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Old 09-22-2013, 10:09 PM
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Hi, I just wanted to ask if you could help explain the installation proceed in detail for me? I just got the console and have absolutely NO idea how to install it? I'm mainly stuck on:

Mounting Bracket- How to shape it, and what screws to use? Also where did you know to mount it?

Wiring- what type of wire and how much was used? And where to wire everything? Also where is a temp sensor? Do I buy one?

Thanks if you can answer this, it would mean a lot. Also how do you like the console so far?
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Hi, I just wanted to ask if you could help explain the installation proceed in detail for me? I just got the console and have absolutely NO idea how to install it? I'm mainly stuck on:

Mounting Bracket- How to shape it, and what screws to use? Also where did you know to mount it?

Wiring- what type of wire and how much was used? And where to wire everything? Also where is a temp sensor? Do I buy one?

Thanks if you can answer this, it would mean a lot. Also how do you like the console so far?
Be glad to help if I can. For the wiring, you will ideally need the wiring pigtail from and Explorer to wire into. You will also need the sensor as well. It can be had new from Ford, or off of a junkyard Explorer as well. The Ford part number is F87Z-12A647-AA.

As for wiring, I will have to look up the diagram again. I'm on my phone and don't have the links.

And mounting:

Here is the front. Not drilled into the roof at all. I cut the center section out of the bracket. Front clips in like normal, rear screws in like normal and it rest on the headliner.

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Old 09-23-2013, 12:01 AM
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Be glad to help if I can. For the wiring, you will ideally need the wiring pigtail from and Explorer to wire into. You will also need the sensor as well. It can be had new from Ford, or off of a junkyard Explorer as well. The Ford part number is F87Z-12A647-AA.

As for wiring, I will have to look up the diagram again. I'm on my phone and don't have the links.

And mounting:

Here is the front. Not drilled into the roof at all. I cut the center section out of the bracket. Front clips in like normal, rear screws in like normal and it rest on the headliner.

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Whoa, thanks man haha! Just a quick question? What are the exact screws for this bracket? Mine didn't come with the screws.

And also I just looked up the temp sensor on Ebay for $29 (Yikes!) Is it possibly a lot cheaper at a junk yard? Thanks
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:11 AM
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I just found it on Ebay for a much chaper price cause it's used! Tell me what you think haha
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That's the right sensor. As long as it works, go for it. As for the screws, they are the ones that are from the Explorer. I have no idea what thread they are...
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That's the right sensor. As long as it works, go for it. As for the screws, they are the ones that are from the Explorer. I have no idea what thread they are...
Alrights cool! If anyone can remember the screws then I'll just stop by Lowes and pick up some generic ones? (If that'll work)

And here's the dome light console I bought!
I looked for one that came with the copper screws:
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My truck has original auto dimming rear view mirror and lighted visors so I thought a console would be a nice addition. Ive been wanting to do this for some time and I finally got around to it, it took the majority of the weekend.

I decided to redo my headliner at the same time, which took a while. I took it off and scraped off all the foam with a wire brush then installed a new universal gray headliner.

I went to pick-n-pull and found one from a 95 explorer. I pulled it along with the temp sensor in the front, a chunk of the harness, and ounting plate. $30.00. I also snagged a door light cover I was missing.

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Thereis tons of info on these consoles online soI jumped online and found the wiring colors and matched them to a label.
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Here is the temp sender.
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So I went home and tested it only to find it was fried...so the next morning I hit a local junkyard. To my suprise they had plenty. I grabbed one from a Mercury mountaineer and like last time grabbed the harness, mounting plate and temp sender. After hours of playing with positions I realized the shape was not going to work and the bracket brought it down way too low.

I trimmed down the main part to make it as flat as I could, when I was done I painted it gray.
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Here is the newly covered headliner with the hole I cut testing its fit.
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Here is the bracket, I modified it severly to fit the truck.
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Now the not at all fun part....All I had was black wire so I had to use lots of it and keep it al labeled. Here is the harness I made for it.
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The temp sensor from the mercury (the console I ended up using)
snaped right in the lower radiator support factory holes. Click the image to open in full size.

I wired the Map Light and Computer power both to a key on source from the radio. I wired the VSS to the gray and black wire on the cruise control module under the hood. The Dome light wire I tapped in straight from the dome light, this way both light up when the door is open. Then I ran the temp wires up to the front behind the bumper on the radiator support core.

The "gap" in the back bothers me a little, it wasnt there untill I tightened down the steel trim between the headliner and windshield. Here is how it finished up. And yeah it was HOT the entire time, so this literally took all weekend. Still need to calibrate the compass.

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Ok I know this is an older post..... but that mounting bracket it screwed right to the roof right ? I have seen so many ways of mounting it it has me scratching my head like wtf man..lol any help woukd be awsome thanks
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I swapped a dome light from a 94 mustang into my ext cab f250 and just rad a hot wire from my fuse panel to the light and used the stock ground screw in from the old light
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I swapped a dome light from a 94 mustang into my ext cab f250 and just rad a hot wire from my fuse panel to the light and used the stock ground screw in from the old light
Do you know if the roof in a 96 f250 crewcab is double walled ? Two screws in the bracket need to be.drilled and bolted tonthe roof right ?
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My original rectangular single bulb dome light had 2 wires connected the the roof one for what I assume is the open door light feature and the other controlled by the dash switch and a spot where a ground screw mounted. The 94 mustang light used the same screw locations for the door and dash switch lights and ground screw hole. I ran a wire off of the pad of the light switch that controls the map lights to a spot on the fuse panel that always has power so I can use the map lights if the truck is off.
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