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ujoint

Supporting Sponsor
TXRV went home yesterday so I can now share pics! Video will be up later today. 02 E450 V10, 6" lift on 33s (295/70/17 front, 255/85/16 rear) Stage 2 front axle with 4.56 gears and the RSC upgrade, NV271, 1350CVs front/rear, Trailready front wheels, rear wheels blasted & coated to match the front. Fox 2.0s, all of the usual UJ goodies.

 

RickM

Observer
Chris. Ok. I finally got the green light (from the wife) to convert my van to a 4x4 but I still have some struggles to overcome to do so. Specifically my 5.4 liter sucks at towing, and I plan to tow a good bit. I did put a tune on this thing but the shift points are all messed up and it would only tow a trailer into a headwind at 60 mph on a slight uphill. I looked into a diesel conversion but that worries me for a lot of reasons. I have a 2013 btw. So... I want to help this engine breath in and out better, but I wanted to see if you know of any super or turbo chargers that fit these motors? Heck. Actually any noticeable performance options to increase towing powered would be deeply appreciated.

I know this is somewhat out of your wheelhouse, but I figured if anyone has seen folks deal with these motors/vans, you are the guy. Heck, even Sportmobile in Austin is starting to defer calls to you.
 

Bbasso

Expedition Leader
Tell Chris what tuner and who wrote the tunes. Also what gears are currently in the van, size of tires and which transmission too.
 

RickM

Observer
All fantastic questions.

A guy named Manny at HPP in Lewisville Tx wrote the tune. He is a drag race guy.
The tires are 265/70/17’s.

Regarding gears and trans. I have no idea what is in this. It’s what came from the factory, but I don’t know what they are specifically. I will have to see if I can do a vin search to find that info.
 

Littlehouse

Adventurer
TXRV went home yesterday so I can now share pics! Video will be up later today. 02 E450 V10, 6" lift on 33s (295/70/17 front, 255/85/16 rear) Stage 2 front axle with 4.56 gears and the RSC upgrade, NV271, 1350CVs front/rear, Trailready front wheels, rear wheels blasted & coated to match the front. Fox 2.0s, all of the usual UJ goodies.

Awesome!
 

ujoint

Supporting Sponsor
Chris. Ok. I finally got the green light (from the wife) to convert my van to a 4x4 but I still have some struggles to overcome to do so. Specifically my 5.4 liter sucks at towing, and I plan to tow a good bit. I did put a tune on this thing but the shift points are all messed up and it would only tow a trailer into a headwind at 60 mph on a slight uphill. I looked into a diesel conversion but that worries me for a lot of reasons. I have a 2013 btw. So... I want to help this engine breath in and out better, but I wanted to see if you know of any super or turbo chargers that fit these motors? Heck. Actually any noticeable performance options to increase towing powered would be deeply appreciated.

I know this is somewhat out of your wheelhouse, but I figured if anyone has seen folks deal with these motors/vans, you are the guy. Heck, even Sportmobile in Austin is starting to defer calls to you.
I've wanted to supercharge a 5.4 for a LONG time but we haven't done it. Like Rob said, gears are a huge factor for the 5.4s. How much weight are you pulling? Tuners will only do so much, the biggest benefit is the transmission shift points. Lets see what gears it currently has, most likely 3.73. With the 4x4 swap I like to give 5.4s some gear. 4.56 or 4.88 for 35s. I had a 5.4, 6" on 35s with 4.88s and it was great. Occasionally pulled a trailer.

TXRV is by a long shot my favorite motorhome that you've had on here, Chris. Wow. That just looks so good!
Thanks! Video is uploading now.
 

ujoint

Supporting Sponsor
We've been playing with upgrades for the coil kit and we have the 1st set of upgrades on a van ready for test miles. I've never been a fan of the steering feel (neither have my customers) on these coil kits so we're changing it up and using crossover steering with a new lower trac bar mount and 7/8 hiems/heavy wall trac bar. One of the beauties of the coil kit was the simplicity and off the shelf parts so I threw that out the window, ha. :)

The #s aren't that far off, the upgrade will be worth every penny when it comes to steering, handling and geometry to avoid death wobble. This van got it in less than a year with all new parts and that really bothers me. Could it still get DW? Sure, anything can. Next on my list is radius arms that will help it flex, these stock pieces are terrible.

We have it ready to drive, will get miles on it and then rip it apart for inspection and paint/clean up. I whipped it around the block this morning and it feels great, no stabilizer. Still need to source the tie rod insert and I'll post a pic of the upper trac bar mount brace that we made. I was seeing some flex on the front engine x-member brace so we tied it into the rear of the x-member too.



 

Jsweezy

Explorer
One of the beauties of the coil kit was the simplicity and off the shelf parts so I threw that out the window, ha. :)

Next on my list is radius arms that will help it flex, these stock pieces are terrible.
Ya, it has to be hard to make money on "your" kit when buyers can get everything but the brackets from you.

Carli already makes some sweet radius arms (https://www.carlisuspension.com/ford-fabricated-radius-arms.html) and im sure you could buy those and slap your logo on them to resell.
 

ujoint

Supporting Sponsor
Ya, it has to be hard to make money on "your" kit when buyers can get everything but the brackets from you.

Carli already makes some sweet radius arms (https://www.carlisuspension.com/ford-fabricated-radius-arms.html) and im sure you could buy those and slap your logo on them to resell.
Sorry but I don't understand what you're talking about. The fact that I sell MGs kit? And add my gear logo so I can ID the kit as being sold by us for future tech/warranty or upgrades in case the van changes hands?
 

Hyperdrive

New member
I wonder what is creating the issue on the vans you are talking about. I have 15,000 miles on my coil kit and it drives like a dream. Currently we are in Mexico where hitting 1 foot potholes at 70mph is not uncommon. Super happy with my kit.
 
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