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FORD EXPLORER OVERHEAD CONSOLE?

I've heard of people installing the expo dome light is this the light most are referring to


If so, is it pretty straight forward? Any installed pics?
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No, thats a Explorer overhead console. Which you can install as well and is a great modification

Kinda see it in this picture in my old ranger, this is with the expo auto-dim mirror as well.

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The dome light looks like this:



I prefer the looks of the mustang domelight, the explorer one will work just as well though.

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You need the mounting bracket, have to cut into your headliner, wire it up, and wire in a temp sensor on your frame next to the engine bay. But all that said, its a great mod and I have loved mine since I put it in. Do it

Edit: Here is a link to a how to. There are several how to's and I believe the wiring is somewhat different for some years.
https://www.ranger-forums.com/showth...&highlight=ohc

And a pic of mine and my mustang domelight

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The console is what I want. How do you get the temp and compass to work?
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Theres a link in the how to of how to calibrate it. Its simple. The temp sensor hooks into the VSS? wire. It tells it the speed of the vehicle so it can adjust for engine heat and windchill. It work as soon as you hook up the sensor.
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If you go with the overhead console, make sure you get the one *without* the sunroof switch...the contour of the roof is different and you'll get a better fit with the non-sunroof model. your photo shows the sunroof model (with the switch).

You can also install the Mustang Convertible dome light, which is part of the rearview mirror. They all wire in the same way...3 wires: 1 ground, 1 constant (for map lights), 1 dome feed (when door is open)

Here's a picture of the rear view mirror setup that I did.

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Thanks for all the help guys.
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Came across this on ebay....
Seems to have a lot of stuff with it, although the price seems a bit high...
http://cgi.ebay.ca/95-01-FORD-Explor...item2c589f504d

It is the same color as my interior i'm pretty sure...
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Yea, that's WaY overpriced.

Get with Hooligan, he's the master of the Junk Yard.
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I can get you one if you need.
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I have an 08 Ranger, So I'd need one in the light tan color with the GREEN display
here's some pics of my interior so you can get an idea what it looks like
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Of course I'd like to also get all the hardware (including temp sensor if possible) and as much wiring as I can

Also, as a side note, because mine is an 08, where are these other wiring spots (for dimming the display and the speed sensor and stuff) located? I know the difference in the wire colors, however I am still confused as to where the wires are physically located that I have to tap into
I am also wondering where in the firewall the temp sensor should be pushed through to go to the frame?
The wiring part is the area I am most worried about. Although I know how to solder, I am a little apprehensive about splicing into the factory harnesses

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Do the overhead consoles only come with a green display? Or can you get a blue one also?
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Do the overhead consoles only come with a green display? Or can you get a blue one also?
I've never seen them in blue, only shades of green. Some of them are greener than others, that I noticed, but none in blue. These consoles were from the 1990's Explorer and greenish LCD displays were pretty much the norm in those.

That's not to say that they don't exist, I have just never seen them.
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The wiring part is the area I am most worried about. Although I know how to solder, I am a little apprehensive about splicing into the factory harnesses
If you are concerned about your ability to wire, contact a local stereo shop that's competent and have them do all the wiring. I wouldn't charge more than $40 to wire this in, including the wire through the firewall. Most places will also fix their work if it goes bad at some point. You do the mounting, let them run your wires. Just bring them a cut harness. They do this stuff a lot.

It may be worth it for peace of mind and to ensure it is done right. They can figure out which wire to tap into for you...those places have a database of every year of every car and every wire, including speed sensor.

If i were you, and I wasn't that confident, I'd just let someone else do it. It's not that hard.
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I've never seen them in blue, only shades of green. Some of them are greener than others, that I noticed, but none in blue. These consoles were from the 1990's Explorer and greenish LCD displays were pretty much the norm in those.

That's not to say that they don't exist, I have just never seen them.
Theres a sort of teal one, thats about as blue as it gets.
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I found one that (I think) is the color I need. It comes with everything (mounting bracket, temp sensor, pigtail connector, etc)
the guy wants $40 + $18 shipping
do you think thats a fair price??
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You can get a blue-ish lens in some models.
I've got a blue & green one for mine...whenever I get around to installing it I'll have the choice.
The blue isn't a rich blue, more like a teal blue though...
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