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Old 07-20-2019, 12:58 PM   #1
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Is there a need for a diy 4x4 Kit on ford vans?

Hey guys I absolutely love my 4x4 vans - I own a private shop and I have been doing 4x4 conversations on ford vans- I have a basic kit I have been building for them - I do custom Cnc plasma work , so I have all ready done the hard work on the R&D - in my opinion anyone with a little fabrication skills and a few buddyís could easily do it in a weekend (front suspension) - With my brackets Iím making, Iím using a four inch f250 lift spring-every van iv done rides fantastic! And you can run a 35 inch tire!

Thanks vanbros!
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Old 07-20-2019, 03:25 PM   #2
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Welcome.

Yes, there is a need, as exhibited by the numerous kit-built vans done by members of this forums. Currently you can source a leaf spring kit from U-Joint Off-road, or a coil spring kit from ExpoVans. They offer fuel tank & transfer case parts too.

Is there anything that sets your kit apart?
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:02 PM   #3
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Wow that super cool to hear! Having a fab shop has it benefits, what I could offer at this time would be a weld on type kit. All the parts like the springs and shocks are easy to get from your local off road shop. I have been making the following

Front mounts
Leaf spring pads with lower shock mounting point
shackles
Pan hard bar brackets
Upper shock weld in washer

We’re all on a budget and I think price matters
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:23 PM   #4
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Also if your interested I have some videos on YouTube on some of the parts I cut out on the Cnc plasma table it under. Broham media
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Old 07-21-2019, 10:58 AM   #5
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I think you'd have some interest if you put together a basic menu of items with the recipe, geared toward the heavy duty DIYer.



Weld on brackets offered, what a guy would need to say, to complete a front axle install (what year axle a guy would need to use your prescribed recipe for instance). "You'll need to source these shocks, these springs, this or that axle..." Let your customer have the shopping list, and sell him the brackets.



A video showing you doing a conversion, and how a guy goes about locating your brackets to the frame during weld for instance, would go a long way.


Steering details get a lot of guys hung up as well, showing how you handle this would be key.
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Old 07-21-2019, 02:24 PM   #6
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I agree with you a 100%- looks like I have a little work to do. I’m in the middle of the red van build. I will get better pictures up for you guys to see what’s I’m doing, thanks for the information!
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Old 07-21-2019, 04:42 PM   #7
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https://youtu.be/Nv2a5XxwoPk Here is a short video of the van driving still as a 2 wheel drive. It’s pretty funny looking
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Post up some pics and info about that rad van in your first pic!

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Old 07-22-2019, 12:39 PM   #9
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Nope, no need for a kit
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Yeah if your interested I can send you a set of brackets/ call for pricing
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