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    Don Ridley got a reaction from herb in How the heck do you jack one of these things up?   
    There is a arrow in the plastic moulding along the bottom on my TC the shows the jack points.
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from jrm223 in Upgrade instrument cluster 2016   
    FWIW, of the 20+ modifications and upgrades, this is top 5. The screen looks better and contains more info. Plus, you look at this every time you drive so you are constantly reminded of your handiwork.
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    Don Ridley reacted to windguy in Upgrade instrument cluster 2016   
    Thanks Don. You're help is getting me closer. To show how green I am, I wasn't sure what IPC meant. Slightly above dolt status.
    IPC = Instrument Panel Cluster
     
    I had saved my read out from Ford ETIS a while ago when checking on the BCM for the dark mode situation.
    I see IPC and recognize the DT1T-10849-SD Assembly Part Number. Copy attached.
     
    I checked the cluster part number for each model year for Gen 2 and 2014 and 2015 both start with DT1T. Years 2016, 2017 and 2018 all share the same part number and start with FT1T, the cluster that you used.
     

     
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from windguy in Upgrade instrument cluster 2016   
    The 2014-2016 clusters should be interchangeable. The prefix may identify the firmware in the unit or maybe just the model year. This part number strategy is similar for all parts. I saw the same pattern on the head units (acm). I am 90% sure a 2016 cluster will work on your 2015. There were no significant changes in those model years. But, use a 2015 if you can find one.
     
    The new cluster is identical except for the LCD display and silver painted trim around the gauges.
     
    The odometer company requires a signed statement that you are not changing for financial gain. It is easier for a crooked seller to buy a base model cluster and replace the existing one if they want to cheat.
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from jrm223 in Lights staying on with doors open   
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from windguy in Upgrade instrument cluster 2016   
    This looks promising
    https://allusedparts.com/ford/transit_connect/2016/speedometer/
    I would request photos.
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from windguy in Upgrade instrument cluster 2016   
    IPC cost $75-$150.
    Odometer programming $90 + shipping(return shipping included in the $90).
     
    Use PN FT1T-10849-Ux. The U designates the color display. Any lower letter is the standard led display. Search the internet. These are rare but not expensive. Look for salvaged titanium trim Transit Connects. Try to confirm the cluster via photos. Get the VIN from the donor vehicle. Use this to look up the configuration (but I found all the Ti trims had the same configuration) and for record keeping. Use multiple search engines and variations of the part number.
     
    There are at least a couple more units out there. I deleted the URLs from my searches or I would share it. They were about $130.
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from jrm223 in Upgrade instrument cluster 2016   
    Success!
    The new cluster works perfectly. I used the configuration that was in the new cluster and changed one register to match my old cluster:
     
    720-03-01 2B01 xxxx xxxx changd to 2901 xxxx xxxx
    This register may be related to navigation, which I don't have.
     
    Overall this swap was very easy once I found the used cluster. It cost $90 to update the odometer http://odo-pro.com/index.html
     
     


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    Don Ridley got a reaction from jrm223 in Upgrade instrument cluster 2016   
    Success!
    The new cluster works perfectly. I used the configuration that was in the new cluster and changed one register to match my old cluster:
     
    720-03-01 2B01 xxxx xxxx changd to 2901 xxxx xxxx
    This register may be related to navigation, which I don't have.
     
    Overall this swap was very easy once I found the used cluster. It cost $90 to update the odometer http://odo-pro.com/index.html
     
     


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    Don Ridley got a reaction from davidparker in Audio pre-amp output and HD radio upgrade: FAIL x2   
    UPGRADE TO HD RADIO-1/2 Fail
    The Transit Connect premium factory audio head unit (Audio Control Module, ACM) for the TC comes in two configurations that I have identified: with Sat and HD Radio and without Sat and HD. I wanted to upgrade my ACM to HD radio. I read numerous posts on the F150, Fusion and Escape forums that showed this was possible. I would need a new ACM and need to reconfigure its programming using Forscan. But my TC is configured with the small center console LCD display and the successful upgrades were made with vehicles that had the larger display.
    Here are some of the forum threads I used. Livinitup at the F150 forum decoded the ACM configuration. His spreadsheet is the Forscan modification bible.
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uDSQ1Z5a2Wt8-kjrSiVSlDFGFHnfeuhb3RTMVz95730/edit#gid=338817466
     
    https://www.fordescape.org/forum/3g-electronics-audio-lighting/73513-2016-se-upgrade-hd-radio.html#/topics/88162?page=4
    Tutorial
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-8dKaS_Spu4Zw4hV_CrKC4tLoP9G8yejqegF1wxIqxY/edit
     
