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Old 02-09-2019, 03:26 PM   #81
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:25 PM   #82
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I too bought some axles! I went for front and rear 4:30 from a 2013. Planning on picking up my MG kit soon! Iím excited to get going on this conversion, but I have some questions for you all.

1) What are people doing for a cross-member? Can one mod the original, or do you need a donor?
2) What year front f250 and f350 driveshafts work for donors?
3) Those of you with the shift-on-the-fly nv273f, What has your experience been? Has it been worth the electrical hassles? I saw that somebody had agile off-road make them a wiring harness. Iíll have to call them and see if thatís still a possibility. Is a DIY install challenging?
4) My van is a 2001 5.4L with the 4r70. If I can find this transmission in 4wd would it be easier/cheaper to just swap that in rather than have my tranny modded at a shop? Any reason why that wouldnít work?

Wish there was a van icon. cool guy will have to do. Thanks much!
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:57 AM   #83
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Yes, it is a DRW front axle and I expect to keep the rear duallies, at least initially. May go to a rear SRW 10.5" later. I'm chewing on what to do about wheels and wheel bolt patterns. On my last Van I converted the stock rear axle lug bolt pattern from 8x6.5" to 8x170mm using quality adapters. I don't know yet if this is advisable or even possible on a heavy ambulance with duallies.
I did a bunch of checking into this when I did mine, there wasn't a good safe way to ad adapters to a dually to change bolt pattern. So currently my rear is 8 x 6.5 and front is 8 on 170, so I carry a spare for the front as I'm banking I can limp a dually to a tire repair shop.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:02 AM   #84
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I too bought some axles! I went for front and rear 4:30 from a 2013. Planning on picking up my MG kit soon! I’m excited to get going on this conversion, but I have some questions for you all.

1) What are people doing for a cross-member? Can one mod the original, or do you need a donor?
2) What year front f250 and f350 driveshafts work for donors?
3) Those of you with the shift-on-the-fly nv273f, What has your experience been? Has it been worth the electrical hassles? I saw that somebody had agile off-road make them a wiring harness. I’ll have to call them and see if that’s still a possibility. Is a DIY install challenging?
4) My van is a 2001 5.4L with the 4r70. If I can find this transmission in 4wd would it be easier/cheaper to just swap that in rather than have my tranny modded at a shop? Any reason why that wouldn’t work?

Wish there was a van icon. cool guy will have to do. Thanks much!
Since no one else has chimed in...
1. You will be modifying the cross member in the van using the supplied template. It would be very difficult to remove and replace.
2. You can use either model front DS. It will have to be lengthened. (IIRC)
3. I went through the "electrical hassles" of doing Eshift on a previous conversion. It wasn't much of a hassle really. I would only say its not worth it from the perspective of it only gets you half way there. Shift on the fly would have the hubs lock/unlock too. It can be done. Shifft on the fly is great for snow driving. If you go wheeling or only need 4x4 for when you get stuck manual shift will suffice because you have to get out and lock hubs anyways.
4. If the new tranny is in known good condition sure. Seems like a time saver rather than having to wait for a rebuild.
Nice score on the 4.30's. Keep us updated on your progress.
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:10 AM   #85
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My last Van was also a 5.4 gas witha 4R75E and some exhaust mods had to be done as the catalytic converters were in the way of the front driveshaft. The amidships gas tank and rear driveshaft have to be shortened to accommodate the transfer case. Ujoint Ofroad has an end plate and template for the gas tank mod.

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Thanks for the comments on your lug bolt pattern decision. The "Limping dually with a Spare" is the easiest solution Did you explore the option of redrilling either the front or back hubs to match. I know this presents complications on brake rotor replacement and the front unitized bearing hub replacement and one would best have adapted spares. The "Limping Dually" sounds better all the time
I just bought a 2008 esof T/C with 23K kilometers so those "electrical hassles" are on the horizon. Last time I used the floor shifted NV271F.
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:18 AM   #86
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Thanks for the info Brian. I wasn't clear about in my question. I was talking about the transmission cross-member. I see that ujoint sells a unit with drop so the transfer case will clear the van floor. Can you mod the stock cross-member, or should I try to get one off an F-series, or is it worth it to buy one from ujoint?


The donor truck my axle is from had SOTF so, the auto hubs are already there. Does anybody know of a good thread here that discusses SOTF conversion? I need to learn more.


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1. You will be modifying the cross member in the van using the supplied template. It would be very difficult to remove and replace.
2. You can use either model front DS. It will have to be lengthened. (IIRC)
3. I went through the "electrical hassles" of doing Eshift on a previous conversion. It wasn't much of a hassle really. I would only say its not worth it from the perspective of it only gets you half way there. Shift on the fly would have the hubs lock/unlock too. It can be done. Shifft on the fly is great for snow driving. If you go wheeling or only need 4x4 for when you get stuck manual shift will suffice because you have to get out and lock hubs anyways.
4. If the new tranny is in known good condition sure. Seems like a time saver rather than having to wait for a rebuild.
Nice score on the 4.30's. Keep us updated on your progress.
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