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Old 02-10-2008, 09:44 AM   #1
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Height: SMB vs. Quigly

Does anyone have any info of the lift height of an SMB Vs. a Quigly? How many inches is added on a 4x4 SMB lift? The wife and I aren't sure if we should go the SMB, Quigly, or S&K route for our 4x4 lift. We would like to put 35" tires on our rig. Thanks
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:52 AM   #2
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My SMB with the SMB 4x conversion and 35" tires stands around 93"-94" tall. That's lightly loaded. No Idea on the Quigley except that it's shorter.
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Old 02-10-2008, 02:05 PM   #3
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I'm not sure if Quigley or Sportsmobile have optional set ups, but SK seems pretty flexible as to what they will do. When I asked Craig at SK what was the most popular for camping vans, he said 4" lift with 35 inch tires, or 3 1/2" lift with 33" tires. I ended up compromising with a 4" lift and 34" tires on 17" rims. Craig at SK seemed to like it as there was a near exact replacement in front and rear gearing, I think 4.5something to get me back to my 4.12 gear ratio. My wife didn't want the van to be so high that it would be a pain to get in and out of, hence the 34" instead of 35". Plus I pick up a 1/2" of clearance with the 17" wheels over the stock 16". I think it will be fine for our needs. oclv
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Old 02-10-2008, 03:16 PM   #4
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With the solid front axle, the Quigley lift is also 4". Plenty of room for 35's.




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Old 02-18-2008, 09:26 AM   #5
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Note: Change in overall height for the 2008 SMB 4x4

On a related note, the overall height for the SMB4x4 has changed from 2007 to 2008.

Previously the height was slightly under 92". The web site has been updated this week that the revised height for 2008 is 94". This is an issue for me since I would like to garage it.

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The overall height dimensions have slightly changed for the new 2008 Ford vans. Since the brakes are larger the smallest wheels we can fit are 17". Most of the tires that go with the 17" wheel have been size 315/70/R17, this standard package brings the overall height to 94".
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Useful if you plan on garaging it. Note they offered lower profile tires as a suggestion if overall height is an issue.
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Old 02-18-2008, 03:18 PM   #6
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I'm getting mixed reviews. Some say that the new 08's come with 17" rims stock due to the upgraded brakes. However, when I got a brochure for the E-Series, the stock tires are on 16" rims. What is it? Any info anyone?
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Old 02-18-2008, 05:39 PM   #7
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The requirement for 17" wheels/tires is for the SMB 4wd conversion, not for the stock van.

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Thanks for the clarification Mike!
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I just noticed a new 2008 Ford (actually 2) with Quigley 4x4 at SMB TX yesterday, ... and I remembered this thread...

In comparing the 3 SMB 4x4 2008 Fords against the 2 Quigley 4x4 2008 Fords, it looks like the SMB 4x4 is taller, has more ground clearnace, and looks to have significantly more suspension travel.

I thought that the changes to the suspension were Ford changes, but have I mis-understood? are they reall SMB 4x4 suspension channges?
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We have 2002 Quigley 4x4, and compared to a 2005 SMB 4x4 I just saw our van sits about 2" lower.

Our vehicles had identical tires, BFG AT 285/75/16s, and visually it appeared that the SMB 4x4 had a taller lift kit, with the underside of their top-center fenderflare around 41" and ours at 39" if I recall correctly.

Hope that helps a bit.
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