145000 miles long term update – Transit Sport

A nice long term report came in today..

From: Nigel Holmes
Location: Near Southampton
Make, Model, Year, Mileage: Ford Transit Sport 2007 150,000

Message Body:
Hi Martin …long time no speak …

just thought i would let you know my van has now reached 150,000 miles
and still running perfectly ..let no one say re-mapping shortens the life of an engine ..it has never been in the garage for engine related problems since you re-mapped it at 5000 miles ..

Many thanks ..hope your keeping well ..feel free to put this on your website ..will have to change van shortly so will be in touch ..



170ps run on a 2.2 110T280 MK7.

Nice result on Ian Jones’s 2007 Mk7, it was a 110 originally but is now running 115 injectors & software, & is tuned as far as possible in the 6hrs we had.. Exhaust Gas Temperature stayed nicely within limits , smoke level is zero before 2700rpm & “acceptable” after that. The curves as you can see below are very smooth &  boost still stock at 1bar, there’s room for more power & less smoke for sure, roll on the next  session 🙂 as a result of this session, a 155ps (smoke free !) option is now available  if you have a MK7 110 or 115 in perfect order.

Dyno Test Transit Mk7 110ps

My 243ps Diesel Transit Mk7

My own Transit, a 2008 Ex RAC Short wheel base  / low roof  with a 5 cylinder 3.2l Duratorq engine, makes about 240ps & 580nm Torque, thats about 20% up from a  stock 200 Transit  & about 120% up from when i bought it 2 years back,  when it made just 105ps ( as a 2.4) .. , the plan , now pretty much achieved , was 50ps per cylinder with no hardware mods.

Here is the 1st run, bog standard,  from July 2015

200ps Transit Dyno


& the 2nd run, with tuning reloaded via the Droid, straight after…….

243ps - 580nm

A hybrid turbo is probably next, but there’s the issue of the stock boost mapping limits or MAP sensor to get around 1st.. the MAP sensor is a 2.5bar unit as used on all other lesser Mk7’s .. it maybe time to test the zener diode trick..

Retrofit Transit Cruise Control By Post ?

A new addition to the arsenal of things you can do to your Ford Transit by sending vantuner one of Your vans ECU’s is adding factory cruise control. Send in your BCM ( Body Control Module) & cruise can be activated or anti hijack locking turned off or axle ratio changed etc etc..  You need the right BCM & wiring to start with ( it varies from van to van ) so check out the main cruise control page here  & run through the checklist..

Road Test Report – 155ps Transit Custom

Hi Martin,

It is like a different van totally, I can hold a higher gear down to 2000 rpm and below which was pretty much impossible before, seems much happier on CC on the motorway in 6th gear no hunting or having to change down a gear when hitting an incline. The above was the main gripe.

Acceleration is much better than before through the gears.
Can also change up gears earlier or skip gears if joining motorway Etc, but where’s the fun in that.
But a van to drive in London the above makes a difference in traffic.

Have only driven on Sunday to work in London fuel seems to be better but too early to tell for sure, trip is showing 270 miles done and 240 to empty but gauge is only just below halfway so seems like an improvement, I will report back some more when I have more miles into it, but not the reason for the remap so a bonus if it is better mpg.

Only one small minus, seems not as quick from say 70 / 80 mph to 100mph plus as the last MK7 van, but could be the fact that the gearing is so high or to do with the DPF not sure maybe you have an idea?
Not sure as only tried it once and may be in my head?
But apart from that wonderful so far so good thank you   

Many thanks.


Crafter & Sprinter DPF Removal

Getting shot  of the problematic DPF is still a popular modification here  despite the possibility of the MOT test eventually including a more elaborate  sniff of the exhaust  to see of the DPF system is working.. You can always get it switched back on of course if ever  needed..

Euro 4 Crafter 2007 to 2010 & Euro 5 Crafter 2010 onwards

Euro 4 Sprinter 2006-2009  & Euro 5 2009 onwards..

Iveco Daily all from 2007..

