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Lowering a Transit

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I’ve been searching far and wide for a way to lower a Ford Transit 350 XLT LR Passenger van so we can fit it into our residential garage as it will scrape the top (just barely). Ford doesn’t want to tackle the problem. Any chance the Ford F-350 lowering kits would work? Guessing not.

I found this article: Vantastic - New Billstein handling tweaks for the Ford Transit

Problem is that it is for the European Transit, I called local Billstein dealers and they can’t even get the parts.....Does anyone know if the European Transit is substantially different? Is there a good chance that would work on the American Transit?

Has anyone successfully tackled this problem? I do not want to mess with the garage - surprised Ford hasn’t figured this out. They even added the shark-fin antenna to the roof making matters worse. There has to be someone out there who has successfully lowered their transit a couple inches.

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If the ceiling is tall enough, it's not too difficult or expensive to raise the height of the opening and mount the opener higher. For a straight-forward solution: some kind of LVL beam to take the place of the likely solid wood sandwich header. That would take 3-4" off the opening height while having the same strength for the span. More invasive door surgery could result in the opening being nearly level with the ceiling. Don't know how you'd tackle the door/opener then. I'd just have swinging barn doors.
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