That Transit is still on a road! When does it go off?!
Nice! I don't have any pics of the van going through, but I've done this many times with my VC lifted van and 265/75/16 AT's:
Quadvan does a 2in spindle lift in the front with the Bilstien B6 adding maybe another 1 in...so going with 33's works with pinch weld massagingHow high is your lift and tires?
On my Quadvan the front CV's are not hard to swap out, I have done it a couple of times now. Not sure on the AWD but at 80k miles I am way out of warranty and while I don't ENJOY working on my rig (would rather play) I do find most of the work isn't too hard in a driveway.Nice! I don't have any pics of the van going through, but I've done this many times with my VC lifted van and 265/75/16 AT's:
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I can't begin to tell you how many people get stuck here, even in 4x4 lifted trucks. More about it in this write-up. There are huge buried rocks (lots of oil pain drain-outs). I've busted a CV boot going through this even with the lift and big tires. It's just a difficult stretch to do repeatedly. I think I've driven through it 20-30 times, but the last time got the CV boot which made a huge mess under the van by the time I noticed it.
I tried upgrading to silicone, but was about to post in the thread I made about that issue that the new fancy expensive silicone boot has already ruptured. This time deep sand and high center-berm roads out in Texas heading to the beach (you can drive on Texas beaches). It appears the passenger side CV boot is just too exposed and is vulnerable. About $500 to just replace the front axle half-shaft according to my local dealer when I called today. They said they'd try to look at it and see if they can do it under warranty, but last time they told me the lift and large tires will invalidate future claims (thankfully the did a full rack and pinion warranty replacement that finally got rid of that dang wheel shake I had from the factory; it ultimately led to a total loss of power steering and some faults around year 1.5; no similar issues whatsoever since that time).
The vans are very much capable, but they are also very much going to break if you drive them as often as I do through rough places. I figure that's just part of life, since I'm going down those roads no matter what. Just something to be aware of.
It's the dang ball joint. Even with puller tools my local guy had a heck of a time getting the control arm off. And if you want to replace just the boot you need an expansion tool, or a some people fight with a greased plastic cone and get it on that way.On my Quadvan the front CV's are not hard to swap out, I have done it a couple of times now. Not sure on the AWD but at 80k miles I am way out of warranty and while I don't ENJOY working on my rig (would rather play) I do find most of the work isn't too hard in a driveway.
Nice! I almost drove through some 2-3' salt water the other day down in southern Texas near the ocean, but even the 1' section I edged through the day before splattered mud all over my tanks and plumbing, covered my rims, brakes, etc. They all seemed fine and I sprayed them off with fresh water afterwards. But I don't like getting the heat trace, heat pads, plumbing ball valves, etc wet and muddy. I guess that's an advantage of inside tanks/plumbing.
Recognized the Red Rock features. Favorite nap spot on the way up 395.Around 50 miles of Off-highway fun back in March traveling thru Mojave and Death Valley. 3 Transits plus a rogue ProMaster Travato. Included Red Rock Canyon State Park. Northeast of the town of Mohave. A nice park with about 50 campsites for tents or RV’s to 30 feet with an elevation of 2,600 feet.
Trona Pinnacles as well Trona Pinnacles | Bureau of Land Management
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