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    sweet ride robotnik...... mind taking a pic of hand controls and steering fork? like a shot from drivers seat. thx john
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    Nice ride robotnik. I've considered a second-hand "V-Class" also. The ultra thin F6 under vehicle lift looks really nice. Can I ask about how much the lift cost (money has been tight)?
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    @ E, this Mercedes was the manager's car of a Mercedes garage, mid-2014 and only 16000 km so I hope it is still fresh , enough to travel back to Amsterdam I hope so !!
    The lift costed me 7250?, but the big difference vs. Braun model is, as the Braun is not as thin (9cm vs 6cm) you have to change the fuel tank for a thinner, and smaller one. And to change the fuel tank, you have also to change one part of the exhaust. All this mess was very pricey.
    With the F6 model things are more simple, just screw it under the car and GO ! (to make it short, of course). If you don't have too much elevated walkways in your neighborhood it can be enough, if not you can install the long springs kit.

    @ John, I have this very bad pict, I'll take more (and better ones !) tomorrow.
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    thx much. how do you like that fork, I tried one briefly and didn't like it. hated the tripin more thou
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    @robotnik, Wow, it sounds like you got a great deal with the Mercedes. It's not in our budget now, but maybe someday... Hopefully we will see you back in Holland again soon (you are all welcome)!
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    I've taken some other picts, not far better than before I'm afraid.
    You can see the fork and the brake/throttle lever. It is a push to brake, and to gas you have to rock the extremity. My mechanic has made this kind of collar with 4 buttons, 2 are the turn signals, one for the horn and the last is for flashing the lights.
    @John, I've always use this kind of fork and I'm getting used to. But with the difficulties I have now to turn this damn steering wheel, a friend has advised me to try a tri-pin fork. According to him it was more powerful? So I've got one for trial, but I didn't take the time to test it yet? What do you use yourself, and what do you think of that ?
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    Your Mercedes is nice. Without a floor drop 54" of headroom won't be enough for many quads in power chairs.
    Try-Pin provides much more power and control for quads than the V-grip. I tried a V-grip after 30 years of Tri-pin use and I couldn't keep my hand in it at certain points of the steering wheel rotation. With the 2 pins snug at the wrist your hand is very secure in the Tri-pin.

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    robot, I have never used anything. I do like a two handed turn . I keep my handcontrol very close to the wheel so my left hand can pin the steering wheel as I turn the wheel. my tenodesis keeps my quad club tight on the wheel. I have a tripin I bought to try with the new van and hate it, my hand didn't stay in it any better than fork/vgrip.
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    I can update this post with 2 other mods I had to do on my car. The main issue was the steering a bit too heavy for cornering at moderate speed… and the difficulty was finding a guy aware enough on the Mercedes steering assist to work on it. That's now done, the effort on the steering wheel has been cut in half (from 1kg to 0,5Kg), it's now very easy to turn it, and there's still the electric power decreasing when the car accelerate, so it's still very sure...
    After a bit use of the car, I started to get frightened with the braking power too... It appeared that to have extra braking power there was an "Emergency Braking System" (thanks Mercedes) but to get engaged, you had to move the pedal with enough speed and apply enough power on it ... and these values were out of my abilities. Luckily the "steering specialist" was also a "brakes specialist" and he did a little mod on the vacuum assistance... Now I can stop this beast with 2 fingers !
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    Would you happen to know the weight limit of your lift?

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