Rear Door Platform Installation | Cargo-Carrier for Transit & Sprinter Van

Rear Door Platform Installation | Cargo-Carrier for Transit & Sprinter Van

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In this project we install a rear door platform to our Ford Transit. It offers additional cargo-carrying capacity for bikes, Rotopax Gas Can, skis/snowboards, etc. It is versatile, allows to be customized to our needs and it’s easy to swap or reconfigure accessories with season’s change. We especially look forward to having two extra bike mounts outside the van, it’s useful when shuttling with friends or to carry our bikes around when they’re dirty. Let’s get to work!

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Cargo-Carrier (Flatline Van Co)
Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Cargo-Carrier (Flatline Van Co)-2

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Time


2 or 3 hours

Cost


$1,495 USD

Weight


36 lbs

Material


ItemDescriptionQuantityBuy
Transit Rear Door PlatformFlatline Van Co Rear Door Platform for Ford Transit (2015-present). All necessary hardware included.
(Also available: Sprinter Van Rear Door Carrier)
1Flatline Van Co
Rust InhibitorTo prevent corrosion on bare edges after drilling.1Amazon

Tools


  • Ratchet with 13mm Socket
  • 9/16 Box Wrench or Socket
  • 7/32 Hex Allen Key (provided)
  • Power Drill with 3/16″ and 27/64″ drill bits
  • Deburring Tool (or countersink bit)
  • A helping hand!

Good to Know


Installation


We found that installing the FVC Rear Door Platform is slightly more challenging than installing the FVC Roof Rack or the FVC Nudge Bar. It can still be done by the average DIYer, but it requires some manipulation in order to get the brackets and platform to fit and align correctly (as described later in the installation steps).

Mounting Holes and Surface


The FVC rear door platform is comprised of 1/2″ holes, 3/8″ holes, and 1/2″ x 1.5″ slotted holes. The mounting surface measures 55.25″ tall x 19.625″ wide:

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co (Dimensions and Hole Pattern)

Door Opening


Be aware that with the Rear Door Platform, you loose the ability to open the rear passenger door all the way up to the van body (253°). And the magnetic bumpers won’t help anymore, so be careful when opening the door past 90 degrees. Without any accessories mounted to the platform, here is the maximum opening we are getting:

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Max Door Opening
Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Max Door Opening-2

Installation


1. Bottom Hinge Bracket (Passenger Side)


1.1. Make alignment marks using a fine sharpie (we will use these lines to reinstall the hinge):

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-1 (Make Alignement Marks)

1.2. Remove the 3 factory bolts from the bottom hinge with a 13mm socket:

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-2 (Remove 3 Factory Bolts)

1.3. Ask your helping hand to support the door during the next steps. No need to support the full weight of the door, it’s only to help aligning the brackets and to prevent the door from moving if it’s windy…

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-3 (Hold Door)

1.4. Partially close the hinge, slide the P2 hinge bracket over the hinge and locate it so it doesn’t interfere with the surrounding structure. Check the alignment marks and tighten the 3 factory bolts:

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-4 (Slide Bottom Hinge Bracket)

1.5. Slowly close the door and check the clearance between the P2 bracket and the surrounding structure. If something’s off, fine-tune the bracket position as needed.


2. Top Hinge Bracket (Passenger Side)


Repeat the same procedure as Step 1, but for the P1 top hinge bracket:

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-5 (Install Top Hinge Bracket)

3. Remove the interior door panel (Passenger Side)


3.1. The door panel is held by push-pins around the edges. Pull on the edges to disengage them:

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-6 (Remove Plastic Panel)

3.2. Slowly peel back the vapor barrier. Start with the top right corner and peel back about half way:

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-7 (Remove Vapor Barrier)

4. Drill the exterior hole


4.1. Align the exterior drill template with the edge of the door and edge of sheet metal under the window (or window space) and mark the drill hole:

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-8 (Align Exterior Template to Door)

4.2. Drill a pilot hole (3/16″), then enlarge to final size (27/64″):

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-9 (Drill Exterior Hole)

