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Old 07-19-2009, 07:11 PM
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SYNC 2nd USB Port

Well, I finally found it while working on wiring up the video system (Arbitrator) in the console. The SYNC box is bolted to the bottom of the console, with the plug facing toward the passenger side. To get to it, pop off the trim around the front cup holders and around the shifter. Then removed the top paneling there that runs from the dash to the big center arm rest. There are then two screws holding the front of the console down. Remove those, along with the 4 screws on the sides. The front two are behind those little plastic covers and the rear two are exposed (just slide the seat forward and access from the rear) Then just lift up the back corner of the console and plug in your USB! I accessed it from the rear passenger door with the front passenger seat all the way forward.

Its nice having my iPhone wired up all the time and the primary USB still available for hard drive, thumb drive, or flash updates.

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I am seriously considering buying the Sync Add-on pack.

But it is $549 and requires Dealer installation.


vice a JVC or Kenwood unit that has the same functions, touchscreen, DVD...alot of other stuff.



how good is the Sync setup?
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I really like it. I don't use any of the voice stuff, just the iphone/ipod interface and the bluetooth phone. I've heard getting the "add on" kit is not as good as the original. I would suggest spending the $550 on a good bluetooth phone kit and an ipod adapter.
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I'm a big fan of using OEM if possible...usually less problems


I like the idea of plugging a 8 gig thumb drive into that hidden USB port and not have to worry about it again
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Yes but in this case it is not truly OEM... Does the aftermarket kit include the microphones built into the mirror and the buttons on the steering wheel?

Forget an 8gb thumb drive, I've got a 320GB hard drive plugged in! Takes a few minutes to index but works like a champ

You really trust that dealership to install it???

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Are you sure the add on kit is for the 2008? I heard only the 2008+ Navigator will work for the add on kit.
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it says for 2008+ Ford vehicles.


if not, then I can throw it in the Stang. so not really worried about not being able to use one.


The add-on come with a speaker you install into your mirror or sun visor. then something gets put on the dash.



The install can actually be done by anybody, but you have to let a Ford Technician plug in a laptop into the USB port. Then they visit http://www.syncmyride.com and do some PC voodoo.




edit: so maybe it was wishful thinking. The add-on only seems to work on 2009 vehicles. and even then, if the 2009 model was produced in 2008, chances are it won't work.

well crap.
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I wish (yes this is a side note) that there was more MP3 accessories than for IPOD. Most all quality MP3 players use the open access communication protocol that windows media player stores music by. Even if you don't sync your music with WMP, an MP3 players OS most likely syncs by the same protocol when you turn it on, just like almost every digital camera stores images in a folder named DCIM. It should be easy for a carputer like the SYNC system to have just as much control over a normal MP3 player as a IPOD/IPHONE/ISUCK :P
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