Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-29-2009, 09:48 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 77
Conversion Costs

To expand my options, I am considering buying a 2wd Sportsmobile and having it converted to 4x4. I've read quite a few posts over the past 1+ year, but most of you who have done conversions (Salem, Quigley, Quadvan) have not mentioned costs involved. I know it varies greatly depending on the specs (suspension, gearing, flares, tires/wheels, bumpers, etc). A local shop in Boulder, CO (Boulder Offroad) stated around $12K for basically just the 4x4. Can I get some ideas out there on costs (i.e. what you paid and the main items included)? Also, has anyone ever heard of Boulder Offroad or dealt with them? They supposedly specialize in van conversions.
Thanks,
Jeff
__________________

__________________
2006 Red RB50 with SMB 4x4, 6.0 Diesel, PH Top, etc.
zaralps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2009, 12:58 AM   #2
Site Team
 
daveb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Turlock Ca
Posts: 9,428
Garage
Re: Conversion Costs

Don't really know about the cost, but starting with an E 350 is a plus. Sorry I'm talkin Ford.
__________________

__________________
2006 Ford 6.0PSD EB-50/E-PH SMB 4X4 Rock Crawler Trailer

Sportsmobile 4X4 Adventures..........On and off road adventures
daveb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2009, 10:32 AM   #3
Site Team
 
Ford_6L_E350's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Washington - Ridgefield
Posts: 4,725
Re: Conversion Costs

As a general rule, Quigley only does new vans. They did have a special going where they would do a limited number of used vans - to use up stock of axles that don't work with the 09's.

Around $12K is the starting price for most of the conversions. Extras add up quickly.

Mike
__________________
SOLD04 EB350 Custom Floorplan
6.0 PSD 4.10 Posi
Salem Kroger coil spring 4wd
SMB Trailer w/AT Air Suspension
Alaska to Key West, Labrador and more
130685 miles 16.65 mpg average

Prostate cancer survivor. viewtopic.php?f=8&t=11099
2015 VW GTI
Leaving CA for WA
Ford_6L_E350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2009, 03:06 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
carringb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Corvallis, OR
Posts: 3,518
Re: Conversion Costs

QuadVan will do use or new vans. They are also a ship through vendor for new vans so you can now buy and take delivery at any Ford dealer.
__________________
2000 E350 extended wagon dually
V10 w/ Banks Powerpack, Diablo Predator
Buckstop Outback bumper/grill guard
Reunel rear bumper
carringb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2009, 08:15 PM   #5
Site Team
 
Ford_6L_E350's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Washington - Ridgefield
Posts: 4,725
Re: Conversion Costs

Salem-Kroger does used vans. In fact, Craig told me he prefers to do used vans. Ones where the final weight is known, where the springs have taken a set if they are going to. Makes it easier to setup the van with confidence that is where it will end up.

Mike
__________________
SOLD04 EB350 Custom Floorplan
6.0 PSD 4.10 Posi
Salem Kroger coil spring 4wd
SMB Trailer w/AT Air Suspension
Alaska to Key West, Labrador and more
130685 miles 16.65 mpg average

Prostate cancer survivor. viewtopic.php?f=8&t=11099
2015 VW GTI
Leaving CA for WA
Ford_6L_E350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2009, 08:37 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
UJOINT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: AVL NC
Posts: 947
Re: Conversion Costs

Unless you get the opportunity to see any of these conversions in person, it's hard to tell. None of the websites have any decent up close photos of the suspension, and everyone thinks they're the best. I think that 12K is a good average for a turn key 4wd conversion. -- But don't go on cost alone, sometimes the cheapest isn't the best, and I've seen many inferior 4wd conversions out there!!!
__________________
Chris Steuber
02 E350 7.3 (V4)
00 E250 5.4 (V6)
05 E350 V10 (V7)
99 E36 M3
http://www.ujointoffroad.com
UJOINT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2009, 10:18 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 185
Re: Conversion Costs

I was quoted $16200 yesterday for a conversion on a new SMB by a popular west coast converter. That included Mojovi wheels and 33" tire. Basic good system.
dowgars is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2009, 08:35 AM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 77
Re: Conversion Costs

Thanks everyone for the responses. At least it gives me an idea on where to go from here.
Jeff
__________________
2006 Red RB50 with SMB 4x4, 6.0 Diesel, PH Top, etc.
zaralps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2009, 11:51 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
panion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Tucson
Posts: 185
Re: Conversion Costs

You may be able to do it yourself with a fabricator. I found all of my own parts from an F250 for $3000. Took it all to a local 4x4 fabricator. He did a great job converting me to 4 wheel. His cost was around $6000, but included installing a 46 gallon tank, rebuilding the transmission with the short shaft, changing the rear axle gears to match the front, adding an air locker, new drive shafts, etc.

I'm very pleased with my conversion. Relatively low cost and works well. The satisfaction of making it happen yourself and knowing the build is also a big plus.

My guy is willing to do another in Tucson. I can get you two together if you want.

tom.
__________________
2001 RB 7.3 Powerstroke 4WD.



http://sportsmobile4x4.blogspot.com/
panion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2009, 12:57 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
bitburger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Kirkland (Seattle), WA
Posts: 251
Re: Conversion Costs

I used Quadvan and posted in this thread.
http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/vie...&hilit=quadvan

Toward the middle of the posting, I posted pictures of what I received and the related costs.


Buji also posted his experience with Salem Kroeger complete with pics and costs.
http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/vie....php?f=3&t=272

Good luck.

-Mark
__________________

__________________

2008 EB-52, Quadvan 4x4, 6.0 PSD SOLD
bitburger is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Sportsmobile Registry

Agnes

ranchero

Serenity

Makalu1
Add your Sportsmobile
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.