    I found a used ACM for $100. The units are the same for 2014-2017 (maybe 2018?) TCs. Sat/HD units are easily identified by a HD radio logo on the label and an extra antenna connection for Sat radio. SAT/HD units have a “C” suffix in the part number:
    Standard unit DT1T-19C107-Ax
    Sat/HD unit DT1T-19C107-Cx (CA,CB etc..)
    The F150 spreadsheet in general is not useful for Focus, TC and Escape owners because most of the functions in our cars use Central Configuration to make changes. But the ACM is a stand-alone module and you can change by manually editing data bits in each memory location (register) like the F150 and Fusions. The spreadsheet shows configurations for the standard ACMs and the Sony premium ACMs (not available for the TC). After a lot of research I saw there were a couple of key registers in HD radios that were different from my ACM. Long story short, I installed the new ACM and changed the following:
    727-01-01        x8xx xxxx xxxx  change to  x0xx xxxx xxxx (8=no HD, 0=HD radio)
    All other registers were tested with the original and the new  ACM config without any difference in function. They likely relate to Sat radio functions and that is turned “off” in the original configuration by the first bit in 727-01-01  Xxxxx xxxx xxxx. My ACM config:
    Does it work? Maybe. The small LCD display does not appear to have the ability to display the “HD” radio icon when an HD station is identified. HD radio units will automatically play stations in HD or analog depending on what’s available. If the HD signal is too weak the station switches to analog. If I ever hear this switch I will know the HD radio is working. There are no DTCs and all radio functions work.
    FYI, the various forums noted that ACMs were made by Sony and Sanyo. The circuity in the TC ACM has no manufacturer markings. The controller chip on the CD drive is made by Pioneer. If you added a Sat radio antenna you could find the ACM sat radio serial number and subscribe.
    PRE-AMP AUDIO OUTPUTS-Fail
    DanMc85 at the 2G Fusion forum found the ACM can be configured with pre-amp outputs for the audio signals.
    http://www.2gfusions.net/showthread.php?tid=3704
    727-01-01 xx0x xxxx xxxx  change to  xx5x xxxx xxxx
    I tested this with my existing speaker level inputs into my amp and the change reduced the signal going into the amp. So I rewired the amp using the RCA inputs. But the new low level signal is too low. The amp did not have enough gain to amplify the signal properly. The ACM in the TC is different from the one’s used in the F150 and Fusion. The pre-amp signal is not 4V. I saw a recent post where someone else had the same problem and measured the signal at 0.5V.
    This modification does not work.
    Final note: These modifications are safe because you are only changing the ACM. It is a simple, stand alone module that is probably impossible to brick and replacements are cheap.  Many of the ACM settings in the spreadsheet don’t apply to the non-Sony ACM used in the TC.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Don Ridley reacted to JerryP in Knocking Banging Noise from rear when brakes applied   
    Yep. That was it. Replaced both rear shocks and no more banging noise. Thanks for the advice. 
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    Don Ridley reacted to Dre3000 in Can I add OEM Cruise control to vehicle that came without it   
    Beta Don and jrm223 I'm reposting back with good news! Got the steering wheel and Cruise Control to work last night ! Fairly simple procedure, the hardest part was to install Windows 10 on my MacBook lol
    jrm223 The options I had for cruise control are 1.without CC, 2. CC, 3. Adaptive CC - I chose #2 and  it worked

    Did you figure out how to turn on other buttons on your steering wheel?

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    Don Ridley got a reaction from Dre3000 in 2014 TC radio headunit swap with newer oem? Is it possible?   
    Installing a better Ford head unit (SYNC 1) would be very complicated and expensive. This assumes you want all the factory functions.
     
    It's much easier and cheaper to install an aftermarket head unit and backup camera. Some would say this is better than OEM since the head unit can have many features.
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from mrtn in 2016 TC Cargo Aftermarket Sound System   
    This explains how to remove the door please panels.
     
    These tools are invaluable.
    https://www.amazon.com/Tresalto-Auto-Trim-Removal-Tool/dp/B01L8GHB7O/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=3KNOVEW4AJFYE&keywords=door+panel+removal+tool+kit&qid=1553878200&s=gateway&sprefix=door+pan&sr=8-3
     
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from BSUPC in ABS light on   
    Get a scan tool so you can read the DTCs associated with the ABS light. The Forscan Lite app works well (about $10). You will also need a cheap elm 327 adapter w/bluetooth ( about $30, many work for the simple scanner functions, more expensive ones needed for programming changes). Do a YouTube search for info.
     
    Now you have a tool you can use for almost every repair on your TC. You will no longer have to buy a bunch of electrical parts to find out which one is bad. If you do all your own maintenance and troubleshooting you will use the scan tool many times.
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from MindMajick in 2014 LWB XLT - 38000 MILES!   
    Welcome to the forum.
     
    There are several bicycle mounting options and discussion threads. This is one 
     
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from davidparker in a few dimentions   
    I found this in my files.
    2016_Transit_Connect_v1-0.pdf
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from davidparker in a few dimentions   
    I found this in my files.
    2016_Transit_Connect_v1-0.pdf
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from jrm223 in turn off or shorten duration lights are on   
    Global Windows only works if all windows have one touch open/close.
     
