Originally Posted by neatvan
Thanks and I hope this is relevant enough to not be considered a hijack to JWA's post.
Nope your questions would be the same as mine so you're spot on and completely relevant!
However I'm almost more confused now than before---and that's saying quite a lot!
Okay so a few questions then...
1. Do the axle ratings shown on the serial tag reflect spring loading capacity or the maximum weight any axle can safely carry continually? Tires are another issue I understand so I guess I'm asking more about SRW's. I don't believe I need or want DRW's in my application.
2. Since my load will remain pretty much as configured now do I really need the FF rear axle OR would the existing SF work over the life of the van? Am I borderline overloading the rear axle now?
3 IF the existing axle is acceptable am I ill-advise adding an extra leaf to the rear spring packs, more to slightly increase the ride height rather than add to weight handling? Keep in mind I never tow and loads will NOT increase from the current GVW?
So then.........IF I need a FF and I do NOT have RSC and want something that'll drop right in place from what donor vehicle(s) would I search? I don't think a wider axle would be a good choice IF it requires any bit of modification prior to or during installation---down time would be of high concern
So far I'm "hearing" something with disc brakes (naturally), model years 2001-2004 E350's OR a later year(S) E350 without RSC. Am I close?
Also would I need another drive shaft or should my existing SM part work?
Guys thanks sooooooo much for the help and comments---I'm learning quite a bit!