So here we finally have it… A Mercedes Benz Unimog! With plates saying REAL4WD.
I was so excited to shoot this rig as it’s the first ever Unimog I’ve been up close to in an Off-road environment.
Niel’s Unimog in particular looks very tough with its tray back look. Sitting next to this machine made my 79 series Landcruiser feel like a passenger vehicle.
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It handled very well off-road and is very hard to get bogged with its 500mm clearance and taking on very steep sand dunes at speed was no problem with the mammoth approach angle and 44 inch rubber… Yep 44 inch!
It requires a crane to lift the tyres on and off the rear tray. Oh wait there is much more, 920l Diesel capacity, forward and rear winch, the list goes on.
Full specs and eye candy in the video at the bottom of page.
Vehicles specs (NOTE* modded details below):
Make model: Mercedes Benz Unimog – U2150L38
Engine: OM366LA, 6L, 6cyl, turbo, 214hp
Drive train: 8 speed fwd, 8 speed rev high range + 8 fwd & 8 rev low range to portal axles
Suspension: Coil springs on front, double coil springs on rear
· Stainless 3.5” exhaust and stack
· 210 AHr AGM crank batts
· 210 AHr AGM house batts with smart relay
· 4x Hella Predator Xenon spotlights
· LED headlights, tail and clearance
· Internal lighting
Comms & GPS:
· Fixed Two way – Uniden
· GPS gear – various portable devices
Suspension and tyres:
· Stock suspension, 3 to 4 tonne pay load depending on fuel level
· 395/85 R20 (1170mm tall) on bead lock split rims (195 kg)
Bar work and exterior mods:
· 920L fuel – 3500km range
· Replaced single cab with OEM 6 seat dual cab and tray
Back of the
· Double draw tool box
· Container locks
· Removable crane
· Underside toolboxes
· Front PTO winch
· Rear electric winch
· 6.25T bow shackles on all recovery points
· Snatch straps, chains, etc
· Pneumatic 4WD and diff lock engaged on the fly
Just after we had the modifications done to the mog we took it for an off-road test run. It tipped sideways in a ditch and was saved from going too far by the height of the bank which meant we were able to back out.
Top 3 tips with the vehicle:
Thanks to the following people for helping with my Unimog: