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Rab

Bodykits For 2016 LWB Transit Connect in USA

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Hi everyone,

I had what you might call a "fender bender" in the USA the other day, where I scraped up the whole side of the van.  My van is a white base model, so has the black bumpers.  I need both bumpers replaced, and some painting/dent removal done.  I have it in the shop doing the dent work just now, but I'm thinking now is the time to put on a bodykit.  I'm in Texas, and I don't think anyone in USA sells these, as the van scene is pretty dim - van's are seen as creepy LOL - it seems to be only in the UK (where I'm originally from) where they have street cred.  Wondered if anyone could give me some advice on the following:

1. Is there any vendors in USA that stock bodykits for the 2016 Transit Connect - I couldn't find any on google.

2. I'm finding it difficult to find bodykit vendors in the UK even, that would have these things in stock with no lead time - best I've found is http://www.tradevanaccessories.co.uk/blog/ford-transit-connect-body-kit-soon-to-be-released/

3. I'm looking for something which is only replacing front bumper, rear bumper and sill, and possibly a spoiler that would just bolt on and need painted.  I'm not lowering the van and it's running on 17's so not looking to do any arch work. I still need to be able to go into a field now and then with it. I use the van for towing bikes for roadracing, and we often park in fields.

I'd love to hear if anyone on this forum has done something similar to their van and if they have any strong recommendations on what I should look at.

Thank you in advance.

Rab

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13 hours ago, Rab said:

- van's are seen as creepy LOL -

A van with tinted windows.  A van w/out windows.  What's creepy about that?  Not everybody is a kidnapper.  I use mine to collect panties.

 

 

13 hours ago, Rab said:

only in the UK (where I'm originally from) where they have street cred.

I suppose in the UK, and Hong Kong, vans are cool.......watch any HK triad/gangster movie, and you will see large packs of criminals traveling in vans......now is that just in the movies, or do real life mobsters roll in minivans?  

 

 

 

13 hours ago, Rab said:

any strong recommendations on what I should look at.

 

 

 

Rab,

 

How much are you willing to spend?  If you're willing to part with more money than the van is worth, then surely you can have whatever your want.  I doubt if you'll find an aftermarket kit for a Transit Connect.  But a good fabricator can easily sketch out what you want, design it with Auto-CAD software, then fabricate it.  Fiberglass panels can be made.  3D printers are available.  It's simple finding the right shop to do the work.  You've seen on television how car builders can shape metal, mold fiberglass, and practically build whatever they can dream.  

It might sound crazy to find someone across the country, ship your car there, and spend a fortune.  But if it's what you want, seriously, call the guys you see on television.  Call Chip Foose.  Call West Coast Customs.  Try Galpin Ford.  Or you might find a local coach builder who works on custom vans, limousines, et cetera.  Is there a "tuner" shop in your area that builds "fast & furious" show cars?

 

 

 

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Contact Paul Hayes in transit connect'ed facebook group. He seems to be doing fabrication work for Connects.

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My 2014 transit connect came with a bodykit.  It’s a custom job, though, not available for purchase.  Customization was sponsored by Ford for the 2013 SEMA show when the cars first came out to the US.  The body kit is made out of surprisingly thick, formed steel.  The guy who made it used an English wheel.  This would take a lot of skill to make, and be difficult to reproduce.

 

I like it, but ground clearance in front when going through deep road valleys, I’ve had it bottom out before.  The thick rolled edge at the bottom is very sturdy, but any impact is hard on the flexible bumper it’s mounted to, and front-end components, so really don’t want to do that if I can avoid it.  It does affect at least a small bit how the car can be used/driven.  The car has oversized wheels which I think makes this less of an issue, but am a bit concerned it’s going to be more of an issue if/when I put back the original wheels, (which I’d like to try doing here at some point.)

 

Aftermarket modifications... so much easier to make things worse than they originall were.  Hope this doesn’t dampen your enthusiasm.  The car is unique and looks nice!  :)  Two-toned custom paint job, and custom front grill.  I posted a picture in the introductions “sub-forum” if you want to check it out.  Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

 

Have fun!

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