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Old October 29th, 2010, 04:06 PM   #1
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So I have my full size van that is no longer used as the family bus. I carry my ATV and/or dual sport motorcycle in it on occasion and occasionally use it for hunting, camping, fishing and backroading. I would like to make it more back road worthy but don't really need 4WD. I would however like to lift it up a bit and beef up the suspension.

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1. Can a E150 be lifted?
2. What larger tires and wheels might fit it as stock and or if lifted?
3. Does anyone around SE Mich do that kind of work?
4. Or am I crazy?
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Old October 29th, 2010, 04:45 PM   #2
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what year is it? does it have i-beam and radius arm front suspension? if it does then a standard f150 2wd lift will suffice. may take a bit of fab work, but it would work. and youll clear 33's with 2.5" of lift.
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It is a 99 with I-beams
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Old October 29th, 2010, 05:24 PM   #4
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if it has I beams it would not be that hard to swap in a TTB or straight axle and make it 4wd as well, a different trans and a t- case would be in order as well as driveshafts and shift linkages, considering ford actually offered a 4x4 van in the past parts could be obtained relatively easy and it would function normally as long as you didnt go crazy with the lift and tire combo...
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the van beams are different than the trucks, and are +4" wider overall than a truck, so a truck lift will not work.

i would think a leveling kit from a truck might work, the puck things that go under the coil springs, or even the diesel van springs
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if it has I beams it would not be that hard to swap in a TTB or straight axle and make it 4wd as well, a different trans and a t- case would be in order as well as driveshafts and shift linkages, considering ford actually offered a 4x4 van in the past parts could be obtained relatively easy and it would function normally as long as you didnt go crazy with the lift and tire combo...
ford never offered a 4x4 van, Quigley did the 4x4 conversions, and some dealers offered them, much like a conversion van
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the van beams are different than the trucks, and are +4" wider overall than a truck, so a truck lift will not work.

i would think a leveling kit from a truck might work, the puck things that go under the coil springs, or even the diesel van springs
just because they are wider it wouldnt work if he bought a lift that incorporated drop brackets? not new arms? idk i never checked it out but the lift on my 2wd ranger uses stock arms just drop bracktets for the radius arms and i beams.
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What about just using springs/shocks off a E250 or 350?
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Have you ever seen swamp loggers? They have a ford 4x4 van.
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Have you ever seen swamp loggers? They have a ford 4x4 van.
http://www.quigley4x4.com/Products/F...ductsHome.aspx
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seems like the best bet would be to contact the lift manufacturer and ask them. emails are free.
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my dad has a 94 quigley van from n.c. everything in the conversion is from a f150. he has the parts list on everything to get replacement parts. they used a 79 dana 44 front axle. its kinda set up like a dodge front axle with a 4 link and same with the steering. but its all ford part numbers for brakes ball joints tie rods ect. if you want to do a 4x4 conversion i can scan the parts list and send you the info. it clears 32x11.50s with the aluminum running boards. if he takes them off it will go 33s hes wanting to go up to 35s. its fun to take out and it gets alot of looks!

a side note.... ive seen handicap e series vans with 3 inch body lifts to help clear with the side door ramps. might be a easy way to get a bigger tire also and might be a cheap way.
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the van beams are different than the trucks, and are +4" wider overall than a truck, so a truck lift will not work.

i would think a leveling kit from a truck might work, the puck things that go under the coil springs, or even the diesel van springs

but the brackets and such are basically the same in design. which i was getting at, not that the beams are exactly the same. im sure with a little bit of fab work a 2wd ford lift would work.
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There are going to people that will snarl when I suggest this, but hear me out. How about a body lift. This van will see occasional offroad use, just wants it higher to fit the bigger tires, however it won't do anything for the suspension to be "beefier"
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Old November 2nd, 2010, 01:23 PM   #16
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Camburg has a suspension system for E-series vans, but it isn't exactly cheap.
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