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  1. Transit Connect is a minivan, so you're just comparing some different minivans, lol. I have a '15 TC XL LWB windowless cargo that I bought brand new in June 2015 and I have nearly 123,400 miles on it now. Aside from standard maintenance stuff, all I've had done is the safety recall on the sliding door latches (verify that has been done on the one you're looking at Ford Latch Recall Website, you'll need VIN and the date codes from the latches, 4-7 digit number on each), a front passenger wheel bearing under warranty (turns out it was actually fine), front struts (the passenger one was blown and causing the noises I thought were the wheel bearing) and I did brake pads on the rear because of very uneven wear - come to think of it, I ought to pull the rear wheels soon and check on them now that the new pads have 15-20K miles on 'em. Original tires got pulled around 70K miles when one pair reached the wear bars; the van ("wagon") you're looking at should probably already have new tires since it has 80K miles. Aside from that, there's been various customizations and add-ons specific to what I want and how I use my van, including getting the BCM updated by Ford and then having them turn off the annoying perimeter lights (or "dark mode" to some, y'all can use search feature in the forum for more info) and adding OEM cruise control myself & the factory "large" side mirrors to replace the factory "small" ones. Overall, I do like the van, but I still wish I could have afforded a full-size Transit 350 extended-length high-roof, instead - which would have been much better overall for my own use, lol. For what it's worth, the asking on that passenger wagon/van does sound pretty reasonable, too. 2014-15 TC cargo vans around me (north-central Texas) are going for $7-9K and of course they tend to be beat up a lot more from commercial use.
  2. Those rails shouldn't have noticeable wind noise because there's only a few square inches cutting through the wind. My ladder rack bars do have some extra wind noise & MPG hit, though, even with that "spoiler" on the front side of the first bar. But then, running General Grabber AT2's in 215/65R16 had already lowered my mileage a bit anyway (after adjusting for the speedometer/odometer difference due to the larger tire diameter), lol. Those raised rails look pretty nice, though!
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    Glutton for punishment

    Not entirely accurate. My '15 XL has power windows, but only the driver window has a "one-touch" power window switch, so I can't use global windows at all - I've tried, lol. When I checked on the forum here, I found out that both windows need the "one-touch" window switches in order to use global open/close. That was in some thread a year or two back.
  4. Even better is custom-order. Roof rails are a $195 option on the build ticket (or $335 with the cross bars), but then you have to wait for your special-order to be built and delivered, lol. Get to tick all the options wanted, though. As you've probably seen from the forum, ordering just the rails from Ford after-the-fact is $1000 not counting install!
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    Can second row seats be installed in cargo models?

    Sounds like you ought to buy yourself a Lotto ticket, while you're on a lucky streak! Haha
  6. I'm thinking the only difference for 2010 is the lack of a rear headliner reducing the ceiling height and also that 4'11" measurement is probably to the ceiling skin instead of the ribs that hang down - Ford measurements on the full-size T150/250/350 is to the roof skin instead of ribs, as well, assuming no headliner present. Check out these Autotrader links for a 2010 Ford TC versus a 2011 Ford TC - the bodies look 100% identical in every respect externally, aside from configuration differences like optional windows. Maybe find one of each for sale near you and bring your tape measure to verify the ceiling heights before you waste time dedicating yourself to only a 2010 model. The rear headliner will reduce ceiling height by at least 4-6" with dead airspace above and the Ford measurement may be to the lowest point of the headliner, which is that molded-in cargo light that's hanging down a bit in the 2011 TC ad above. So, same steel bodies, but rear headliner vs no rear headliner - and they're easy to remove to regain extra height.
  7. The US-spec bodies are 2013-down Gen 1 and 2014+ Gen 2. I know 2020 has a bunch of changes, especially in suspension, but I think the body overall is mostly the same as '14-19, lol. So I don't think there's a Gen 3, yet.
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    Rearview mirror camera

