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Double Nickels

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    Carpeting the rear

    Is it soundproof? If some was in the back of the van, screaming, would the cops be able to hear?
  2. I feel like a rebel crossing state lines with fruit.
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    Isn't this the cutest van

    Can you imagine the engineering involved?
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    Modify or Replace Driver's Seat?

    This is one of the best mods so far. Very creative.
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    Modify or Replace Driver's Seat?

    Then there's the problem of your knees hitting the steering wheel.
  6. I bought the wagon because it seats 7. And seats 7 with a little more legroom, headroom, and shoulder space when compared to some of the crossover SUV cars. The 2nd row has 3 full size seats, as compared to a seat belt over a folded up armrest. The big sliding doors are easier to get in and out, compared traditional 2nd row doors in little crossover SUV cars. I could be wrong, but insurance may be a little less.
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    Transit Connect Tailgate Tents

    I think a couple of extendable shower rods is all that you will need to hang a poncho or tarp. A military spec surplus poncho should fit fine with 2 shower rods and zip ties.
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    Transit Connect Tailgate Tents

    Ozark Trail is a Walmart brand. Anyone selling it on Amazon is reselling at a markup.
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    Gen 2 hangs in 2nd gear too long

    The transmission control module may be just responding to the accelerator pedal. There's a sensor which sends information to the computer, and maybe that's the issue. The computer thinks that your foot is heavy on the pedal. At freeway speed, my car will downshift 2 gears as RPM soars over 4,000. In my case, I admit that my foot is a little heavy. Is your foot heavy?
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    2014 Transmission fluid level check/refill.

    You could also clear the adaptive learning table, and see what happens. I looked down today, and noticed that at freeway speed, the transmission was in 4th gear and the engine RPM was over 4,000. My ATF was over 200° F. I am thinking of clearing mine, just to see what happens.
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    2014 Transmission fluid level check/refill.

    Coolant in the engine has to heat to 185 or 195, before the thermostat opens. Coolant in the degas bottle, which goes to the transmission cooler, is not hot like the temp that your PCM is reading. Coolant temp sensor is usually on top of the engine reading hot radiator fluid before it opens the thermostat and flows to the radiator. PCM reading for transmission temp is inside the transmission at the valve body. I have no idea what the temps are at the heat exchanger, or ATF in the return line. Here are a few screenshots of my drive today. Started in San Francisco, where the Warriors play behind the police station. Went to Menlo Park where Steph Curry lives. Coolant is at temp to open the thermostat just before I got on the freeway. 25 miles down the road, ATF is up to temp. Then I pull over to see that ATF is maintained at operating temp.
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    Power Liftgate kit available

    That looks exciting.
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    2014 Transmission fluid level check/refill.

    I could be entirely wrong. While there is a coolant line which runs from the overflow degas bottle, to the oil-to-water heat exchanger for ATF, then to the heater core. And there are 2 electronically controlled valves to regulate the coolant flow. The sensors monitored as coolant bypass valve may not be the valves which regulate coolant flow to cool the ATF. In some cars there is a coolant bypass hose which allows coolant to flow to the heater core before the thermostat. There may be a valve regulating the bypass hose. In any event, Forscan also has PID for the fan. I set them up and took screenshots for you to look at. I don't know how to interpret the data. But it might help you.
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    2014 Transmission fluid level check/refill.

    ATF goes to the cooler bypass valve. It returns to the transmission unless it is hot enough to close the valve. Once at correct temp, ATF goes to the heat exchanger, where there are fins for airflow and coolant carries the heat away. The coolant flow is from the overflow tank to the heater. This flow is regulated by 2 valves which can be monitored with Forscan. All of this is suppose to regulate ATF temp.
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    Sylvania LED bulbs for brake lights.

    For whatever reason, not many PY24W lamps available. Every other lamp is readily available.
  16. Obvious solution is to install hardware in the headliner. Then you can hang little trees too.
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    How many miles?

    Every location will have different rates for labor and parts. Labor could be $100 - $200 an hour. ATF could be $5 - $10 per quart. With a machine, the job could be done in an hour. I did the triple drain and fill with hand tools in an hour. When you shop the job around, ask them what the process is. Some independent shops have good equipment and techs who could do it just like a dealership. Stay away from any shop who insist that their own proprietary, multi-vehicle, ATF is better than Mercon LV. The Ford Service Procedure is a triple drain and fill. So a "dump and refill" is the correct process, if done 3 times. Stay away from any shop which will only drain and fill once.
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    Sylvania LED bulbs for brake lights.

    I found rear signal flashers that worked fine with the OEM halogen in front. Then I installed front signal LED. Hyperflash when I signal a turn. Regular below flash pattern when I activate hazard light switch. I'm leaving it alone for now. The front signal lamp size was not easy to find in LED. LED is much brighter and more visible.
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    Limo tint is great. Makes a huge difference. OEM AC is loud, but seems to work. There are rooftop AC units. It all depends on what you want to do. I think that while you are camping, a roof fan is sufficient for airflow.
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    Sylvania LED bulbs for brake lights.

    Those are European specification rear fog lights. In Europe, they want increased visibility in inclement weather. Not just so that you can see. Other drivers need to see you. You can install fog lights in front. Use that circuit to trigger the relay.
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    How many miles?

    What I see is that the cooling system is acceptable and efficient. Engine and transmission fluid temps can rise to 225, and drop back to below 185. A lot of factors. Ambient temperature. Drive style. Condition of coolant and ATF. Biggest overlooked factor is if car is working correctly. Mechanical thermostat can get stuck. Electric fan can lose power from bad fuses and relays. Temperature sensors can fail. As an owner, the easiest thing to do is the fluid change. Once the car is raised and the lower cover removed - you can easily drain and fill the ATF. Since you are already doing an oil change, a drain and fill will only cost you the price of the fluid. WalMart sells Valvoline for about $20 per gallon.
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    Sylvania LED bulbs for brake lights.

    Sylvania LED is more expensive, and more reliable than low cost LED from Amazon and eBay. I'm using them. Less expensive LED were a lot brighter. They also flickered and burned out.
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    Who Is This?

    Which one of you has a 1st generation with a porthole window? Blew right by me on the freeway.
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    The formulation is probably different today. The API and GF grading has changed, with another change on the way. I think today's bottling is probably safe for modern engines.