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  3. TC aftermarket wheels

    The stock 16 inch wheels are 6.5 wide.with a 50mm offset. Any Picture's mrtn
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  5. TC aftermarket wheels

    Unless they changed something for 2017, the stock wheel size is 16 X 7 Don
  6. TC aftermarket wheels

    Nice and classic looking, a bit like blender blades. I've just installed my new ones yesterday.
  7. Interior door panels

    I promised I would post pics of the panel change I made in my 17 XLT. i bought the ABS plastic sheet from TAP plastics for about $70. I re-used the plastic clips from the stock Masonite panels. They are virtually the same thickness. The ABS is 1/8" I believe. Anyway, bought a saw blade made for cutting plastic. HUGE difference from a fine metal cutting blade. Very impressive smooth cuts. I traced th old panels to the new material, and drilled undersized holes for the clips, to insure a tight fit. It took awhile, and takes a bit of time to cut the door pieces. Looks FAR better that the cheap looking Masonite panels. now unable to load more pics?
  8. TC aftermarket wheels

    These wheels are exactly the same dimension as stock. 16x6.5, 5x108, 50mm offset, 63mm center bore. Just installed yesterday. Didn't want fitment issues, and wanted to keep everything within the sheet metal. They are painted aluminum, made in Germany, 'rial' brand. They were $108 each, and came with lug nuts. Really happy with the look.
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  11. Ham Radio Install

    In the expedition and the Suzuki, I was able to drop an overhead console at the antenna point, and that gave me access to drill upward, and to mount the connectors. No such luck on the connect. I am worried that I won't be able to get enough access with just pulling the headliner down a bit, especially in the front. I can probably use the position above the middle dome light for the middle antenna. I haven't looked at the back position much yet. All the parts are in, and I could theoretically start this week, but the weather here is going to be snow or rain all weekend, so it looks like I will be pushing to next weekend at best. Fusing: No worries, that's one reason I choose larger gages. I want the wire to be rated significantly in excess of the fuse current. In a typical fault, the wire will have rubbed on something which shorts through the insulation into a small point of contact on the wire, with high local heating. The large gage acts as a heat sink until the fuse blows. This article by LittleFuse is excellent: http://www.littelfuse.com/~/media/automotive/catalogs/littelfuse_fuseology.pdf From the graphs, it appears that a 25 or 30A maxi fuse may be what I need. That seems wrong, but look at figure 2 which shows the time to blow for a 30A fuse at various currents. Two seconds at 100A, and basically "never" at 50A.(!) Section 6 says that I should not exceed 47A for under the hood applications with a #6. Fuses are tricky. I will of course have spares on hand and this is open to revision. Related: I had a run in with this phenomenon in my day job a couple years back, and I highly recommend a read of the article "Low Voltage, the Incompetent Ignition Source". In my case it was a PCB which had passed all applicable UL testing, but was capable of igniting and sustaining a flame under certain conditions. The brick power supply detected the fault, and was in "hiccup" mode, but the PCB couldn't quite dissipate all the heat from one pulse before the next one hit, and the temperature got high enough. Don't underestimate the ability of low voltages to cause fires. They show one case where a lithium coin cell caused ignition on a PCB. The two radios in transmit could draw as much as 38 amps. I've decided on a #6, which will probably be about 10 feet or less. Powerstream has a nice table that tells me that #6 will do 38 amps all day, (literally) and will sustain 110A for short periods. The chassis wiring rating is conservative, but does assume that the wire has air surrounding it rather than being bundled or enclosed with other wires. I will have something like 0.004 ohms in series with the battery, so IR loss is 0.15V. It's all about the I^2R losses. Assuming a 40A fuse current the I^2 term is 1600A, and the resistance is .004 for this length of wire, so 6.4 watts of heat lost in the wire over its total length. That's nicely conservative. I will at least temporarily use the chassis as the ground return until I get better info on the implications in this vehicle. I can always run a ground return if needed. If I need to run that wire it will be fused, to protect against wiring faults like open battery-ground cable which could subject my ground lead to more current than it can sustain. The likelyhood of this is near zero, but it is not zero. Depending on where the battery current sensor is, that ground would terminate either on the battery, or on the point where the battery grounds to the frame. Diamond recommended their C213 cable for the HF antennas, so it's their antenna, their mount, and I can't much argue with that. http://www.diamondantenna.net/c213.html The mounting of the two radio main bodies and the tuner will be an interesting problem. One option might be to locate the tuner in the drivers side back pocket near the jack, and save space under the seat. I've got the mounting brackets for the control heads printed in PLA now, and that all looks good. I will have to re-print them in ABS or some other high temperature filament before summer, but that's a ways off yet. One of my smaller problems is finding a home for the two microphones, but I'm not too worried about that. I'm looking for some doc that will tell me the relative safety of mounting two VHF/UHF antennas in close proximity. I worry about the receive front end in one radio being damaged by the other transmitter. I will not have a lot of options in locating the center antenna, and somewhat less on the front and back antennas.
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  14. Ham Radio Install

    There is a section on removing the headliner, but it is involved. It is probably easier to remove the plastic buttons in the middle and carefully pull it down for limited access.
  15. interesting layout. where did you get that track from?
  16. Ham Radio Install

