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Old 05-03-2013, 04:05 AM   #6406
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The floor be Fat Matted. Very easy to work with.
Pricing is pretty reasonable on this stuff, wonder how well it would work to kill some of the diesel racket in my E350? Anyone using on their engine cover?
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:53 AM   #6407
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Pricing is pretty reasonable on this stuff, wonder how well it would work to kill some of the diesel racket in my E350? Anyone using on their engine cover?
I"ve heard that you can tap down on the floor u bolts so the dog house clamps down tighter.
Quiet Ride makes a kit for it too.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:30 AM   #6408
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Saw this Euro plated VW in the Smokies last month.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:14 PM   #6409
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Well I can tell you what NOT to use. I ordered a set of Pro Comp ES1000 shocks for my E350 with 185,000 miles on it. I knew better - these were cheap shocks and they suck. They're really no better than the OEM's they replaced and may actually be a little worse.

I'm waiting for UPS to deliver the Bilsteins I should've bought the first time. I've had good experience with the brand in other applications so I hope these will be the ticket.

Here are the Bilstein part numbers I ordered:

33-187563
33-176840 (don't remember which are front or rear)

I'm also adding a steering stabilizer (24-174534 plus brackets from Ford) as I've read that makes a big difference as well.

Following up on my previous post in this thread about shocks...

I installed the Bilstein's and they made a tremendous difference in the way my van handles. No more dive under braking or wallowing around in turns. In fact the steering and brakes feel much more responsive - I mean dramatically. It no longer bottoms out on the bumps it used to.

I also did the steering stabilizer mod which uses the OEM brackets from an E350 dual wheel chassis (google: ford van steering for details), along with a new Bilstein damper. This mod didn't have as dramatic effect as the shocks but it was still noticeable. The van tends to stay much straighter in its lane and doesn't wander so much. I had just had new tie rod ends and an alignment so I know the steering parts are tight.

Anyway, two worthwhile mods for E series vans - probably the best ones I've done to mine anyway, and makes driving the beast much more enjoyable.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:25 AM   #6410
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The wheel chocks are built. I bought the pickup bed rack and had my welder buddy make the uprights. I still have to drill for pins and paint. It is 100 inches from the back of the seat to the rear doors.

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Old 05-04-2013, 06:39 PM   #6412
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