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Overhead Console Help!!

so im going to be istalling my overhead console prolly tomorrow or sunday..i was wondering if this link http://www.cardomain.com/ride/296394/4 is the only link that has a how to to install the wiring?...PLEASE POST MORE LINKS OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE WHO HAS A HOW TO...i cant seem to find one..thanks guys
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Wow. I'm crushed. How much more do you need? It's all there.

What few are out there are often copies of mine, or derived from mine and I'm usually cited for it. I'm sorry it's not adequate -- but literally hundreds of folks have used it. I still get emails from people who have never heard of Ranger-Forums who've used it.
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lol i was just wondering....i just wanted more then 1 person to go off of..no offense it is defenitly a good "HOW-TO" and will more then likely use it..
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It's okay. I'll go have a good cry and I'll get over it...[sniff]...
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lol, I can sort of understand where you're coming from. I think i posted the same question before I attempted to install mine. I think it was just a matter of having the ***** to cut into my headliner. lol

John's pretty much covers everything...if you have any specific questions, post them up here and lots of people will be willing to help.
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It's cool. I don't even have to "consult" much anymore: we've literally got dozens of experts here on it nowadays, lol.
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I just installed the OHC a week or 2 ago and John's instructions are top notch. I would suspect there's nothing else out there because there's nothing else you need to get the job done.

As buzz noted, if you have questions during the install just post them and you'll get solid feedback. Don't be shy.

At this point my only comment would be: take your time and do it right.
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yeah, i think this is about the coolest mod, but i'm scared to cut my headliner too... i donno if i can
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JUST DO IT!!! Seriously, I let my ohc sit in the office for almost 2 weeks before I got the guts to start 'hacking up' my truck. The whole time I kept going to John's cardomain and checking his directions, after the first cut it's all downhill, the directions and picrures could not be any better.
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yeah, i think this is about the coolest mod, but i'm scared to cut my headliner too... i donno if i can
Cut small and enlarge as needed.
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I hear you on that, it was kinda nerve racking cutting my headliner, but for the first major 'hack' I ever did it wasn't so bad, it came out acurate enough, the possible worst scenario came when I had to cut into the actual metal for the tabs.

Worked out great though I've always wanted a dremel tool

And my cut out for the OHC console bracket is a straight and squared off rectangle came out real nice lol.

The only time consuming part was the wiring , extending wiring harnesses is a pain in the butte but I also printed out the color codes and asked Rwenzig (Bob) for some assistance as well, very nice guy btw and John as well for his awesome writeup
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i guess im just being a little biatch about it...lol..i think the mod will have to wait..it just started pouring rain -_-
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Its not that hard. Of course the hardest part is cutting a hole in your perfect headliner.

TAKE YOUR TIME. Don't rush it. And like said above cut smaller than you need and then make it bigger little by little. I didn't do this and was about a centimeter from having the hole show. I got a little lucky with that.

IF you take your time and follow John's how to it will look great. People all the time look at it and think cool. Then I tell them it is not even an option on a Ranger from any year and they say "WOW it looks stock".

Props to John for a job well done.
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Also be sure to use a drill stopper or whatever its called. I didn't have one so I used a small block of wood. It prevents you from drilling a hole through your roof. One guy here did that.
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how much more info you want its all there in Johns how too if you want more wiring info go buy an explorer service CD and look up all the wires...
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gulp. im gonna do mine tommrow. my ohc didnt come with the color wires(came from a member of GE a long time ago, but it's semi-labeled.) I'm sure i can figure it out.

any other tips besides Johns?
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gulp. im gonna do mine tommrow. my ohc didnt come with the color wires(came from a member of GE a long time ago, but it's semi-labeled.) I'm sure i can figure it out.

any other tips besides Johns?
If you get stuck on the wiring, I have a quasi-coherent explanation of how to wire it without a pigtail. Let me know if you need it.
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