4.3. Deburr the hole and smooth the edge with sanding paper:

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-10 (Debur and smooth edges of hole)

5. Drill the inside hole


5.1. Align the interior drill template as shown (make sure the template makes full contact and wrap around the door):

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-11 (Align Interior Template)

5.2. Drill a pilot hole (3/16″), then enlarge to final size (27/64″):

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-12 (Drill Interior Hole)

5.3. Deburr the hole and smooth the edge:

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-13 (Debur Interior Hole)

5.4. Apply rust inhibitor to the bare edges of both the interior and exterior holes. Isabelle sprayed some Rust-Oleum in a plastic jar and applied it with a brush (it’s less messy this way!):

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-14 (Apply Rust Inhibitor)

6. Bolt the door platform (Exterior)


6.1. Ask your helper to hold and align the holes of the platform/brackets. Good job Mr. Helper!

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-15 (Hold Platform)

6.2. Loosely bolt the platform (3/8″ x 1″ flanged hex screws with 3/8″ flanged locknuts) to the top and bottom hinge brackets:

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-16 (Bolt Top Platform to rear door)
Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-17 (Bolt Bottom Platform to rear door)

6.3. Insert the hardware (3/8″ x 1.5″ flanged hex screw with 3/8″ sealing washer) into the exterior hole:

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-18 (Insert Exterior Bolt)


7. Bolt the door platform (inside)


Align the door backer with the exterior hole’s bolt (hole drilled at step 4) and with the inside hole (hole drilled at step 5). Insert the hardware (3/8 x 1.25 button head screw with oversized washer) into the inside hole and tighten:

Note: Getting the door backer to fit in there is quite challenging, to say the least. We almost gave up but it finally went in with some stubbornness…

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Door Backer Installation
We found 2 extra washers at the end of the day, looks like this is where they go…
Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Door Backer Installation-2

8. Tighten All Bolts


Now that all the hardware is in place, tighten everything: top bracket (2 bolts), bottom bracket (2 bolts), exterior bolt (1 bolt), interior bolt (1 bolt). And while you’re at it, double-check that you tightened the factory hinge brackets (6 bolts total with13mm socket).


9. Attach the lower frame brace


Almost done! All that remains is to install the lower frame brace with two bolts:

Ford Transit Rear Door Platform Flatline Van Co-20 (Install Brace Bracket)

10. That’s it!


You’re done! Good work 🙂


Compatible Accessories


Pretty much anything can be mounted to the rear door platform. Here are accessories commonly seen on cargo carrier:

Mounting Posts
Mouting-Posts-for-Van-Rear-Door-Platform-(Flatline-Van-Co)

To mount a 1UP bike tray horizontally, ski rack, or whatever comes to your mind!

Rotopax
Sprinter-Van-Rear-Door-Cargo-Carrier-Platform-with-Rotopax-and-1UP-Bike-Tray

A Rotopax (red = gas, yellow = diesel) paired with a mounting kit is the ultimate solution to carry fuel on an adventure!

Shovel
DMOS Compact Delta Shovel with Mount for Overland Van Sprinter Transit

DMOS Compact Delta Shovel with Mount. Telescoping handle (up to 33″) to dig while standing up.

Maxtrax Recovery Boards
Maxtrax Recovery Ford Transit Sand

We learned the hard way these can be a life saver 🙂 Don’t forget the Mounting Pin Set.


On Second Thought…


First Impressions

As mentioned in the “Good to know” section, installing the rear door platform is a bit more challenging than the others accessories we previously installed. But it works!

Long Term Review

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2 thoughts on “Rear Door Platform Installation | Cargo-Carrier for Transit & Sprinter Van”

  1. This looks like a great rear rack, and it’s perfect timing for us since we’ve finally used our MaxTrax testing the limits of our van on dryer sand and are ready for an outside-the-van solution for storage. My concern with a passenger side rear rack is that the door handle will be difficult to reach. Any comments there? Thanks!

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