    I have a 2015 TC and have a Yaesu radio in it. Sounds like you just need to take your time and remove the headliner and run the cables for the antenna. Your choice of a 4 guage power supply wire will work great just dont put too large of a fuse on it. Also, putting a fuse on the ground wire is never necessary. Just make sure the positive wire is fused. I have searched for the service manual for my model. All I have found so far is a dvd on Ebay for around $300 that covers the TC.
  17. I wonder if you use a thicker, dense foam or rubber mat you may not need the plywood base. http://www.americanfloormats.com/gym-mats/ There are a lot of options. I have an aversion to putting wood inside a vehicle so I would be motivated to try something else. Maybe the rubber weightlifting mats?
  18. So my Suzuki unexpectedly died, and I was thinking what vehicle I might go to next. I'd looked at a number of minivans, and talked to a friend about a Chrysler that he owns. His response was "Oh HELL NO" due to tons of wierd problems. I liked the look but his comment put me off that brand. So while I was shopping, I started noticing what was on the road nearby, and I spotted a Chrysler just ahead of me on the highway, and I sort of jokingly said to myself "Look, a RUNNING Chrysler!". And at that moment, the four ways came on, and the Chrysler rolled off to the side of the highway. Amusing coincidence, but I swear I'm not making this up.
  19. Is there a doc somewhere showing how to drop (not necessarily remove) the headliner? I need access in three spots along the center of the roof for radio antenna mounts. I can wing it, but I'd prefer to know more before I attack. The airbags up there make me nervous. Installing high powered electronics next to armed explosives....
  20. Working on getting my control head brackets done, but I do, and I probably will do some custom gizmos for this rig. Printing for in-car is a challenge, it requires something like ABS for the temperatures, but ABS is very prone to warping when printed. I'm looking into other filaments that would be compatible with my printer.
  21. Make the center console compartment useful

    I have this. I may end up 3D printing a gizmo to create the false bottom and shield the USB stick from bashing. For now I'm just not puttng the usual gear in there. The compartment is disappointingly small. That's one feature I am missing of my Suzuki XL-7. There were three large-ish compartment spaces in the center console.
  22. I recently saw a floor made of plywood topped with vinyl flooring. It looked very nice. I'm sure there are other materials other than plywood that could form the base with vinyl on top. Just another lame thought from Loafer.
  23. It looks like a good plan r1alvin. The photo's do help to define a better understanding of your work. You do good work! LOL on whizzing off the neighbors.....
  24. Now onto the awkward floor fix,,,after lots of careful thought with weight and strength in mind,,,I decided to go with a galvanized Unistrut base and either a 1/2" oak or birch ply cut to fit the entire area from door to door and screwed down into the unistrut. if the 1/2" ends up being too flimsy I can go to 3/4". No carpeting will be cut and all existing M10x1.50 threaded holes are being used. This photo is simply mocking up what I'm doing here. It should explain itself if you know what you're looking at under that carpet. All Unistrut purchased from Home depot and the M10x1.50 hardware from Ace. The small 2x4 to the left will be replaced with another one of the small vertical risers I'm bolting in (Had to call it quits for the night because I didn't want to continue pissing my neighbors off cutting unitstrut with my mitre saw lol)
  25. Ham Radio Install

    Afternoon update: The dealer referred me to an installer, but I don't want or need anyone to do this for me. Back to the dealer, and they say they have no idea what document(s) I might be referring to.. So, I will re-engage with fleet. (sounds like a Star Trek episode)
  26. Ham Radio Install

    "Dealer sent me to Ford Fleet, Ford Fleet referred me to the dealer.."This mirrors my experience at both Ford dealerships closest to my home - It seems none of them know much about TC's and they have little interest in learning. It's all written in their computerized books, but they're not going to read it themselves to help out a customer - Instead, they want to sell you the software so you can read it yourself! I bought a rear cargo cover for $135 and it arrived broken - I wasn't the first customer to receive this broken part . . . . the box had been opened and retaped closed several times. My wonderful dealer offered to order me another and when I refused because it was clearly a piece of junk and not worth half the $135 I paid, he charged me a 20% 'restocking fee' to send the broken part back. I read on-line about another buyer who received it later (or a broken one just like it) so I guess it did get 'restocked'. Needless to say, that's the last time I'll ever go there for anything. The $27 he ripped me for was more important to him than my repeat business. My TC needs recalls done and regular maintenance, but I'll have to go elsewhere. Don't even ask me about the next Ford dealer I went to These people evidently don't care at all if you ever buy another Ford Don
  27. Ham Radio Install

    I am trying to obtain info from Ford on removing and replacing the headliner, and whatever info they would provide to someone doing a police/fire/etc build. Dealer sent me to Ford Fleet, Ford Fleet referred me to the dealer.. Fleet is now telling me I need to purchase "IDS" software to access the information?? I think this has gone off the rails somewhere. Who actually has this info, and how do I get it?
  28. 2013 TC on Falken Ziex tires ?

    Thank you. Solid advice there. I'm going to do some shopping around before proceeding. Part of the reason the tires are approaching 5 years, is that it sat on the dealers lot for 6 months before I bought it. Assembly date (in Turkey) was about Christmas 2012, while my purchase was mid September 2013. The tires were probably 10 months old when I drove it off the lot. The spare has never been used.
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