    The OE camera runs through the CANBUS like everything else, it's not like the universal ones that have easy separate power & video feeds. What you want to do will require a camera & screen kit. As far as I've ever noticed, only the vans with NO windows in the back doors have no mirror on the windshield (mine is one of 'em, zero windows behind the driver), because it wouldn't do anything except show the cargo inside. All the rear-window vans I've seen have the inside mirror, so are you saying you have back door windows and no inside mirror? I get by just fine with only the side mirrors and have for many years & vehicles (even window vehicles with inside mirrors - I don't use it); no cameras, gadgets, sensors or doodads, lol. Last summer, I did finally upgrade to the 'large' OEM mirrors since mine came with the 'small' mirrors. Gives a little better view, IMO. Only place I need to be careful is backing out of spots in public parking lots like Walmart because people are morons stuck to their phone screens instead of paying attention to their surroundings - they don't even notice (or maybe just don't care) my strobe lights flashing in their face at near-eye-level, just above the taillight assemblies. A lot of people just keep on walking right by, although some do pay attention and stop so they don't get run over, haha. Here's a comparison shot of the mirrors, in case you want to consider the upgrade. The one thing I don't like is that the wide-angle mirror on the large one is not adjustable and it's clearly turned in just a bit too much, but I suppose that works perfect for shorter drivers close to the steering wheel. My phone/camera is positioned as close to where my left eye sits while driving as I could get it, too. So it's as apples-to-apples as I could manage to shoot freehand.
  9. Rockauto sells the empty Motorcraft knuckles, $160/ea. Probably worth the expense to sit inside to assemble, though. Then you'll also have your OE knuckle as a core for next time you need to do a wheel bearing on the same side. I'm with you on the preloaded/preassembled stuff, though. My right-front strut blew at like 55-60K miles and I replaced both front struts together with the Monroe preassembled struts from Rockauto because I don't own nor want to screw around with spring compressors, especially working outside in Texas summer. And with all the crap that has to come out to replace the strut, I figured I may as well just do both at once and be done with it for awhile. But, I've always been the type that replaces pairs of "wear items" together, especially the little crap like light bulbs.
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    LeBra Frontend Mask

    I didn't even know they're still in business, haha. There are so many clear vinyl paint protection kits these days, so I can't understand using an ugly LeBra, but to each their own! Oh hey, another Texas TC. I'm in north-central region, Jack County.
  11. I just looked up the Gen 1 specs online and the cargo floor behind the seats is only 6ft long, compared to 7' 3.3" for a Gen 2 LWB, so you're losing basically 15" of length with a Gen 1, but you do gain 9-10" of ceiling height in a Gen 1 because they're taller. 2010 TC G1 brochure and 2015 TC G2 brochure, if you want to compare any measurements between the two generations for yourself. The 12ft handrails I had carried were only 1.25" diameter handrail poles, so they're super skinny even though they're long. And that was going from rear driverside corner to front passenger corner, just a few inches from the windshield - and well strapped so they couldn't slide forward! I've already replaced the windshield once a couple years ago for $400 using Safelite, first one in my life and I was 34 at the time lol, so I'd like to make sure that I don't damage it. Turns out, insurance here in Texas doesn't cover windshields unless you opt for it as an add-on premium, oh well.
  12. I wonder if a previous owner installed that as part of an alarm? A thief wouldn't stick around long with that thing blaring inside as they're trying to steal stuff, lol. I don't know if it's just the picture, but it looks like the wall has been modified/cut, too? To me, it looks like a section was cut out and the cut edge has some surface rust, right below the horn. Ain't no telling what modifications some people will do to their vehicle to fit their purposes, haha.
  13. The ceiling length for all Gen 1 (2013 and older) vans will be the same in the US, although I don't know that measurement - I can say definitively say it's too short, though. Gen 2 US vans come in SWB and LWB and I have fit 12ft long lumber (actually two 12ft stair hand rails) inside my van, but that went to within inches of the windshield base (no passenger because seat was folded down). I just went out and measured my cargo van and one thing to keep in mind with my measurement is that I have no front headliner or plastic shelf currently in my van (I'll get around to putting up insulation one of these days so I can reinstall those, lol) - that said, from the top of the windshield, above the passenger seat to the lower back edge of the rear passenger barn door at floor level is around 118"-ish. Kind of hard to accurately measure using a typical tape measure & being alone, but the surfboard might fit that way. But you'll probably want both ends up at the ceiling, and the surfboard is just too long for that. Even going from front-passenger corner to rear-driver corner at the ceiling is only around 9ft or so and that's not accounting for width & shape of the surfboard - I have a 10ft hammock hung exactly that way in mine, but I really need a 9ft one because of the short distance. Basically, you either need a shorter surfboard, or put it on top of the van (luggage/ladder rack) or step up to a full-size van like a Transit 150/250/350. Even the shortest-length Transit has 126" at floor level behind the two front seats, and 116" at the beltline. From an overall size perspective, you're looking at 190" TC LWB G2 (2014+) vs 220" T150/250/350 overall length (that's the 130" RB), width 72.2" vs 81.3", 40ft versus 42.9ft curb-to-curb turning radius, etc. So, 2.5 feet longer, 9 inches wider and you get to keep your board inside - choose ceiling, or maybe even on the side wall, etc? Depends on what all your priorities boil down to and which priorities are more important than others.
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    What is this object?

