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Van Compass 2.5" Lift / 350HD Transit / Awesome

Last week Van Compass installed a 2.5" lifted kit on my Transit 350HD (dually).

I arrived at 8am and by 12:30 Mark and Rob had installed a new 2.5" lift. The job Van Compass did was absolutely amazing. In addition to the 2.5" lift kit they also outfitted my Transit with new tires. (215/85/16 Hankook All Terrain).
In total, new tires and lift kit, my van is approximately 3.0" taller.

I want to give every Transit Van owner the heads up that Van Compass (Mark and Rob) are over the top professionals. Not to mention the years of experience that they both posses in the off-road and performance market.

The engineering of Van Compass lift components look and feel stronger than most Ford stock. I believe their product will last longer than the vehicle itself.
It was a great pleasure doing business with Mark and Rob.

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A $1200 4 hour install seems like a top dollar shop rate.
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Thanks much for posting.

Couple questions if I may. Do you have 4x4 (Quigley)? Why did you want more clearance? Was it for going on rougher roads, or to create more space under the vehicle for addons such as water tanks, gas tanks, etc. Any other reasoning you can provide would be great.

Finally, how has it affected the ride? You're tall roof, I think. Thanks.
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Hi Dray,

To answer your questions...

I drive down to Baja Mexico every September to surf and fish. We end up about 250 miles north of Cabo. Last year I was caught by hurricane Newton at Scorpion Bay. Roads and bridges were washed out not to mention the giant potholes that were created. I waited 5 days for the rivers to recede before crossing. Even in ankle deep water the Transit clearance was
an issue.

Several times I hit bottom worrying if my transmission or oil pan had taken a direct hit.

I feel with the greater ground clearance I have a better chance of surviving Mexico's roads and environment.

In addition, the larger tire size makes the van look better. (Not that joke of a space-saver front tire. What was Ford thinking?).

The performance and handling is awesome. Much better handling than having the 'Baby Carriage' front tire.

FYI, the van is not 4x4. I choose to avoid the outrages costs that Quigley charges. I've owned 4x4 trucks for over 30 years. In those 30 years I've really needed the 4x4 traction, maybe, six times. Having the dually configuration has been very beneficial. Last year I drove over a hundred miles on soft beach sand and never needed 4x4 traction.

My largest concern is that the Ford Transit Van has no front end tow hooks. Front end tow hooks are much more important than 4x4 equipment. Even 4x4's get stuck. If you do not have front tow hooks than you are S.O.L... (Again, what was the Ford engineering staff thinking?) Even Soccer-Mom's have tow hooks on the front end of their vans.

Before my river crossings, I attached a tow strap to the front axle. Thank God I did not need to be towed due to the fact there is a very important radiator component right at the bottom of the front bumper. Any torque of the tow strap and that would of ruined the radiator.

Yes, my next purchase is a new front bumper with tow hooks.

Hope this info is helpful. It is really worth the invest to get your Transit lifted. Especially with the quality products that Van Compass engineered and manufactures.

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Mister T,

Quality comes with a price... Quality vs. quantity? I"ll take quality every time, and pay for it.

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Its a body lift. Doesn't give you more ground clearance. Tires give you an 1.5 at best.


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Interesting observation... I did a before and after measurement of the Transit ground clearance. The ground clearance is 2.25" higher than normal.

Also, (Without Dually Spacers) you can not get larger tires than (215/85/16) on a Transit 350HD Dually unless you lift the body.

Keep in mind that there was no need for wheel well grinding (can you say rust?) or manicuring rubber well linings.

Mount the tires and drive away with great clearance and no hindered turning issues.

It's always the.... Ying and Yang...

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Its a body lift. Doesn't give you more ground clearance. Tires give you an 1.5 at best.


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For the extended van, you get much needed clearance in the back. Stock it is very limiting.
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Looks good man. Congrats. I agree with your statement re needing 4x in a Baja rig. Used it almost never in the many trips I did down there.
$12k was too rich for my blood as well. Maybe someday I'll do what you've done.
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It was nice meeting you last week. Thank you for the business and review of our product.

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