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  1. jrm223

    Upgrade instrument cluster 2016

    I suspect that you'll be receiving requests from members to do this as a service, haha.
  2. I'm thinking the door module, too. Although, my van will chime at certain times when the key is still in the ignition, but not always. For example, I can open the door and it won't make a sound, but if the door is half-latched (say, I didn't push hard enough to close it all the way), then it will start beeping at me. My radio also quit staying on after turning off the ignition, but it's easy to turn it back on for an hour after turning off the key. There is no "door switch" the old way most of us are used to them, though. It's now part of the latch assembly (which runs through the door module), rather than being a separate plunger switch in the door frame.
  3. jrm223

    Can second row seats be installed in cargo models?

    Ask three different state cops and you'll get four or five different answers! They are not an encyclopedia of laws and really only know the most commonly enforced laws by memory - something as rare as regulations (if any!) about adding seats to a cargo van will NOT be their forte. If you're that damned worried, go pay an upfitter or conversion company to do a "professional" conversion, since they're certified, licensed & insured for such conversions. But, as long as your added seat doesn't fail during an accident (separate itself from the vehicle floor/structure), what in the world would your passenger sue you for?? @Daniel-J, US laws are nothing like Aussie laws & inspections, so no we don't really need "permission" or paperwork or post-install inspections.
  4. Going into your van or removed from it? Lol. I am in Texas, too, Jack County. The Chevy 3rd-row seats are all right about 48" from what I have found. Which makes sense, since it needs to fit between the wheelwells of the SUV's.
  5. I hadn't even considered delivery, TBH. I may look into that from a materials total cost perspective (local picked-up $ vs HD delivered $), but I already have the rack now, so it's a moot point overall.
  6. Most RV's have 1/8"-1/4" Luan under the rubber roof from the factory. When I was saying plywood before, it certainly could be Luan/Lauan instead of "regular" plywood, depends what my local store actually carries and I haven't talked to them, yet. Right now, there's way too much rain happening for me to be tearing off the roof for replacement, even with my plan to do it one sheet at a time - pull a section off, cut & fit the replacement, move on to the next one. And it'll be directly coated with an elastomeric coating instead of buying EPDM rubber garbage.
  7. @collinjx that's a pretty sweet setup - and with "limousine" amounts of legroom, holy cow. I've been looking at Suburban seats lately, too. I have one that I'm going to try to buy soon that's a 50/50 split with cupholders & small storage pockets in the middle. BTW, I'm including your pic below here so it displays correctly for other people (I'm in IT, so I noticed ".jpg" was missing, lol). Funny thing is that I found an ad for the same seat you used for like $45, but I'll spend a little extra on the black 50/50 seat (guy is asking $100 obo). I can't find anybody parting out a gen 2 TC wagon anywhere close to me, so OEM stuff isn't much of an option and I would rather have the built-in seatbelts, anyway. Here's the seat that I'm fixin' to buy for my "crew cab" conversion (it's an actual option package from Ford on the big Transits, 4-5 seater with cargo room in back), I think it should even match my TC seat color pretty closely. I know my mom & grandma will be happy when I can take both of them someplace at the same time during my vacation visits! Hahaha And here is the pic of Collinjx setup/conversion, leg room for days:
  8. jrm223

