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Old 03-15-2007
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power window upgrade kit... worth it?

I was on ebay and found this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/FORD-...em120095791499

is this kit legit and worth the money?
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I got a similar kit and lock kit through A-1 Auto Electric. It took about 5 hours to install, then I got Factory ford switches and wired them in so it all looks factory. I paid about $119 so that looks like a good deal.
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DO NOT BUY THAT KIT!!

I had a similar kit. You mount the motor some where in the door and it uses a cable driven worm gear to turn the stock handle. The actuation was less then par, and the system broke within a year.

I ended up buying the A-1 electric kit, and it works GREAT! I still use the A-1 kit without any problems.

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wow so I could go from my manuel windows and LOCKS to power everything ?...and for switches wouldi t be easier to just get the power doorlock/window door panels ?
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I think a lot of members here just went to the JY and got the door panels off of older trucks, I dont think the style has changed for a long time, so you should have a wide range of years to choose from.
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I have the A-1 kit for my windows and a generic lock kit from another company. I put a small square hole in my door for the locks. For the windows I mounted the driver side control panel to the ceiling (driver panel has both driver and passenger window buttons). So one panel has both buttons mounted to the ceiling between the driver and passenger.

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Buying new doors cost to much for my tastes.

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wow how much would it run me to get both locking and window sets from A-1?


How bad is it doing yourself?
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I believe this is the kit I bought (roughly 5 years ago), although I believe its electric-life instead of A-1. Both those names sound very familiar. Main thing to look for is that you are replacing the entire lifting mechanism, not just hooking a motor to the original manual handle.

http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...tt=power+locks

I believe the kit uses these mechanisms:



The kit is pretty simple to install. Basic installation of a couple brackets and running a couple of wires. If you have little to no hands on skills, I would reserve a whole day to work on it......but it isn't too bad.

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Mine cost about 119 for the p/w, 50 for the p/l and I found the door panels and switches at a junk yard for about 50 each
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wow....thats pretty sweet.
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What do you make of this kit? And this kit?

I don't want to do rooting around in a bunch of wiring and damage something. I have an 02 Ranger Edge Super Cab 4x4 V6 3.0
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What do you make of this kit? And this kit?

I don't want to do rooting around in a bunch of wiring and damage something. I have an 02 Ranger Edge Super Cab 4x4 V6 3.0
I would say no to the window kit, but yes to the lock kit.

Notice the window kit uses a motor to drive a long cable which attaches around your existing manual crank. Those worm gears won't last.

As far as rooting through wires, kits are pretty much self-contained. You should only need to capture a power wire that is on when the accessories are on......run the power to the switches, which then power the motors. Same goes for the lock actuators.

-Levino
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Thank you for the help.
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