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I will probably end up tapping into the radio as well, but I'm just wondering if there is anything there that I can make use of.
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Hmm. Let me pull the diagram and check for you.
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Here is the parking aid (the green connector) doesn't look like theres anything usable. Do you happen to know what the grey connector is for? Can't seem to find it.

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Not a clue what the other one is for. I can't think of any that I've seen with a cigarette plug and two buttons. I got tired of searching ebay. Doesn't matter I guess, just curious.
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I just cannot stand an open diff on the street
Why can't you stand an open diff on the street? Just curious.

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Hey Jason I have a question about your switch mounting pictured below.
Did you have off the wiring harness clips on the back of there with a dremel or what? And what did you use to cut out the holes? I'm afraid of cutting too big or cracking the plastic. Do you have pictures of how much you cut back there?
I actually just cut out a chunk of the panel the lighter is in. I cut it along the red lines below and the switches are actually held in on the radio bezel its self. Only reason I put them there is because I really don't want to have the big switches in the dash but I needed them in for now and that looked like the cheapest piece to replace if I cut it up... lol
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Why can't you stand an open diff on the street? Just curious.

I actually just cut out a chunk of the panel the lighter is in. I cut it along the red lines below and the switches are actually held in on the radio bezel its self. Only reason I put them there is because I really don't want to have the big switches in the dash but I needed them in for now and that looked like the cheapest piece to replace if I cut it up... lol
Makes sense to me!


I just hate open differentials on the street. Traction just sucks, that is the short version.
I hate it when you go to stomp on the throttle and only one tire spins, or pull out into traffic and one tire spins as you are watching approaching traffic in the mirror. The worst is when the ground is wet, and you're making a right turn (or even left really) into traffic and you just can't get traction. Aggressive driving on wet windy mountain roads will even let the inside tire spin up on occasion.
I hate driving on a gravel or dirt road with an open rear diff as well. Even driving up forest service roads in 2wd you are always spinning one side or the other.

I loved the change after putting the aussie locker in the sport trac. When you put your foot on the pedal it just hooked up and went. I never had to worry about sitting with one tire spinning. Sure you can oversteer when it is wet or snowy, but it is 100% predictable unlike an open diff or even limited slip, you always know what you are going to get.
Off road it rocked. Driving up gravel roads, dirt roads, sand, deep snow or whatever, when you were accelerating it was locked and it hooked up. But it was easy to steer, maneuverable, even in tight spaces it unlocks just fine. I don't really like the idea of having to switch a rear locker back and forth all the time, and I wouldn't want it locked when I'm coasting or light on the throttle anyway.

Maybe an open diff doesn't bother you as much in Socal where it is so much more dry, I don't know.

If someone made a GOOD limited slip/locker combo that didn't wear out quickly and could fully lock up, I would be all over it. Honestly if I don't like the Detroit (I'm sure I will) I would rather have a gear driven limited slip than an ARB or E-locker back there that is an open diff when unlocked.

The reason I went with the E-locker up front is pretty self explanatory. I like having the front open since the front aussie made snow/ice driving tricky, and the steering really tight. Leaving it open 99% of the time won't put as much stress on the CV joints, but when if I get into a spot where I really need it I can fully lock it up.
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Maybe an open diff doesn't bother you as much in Socal where it is so much more dry, I don't know.
Yea, I don't drive aggressive on the street and it's dry so it's never an issue. I don't think my F1 has ever spun a tire on pavement.. unintentionally anyway.

I know the Detroit in my Ranger drives me crazy on the street, but that's a whole different animal all together.
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Brian...if you do choose the same spot as Jason, I've got a few of those fiddy's at my local yards I can grab an extra for ya.
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Hey Shane, if you happen to stumble on one of those plates I can use one... seriously.
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Me too! I'd love a heated mirror HVAC control too, mine crapped on me and now I'm stuck with a basic non-heated one.
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lol, Shane opened the door to that one!
Make that three if you stumble upon them, in case I screw mine up.
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Yea, I don't drive aggressive on the street and it's dry so it's never an issue. I don't think my F1 has ever spun a tire on pavement.. unintentionally anyway.

I know the Detroit in my Ranger drives me crazy on the street, but that's a whole different animal all together.
I don't drive all that aggressively any more either, but I'm pretty sure in the rain I would be spinning one tire around often enough. It probably wouldn't be an issue when it's dry with the weight of the F150.

The Detroit that my friend had in his Jeep behaved just like an aussie and lock right. It kind of sucked in the Jeep though, manual trans and short wheel base. Even then it wasn't horrible. Like I said, we'll see. My biggest concern would be towing something heavy on hot dry pavement with sticky rubber. Time will tell I guess.
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HAHA!! 3 cig lighter panel thingys right? Most likely will not include lighter because I alreayd pocketed those! lol.


I'll see what I can do for ya'll. We happen to have 3 or 4 of those Fiddys just down the street....
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Oh Brian....btw....I remember you asking me if my scangauge ever wigs out on me when we met up a few years back. Well......she's kinda wiggin' out at times. The thing like turns on and off when the engine isn't running. And while it's running, sometimes it'll just freeze. Hasn't done it in a couple weeks though. But just thought you'd get a kick out of that. lol.
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Yeah my Scangauge did the same thing. No big on the lighter, don't need that part.
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Oh Brian....btw....I remember you asking me if my scangauge ever wigs out on me when we met up a few years back. Well......she's kinda wiggin' out at times. The thing like turns on and off when the engine isn't running. And while it's running, sometimes it'll just freeze. Hasn't done it in a couple weeks though. But just thought you'd get a kick out of that. lol.
Weird, mine hasn't done it at all since it's been in the F150.
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Okay so I temporarily installed two switches in the accessory outlet panel. I was going to install four for good measure, but the store here didn't have four and I don't have any reason to hook up the second switch at the moment anyway. lol
You can also see where I scratched the plastic with the dremel tool when I got in a hurry. I'll do something about it later.

I also wired everything for the e-locker, short of 4' of wire loom, otherwise it is ready. I just need to figure out when I can make an appointment to bring it in. Probably a week from Monday.

Also, ignore the stupid bottom panel with paper on it at the moment. I will probably re-install the storage cubby for there now. In the future I may install a ham radio control head there, or different switches or something. I already clipped the bezel back on and didn't want to deal with pulling all of the clips out of the dash to re-install the cubby again.







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your interior is filthy! wow

anyway looks great!

bet you cant wait to feel the difference.
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