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  1. 9 points
    Just got this information from the Service Manager where I purchased my 2017 TC XL Cargo Van: --------------------------------- SSM 46321 - 2014-2017 Transit Connect - Battery Drain Due to Frequent Door Openings and Approach Light Strategy Some 2014-2017 Transit Connect vehicles may exhibit a condition that causes the battery to discharge. If normal battery drain diagnosis leads to no issues, it may be caused by the approach lights illuminating every time the body control module (BCM) receives a lock/unlock signal or opening any door. If the door remains open, the lights will remain illuminated for up to 10 minutes. If the vehicle was built on or before 11-Dec-2016, reprogram the BCM to the latest calibration using IDS release 103.05 and higher. Calibration files may also be obtained at www.motorcraft.com. For all vehicles, access the BCM Configuration Parameters. Select Module Programming, Programmable Parameters, Personality, Approach Light. Choose Disabled and follow the screen prompts to completion. Use causal part 14A068 and applicable labor operations in section 10 of the SLTS manual. APPLICABLE VEHICLES 2014 - 2017 CAR: HC V408 (EU) --------------------------------- The fix was done at no cost, under my warranty. Hope this helps!
  2. 5 points
    I went to my local dealer today with the intent of making sure they can perform this SSM under my 3yr/36k bumper-to-bumper warranty and to give them a heads up if they want prepare with any downloads they need to perform to minimize the amount of time they will need my van in service. I gave the service advisor the attached doc below, he read it, and said they will do this under warranty if I'm having a battery issue. He gave me back the piece of paper, said this type of service is done by their 'electrical tech' and they will need the van for a few days, so make an appointment when I'm ready. Two days? Attitude aside, I'm glad they are willing to make this fix under warranty, I hope. Chapter two to follow. Stand by. SSM 46321 Dark mode.pdf
  3. 4 points
    Fifty150

    Winter Tire Thread

    They don't make earthquake tire.
  4. 4 points
    I complained about the entry illumination to my dealer, and expressed my concern that it would drain the battery on my 2017 TC XL Cargo Van, since it is being converted to a weekend camper. The service tech hooked up their Integrated Diagnostic System computer to the vehicle's On-board Diagnostic port and scrolled through the Body Control Module menus, but couldn't find any way to shorten or turn off the unwelcome 10-minute "Welcome Lighting." So, I spoke with the dealership's service director, who went online and looked through Ford's technical bulletins for customer complaints about battery drain caused by the long open-door lighting delay. Sure enough, Ford had come out with a firmware update for the TC's Body Control Module. Once my vehicle's module had been updated with the new firmware, the tech was able to access the menu to turn off the lighting. The software update and programming change was covered under my warranty. Now that I am finally in "Dark Mode" I am a happy camper. Moral of the story: Keep complaining until you get results. Let us know how you fare with your dealer.
  5. 3 points
    Let's see if this works. First post after introducing myself. I decided to create a little more room in my 2017 T.C. The front 1/3 of the cargo floor is a false floor !!! I hope this helps someone else.
  6. 3 points
    G B L

    Electrical Question

    Do yourself a favor and never use this type of splice on any type of wiring unless it is for some one you do not like. These are quick and cheap and very unreliable. The twist on wire nut definitely have issues with vibration. The posi Tap connectors are good . As Don has stated The best is crimping or soldering with heat shrink
  7. 3 points
    I had the same issue with Thule square bars on my Subaru. The bars made all sorts of whistling racket when they were empty above 50 mph. I used a small 1/4" rope wrapped spirally around the bars about 3" apart for a test and that eliminated the noise. Then switched to 1/8" shock cord I ordered from Amazon with bowline knot loops at each end and they always stay taut. Whisper quiet!
  8. 3 points
    mrtn

    Van wrapping fails, again

    Some of it are already well known bloopers, updated: https://www.sadanduseless.com/2018/01/car-ad-failures/ (this here is Finnish, clearly meant to be "REKKAPESU" (truck wash).
  9. 3 points
    I always wanted a "Hippie" van, so after I retired, I bought a Transit Connect and went wild. 1,148 RGB LEDs, two color organs to drive them, a 400 watt amp built into the upper cargo bin, an extra 550 amp battery on the passenger side, half inch foam on the cargo area floor, and 50 square feet of denim insulation stuffed everywhere I could put it. She rides a lot quieter now.
  10. 3 points
    I've been looking for a TC for a few months now. My local dealers didn't have anything new that had the features I wanted and I really didn't want to wait 6 months and order a new 2018 or pay full sticker either. I fly model airplanes and had rented a TC for a work trip last year and fell in love the TC and knew it was going to be my next vehicle. I wanted a 14-17 with Sycn 3 and Navigation, leather, LWB and it had to be in Red or Blue either XLT or Titanium. I figured the last car I compromised and got the color my wife wanted (white) and I was going to get the color I wanted this time. Plus I wasn't in a hurry and had been looking for a while anyway. I did find a hand full of used 2017 Titanium's locally but everyone was firm on their pricing and honestly asking too much and over my budget. About a month ago I found a 2014 that was perfect in AZ but the dealer backed out of the deal and demanded an extra $3k...so the hunt continued. I got my brother helping me look and he has a friend with a car lot and was able to help me look at auctions but nothing came up that was the right fit for me.. I finally found a 2017 Green/Gray one (color choice #3) but the dealer was into it way too much and wouldn't come down. I finally found a blue one locally and he was able to come down to the price I wanted to pay but there was an auction for another on the next morning. I decided to try on the auction but it ended up going for WAY more than it should have but the blue dealer sensing I was going to pass made me an offer that I couldn't turn down. Now the funny part is that I was about to head over the credit union to get the check and head up to the dealer to pick up the TC, my brother calls me and says "guess what I just bought?" He bought the Green one I had looked at earlier. Turns out the dealer was finally ready to make a deal too. So, my brother and I both bought 2017 TC LWB Titanium's with the exact same specs on the same day! He is a golf rep and it's a perfect fit for him and for me and my model airplanes I couldn't be happier!
  11. 3 points
    CATFISH

