Originally Posted by jtolle777
Thanks for the info... exactly what I was looking for. I've done a bit of research on the fuel tank options available for these vans, so it's nice to know someone has worked it out.
As far as a van goes, I'm looking for exactly what you have (at least from what I can tell).
2009+ Passenger E350 EB with the v10 and torqshift 5 speed
Have not found very many....that were clean and not abused anyways. I may just get the 5.4 as I spoke to Agile and the seemed to think it wasn't that big of a deal unless I tow heavy and often (which at this point, I don't)
Edit- saw you have a cargo version with the windows
Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Well I started here too with the "what kind of van should I buy" and everyone helped me out and it's been great.
As far as increased capacity fuel tanks, there is a rear mount 55 gallon that is available in aftermarket for 2010+. I already put in a storage box so that was out. There are some new emissions junk on there and that is the big concern.
A Couple things a out 2010+ vans:
They have extra measures of RSC which can be good and bad at times. John has that worked out with the tone ring they put on their axle.
You probably won't be able to find a Full Float Rear Axle that works with the later RSC. The only SRW full floats came on their cutaways used for box vans and they did not have RSC. You will throw codes and there is no easy way around it. What I did learn is that Ford used larger bearings in the Semi's of that year so that helped alot. I forgot to aks Ujoint if their Sterlings were RSC compatible. For now, I will stick with Semi Float.
You may also only find 2010's with Open Rear differentials. Agile is upgrading mine to a Limited Slip which will help negate the negative RSC effects that can happen off road. It's easy to tell on the axle, you just have to look at the tag near the rear diff cover.
The good news is that if you find the V-10 it will have a torqueshift and it will be a monster. My van weighs 6500 right now and it seriously hauls ass. That will change a bit when I put the bigger tires on and am staying with 3.73, but I suspect that the extra gear in the 5 speed is a low end take off gear and the van should compensate well. We will see when it's got all it's gear and a pop top on it.
That being said, the 5.4 is a great motor and has a good trans as well. There are tunes available that will get you more power and different shifting that others have described as "waking up the 5.4". Remember that the gassers generate their torque and HP at high RPM, which is very different from the diesels. When I floor the V10 from a standstill, it shifts at 5000 RPM through the first couple gears. The 5.4 will do similarly. Both are very reliable well built motors with good transmissions.
Another thing I have learned along the way is that the mid 2000's vans have a lot of aftermarket stuff and it's easier to swap axles etc. Sometimes you can find a great deal on these and build up an amazing rig. I learned this kind of after i got my 2013. All these vans are good, and they all have their ups and downs with modifications.
I did see a couple really nice V-10 passenger vans on Autotrader. One was a silver one in Portland area. If I was still looking I would be after that one for sure.