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Lowering the Transit

I will be in the market for a van in the near future. I am considering two options: a Mercedes Metris Cargo or a 2020 Transit LR Cargo Diesel, probably a 150. I rented from U-Haul a 2018 Transit Cargo 250 and brought it home to see if it fit in my garage. It was too high by at least 1". I have considered raising my garage door height by 2", but that involves several complications.

Lots of people have posted about lifting their Transit and there are kits available for that purpose, but I have not seen any posts (I have searched with several terms) on LOWERING the Transit.

When I looked under the U-Haul 250 Transit there was plenty of room underneath to roll a creeper without jacking, so seems like there would be room to lower.

Does anyone have advice on this? What would you be giving up by lowering say by 2" all around? Is that even reasonable. Thanks in advance for your comments.

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I wouldn't mind giving up some ground clearance, but I don't want to diminish my towing or cargo capacity.
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I haven't heard of anyone doing this. It's definitely possible but not reasonable. You're likely on your own in fabricating new suspension hardware. I imagine there's little or no aftermarket support for lowering. People raise their Transits all the time and there isn't huge aftermarket support for that - not compared to the Jeep support for example.

You may be cutting coils in the front and getting the rear leafs flattened. (neither advised) Unless you can find some European Transit parts that sit lower, you're going to be giving up something to do this. Ride quality, different handling possibly worse, reliability of suspension parts, and yes, most likely decreased towing and cargo limits. Probably all of them.

You're better off raising your garage door or building a new garage or carport or moving to a new house.
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There is a lowered LR SWB Transit van in the DFW, TX area that looks real neat with the Magnetic Metallic exterior and Blacked out wheels. It is all for looks and not something to be used for towing or hauling any heavy weights.
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There is a lowered LR SWB Transit van in the DFW, TX area
I imagine it was lowered with custom fabricated parts?

I used to have a lowered, turbo'd Grand Caravan (functional hood scoop for top mount intercooler ) so I know something about modifying cars that have no aftermarket support - i.e. do something constructive like banging your head against a brick wall.
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The simplest and most versatile solution is to let all the air out of your tires. Maybe a little inconvenient but with a good compressor you could have them all back up in no time whenever you decide to drive somewhere. A manual air pump would slow you down some but how often do you need to use your van?

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If fitting in your garage is the most important feature of the vehicle, just get the metris.

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It really isn't too much money to make your garage door opening taller. Especially if you only need 2-3".
(short explanation Remove siding and sheetrock covering the opening area studs and beam, raise the beam and put in new studs, put siding and sheetrock back over it. Your garage door likely has a few inches more travel, so you wouldn't need a new one.
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I wonder if an air ride suspension could give you that ability to lower it during garage door entry?

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It really isn't too much money to make your garage door opening taller. Especially if you only need 2-3".
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It could be if he has the kind of slide-up door I have. Barely enough room between roller tracks and the ceiling to fit the door as it rolls inward.

But I imagine all you rich kids who can afford Transits have garages with vaulted ceilings and enough room to install hydraulic lifts if you wanted to.
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