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Old 04-07-2018, 02:14 PM
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2018 US market EcoSport external spare carrier question.

Hi there. First post here. Searching the forums had me thinking this would be the logical forum of choice as EcoSports start to roll out in the USA, and without an EcoSport specific subforum, I went with Crossovers. I hope this is correct.

Looking at the EcoSport, it seems you can't get the external spare carrier on the higher trims. You can't get the Android Auto/Carplay on the low trims. Anyone know, or know where I could find out for myself, what would be involved in retrofitting one of those things to my EcoSport? Ideally, I'd want to get the good head unit into the base model to completely avoid leather, but I'm guessing adding the tire carrier is easier to add.

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Old 10-19-2018, 12:52 AM
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Sorry i can't answer your question but what did you end up doing? I would want a rear tire carrier but i don't want the S model. I'm considering getting one for my wife. Any input you can offer on it?

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Old 11-14-2018, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by 6door74 View Post
Sorry i can't answer your question but what did you end up doing? I would want a rear tire carrier but i don't want the S model. I'm considering getting one for my wife. Any input you can offer on it?

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I ended up not buying anything. I've started seeing them in the wild. I suspect they're not selling that well. A few reviews I've seen have mentioned this oddity of specification - maybe Ford will get it and shuffle the equipment list for 2019.
 
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:50 AM
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Also, I remember spending time in Ford's parts site before giving up. I'm not certain, but it looked to me like the camera module was the same, and googling the part number came back with a bunch of FoMoCo applications. Other markets get both the big screen and the carrier, but radios have to be localized with language and frequencies. While I'm not certain, I don't think there is an electronic reason the rear carrier mounted camera can't talk to the big head unit.
 
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:54 AM
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One last thing on the carrier and cameras. The carrier camera mount shoots between spokes in the wheel. Just looking at the wheel choices, they all look like they'd work, but you should be aware of possible compatibility issues with spoke size and spacing if you try to swap parts between trims.

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Old 11-14-2018, 11:05 AM
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I ended up not buying anything. I've started seeing them in the wild. I suspect they're not selling that well. A few reviews I've seen have mentioned this oddity of specification - maybe Ford will get it and shuffle the equipment list for 2019.
We didn't end up buying one but I'm starting to see a lot of them out and about. It wasn't bad but it was smaller than we wanted in the end.
 
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