Glasgow Transit Tuning Centre gets an important upgrade

 

Dan  @ In Transit Garage in Strathaven near Glasgow,  Vantuners Scottish  representative  &  true ford transit  expert , now has the latest ford tuning hardware  & can remap all current (as of Nov 2017) ford vans  via the van’s diagnostic socket, this makes tuning quicker , safer & easier to adjust .

New additions :

1.6 & 1.5 2014 onwards Transit Connect Mk2

2.0 Transit Mk8 & Transit Custom

2.2 Transit & Transit Custom from about 2012 on.

For bookings & info Dan can be reached on 01357 521531 or directly on 07872 320173

www.InTransitGarage.com

 

2012 Transit 140 Sport – MPG & Top Speed – update after 60k.

On  recent 1500 mile run to Germany.

125mph on GPS

& 34 mpg on the on-board computer averaging 85mph

60k miles done so far on the current tune.

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4’s are doing 18k on the front also which is pretty impressive, although it is a £200 tyre !

Power wise, its the usual maxed out tune that these Euro 5 engine’s seem to  lap up  – so circa 180ps /420nm.

Latest Transit & Transit Custom TuningSpeed Limiter Removal – (2017 Panther Engine 2.0 Euro 6)

Ford’s 2017 Transit Mk8 & Transit Custom,  now has an updated engine – the “Panther” 2.0  – complying to Euro 6 emissions specifications.

Available in 3 models there’s also an auto option, finally !.

105ps 360nm

130ps 385nm

170ps 420nm

As of June 2017 , thanks to the usual Italian hacker, they can now be tuned & delimited with all models capable of great gains in power & torque. Like most Ford diesels power varies a little from 1 van to the next but 190ps  /460nm is the ballpark figure.

Many tuning companies will quote  a little more to get you in the door, i quote what they really make, measured on a top quality dyno setup,  & get customers who value honesty, over hype, just like myself. They can be tuned without opening the ECU as well now so less concern for water ingress after the tuning or warranty considerations.

Most enquires i receive ask about the safely of the engines once tuned but like many models in various manufacturers ranges , one engine is used & its differing ECU firmware that determines the output power level.

Warranty concerns are usual, but Ford, like most manufacturers, cant tell it’s been done. V.A.G & MB can currently but that’s it.

So with lumps making up to 170 stock, 190 isn’t  pushing anything. The 105 & 130 are just detuned 170’s, thats one way of looking at it anyway 🙂 another tuning option that may be unique to vantuner is a stealth factory power  level  change,  it’s not done via the switch like the factory does it during setup  , but its does not change any fuel or boost maps either. Call for more details.

As a footnote to engine specs & types, a 2.2 Euro 6 is available on a MK8 mini bus chassis – most commonly as a 125ps  –  these make 175ps once tuned & for off highway use like airports, DPF & Adblue systems removal is available.

Ford Connect Euro 1.8 TDCI 2006 onwards EGR delete

So many Euro 4 ( & 1.8 Euro 5’s ) Transit Connect owners seems to have EGR valves failing these days, with running issues & P0490, P1103, P1102 P0404 Sensor Circuit A dtc fault codes seen very often.

The 90ps, 110 & 75’s are all affected. The DTC fault codes beginning 11 are “companion” air mass faults as well, but these are often just indicative of a faulty EGR, as one of the MAF sensor’s jobs is to monitor EGR performance. Vantuner can switch of the function of a faulty or working EGR in person or by post, at about a third of the cost of a new valve, which is a pricey Ford only supplied item as it comes complete with the entire intake manifold!

Plenty of discussion about this very problem on the Ford Transit Forum ( fordtransit.org)

EGR P0490 fault code

Its Curtains for 125ps & 135ps TDCI MK6 Transit Tuning. ( & a few others )

Vantuner no longer tunes them, as they  are not  reliable & any tuning will add more risk to already over sensitive injection system.

One issue , on this Delphi injection system setup, is tolerance on fuel rail pressure deviation, anything over approx 60 bar from spec at full pelt (1600 bar) & you have limp mode. A standard van is kissing this limit anyway so even tuning which avoids any rail pressure increase directly will lower this margin..So they can run good apart from going into limp mode under full load intermittently.. What a load of bollocks.. The creators should be ashamed of themselves  – In ancient Greece, the word Delphi may mean “Womb”.. Clearly Fords 1st common rail offspring has a birth defect.

