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Old 05-27-2018, 11:00 AM   #1
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Agile offroad Ride Improvement Package for Ford Vans

Hi, I am sure that there is another thread about suspension improvement but I could not find it and wanted to post my experience. Here it is.


I have own (original owner) my Ford RB50 Quidley 4x4 Diesel 2002 for over 16 years and was never satisfied with the way it handled.... I had the Rancho 9000 shock and rear wheel spacers put in and it helps but I was still bottom it out (very short travel) often and I had the "wobble" (side to side steering movement / shake) ; not the deadly wobble but close...; when breaking or hitting a pothole or on the freeway at around 50 miles per hour. I actually got used to it and other than being pissed every time the wobble would manifest, I just ignored it and it went away. I learned to live with it and accepted it as part of having a modified van....


Fast track to about 1 month ago, I almost sold the van and move on to buy an SUV and told my-self that I would buy another sportsmobile in a few years based on the Sprinter van but as I was showing the van to potential buyers (almost sold it), I actually came to the conclusion that I could not live without it and took it out off the market (sold it to my-self )....


I read over the years about the wobble and the poor suspension of these vans and came upon some reviews about Agile Offroad and did more research and decided to try them out. I made an apt and drove 475 miles to San Diego last week to have the Agile off-road Ride Improvement package put in. See the link below:


Ride Improvement Package for Ford Vans - Agile Off Road



The package primarily consist of some Fox/ Agile tuned shocks and steering stabilizer, add'l rear leafs, new front springs, Reposition the Sway bar, new bushing and bump stops, ... All custom.


After driving back the van from San Diego to the bay area (San Jose) and using it a few days now going on purpose over speed bumps at different speed and trying the van in different conditions, I can honestly say... I SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS A LONG TIME AGO.


The vans does not bottom out anymore at every speed bumps, no more wobble what so ever, drive a lot tighter and feel a lot beefier .... I am very satisfied with the results and was well worth the money and the trip.


Regarding Agile Offroad, they are a small shop in San Diego with tons of experience in 4x4 and seems to specialize in the Ford and Sprinter vans. Great customer service; everyone at the shop from the front office (John and Jesus) to the shop guys were great to deal with and everyone seems passionate about what they do. I would definitely recommend them and if anyone is on the fence about spending more money to improve the ride quality off their van, don't wait anymore, the RIP package will make a difference.


Hope this review will be helpful to a few of you.


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Old 05-27-2018, 01:48 PM   #2
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Yup. Best money you can spend on a Quigley.
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Old 05-27-2018, 02:15 PM   #3
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This is how I imagine Francoisís van negotiation ending (the wagon is the van).
https://youtu.be/TkiWIpiQjbQ?t=1m50s


Glad you kept it.
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Old 05-27-2018, 07:37 PM   #4
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That is funny. As a side note, my daughter is in Theater and she just did fiddler on the roof as Chava ... the girl in that scene ....
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Old 05-28-2018, 11:06 AM   #5
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I added some Agile front shocks to my Timberline conversion (similar to Quigley) and it made a huge improvement. Their shock valving is spot on.
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Old 05-28-2018, 05:12 PM   #6
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This thread reminds me to give John a call and see if I can't talk him into some suspension work on my Excursion.


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Old 05-29-2018, 12:27 AM   #7
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Agile was great, they likewise improved the ride and handling of our SMB West conversion (no knock on SMB's work in every other regard, but the rear suspension would bottom out on bumps, it rode a bit squirrelly at higher speed and I never cared for the look of the slightly sagging back end). New custom leaf springs in the rear changed all that. Suspension feels right with no bottoming out, ride is more stable, profile is forward looking with the back end slightly higher than the front. Can't recommend John at Agile more highly.
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