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chong last won the day on December 30 2016

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About chong

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  • Region
    U.S. Great Lakes
  • Location
    Ann Arbor
  • Current Vehicle
    2016 Transit Connect LWB Van
  1. The boxes don't take up that much extra space, but I also didn't know that. I'll have to investigate that.
  2. Spent yesterday taking the cabinets and batteries out of the van. Spent today measuring and modeling. The cabinets were good enough to get us skiing, but for the coming bike season, I wanted to be able to get a bike (or 2) into the van. I need to do a bit more tinkering to see if I can get 2 bikes into a 2 foot wide space, but I'll definitely get at least 1. The problem with the previous design was not having enough length for my main bike (Surly Ice Cream Truck). I'm also slightly pigeonholed into the mattress dimensions because I don't want to buy those again (they are really nice). Rough design is here: The other thing I'm going to do is spend some time adding some hardware to my Fobuino. It occurs to me that I should be able to buy an arduino compatible thermocouple and use that as the trigger for starting the Van. That way, I can set a temperature threshold and let the van run for 15 mins whenever I get above/below it. The best part about that will be that I don't foresee ever cutting a hole for a roof vent.
  3. If you can't figure out the roof top AC unit, I hacked up one of my remote start key fobs to start the van and let it run for 15 minutes. If you have the OEM remote start system you can program the car to run the climate control system. I used it back in December out in Fargo to sleep quite comfortably when it was -18F. I don't see why the system wouldn't work to keep the van cool. I used an Arduino to control everything. It uses about a gallon of gas to run the van all night. I open sourced the code. Fobuino on GitHub
  4. Yea, I've been through that. I'm thinking that I'll have to try and utilize the holes that are already there just to be safe. I'm not looking at putting a ton of weight on the walls. Mrs. Chong wants the interior to look a bit nicer so I'm trying to work that into my re-factoring.
  5. So for the next phase of my build, I've come to the realization that I need to bolt things in place either by using some of the pre-drilled holes or by drilling my own. I don't want to start doing that without knowing some things like load ratings for the walls and where to drill in order to avoid hitting electrical or other sensitive things. For the big Transits, Ford publishes the Body and Equipment Mounting Manual that contains a heck of a lot of information. I'm looking for a similar document for the Transit Connect, but I've been unsuccessful in finding anything. Does such a thing exist? If so, where do I get it?
  6. That thing looks pretty cool. Clearly this is marketed at the ST crowd, but why wouldn't it work on the van! Does the app give you any readouts for AFR?
  7. I may be tipping my hand a bit here, but your APIM came from a car with a different CAN architecture. That's why 911 Assist doesn't work. How are you wiring up the camera? If you aren't currently seeing a camera fault when you go into reverse, you may expect some difficulties when you get the camera hooked up.
  8. Nice work! This is pretty cool!
  9. Are you following someone else's write up on how this work or are you blazing this path yourself? I'm most curious to see how the stock radio is configured in your van.
  10. Did your van already ship with SYNC?
  11. This has been on my todo list since I bought the Transit. I've did this back when I was still daily driving my WRX through the winter. Definitely a must have! Good write-up!
  12. It's a Curt 13167 Class 3 receiver. Installed it myself. It was pretty easy to get it up there, but I'm not too impressed with the clearance around the spare tire. I would have preferred the OEM receiver, but I wasn't going to pay the extra money.
  13. I'll save you some time on your research. The Focus ST does not have a limited slip differential.
  14. My car sat on the lot the entire day and they didn't even look at it. I have all the parts sitting in the glove box. About all I know is that it requires some disassembly of the intake manifold which means I'm not doing it myself!