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The install is of a 99’ Explorer over-head console into a 95 Bronco, I got it of E-bay for $50.00. The only other part you need is the temperature sensor (17.95 from Ford) for getting the outside temperature. The first thing I did was to make a cardboard template of the roof contour, because the Explorer’s and the Bronco’s are not the same. Then LOTS of sanding with a little drum sander on my cordless drill. (My camera was dead during this part.) I took the head liner down and used it and the metal piece in the front to test fit it, then I used part of the bracket that I got with it and bolted it to the headliner. The hardest part about all of it was being patient enough to cut the card board right and then sand it down, which took about an hour.


After all the sanding and test fitting this is what it looks like in the Bronco. There are 2 types of console for the Explorer, the one like this is for a non-sunroof Explorer, it is a little bit smaller and has a compartment in the rear of it, and the on for a sunroof equipped explorer is a bit longer and has the button for the sunroof on it.


This is the temp sensor (part number: F87Z-12A647-AA)


The sensor is designed to have a connector that plugs into it, which you don’t get so I used to connectors that are designed to hook two pieces of 10-12ga. wire together. I cut the plastic shroud of one end and bent them a bit and they fit really well.


After I had shoved the wires in to the sensor I sealed the whole end up the “automotive goop” it did a really good job and dried in about 20min.


I decided to mount it on the right side near where the bumper is attached to the frame; I just used a zip tie to hole it in place.


Got the power working, there was an empty fuse spot n the fuse box that happened to turn on wit the ignition, I was happy about that. I wired it up to have the lights come on with the dome light, you can wire them to work as map lights too, which is how they were originally intended


There it is up and working, you have to calibrate the compass, but I hadn’t yet so it’s not right.


Ya it was frickin freezing that day.


These are the zones used for programing the compass

To acctually calibrate the compass:

Go find an abandoned parking lot and follow the following steps:

Press and hold the "MODE" button until you see "VAR" (takes around 5 seconds)
Release the "MODE" button. Push the "MODE" button until you have selected the zone you are currently in.

Release the "MODE" button and wait until the console is back at normal operation.

Press and hold the "MODE" button until you see "CAL" (takes around 9 seconds)

Release the "MODE" button.

Now the fun part. People will think you are crazy. Drive in a circle at around 3mph. Your console will be changing direction really fast. Continue to do this until the console is back at normal operations

There are 8 different color wires coming out of the console:

Red/Blue
Dimmer switch:
Matches the brightness with the rest of the interior lights. I didnt use this one, i always have mine turned all the way up anyway

Blue/Yellow
Blue/White
Temp Sensor:
These wires are to be ran to wherever you mount the temperature sensor. Some mount it inside the car, some outside.

Black
Ground:
You can pretty much attach this anywhere on the body.

Black/Blue
Green/Orange
Dome lights:
Black/Blue is power to the lights, i hooked it up to the power feed on my existing dome light so they would turn on and off with it, they do NOT function as map lights in this configuration. To make them map lights just hook them up to a constant power source. Green/Orange is for power to the lights in the visors, which Bronco's dont have so its not used

Grey/Black
Vehicle Speed Sensor:
This wire is to be spliced into the speed sensor of the car so the console can compensate for wind chill. I didn't attach this wire at all. I just mounted it out of the wind

Yellow/Grey
Power:
This is the main power that will go to the console.
 

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I could be wrong but I think you use the button that says open to open the rear compartment where you put a garage door opener and the button on the compartment cover depresses the opener button....:shrug
 

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whats the big button in the back for?
That think opens up. There's velcrow tape inside to stick your garage door opener inside. Whenever you hit the button on the botton, it should hit the door opener button.
 

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Looks good :thumbup
Did you hook it up to the vss so the temp is accurate when you are driving :shrug
 

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How did u get it attached to the ceiling

i am planning on making one from scratch from fiberglass. it will gold 2 air gauges and have fog light switches not sure what else, but how did u mount it to the ceiling,

i aint got the slightest clue :twak
 

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That is a really nice write up. I like it alot. You mentioned you took the headliner down. How did you put it back up?
 

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The button on the back opens the compartment, i has velcro tape fro a garage door opener or a little plastic thing that snaps in to hold sun glasses, you can do it either or.

I didnt hook up the VSS wire, i just didnt mount the sensor in the wind, so no need to calculate wind chill

The headliner in a Bronco is only held up by the trim peices, once you take the front, back and 2 side peices down, along with the dome light, it will just fall down, mine had a very very small amount of glue in the front, but it didnt make a differance with taking it down or re-installation
 

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on the back i but the bracket that i got with it and made it essitually a big washer and in the front i cut the little snap tabs off (they were in the way anyway) and then just drilled a hole in the plastic where they were and put a screw in with a big ole' washer
 

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How much of the wiring do you have, I hope at least one end of the plug. If you do I imagine you can buy the other end of the plug or splice your wires in.
 

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As requested several times i finally got around to taking it down and taking pics of howi attached it to the head liner. There are captions on superford, oh ya supermotors, what the hell is with that.



 

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Wiring for the console. This one explains the proper wiring. I'll post more once I get my console in.

http://www.cardomain.com/memberpage/296394/4
Other than the map light thing they are the same, but the map lights on the console were designed for an explorer and when they are in a bronco they arent pointed in the best spot.
 

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I've now got another question relating to this...

I just ordered one of these consoles off of eBay myself to install into an 88 Bronco. It didn't come with the wiring harness, so I am wondering if yours did? If not, did you just figure out a way to wire it up? I called the dealership and the person told me you have to have the wiring for it already in the roof in order to hook a harness up. I figured you just plug something into the console and cut the wires? How'd you do all of that? Thanks for any help
 

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I've now got another question relating to this...

I just ordered one of these consoles off of eBay myself to install into an 88 Bronco. It didn't come with the wiring harness, so I am wondering if yours did? If not, did you just figure out a way to wire it up? I called the dealership and the person told me you have to have the wiring for it already in the roof in order to hook a harness up. I figured you just plug something into the console and cut the wires? How'd you do all of that? Thanks for any help

Mine came with both ends of the wiring harness. you can get the WHOLE thing from ford for like 300 bucks, but its easyer to just go to the yard and cut the piece out of the roof, i doubt they will even charge ya.
 

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yeah, I went this morning to the local yard and was able to clip two of the brackets that have the 8 wires and 2 temp sensors for free. I got 2 of each just in case any of them didn't work. I still don't have the metal bracket that was mounted to the roof I believe, but I will improvise something. I'll post an update on how the install goes for me when I actually get around to doing it.
 

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for those who have been looking for that console has anyone come across something to match a red interior?
 

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for those who have been looking for that console has anyone come across something to match a red interior?
I would just get either one (which ever is cheaper) and go to lowes, have them color match the fuse panel and paint away. I dont think it would be hard to tape off, since its such a small area
 
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