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Don Ridley

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About Don Ridley

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    U.S. Pacific Coast
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    Sacramento, CA
  • Current Vehicle
    2016 Transit Connect SWB 1.6L

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  1. YES. Add the speakers, especially if the wiring is already there. I upgraded all 4 speakers on my 2016 basic stock stereo(standard SYNC). Today I tested the sound with just the front speakers then faded in the rear. The extra sound from the rear speakers greatly improved the sound. I will eventually add a sub and amp but for now the sound is good. FYI, I have component speakers with crossovers up front. They definitely need more power, but I think for the money and effort, adding a pair of $100 2-way speakers in back is a good upgrade. The stock head unit outputs about 20w per channel.
  2. About 4' x 6' for my SWB wagon. It cuts with heavy duty scissors.
  3. Buy a set of panel trim removal tools on Amazon for less than $20. Start at the opening for the rear fuse block. I insulated all the interior panels on my TC wagon using Thermozite (available on eBay and many other retailers). Use spray adhesive (3m or Loctite brand). http://www.perfectfit.com/15269/154086/Carpet--Padding/Thermozite-Insulator-Padding----Sound--Heat-Solution.html Thermozite on the door panels made a big difference in sound and door closing "feel". Very solid. Dynamat won't keep the plastic from rattling.
  4. mods

    Thanks for the links. You may be interested in this mod I installed on my TC. It works and is simple to install. Delta Boost/ Turbo Transformer installed, reviewed
  5. Boomer, Yes, I ordered the aircraft style storage compartments with the vehicle (special ordered the entire TC).
  6. These are the lights I used. it looks like they are sold by Rostra now. I can't find them listed by any online sellers though. http://www.rostra.com/citelite-automotive-headliner-led-lighting-assemblies.php
  7. http://www.rostra.com/starlight-automotive-led-lighting.php Maybe these will work.
  8. The lights I used are discontinued. I briefly looked for similar ones without success. They mounted nicely and clearance was not a problem. They aren't extremely bright. There must be updated products with bright LEDs somewhere.
  9. There is only one ground wire. For normal operation it must be connected to the wire that goes from 12v to GND when the doors open. I would need a separate GND on the lights for pushbutton operation. But due to location, I will never need the pushbutton function. I checked the website and these lights have been discontinued.
  10. mods

    Do you have part numbers for the Focus and Fiesta parts?
  11. If you have a bike rack or cargo rack, the barn doors may not open without hitting the rack. This is a problem on my full size Econoline van. No problem with the TC lift gate. The lift gate does not give you fast, easy access to the back compared to opening a small door.
  12. No. Mine was built in April 2016 and did not need the modification. Somewhere there is a post with the mfg dates that apply.
  13. You have done the hard work with the dynamat and all the cutting of the foam mats. Does the floor need to hard and smooth for sliding heavy loads across? Or should it be tacky and softer, maybe for sleeping or dog paw traction? It will be nice to see what works for you. How about something like this: https://www.lowes.com/pd/NuTek-48-in-x-120-in-Black-with-10-Eggshell-Flecks-Loose-Lay-Rubber-Sheet/50199835 You may be able to put it directly on top of the dynamat and foam cutouts. A handful of screws will keep it in place. Whatever you decide, you will no doubt install it expertly. Nice work so far.
  14. At the risk of pointing out the obvious, I recently noticed the key start functions like a push button start on my 2016 1.6L. Once you engage the start sequence the engine will start. It is impossible to not start the engine once the starter is engaged! So my 30+ years of expertly determining when the starter can be released is now useless. Do the 2.5L engines behave the same?
  15. For some reason only the 1.6L GTDI (SWB in USA) engine has the battery monitoring system. I assume this system will not allow the battery to be discharged below a useful voltage level. Has anyone tested this? The downside is you must have Ford reset the system when you replace the battery. All the camper conversions could benefit from this system but they did not put it in the model that was most likely to be used as a camper.