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  1. Where in the Southern plains are you? Maybe another member that already has the equipment can help out? I'm in north-central Texas, myself - right in the middle of the Ft Worth/Abilene/Wichita Falls triangle.
  2. You cannot easily do it yourself on a 2014-15 because the BCM needs to be updated by Ford, first. 2016+ does not require a visit to Ford, though. Tempus will have to bring his into Ford and reference the SSM about it.
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    M-Sport is a European company, we won't see any on this side of the pond, lol. I looked at their decal packages awhile back and seem to recall a price around $500, so obviously I skipped that. They definitely make some sweet looking custom vans.
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    Lights staying on with doors open

    Gobills, what year is your van? If it's 2016 or newer, you can easily do it with a laptop, Forscan software (free) and an ELM327 adapter to connect the laptop and van together. More info about it is in that link that Don Ridley shared. But, if you have a 2014-15, you'll need to have Ford update the BCM programming first and then they can also disable the "approach lights" (that's the name in the BCM itself). For 2014-15, you'll want to reference SSM 46321.
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    Upgrade instrument cluster 2016

    I was just reading through the service schedule earlier today and it said 150K miles for ATF under 'normal' driving conditions. But if you have lots of trailer towing, gravel roads, excessive idling or a car-top carrier, then they recommend only 30K miles before changing the ATF. The town I moved to 2 years ago is gravel roads except the two main ones, but I'm only 1.5 blocks from the main road, so going "in between" the 30K & 150K is probably good. I used to do a lot of highway miles before moving to Texas, so my brake pads are original, too. When I checked them last summer (probably 80-85K), they still looked basically new and very thick.
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    Sofa Bed

    If you're in a cargo van, anchor inside instead of through the doors. I have a 10ft double hung in mine and wish it was a 9ft, lol. But, I pulled the front headliner/storage shelf out, so I'm hooked onto the steel ceiling directly, front & back. At some point, I'll be putting in insulation, so removing the headliner for now is multi-purpose.
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    Upgrade instrument cluster 2016

    I haven't, no. I need to bring it into Ford for a right-front strut and I figure I may as well have them do the 100K maintenance while it's in there. Normally, I do my own work, but this is still covered under extended warranty, so it should only cost me $100.
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    Upgrade instrument cluster 2016

    22497?? Are you a church & grocery driver? lol. My 2015 will be 4 years old (for me) in June and it's already going to roll 100K this week or possibly next week. If I was still living in Illinois with my old 100-mile commute, it'd likely be over 160K already. That's awesome that you got the dash changed out & working. I'd like to eventually do that on mine.
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    TURTLE roof rack from Turkey

    That looks like a pretty slick setup. You piqued my interest with L-track, but it looks like that's a proprietary hex-shaped setup, so you'll need their special connectors instead of standard L-track ones. I custom bent two L-track rails a few years ago now and really need to stop procrastinating on installing them, haha. But, I pulled my front headliner out last weekend, so now I have less excuse for procrastinating - I'll be drilling and putting in nut-serts (rivnuts, whatever) using the bolt pattern that's on the L-track I bought. One problem is that the rails I bought are a little bit shorter than the channels on the roof, so I won't be able to go full front-to-back with them like I want to, oh well. I can always pick up a couple short sections to finish it out at some point.
  10. You should have kept this all in one thread instead of three separate posts. But the end result looks awesome! Good job. You definitely win the "OEM type appearance" compared to my setup, haha. I completely took out all the false floor pieces and have a 48" tool chest in there, shown in the pictures. I've thought of putting this one at the back doors, but now that I have my hammock hanging in the van, I don't think they'll fit together - I'm already rubbing on the tool chest now, lol. I had to put some wood support blocks (I think they're 1x1" or 2x2" by 3ft long or so) under this chest because it wasn't wide enough to sit on the brackets that the plastic steps originally mounted to (second pic). You can kind of see that wood support at the right side of the second pic and they run on an angle front-to-back. But, I have a 60" that I need to fix a strut on so I can swap the 48" out for the 60" - yes, the big one does fit cross-ways in my cargo van (just barely), lol. At least the 60" box will also sit about an inch or so lower than this 48" one is and I'll be able to put some rivnuts in the step brackets and bolt down the 60" box. Unless I change my mind and try to build a more custom setup since I still have some wasted space under the tool chest.
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    I'm sKiZo, and my favorite color is blue ...

    Look below his picture, he said it's done in Photoshop 😄 But that top is from Fiberine - supposed to be great stuff, but talk about $$$
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    New AdVANturer!

    The hitch install really is that easy, lol. I installed a Curt on my 2015 by myself in maybe 30 minutes, not counting the wiring.
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    Tire size settings in Forscan

    I had looked at that awhile back to adjust for my 215/65R16's, but when I saw the available choices, I decided to just leave it as-is so I wouldn't have to recalculate the speedometer error between the options there and my actual tires. I know for a fact that my current setup is 5.9% higher, so 70MPH on the gauge is 74-75MPH on the road and 100 miles odometer is actually 105.9 miles traveled (for rare times when I check my MPG). I was really hoping for better/more choices, but I understand that Forscan is only interpreting what's in the factory computer and it's not as powerful as an aftermarket programmer - AFAIK, none exist for TC's. Which leaves me to wonder if anyone has tried a Focus programmer on a TC, since they're mostly the same under the skin, haha.
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    remove interior wheel well covers

