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Thread: Anyone has expiriance with high roof Ford Transit 4x4 (or lifted)?

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    Default Anyone has expiriance with high roof Ford Transit 4x4 (or lifted)?

    I am considering Transit

    Any expiriance one can share is very helpfull.
    Is it too high with lift ?
    Too long with LWB ?

    I am *not* a hard-core 4 wheeling guy.
    Mainly need it for hard dirt/sand roads and snow

    Thanks.

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    For what it is worth....

    The high roof 2x4 with the high output 6 cyl pulled plenty of people and trailer up and down nasty 12 percent switch back single lane dirt FS roads. ( work rig) Awesome to drive and comfortable.
    Almost brand new, less then 30 k miles. The thing has been in and out of the shop for xyz electrical problems and all the other little crap that a lot of these new ford trucks and vans are plagued with. Great rig. When it worked. Traction control the balance of the wheel base, and careful driving worked really well with a 2x4. 4x4 was not at all needed. Comfortable, decent MPG, room to stand up. plenty zippy. But over all a pain in butt for the above mentioned reasons. I would avoid the newer ones till they get the gremlins sorted.
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    Some threads at sportsmobileforum website have more info on the transit. Recalled reading that Ford wouldn't warranty the transit if you add bigger tires. Haven't seen any with a substantial lift, most are pretty close to standard height. I think the chevy/gmc van is a better choice at the moment. Can get a higher lift on a chevy/gmc van and still retain warranty. The chevy is not a new model either although the new 2.8L duramax is new for 2018 chevy/gm vans. Should be more accessories out there for the chevy/gmc.

    I like the Nissan van as well, but really only one place I know of that is lifting them (advanced 4x4 vans). Quigley is only using a one speed transfer case, but I read an owners post that said the transfer case just has a block that prevents the use of low speed and he was able to remove it pretty easily. The single speed transfer case is Nissan driven as they would not allow for a low speed 4x4, but as a practical matter I doubt anybody makes a true one speed transfer case for a full size vehicle.
    Work hard play hard.

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    I think the chevy/gmc van is a better choice at the moment. Can get a higher lift on a chevy/gmc van and still retain warranty. The chevy is not a new model either although the new 2.8L duramax is new for 2018 chevy/gm vans. Should be more accessories out there for the chevy/gmc.

    I like the Nissan van as well, but really only one place I know of that is lifting them (advanced 4x4 vans).

    We do have all kinds of fun stuff for the Chevrolet Express vans with some really nice new stuff in the works. As far as the Transit and Nissan we will have lift kits for both available early 2018, depending on what make of van you do.

    Thanks

    Jeremy

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    Jeremy,

    Thanks for posting. On the Nissan and Transit project you have in the works. Will these be lift kits for 2wd Nissan or Transit or will they be for Quigley/4x4 Nissans and Transits?
    Work hard play hard.

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    I replaced this...
    [IMG]IMG_1708 by Steve Stewart, on Flickr[/IMG]

    With this...
    IMG_0224 by Steve Stewart, on Flickr

    2017 Transit Quigley 4x4 HR LWB. Ecoboost and 3.31 Ltd Slip. Couldn't be happier. The lift from Quigley is 2". I was, with one beer, one hour, and a grinder, able to fit 235/85/16s underneath with no rubbing. My Ford dealer says that tire size doesn't affect warranty. However, Quigley says that if a front hub fails and the van has bigger than 245/75/16 or more than X amount of rim offset( sorry don't remember that), Quigley won't cover the hub under warranty.

    I have 8000 miles on mine so far. 15.6mpg average. Way more power than the 5.4. Or maybe it just feels like it since the 4x4 Transit is a solid 2500 pounds lighter than the E350 SMB? The six-speed automatic feels great. True mechanical 2-speed transfer case. Traditional mechanical shifter inside, with automatic-locking hubs. Can shift into 4-High while driving.

    I'm not a serious off roader, but I camp in my van off-road 3-4 days/week all year long. Think of it like you would a stock club cab f150 4x4 with a limited slip. It will be comparable to that off-road - meaning if you're not a serious off-roader it will be just fine. If you were climbing a lot of rock slabs the front overhang might be an issue.
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    Hi guys, someone knows if the Transit is equipped by a 2 speed transfer case directly by Ford or it's a secondary application (by Quigley for example...) sorry for the stupid question but on the italian site is not specified...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simo_4x4 View Post
    Hi guys, someone knows if the Transit is equipped by a 2 speed transfer case directly by Ford or it's a secondary application (by Quigley for example...) sorry for the stupid question but on the italian site is not specified...
    US Ford Transit 4x4s are made by Quigley at the moment. The transfer case is a Magna/New Venture 2-speed.
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    96 FZJ80 (locked)
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    17 Ford Transit Quigley HR 4x4 (Ecoboost rocket.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranchero View Post
    IMG_0224 by Steve Stewart, on Flickr

    2017 Transit Quigley 4x4 HR LWB. Ecoboost and 3.31 Ltd Slip. Couldn't be happier. The lift from Quigley is 2". I was, with one beer, one hour, and a grinder, able to fit 235/85/16s underneath with no rubbing. My Ford dealer says that tire size doesn't affect warranty. However, Quigley says that if a front hub fails and the van has bigger than 245/75/16 or more than X amount of rim offset( sorry don't remember that), Quigley won't cover the hub under warranty.

    I have 8000 miles on mine so far. 15.6mpg average. Way more power than the 5.4. Or maybe it just feels like it since the 4x4 Transit is a solid 2500 pounds lighter than the E350 SMB? The six-speed automatic feels great. True mechanical 2-speed transfer case. Traditional mechanical shifter inside, with automatic-locking hubs. Can shift into 4-High while driving.

    I'm not a serious off roader, but I camp in my van off-road 3-4 days/week all year long. Think of it like you would a stock club cab f150 4x4 with a limited slip. It will be comparable to that off-road - meaning if you're not a serious off-roader it will be just fine. If you were climbing a lot of rock slabs the front overhang might be an issue.
    This looks awesome! Do you have a build thread? How long did it take to order the Quigley?

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    Curious why you went with the Ford with Quigley conversion vs 4wd Sprinter?

    Is there much of a price delta?

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