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    I also spy some integrated rear cubby holes... Awesome work as usual my friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknudtsen View Post
    I also spy some integrated rear cubby holes... Awesome work as usual my friend.
    How do you know those are cubby holes Brad? Could possibly be a feeding trough for miniature ponies which could be lashed to the L-track.
    That's the beauty and flexibility of the L-track system in a van, the possibilities are quite endless!(camping gear, motos, snowmobiles, equipment...mini ponies!)

    Excited to see what's next on this build!!
    Last edited by mk216v; 12-12-2017 at 01:04 AM.
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    Just got back from a 10 day trip through Oregon, California & Arizona with the Transit. A little over 3200 miles, mix of freeways, back roads and off road. Lovin' this van!!! Smooth and comfortable, easy to drive, lots of room to move around inside.

    transit after trip1.jpg

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    The purpose of the trip (aside from family time and taking a small break from the non-stop work around here) was to test the driveability of the van with the lift, gearing change, larger tires. I honestly like the van a lot better now vs. stock. Feels very stable at speed and the ride is very good. Drives and handles more like a small SUV than a large van. Fully loaded with the interior and our stuff we were 7550lbs. Not heavy but you could feel the weight in the van. The Ecoboost did awesome, never felt like it was working hard and always had more go ready when I needed it. Fuel mileage was 15-ish... didn't pay much attention to it.

    Off road experience was good. You can get a lot of places even with the weak factory LSD. I was really interested in getting it out in the dirt and the experience pretty much confirmed a lot of what I was already thinking of doing to make a better 4x4 conversion than what's out there. There are some weak points in the stock suspension and a few areas need to be beefed up a bit for any serious off road capability. I'm really excited to get back to the CAD workstation to work out the last few details of the 4x4 parts!
    Last edited by mgmetalworks; 01-02-2018 at 12:30 AM.
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    Looked like the kids had a blast! Glad it worked out well for you guys. Excited to see it finished up!

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    Saweeeet!!! Looking good.

    Quote Originally Posted by bknudtsen View Post
    Looked like the kids had a blast! Glad it worked out well for you guys. Excited to see it finished up!
    You mean finished up for a few days?(before MG mods further)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mk216v View Post
    Saweeeet!!! Looking good.


    You mean finished up for a few days?(before MG mods further)
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    Great to hear, anxiously awaiting the results. Hoping to replace my aging suburban with an expo vans transit!

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    is this a Transit 250?

    is a solid axle swap possible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by onemanarmy View Post
    is this a Transit 250?

    is a solid axle swap possible?
    It’s a 150. As far as SAS... I’d think that the amount of lift you’d need to have any up travel would be substantial.

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    Solid Axle? Nope, not happenin' here.

    The van drives great with its current suspension. No sense in scrapping what already works well. It just needs some tweaks to fit in a few more components up front.
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