Originally Posted by keytothestone
The MG coil design really not proven? Or a combination of all these? Hmmm I wonder why he's not doing them anymore?????
You've had a bad experience and that's unfortunate. I can understand that it is frustrating and you're well within your rights to post what you feel but I take this statement as you throwing stones at me personally, my design and, at least in part, how I put a roof over my family's head.
I can't speak for how your van was built because I didn't build it. You've had a lot problems that point to the builder though, not the design of my kit. My kit has worked just fine in dozens of vans now, some with several years and 10's of thousands of miles on them. You have a few issues though and my design is suddenly unproven and that must be why I don't convert E-series vans any longer? That really irritates me that you've implied that.
I have tried to help you diagnose the issues you've had and offered guidance and you've basically just brushed it away. And now on top of that, you're implying that some of your problems are in a way due to how radius arm brackets bolt to the frame...
Here are a couple things to think about
- I don't offer a "complete" 4x4 conversion. I sell brackets that locate an F-series axle and radius arm suspension in an E-series frame. It is intended to take the most difficult part of the conversion out of the equation. Competent shops or DIY'ers can convert their E-series vans to 4x4 using our brackets, some off the shelf parts and in some cases, custom components that they must source or make themselves. The transmission cross member is not part of the brackets we offer, any modifications or customizations for the trans cross member is up to the shop or DIY'er doing the work. Lots of people love that we offer these brackets and a whole community of DIY'ers is growing, along with it a great knowledge base and information sharing. What other conversion shop just gives out part numbers and DIY guides and how-tos so freely? I've shared everything I know about converting an E-series to 4x4 through our informational package (that is sent out to interested parties) and I continue to contribute to the knowledge base whenever I can. I've been very accessible through this forum and others and I'm not hard to get ahold of if people have questions. Rather than reach out to me for my $0.02 you choose to try to smear me? Come on dude...
-We used to offer installation of 4x4 conversions for the E-series. Why did we stop? Because they sometimes take weeks, tying up the shop and the lift, the labor dollars aren't that great and on a van-to-van basis...one could be easy and the next one could be a huge PITA. I have a project list over 100 items long, taking away one thing that sucked up all of my time was a good thing for our business. Since we've "open-sourced" the 4x4 conversion (selling just the brackets and providing tons of useful info to DIY'ers) we've had a much easier time getting things done. I didn't stop developing our radius arm suspension because it wasn't working. I stopped putting all of my eggs in the E-series basket because I have too many things to do and something had to be cut.
-Custom vehicles are not for everyone. 4x4 vans are cool and lots of people love them. They are however hand-built custom vehicles and sometimes hand-built customs are not going to be everything you hope they'll be. Your list of issues would really annoy most people and I get why you've got a bad taste in your mouth. Stuff like this happens with custom vehicles though. You either have the patience to resolve the issues or you don't. I hope that the sting of your misfortune wears off and you can get these items fixed and enjoy the van.