Thanks for all the warm welcomes.
The conversion was not done by Agile. The P.O lived in Tucson and did the conversion himeself. It has a couple of things from agile on it (like the fuel tank) but the front end came out of a 97 F250. The previous owner grafted it in himself. The conversion seems solid, and indeed the van drives very well for a 9800lb rig. It has a couple of small problems:
1: the steering linkages rub near the ball joint that connects them. Something is slightly bent I think
2: the PO told me that the drivers side spring rubs the shock body a bit at full articulation. I cant see evidence of this but he told me it does so I believe him.
RandallDee - What are your preferences for the TTB? I can see articulation and ride quality as its two biggest pluses. My issue with it is the alignment changes constantly as the suspension cycles and in my experience it causes funny tire wear.
Originally Posted by Flux
I'm thinking that your van is an Agile Offroad Conversion. You might want to email them on the alignments specs and they might be able to offer you some folks who can take care of it.
Might as well get some aluminum wheels. I couldn't really find too many that had the right weight rating in 17". But I didn't look all that hard. 17x8.5 is about perfect, I ended up with 17x9 and they are rated for 3400 lbs each. You might find some 17x8 OEM aluminum forged, but nobody is giving those away.
The steel black rocks have a 3650lb weight rating and are $90 apiece. I have stupid expensive wheels and tires on my truck and it just was not worth it. I want to go as cheap and sturdy as possible on the van because its just ONE MORE vehicle I have to put tires, brakes etc on.
Originally Posted by BroncoHauler
I just realized what seemed so different about your van. It's very rare to see a large fixed top like yours on a passenger (window) van.
I like it...my wife not so much. When I was a child my parents had a camper. It was custom built by my grandfather ages go and put on a late 50's f100 with a walk through to the cab. Anyway it had a cabover with forward windows and my sister and I would ride up there looking out the windows. I am stoked for my kids to have a similar experience.
Originally Posted by rallypanam
Reading is hard.
No, just time consuming. I got a little carried away with my intro, chalk it up to me being excited about the van
I might put a call into Agile, they are close to me and having someone go through it who is familiar with dana50 TTB's on E-Vans is probably a good investment.