    Go to a website that sells round keys like that (Google is your friend here) and get one that matches the keycode on there, looks like 0278? It looks to me like secure storage, like a micro-sized safe for keys or even a GPS tracking device.
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    Tuning the TC

    There's essentially zero performance market for a Transit Connect and, understandably, manufacturers only go where the money is. So don't hold your breath for a Transit Connect tuner, lol. Our vans are technically modified Focus chassis, I wonder if anyone has ever tried a Focus tuner on a TC?
  16. It's up to you to thoroughly research statutes & regulations for NY in regards to adding seating to a vehicle, as well as discussing it with your insurance company; you are responsible for yourself & your actions. In an accident with "too many" people in the vehicle (officially it's only 2 in a US-spec cargo model), insurance may drop you after paying out a claim for a DIY-conversion and then turn around to sue you for re-compensation. The "most legal" route to take for adding seating is an automotive upfitter, they'll have the state licensing and insurance covering the conversion, like in case of a mounting/structural failure in an accident - but, of course, that's also the most expensive route up-front. As for finding a cargo van that's already upfitted, I'm betting you're mainly looking at private-use type websites like AutoTrader? Instead, try Truck Paper and Commercial Truck Trader (basically the commercial side of "AutoTrader" website). You won't find some 'upfitted checkbox' like you're talking about, but those sites will give you the highest amount of commercially-fitted/used Transit Connects. If a second passenger (third body) or more is a high priority, your best bet may be getting a LWB wagon and then fitting it out exactly the way you want it for storage. I'd think you could mount some fork holders on the folded-down second row seat to hold the mountain bike(s), assuming front wheel off. One guy here made an internal ceiling rack to carry long-ish thin stuff, including putting up PVC tubes to carry his hang-gliding equipment. So you can get some pretty cool ideas from the forum.
  17. I lock my '15 G2 running fairly often, no problems. One key/fob still in the ignition, the other in my pocket & hit the lock button on the second one. Since yours is all-manual without any remote control buttons, I can't fathom how it would cause any problems. If there's no power actuator in your locks, the van computer cannot unlock the van - or lock it, for that matter. Easiest way to test it out is open the driver window all the way, leave it running, lock the door and close it, then try to unlock with your other key - it should work perfectly fine. If not, reach in through the open window to unlock it; either way, you'll have your answer.
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    Can second row seats be installed in cargo models?

    Neil, I just did some searching of my own and was able to find this old photo album from another member. The pics aren't real great, though, and it doesn't show the areas where the mounting holes should be, so it still doesn't answer your questions. I have a 2015 Gen 2, so I'm not able to help much beyond this. Is there a reason for y'all not buying a Gen 2 LWB? It seems that 2014 models are a mix of either welded-in or bolted-in (late in the model year) and all 15+ have the floor extension bolted-in & a few people here have put OEM second row seat into a G2 TC van without issue. The few G1 seat additions I've seen have all been aftermarket seats, as far as I can remember. One guy here on FTCF (I believe it's sKiZo) is planning to upgrade his G1 TC to have Focus ST or RS leather seats front & rear, but that's more custom modifications to do and won't fold-flat like a van seat. He also has a buddy with a custom vehicle fabrication shop helping with the van customization.
  19. I took a couple pics yesterday of the XL-size screen. You'll see that I pull the outside down as much as I can, still leaves about an inch gap along the bottom outside, though - and that's with the mirrors folded in. It ends up with a big gap on the inside (that black band in the pic), but I figure having the smallest gap possible outside is better, instead of two equal sized gaps, lol. Y'all should have a much better experience with the XXXL, instead.
  20. For the front doors, get the XXXL as his post shows and gives a link to. They were out-of-stock several weeks back when I ordered, so I just went with XL size since the measurements looked okay and they ended up a bit too small; they leave a sizable gap along the bottom inside & outside. The mirrors are what get in the way, so the XXXL keeps things closed up better to keep bugs out. The screens won't fit over the sliding doors because the slider hardware is in the way. Standard window screen and some Velcro could take care of those windows on a wagon pretty easily, though. When mounted inside, you wouldn't even need to take them off unless you actually wanted to.
  21. The usable floor length of LWB behind the front seats is right about 7ft. Y'all might consider something like this homemade 'front seat cot' for one of the kids? Pics are from Google Images search, so I don't know the kid or parents, lol. But I've seen several different versions of the cot before, DIY or modifying one from the store. Just something to give you ideas, lol. The vans in these pics look to be full-size, so they're wider than our Transit Connects, but I'd bet y'all could probably still get a couple years of the 2yo sleeping in a TC-sized front cot, at least.
  22. It was a bad high-beam/turnsignal switch/stalk, he already replaced it and is A-OK now, lol.
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    Roof Rack Holes

    The covers are way easier to remove from inside the van instead of above. There's a couple of little squeeze tabs that will release the cover from the body quick & easy. I used a screwdriver to push the tabs in enough to release, it was easier than getting my fingers onto the tabs.
  24. This is them, but now it's saying unavailable - they were $112.99 when I had bought them a couple months ago. 2-bar ladder rack on Amazon
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    Window security

    Amazon sells security film that goes on just like tint, but is clear and built to prevent entry through glass. Security film on Amazon