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wiring up 2000 explorer seats

so i did the 60/40 seat mod a while back and i hated it!!!!!! it took all comfort out of the seat... so today i went to get a stock seat instead i picked up some cloth 2000 ford explorer with the power driver seat and lumbar. got them for $150 so i think i got a good deal. anyways i got all of the plugs and a little extra wire. the problem is i have no idea how to wire them up. anyone have a how to on this?
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There should be a total of only 4 connections you need to make. 2 wires for the seat belt latch sensor, and 2 wires for power and ground to seat.
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actually there are 2 plugs (and the seat belt plug for a total of three)that come out of the driver seat
one yellow plug with 2 wires:
1. white with light blue stripe
2. brown with light blue stripe
one black with 2 wires:
1. black
2. black with white stripe

the passenger seat had one plug out of the back:
yellow plug:
1. white with yellow stripe
2. brown with yellow stripe
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These are the wires for the power seats:

1. black- Chassis ground
2. black with white stripe - Power from 25A fuse




The rest are for the Explorer seat belt pretensioners that your 2000 Ranger doesn't have. You cannot hook these up to your truck.

DS pretensioners:
1. white with light blue stripe
2. brown with light blue stripe

PS pretensioners
1. white with yellow stripe
2. brown with yellow stripe
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bob im glad you chimed in.

so basically i need to:
1. ditch the 2 yellow plugs
2. find a hot wire ....any ideas?
3. get a 25a fuse and put it inline
4. ground it

anything else?
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Isn't there some problems with the seat belt tensioners or something? Maybe its with 2001 and up, I remember some type of problem with them.
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Isn't there some problems with the seat belt tensioners or something? Maybe its with 2001 and up, I remember some type of problem with them.
The problem is when you use earlier Ex seats in a 2001+ Ranger. The earlier Ex seats didn't have the pretensioners and the 2001 Ranger RCM is looking for them so it lights the airbag light.
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I believe the seat belt pretensioners are controlled by the same sensor that deploys the airbags. On Explorer's, this was passenger dependant (no passenger in the seat, no airbag deploys) in a cost-saving effort.

You can ditch the two yellow plugs, not worrying about pretensioners since the stock seat didn't have any connection for pretensioners, and run a power and ground through the back outer corner seat-track mounting hole in the carpet. This hole is closest to the rubber grommet on the bottom of the floor you can see shortly past the door seal under the carpet or underneath the truck. This would make quick work for shooting up to the battery for a power source and you can ground on any bolt that contacts metal on the frame or body. However, if it were me, I'd run my power and ground under the carpet along the back crease at the ledge on the floor, all the way to the black plastic door sill. Remove all 4 screws from the door sill and run the wire under it and the carpet up to the fusebox. This will provide a reliable power, ground, and fuse source with quick access for changing the fuse or servicing the wiring.
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bob im glad you chimed in.

so basically i need to:
1. ditch the 2 yellow plugs
2. find a hot wire ....any ideas?
3. get a 25a fuse and put it inline
4. ground it

anything else?
That's it. You will need to tap off the battery terminal or, better yet, off the feed to the underhood distribution box. Be sure to disconnect the battery when wiring to avoid the "arc welder syndrome". Use adequate wire gauge and fuse it very close to the source. The Explorer seats were also originally factory wired 'always hot' so you can adjust them any time, with or without the key on.
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so basically you are saying run the wires to the fuse box and add the fuse there..how do i go about hooking the wires to the fuse box?
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so basically you are saying run the wires to the fuse box and add the fuse there...can i get a 25a blade fuse? how do i go about hooking the wires to the fuse box?
There probably isn't anywhere available in the box itself. On the 2001+ trucks, it is easy to tap off the lug where the battery cable feeds the distribution box and use an inline fuse holder. I would think that you could do something similar on the 2000 but I'm not positive because the box is different.

Here is how I did it:


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I did mine the same way, except that I did not run a separate line all the way to the battery. I brought both seats + together and both - together and made a T. The - I ran to a ground and the positive I just ran under the carpet to the 12V power and spliced it in there. It's already fused correctly, so I've had no problems.
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thanks guys...hopefully i can get them wired this weekend. i have an idea on how to do this now.
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You can also look at my cardomain, ive written a tutorial of how I did mine

members.cardomain.com/hougy
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well i did it!!!! wiring them up was easy. rwenzing i had basically the same thing going into my fuse box. the hard part...well there was this little box that had a bunch of wires going into it and then into the floor...i had to remove the cover. i just put electrical tape, then duct tape over the floor to protect the wires. that gave me enough room to kinda twist the seat a bit so that the rails would bolt up. it didnt really mess up anything. still moves and all...seems to strain a little with my 200lb self in the seat. but thanks for your help guys.
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