Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Kelowna, BC, Canada
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Re: Another useless SUV. Toyota Highlander..
G- wagons have OK flex - not record setting, but it IS coil/ live axle. they come with full time 4x4, and three lockers though, so flex isnt 'as' much of an issue. the 500 series US models umm 'suck' - there's no diesel in the lineup. the 300series G wagons use the same gears, and have the mercedes 300D/TD/SD engine. - with the diesel powerband & reliability, they rock!
re: mog axles - you 'might' find there's a better alternative. the Volvo C303 uses portal axles ( like the mog) that are designed for a more normal leaf suspension / open driveshaft setup, and are based on Volvos 4 carrier v6/turbo sedan rear axle. the swiss army has decomissioned their 303...whole trucks are hard to get, but they're also selling off their entire spare parts supply. last I heard, deals are possible ( local guy is trying to source some for a Land Rover friend right now - reportedly ~$800 canadian per axle) 2:1 portal, 3.54 diff, cable lockers....might be worth looking into.