Welcome to Ujoint Off Road, where it's all about 4x4 vans! I've been helping people convert their vans for over 10 years, and created this website to make the process even simpler.
Here’s how it started:
I became a van enthusiast at an early age, and dreamed of driving one around the country. Then I saw my first 4x4 van on a trip to NY. That brought it to a whole new level! So I found a beat up, rusted 1978 Ford with a Pathfinder 4x4 conversion. I drove it around a while, then it decided that it didn’t want to run anymore. I proceeded to completely tear it apart. The drive train, every single wire, everything. It took me over 3 years to get it running again, and I can say I learned a few things! Especially what not to do! That van was great, took me all the way to California, where I started working in the off road industry. It didn’t take long before I decided to tear down the van again, upgrading the suspension. I did a few conversions for customers, and started to build the ultimate van in my head. So it was time to upgrade......
I started the Vanaconda build, planning the conversion kit and future upgrades the entire time. It had to be a daily driver, mountain bike shuttle, cross country driver, tow vehicle and camping rig, all in one. After several requests for copies of my kit, I decide to build a limited run in early 2007. The first production run sold out, and I was surprised at the amount of interest the idea generated. So when it was time to build more kits, I decided to start UJOR. I relocated back to NC, and started adding new product with goal of making 4x4 van conversions easier for the DIY van enthusiast. Please check back often for the latest news!!
I prefer to work with every customer one on one, the old fashioned way. So I don't have a web store. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions/suggestions.
We have lots of information throughout the site so take a look! We offer DIY conversion kits if you'd like to take on the project (watch our install videos on the video page) or you can send the van here for us to work our magic on. All of the vans on the UJOR 4x4 Van Builds page have been built here, everything on the Testimonial page was customer installed.
V4 @ The Flats, NC
Vanaconda. Asheville NC
* New video page is up, check out our videos!
* New TX002 Transmission crossmember is shipping
* Front bumpers are now available
* All UJOR conversion kits now include crossover steering
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* UJOR is a sponsor of expeditionportal.com, Check it out!
* UJOR has a build thread that is updated daily, here's the link: http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=55074
AdVanture Van in CO
A while back I had the idea to do a "One Day" conversion. Why not? As long as we had the parts ready to go my crew could pull it off, so we did it. Not every van could be done like this, we had the perfect candidate with a customers 2009 E350 6.0. 5R110 transmissions can be converted in the van, 4" lift, Stage 1 F axle w/4.10's, everything was perfect to do a one day build. We had cameras rolling the entire time and a facebook user said why not a live stream? Sure! Our video guy is currently putting all of the footage together and we'll have the new video up asap.
We drove the van in at 8am, finished at 3:30! Prep work consisted of drilling teh front spring hangers and removing the F bumper & sway bar. We were so far ahead of schedule that I decided to start work on other things that didn't need to be done yet. This van is still scheduled to get AMP steps, a rear skid w/Deka battery as well as a new top. Two videos are on the video page, check them out.
The E Series is NOT dead!
If you can't find the perfect van for your conversion we can help with the purchase of a new one. We work with a local Ford dealer here in NC and have ordered 4 new vans in 2013 to our exact specs. All the cool goodies, nothing that you don't need. Please email us for more details!
Here's a nice before & after of James' 05 E350 6.0 from WA. The van started life as a Quigley conversion and we did a full DeQuiglification as well as major engine work to ensure this rig gets down the road safely & reliably for a long long time! The oil cooler had blown so we did head gaskets & studs, new oil cooler as well as everything else needed to make it run smoother than ever. To do this we pulled the body. The suspension is a full 8" UJOR setup and we were able to retain the stock front axle. This can be done on Q vans that have a 99-04 front end. Most are Dana 50's and its a full day of cutting & grinding to get it back to "stock" Other goodies added to this van are the UJ front bumper (already installed by customer), UJ rear skid system with a full aux fuel tank (37 gallon), UJ Onboard Air system, rear ARB Air Locker, UJ rear overload airbags, RRP posi up front, XD Addict wheels in all black, 37" Toyo MT's and an Aluminess rear bumper w/deluxe box. We also returned the front axle to 8 on 170mm to elimiate the modified Quigley unit bearings. (They modified them to 8 on 6.5 so if there was a need to replace the bearings have to come from Q) More pics soon!
SwissVan is done!
We've added a new member to the UJ family, V5! This 2011 E350 5.4 was converted by a customer last year and when he offered it for sale I couldn't resist. It already has the full 6" UJOR suspension system, stage 2 front D60 w/RSC upgrade, 4.88 gears, rear ARB air locker and some other goodies that make it super comfortable. We've already added some fender flares, and have plans for much more.
With V5, we'll be "embracing" the 5.4 vans. Up until now, they're the most complicated and expensive vans to convert. We'll be developing some new product to get the price down and make them drive even better.