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if you are going with a used one until the new and improved transits might some day come out, Car Guru is a good place to search for used transits, the used low mile wagons seem to have almost all of the options installed! the low mile cargo vans seem to be mostly no options work vans, sometimes with nice racks inside great for home shop/garage parts storage!
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Today I finally encountered your posts about building your own swivel base. It gave me a little relief/closure when at the end you advised that for the ultimate expense and time you might as well have purchased one. I say that because seeing how simple a swivel mount appears to be for them to stamp out and construct it frosts me they are so expensive. It had me wondering if I couldn't build one myself for less expense. I'm guessing I'd have more regrets than you expressed because although I'm a confident wood worker, I have no hands on experience with metal and was figuring I'd have to resort to third party assistance. Now I can abandon that idea.
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Thanks for pointing that info out to me Michael. I'd seen it back when I first began reading the forum but at the time it seemed too daunting. I see now it is something I can easily do myself and I'm back in the hunt. I'd still prefer to have larger wheels but if Ford thinks they are adequate so be it.
I have heard the stock Transit tires are cheap plastic tires. And since I have also heard the Transit is a superior handling van to the competition, I would estimate 'good' rubber 16" tires would make it a very stable handling vehicle (there is a larger size tire available for the stock wheels too.) Anything bigger than 16" for this weight and speed vehicle may be overkill and the cost of the larger wheeled tires are very high. As well, large tire diameter alignment wear from camber angles and even toe or tire pressure make it difficult to maintain perfectly even tire wear which compounds the expense of replacing bad wearing expensive tires more often. These are not designed to be Indy 500 racers, and I prefer the 16" to a larger more expensive tire, which may be overspeced. I think Ford engineers did a fine job on this vehicle including the wheel specification. Larger wheels may make it easier to cruise at unsafe speeds, so that is Safety-engineering vehicle product-design.

If you are basing your judgment on historical evidence, I would be interested in hearing it. The handling has received accolades compared to any other large van, and most people don't change tires from new. I won't change them brand new, but once I'm sure it's not a lemon, I think good 'rubber' tires are your best insurance.

If you really want them, I'm sure someone will sell conversion kits and maybe already does in the UK. Good luck and post your results if do pursue larger wheels.
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After acquiring a buyer's guide with help of VanCrewMan I've spent hours reading the forum, visited every Ford Dealer in my city, and just finished reading all the posts as far as the 26th page about Transit quirks just for good measure.

The show stopper for us however is the inability to install swivel seats on both sides due to the hand brake problem.

BabyBuffy,

Check with a mobility shop in your area for push button hand brake controls. However, they aren't cheap, I think everything involved with mine was around $2,500.00. Parking brake is now controlled by a button in dash. Brake handle gone. Be advised though, the electronics for air bag system is protected under the parking brake assembly. A steel plate was installed to cover mine. I have a B&D Transfer seat (swivels and slides forward and backwards) and others have installed the swivel seats on both passenger and / drivers side.

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