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Re: Das mule

Postby Robjackson » 04 May 2019, 08:06

It’s a ‘vanagon’ built by an American overland outfitters called das mule. They put a lot of custom work into this thing. Probably a bit marmite but the bumpers look cool. Google “das mule syncro”.


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Re: Das mule

Postby Jim San » 04 May 2019, 08:49

Robjackson wrote:It’s a ‘vanagon’ built by an American overland outfitters called das mule. They put a lot of custom work into this thing. Probably a bit marmite but the bumpers look cool. Google “das mule syncro”.


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Re: Das mule

Postby silverbullet » 04 May 2019, 09:03

The chap behind Das Mule got a bit precious about his sill protection bars as I recall...claimed they were patented, like they were an original idea or something.

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Re: Das mule

Postby Robjackson » 04 May 2019, 09:17

Haha. Are they not just a bit of box section?


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Re: Das mule

Postby 4x4 Bus » 04 May 2019, 11:15

Just box section. Sill protectors on the syncro have been arround to decades. Projectzwo being one of the first and commercially available. But to be honest non of the available products have been proper sill protectors but rather side protectors. Das mule syncro is a one of a kind but very unrefined and personlay would dread taking a long journey it it.
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Re: Das mule

Postby Robjackson » 04 May 2019, 11:31

Tell us more.....


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Re: Das mule

Postby 4x4 Bus » 04 May 2019, 13:48

For starters: It has hideous bucket seats. They may work in a " max power" nova but in a van they are very unfomftable to get in and out of as well as restricting movement in a syncro. The role cage will also be a pain to climb over each time to want in and out as well as restricting movement into the back from the front.
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Re: Das mule

Postby Robjackson » 04 May 2019, 14:56

Just seen the pictures of that, doesn’t look the best....


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Re: Das mule

Postby Oilline » 05 May 2019, 11:27

Well for one think it was an excellent build.
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Re: Das mule

Postby Robjackson » 05 May 2019, 12:17

Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure it is, I was only commenting on the roll cage in a camper.


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Re: Das mule

Postby Oilline » 05 May 2019, 13:25

Bet they were glad of that cage when they rolled it in Baja in the middle of nowhere

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Re: Das mule

Postby silverbullet » 05 May 2019, 13:31

Side loading a bow shackle like that...not recommended if you want to get the pin out again.

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Re: Das mule

Postby 4x4 Bus » 05 May 2019, 15:53

That cage did nothing to help. There are no diagonal bars across the back to prevent folding vertically. It is realy just for show. The T3 platform is structurally very good without adding unesesary cages. I have seen many 2WD that have been rolled ( right over) and all things considered have stood up extremely well. Then I have seen landrovers that have been rolled and the roof is at bottom of window level. From memory they only put it no its side? Very different to a complete role over.
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Re: Das mule

Postby 4x4 Bus » 05 May 2019, 15:57

The chap has clearly spent a lot of time and effort on this syncro and hats off to him.
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Re: Das mule

Postby silverbullet » 05 May 2019, 17:01

I was thinking the same. No triangulation to the cage, its mostly dead weight.

Transmission skid plates look rivetted on?

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