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Old 02-12-2011, 11:39 AM   #1
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In general what are the cost differences between SMB and Quigley for standard 4x4 conversion?
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:19 PM   #2
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Re: 4x4 conversion pricing

I believe there is a cost sheet on SMB's website in the 4x4 options regarding the two. Quigley is a bit cheaper.
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:27 PM   #3
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I can't speak to Quigley, but I did do a side by side comparison between SMB and Quadvan.

What I found was that Quadvan has a lower cost base plan. However, after adding all the options I wanted to make both as apples to apples as I could, the price was nearly identical.

Just as one example: SMB includes the Transfer Flow fuel tank in their basic package. Quadvan does not. However, Quadvan can and does install them as an option.
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:53 PM   #4
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Re: 4x4 conversion pricing

What about our own Ujoint??
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What about our own Ujoint??
Certainly a solid option.
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Old 02-12-2011, 03:09 PM   #6
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Re: 4x4 conversion pricing

U-Joint is significantly cheaper, assuming you're using salvaged parts and doing the labor yourself. In which case you would expect it to be a lot cheaper. I think any of the 3 are great results.

From my basic homework (take with a grain of salt)
Quadvan $10-12k
UJoint $5-9k
Both seem to have lots of happy customers.

I didn't check SMB
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Re: 4x4 conversion pricing

SMB is a bit more $'s as they use the Dynatrac Prorock D60 and Atlas II.
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:39 PM   #8
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4x4 conversion pricing

That's what surprised me. SMB isn't more expensive because of their choice in axle and transfer case. They are more expensive because they swap in a new fuel tank, replace the rear stock springs (vice adding blocks to the stock springs), etc.

If you add those options to the Quadvan package, the price evens out. Don't take my word for it. Ask Quadvan for a quote that includes the extras that are integral to the SMB setup and you'll see.

That being said, maybe you don't need the extra gas. Maybe you are happy with blocks under your stock rear springs. Then why pay for thing you don't want/need (of course I use the term "need" VERY loosely)?
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:52 AM   #9
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Re: 4x4 conversion pricing

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In general what are the cost differences between SMB and Quigley for standard 4x4 conversion?
In 2006 I think it was about a 4K difference (if I remember correctly) done by SMB.
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Re: 4x4 conversion pricing

Thanks for the plugs fellas!

As stated above, look at the completed conversion & what it offers. It really boils down to what you expect from the van & it's intended use over it's lifetime. Will it be easy to modify in the future? Are replacement parts easy to obtain? Can you customize the conversion to your exact specs? What quality of parts are used right out of the box? Will the conversion include components that you don't need? These are just a few questions that pop into my head.....

There are a few options & routes to take! It's a great time to be a 4x4 enthusiast
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