    2016 XLT

    Here's a few shots of my 16 XLT, Mods include 18" Focus ST wheels that I powder coated gloss black. All the black textured plastic body parts were color matched blue, except for the grille opening and fog bezels which i finished in glosss black. And I also added 35mm front and 40mm rear drop springs. I suffer from automotive OCD, and since I've had it about 8 months, I've already started looking for it's replacement.. but It's delivered more than 15K trouble free miles with an impressive 28+ mpg. It was my first modern Ford, but probably not my last...
  12. 3 points
    chong

    Vincent VanGoing 1.0

    Had the day off Friday so I decided it was time to add heated seats to my Van. This isn't my first rodeo with adding heated seats to a car that didn't come with them from the factory. The first step was to yank the seats: Having an elevated work area makes things go a bit faster: Disassemble, add the heating element, reassemble: We pulled the center console and mounted up the switches: Wired everything up to switched power and we're off to the races: No more cold butts!
  13. 3 points
    Found a sticky note in my van looks like ford TSB information the technician used. Tried to upload a picture of it the paper found but got a error message file to large? Anyway refers to TSB 12651D4 reprogram BEC module SSM 46321 test 9002 WF Dark mode . Maybe someone can decode this .how do you upload a simple picture off my cell phone to this message board? Hope this helps
  14. 3 points
    JohnnyB

    Comfort and noise on long trips?

    I appreciate everyones feedback, I finally bought one a 2017 XLT , loaded with upgrades, leather seats, Navigation, Blind spot sensors, very pleased with it so far.
  15. 3 points
    ok, so heres a basic run down of what has been happening on my build. tape a giant area off, and mark off where the 14x14" hole is going to be cut. drill the 4 corners and cut out the square. i used a cut off wheel on a die grinder. quick and dirty (like my jokes). i have access to everything, all the cutters, air nibblers, shears, etc etc, but i chose the die grinder because i am well versed in its usage. PRO TIP: tape a trash bag below the area you're going to cut, this seriously kept out 98% of the crap that would have gone all over my bed platform (i removed the cushions) Couple quick shots of the fan up there, kinda just seeing how monster this thing is. i really wish they made like a 8x8" fan, cuz this is totally overkill. the only other powered fan (size anyways) is a vent line vanair and its like 6.25" circle, pretty noisy due to the "squirrel cage blower" and only has one speed. go big or go home i say. Obligatory head thru the hole in the van shot. now, ill 100% admit to getting in the groove and getting this MOFO installed for the night, i forgot to take a picture of @Hein 's BEAUTIFUL adapter, this thing is NO JOKE. its CNC machined to match the curvature in the roof, both front and back, and side to side (like EZ-E's switches), fills in the ribs in the roof to perfection. Well worth the entry price of ~$65 taped off a perimeter, dulled the paint with a Grey scotch brite pad, wiped down with isopropyl alcohol, let dry i used 3M window weld as spec'd in the instructions, 3 beads 1/8" high/wide all around, light clamps to hold as needed. after the squeeze out, used a gloved finger, and made a little fillet of the window weld, then peeled the tape, nice crispy lines. DONE! well, at least with the roof adapter to give the fan flange something flat/level to sit on. let me tell you, this thing is 100% level front to rear and left to right, very impressed.
  16. 2 points
    Jiquay

