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    Unimog 130

    Morning All,

    In a bid to improve my 130 turning circle, I am looking into all options.

    has anyone got experience with how unimog axels effect the turning circle of a 130? Extreme I know, but with the ADF selling them off so cheap now, it could be an option.

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    Haha very extreme! Might be a bit of a track width issue there to say the least!

    A few years ago I toyed with the idea of 6x6 axles to increase track width and therefore get more distance from tyres to body and links to achieve same thing.

    But really too much effort for what? A few less attempts at the 3 point turn?

    It's frustrating but in the end just comes with the territory of there things

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    How much can be obtained by bigger offset rims ??

    Ex-army unimog axles wouldn’t be an option.

    There are a few guys that have fitted Volvo portal axles, not sure if it decreases turning circle

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    I can't remember if there is much or any difference in turning circle in a 130 between standard wolf rims with 235 tyres (which is what I had originally) compared to my current set up of 16 x 8 rims (zero offset) with 285 wide tyres. I have increased my track width by only 25mm each side.

    I just drive over things

    As for the extreme....my dream is to fit portals to my 130. Volvo C303 have been used alot on Landrovers and these do keep the track width pretty similar (depending on wheel offsets), however they are getting old now and I am assuming harder to get parts.

    MB Unimog portal axles are slightly wider, huge (weigh a lot) and a lot of fabrication needed to fit (disk brake conversion, diff output shaft changed to suit tailshaft, plus all the suspension mounts/links)

    Then there are the Tibus (built in Germany) bolt on portals which increase track width by I think 100mm each side (happy to be corrected here)

    I turning circle is all dictated by the tyre hitting the radius arm. Bigger wheel offset you think would help this.

    How much are the MB Unimog axles going for at auction?
    Andrew
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    How much are the MB Unimog axles going for at auction?[/QUOTE]


    I have seen some go for just a few hundred $$!

    I have just sent an email to Tibus for pricing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay_guess View Post
    How much are the MB Unimog axles going for at auction?


    I have seen some go for just a few hundred $$!

    I have just sent an email to Tibus for pricing.
    There is a Croatian Portal alternative, based on the Volvo Portal .
    Tornado portal kit Land Rover – Kamo Oko Vidi


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    Quote Originally Posted by jay_guess View Post
    I have just sent an email to Tibus for pricing.
    Kudos to you for being the first person "in the WORLD" that has justified portals for improved turning circle.

    Unless you are an engineer or have that analytical mind with the requisite skills, budget $20,000 to $25,000 for portals. The Kamo Oko Vidi kit is EUR12,000 plus all the engineering once you are looking at them. The Tibus portals are about the same price and use the Hutchinson rim, which are about $1200 each if i have my info right.
    MLD

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    If it just to get a better turning radius you could always put a Front axle on the rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goingbush View Post
    If it just to get a better turning radius you could always put a Front axle on the rear.
    4WS? That would be awsome Unimog 130

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    Quote Originally Posted by LRJim View Post
    4WS? That would be awsome Unimog 130
    looks good on a 90, Im sure it would make a 130 steer a bit better than the Queen Mary


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