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  • #16
    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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    • #17
      Originally posted by HACKNSACK44 View Post
      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/
      You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
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      • #18
        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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        • #19
          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.
          "a T10, who'd Rather be ridin'; than rollin'"

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          • #20
            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.
            You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
            http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

            See my personal webpage @
            http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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            • #21
              Originally posted by McDuff View Post
              damn, did they put a lift kit on that Toyota? Never seen such empty wheel wells.
              As my above post suggests maybe it time that fenderskirts are brought back into style.
              You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
              http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

              See my personal webpage @
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              • #22
                I'm in agreement with you all that the gap in the rear tire well looks hideous and needs some kind of aftermarket finder skirt to cover it up my 2001 Chrysler t/c has that ugly stance. On the other hand I previously owned a 96 Ford minivan with an infloor ramp and rear air bags. It looked cool however it sat so low it scraped going over anything even pebbles in the road. Ha ha

                I wish I could afford one of these newer vans but they want an arm and leg for them only way I'm riding around in one is in my dreams or during a rental if mine breaks down.
                Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. .(John Wayne)

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                • #23
                  Being the gearhead that I am, I got curious and checked a video of 'how it's built'. After being mesmerized by the recitation of how awesome the conversion was...this caught my eye...some extra-schlocky duct taping of a wiring harness to the wheelhousing just before the skilled craftsmen put the cover back on. Guess that missed the editing process, lol.

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                  Well, that was good enough to stop and take a screen grab...back to finish the show

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                  • #24
                    doesn't the vmi have a bump towards the entrance of van that woldit hardr to get up
                    to alcohol the cause of-and solution to-all of lifes problems [homer simpson]

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
                      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.
                      I agree VMI list all of the important specs.. Another reason why it's lifted is the maximum floor drop of 14.875 inches..

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                      • #26
                        I just recently purchased a new 2014 Braun Honda Odyssey that I love...it's really quiet and a really smooth ride! I would definitely recommend going with a Braun conversion. Click image for larger version

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                        • #27
                          A couple of photos of our 3 week old 2014 Honda Odyssey with BraunAbility conversion. After driving both the Toyota Sienna and the Honda, my wife preferred the Honda. I am 6'1" and have plenty of headroom when in my Permobil M300.

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                          I got a finger in the way on this one. lol

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                          You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                          http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                          See my personal webpage @
                          http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by wheelin 48 View Post
                            doesn't the vmi have a bump towards the entrance of van that woldit hardr to get up
                            Yeah, the last foot or so is significantly steeper. It can be dangerous if your ramp is already at a dicey angle due to a sloping parking space.
                            Don - Grad Student Emeritus
                            T3 ASIA A 26 years post injury

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                            • #29
                              I use the VMI Toyota Sienna, a 2012 model. Very reliable (broadcasting company engineering vehicle driven by multiple physically challenged engineers, myself included). Very reliable, no issues beyond normal maintenance related. No regrets. And VMI is the best to deal with when any concerns arise. I love the van (I am supposed to get it as a take home when the business tax deduction is written off) I love VMI and the van. And we would buy another. It now has around 65,000 miles and drives and runs like new. No rattles, totally awesome engineering, build quality, and reliability in daily service.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Donno View Post
                                Yeah, the last foot or so is significantly steeper. It can be dangerous if your ramp is already at a dicey angle due to a sloping parking space.
                                The newer models have really fixed that "bump". My 2010 Honda has that, but the 2014 Toyota is not really noticeable.

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