    Patience... Patience

    Just a quick note to say hello while I'm waiting for Ford to build my wagon... (This may go on for a page or two...) I ordered an XL Wagon two weeks ago, after noticing them on the streets for over a decade. I'm in my mid-50s & so far I've only owned two cars. I figure I'll only own two more before I hang up the permit, so I want THIS ONE to be new. My first was a '69 Chevy & I loved the cameraderie of Old Chevy Owners waving to each other. My latest is a '04 Mazda B & I'd need one of those suction-cup wavey hands in the window to cover all the other B pickups I see... I rented a TC van to live with one longer than the 12 minutes the dealer gives you to "test drive," most of which is spent with the salesman yakking in your ear. I found it quite nice - it's not a truck but it's not a car, either. Passing semi-trucks don't blow it off the road and the Traction Control (on the '15 I rented) doesn't make you car-sick as it searches for asphalt in the snow. (I hope the traction control hasn't been updated in the last 3 years...) I camp in the back of my truck frequently, but I am also tired of going out with friends & having to wait for them to catch a bus when we change locations because the pickup has only 2 seats... And I didn't want "my father's" minivan. As I said, I like the "rare birds" of the road, & the other vehicles to suit my needs (Mazda 5, Volks Sportwagen) are all over the place. So are TCs, come to think of it, but they've all got a logo where I will have Windows... 8-) Keith
  17. 2 points
    Other Ford owners have been able to make changes to the factory configuration of their vehicle’s computer modules. The F150 forums identified and changed dozens of options using a program called Forscan. But the configuration of the TC computer modules is different and requires a different approach. The Focus owners have been using a program called Foccus. This program has been working on Focus models up to 2016. I also found the Escape Forum guys used a more sophisticated function in Forscan to make several changes to 2017+ Escapes. Since the TC and Focus are built on the same platform, I wondered if we could use their program(s) to change setting in the TC. After some nervous trial and error, I found the Foccus program worked to change two functions on my 2016 TC-XLT: Global window closing using the key fob. High beam headlights and fog lights on at the same time (called Bambi-mode so you can see Bambi at night) Here are the details specific to my experience and links to well written tutorials on how to use Focccus and Forscan. Please read the attached forum links and tutorials for details on how to use these two programs. These modifications should work on 2014-2016 TCs BUT I HAVE ONLY TESTED IT ON MY 2016 TC, so proceed at your on risk. I am not an expert. Basic steps: Buy a high quality OBD II adapter (approx. $75) to link to the HS and MS CAN networks. See the Forscan tutorial for recommendations and cautions. Use Focccus to make the changes and load them into the Body Control Module (BCM) in your TC. YOU MUST MAKE A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL FACTORY CONFIGURATION in case you have any problems. You don’t need to make XML files. Use Forscan to clear the numerous DTC faults that are set by the procedure. Fix a residual problem/bug with a double horn honk when locking the doors. Here are the links. Please read thoroughly: Forscan Tutorial (OBD II specs. You will only use Forscan to clear DTCs) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-8dKaS_Spu4Zw4hV_CrKC4tLoP9G8yejqegF1wxIqxY/edit Forum post about Forscan (for reference) http://www.2gfusions.net/showthread.php?tid=4573 FOCCCUS forum topic (this is most applicable to Transit Connect) http://www.focusst.org/forum/focus-st-electronics/20866-focccus-pc-app-built-editor-all-around-reprogrammer.html FOCCCUS youtube (see others as needed.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d7XJ2ydV60 Now connect to your TC using Focccus. Then “read from BCM” to load the configuration into Focccus. NOW SAVE A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION using the “save to file” button. Change setting #18 from "fog lamp US" to "fog lamp". Change setting #184 from "not set or disabled" to "global open/close B-Max" “Write to BCM” to load the changes. THIS IS THE CRITICAL STEP. Close Focccus after you are sure the write is complete. Open Forscan and clear all the DTCs. Test global closing by double press and hold the lock button on the key fob. The Bambi-mode causes some strange behavior that can be fixed. Locking the doors using the keyfob initiates a double lock (maybe lock then unlock?) and double horn honk. There appears to be a mis-set bit telling the TC that you are locking the doors remotely with the engine running. Here’s how I fixed/reset this error: Sit inside and close all the doors. Remove the key from the ignition, and lock the doors from the inside using the button on the door. Unlock the doors using the door button. If you have the perimeter alarm, lock yourself in the car using the keyfob. Wait for the alarm to set then open the door. The countdown beep will sound. Turn it off by pressing the unlock button. Now the doors should lock normally: one press w/o honk and two presses w/one honk. I could not fix this problem by loading the original file back into the BCM and this caused some stressful moments. I found a Focus owner had this same issue and he identified the lock/unlock fix. My addition of triggering the alarm may not be necessary but it worked and I did not want to go back and test every possibility. I did not try any other changes in Focccus because my TC has most of the options/functions listed. If you are daring, you can try adding other options using Focccus. But know that you are taking a chance and you need to be prepared to load the original file back into the BCM. But as I found with the double horn honk problem, there could be unexpected consequences. Dark Car Mode I saw the Explorer and F150 forums found a way to turn off the lights when the doors are opened (police or dark car mode). Focccus does not have this option. The Forscan or Focccus developers could reverse engineer this if there was enough interest and someone on this forum took the lead. Several people on this forum had the dealer activate this mode and having those configuration files will be the key.
  18. 2 points
    BBJ

    Fusion Wheels

    Finally got some wheels for the TC. 17x7.5 Ford Fusion with Bridgestone Potenza 215/50 tires. Too soon to tell if there is any handling difference but it sure looks better.
  19. 2 points
    Dandytc

    Disable Perimeter Lighting

    A few weeks ago, I had to park my TC and trailer on a country road for a while. Despite the lack of traffic in that neighbourhood, I turned on my 4-way flashers, and when I tried to start the engine 3 hours later, I found the battery was dead. I called a friend to come give me a boost, and discovered that even when you remove the battery cover, you can only really access the positive battery post to clamp on. There isn't enough space above the battery to clamp on to the negative post. After some fumbling, we finally got a ground somewhere, but I was a little frustrated by the whole thing. Later on, back home, I found the solution: there is a short length of wire between the negative battery post and an external post on the body, just above the fuse box, and to the right of the battery when looking at it. (It really is on the left side of the car.) That seems to be the best place for the negative clamp.
  20. 2 points
    Jiquay

    WISH LIST!!!!

