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  1. Fifty150

    Wheel Size Question

    Er...... that's not politically correct. Amarosa may have a recording device.
  2. Fifty150

    Wheel Size Question

    In most states, your wheels and tires are not suppose to extend beyond the wheel well. Most states also allow an exemption if you have fender flares and mud flaps. The Transit Connect fenders appear as if you can install an aftermarket wheel approximately 1" wider than OEM.
  3. Fifty150

    2012 Ford Transit Van

    Should be just like insuring any truck or van. I have a commercial license plate, but personal vehicle titled to me, a person, not a business.
  4. Fifty150

    Wheel Size Question

    But Camaro on truck seems to be the popular mod.
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    Wheel Size Question

  6. Fifty150

    Wheel Size Question

    https://www.wheel-size.com/size/ford/transit-connect/2016/
  7. Fifty150

    New Ford Owner

    Now let's get back off topic and make America great again.
  8. Fifty150

    Replacing tires 2016 TC

    Windguy, my van & your van have about the same amount of miles. Here is what my OEM tire, driver's side front, looks like. My tires have never been rotated. There is a theory that you don't rotate your tires, because allowing them to wear evenly only hides your alignment faults. Leave them in place, and you can see from the wear pattern, how your alignment is off. Then fix the alignment. Your tires and mine look very similar as far as wear. I think that you are fine, and that you won't need new tires immediately. Look at the wear indicator. You and I both have a few more miles to go before shopping for new tires. Each tire wear indicator on a tire provides a visual indication of whether the tread is worn to 2/32″. When you visually inspect one of your tires, find a tire wear bar and see if it is flush with the rest of the tire's tread. If so, your tire is worn to 2/32″, and you need to replace it as soon as possible. Tire Wear Bars - Tire Facts and Information | RightTurn.com https://www.rightturn.com/tire-guide/tire-wear-bar/
  9. Fifty150

    2012 Ford Transit Van

    Here you go, mrtn. Just for you. Feds Watching: Ford’s Run Around on “Chicken Tax” Riles U.S. Customs Officials SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 AT 2:33 PM BY CLIFFORD ATIYEH 47 COMMENTS PHOTOS Marijuana smokers in decriminalized states know it best: You can light up in public and get away with it, but if they want, the Feds can crack down with alarming force. We don’t think Ford executives were high when they chose to import vans from Turkey, rush them off the boat to chop shops, and skirt federal laws in plain sight. But from the eyes of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, they’re wrong. At issue is Ford’s Transit Connect, the compact, light-duty van that’s been on sale here since 2009. (The next-generation model, which goes on sale soon, is pictured here. If you want to gawk at a dead van rolling, here you go.) Like with most imports, Ford has to pay a tariff on each vehicle to clear customs. But instead of the normal 2.5-percent tariff levied on passenger vans, cargo vans are charged a heavy 25-percent tariff. (This so-called “chicken tax” was President Lyndon Johnson’s response to high West German and French tariffs on exported U.S. chicken, and was a retaliation that would destroy commercial sales of Volkswagen’s popular Microbus.) So Ford, like many automakers before it, got creative. Even though most of its customers order the two-seat, stripped-out commercial model, Ford ships every Transit Connect to the Port of Baltimore in five-passenger Wagon trim. As soon as customs agents approve the vans, Ford whisks them offsite where a shipping contractor rips out backseats, flooring and rear windows. The brand-new parts then get sent to Ohio for recycling, and a new floor and metal stampings to cover the window openings go in place. Customs officials say it takes Ford less than 11 minutes to convert a Transit Connect from a people mover to a cargo van, and, while everyone knows Ford has been doing this for the past four years, the Feds have had enough. VIEW PHOTOS “The product as entered is not a commercial reality; it exists only to manipulate the tariff schedule rather than for any manufacturing or commercial purpose,” wrote customs director Myles Harmon in an internal document (available here; downloads Word document). To prove his point, Harmon compared the conversions to similar moves by sugar and lumber companies, which modified their products immediately after arrival. He even referenced our own first drive review to demonstrate that the vehicle was really designed to carry cargo, not people. The report, dated January 30, forced Ford to start paying the full 25-percent tariff. But the customs decision came to light only after Ford filed a complaint to the U.S. Court of International Trade on September 17. According to the filing, Ford alleged that officials incorrectly levied the tariff since the vans “have all of the features identified by these authorities as establishing that the vehicles are principally designed for the transport of persons.” Since it began paying the higher tariff in March, Ford spokesman Said Deep says the company hasn’t changed its import practices—and won’t, not even when the new 2014 Transit Connect arrives from Spain next year. Ford doesn’t anticipate raising prices to fully compensate for the losses, he says. VIEW PHOTOS “The tariff classifications are based on the condition as imported,” Deep says. “That’s based on centuries-old legal authority. What we’ve been doing has been known by customs and common knowledge,” he says, referencing a Wall Street Journal story first reporting on the company’s runarounds in September 2009. While customs officials did not respond to requests for comment, other automakers have successfully beat the chicken tax. During the 1980s, Subaru put plastic seats in the beds of BRAT models so they wouldn’t be marked as pickup trucks. Before Mercedes opened a plant to build the Sprinter in 2007, it shipped the cargo vans as kits from Germany and assembled them in South Carolina. Mahindra, which ultimately never made it over, was planning to do the same with its pickup trucks. Feature Test: 2010 Ford Transit Connect Long-Term Road Test Wrap-Up: 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Instrumented Test: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid But while Ford protests in court, the company actually supports the tariff—along with Chrysler and General Motors—because it continues to obstruct sales of foreign-made pickups and vans from Japan, China, and other markets. In fact, a bipartisan majority of both houses of Congress are now telling President Obama to keep the tariffs, with the goal for Japan to adopt currency exchange rules and lift quantity restrictions on imported vehicles. Any debate about the chicken tax is largely moot as its definition and enforcement are so liquid. All the Japanese automakers build trucks here, without tariffs, and while the government does have a strong case against Ford—including proof that Ford’s VIN labels show the vehicles originally tagged as cargo vans—this same government is no stranger to mislabeling vehicles. Besides its double standards for fuel-economy tests, the Environmental Protection Agency, in just one example, classifies the Ferrari California as a “minicompact,” the same size class as a Scion iQ. VIEW PHOTOS View Model Details Shop Local Cars View 47 Comments Price Starting at $24,335
  10. Fifty150

