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Old 03-20-2015, 10:59 PM   #1
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eb 350 sliding door issues

we have been on the hunt for awhile now for another smb. kinda specific what I want but whats out there is far and few between. I have located an 07 e350 with really low miles and its the right color. its bare bones and my intent is to keep it 2wd, but add a lift kit and taller wheels and tires, have smb do the penthouse and a rb50 plan, just like our first one. the only issue I don't know about and can't seem to find anything written about is the sliding side door. other than two obvious problems, I couldn't get the cool awning window, and would settle for a slider at the passenger side location, and tire size as far as width. how wide could I go? I don't see any issues if I was to do a 4x4 conversion.
at any rate I have looked around for some pics or articles on this with no luck so far. surely this has been an issue for somebody else wanting the 50 plan for their sliding door van.
fwiw, we do like the larger glass in the sliding door.

I appreciate any comments on this. Even if its keep looking for side swings.
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:49 AM   #2
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Re: eb 350 sliding door issues

.....i believe the slider will also potentially interfere with rear bushwacker flares if that's your intent.

MGmetalworks and perhaps a few others have fabricated some modified brackets to allow the door to clear the flares, but it sounds like it's a bit involved.

........no door galley options either.
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Re: eb 350 sliding door issues

Mg Metalworks makes a hinge extension.

http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/t ... n-tutorial


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Old 03-22-2015, 07:59 AM   #4
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Re: eb 350 sliding door issues

thanks guys! and good point on the galley cabinet. in our last smb, we never used ours that much so we are thinking the trade off for the bigger window for the kids in the back will be worth it. I'm not really thinking bushwackers either. although its another great point i didn't consider.
i will research mg metalworks in the morning. i like what he's done and he seems user friendly.
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Re: eb 350 sliding door issues

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.....i believe the slider will also potentially interfere with rear bushwacker flares if that's your intent.

MGmetalworks and perhaps a few others have fabricated some modified brackets to allow the door to clear the flares, but it sounds like it's a bit involved.

........no door galley options either.
Bushwacker makes a narrower flare for just the passenger rear for these vans.
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Old 03-22-2015, 08:35 AM   #6
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Re: eb 350 sliding door issues

Slider van with BFG 285/75r17 (33" tire):



The solution, before finish work:

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thanks guys! and good point on the galley cabinet. in our last smb, we never used ours that much so we are thinking the trade off for the bigger window for the kids in the back will be worth it. I'm not really thinking bushwackers either. although its another great point i didn't consider.
i will research mg metalworks in the morning. i like what he's done and he seems user friendly.

Let me know if you have any questions about the extended hinges. Several people who've purchased hinges from me are running 35" tires so you do have a pretty good range of tire choices (provided you choose the right wheel dimensions).

Bajasportsmobile's method of cutting the door works too so you have more than one option for making a slider door van work.

On my van I have the barn door style bushwacker flares and I modified the right rear to allow the door to slide past. I like the barn door style flares better because they provide more coverage. The slider door style has to be really narrow to clear the door so they don't really do much other than look cool.
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thanks. I will get in touch with you. I should be getting my ride in a week or so. and thanks for the pics bsmb. exactly what I was looking for. i'm really looking forward to building this van.
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