Mercedes - G Wagen 1979 - 1990

Mercedes - G Wagen 1979 - 1990

Born to be tough enough for the military, yet refined enough for commercial civilian use, the Mercedes W460 represented a new era. Known for their boxy utilitarian shape and incredibly simple interiors, the W460 isn't the G-Wagen you've often associated with Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Incredibly capable straight from the factory, the G-Class doesn't need many modifications, but like many four-wheel drives you'll see a benefit with a slight lift, higher-performing shocks, and a taller tire.

How Much Should I Lift My W460? 

If you're going to be driving your W460 regularly on the street, we advocate for no more than two to three (2-3") inches of lift, which should be provided by a taller progressive-rate spring. 

What's The Best Size Tire For My W460?

We like the 255-85R16 for its combination of a roughly 33" overall diameter and 10.5" width. "Tall and Skinny" not only fits classic character of the W460, but since they were fitted with un-ventilated disks up front and drums in the rear, they're easier to stop than a wider tire as well. Did we mention it's also less rotating mass to accelerate, too? 

Who Makes The Best Roof Rack For The W460? 

If an OEM Professional rack is out of the cards (they're $6,250 the last we checked), then you should consider the excellent Front Runner Slimline roof rack that's very popular with G-Wagen owners all over the world. Available in different lengths with numerous accessories and mounting brackets, you won't go wrong with the South African-made rack. 

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