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post #1 of 42 Old 05-23-2018, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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ProMaster 136 Highroof DIYvan.com R&D build

We bought a ProMaster van for R&D work. It's a low mileage 2017 purchased from Northland Auto Sales in KC, MO.
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I grew up in Kansas and lived in KC for a time. We have friends and family in KC. My nephew is coming to work for us this summer. He is moving from Boulder, CO. He'll go pick up the van and drive it to Oregon. Then the fun begins.

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Congratulations Hein.
You are only person I know with all three van chassis: Mercedes, Ford and now Dodge !

Enjoy your new toy.

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PS: Waiting for the roof fan adapter to arrive, will be ordering Thinsulate soon.
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Phil, give me some credit.

My CA license plate reads "A DUCATO", I think I know what is going on.
RAM is a Dodge trademark of sorts, you buy a Promaster at a Dodge dealer.
I know its origins and how it got to the US.

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I can't wait for it to get here. First up is to reduce the dead cat clearance in back and get some meats on there. Is there a wheel and tire thread somewhere?
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First up is to reduce the dead cat clearance in back and get some meats on there.
Umm...translation, please?

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Umm...translation, please?
Sorry that my attempt at humor was vague. It's old guy automotive design speak.
Dead cat clearance is space between top of tire and fender. Meats are bigger tires.

From Wikipedia Glossary of automotive design terms.
"Wheel arch gap: The space between the tire and the wheel well. Currently there is a trend towards smaller wheel arch gaps. Sometimes referred to as Dead Cat Space due to the fact that, in winter, many domestic cats try to seek shelter in wheel wells of recently parked cars in an attempt to stay warm."
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Thanks, I suspected it was something like that but wasn't sure. Now for some more questions.... Bigger wheels and tires I can understand to get a little more ground clearance, though obviously you're limited in how far you can take that because of the front and back clearance on each wheel well. On the dead cat space, wouldn't reducing that except by bigger wheels and tires also reduce suspension travel? Cheers, Matthew

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