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slight body lift

Is anybody familiar with how a ford transit could be given a slight body lift- say 2-3"? Is it possible to use same components that lift an F150 truck?
Has any one also tried putting slightly larger diameter tires on the transit- say 29-31" diameter, and whether there is clearance issues on the front steer?
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Unlikely any existing springs would work, but the rear leaves could always be recurved. Not sure what you'd do with the front struts. I can't see the regular off-road companies coming out with a lift kit for Transit. The front end has no similarity to pickups. Quigley would be the only option. I'd wait and see what they come out with for lift height and tire size.
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If I were installing larger tires I'd first try fitting a test tire prior to spending time and funds on lift (unless the lift itself is part of the desired look). I say this only because the front-to-back clearance looks like it won't be affected much by 2 or 3 inches. Unlike some vans and trucks, the Transit body sits lower relative to tires so the body wraps around tires. Lifting body 2 to 3 inches still keeps tire centerline inside wheel arch.

Fully loaded vertical clearance may also be an issue, but if they don't fit horizontally anyway????
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The spare tire wheel well will limit tire diameter if you want a spare to match the 4 on the ground. Stock tires are about 28" diameter and spare well might take up to 30". Someone with a vehicle could confirm the 30" dimension. The dimension between the tire and the front strut is about 1/2" so wider tires are likely to rub unless new wheels with a different offset are used.
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Justin. Some after market will soon come up with the appropriate lift. Probably blocks for the rear, (longer shocks),and a strut tower extension, (spacer between top of strut and mount). this setup should yield 2-3"of lift. But that critical area that Orton mentioned may be a problem when you have front end realigned after lift. Might be able to run a 225/75R16 BFG All Terrain, 29.3'' dia.

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Unlikely any existing springs would work, but the rear leaves could always be recurved. Not sure what you'd do with the front struts. I can't see the regular off-road companies coming out with a lift kit for Transit. The front end has no similarity to pickups. Quigley would be the only option. I'd wait and see what they come out with for lift height and tire size.

Quigley is already developing a 4X4 conversion. Quigley has already posted a thread here pertaining to their progress.

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2015 Transit is a unibody. you can't put a body lift.
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Quigley 4X4 conversion development in progress.

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2015 Transit is a unibody. you can't put a body lift.
I'm not sure if the Quigley conversion will 'lift' the Transit or not, but there may be more info on their website about how their conversion changes the ride height of the van. They had a very short video clip of their 4X4 conversion going off into the snow.

Here is a link to the Quigley website featuring the transit.

4x4 Vans : Quigley Motor Company, Inc. > News and Events > News & Events Detail

I'm no expert on the transit, but it sure looks like the unibody transit is 'slightly lifted'.
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I'm no expert on the transit, but it sure looks like the unibody transit is 'slightly lifted'.
Yeah, the prototype looks lifted to me too.

I think the comment is probably meant to imply that a unibody can't get a "body lift" in a literal sense. With body on frame like Econoline you can insert spacers between body and frame to lift the body. Because the Transit is welded together the suspension has to provide the lift. Most guys call that a suspension lift.

Perhaps we can get clarification if that's not what he meant. I personally assumed the OP meant a suspension lift.
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Yeah, the prototype looks lifted to me too.



I think the comment is probably meant to imply that a unibody can't get a "body lift" in a literal sense. With body on frame like Econoline you can insert spacers between body and frame to lift the body.

I realized that after I posted my reply..

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