    2010 XLT Slammed

    Idk, this guy may have Slamsit beat for custom one-off's. Rear ladder, roof rack, sliders, aluminum strut spacers with Escape 4x4 struts, interior ceiling storage rack, just to name a few. Kenny Transit Connect Overlander on IG, of course it's also "offroad" build vs street builld, lol. Those seats look awesome. I'd love to get something more comfortable in mine, but I have to deal with the in-seat air bags complicating matters. Removing/disconnecting them supposedly disables the entire air bag system.
  9. No it didn't, $112.99 rounds up to $113 because it's one penny short. I'll never understand how or why people round DOWN from 99 cents, $112 won't pay for it even before taxes. @sKiZo, I have plenty of different stuff laying around I could use up on top to add more support, but I'm figuring that just a couple 2x4's underneath the plywood will be all the support that I need and I have several of them laying around. But a couple of permanent supports may be a future upgrade, especially if I ever "camperize" the van and add solar between the racks - drop the panels down a bit so I can still carry stuff and the frame for them could also be made to support sheet material. Obviously they wouldn't charge during the occasions when I need to carry plywood or foam insulation panels, but that will be sporadic anyway. I may just go ahead and build some bolt-on angle iron supports now so they can still be repositioned if/when I add solar someday - I do have plenty of extra bolts, washers & nuts from the universal rack. For the camper roof project, I'll only need 8 plywood sheets, and I may end up splitting them in two purchases so I'm minimizing the amount of weight up top. It looks like 1/4" is around 20 lbs/sheet, and Ford says the roof can hold 220lbs, so 9-10 sheets including some supports underneath & the rack itself - I could get them all in one shot, afterall. And at least it's only about 15 miles from Ace/Buchanan Building Supply to my property, too. The closest two Home Depots are each an hour away from me, so I probably won't be getting my supplies there.
  10. So, I finally got around to putting on a universal ladder rack. I have several home repair projects coming up real soon (like reroofing that damn camper behind the van...) that will require borrowed ladders plus sheet goods including plywood, so I needed a quick & cheap way to carry the stuff around. I came across this rack for $113 currently (Amazon link) and the package arrived yesterday, so I didn't waste any time on install since my area is supposed to have rain every day for at least the next week - also great for double-checking that it's not leaking! Lol I decided to use the front-most & rear-most factory holes, rather than drilling my own. The front pair of holes did need to be opened up slightly to 5/16" to easily fit the 8mm bolts. Those pairs of holes ended up putting the bars at 81", or 6'9", from the leading edge of the front one to the trailing edge of the rear one (ie. 81" includes their own depth). For 8ft goods, that will only leave roughly 7.5" overhang on each end, but it will provide better support when I'm carrying 10ft & 12ft long stuff like the pallet rack I'll be bringing home soon. Definitely need to organize the junk in my garage so I can actually get to work on my projects! And anything longer than 12ft will need to go on that boat trailer in the second pic, after I convert it into a hauler. These are advertised as being 62" inside the uprights, so I'd say 64-65" wide overall, but I didn't measure the total width. It shouldn't actually be a problem, anyway - like a head knocker - since they're over 6ft off the ground and I'm 6ft tall. As shown in the Amazon ad, they did come with brackets to put in the middle for holding ladders to prevent sideways movement, but I left them off for my use with sheet goods & random long stuff. The spoiler or "wind deflector" on the front one works pretty well, too; I really didn't notice any new wind noise driving into work this morning. Noise is a common complaint that I see with a lot of low-budget racks. Obviously I haven't used it yet, but it seems well built and I don't anticipate having any trouble, so I'd recommend these for anyone that wants to stick to a low budget just for personal use and needs to haul bulky stuff with their little van. A lot of "professional-brand" used racks around me cost more than this brand new delivered one.
  11. jrm223

    New guy from Eugene Oregon 2018 XLT cargo van

    Most of the stuff on that van is custom one-off fabrication for that build - the aluminum strut spacers, bumper guard, roof rack, sliders, rear ladder, interior ceiling rack, etc etc. Per his comments in IG, only the front was lifted, too.
  12. jrm223

    2013/gen1 TPMS issue

    Your Windstar wheels are supposed to have these hubcaps, not 63mm center caps. @G B L, unit-bearing hubs are not "serviceable" items for generally any vehicle that uses them; whether it's studs, sensors or the bearings, they're meant to be replaced as a whole unit. So nobody will have "Transit Connect press-in lug studs" in their computer system. It would be up to the vehicle owner to measure all the important aspects of the stud and then find appropriate lug studs with matching measurements (aside from longer length) "advertised" for some other vehicle, instead.
  13. jrm223

    MK2 With Sparco Terra Wheels

    That's not the blood of Smurf's he ran over? Lol Those look pretty good on the white van.
  14. No, it's more like "automotive enthusiast community created" (via a group of beta developers & programmers) software because no - zero - "hacking" of any other program was done to create FORScan. Just because something is not made by a "company" doesn't make it "hacked".
  15. On the American-bound Connects, the cargo vans have a false floor put in over the footwell, so the floor is flat and one-level all the way back (no "crew cab" option available in the US except in full-size Transits). Incidentally, the bulkheads we have available screw into that false floor, so you would probably need to do some extra fabrication to put in a standard bulkhead. I wouldn't bother covering up the footwell since it's usable space; instead, I'd make some sort of bracket/mount so the bulkhead has something strong to mount to along the bottom. Something like a 30mm square steel tube cut & welded to match the profile around the front seats would probably do fine, with mounting plates welded to the two ends to bolt it to the B-pillars next to the front seats and potentially even a couple vertical supports going to the floor near the middle.