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Old 04-05-2019, 05:54 AM   #1
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Lift before 4x4 conversion

I値l be purchasing a ford E350 SD soon and I知 planning on doing a 4x4 conversion down the road (in maybe a year).
If I lift the van right when I get it, will I be able to use that lift with the 4x4 conversion?
Or do most conversions have their own lift?
Not sure if any old lift kit is compatible.
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Old 04-05-2019, 06:11 AM   #2
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No. If you install a 2wd lift now, you'll be taking it all out when you do 4x4.

If you are planning on doing 4x4 youself, you'll be ahead long-term if you just stuff a solid axle under there now. A basic solid axle conversion adds 4", then taller springs will add more from there.
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Old 04-05-2019, 09:45 AM   #3
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If you know you're going to be doing a 4x4 conversion in the next year, I wouldn't do a lift. I lifted my van with a camburg kit (although I didn't think I was going to do a 4x4 conversion), then did the 4x4 conversion shortly after. I sold the lift for over $1000 less than what I paid and it only had a couple thousand miles on it.

On the other hand, if you're planning on doing a UJOR conversion, then just buy the hangar kit and front axle, and install that now. Then do the rest of the conversion when you have the time/funds to complete. That would be the only way to do a lift, then use the same components for the full 4x4 conversion.
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Old 04-08-2019, 01:54 PM   #4
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If you know you're going to be doing a 4x4 conversion in the next year, I wouldn't do a lift. I lifted my van with a camburg kit (although I didn't think I was going to do a 4x4 conversion), then did the 4x4 conversion shortly after. I sold the lift for over $1000 less than what I paid and it only had a couple thousand miles on it.

On the other hand, if you're planning on doing a UJOR conversion, then just buy the hangar kit and front axle, and install that now. Then do the rest of the conversion when you have the time/funds to complete. That would be the only way to do a lift, then use the same components for the full 4x4 conversion.
What he said, do a partial 4x4 conversion. Will be a bit more $$ than a 2wd lift but will save you in the long run.
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If you know you're going to be doing a 4x4 conversion in the next year, I wouldn't do a lift. I lifted my van with a camburg kit (although I didn't think I was going to do a 4x4 conversion), then did the 4x4 conversion shortly after. I sold the lift for over $1000 less than what I paid and it only had a couple thousand miles on it.

On the other hand, if you're planning on doing a UJOR conversion, then just buy the hangar kit and front axle, and install that now. Then do the rest of the conversion when you have the time/funds to complete. That would be the only way to do a lift, then use the same components for the full 4x4 conversion.
Thanks again for the reasonably priced lift kit
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