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Old 10-11-2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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Hey everyone, new user here from Oregon. I just bought my first 4x4 van, '01 Quigley 7.3 Powerstroke. I am excited to get fabricating on it, however I have encountered a major issue already with the Quigley torque arms... they are cracked! I have read a few OLD posts but I am curious if anyone else has come up with a better fix? Thanks in advance, I look forward to the future here!
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:05 PM   #2
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A better fix than what, replacing them with new better arms?
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:13 PM   #3
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Right, the solution I read in old threads was to order the "new and improved" Quigley components. However, I am currently talks with Quigley about that and I am not particularly pleased with their attitude about the situation. I guess I'm curious what other people have used, or who they used - I'd rather not have to spend multiple days building my own bars if I don't have to.
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:53 PM   #4
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Re: New member/Quigley issues

Take it to QuadVan in NW Portland!

They can un-Quiglify your van and install a real Ford front axle. Or you could get an un-quiglification kit from U-Joint Off-Road and convert it to leaf springs.

Another option is extended torque arms from Colorado Camper Van.

Or have BajaSportsmobile convert the van to IFS
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Old 10-11-2013, 02:21 PM   #5
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Re: New member/Quigley issues

The cheapest, simplest solution is to replace the cracked arms with the new Quigley pieces.

Other solutions noted above are more involved and offer other benefits. Your choice.

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Old 10-11-2013, 11:09 PM   #6
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Re: New member/Quigley issues

Any competent fab shop with off-road experience should be able to weld and box your old arms for cheap, and they will be good as new (better once boxed) for pretty cheap.
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:21 AM   #7
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Re: New member/Quigley issues

I replaced both of our Quigley torque arms a few years ago after word got out about the problem. Note that the decision on the part of Quigley to originally use U-shaped arms was from pressure from Ford to maintain the energy attenuation design of the Ford frame...I'm guessing that the U-shape arms would be more likely to crush and absorb energy in a crash.

I called Quigley when I first discovered a small crack in one of our torque arms but told them that both had cracks. As I recall, the arms were about $130 each (supposedly their cost) and I installed them myself without problems.

I think that the SMB 4x4 conversion is a superior design (with a MUCH tighter turning radius) but it wasn't available when we purchased our van. Regardless, our Quigley conversion has worked fine for the past dozen years and 100,000 miles and I've been satisfied with it.
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Re: New member/Quigley issues

I heard about the potential for cracking and checked for it. Found a crack, ordered the new arms from Quigley, installed them. No more problem.

But it is pretty lame that they have a known problem resulting from poor design and they still make us buy the new arms.
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Just had these installed, much stouter build with thicker sidewall tubbing, rebuildable johnny joints, adjustable length.

http://coloradocampervan.com/Suspension ... ccv_4.html
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Right, the solution I read in old threads was to order the "new and improved" Quigley components. However, I am currently talks with Quigley about that and I am not particularly pleased with their attitude about the situation.
What is their attitude about the situation? Did they not offer you the bars at cost?
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