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Old 12-15-2005
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I don't think so, unless your wiring colors are different.

The (vehivle speed sensor) compensates for temp changes faster. When I turned the key on for the first time, the console said it was 66 degrees in a heated garage. took it out on the road and with in a few blocks the temp was reading 18 degrees which is what the actual temp was outside.

I hounted my sensor behind the left headlight to the support by the grill.
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I don't know if you were answering me or not, Len. What I want to do is use the color wiring diagram you made (and give you credit, lol) on my OHC wiring how-to. I like it and think it might "clarify" things for some folks who find my "wordy" style confusing or intimidating.
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John - cut & paste to your site if you want. Thanks Again. I don't want to take the credit for the diagram, here is the site I found it on http://pages.sbcglobal.net/bigredracing/_wsn/page4.html

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Okay, thanks. It's that guys so I won't have permission to use it. I might make something like it though.

And you're certainly welcome and I'm glad you got it all working right!
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man i want one...anything different for the 04+s, wiring wise?
There are a few differences for 2004+:

Console Power (Explorer Yellow/Gray at console)-
2003-back Ranger: Yellow/Black at radio harness
2004-on Ranger: Black/Pink at radio harness

Speed Sensor Input (Explorer Gray/Black at console)-
2003-back Ranger: Gray/Black at GEM
2004-on Ranger: Gray/Black at Smart Junction Box (brown connector)

Map Light Power (Explorer Lt. Green/Orange at console)-
2003-back Ranger: Lt. Green/Orange at dome light
2004-on Ranger: Lt. Green/Orange at dimmer module

Otherwise, you should be able to use John's wiring instructions as written: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/296394/4
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There are a few differences for 2004+:

Console Power (Explorer Yellow/Gray at console)-
2003-back Ranger: Yellow/Black at radio harness
2004-on Ranger: Black/Pink at radio harness

Speed Sensor Input (Explorer Gray/Black at console)-
2003-back Ranger: Gray/Black at GEM
2004-on Ranger: Gray/Black at Smart Junction Box (brown connector)

Map Light Power (Explorer Lt. Green/Orange at console)-
2003-back Ranger: Lt. Green/Orange at dome light
2004-on Ranger: Lt. Green/Orange at dimmer module

Otherwise, you should be able to use John's wiring instructions as written: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/296394/4

bob, you're frickin amazing, and helpful. thanks (even though it's not for me)
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Here it is everyone, my console is completly installed. I want to say a "NBIG THANKS" to John for posting those great instructions on is install. If you folllow those you can't go wrong. I did have one thou, when I connected the two wires to the domelight, I connected them up backwards and blew #26 fuzz. Just reversed them, rep[laced the fuzz and the lights were on.

As for the install, I cut my hole about 4"s and 8"s at the widest points. Just wide enough to cut out the two slots in the mounting bracket. The bracket closest to the domelight was under the headlinner. This made it so when I screwed the console to the bracket, there were no gaps between the headliner and the console.

I followed John's method of drilling holes and then used a dremal tool to cut out between the holes, worked great.

I used 7 different colors of 16 gauge wire, so as not to be confuzzed

As for painting the console, which was tan to start with, all I used was "Testors" model car gray primmer and "Mist Gray Metallic" spray paint., figured if it is good enough for model cars it should work on plastic

Everyone wants pic's, so here they are.






I hope this helps everyone with questions on installing an overhead console.


Looks good, nice install


But dear god it looks exactly like me 01!!!!!!! LOL

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I know this is an old thread but i need to ask a question and didnt wanna open up a new one..

What does a temp sensor look like..i got this 2 wire big black round butt lookin thing..wires goin in on one side and thats it..

THEN

Where does this mount to get the most accurate temp?

if this is already somewhere im very sorry for wastin your time
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What color are the wires? They should be blue/whilte and blue/yellow.

If they are reddish, you got the wrong sensor.

Here's a picture of the two different styles of sensors, but they are interchangeable electrically. They MUST have the blue wires though. The ones with the red wires are for EATC's.

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John i got the bottom one..and the colors of the wires are...

Blue/yellow
gray/orange...
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Wow. What year did THAT come out of. I never heard of those wire combinations. Well, you can try it.

If you have an ohmeter available, read the resistance at room temperature. It should be somewhere around 8k to 10k ohms or so, or in that general range depending on temperature. If it's more like 20k to 30k then it's the EATC sensor and not the OHC sensor.
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iight..im bout to go try it right now..ill check back in like 10-15 mins

John i dunno where it came from Brenton bought this for me off of RPS i think...

hopefully i can do it this weekend and figure it out..

ill keep in touch

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Hi I am new to this site. I thought I would ask some questions about this. This is my only regret about buying my new 06 ranger. My f-150s both had temperature guages and an overhead console. I never new you could put them in a ranger. This is quite exciting for me.

