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Old 03-25-2010, 12:28 AM   #31
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Re: Ford 2wd lift kit?

I don't think that's quite half way...

Also, if that's the route you're going it might be better to ensure that the future 4x axle is bolt in, not to actually put it in (depending on how long you'll be "½" there ). Your gas mileage will suffer and you'll be putting wear and tear on the components, all without getting the use of the axle.

If you're going to do the 4x4 system in a short enough time to have that not matter.. why not wait a bit and do the whole thing? Or do 4x4 now and lift it later?

(as always it's easier to spend other people's money!)
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:07 AM   #32
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:05 AM   #33
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Re: Ford 2wd lift kit?

I would have to say that installing the front axle is more than halfway on a 4x4 conversion. If you hang the axle, steering components, brake lines, lift the rear, and install the shocks, all that's left is the transmission & fuel tank modification to complete the 4x4 swap. Sure, you'll be pushing around the added weight of the front axle and be less aerodynamic, but we're already talking about lifting the van anyway. And I wouldn't be concerned with wear & tear, the axle won't be spinning anyway.

This a good way to "invest" in a 4wd van over time, since it's hard for some of us to lay down all that $$$ at one time. And I too am a PRO at spending others $$!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:52 AM   #34
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Good point Ujoint! I am still undecided on which way I want go as far as a lift, so it (the lift) is being put on the back burner while I do the stuff I know I want for sure.

Anyone near Monterey, Ca have a Ujoint conversion or a SMB 4x4 that I could ride in to see what it rides like? I will buy lunch or dinner!!


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I have an 04 E350 that I put a 6" lift on from Action Van and LOVE it. Its the 1st time Ive lifted a van or truck and the lift makes it a smoother ride.

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Old 05-22-2010, 12:36 AM   #36
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Thanks for all you're help guys!

I ended up going with the 6" Action van setup. I will post pics as soon as I figure out tire size for a sliding door
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Old 05-29-2010, 02:54 PM   #37
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Re: Ford 2wd lift kit?

Looking forward to your pics Floorguy

I am facing the same dilemma...2wd lift or start a 4wd conversion. I recently acquired a '97 E350 PSD. I want 35's but don't anticipate a need for 4wd. If the 2wd lift kits were cheaper...I'd go that route and call it a day. But at $1800-2000 for the 2wd...I don't think I can pull that trigger. That's a significant amount towards a conversion

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Just a thought: you will probably be limited by loss of grip before you hit ground clearance problems on a 2WD
I have been testing and since I got some good tires (TOYO) I have noticed an amazing improvement. But as soon as the weight transfers over the rear axle you lose grip before any rocks get near the underside... That is with OEM ride hight...
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I'm with saabman. I've driven about 5k miles on dirt and gravel roads from La Paz to Deadhorse in my 2wd and clearance hasn't been an issue. If the lift is about the looks, go for it. What I would go for is on board air so I can air down in sand, and lockers.
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I'm with saabman. I've driven about 5k miles on dirt and gravel roads from La Paz to Deadhorse in my 2wd and clearance hasn't been an issue. If the lift is about the looks, go for it. What I would go for is on board air so I can air down in sand, and lockers.
Ya I have onboard air already but am mainly doing it for looks and a little ground clearence until I can afford a true SMB. I'm sure with the lift and tires now, I can get just a little deeper in the woods now vs. stock height and tires.



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