    The window coverings also aren't steel blanks, they're some type of plastic - but only on the sliding doors. I have a windowless van and there are no cut-outs at all on the actual body (quarter windows), no cut-outs on the rear doors and then the sliders have paint-matched plastic where the window would go. I've had some other thoughts of what to do with those blanks, like perhaps built-in tool storage and hinge the blanks like a toolbox lid for external access - or even replace the blanks with metal toolbox doors, idk.
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    OEM tires and wheelspin

    I'm running 215/65R16 General Grabber AT2's on my van, no problems thus far and even they still spin too easily. My van is a LWB, but that shouldn't make any difference. As for speedo error, at 70MPH on the gauge, I'm actually travelling about 74-75MPH on GPS. The hand-calculated error is 1.059% over stock (online calculators show 1.067% aka +6.7%), so lower speeds are closer to what the gauge is showing and below about 40MPH, I can't tell any difference between the speedometer and GPS. To find the hand-calculated error percent, I drove from one of my properties to the other, 83.9 miles apart on GPS and my trip odometer showed 79.2 miles at the end of the drive.
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    Factory jack needed

    I'd give you the scissor jack out of my 2015 since I have two bottle jacks & a floor jack, so I'll never use the scissor jack. But, I'm down in Texas, so you'd have to pay shipping. Otherwise, I'll be up in Chicagoland area for Memorial Day week.
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    Cruise Control

    Yep, do it yourself for about $30 (the OBD hook-up), a laptop with Forscan, plus a steering wheel from Ebay. I added factory cruise to my van and it took me less than half-hour. Much better than cutting/soldering/splicing wires under the dash and drilling holes for the aftermarket cruise control.
  18. I didn't try messing with the other buttons, but they're meant to control the menu on that dash screen behind the steering wheel. I'm thinking that a different gauge cluster is required, but I don't know that for sure. I reckon you could change the cluster type in the programming and say it has a more advanced one, then see if the buttons will work?
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    remove interior wheel well covers

    Are you buying a van or wagon and is it an XL, XLT, Platinum? I have a 2015 XL cargo van and took the panels off a couple years ago. Mine does not have an aux junction box or most of the wiring that DonShockley's pics show. You'll notice the only thing that's the same between me & him is what I assume to be the fuel inertia switch (little box thing in second pic for each of us, right by the passenger sliding door).
  20. Here's the OBD adapter that I used and I had mine hooked up to a regular laptop with Windows 10. I can't see any reason why a tablet wouldn't work, because most of them are running a version of Windows 10, also. Another member wrote up a thorough tutorial specific to using Forscan to turn off the approach lights (some call it "dark mode"); this tutorial will get you most of the info you need. It's been awhile, so I don't remember which module the CC & ASC was in offhand. I just scrolled back up and the third post on this page, written by Donuts, gives a readable description of what to do. For some reason, Donuts did not have to change the ASC for his van. When I enabled CC on mine, it still didn't work; after I went back in again and enabled ASC (after I looked through the various parameters, I deduced that it was the most likely setting I needed) then I was able to use the cruise control. CC & ASC are in the same menu, but you'll need to scroll through to find each, I recall seeing a few dozen various settings available.
  21. I had a wheel bearing replaced on the same corner, thinking that it was the cause of the noise I was hearing. But, the noise continued after the new wheel bearing and I eventually realized that my front right strut is blown - I still need to get it replaced, haha. Bounce the front driver corner to see how stiff it is, then bounce the passenger corner to see if it's weak & mushy. I can barely move the front driver corner up & down when I push down on it, but the passenger side bounces real easy by pushing down on the fender/hood area.
  22. All I did was buy a cruise control steering wheel, take off the base model steering wheel and install the new one. Then I turned on the Adaptive Speed Control and Cruise Control options via Forscan. All the needed plugs were already present inside when you get the airbag off.
  23. I've looked at ETIS a couple times after successfully getting my approach lights disabled (dark mode), and it still shows the original build number for my BCM. It seems to me like ETIS is not a reliable way to verify that BCM has been updated. If you have the scan tool and software, give it a shot yourself before wasting more time with dealers, IMO. Disable the setting (called Approach Lights in FORScan) and save the changes, etc, then verify that the lights stay off. If they don't, change the setting back to enabled and bring it to the next dealer - but, if the BCM actually is updated, it should work for you.
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    a few dimentions

    The tall perspective of Google camera makes this street & gas station ramps look shallower than they actually are - but, my van, which is 1/2" taller than stock, scrapes on all three of these points if I don't drive up at an angle. Where I used to live, I'd have to go directly across this picture from right to left (that left street has a matching end off the right side of pic) and the van would scrape in the front every time. The only time I've had a problem with speed bumps was when I had a drop-hitch in my aftermarket receiver (until I had time to flip it to a raised hitch). But, my typical total load in the van, including myself, is maybe around 300-350 lbs and the limit is something like 1200lbs. I've also taken this van down "roads" that the city-boy bro-dozer trucks with 8" lift, 24" rims and tiny 37" tires (tiny for that much lift) would never even dream of going down, haha.
  25. Forscan showed me the option with my original 2015 BCM programming, but changing the setting didn't do anything. I haven't been back in the programming since I had the dealer shut them off for me, I ought to try it some time to see if I can successfully turn the option on and then back off... Maybe I'll give the global windows another try, too lol. They didn't work for me with the original BCM programming. Have you tried using Forscan to play with it yourself? Where in the Southern plains are you? I'm about an hour south of Wichita Falls, Texas and have used Forscan to turn on cruise control after swapping in a CC steering wheel in my XL van.