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Old 07-17-2011, 07:19 PM
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Installed Explorer Overhead Console

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)
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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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Old 07-17-2011, 08:11 PM
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That's awesome! Nice job!
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Very nice!!!
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:16 PM
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Thanks, it looks kinda funny with the stock chrome / map light. I tried a plastic kind from a 96 single cab and it's wiring/mounting location wasn't the same. I mish you could at least buy a clear legs instead of the white/yellowish stock one.
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That is sweet. But, how did it take priority to a broken windshield? lol Good job...
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Old 07-17-2011, 11:03 PM
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Excellent work sir. It looks great!
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:06 AM
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That is sweet. But, how did it take priority to a broken windshield? lol Good job...
I know right. eh, just got the itch to improve the interior a bit. Dont worry shes a big time work in progress, the windshield and the body work will be last after I finish the suspension. Im gettin the rear lift this week then I'll start on body and paint (god help me lol) Then little things like trim, mirror, windshield....
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damn that looks sweet, wish i had the skills and time to do that, as i really want one of the over head things like that!! nice work!
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damn that looks sweet, wish i had the skills and time to do that, as i really want one of the over head things like that!! nice work!

Thanks. When I was at the yard, I found a nice 96 that had the more rectangular style steering wheel with horn buttons, nd cruise buttons. Does anyone know if the wheels are a direct swap? One problem is that it has an aitbag and mine doesnt.
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I always wanted to get a Bronco overhead console. It looks almost the same as the Expolorer one but is longer and the front is shaped different. I looked at putting one like this in my truck but figured modifying it would end up ruining it so I sold it. I may reconsider getting one. Now you need to upgrade your dome light to go with it. This is a plug and play swap.

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Old 07-18-2011, 10:09 PM
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I wanted a bronco one but couldnt find one, if I did find it it was way too much. I actually have one I grabbed as well but it just didnt fit the curve of the roof. My connections are right in the back next to the curve, I installed it but it left a gap and the lights didnt point in the correct location. It came from a 95 extended cab. I found one in a 96 standard cab like mine, but it looked the same...
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The standard cab one does look the same but the lenses is different on the map lights.
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Mine fits perfectly. My friends 96 has a factory black one.
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Mine fits perfectly. My friends 96 has a factory black one.
Sweet, I think I know where one is at at the yard. Thanks
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Thanks. When I was at the yard, I found a nice 96 that had the more rectangular style steering wheel with horn buttons, nd cruise buttons. Does anyone know if the wheels are a direct swap? One problem is that it has an aitbag and mine doesnt.
yea the wheel your talking about is what i have in mine, should be direct plug and play for the most part (assuming your getting it out of a similar year vehicle)


as for the lamp (rear light with maps) its also direct plug and play, any of the following vehicles will have one[list below pictures so keep reading] (or should, as long as its the smaller rectangular shape) I have one in my truck and i took install pics Ill put a few here so you can see the simplicity, there will be a small notch that sticks up that you will have to file/sand/grind level (for best performance as mileage will vary) before install so the lamp will sit flush and proper where it should, but other then that (and yes I would highly recommend putting at least LEDs in the dome lamp and map lights (41/42MM) because the bulbs tend to heat up and for what ever reason seem to blacken the plastic (assumeing from heat) you should have a pretty easy time putting it in, also would suggest looking for one that will match the interior color(s) of your truck, I had the option of tan or brown so i went with the more saddle like brown which fit my interior better

your current lamp (the fuggly one)
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the hole (just three screws man )
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the exploder lamp (this is the long version which you may or may not be able to use depending on your truck cab type, standard cabs like mine can't use this one)
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the rectangular one (could be from an exploder or other vehicle that has one, colors will vary)
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F150 - various years/models
E-series (iffy on this)
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croen vic (some came with the longer exploder version)
windstar - 199+ (or what ever year the wind star first started being produced)
merc exploder (sorry i just know its the exploder base, cant remember its name) - may have slightly different style as well so this is hit or miss i think
sable (merg) - may also have another style
other mercs - can't remember there names (sorry never owned a merc in my life and really not planning on it)


Hope this helps ya out!!!
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