    2012 Ford Transit Van

    Too political. It would "Make America Great Again". U.S.A. company producing vehicles in U.S.A. Surely there would be some sort of government incentive to build the factory and create all of those jobs. Perhaps even using U.S. Steel. Cars made by Americans, sold by Americans, to Americans. America: Open For Business. But nobody is buying. Can you imagine all the people who would boycott Ford and call them Trump-Mobiles?
  11. Fifty150

    Replacing tires 2016 TC

    Those tires look alright to me. I would still drive on them. Some of the tire shops are franchised, and they could work with you. Costco & Wal*Mart may have lower "out the door" pricing. As I drive around here in Norte Califas, I see Firestone, Big O, Bridgestone, WheelWorks, Goodyear, Manny, Moe, & Jack,. In my area, there has to be about 15 independent shops for 1 corporate chain shop. They all want your business. Make sure that you compare "out the door" pricing. Some places quote a price, say that you get free installation, then still charge you for everything as an itemized fee. "Free Installation" only means that they put on your lug nuts free of charge. You still have to pay for disposal of old tires, TPMS service, valve stems, mounting, balancing, weights, "compressed air fee", "torque application", "shop time", "the donut you ate while staring at the receptionist", and "anything else that we can make up to get another $5 per tire". Oh, and ask to see the tire before it goes on your car. Don't assume that it will be fine. I know more than 1 person who got tires "on sale", and they were old stock. Check the production date. My ex bought tires like that. I brought the car right back, and the tire shop owner agreed to replace with new tires if the the tread started splitting or the rubber started rotting. None of that "pro-rated pricing". He also agreed to fix any flats she may get "on the house" - what other people call road hazard insurance. I didn't call the Bureau of Automotive Repair, or the District Attorney's Office, and I didn't beat him up. I was younger then. With the office door closed, I could have given him a real hurting until his guys in the shop break down the door to save him. As I am more mature, I've learned that is not how you do things. Wait for him to go home for the night, and burn down his shop! My ex was one of those independent "I don't need a man" types. She had to prove to the world, or maybe prove to herself, that she was capable of getting through life without help from anyone. Worked out well in my favor. Less heavy lifting for me. Except for when the car dealership service writer sells her the $100 fuel injection cleaning, and all that they did was add a bottle of Techron to the gas tank. Or the tire shop installs tires with a date code from 5 years ago. Or when the dry cleaner adds a "pressing fee" to her business clothes. Or when she pays the extra charge for vegetarian pork fried rice (no pork). No babe. They don't make the fried rice, then pick out all the pork by hand. They just make friend rice, and not add any pork.
  12. Fifty150

    New Ford Owner

    You just wait until this thread goes off topic.
  13. Fifty150

    OEM Seat Compatibility

    Bring an angle grinder with a cut off wheel. Chop out everything that you want. Worry about carefully backing out fasteners when you get home. Really. You will want to take the rear tim panels to work with those new seat belts. Take the carpet kit. And if your car does not have one, take the rear auxiliary junction box. Maybe take the passenger van headliner too. And while your're at it, you may as well take the 3rd row seats. Just in case you want to add them at a future point in time. If you have a junk yard find, take everything that is still in good condition. Even the hubcaps. Send me a good condition set of those OEM wheels and hubcaps. I'll trade you for coil springs from a 5th generation Ford Mustang, and a boba tea drink.
  14. Fifty150

    2012 Ford Transit Van

    The van was imported with seats, then stripped. Source the seats and all hardware and you should be fine.
  15. Fifty150

    OEM Seat Compatibility

    It's in a junk yard. Take everything you need from it. Cut out the floor if you need to.
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