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  1. mountainman

    gen2 in winter

    Reading your question again, I guess maybe you were more concerned about the abilities of the defroster and heater in such environments. My TC lives outside and those features work perfectly fine. The heater can take some time since I have the utility version with no insulation in the back. But once it warms up it gets nice and toasty!
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    gen2 in winter

    I live in the Northern Rockies and use my 2014 TC as an all purpose daily driver year round. That includes driving to trailheads on unplowed dirt roads for backcountry skiing. I have all-terrain truck tires and they work well. The only times I've gotten stuck is due to ice or because the snow was too deep and I essentially beached the vehicle, requiring the snow to be dug out from underneath it. I'm going to get chains this winter to help, and when my tires wear out, I'm going to replace them with something bigger and use spacers to add an extra inch or so to the suspension. Overall, if you know how to drive well in winter conditions and you have good tires, the TC can get you a lot of places. But at a certain point the snow is just going to be too deep and you'll be better served by a vehicle with more ground clearance and four-wheel drive. Since I don't find myself in that situation too often, I just rely on friends with oversized trucks :P My $0.02.
  3. Nice job! I'm curious, are those the original panels or did you manufacture your own?
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    Thanks for sharing! It looks like if you went any bigger then the tires wouldn't fit, at least in the front.
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    Fitting a tddi in a newer model

    I'm curious about this too, though I'm wondering if the diesel engines in the 2019 vans can be installed in older models.
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    Cool! I'm planning on getting tires with a bigger sidewall as well. Would you mind uploading a picture so we can see how it looks?
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    That's surprising with how popular these vans are in the UK.
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    OEM Seat Compatibility

    I don't think there are jump seats specifically made for the Transit Connect, but, as @Fifty150 said, I think there are a lot of options. For example, it looks like it's pretty common for people to install jump seats in vans to make them wheelchair friendly, so it should be pretty easy to find a seat. Installing it will probably be the crux. I suspect you'll need to fabricate an adapter.
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    I think these kits are for the Transit, not the Transit Connect. There is a handful of airlift kits, but these are more intended for towing. I've spent some time looking into this. The problem is the TC isn't derived from a truck, unlike the Transit and E series vans, so you can't use a kit for a truck, and there isn't enough of a TC enthusiast market for manufactures to justify the R&D necessary to bring TC specific kits to market, unlike for Sprinters. This limits our options to longer/stiffer coils + possibly longer struts or using coil spacers. I wouldn't mess with the longer struts since you can already squeeze an inch or so out of the stock struts and anything more will negatively effect the vehicles geometry. So yeah, spaces or coils. Your call. There was a guy who posted in the forum about this years ago. He put some bigger tires on his TC and then lifted it with spacers, which he made himself for some reason. It looks like he eventually ordered new coils but he never followed up on how it turned out... Keep us posted!
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    OEM Seat Compatibility

    The scrapyard I purchased the parts from was far enough away that it was cheaper to pay them to pull the parts and ship them to me than for me to drive out and pull the parts myself. I don't know the actual part numbers; I just called the scrapyard and told them what I wanted: both the 60 and 40 parts of the seat (some scrapyards will sell them separate), including the metal anchors that go behind them on the floor; the right and left seat belts that go with the seats (the center belt is built into the 60 part of the seat); and the plastic steps that go between the seats and the doors, which are shaped differently than the ones that go with the false floor. Based on how easy it was to install everything (just bolted right in), I suspect it was pretty easy to pull the parts. I'm guessing the crux of removing them was pulling the paneling off the walls to get at the seat belts or ripping up the floor to get at the anchors behind the seats. After that, it's just a matter of having the right size socket wrench. Speaking of which, the bolts that came with the seat belt pillar loops were T40 torx - same as the bolts in the false floor I had to remove to install the seat (see Mike Chell's post for details).
  11. mountainman

    OEM Seat Compatibility

    Thanks guys. Small note, the bolts I used were actually flange M10-1.25 length 25.
  12. mountainman

    OEM Seat Compatibility

    I already installed the seats and belts. Was just too lazy to upload the pictures... Here ya go! I guess it's worth noting that there are holes for mounting other seats but only the ones seats were actually installed in were tapped, at least in my vehicle. I believe the bolts required for both the seats and belts were flange M10-1.25 length 20.
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    Turn-key camping conversion

    Wow, that is super cool! The removable platform behind the seats with drawers and a foldout bed is exactly what I was planning to do with my van. This is probably much nicer than mine will turn out. Have a good trip!
  14. FYI I found a bench on car-part.com. Including shipping, it was a bit more than I intended to spend but it's nice to know the seat and seat belts are specifically compatible with my vehicle. Probably much safer than if I had Macgyvered in something else...
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    OEM Seat Compatibility

    Here are my final notes: I went to parts.ford.com and punched in my VIN. I found that a lot of seat related parts are compatible within the model generation, BUT the seats themselves are compatible only with certain years within a model generation and only with the corresponding wheelbase. For example, only seats from second generation long wheelbase models manufactured in 2013 and 2014 are compatible with my long wheelbase 2014 TC. Also, different cars have different seat configurations - 60/40, 80/20, two singles - so be sure to look at you vehicles mounting points to ensure you're getting the right configuration. Mine is 60/40. Hopefully this helps someone down the line.