Problem solving in cases like this van’s relies on a tuner having access to something called a description file, an “A2L ” a ” Damos ” , These  illegally gained manufacturer’s  files identify maps  & functions & would in this case allow the rail pressure deviation tolerance data to be increased, but no such files exist ( outside of Fords Dearborn U.S.A  HQ) for  Fords of this vintage  so no go sadly.

 

If you need speed limiter removal , thats no problem. For EGR delete ( assuming your EGR valve is currently working ok)  just disconnect the vacuum pipe that operates the EGR. You wont get an engine light from doing this, same with fitting an EGR blanking plate. You’ll get a P0404 engine trouble code thats all, as this is a Euro 3 engine & EGR performance was not as crucial , unlike with  later Euro emissions regulations, where any EGR issue will light the MIL ( Malfunction Indicator Lamp on dash) .

 

110ps Transit Mk7 Euro 4 have a tendency to develop a vibration at about 1690rpm. It can affect any Euro 4 diesel Transit but its very rare on all models apart from the 110. Any repair or tuning that adds torque to that RPM point or corrects a loss in the case of a repair, can induce the vibration & its tricky to solve. Its a balance  / calibration error, an argument between 2 maps if you like. Not something that can be solved by someone like myself for various reasons. Here’s one  – you adjust the calibration ( mapping ) load it & its gone, 300 miles later its back. Why  ? Because some short term fuel trims via an adaptation process are reset ever time you reprogram the engine ECU so full torque, via a slight fuelling reduction isn’t available until the adaptation process completes.  As you can imagine that complicates any fix.  For this reason, vantuner no longer tunes or works on 110ps van’s. 

130ps MK7 Euro 4 Transits, I consider the 130 fragile & unreliable. The piston crown weakness that blights the 2.2 is most prominent on the 130 , & the usual EUro 4 issues ( injector wear, hunting, egr, turbo actuator failure)  seems to affect the 130 more  so vantuner no longer tunes them, but will carry out other repairs like recalibration, EGR delete, software updates etc. 

LDV Convoy still a good van to tune

Usually of about 2003 vintage, the Convoy are  beast of a van, often long wheel base , twin wheel high roof etc. Great candidates for a camper conversion or for one man & his beard (& dog) road-home conversions etc.

Often 1st owned by like Royal Mail  & charities.They come with the excellent  Transit Duratorq 16 valve turbo diesel engine in either 75ps or 90ps limited to 62 or 70mph.. All Transit tuning & maintenance advice applies… the limiter is also easily removed..see this page :  Transit Service Tips

Ford Transit Diff Ratio’s & Axle Swaps

“My van is screaming its nuts off on the motorway”, is a common complaint & leads many owners of rear wheel drive Transits get in touch hoping a remap will fix it but it is a common misconception that a remap can change this.. Whilst more torque & a quieter tuned engine can sometimes give the impression of less rpm for any given speed travelled, its just an illusion,

The true  solution is a different axle ratio, achieved by an axle or diff change.. if you have a 5.11 or a 5.13 ratio diff fitted currently, an indicated 70mph will be made using over 3000rpm..  Anything over 3000rpm can be noisy & uneconomical . I’d recommend around  1  “point” reduction  so something in the low 4’s like a 4.27 would suffice without acceleration suffering too much. How about the 3.73 ?  An excellent choice as 70 will come up about 2700rpm but a remap is needed to pull it if you’ve 100ps  & on a 115 , it would pull that  much better , so get in touch to discuss vantuner’ in house developed custom tuning options.

Vantuner doesn’t actually do axle  / diff changes but recommends Transaxle Services in Halifax )

Using the Ford Etis database

Anyone can enter their registration number or VIN here & bring up quite a detailed spec of their van..follow this link & select vehicle.. if the option to enter reg isn’t showing, go back to the home page , select preferences  & select united kingdom. the reg number entry should now work.. if your reg wont work enter your VIN.  This is a handy service for looking up what axle ratio was originally fitted , among other things.. to search for items once the spec is shown without trawling through every entry, press CTRL F , this in many browsers brings up a search widget for the current pages shown content.

Corsa D & Combo 1.3 Speed Limiter Removal

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.