BT Fleet , Openreach & various other UK utilities still seem to be auctioning off these from time to time & nearly all have a 68 or 70mph limiter, which drives new private owners nuts from what I can tell . No main dealer can remove them despite the girl on reception saying yes no problem I’ve checked with Gordon & that’ll be 100 quid please… Vantuners removal solution on these is a bit long winded & expensive, compared to many other small van solutions, but is effective nonetheless & an optional power or economy tune at little extra cost softens the blow. Model year 2008 on vans seem a little easier than earlier ones thankfully.
Sometimes the dyno surprises & this Vivaro is a good example. The van’s performance in mine & the customers opinion was transformed yet it “only” made 135ps & 311nm on a local super honest Dyno Dynamics dyno.. it ran great prior to tuning & was very well maintained so I suspect they don’t make the specified 115ps as standard.. sadly i couldn’t make the session to load the stock file for a “before “ run.. It’s an epic tune that I have worked out for these over the years nonetheless so no need to change anything…
A nice long term report came in today..
From: Nigel Holmes
Location: Near Southampton
Make, Model, Year, Mileage: Ford Transit Sport 2007 150,000
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 ..
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.
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
& the 2nd run, with tuning reloaded via the Droid, straight after…….
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..
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..
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
Back in 2010, UK motoring magazine Auto-Express opened a discussion about government proposals to limit all vans to 75mph & mentioned Vantuner as a company prepared to remove them….. famous at last as they say;) Read the full article here
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 !