    On my wish list is a button (a combination of buttons) on the remote that opens all the windows automatically as you approach the car in a hot parking lot. I say "combination" because Honda had this for awhile - a friend found his car packed full of snow when he pocket-dialled his remote in the middle of the night. GK
  21. 2 points
    This one gets decent reviews...still researching if it will work on a 16 gen2 TC. https://www.amazon.com/OHP-ELMconfig-compatible-interface-diagnostics/dp/B01F0GVBWY/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
  22. 2 points
    I'm on a Mustang forum and people are changing all sorts of things in the BCM using a program called Forscan.Its working with a lot of other Ford products NOTE: x's are not to be changed (ignore), just change the positions indicated by letters/numbers/? Description Module Line Action Contributor/Verified By: 12v Powerpoint Timeout (Default) BCM 726-39-01 : 1194 xxxx xxxx Enable (Default-74 minutes 44 seconds) 12v Powerpoint Timeout (Immediate Timeout) this changes the 12v power outlets on the dash and in the center console BCM 726-39-01 : 0001 xxxx xxxx Calculate different timeout periods DeltaNu1142 Auto-Relock - If you unlock your car by remote/fob, but don't open a door, then vehicle re-locks after 45 seconds BCM 726-15-02 : 0101 0101 01xx Enable solodogg Auto-Relock Option in Instrument Cluster (Note: must set Auto-Relock to enable in BCM also to get auto-relock option to work) IPC 720-01-01 xxxx ?xxx xxxx Change ? To: 1-Disabled (off-default), 5-Enabled (on) solodogg Base->Sync3 Swap, Enable Drive Mode Toggle EB&V6 ABS 760-02-02 : xxxx 1xxx Enable Base->Sync3 Swap, Enable Drive Mode Toggle GT noPP ABS 760-02-02 : xxxx 3xxx Enable Base->Sync3 Swap, Enable Drive Mode Toggle GT PP ABS 760-02-02 : xxxx 7xxx Enable Base->Sync3 Swap, Enable Drive Mode Toggle Part 2 IPC 720-06-01 : xxxx xxxx x8xx Enable Base->Sync3 Swap, Fix Hazard Toggle BCM 726-29-02 : xxxx xxx0 xx Enable Blindspot Option on IPC - Enable/Disable (if you have the driver/passenger Blindspot mirrors) IPC 720-03-01 ?xxx xxxx xxxx Change ? To: 2-Disabled (off), 6-Enabled (on) solodogg Cross-Traffic Alert (Note: This only changes what is displayed on the Instrument Cluster, you still not hardware changes for functionality) IPC 720-01-01 xxxx xxxx ?xxx Change ? To: 6-disable, 7-enable Door Ajar Chimes IPC 720-01-02 : xx?x xxxx xxxx Change ? To: 0-Disable (off), 1-Enable (on-default) gt_stang Double Honk Reminder (Engine On, No Keyfob) BCM 726-41-02 : xxx? xxxx xxxx Change ? To: 0-Disable (off), 1-Enable (on-default) AngelDeath Engineer Test Mode https://youtu.be/StYM-b8cos8 Press and hold Left 'OK' button on Steering Wheel, Start Car, Continue holding Left 'OK' button until Engineer Data shows on Instrument Cluster NasaStang Lights - Fog Lights Off with Turn Signal BCM 726-28-02 : xxxx x1xx xxxx Enable AngelDeath Lights - Fog Lights Stay On when using Turn Signal BCM 726-28-02 : xxxx 0000 xxxx Enable AngelDeath Lights - Simultaneous High Beams & Fog Lights BCM 726-27-01 : xxxx xxx0 xxxx Enable AngelDeath Lights - Simultaneous High Beams & Fog Lights BCM 726-27-01 : xxxx xxx1 xxxx Disable AngelDeath Line-Lock Enable/Disable (GT Only) ABS & IPC Must enable/disable on both modules Enable/Disable using the FORSCAN Drop-down menus dave- MFT - Navigation Enable (Note: You still need a Nav license file and the Nav SD card installed in your car-See separate Tab at bottom for steps) APIM 7D0-01-02 x?xx xxxx xxxx Change ? to: 0-Disabled (off), 4-Enabled (on) solodogg MyColor Power - Door Sills : Convertibles Only (allows you to control the color of illuminated door sills) BCMB 7B7-01-01 : xxx2 xxxx x3xx Enable Nemesis911 MyColor Power & Support BCMB 7B7-01-01 : xxx0 xxxx x0xx Disable MyColor Power & Support (hardware required) BCMB 7B7-01-01 : xxx2 xxxx x2xx Enable Navigation In Motion - Enable/Disable (Note: This will also disable Sirius Travel Link/911 Assist) APIM 7D0-02-01 : x?xx xxxx xxxx Change ? to: 5-Disable (off-default), 7-Enable (Non-US Region) Panic Alarm On Fob Disabled BCM 726-37-01 xxxx xxx0 xxxx Disable Panic Alarm On Fob Enabled BCM 726-37-01 : xxxx xxx2 xxxx Enable Panic Alarm On Fob Requires 2 Presses BCM 726-37-01 xxxx xxx1 xxxx Enable Police Dark (Stealth) Mode - keeps your interior (and Pony) lights off when you enter/exit/turn off vehicle BCM 726-32-01 : xxxx x?xx xxxx Change ? To: 0-Disable (off-default), 1-Enable (on) AngelDeath Rear Axle Ratio (3.15) BCM 726-12-01 : 013B xxxx xxxx Enable Rear Axle Ratio (3.31) BCM 726-12-01 : 014B xxxx xxxx Enable Rear Axle Ratio (3.55) BCM 726-12-01 : 0163 xxxx xxxx Enable Rear Axle Ratio (3.73) BCM 726-12-01 : 0175 xxxx xxxx Enable Rear Axle Ratio (4.10) BCM 726-12-01 : 019A xxxx xxxx Enable Rear Parking Aid Option on IPC - Enable/Disable IPC 720-02-02 ??xx xxxx Change ?? To: 08-Disable (off), 1A-Enable (on) solodogg Remote Window Open - Press and release unlock on fob, then press and hold unlock button (NOTE: Remote Window Close will not work due to hardware limitation) BCM 726-17-02 : x?x? x?x? x?xx Change ? To: 0-Disable (off-default), 1-Enable (on) Redraven571 Secure Idle - Enable (Automatics Only) BCM 726-42-01 : x1xxx xxxx xxxx If car is running and fob is removed, shifter can't be moved from Park Speedometer Correction - Change tires/rearend BCM 726-12-01 : xxxx ???? xxxx Change ???? To: value as calculated in the link to the right Spart Stereo Extended Play APIM 7D0-01-01 : xx?x xxxx xxxx Change ? To: A-Off, 2-20 minutes, 3-30 minutes, 4-40 minutes, 5-50 minutes, 6-60 minutes Sync 3 - Change colors of buttons on bottom of screen (volume overlay and music track progress bar colors also change) NOTE: You will now get 'Ford' shutdown screen APIM 7D0-03-01 xxxx x?x? xxxx Change ? To: x0x2 dotJake Sync 3 - Display Soft Climate Buttons (Seat Cooling & Heating & Heated Steering Wheel) on Home Page APIM 7D0-01-01 : xxxx xxxx x?xx Change ? To: 0-Disable (off), 1-Seat Cooling, 2-Seat Heating/Cooling, 3-Seat Heating, 4-Heated Steering Wheel, 6-All Sync 3 Startup Animation APIM 7D0-02-01 : xxxx x?xx xxxx Change ? To: 2-Ford, 3-Black Label, 4-Raptor, 5-Mustang Pony, 6-Mustang GT, 7-GT350 Gray, 8-Vignale, 9-GT350R Red, A-Ford Tire Mobility Kit Option on IPC - Disable/Enable IPC 720-03-02 ?xxx xxxx Change ? To: C-disabled (off), D-enabled (on) solodogg TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitor System) - Disable/Enable BCM 726-08-01 : x?xx xxxx xxxx Change ? To: 0-Disable (off), 1-Enable (on-default) Turn Signal - Hyper-Flash Disable (turns off the quick flash of turn signal if you have a turn signal bulb out/broken - great for folks upgrading to LED bulbs) BCM 726-27-01 x?xx xxxx xxxx Change ? To: 1-on (default), 0-off (no hyperflash) D24112 Turn Signal - Lane Change # of Flashes (quick/temporary movement of turn signal lever) SCCM 724-01-01 : xxxx x?xx xx Change ? To: 0-3=1 flash, 4-5=2 flashes, 6-7=3 flashes, 8-9=4 flashes, A-B=5 flashes, C-D=6 flashes, E-F=7 flashes Vehicle Chimes Location (where vehicle chimes are heard from) IPC 720-01-01 xxxx xxx? xxxx Change ? To: 0-Internal IPC speaker, 4-ACM/Vehicle Speakers (default) solodogg VIN # BCM 726-09-01 VIN #: (first 5 characters in ASCII converted to Hex) fionic VIN # BCM 726-09-02 VIN #: (character 6 of VIN in ASCII converted to Hex) fionic VIN # BCM 726-10-01 VIN #: (characters 7-11 in ASCII converted to Hex) fionic VIN # BCM 726-10-02 VIN #: (character 12 in ASCII converted to Hex) fionic VIN # BCM 726-11-01 VIN #: (last 5 characters in ASCII converted to Hex) fionic
  23. 2 points
    mrtn

