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
“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 truly change this.. Whilst more torque & a quieter tuned engine can sometimes give the impression of less rpm, 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 currently, an indicated 70mph will be made using about 3500rpm..Anything over 3000rpm can be noisy..I’d recommend 1 full “point” so something in the low 4’s like a 4.27 would suffice without acceleration suffering too much. How about a 3.73 i hear you say ? X amount of torque will be needed depending on your model & usage so get in touch to discuss tuning options..Vantuner doesn’t do axle / diff changes )
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.
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.
Vantuner are now, finally, tuning these hugely popular pick ups..,
2.5 & 3.2 litre Diesels are covered ,made from about 2005..
Nissan Navara 2.5DCI 2005 & D40 2.5DCI from year 2009
Mitsubishi L200 4D56/4M40 ( 2.5/3.2 DID ) , X-Trail also covered..
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..