All above models are possible to remove & you have the ( budget )  option to get the DPF  innards taken out anywhere such as the cheapest place you can find or DIY  then just come here for the software modification.. The powder You get out is worth a lot of money to the right recycler…

As well as DPF removal, on Sprinter  & Crafter the engines hardware is the almost identical across all models so a 311 Merc or a 109 Crafter can all be tuned easily to the same level as as the higher output models without pushing anything so a power tune is a great idea to do at the same time..if there’s 50 free horsepower why not unleash it !

Connect Tddi Dyno Test Results

With more boost, the popular Euro 3 75ps Tddi Connect( 2002-2006) can make some pretty stunning gains.. this one in Finland, tuned via the I-MAP system is making 121ps now , with torque up from 175 to 230nm’s.

Mods so far –

– egr blank
– cold air intake
– 4,3v zener diode on map-sensor ( to stop ECU having kittens with raised boost level)
– v4 program
– electronic boost controller set @1,4 bar peak ( on stock turbo)
Connect Dyno

130ps should be possible with further software tweaks & a better intercooler & simply fitting an intercooler  (& matching pipework)  from any Euro4 Connect will offer an improvement to the shabby , poorly angled stock item.

Would a Sytec manual controller work in stead of the electronic one? we aren’t sure but at a fraction of the price of an electronic controller it would be worth trying..

Transit & Custom 2012 on Euro 5 Tuning

2012 on MK7 Transit Customs ( Euro 5 ) , right up to 2017,  all the share the same engine & ECU & now can all now be tuned tuned to  at least 175ps  / 435nm ( that’s at least 185ps when measured on a cheap dyno 😉 ) .100mph speed  limiter defeat also inc. trickier late software 125’s.These will do the clock once I’ve done my bit (125mph)

The dyno printout from a  100ps hire van  I  tuned 2 years ago, shows a good gain ( 450nm max ) & the tuning has improved further since..I upgraded it to 155ps prior to tuning it to see what a stock 155 makes…

If maxing out your new van isn’t your cup of tea I can alternatively take it to 155ps or on the regular Transit, to 140ps using factory software via a simple exchange ECU..

Warning  – The ECU position on Transit Customs is effectively a water trap so any disturbances must be made fully watertight again. Tuning requires ECU opening   & replacement security bolts etc. Its an involved process compared to most other vans & ecu’s   – It takes longer to do this part ( well ) than it does to actually tune them!

I have seen several bodge jobs with damaged ECU’s  & wrong security bolts etc ,  & 2 stories of subsequently leaking ECU’s costing thousands to replace etc  all done by recognised names in UK tuning so choose your Man carefully on this one!    Vantuner takes time & great care to make the job as invisible as possible..bring a book to read basically 😉

Emails –

SeikoKid’s report & dyno test from early 2017

Click here to go to the report  on Fordtransit.org

January  2015 -2014 Custom Sport 155

Martyn, just some initial thoughts on the map. I think You are underselling what a difference the tune makes .It’s like a totally different van. Miles quicker through the gears, huge improvement in pickup in all gears. On the motorway there’s tons of torque and pace and no more gear hopping……80mph then drop to 45-50mph and happily can leave it in 6th.Oh & still maintaining 30-31mpg whilst I’m ragging it its tits off!
Well well well impressed so far! Thanks very much! Super job 

December 2014  – 2014 Custom Sport 155

Hi Martin, just a quick email to thank you for the work on my van, after driving it for a couple of hours it feels like a different van altogether, very responsive and pulls well through the gears, very impressed. As I said I did a lot of research on this before choosing who was going to do the work. After meeting you and the now seeing the results I made the right choice
Thanks again , Phil
December 2014 – 2012 140 Sport
Hey Martyn, sorry for the late reply, I’ve been really busy. I’m really happy with the van now, 120 it tops out at, 3000rpm but it obviously isn’t geared for any more 🙂 Cheers, Mel.
12 140 Sport, 90.000 miles.July 2015
This is my second van Martyn has done . My 1st was a 90 3 years ago and that was fab ! Now I have a 2012 mk7 sport van and Something had to be done , the van was ok but felt it was it was lacking something ! Now Martyn no longer travels to tune I did a postal remap and WOW !!!! The van is hot …. fuel economy is still 25 but the performance is way up there !!!! This was a 3 day turnaround postal remap and 1st class service again
Thanx Martyn if anyone has a sport don’t hesitate DO IT !
Mike Hereford