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2004 Overhead console?

Anyone know what model overhead console will fit in a 2004 ranger. I bought a 98 explorer overhead console and it does not fit. I have not seen the inside of a 2004 explorer so I dont know if it is the same as the older model overhead consoles.
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My dad has an 04 sport trac and the OHC is the same as mine. Meaning it would fit my 2000 ranger.
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Anyone know what model overhead console will fit in a 2004 ranger. I bought a 98 explorer overhead console and it does not fit. I have not seen the inside of a 2004 explorer so I dont know if it is the same as the older model overhead consoles.
Several people have installed the 95~2001 overhead consoles in 2004+ Rangers. It is easier if you avoid the sunroof model console, though.
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I believe my OHC is from a 98 and it fit my 04. I have the garage door one tho.
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What do you mean when you day it doesn't fit?
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The contours on the bottom are totally differnt. The brackets on the bottom do not line up and nor do the screw holes. No matter how I put it it will not be even. Even if I cut the headliner out.
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Take a picture of the one you have so we can help you better
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they fit . . . i have a 96 in mine now. sounds like you just need to move it back a little. pics would help. also, the vss wire for us in down in a bundle near the parking brake/firewall.
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The contours on the bottom are totally differnt. The brackets on the bottom do not line up and nor do the screw holes. No matter how I put it it will not be even. Even if I cut the headliner out.
It will fit. It doesn't LOOK like it does, I know. I wondered when I put my first one in.

As was mentioned, you don't have the sunroof type do you?

There are NO existing brackets or holes in your truck. You have to drill and cut to put the console in. See pages 3 and 4 of my Cardomain site for install guidance. The link to my site main page is in my signature.

I've installed a BUNCH (maybe 10 to 12 now) overhead consoles in trucks up to 2003 and it's do-able, but the first time you do it figure you're going to take 4 hours at least. If you're real gifted, less. But the first time you have to go slow -- particularly when cutting the headliner. Start small, and work out.
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Not only do you have to cut the headliner, you have to drill/grind slots in the roof support beam to accept the two tabs. It definitely won't sit flush prior to installation!
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Ok I am going to try this install this weekend. I had the head liner out and I didnt see how it was going to fit. I have to run some wires under my headliner for my gps and for my new overhead light so I will try to install the overhead console again. I need to tweed the console before I install it also. Also I was thinking about doing the EATC mod this weekend. I have some vacum lines on the back of my existing ac control, I was wondering If It would affect anything if I added Im guess 3 to 6 feet of extra vacum lines to fit the eatc in my console some how? Can that be done or will it screw up my ac?
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Also I bought the overhead console and It has no metal mounting bracket. I contacted the company I bought it from and they said it does not have one on the model I have. Is this true or did I get scammed?
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close the door, they're taking you for a ride
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I will figure some way to make a new bracket. I have a bunch of scrap aluminum sheilding out of video game consoles I can make a custom bracket with. Good thing I havent left them any feedback yet.
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I had an extra at one time, but I gave it away. You can sometimes get a bracket at a junkyard when the console has been robbed by idiots like the one you bought it from, lol. You can usually get it for like a buck or two tops.

As far as the vacuum lines: no problem if they are good and tight. If you do remote mount the EATC, make sure to post pictures -- I like the idea but I'm too lazy to do something like that, lol.
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I am going to a junkyard this weekend to try and find a eatc and various other parts for my truck and my friends tacoma. I need to get the EATC as soon as I can so I can start fiberglassing the overhead console. Its either the eatc or my head unit that is going to be in my overhead console. Id like to put the EATC there but it depends on if I can get an EATC from a junkyard or ebay.
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You'll probably want to think about how you will mount the OHC a little differently on the front edge. It just snaps in up front and I'm not sure how much weight it can support from those little tabs before they unsnap on bumps and all. All the extra fiberglass and gear might require some kind of creative solution to enhance the forward mounting area.

I guess you read my how-to page on parts and compatibility? Besides the EATC you need the sensors, fan speed controller, and the actuator, don't forget.
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What parts do I need to get for the EATC mod?
blend door actuator
fan speed controller
sensors (sunload, outside, and inside) ?
actual eatc unit

Also can the color of the read out be changed? I am trying to go with all blue and white leds.
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The 95~97 have blue displays. Everything you ever wanted to know about John's EATC conversion. Read all six pages:

http://www.cardomain.com/memberpage/296394/14

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And if I don't know it, Bob does. He's taken my original mod to another level. Between us we should be able to keep you on track.
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I downloaded John's instructions and followed them religiously and didn't have a problem. If I can do it anyone can! I must admit cutting the headliner was intimidating but this is still my favorite MOD.
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Bill, Bill, Bill...why do you run yourself down so? Am I gonna' have to do the self-esteem training with you again, you moron! lol!

Anyway, haven't see you around much. Good to see you posting. Keep an eye on the Wharton meet in July. You could always do a ride-along if you don't want to go offroad.
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Ok I went to a few junkyards and was bidding on an overhead console on ebay. I lost the auction it went for 113 dollars and it ended while I was outside working on my truck. Does anyone have an extra overhead console and sensor in any color. I need the mounting bracket also. I am going to call all the junkyards within a hundred mile radious to check and see if they have an explorer so i can get the seats, center console and overhead console but it looks as though I will not find one since the 8 that I went to didnt have them.
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Bill, Bill, Bill...why do you run yourself down so? Am I gonna' have to do the self-esteem training with you again, you moron! lol!

Anyway, haven't see you around much. Good to see you posting. Keep an eye on the Wharton meet in July. You could always do a ride-along if you don't want to go offroad.
Whaaat? Get mud on my truck? Noooooooooooo! Been busy moving to a new house, should have some free time soon, I just might take you up on your offer!
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I tweeded and installed the overhead console. I wired everyhting up except for the vss. I could not find where to wire it into. I have a 2004 and i did not see the gem conector behind my radio bezel. Any ideas? It works with out it so I am happy. What does the vss do any ways? Also what is the VAR and CAL after you hold down the mode button?
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