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  1. #11
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    that sterling is a good find fore the$

  2. #12
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    Default some updates

    a few pictures sent over by the shop.

    Spring Hangers installed and stitch welded.


    Front axle installed, just waiting on the correct pitman arm to tie up the front...


    Dual front shock mounts


    Sterling 10.5 being rebuilt w/4.10 and ARB locker


    installing the rear axle


    grainy pic of the rear skid plate installed.


    and after a few hiccups she's on the ground.


    still a few more things to do... need to plumb and wire OBA, check alignment, replace belt and tensioner, etc...
    hoping to have possession by tomorrow afternoon.
    Last edited by SoCalChaos; 05-31-2012 at 05:09 PM.

  3. #13
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    Looks fantastic! Can't wait to see it out of the shop. Nice wheel and tire choice. How's the clearance with the sliding door?

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    Gorgeous!!!!! Nice install, they did a great job. I too want to see it out of the shop, be sure to send some pics!
    Chris Steuber
    02 E350 7.3 V4
    11 E350 5.4 V5
    99 E36 M3
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  5. #15
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    Default back home

    lift is completed!

    Big thanks to Chris[UJoint] and Terry[RockKrawler] for working with me and answering all my questions.
    and the rest of the 4WP Temecula crew/and techs for dealing with my impatiences
    tried not to be overbearing, but I'm sure I was... Again a big THANKS!

    back home from the long drive from the shop.
    about a 50mile drive with a ~35 mile mountain pass road over the Santa Anas in Socal [Ortega HWY]



    UJoint 6" lift and 35s... I really had no idea how BIG these things get! It's a chore to get up in the Van now but so what!


    slider opens up about 2.5 feet.... planning on heading up to Quadvan in Portland, OR to get the slider modified for clearance.
    Should be by the end of the month.


    Love the way it sits with the lift!


    a shot with my other ride


    next is an exhaust and chip/tune

    and so on with the interior modification...
    Gonna start to rip out the back interior and clean up a bit. Lay down some insulation sound deadening materials and install a set of 2nd row captains chairs I found locally from a newer Econoline. Building up a 3 bike rack out of 1.5in PVC for the back... gotta find a way to secure it down.
    With the Limo tint and the Van lifted it'll be tough to see all my mountain bike gear that will in the back

  6. #16
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    Welcome!!! Does it drive/handle good? It looks great, always nice to see another 4x4 van on the road. Mind if I steal pics for my site???
    Chris Steuber
    02 E350 7.3 V4
    11 E350 5.4 V5
    99 E36 M3
    www.ujointoffroad.com
    4x4 Van Conversions

  7. #17
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    The way I see it, what a perfect way to display the 26" (I will presume those are standard tires on your bike) of ground clearance.... at the body of course
    Very nice looking Van!
    -07' GMC Savana a.k.a "Big Red"

    -98 Jeep Grand Cherokee a.k.a "The Beater"

    Alaska has infected my blood... guess I can't leave!

  8. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by ujoint View Post
    Welcome!!! Does it drive/handle good? It looks great, always nice to see another 4x4 van on the road. Mind if I steal pics for my site???
    By all means have at it!
    It handles really well, better than what I expected. I'd like just a little more pick up but it's not bad at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by aksavanaman View Post
    The way I see it, what a perfect way to display the 26" (I will presume those are standard tires on your bike) of ground clearance.... at the body of course
    Very nice looking Van!
    Thanks!
    Nope thats a 29er! A Turner Sultan, tires are Specialized Pugatory 2.4s
    Last edited by SoCalChaos; 06-06-2012 at 05:12 AM.

  9. #19
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    Very nice with 4wd change.
    FWIW Had the same van that we used for camping, hauling bikes and daily driver.
    Keep the original interior, only change was a 3 section full width electric reclining sofa bed.
    Push a button, seat and back folded flat, while the third section folded flat from back.
    Adapted the sofa bed mounting so it would fit into the OEM floor lock downs.
    Always had the option to change OEM seating and sofa/bed around depending on use, very versatile.

  10. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalChaos View Post
    lift is completed!

    Big thanks to Chris[UJoint] and Terry[RockKrawler] for working with me and answering all my questions.
    and the rest of the 4WP Temecula crew/and techs for dealing with my impatiences
    tried not to be overbearing, but I'm sure I was... Again a big THANKS!
    You are very welcome Rodel, it was a pleasure seeing it come together and a great break from the everyday Jeep & Chevy build!
    Terry
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    2000 EXCURSION 6.8 V10 - FOR SALE
    1995 Grand Cherokee Limited

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