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    I'll probably go with Dodge as it is about $10,000 cheaper than Honda or Toyota.
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    Here is a 2013 Motor Trend article comparing Braun and VMI on Toyotas, Hondas, and Chrysler products.

    http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...mobility_vans/
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    damn, did they put a lift kit on that Toyota? Never seen such empty wheel wells.
    You got it pretty close. VMI is located in Arizona. Because of the substantial Mexican immigrant presence there the VMI conversions have been influenced by the Mexican lowriders, hence the VMI highriders. They have kneeling suspensions on all four wheels that run in a programed pattern simulating an alternating pressure mattress. If you are an SCI who does a lot of long trips, this is a must. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by McDuff View Post
    damn, did they put a lift kit on that Toyota? Never seen such empty wheel wells.
    That was my biggest concern with the Toyota, but in the end everything else made it the winner. It's much better than my 2010 Honda Odyssey and I'm really hoping the Toyota service centers are better than Honda's. It was actually a bad experience with Gwinnett Place Honda that made me start looking for a new van in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McDuff View Post
    damn, did they put a lift kit on that Toyota? Never seen such empty wheel wells.
    It's definitely lifted for ground clearance.. I've been over speed bumps with no scraping.. In my Braun I would scrape on anything and everything.. The ride is a lot smoother also.. The in floor lift gives me extra room (I'm a passenger not driver)..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
    You got it pretty close. VMI is located in Arizona. Because of the substantial Mexican immigrant presence there the VMI conversions have been influenced by the Mexican lowriders, hence the VMI highriders. They have kneeling suspensions on all four wheels that run in a programed pattern simulating an alternating pressure mattress. If you are an SCI who does a lot of long trips, this is a must. lol
    Mine only kneels on the rear passenger side..

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    It's definitely lifted for ground clearance.. I've been over speed bumps with no scraping.. In my Braun I would scrape on anything and everything.. The ride is a lot smoother also.. The in floor lift gives me extra room (I'm a passenger not driver)..
    According to VMI's webpage the Sienna has 5.6 inches of clearance at the exhaust and 6.2 inches (ground effects) whatever that is. Go to the link below and click on "Specifications."

    http://www.vantagemobility.com/produ...tar-access360/
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
    According to VMI's webpage the Sienna has 5.6 inches of clearance at the exhaust and 6.2 inches (ground effects) whatever that is. Go to the link below and click on "Specifications."

    http://www.vantagemobility.com/produ...tar-access360/
    I'm just going by my own experiences.. In my Braun van we would come to a complete stop and still scrape on a speed bump.. In my VMI we just slow down and go right over it no scraping.. Ground effects are the black section on the side (look at my pic).. It has a step on it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
    You got it pretty close. VMI is located in Arizona. Because of the substantial Mexican immigrant presence there the VMI conversions have been influenced by the Mexican lowriders, hence the VMI highriders. They have kneeling suspensions on all four wheels that run in a programed pattern simulating an alternating pressure mattress. If you are an SCI who does a lot of long trips, this is a must. lol
    Hah, 55, that was good.

    Yeah, the ground effects are really there to cover up the ugly welds and side of the dropped floor. Seems like they could come up with some "wheel effects" to cover the monster hole, like the old 50's skirts.

    My '05 T&C doesn't bottom out hardly at all, but then I think they put Mack truck rear springs on it, small bumps are teeth rattling. I will do test rides on my next purchase, smoothest and quietest ride will get my money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HACKNSACK44 View Post
    I'm just going by my own experiences.. In my Braun van we would come to a complete stop and still scrape on a speed bump.. In my VMI we just slow down and go right over it no scraping.. Ground effects are the black section on the side (look at my pic).. It has a step on it..
    VMI deserves credit for at least publishing one of the most important specs. Google cannot find those specs anywhere for Braun conversions. I am going out with a ruler today to at least measure the "ground effects" on my Honda. Why can't they call them something more meaningful like "side skirts?" back in my younger days they used to have fender skirts to cover up a good bit of the wheel and wheel well.
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