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Old 08-02-2013, 04:01 PM   #11
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Re: Quadvan Upgrades/Modifications etc....

More work today. BajaSportsMobile (Ramsey) took a couple leaves out of my Deaver rear spring pack and put in a 2" block to bring the rear back up to almost level. Van rides much better now. Should have done it a long time ago. Rear is softer and smooth over normal/regular roads.

The 2" block helped bring the rear up from the front lift we did a couple weeks ago and helped make up for the two leaves removed. Good times!!

Slight possibility of new shocks but might not with the ride I have now.









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Old 08-02-2013, 08:21 PM   #12
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Upgrades are always good!!

Have you tried driving without the rear sway bar? I've driven a few coil sprung vans that had rear sway bars and they always felt strange.

My little OCD guy on my shoulder says to trim those zip ties!
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:42 PM   #13
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Ramsey must be good, he even put monster tires on his floor jack! Check out the photo with the floor jack in front of the van, looks like he stole the wheels off a red wagon and put them on his floor jack.

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Old 08-02-2013, 09:32 PM   #14
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Unimog, love that jack too!! Might have to have one just because.

Chris, I have had front and back sway bars disconnected for the last few weeks and like how it drives better too. I have left the main bar there while testing without them.

Agree on the cable ties. Need to get on that!! Been spending to much time on getting the top repainted. That fiasco is finally over.
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Old 08-03-2013, 04:10 AM   #15
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monster tires on his floor jack! Check out the photo with the floor jack in front of the van, looks like he stole the wheels off a red wagon and put them on his floor jack.
We modify the jack for use in the pits in desert racing - easier to move around in the sand and taller to help lift the higher ground clearance vehicles.
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Old 08-03-2013, 04:27 AM   #16
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We have spent several hours on Brent's van improving the handling and ride quality. We re-sprung the front with a longer higher rate spring and and increased the bump travel as well as overall travel and removed the sway bar. This really improved the ride of the van, but there was more to do.

A week or so later, I happened to see Brent on the freeway up ahead of me and followed him for several miles observing the handling. I called him up and told him we needed to remove some of the spring in the rear as I could see it was too stiff. We removed two selected leafs and from his Deaver packs and then added back a factory Ford spacer to get back the lost ride height.

Sometimes you get lucky - we hit it just right and really smoothed the van out to where it really rides nice and I am very happy with it.

This week I also re-sprung a Quigley SportsMobile and installed custom valved Fox Shox - what a game changer!
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:00 AM   #17
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I have a Quadvan also. How would I know if mine rides good or bad without a comparison? I came from a suburban with quad steer so mine experience is limited. I think I drove Brent's van with John before he got it. I just have no way to compare. Mine seems bouncy and stiff. I do know that if you are not really paying attention you can end up on the shoulder. Where to start? I would love to improve it if possible. My wife loved the burb and tolerates the van.

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Old 08-03-2013, 10:15 AM   #18
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Hey Brad, the van rides much better from when I picked it up. It never drove bad and in fact it was much better than my Quigley from the start. I may have kept my Quigley if I could have had this type of ride adjustment with it although I wanted the extra length in the one I have now.

The extra travel up front combined with the adjustment to the Deavers in the rear have really smoothed it out.

I did not notice much of a difference in the ride when I installed the Deavers like others have but removing the two springs from the pack has really improved it.
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Old 08-03-2013, 04:12 PM   #19
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If you ever get back up to Oregon I would love to compare rides.
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I love how you took the extra effort to add lighting in your wheel well for the pics.
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