 06-26-2023, 12:54 PM   #1
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Smile AI19 & 24 Additions & Upgrades. Your flavor?

We have a 2023 AI19 E1 4 x 4 on a 2022 Sprinter chassis. Not every unit is created the same so some upgrades work on some but not others. Our upgrade decisions were based on comfort, function & safety. Would be interested what others have done to their units. We did not go as far as StogieMan...but here is ours:

Comfort - Argile RIP Kit full suspension system. The 4 x 4 added 2" of height to the front only...nothing in the back so we were front high. The Argile System adds approx 2 - 4" so we are now 4" taller overall...2" added to front and 4" to back so we are level. An alternate to the Agile Rip Kit is the Van Compass 4.3. We just liked the Agile better, but both are great. The ride is stable and very smooth with no more rocking around corners or uneven surfaces. An expensive but excellent addition.
https://agileoffroad.com/product-cat...ion-kits-ncv3/

Function - Removed the 24 gal fuel tank and added a 47 gal fuel tank. The 24 gallon tank meant stopping each 150 to 200 miles to fuel up as we like to keep the tank close to half full. We now have a 700 - 800 mile range. Head to Denver often to visit granddaughters with St. George or Cedar City as our overnight stop. We can now go non stop from our home on the west coast to our first stop.
https://owlvans.com/products/sprinte...el-tank-47-gal

Safety - Added a spare tire with wheel cover. With a 3,000 - 4,000 trip we feel a spare is a must..along with a jack sufficient for the weight & height. We painted it to match the color of our van (see photo). Looks like it came from the factory.
https://owlvans.com/collections/ladd...QaAi-REALw_wcB

Tire cover was painted by the supply company for a reasonable cost and we opted to not paint the stainless steel ring
https://boomco.com/shop-by-accessory...ver-kit-white/.

Finally added - Petal Control (a must in our opinion), 360º Camera, Argile Hood Strut Kit (hood to heavy and too tall for wife to safely open and latch), Weathertech front floor mats (Denver in Winter!), dash cover (just a habit of ours) & wall to wall carpet (left over from home install...so why not!)

So what about you....

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Old 06-26-2023, 02:08 PM   #2
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That is a nice looking rig and I see you have the E1 package with larger Truma exhaust on driver side.

The color matched spare tire parts are a really nice touch. Good to know you can install the larger fuel tank on an AI-19.

Thanks for sharing,
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Old 06-26-2023, 07:55 PM   #3
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Very nice upgrades Sidewinder. I agree on the Pedal Control and love it. We did the Van Compass Stage 3 System upgrade along with Sumo Springs and a Hellwig Sway Bar and are definitely worth it and I should’ve done it on day one!

I’ve looked into expanding our fuel tank but a no go as it won’t fit with everything that is under the van. That is a very nice upgrade.
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Old 06-27-2023, 08:51 AM   #4
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Looks great!
We tried the Weathertech mat but it bulged up. When you did your own carpet did you stop at the edge of the mat? Good job with the spare tire!
Good choices, nice work!
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Old 06-28-2023, 10:11 AM   #5
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Looks great!
We tried the Weathertech mat but it bulged up. When you did your own carpet did you stop at the edge of the mat? Good job with the spare tire!
Good choices, nice work!
Yes our Weathertech bulged as well so I put the carpet under the area which cured half the bulge. Tried Velcro to hold the bulge down but that was not successful. The benefits of the mat outweighed the bulge so we kept the mat.
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Old 06-29-2023, 08:11 PM   #6
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We like the White Top shelf.
https://www.whitetopadventures.com/c...ner-shelf-2019
We did not get the blackout curtain offered as an accessory.
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Old 06-14-2024, 05:57 PM   #7
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We have a 2023 AI19 E1 4 x 4 on a 2022 Sprinter chassis.

So what about you....
Hi thanks for posting this I hadn’t seen your post before. I like the paint job on the OWL rack Did you look at the Aluminess rack as an option?
We have the 4x4 2021 24 on a 2020 MB. Just wondering how long the van will really look with a tire rack on the rear. Already we feel pretty long
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Old 06-15-2024, 09:04 AM   #8
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I just looked at the Owl version as it was very sturdy and required only one drill hole in the van. It’s adds a few inches to the overall length beyond the bumper so parking is not affected much.
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Thanks. Not easy chii e between options out there I spent yesterday watching OWL videos for the expedition mount. So far painting any option, to match AI looks to be key for a clean install OEM style.
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Old 06-16-2024, 09:35 AM   #10
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I agree that it looks more OEM and am happy I paid the extra to paint it. Good luck on your decision!
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Old 06-16-2024, 08:54 PM   #11
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With the Owl Expedition note how the tire carrier attaches to the door opposite the hinge side. The bolt holds the tire carrier against a rubber donut which absorbs vibration. Also, Owl has a hoop which the tire rests on. Many of their customers have oversized tires which will not fit in the vehicle tire carrier so the hoop is larger than needed for a stock tire. Many claim the sensors do not react to the hoop but some will. The way AS has designed the back bumper adjusting the sensors is not easy. They cannot be accessed. Aluminess attaches directly to the door so vibration is transferred into the door. This may lead to metal fatigue. Also the door weatherstrip with Aluminess has some alteration. Not sure if either of these two things about Aluminess are real worries. Sidewinder's sure looks nice!
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Old 06-16-2024, 10:44 PM   #12
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As to the sensors…I have never had an issue with them going off when backing up. Others have reported issues do it may be model specific. Mine is a 2022 chassis and a 2023 AI19 build
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Thanks for adding that.
I saw it listed on the passenger side bike carrier but didn’t see it as a problem with drivers side tire.

But my One Up bike rack sets off sensors now always
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We are ready for a break well at the half-way point of a 24 gallon tank, so the standard tank works fine for us. And the EXT van is heavy enough already, don't need to add another 150# to it. i was a bit concerned about fuel availability on our trip to AK, and made sure to look ahead at fuel availability. Turned out that we filled up much more frequently than we needed to.
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