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    Default 4x4 Van Resources

    Let's list online resources for 4x4 vans. I have in mind
    -- shops that do 4x4 conversions or install conversion kits made by others
    -- sources for used vans (but not individual van listings, those should go in the vehicles for sale section)
    -- sources for camper conversions, including pop up tops and raised roofs

    Here's a couple of ideas for places to find listings for used 4x4 vans

    1. Google Craigslist using a search such as "van 4x4 site:craigslist.org" or "quigley van site:craigslist.org"

    2. Visit http://www.thundersgarage.com to see a selection of used vans for sale, sorted by state

    3. Visit www.truckpaper.com and search for light duty vehicles, van, 4x4

    4. Visit www.commercialtrucktrader.com and search for light duty van 4x4 (this site takes a long time to sort the results)

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    Here are a few sources for a 4x4 conversion of your 2WD van

    The U-Joint Offroad http://www.ujointoffroad.com/

    Quigley http://www.quigley4x4.com/

    QuadVan http://www.quadvan.com/

    Pathfinder Vans http://www.pathfinder-vans.com/

    Boulder Offroad Vans http://boulderoffroadvans.com/

    Advanced 4x4 Vans http://www.advanced4x4vans.com/

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    The most common do-it-yourself pop-top for vans is to find an old VW Westfalia pop-top.

    Here are a few companies that you can pay to do a pop-top conversion for your van

    Sportsmobile http://www.sportsmobile.com

    Colorado Camper Van http://www.coloradocampervan.com

    GTRV http://www.gtrv.com



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    For you canadians Sportsman 4x4 or Clysdale 4x4 van conversion. Kamloops BC

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    Here are two that do van conversions in Oregon/Washington area:
    Portland Oregon: Van Specialties (they installed our Fiberine top on our van)
    www.vanspecialties.com

    And in Clackamas (just south of portland metro) Oregon, Outside Van (sort of a sister company to VS. We will be discussing an interior upfit with them now that we've camped in our rig a couple seasons)
    www.outsidevan.com

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    Default Another Conversion Resource

    I don't know anything about him but he does interior on E Series acording to his website

    Just a new to me name...

    http://kevinhornbydesigns.com/

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    Jeff Howard does a great job in Durango Co. Converting to 4x4 using U-Joint products. Built to Last Automotive (970) 259-8777
    714 Sawmill Rd, Durango, CO 81301
    Doug


    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Built...22673397789230

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    Default 4x4 Sprinters

    John Bendit from the Sprinter Store has an excellent post about the 4 wheel drive system used in his van and 3 other manufactures systems.Very informative.

    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...volution/page3

    Disclaimer: I own the factory conversion mentioned. John installed the kit in my van.
    I love it! I have driven his conversion,and it drives as smooth as he describes.

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    I have a Salem Kroger converted Sportsmobile van. In my experience it's often tough to find folks who'll work on custom vans, so here are two of my favorites in the Bay Area:

    4Wheel Parts: http://www.4wheelparts.com/stores/St...fo.aspx?sNo=12 This is the Oakland store.

    They did tremendous work on my front steering, ball joints and brakes. All very tricky.

    Any Seven Off-Road: In San Leandro. http://www.any7offroad.com

    They are offroad fabricators; more in the Pirate4x4 mold than the Expo Portal mode, but in my mind that's a good thing. They fab'd a front winch mount that went inside my stock Ford bumper; very sweet. They also did a bunch of fab work for me on a Tracker I owned. They've got a good sense of design too, so if you have an idea they'll make it better.

    VTE Warehouse: http://www.vtewarehouse.com

    These folks make busbars, terminals, battery terminal covers, fuse setups, etc. A great source for electrical components. I used their stuff to fuse and wire up inverters, winches, etc. I got tired of getting ripped out at marine supply places for this stuff; these guys are very efficient and WAY cheaper.

    Parts: http://www.pathfinder-vans.com/html/salem_kroger.html

    These folks have super hard to find parts for Salem Kroger conversions and Pathfinder conversions. Not a huge selection, but some stuff.

    Whitefeather conversions: http://whitefeather4x4conversions.com

    Craig, formerly of Salem Kroger, is here. They do Sprinters now, but I did get some Salem Kroger stuff from them. Very nice folks.

    Rob

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    http://www.overlandvans.com/ - Lift kits for Chevy Astro/GMC Safari vans, plus a few parts for fullsize Chevy/GMC vans

    http://www.astrosafarivans.com - Astro/Safari specific forum with dedicated info on 4WD conversions, lift-kits, and off-road use. Good DIY resource.
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