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  1. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    Here's a video I put together of the process of installing the longer bolts on the coilovers and installing them on the ML.
  2. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    Its been awhile since I updated the status of the build, but I got the new coilovers with lift spacers installed! The whole process took some management, lots of time, and knowing someone who could weld. But it was well worth it as I gained about 1.5-2 inches in the rear! Plus there's only...
  3. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    Wow! That looks like a major lift on it! Looks awesome!
  4. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    Nice! I would like to get some long travel shocks on the front eventually. Good to know what's out there!.
  5. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    Last weekend I went to a local (well, 2.5 hours away one way...) junkyard and pulled a set of rear coilover springs from a 2005 ML320. I ended up buying an impact gun to get them off...I should have bought one ages ago. Originally I was thinking about taking the coilovers to a shop with a new...
  6. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    Yeah, on my trip out here I did have the spare and the carrier in the trailer and it was still squatting a lot. I'm planning on getting a new receiver that has the ball lower so the trailer is more level as well, but that'll be after I get the rear lifted so I know how large of one to get...
  7. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    I'm in Idaho now! I took a seasonal park ranger position with the Bureau of Land Management and have been here for just over a month now. The ML320 did fantastic on the trip out here towing a cargo trailer, and the only thing that worried me was that my rear springs are too soft (which I knew...
  8. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    I'm using the Mercedes OEM hitch receiver that I found on Ebay. When I put the Wilco carrier into the receiver, it was hitting the frame of the ML. The hitch overlaps about 1/4th of an inch or so over the bottom of the frame, which is why the carrier couldn't slide back any farther. I ended up...
  9. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    Went on another short trip and got some more footage of the ML in action!
  10. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    Last week I went to Old NC105 and got some footage of the ML driving:
  11. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    I recently bought the Wilco Offroad Solo high clearance tire carrier. Needs some adjusting to get it to sit closer to the ML, but its a lot more solid than my previous self built one (which starting falling apart with the heavier spare tire). Edit to reupload pictures, the original ones...
  12. JasKolp

    US Southeast Keowee-Toxaway Camping Trip

    Finally got around to checking out the post-trip pictures lol! Hopefully I'll be able to make the next trip!!
  13. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    After nearly a year since my friend and I painted the ML, I finally took some video of it driving! Really need to get out but money has been tight all last year so haven't been able to afford to get out and explore :disrelieved:
  14. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    Thanks! I mostly get funny looks and people asking "Why would you do that to a Mercedes??" But the ones who recognize it for what it is think its pretty nifty.
  15. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    So a couple weeks ago I found a nail in the sidewall of one of my tires...which couldn't be patched (I'm not trusting a sidewall patch unless its the only option to get to a tire shop) and so thanks to the all wheel drive nature of the ML, I had to get all new tires. Decided to go from 255/65r16...
  16. JasKolp

    US Southeast Keowee-Toxaway Camping Trip

    I dunno that I'll make the trip. Didn't get the new job and now my ML is in the shop due to a shut off issue when stopped for a minute after being run for awhile. Might be something with the fuel system or a sensor. It's at my mechanic and I should know what it is next week, but I dunno how much...
  17. JasKolp

    US Southeast Keowee-Toxaway Camping Trip

    (I'm just seeing this now, lol) I wanna go but might be getting a new job this week, so I'll know next week or so if I can get that weekend. Was supposed to go camping in February/March this year when the pandemic started and didn't go because at the time I thought it would be just a minor...
  18. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    I'm eventually planning on putting 33's on it! Well, 32.8...close enough! Just gotta finish the suspension lift before putting those size tires on it to avoid any chance of rubbing.
  19. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    I haven't really done anything else to the ML in the last couple months, save for putting the spare tire and the roof rack back on. I joined a ML group on Facebook where a few members have theirs built for off roading, and I've learned a few things for how to move forward with getting it lifted...
  20. JasKolp

    1999 ML320 "AAV Montana" Build

    I got the wheels painted! Doing so really finished the look of the vehicle!!