    Isn't this the cutest van

    Never forget: https://youtu.be/537FDgzGv2A
  24. 2 points
    Hah, no problem BSUPC. We all have different goals and skillsets to accomplish them. As a quick follow up, the TC performed great throughout the season and at the Car Audio North American Championships in October I was able to get a podium finish in all 4 events I competed in: One 1st place, one 2nd place and (2) 3rd place finishes. The North American finals bring the top level of competitors who have received invitations based on season points earnings from Canada, USA and Mexico. Just goes to show the potential these TCs have. This 2018 season I will have some other crazy changes in the works and will be pushing toward my goal of winning the championship. Cheers .
  25. 2 points
    Timbo

    My 2010 minimalist TC camper build

    Here's a quick glimpse of my minimalist TC camper build. Yes, the leg to my folding table is resting on the inverter, but unless I stack 50 bowling balls or a couple of anvils on it, I don't think it's going to dent the case. (the table went in years before the inverter). The internal fan keeps the inverter from getting hot, if I even use it at all, and the crutch leg / foot is impervious to heat. But then, again, there isn't any heat to worry about. The kitchen counter stows under the bed when not in use. I used coat hooks, bolted to the underside of the bed to hold it in place, and used a piece of carpet to keep the fit tight and act as a friction source to keep the table from sliding out / off the hooks. It works great. The coat hooks have rubber tubing on them for added friction and slip resistance. The angled, wooden trim under the table eliminates bowing / drooping of the 1/4" plywood counter top. I use similar wooden angled trim, fastened to the insides of the rear doors, to mount the kitchen counter to. Metal pins through the counter and into the trim, hold it in place. Since the cargo area of the 2010 TC is just 6' and I am 6' 4.5", I installed a 10" folding leaf to make the bed 6' 10" long if/when needed. To be honest, though, I never use the leaf. If I fold the passenger seat forward and push it back, the worst that can happen is I wake up with my feet resting in a very comfortable position against the back of the seat. I'm seriously considering removing the existing leaf and replacing it with a 6' X 10" folding leaf, mounted on the side of the bed, that will work exactly the same as the current design. The only difference being that the leaf wouldn't fold all the way under the bed, but hang on the side. Since removing my bulky, Camco, flushing camp toilet and replacing it with a bucket-potty, there is now a lot more room to work with on the side of the bed. As you can see, I do not have a sink, but just a 3 gallon bottle with an attached pump. It works great. I really like it. 1st Gen. TC's come with so little extra horsepower, the less you can weigh them down, the better off you and your fuel economy will be. The last picture is of my driver and passenger side window coverings. I use Reflectix on the other windows, backed up with black curtains for when I want privacy but still a little light. The front windows, however, get indoor / outdoor carpet, cut to perfectly fit the windows. They attach using the "hook" half of adhesive-backed Velcro that I have stuck to the window frames. The carpet, being fibrous, acts as the "loop" side of the Velcro, completing the two halves. I like the carpet because I can roll the windows down to let fresh air in, without also letting flying insects in. The windshield has a custom fit, reflective sun shade to keep things cool inside.
  26. 2 points
    Timbo

    Got my new wheels!

