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    Talking 2003 Ford Ranger FX4 Install (Lots of pics)

    Here is my 2003 Ford Ranger Install.

    Factory Console:


    And here are some shots of the Explorer console I installed:





    This console was perfect for the install because I could fit the entire computer into the console and also run the wires hidden up the center of it. I could not do this with the console that came factory installed. The next picture is an outline of the cuts I had to make in the console. I had to cut through three separate areas to do this. The metal frame for the console. the plastic framing around that, and the actual console part where you can store stuff.



    Here is the metal framing with the computer being test fit.



    The frame is all rusty because the junk yard must have had it out in the rain.

    Here are a couple shots of the plexi case I made. The hard drive / PSU / IDE cables weren't installed yet.





    I installed my laptop DVD/CDRW drive under the console and it points towards the back of the truck. I didn't get a shot of it. It's simply flush on the floor and there was a little space to squeeze it in. The IDE and power cables were run external and that's why there is that slot cut out of the case.

    Here is the case installed into the console:





    I still have room in the console to put stuff if need be. That was one of my objectives.
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    Here are some pics of my Lilli installed:





    This was a major pain in the rear. I secured a piece of plexiglass across the back of the bezel with wire ties. I then put the Lilli in and put three wire ties across the top of the Lilli and one on the bottom. I then used wire ties to "pull" the Lilli against the plexi which keeps it nice and secure.

    Here are some pics of the head unit installed in the console. It actually worked better then I thought. I did cut too much plastic out that bothers me a little but I plan on getting something to hide that.







    I wired up two switches. The one on the top is a cutoff switch so my ITPS doesn't turn on my PC when I don't want it to. The one on the bottom was supposed to be a reset switch (in case the PC locked up) but it doesn't work. I can still use the switch above it to reset if I want though.



    I still need to get a USB GPS mouse and a USB wifi card. I plan on getting an ODBII interface in the future and also a bluetooth phone.
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    Here are a couple of other random mods I did to my truck.

    EATC (Electronic Automatic Temperature Control) – Converted my stock HVAC controls to automatic. I set the temperature it does the rest! (Picture can be seen in above shots).

    OHC (Over Head Console) - This came out of a junk yard Explore. Gives me temperature and compass.





    Auto Dimming Mirror – This also is from a junk yard. This gives me auto headlights (the Rangers don’t come with them). It turns my head lights on in the dark and off in the light so I don’t have to. It also dims the mirror when someone is behind you with their lights on to make it easier on the eyes.



    Security Keypad – Junk yard part as well. Never have to worry if I lock my keys in the truck again! This one was scary cutting into the door!!







    Comments welcome!!!
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    sweet install.

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    what all went into installing the keypad for the door? what kind of extra controllers were involved if any?

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    That's a great install. The screen does fit perfectly in there, but the bottom of the console were the screen is installed it is a little rough. You should smooth it out a little more, it just seemed to stick out. But other that one little thing its a awesome install
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    Quote Originally Posted by gareva1
    what all went into installing the keypad for the door? what kind of extra controllers were involved if any?
    I got the keypad from a junk yard and sent it to a guy who added some module to it for me. The dude who did it (John Grigs AKA N3ELZ) is the genious who figured out all the mods I did to my truck. He posted the how to for the EATC, OHC, Auto Mirror, etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quattro-A4
    That's a great install. The screen does fit perfectly in there, but the bottom of the console were the screen is installed it is a little rough. You should smooth it out a little more, it just seemed to stick out. But other that one little thing its a awesome install
    Yea, I guess the lower left hand corner does look a little rough. Honestly... I didn't even notice until I seen that in the pic. It doesn't seem to stick out when I'm in the truck.

    Thanks for the comments.
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    Impressive install, very well throughoutly planned. And you still have a lot of space in the armrest area, yay!
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    This is *almost* a mirror image of what I want to do with my truck.
    I've been planning on adding all the parts you have except for the
    keypad, but that looks interesting so....
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