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ranger overhead console???

i see some people on here with the overhead console with the temp outside in it. i want to get one but dont know where or how much they are. i was thinkin maybe the dealership has it. is it even for a ranger or is it an explorer? please help me, also post a pic if you have one.
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theyre in explorers

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and you can find them in a jy, ebay, or sometimes on here
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ebay, junkyard and on here are your best options... a dealer will charge way to much.

i might be selling mine in a little bit. The map lights dont work but everything else works perfect, let me know if youre interestedohc002-1.jpg?t=1199317518
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alright, thanks for the help!

and that one looks like the wrong color to match my interior
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if u need a certain color let me know...i can usually get one within a week
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wow, and the wiring info on it seems like a nightmare, i might even say forget that idea about getting an overhead console
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if u need a certain color let me know...i can usually get one within a week
you work somewhere that has em, if so what are we talking $$ (just curious)
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wow, and the wiring info on it seems like a nightmare, i might even say forget that idea about getting an overhead console

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The wiring is simple. There are 2 wires that go to your existing dome light, 1 is a ground, 1 is a power supply, and 2 go to the temp sensor outside. The only hard part is cutting into your head liner and making sure you are doing it right.

You can expect to find a good unit from $40-$75 which include all the parts... bracket, wiring harness, console, and temp guage. Dont pay anymore then that.

Honeslty it might be the best mod I have done to the interior. If you think you can do it... do it.

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if u need a certain color let me know...i can usually get one within a week
cost please
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wow, and the wiring info on it seems like a nightmare, i might even say forget that idea about getting an overhead console
its actually Reeeally easy. just read it over a few times, make sure you know which wire you need to connect to in the GEM and your set, took me like 30 mins to wire completely
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THE WIREING IS PEICE OF CAKE..i was scared and have no knowledge of car wiring.and i did it in 3 hrs max
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I agree the wiring is easy and Lord of War forgot 2 wires, theres 8 wires that you need to connect altogether. It really is a easy mod thats worth it in my book. I love mine!
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Lord of War, your looks really nice plus those are the color i need. i really want to get one, iv done wiring for systems and stuff in the past, im just be scared to cut my headliner
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That was the hardest part for me, cutting my headliner. Also if it helps any, I bought a tan OHC and now its black. Here's a pic:
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There's how-to's on my Cardomain site, I think pages 3 and 4, describing mounting and wiring it. Lot's of folks have used it successfully if you need more info.
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I agree the wiring is easy and Lord of War forgot 2 wires, theres 8 wires that you need to connect altogether. It really is a easy mod thats worth it in my book. I love mine!
2 connect to the GEM right? I didnt do those but I should.

When I cut my head liner I put the OHC where I planned on mounting it and pushed it pretty hard into the liner. It makes a few marks on the liner to give you your bearings on were to and not to cut. When you start to cut just use really sharp tools and start small.

I am gonna repaint mine all black soon. 04blackedge I really like how yours looks... bad azz.
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yes it looks great! i love it

i dont want to go to a junk yard for one, and you think the dealership is too pricey. i have to go to ford anywaz in the morning so im goin to ask about it. its considered an explorer console right?
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2 connect to the GEM right? I didnt do those but I should.

When I cut my head liner I put the OHC where I planned on mounting it and pushed it pretty hard into the liner. It makes a few marks on the liner to give you your bearings on were to and not to cut. When you start to cut just use really sharp tools and start small.

I am gonna repaint mine all black soon. 04blackedge I really like how yours looks... bad azz.
You have the Gray/Black that goes to the GEM but then theres one other. I like how my OHC turned out, I did my Mustang Domelight the same color as well, it was super easy. Couple passes with the adhesion promoter and then a couple coats of black. You would never be able to tell if it was orginally tan now unless you flip it over.
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If you don't do the GY/BK to the GEM then it will freeze up the readings on the temperature a lot, particularly in warm weather.

There's logic that inhibits temperature updates except when you're moving to keep engine heat from influencing the sensor so much.
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yes it looks great! i love it

i dont want to go to a junk yard for one, and you think the dealership is too pricey. i have to go to ford anywaz in the morning so im goin to ask about it. its considered an explorer console right?
The dealership will be way overpriced. Just get one from a member on here or eBay. Theres a ton on eBay.
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If you don't do the GY/BK to the GEM then it will freeze up the readings on the temperature a lot, particularly in warm weather.

There's logic that inhibits temperature updates except when you're moving to keep engine heat from influencing the sensor so much.
What does the GEM look like and were is it locted? Is that how you power the OHC too?
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I think its behind the radio, look in Grigg's Cardomain for all the details on them, I don't know them off the top of my head.
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Jake, you have a 2002 just like I do. My how-to has all you need to figure it out.
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