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Improve the ride quality and stance of your 2013-Present Ford Transit with the Van Compass Ford Transit Topo 2.0 Front Suspension Package. Developed specifically to work around the packaging and front CV shaft constraints presented with the 2020 AWD Transit platform, this kit is compatible with both RWD and AWD Transit models from 2013-present to deliver a true 2.0” of quality suspension lift. This kit fits single and dual rear wheel vans.
The Topo 2.0 kit consists of two critical components to achieve a true 2.0” of front lift, improving ground clearance and maintaining factory alignment specifications. The first component is a carefully engineered 1” lift coil, of which we have two options; Blue Coil – Factory Spring Rate; Red Coil – HD Spring Rate. The blue coil retains the factory spring rate and returns the same plush ride as OEM while sitting 1” higher in the suspension travel for an increased 1” of compression travel. For heavily built out camper vans and T-350 models nearing GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating), we developed our HD Red Coil with a 10 % spring rate increase over stock to better handle the additional weight while still maintaining a true 1.0” of lift. Note, spring lift heights will vary due to weight but we typically see 1.25” of lift out of our Transit springs over the factory springs.
The second critical component of the Topo 2.0 kit addresses one of the downsides to the Ford Transit platform which is the lack of any real camber or caster adjustment built into the front suspension design of the van. This comes into play when trying to lift the vehicle for more ground clearance and improved ride quality since nearly any amount of lift will put the vehicle out of alignment specs and increase tire wear. An additional hurdle presented with the AWD Transit platform is the extremely short passenger side CV shaft. This CV joint will go into a bind if it is over-extended by more than 1.0” of additional droop over stock. To remedy the alignment issues as well as not over-extend the passenger side CV shaft on AWD models, we developed a ¾” strut spacer with built in camber and caster correction for the 2.0” of total lift gained when installing the 1.0” lift coils and strut spacer to have a complete front end upgrade that won’t accelerate wear on other critical suspension and steering components such as control arm bushings, tie rod ends and front axle shafts on AWD models. Front sway bar link extensions are included to maintain proper sway bar position.
For optimum ride quality improvement on the FWD Transit, pair the Topo 2.0 front kit with a Bilstein B6 strut for an additional ½” of lift and a great improvement in damping control. The Bilstein strut has the coil spring perch welded onto the strut body at a ½” higher height than the factory strut which preloads the coil spring an additional ½” for slightly more lift. The one disclaimer we must specify for AWD models is the Bilstein strut shaft is approximately 7/8″ longer than the OEM strut which means at full droop the suspension is at a total of +1-5/8” of extended downward travel which does put the passenger side CV joint into a bind at droop. Note: We cannot guarantee optimum CV life with this setup and do not recommend running Bilstein struts on AWD vans.
We recommend running a maximum tire size of 265/75/16 with this suspension package. This tire size will require some slight trimming of the inner pinch seam, details of which are covered in the instructions for this kit. With a Bilstein strut, an astounding 12-3/4” of ground clearance is achieved under the center of the front suspension cross member with this tire size.
For more detailed information on this suspension package, read through the detailed instructions below as well as our AWD development videos regarding the R&D process of this kit. Add a set of our custom tuned Fox rear shocks for a Ford Transit that is an absolute joy to drive in all road conditions.
**NOTE** Tire sizes vary greatly between manufacturers. Trimming of the body will vary because of this and some contact with the suspension subframe is possible at full steering lock with 265/75/16 tires. Additionally, some 265/75/16 tires will require the use of a 3/16″ thick wheel spacer to clear the strut body. If necessary, we offer an AWD specific spacer for this scenario.