    Oh yeah, that looks soooo much better than the stock hubcaps. In case you're wondering what all the crap on the roof is. It's a 190W solar panel, awning bar, and solar shower. You can't see the kayak saddles from this angle.
  27. 2 points
    Went to the dealer today to take a quick look!
  28. 2 points
    Zarticus

    Brake Caliper Covers

    Just Got these on ebay & put them on today. Very easy to install, About 5 minutes per Tire.
  29. 2 points
    What makes the 2014-Current Transit Connect such a versatile Camper van/vehicle? Let’s start with size, price, ease of driving, ease of storage, easy of cleaning in a drive through car wash, garage-able campervan, great gas mileage, low cost to insure, great daily driver, adaptability…. And they make a great TOAD / DINGHY! What? An adaptable vehicle? What’s that? For many it is a daily driver- sell or trade in a vehicle for a campervan that can be used not only to camp but for the all-around vehicle. For others, it is a Campervan that also has a large area to haul items that would not fit in the truck of a car, for others it is a Campervan that can get you to the grocery store for shopping- load the refrigerator and be able to run other errands before heading home worried about food spoiling outside of a refrigerator, how about the trip to the park- stove cookware, food and cold beverages already packed…..always ready vehicle! How about the place to take the afternoon lunch nap in the parking lot at work- even a lunch getaway is a nice getaway when a nap is in order. Hmm, tent on wheels that does not need set up, torn down or dried out as soon as you get back from a trip. How about the full timers, snowbirds, or folks with the big rigs that get parked for extended periods who pull a TOAD / DINGHY? The transit connect campervans are an excellent choice for a TOAD. Weighing under 4000LB these campervans are absolutely the most versatile TOAD / DINGHY’s available for those towing on a dolly. The only downside is they cannot be towed “4 down” for those who prefer the 4-down towing. DLM-Distribution ~ Campervans of Lake Crystal MN
  30. 2 points
    I was frustrated that there was no passenger armrest in my TC. I built one using the factory cupholder, ABS pipe and caps, plywood, carriage bolts and some cheap armrests from Canadian Tire. Two fold down cup holders finish it off. It's sturdy and removable!
  31. 2 points
    williaty

    Door Locks

    Lack of a physical lock button/switch on the inside of the doors is a REALLY stupid decision on Ford's part but there's a real pain in the ass work-around for it. Every door, on the edge of the door where it shuts into the jamb opposite the hinges, has a lock cylinder that fits the key. So you have to open each door, manually rotate the lock cylinder with the key, then shut each door. However, there may be a decently large gotcha. The wording in the manual where it talks about this sucks. I think the manual is saying that, if you restore electrical power, the power actuators are now disconnected from the mechanical portion of the lock. That means you'll have to open the driver's side door with the key (since it's the only one with a lock cylinder on the outside), then crawl through the car opening each door from the inside (remember that the sliding doors and rear barn doors will require TWO pulls before they open), then flip the lock cylinder in the door edge back the other way to "reconnect" the mechanical portion of the lock to the electrical portion of the lock. I'm not sure that's what the manual is trying to say though. I need to go test this on my van before the day I have to do it, come to think of it.
  32. 2 points
    txb0115

    2014 nirVANa build

    This summer I am building out my 2014 XLT Cargo to better function as my traveling snowboarding rig. I owned the van last winter and love the space it has and the fact that I can change my clothes/boots in the back hassle free out of the elements. I put on Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 studded tires and the van was unstoppable in the snow. https://www.discounttire.com/buy-tires/nokian-tire-hakkapeliitta-8-studded/p/24922 We had a big winter here in Utah and even on the worst days with those tires the van was a beast. This is the first non 4WD/AWD vehicle I've owned in 25 years and I was a bit apprehensive when I made the decision to get the van, but with the right tires the apprehension was proven to be unwarranted. The only thing that ever gave me an issue was about 12" new in the parking lot one day as the van has low clearance, but with a heavy foot on the gas and knowing how to drive in the snow I was able to manage. Ground clearance is the only thing I can ever see being an issue, and the days that it is will be very very far and few in between, in other words, they will happen so infrequently that all the other days having the van will far out weigh those days when and if they do happen, and I'll make it through those day by not being an idiot.. This summer I am going to be building benches/cargo boxes to keep all of my stuff in. I'll build a short one on the drivers side to sit on and be able to change which will keep all the winter necessities, washer fluid,tow ropes, chains, jumper cables, snow shovel, emergency blanket and emergency food/water. On the passenger side I'm gonna build one pretty much full length that will hold 2 (or maybe 3 ) snowboards. This will keep them from flying around in the back, keep them hidden from prying eyes and keep me from having to bring them in the house every single night. So to get started the stock mat had to go. Vanrug finally started producing a rug for the newer body style in the last few months and I loved the Begrug I had in my F150, so I bought one. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y2CCH3G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Then under that I decided to lay down a layer of sound deadener, Stinger Roadkill is super well priced and you can get a bulk pack for around $100 on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ATJ04S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I did the floor and the rear wheel wells to help cut down on some of the road noise. The van rug, being a carpet type material quites the van a nice bit compared to the stock mat which reflects quite a bit of sound being a closed cell rubber mat. I also bought a cargo net to hang from the cross beams which will come in handy for gloves, beanies and goggles after a day of snowboarding so I won't have to shove them in my gear bag right away. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016YTNWSW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I bought a sheet of Alumalite and will be making panels for where the rear window cutouts are and will mount hooks and a few things on them. About a week ago I pulled the door panels, sanded them and painted them black to have the back match a tad bit better. Today was sound deadner and Vanrug install day. All in all it went well. The next two things happening will be the cargo boxes, which I'll build at my dads house as he has a full metal and carpentry shop, and then a stereo system, I like my music and I travel a bunch in the winter. For the cargo boxes I'm gonna drive over to PDX and visit my old man for a week and build them with him probably in the first week or two of August. The stereo I'll do here in SLC myself... For the stereo I go high end, you get what you pay for... The Amp is an Audison AP 5.9 - 5 channel amp http://www.ebay.com/itm/Audison-AP-5-9bit-car-audio-5-channels-amplifier-and-processor-/262776470995?epid=2118060557&hash=item3d2eb2bdd3:g:ILgAAOSw44BYXp9s it runs 40x2 - 90x2 - 1x270 Even though that is only 530w, since the amp is an Audison it's really like running a cheaper 1000w amp... If you know anything about mobile electronics bench testing and sustained output then you know what I mean.. The Amp also has a built in Digital Sound Processor so you can fully tune the system, the amp also uses line-in connections so you can run it off a stock radio and retain all of your factory functions. I also bought the dash remote kit for it so I can adjust the sub/speakers on the fly. I'm gonna mount it where the stock 12v port/change bin is and relocate the 12v port to inside the console box next to the AUXin jack. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Audison-DRC-MP-Digital-Remote-Control-Media-Play-DRC-MP-/331962025664?hash=item4d4a7a86c0:g:jC8AAOSwOdpXzrrS For the door speakers I went with Focal K2 Power 165 KR2.. These are 2ohm speakers and will let the amp run with a higher output, once again spendy, but you get what you pay for.. https://www.crutchfield.com/p_091165KR2/Focal-K2-Power-165-KR2.html?tp=106 Then for the sub I went with a JL Audio 10TW3-D4, this is a shallow mount sub, with dual voice coils so you can run it @ 2ohms to get the most out of your amp. It's gonna go under the the passenger seat and I'm gonna utilize the space from the little storage compartment that is built in by making a fiberglass box that perfectly fits in that space and then pours out to the surrounding area as well, but that space will let the sub sit plenty low under the seat, really it's kinda perfect. https://www.crutchfield.com/p_13610TW3/JL-Audio-10TW3-D4.html?tp=111 So we will see what the next month or so brings and I'll update this as I complete more things...
  33. 2 points
    I've just had a pair of sliding screened windows installed in the side doors of my 2017 LWB TC cargo van: They are model WD07, available here: http://teardroptrailerparts.com/Windows___Doors.html Not the highest quality, but the price was right, and they work just fine to give me a view of the passenger-side blind spot, provide cross-ventilation, and keep the insects out. They were the largest of the mass-produced windows that would fit into the limited space of the TC Generation 2 sliding side doors that I was able to find. I can provide full details of the installation process if anyone is interested.
  34. 2 points
    Alfanut

