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Old 09-26-2020, 02:51 PM   #1
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Ground Clearance for MB Sprinter?

The height numbers are probably somewhere at the MB website, but are the 2500 and 3500 4x4 Sprinters higher off the ground than the 2WD models? I saw a 3500 dually today that was set up for off-road in how it was equipped and it was noticeably higher than I recall. Could have been an aftermarket change i guess (?)
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I do know that the 4x4 versions of Sprinters are a few inches higher off the ground than the 2x4 models, but I don't have the specs handy. That said, I would read up carefully about exactly what "4x4" means in the case of a Sprinter. If you are currently driving a 4x4 truck or Jeep, then in the case of a Sprinter, it doesn't mean what you think it means.
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Could you elaborate? As in no transfer case as in truck or Jeep?
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Here's the gist. I don't mean to imply that Sprinter 4x4 is bad, but it's not really a full-on 4x4.

"The 4x4 gets an extra 4.3 inches of lift in the front and 3.1 in the rear. The 4WD engages via a dash-mounted button that sends 35 percent of traction to the front axle. The low range option adds a 40 percent lower crawl ratio. The shortcoming is that whole drivetrain runs through open diffs front and rear. But Mercedes counters that with traction control that grabs the brakes of the slipping wheel to send traction to the tire getting the grip. This works well up until you’re in really steep, deep mud, whereupon (for our convoy, anyway) a Mercedes guy with a shovel appears and digs you out."

https://www.autoweek.com/drives/a186...-drive-review/

One artifact, mentioned elsewhere, is an occasional rumble strip sound from the 4x4 transmission.
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The shortcoming is that whole drivetrain runs through open diffs front and rear.

It doesn't seem like it's any different than an 4x4 truck without a posi. Am I missing something?
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4x4 always meant that you can have one rear wheel spin and one front wheel spin. Typically the wheels that will spin are the wheels with the least traction.

One simple way to combat this is to use a rear locking differential. This is the most common way to help get 'unstuck'.

'All Wheel Drive' usually has more software to figure out which wheel has traction and sends power to that wheel. I have driven 3 all wheel drive vehicles. I would rate then as far superior to simple open 4x4.
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I'm no expert, just sharing what I had read. Our experience with AWD comes from Subaru Forester, which we loved. Our experience with 4x4 comes from our RAM 1500, with electronically controlled settings, which was terrific in all the rough conditions in which we ever used it. The description of the "4x4" option in the Sprinter didn't sound as good as either of those.
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