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9000 GVWR, What does this buy you?

It cost you $950 to get 400 pounds more weight carrying capacity. Does anyone know what you are actually paying for. Is it just heavy duty tire, or is there something suspension spring changes too?
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What body and wheelbase configuration are you working with on the 9000 GVWR?
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When you start your (Build & Price) on Ford's web site you start by picking roof height, then body lenght, and on the same page GVWR. My question is, $950 seems high for just adding 400 pounds of capacity to your load rating. If it is just tires I think I would pass. If Ford is putting heavier springs or shocks on the van, then that would be worth it to me. But still, in my mind the bump of 400 pounds seems like a small increase for the $950 dollars.
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When you start your (Build & Price) on Ford's web site you start by picking roof height, then body lenght, and on the same page GVWR. My question is, $950 seems high for just adding 400 pounds of capacity to your load rating. If it is just tires I think I would pass. If Ford is putting heavier springs or shocks on the van, then that would be worth it to me. But still, in my mind the bump of 400 pounds seems like a small increase for the $950 dollars.


At most, the only difference would be the rear spring rate. If you honestly never anticipate the need to load it up to the GVWR, the T150 will deliver identical performance. It even has the same GCWR and trailer pulling capacity as similarly equipped T250 versions.
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As you move up to a heavier GVWR, it will change the Transit from a T-150 to a T-250. When you go with more height, it also adds more GVWR which adds more rear spring rating and can move it up to a T-350. You really do not have to select the GVWR unless you are trying to make the Transit for a higher carrying capacity, then it compensates the rates and goes with the heavier vehicle.
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I've had my 250 well over 9000 lbs and it drove pretty well. Got 15.8 mpg weighing 9600 lbs over 3300 mile trip. I think the weight ratings are more for licensing regulation than absolute weight capacity. That being said, my advice is to use the rated inflation on the tire placard (or a little more) and enjoy your trip.

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I looked at the 150, 250 & 350 on a dealer lot. All 3 used the same spring & same wheels & tires.
I would like to know how they get the extra weight cap.
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I looked at the 150, 250 & 350 on a dealer lot. All 3 used the same spring & same wheels & tires.
I would like to know how they get the extra weight cap.
The springs are not the same.

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Correct- they are not the same- there is a low of 5070 and a high of 7275 rear spring rate. The fronts stay the same across all of them at 4130, which is a little surprising to me since the diesel is considerably heavier than the gas engines.
Don't forget too on the highest rated Transits there are dual rear wheels. The tires on the dual rear wheel vans are also a different size than the regular 4 wheel vans.

Don't know about the Transit specifically but on some cargo type vehicles the brakes are also bigger on the higher rated ones.

EDIT- did some research and if Ford documents are correct all Transits have the same brakes.

https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas..._techspecs.pdf

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The springs are not the same.
I looked at a 150, 250 & 350 (350 w/ single wheel). I measured the springs & they measured the same thickness. Also they are running the same tire.
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