    My Wonder Bread van

    After much deliberation and research I bought a CPO 2014 Titanium LWB last week (October 2017). I had not really been looking at used vans but this seemed too good to pass up for a cheap guy like me. Other vehicles considered: Chrysler Pacifica and MB Metris. Plan to use it for work hauling signs and supplies to the bay area plus travel/camping and taking the dogs to the river. I've owned wagons (volvo, audi, vw) but with the near death of these and my need for greater cargo area I have to say good bye to the era of wagons. Michael Williams Sacramento, CA
  35. 2 points
    windguy

    Removing this panel on dash

    I agree, harder to wire up plus your panel is already in use. Mine's a waste of space being a blank panel. Thanks for the option of fixing that dash panel, but that would be too drastic for me to take on. I never look at the analog gauges (speedo and tach). Kind of a waste for me. I check my speed with the center digital speedo. I think the whole dash design lean towards style over function. I did consider a heads up display but haven't done any research beyond a quick glance.
  36. 2 points
    windguy

    NV200 RECON CAMPER

    Saw the link below on MSN Sunday night. This is from June so perhaps someone else has already posted about this. http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/autos-vans/nissan-nv200-recon-camper-van-review/ar-BBDqk0p?li=BBnb4R5#image=BBDqmza|14 Seems like an efficient use of space copying design features of the old Westfalia/Eurovan campervan. May be a good source for getting conversion ideas for the TC. Recon company website link below https://www.reconcampers.com/ Sportsmobile added the MBenz Metris to their conversion lineup. Another decent resource for conversion ideas. http://sportsmobile.com/mercedes-metris/
  37. 2 points
    I found the problem. There's a single bolt at the base of the steering shaft, hidden behind a white, plastic shield, that was loose, just as I expected. Not wanting to drop the rack and pinion system just to tighten the single bolt, I drilled a hole in the shield just large enough to get a socket on an extension through, and tighten the bolt.
  38. 2 points
    The center console is easy to remove. From the service manual: Removal NOTE: On both sides, as both the drivers and passengers side seats will have to be positioned. Position the front seat in the full rearward position. Remove the front console retainers. (see photo Console 1) Torque : 41 lb.in (4.6 Nm) NOTE: On both sides, as both the drivers and passengers side seats will have to be positioned. Position the front seat in the full forward position. NOTE: On both sides, as both the drivers and passengers side seats will have to be positioned. Remove the rear console retainers. (see photo Console 2) Torque : 41 lb.in (4.6 Nm) Position the parking brake lever up then unclip and remove the parking brake boot assembly. (see photo Console 3) NOTE: Cover sides and front of Console to prevent damage from Instrument Panel and seat belts. Raise the front console. (see photo Console 4) Disconnect the electrical connectors. Remove the Front Console. To install, reverse the removal procedure Easy job. Once you get the console out, you can look underneath to see if you can rotate the rectangular panel to the position you desire.
  39. 2 points
    zalienz

    And Then There Were Two...

