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Body and platform form a self-supporting unit on the Kombi/panel van. Structural parts of this self-supporting unit should
not be removed without replacement.
Partition walls do not have a structural function. Modifications other than complete removal are permissible.
Sidewall apertures
Retrofitting of windows is difficult and expensive. The window requirement, therefore, should be specified before the
vehicle leaves the factory (see supply programme).
Apertures for windows, doors, flaps, tailgate, vents, etc. should only be made between the structural elements (pillars, roof
frame and platform). Structural elements should not be cut into or weakened. The apertures should be supported by a
surrounding frame, which should be flush bonded to the adjacent structural elements.
If windows are to be retrofitted, the following work procedure is suggested:
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Cut out the outer panel along the inner panel of the window surround and install the window. (Windows should
only be bonded.) The differences between Kombi/panel van in the window area are shown below.
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If windows smaller than those shown below are desired, the following applies: The aperture should only ever be
made between the pillars. No structural elements should not be cut into or weakened. The aperture must be
supported by a surrounding frame, which should be flush bonded to the adjacent structural elements.
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