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Thread: Road to SEMA, A 90 day build ROUND 2

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    Is the white van last year's van? What did he do for the rear axle? I remember you saying he had some trouble with it. So far mine has been fine but I'm just cruising desert roads, not spinning and catching while rock crawling.

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    Always like the long wheelbase option available with GM vans. That black van looks fantastic. Almost makes me wish I'd of bought one of them instead of my 7.3 E-350...
    2003 E350 - 7.3 - 6" UJoint - 298,000 miles and counting

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    Default chevrolet express aluminum front bumper

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    [QUOTE=Timjim;2405691]Your new bumpers are really really nice. I particularly like the panels so you can offer different cutouts for different lights. I am sure you have already considered brush guards and bull bars for them etc as well as the swingouts for the rear.

    Thanks, yes you have all kinds of custom options that you can add to these bumpers.

    One suggestion might be to offer Black oxide stainless screws for the panels so folks could keep the blackout look. Just a small detail really. But those things are really nice designs and executed even better.
    For this van we used stainless button head to go with the trim on the van, Black would be a easy change.

    We will be adding pics of the rear bumper with dual swings soon.

    If you own a Chevrolet Express we have a lot of cool products coming in 2018.....

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    Default 2017 GMC Savana Video

    Well its FINALLY here!

    The Sema 2017 GMC Savana showcase video showcasing this awesome van. Lots went into building this GMC 3500 van with the Explorer Conversion and now you can see it done.


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    Default GMC Sema build video

    You guys sure are a tough crowd! No comments on the latest video?
    I know there are Chevrolet/GMC guys hanging out here? Your feedback does really matter to us on many different levels. We would love to hear what you think of the new aluminum bumpers give us the positive and negative, we are always trying to improve upon future designs and styles.

    What would you like to see in a future video? We are starting our Sema 2018 Build and want to make sure we include as much build info as possible.
    Thanks everyone.
    Jeremy

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    Sorry... I watched that video (#vanporn) as soon as it came out but on my TV/Roku so I didn't think of giving feedback.

    Bumpers

    I love the bumpers! The fact that they have the plates that make it "modular" for lighting, tire carries and boxes is awesome! I would definitely have ordered that frump bumper instead of my current one (variation of the SEMA bumper) if it was available at the time.

    I think you should have an option for a "bull bar" on top with a light bar (which is probably not a surprise).

    Also, for the rear boxes, may I suggest a "chuck box" option where you would have a slide-out drawer for either a Partner stove or a classic Coleman stove. Plus a place to hang cooking utensils.

    One thing that annoys me is the trailer hitch below the bumper. You should have an option to have it go behind the license plate or something to improve the departure angle.

    4WD conversion

    I'm really glad to see that you are now offering a complete 4WD conversion kit. The problem I always found with your website is that it implies it can be done but the transfer case and axle elements do not appear on the website.

    Because I live so far I would've liked to be able to order the suspension AND the (refurbished?) transfer case AND the front axles. 1-stop-shop Because honestly, after all the money I put in my 2WD lift, the jump to a 4WD no longer seems that steep. And if it can be done in phases, that would be even better! Of course you probably wouldn't have it for my van's year but if you did, I would've bought it.

    Also I wish that conversion kit was DIY. Even if it's difficult and has to be done by a professional shop (again, for customers living far away) at least it's available.

    Video

    All your videos are well done! The movement, music and professional editing make them fun to watch. Once you had me hooked you started saying all that great information and content about how you designed your product.

    Hopefully Kaiden will let you drive his van in real off-road situations to really show off the capabilities of your kits.
    Currently building Gandalf (1998 Roadtrek Versatile 200 2WD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weldtec Designs View Post
    You guys sure are a tough crowd! No comments on the latest video?
    I know there are Chevrolet/GMC guys hanging out here? Your feedback does really matter to us on many different levels. We would love to hear what you think of the new aluminum bumpers give us the positive and negative, we are always trying to improve upon future designs and styles.

    What would you like to see in a future video? We are starting our Sema 2018 Build and want to make sure we include as much build info as possible.
    Thanks everyone.
    Jeremy
    love the stance and suspension on the van! the front bumper looks really good, so does the back. modular seems to be a smart move allowing everyone to customize it to their preference. i much prefer that look to a tubular bumper look.

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    I vote for a 2WD Baja Pre-Runner Moto Van for your next build. Deck out a cargo van with work bench, tool box, helmet hanger, pressure washer, bike tie down system, etc. Could be a great way to highlight your lift kits and show that not all cargo vans offer free candy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weldtec Designs View Post
    You guys sure are a tough crowd! No comments on the latest video?
    I know there are Chevrolet/GMC guys hanging out here? Your feedback does really matter to us on many different levels. We would love to hear what you think of the new aluminum bumpers give us the positive and negative, we are always trying to improve upon future designs and styles.

    What would you like to see in a future video? We are starting our Sema 2018 Build and want to make sure we include as much build info as possible.
    Thanks everyone.
    Jeremy
    Another vote for a DIY version of the 4X4 conversion.

    Doug

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    Duuuude!!!! That's gorgeous. I love the modular rear bumper concept too. Any plans for one for Econoline vans?
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    2012 FJ Cruiser (soon going to a new home)

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