    Little did I know a year after buying my Connect I would be transferring to the mobile service division of my day gig. Now I have (2) 2017 Transit Connect Cargo Vans to roll in.
  40. 2 points
    Just weird how things like that happen. I remember how I had a Ford Ranger that made all kinds of weird noises when the windows were open a certain way as I drove at freeway speeds. Now it's in the owners manual. Of course, I found out for myself the first time I was driving 70, lowered the rear windows to get fresh air, with the front windows up so that my hair doesn't blow out of place. In my pickup truck, both windows are always down. I like being able to hear every noise (children playing, sirens, ex-girlfriends screaming obscenities as I drive by). It helps to ventilate all the medicinal marijuana smoke.
  41. 2 points
    robertlane

    Transit Connect Upgraded

    We upgraded the site today to the latest version offered by the softer maker. It seems to be slightly faster.
  42. 2 points
    Osco

    After-Purchase Report

    Had my 2016 LWB XLT for 15 months now. Got fried by lightening at 80 mph, back at 40,000 miles or so. Burned out all the electric's/electronics , even Inside the Tranny, everything but the outside light bulbs, Imagine that. Road hazard covered it, was a $6500 repair, cost me my deductable , no biggie. Never had a single complaint, now at 82,000 miles, runs perfect. I don't nit pick it, need a new driver side sun visor, Its sagging a bit, Gas cap/door kinda loose,, Not bad for the heavy use I've put it throgh.. I'd buy another..
  43. 2 points
    Loafer

    Campervan conversions for TCs

    Hello Zach, welcome to the forum. I like what you have done with the TC, good job. The price value proposition seems to be appealing. You have done a lot with the van, and rather than pick it apart I would rather applaud you. Realizing that there are many people who do not have the skill, time, or desire to convert a van themselves, yours seems to be a thoughtful and reasonable alternative. Anything else needed could be easily carried on a roof rack or a hitch basket for very little added money. We have a 2012 Transit Connect that I seldom get to drive because my Son is touring the country with it and paying his way as he goes. Ours was a raw build with a premium stereo system with speaker boxes in the rear, an elevated bed, and storage underneath the bed. As we built the van we calculated each item's weight cumulatively, including cargo and personal body weight being careful not to exceed 1600 pounds total. We succeeded in doing that and the van functions well accordingly. My son loves it. I do have one question, what is the total weight of the build? I only ask that because I'm sure some people will want to add a roof rack and or hitch. Knowing how much more weight could be carried before reaching 1600 pounds capacity would be helpful. Also, for safety, being sure that the tires associated with the build and extras are adequate to handle the load. Many of the tires available for the TC have a 1200 or 1400 pound rating. The Michelin XL has a 1700 pound rating, which is what we needed. These kinds of disclosures and tire info would be helpful to your buyer and provide added trust to your online presentation, which by the way is very good. Thanks for the presentation and good luck.
  44. 2 points
    DonShockley

    High beams great, low beams s*ck

    Bright yellow adjuster right on top. One of the best designs for ease of adjustment I've come across. And the knob takes hex keys or has screwdriver slots in the bottom of the hex recess. Here's a photo of it on my 2015 TC
  45. 2 points
    Beta Don

    Skylight question

    I didn't have a clue, so I did a search. The 'skylight' is actually called the 'Vista Roof' and yes, it appears it does come with a sliding panel (a power one no less) to block the sun in the daytime http://www.buyford.com/carresearch/Vehicle-Quote.html/year_2016/make_Ford/model_Transit Connect/trim_LWB Titanium/id_32578/confid_buyford/section_Options/ Hope this helps! Don
  46. 2 points
    Beta Don

    Switching back door styles?

    You two guys need to get together! Park them side by side, do a little drilling and bolting, then shake hands and go your separate ways Don
  47. 2 points
    Back from our trip to Colorado! I drove the entire route solo both ways approx. 13 hours straight. Was not even the slightest bit fatigued after all of that driving! Did a lot of high elevation driving including 1 drive up to the summit of Pikes Peak with a fully loaded van (2 bikes, gear, 2 dogs, full 8 gallon water tank). Overall the van did great but was easier to manage in the hills in "S" mode where I could select the gears. I can now see the value of that swing away hitch that was posted in here for the bike rack. We arrived a day early as I mentioned above and found a place to pull off on a dirt road in the Pike National Forest. I set up my bed arrangement and it worked great. I also cracked a window and had a bug screen with magnets on the exterior of the sliding door window. Problems arose as temperatures plummeted into the 40's. It got too cold to sleep and I didn't have a sleeping bag or anything, just a thin sheet so I turned the van on to warm up the interior. My fuel guage said that we had approximately "300 miles to E". It seems when the van idles with the heat on, I counted 8 minutes 46 seconds for the fuel indicator to drop a mile. I figured this would give me PLENTY of time to finish a good nap before running out of fuel. (ie: 8min x 200miles / 60 = 26.6hours). Sure enough, I slept great! Woke up, drove down to the Hungry Bear in Woodland Park, CO and had a nice pancake and egg sandwich breakfast with coffee. Shower was also really nice to have and I used it several times to rinse myself off and my bikes. It's even better if you need to rinse the dirt out of a wound from MTB riding. Finally, the fuel mileage was great! Speed limits were 75+ in many areas and we were doing that and up to 80-84mph on cruise control and I was averaging over 24 mpg!
  48. 2 points
    mrtn

    WISH LIST!!!!

    Changing is easy. Remove the passenger side piece under the wipers, then a tin cover from under it and there it is. Easy with yanking stuff, the plastic may have become brittle over time.There's possibly a plastic grid tray there which you need to remove to install a generic filter. My original filter was in the plastic grid but the aftermarket one fit in the bottom tray, had to leave the grid thingy out.
  49. 2 points
    Spooner

    TC aftermarket wheels

    Looks good! Here are the 18's I put on recently.
  50. 2 points
    Now onto the awkward floor fix,,,after lots of careful thought with weight and strength in mind,,,I decided to go with a galvanized Unistrut base and either a 1/2" oak or birch ply cut to fit the entire area from door to door and screwed down into the unistrut. if the 1/2" ends up being too flimsy I can go to 3/4". No carpeting will be cut and all existing M10x1.50 threaded holes are being used. This photo is simply mocking up what I'm doing here. It should explain itself if you know what you're looking at under that carpet. All Unistrut purchased from Home depot and the M10x1.50 hardware from Ace. The small 2x4 to the left will be replaced with another one of the small vertical risers I'm bolting in (Had to call it quits for the night because I didn't want to continue pissing my neighbors off cutting unitstrut with my mitre saw lol)
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