I have some questions about this procedure:

#1 -- Where do you get your overhead console from, vehicle, year, etc

#2 -- Is there actually wires under the head liner of my ranger or did you have to drag them through? If so where do you get the wiring harness from.

#3 -- I really want to do this conversion but I know little about it besides what I have seen on here. Thanks again everyone --BOB--
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Check out John's (N3ELZ) Cardomain. He has very detailed explanations of all of it on page 3 and 4.

The one I am going to be putting in my truck is from a 1999 Ford Explorer. You've got to route your own wires around, but I don't think it will be that difficult.
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I just did mind in Dec following John's instructions, which I beleive are the best out there.
As for there to find the overhead console, search your local junkyards for late model Ford Explorer's, (make sure you get everything ie: console, mounting bracket, wiring harness, and temp sensor that is mounted on the front-end of vehicle). I cut the wiring harness off at the bottom of the left B-pillar before it goes under the dash. I think I posted a few good pic's of my install which should help you also.


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i noticed that yours says ice, and in the past i have seen them say ice...

my console has went all the way down to 0 degrees, but i have never seen mine say ice. anybody know anything about why this is this way
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Mine is out of a 98 explorer, the temp says ice when the outside temp is around 32-33 degrees and it does alternate from ice to the temp.
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i noticed that yours says ice, and in the past i have seen them say ice...

my console has went all the way down to 0 degrees, but i have never seen mine say ice. anybody know anything about why this is this way
Whenever the temp display goes below 38F, the alternating ICE warning flashes at 2-second intervals for 1 minute. After that, the temperature is displayed continuously. Most of the time, this means that the ICE warning only happens for the first minute after the engine is started when the ambient is below 38F. It easily goes unnoticed.
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Hi I am new to this site. I thought I would ask some questions about this. This is my only regret about buying my new 06 ranger. My f-150s both had temperature guages and an overhead console. I never new you could put them in a ranger. This is quite exciting for me.

I have some questions about this procedure:

#1 -- Where do you get your overhead console from, vehicle, year, etc

#2 -- Is there actually wires under the head liner of my ranger or did you have to drag them through? If so where do you get the wiring harness from.

#3 -- I really want to do this conversion but I know little about it besides what I have seen on here. Thanks again everyone --BOB--
1. ebay, junkyards
2. no wires you add everything-harness ebay, junkyards buy everythin as one
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I have found one on ebay, here in Canada. It is from an 04 explorer. I guess this will work fine with my 06 ranger hey? Any questions before I buy this thing? It has all the wiring and brackets and mounts. Thanks again for all your guys help!

This looks the same as the one you guys have shown on here. On ebay it shows that it is from an explorer with a sunroof. It has a garage door opener and has the lights etc. On my f150 my overhead console also had a place for my sunglasses. Are all the explorer's overhead consoles the same? --BOB--
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they got different ones...

for a sunroof and stuff but its just more wiring..i say if you dont have a sunroof then i wouldnt get that one..just get the one with teh dome lights and the garage opener
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I have found one on ebay, here in Canada. It is from an 04 explorer. I guess this will work fine with my 06 ranger hey?
You may be able to make the 04 Ex overhead console work but the safest bet is to get one out of a 95~2001 Explorer/Mountaineer. These are close cousins of our Rangers and there is an established mod procedure for the installation. The non-sunroof model is a bit easier to mount than the sunroof model from those years.

Although I haven't heard of anyone installing one on an 06, I would guess that it is similar to earlier years. Here is a good set of installation instructions for the 01-back Ex consoles from our friend John Griggs:

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/296394/3
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/296394/4

There were some color code changes on Rangers in 2004 that apply to the console installation. Hopefully, these carry over through 2006:

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There are a few differences for 2004+:

Console Power (Explorer Yellow/Gray at console)-
2003-back Ranger: Yellow/Black at radio harness
2004-on Ranger: Black/Pink at radio harness

Speed Sensor Input (Explorer Gray/Black at console)-
2003-back Ranger: Gray/Black at GEM
2004-on Ranger: Gray/Black at Smart Junction Box (brown connector)

Map Light Power (Explorer Lt. Green/Orange at console)-
2003-back Ranger: Lt. Green/Orange at dome light
2004-on Ranger: Lt. Green/Orange at dimmer module

Otherwise, you should be able to use John's wiring instructions as written: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/296394/4
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I want one so bad, im just scared of the cutting and drilling. Not to mention wires are not my thing unless Im running them for audio.
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What's the difference with this one for an expedition? will this work the same way?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/95-02...spagenameZWD1V
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i just htink that extra thing on the back..it might be to long or not run with the contour of the headliner...

all i can say is MAN up and do it..BUT TAKE YOUR TIME..when it comes to cuttin just hold the bracket and just start makin small adjustments..and move your way out...
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