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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stu, I just bought a bar for the bug. I'll let you know how it works
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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stu, I just bought a bar for the bug. I'll let you know how it works


i like this plan. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MadMax78/Bursch, et. al.,

2X What Stuart says about Das Mule/Mule Expedition Outfitters!!!

Things they have of particular interest to you:

Head Lights:
1) Peterson 7" LED.
2) Pilot 7" LED.

Off-Road Lights:
1) VisionX Xmitter Prime LED Light Bar.
2) VisionX 4.5" LED Light Cannons.

Fuel/Water Storage Systems:
Rotopax: 1gal., 1.75g, 2g, 3g, & 4g containers. BTW, the 4gal. will fit between the frame rails of a Bay Bus. The 2gal containers can snap together at their bases to make a 4gal container, and all sizes can be stacked together, with the various mounting hardware available.

They also stock a variety of expedition off-road/camping products from ARB (Australia--and you know those blokes are REALLY into their outback camping!), such as:
A variety of 12 volt refrigerated coolers.
Awnings and tents.
Camp stoves, composite gas bottles, and related hardware and products.
Winches, recovery straps, and related hardware.
Das Mule custom rock sliders (their own product).

And much, much more!

Seriously folks, you need to check these guys out! They have a mail order business and a store front in Issaquah, WA. They`ve researched everything they sell and stand 100% behind them. (And Joe and Dana are VERY nice people---tell them Lynn sent you!)

I have been following your exploits for years, and you remain an inspiration to us all!

Lynn

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^lynn, you have a 98, not an 89 golf. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right you are, Stu---typing too fast Embarassed
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So we're considering swapping the headlights out for full LED units (GE Nighthawk)...

I checked out the GE Nighthawks http://www.gelighting.com/LightingWeb/na/consumer/.../overview/
And they look just like TruckLite LED headlights.
http://m.quadratec.com/products/product.php?pid=97009+8000

Your thoughts on this...
At first I was trying to decide between the TruckLite headlights and the JW Speaker headlights. Now I see there's GE nighthawks and I don't know which to choose for my bus.


$270 for headlights? Nope.


WordKC HiLites would be fine in place of this
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MonkeySee wrote:
MadMax78 wrote:
So we're considering swapping the headlights out for full LED units (GE Nighthawk)...

I checked out the GE Nighthawks http://www.gelighting.com/LightingWeb/na/consumer/.../overview/
And they look just like TruckLite LED headlights.
http://m.quadratec.com/products/product.php?pid=97009+8000

Your thoughts on this...
At first I was trying to decide between the TruckLite headlights and the JW Speaker headlights. Now I see there's GE nighthawks and I don't know which to choose for my bus.


The GE's are indeed rebadged trucklite's. Not sure which ones to get yet, there are a few other brands out there, like JW speaker. The GE's are listed as drop in replacements for the T2.

I'm not so sure about the look the the JW's though, they kind of look like eyes which look a bit weird on some vehicles. But totally depends on the vehicle and color. As far as looks go, I think the trucklite/nighthawks are a safer choice.


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MadMax78/Bursch, et. al.,

2X What Stuart says about Das Mule/Mule Expedition Outfitters!!!

Things they have of particular interest to you:

Head Lights:
1) Peterson 7" LED.
2) Pilot 7" LED.

Off-Road Lights:
1) VisionX Xmitter Prime LED Light Bar.
2) VisionX 4.5" LED Light Cannons.

Fuel/Water Storage Systems:
Rotopax: 1gal., 1.75g, 2g, 3g, & 4g containers. BTW, the 4gal. will fit between the frame rails of a Bay Bus. The 2gal containers can snap together at their bases to make a 4gal container, and all sizes can be stacked together, with the various mounting hardware available.

They also stock a variety of expedition off-road/camping products from ARB (Australia--and you know those blokes are REALLY into their outback camping!), such as:
A variety of 12 volt refrigerated coolers.
Awnings and tents.
Camp stoves, composite gas bottles, and related hardware and products.
Winches, recovery straps, and related hardware.
Das Mule custom rock sliders (their own product).

And much, much more!

Seriously folks, you need to check these guys out! They have a mail order business and a store front in Issaquah, WA. They`ve researched everything they sell and stand 100% behind them. (And Joe and Dana are VERY nice people---tell them Lynn sent you!)

I have been following your exploits for years, and you remain an inspiration to us all!

Lynn

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`69 912 Porsche
`89 Golf


I checked them out and they indeed have a pretty awesome bus with some nice lighting on it. Like I said before, will be quite a while before we start working on changing the lighting. First got to change the whole bullbar design.

The rotopax fuel containers are pretty nice, but we need something that will use all the available space to maximize fuel capacity, we need to store at least 50 liters (13 gal). Also I think we'll be installing a permanent tank with it's own fuel filler and fit a pump to transfer to the main tank.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

there is a rumor some baywindow rock sliders may be available soon from das mule...ill post pictures since the owner cant. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would be interested in sliders. I was thinking about doing kind of an exo-cage that would tie the front and rear skid plate and run the entire underside.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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We are sorry to tell you our inventory records were incorrect and some items you ordered are out of stock.

Please go to https://www.rockauto.com/orderstatus/ to view your order and make the necessary changes.

We apologize for this inconvenience.



RockAuto is out of the question, and talking with the local parts guys, most places stock Bus axles to sell to Thing owners anyways.


So I said screw that idea...I don't need Bus axles. I emailed a Thing enthusiast that's in the VW club I'm in, and he has 5 or 6 original Thing full axles assemblies. Making a deal soon. Updates to follow as soon as I get moved and this swap done. For right now, I will be getting my Squareback's brakes refreshed so I can park Maisy till I find a place to do the swap.
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We are sorry to tell you our inventory records were incorrect and some items you ordered are out of stock.

Please go to https://www.rockauto.com/orderstatus/ to view your order and make the necessary changes.

We apologize for this inconvenience.



RockAuto is out of the question, and talking with the local parts guys, most places stock Bus axles to sell to Thing owners anyways.


So I said screw that idea...I don't need Bus axles. I emailed a Thing enthusiast that's in the VW club I'm in, and he has 5 or 6 original Thing full axles assemblies. Making a deal soon. Updates to follow as soon as I get moved and this swap done. For right now, I will be getting my Squareback's brakes refreshed so I can park Maisy till I find a place to do the swap.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats a bummer because everywhere else charges $150 for one assembly
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im grabing two used for about 50 or so. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

came up with a genius idea for a Light bar....Pics when its complete...dont want no one complying my idea Very Happy


which means i gotta buy the lights ...Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ima buy here: http://www.sidetrackedoffroad.com/tracker-series-led-lights.html

I got an eBay special and I'm sad because I don't have to buy any more lights Sad

My headlights are HIDs are bright to start.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could a bus body fit over this thing? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This did not fit plug'n play: Wink

the wheel base of this VW MAN 4x4 is 3.300 to 7.300 m.
The wheel base of a bay window 2.400 m

Wheel rim size of the VW MAN 4x4 is 20" - only 14" at the bay window

The VW MAN 4x4 top speed is 60 miles/h

Diesel consumption is 2 times at the road and up 3 times offroad of the gasoline consumption of our bay window...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

why convert to a bay? roll it as is. Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A front bash pan is a must. I beat my front bumper and valence pretty good playing in the woods the other day. Got some strange looks from some non Vw offroad people too, showed them who was boss though Twisted Evil

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