    I remember several guys tried to activate the dark mode option without success. Then a forum member found out the BCM needed to be updated. Many options in Forscan don't work due to the numerous vehicles, program versions and countries it tries to cover. But overall it gives the consumer a tool to bypass reluctant and expensive dealerships. And it's free!
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from ky_tc in How to connect power for amps. inverters and other high current loads   
    Adding an audio amplifier, power inverter or other high current loads requires connecting heavy gauge cable directly to the battery. The Gen 2 TC’s battery is tucked under the front cowling and is enclosed in a covered box so making this connection difficult. Plus, having a big cable bolted to the battery with a big in-line fuse looks amateurish.
    There is a professional, safe and easy alternative. The front wall of the battery box holds the high current battery junction box (BJB). This is where all the power is distributed to other fuse blocks and modules in the TC. Remove the air filter housing. The BJB is attached to the front panel of the battery box. This panel lifts up and out to access the battery. Disconnect the (+) terminal and carefully pry open the BJB cover (5 tabs). You will have to cut some cable ties holding the cable on the front of the BJB.
    Here is the front of the BJB (air filter housing has been removed)

    This is the inside of the BJB. I have already added a cable on the bottom post of the unused slot on the right.

    The BJB has 10 circuits from 40A to 150A.  The last slot on the right is used for glow plug power (60 amp) for a diesel motor. This slot will be available in all TCs in the United States. Connect your new power cable to the bottom terminal of this or any other open slot. Install the proper size MIDI style Littlefuse brand fuse.  Attach with 5mm nylon locking insert nuts. I used #4 AWG cable and this fit with some trimming of the plastic housing. The #4 lug had to be shaved to fit the narrow slot. #4 AWG was overkill in my application.

    Remove the battery and battery box. Run the cable into the cab using the plastic square knock-out located on the firewall on the left (driver’s) side behind a perforated cutout in the padding/insulation. You can see the knock out under the master cylinder. I routed the cable under the center console. The console is easy to access by removing 4 screws. You do not need to remove any dash panels if you use an electrical fish tape or other stiff wire to pull the new cable under the short section of carpet and padding between the dash and console. The fish tape will poke out under the carpet near the accelerator pedal. Route the cable to your load.
    Plastic knock-out on the driver side firewall

    Important notes:
    Use the proper size and type of cable. I bought power cable designed for automotive audio amps. This is much different from cable used in homes and buildings (THHN for example). Automotive cable has many more strands of wire and is much more flexible…and expensive. Many of the cheaper offerings will be copper clad aluminum and the gauge may not be true. Use pure copper if you can afford it. My cable was sold by Kicker.
    What size cable? Note that the OEM cables in the BJB are #8 or #10 AWG but they are fused at 50 to 80A. This amperage does not comply with the NEC and does not need to. Do a Google search and you will find that you can safely use # 8 cable for automotive, 12 volt loads of 70 or 80A depending on the length of the run.  The #4 AWG cable I used can handle well over 150A. 

    If you are going to run large loads continuously, like power tools or large air compressors, you need to use an external generator. The TC is not a power plant and you should only connect large loads that are on intermittently, like a coffee maker or espresso machine.  The standard alternator outputs 88 amps at 1800 rpm (150 amp max), so running the engine may not be enough power for large loads.
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from mountainman in Driver's side interior door handle doesn't trigger sensor!   
    Yes, you can pry the door panels off with other tools. But the panel tools make it much easier and you are less likely to damage anything. Many other parts of the TC are held together with clips. I promise you will use these tools more than once.
     
    Only $10
    Tresalto Auto Trim Removal Tool Kit, Set of 5 Pcs https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L8GHB7O/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_.P1rCb60KATKH
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from herb in K&N 33-5002   
    In the turbo world it seems everyone installs a "high flow" air filter. But there is serious doubt if they improve performance. Add a new air box, cold air intake, new hoses etc and the vehicle will sound different but real measurable gains on a Dyno are elusive. Only after upgrading the tune or turbo do you see real performance improvements. 
     
    Install the K&N if it filters better and you want it, but don't expect more horsepower. 
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from herb in K&N 33-5002   
    In the turbo world it seems everyone installs a "high flow" air filter. But there is serious doubt if they improve performance. Add a new air box, cold air intake, new hoses etc and the vehicle will sound different but real measurable gains on a Dyno are elusive. Only after upgrading the tune or turbo do you see real performance improvements. 
     
    Install the K&N if it filters better and you want it, but don't expect more horsepower. 
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from herb in Always stick to (D) , never used the ( S ) mode.   
    The S mode changes the shift points even when you don't use the manual buttons. In my 1.6l TC it removes the shift delay when I accelerate hard. I use it all the time and never use the shift buttons.
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    Don Ridley got a reaction from i86hotdogs in 2016 TC Cargo Aftermarket Sound System   
    Browse and search the forum. Several have upgraded speakers and sound systems. I posted info on connecting power to large loads. The basic Sync and Sync3 head units are made by Sony. Install a quality amp (that accepts line inputs) and/or DSP and the sound is great. Only reason to upgrad head unit is for custom features and display.
     
    Finally, there are some discussions on sound deadening, but more info can be found on car audio forums.
     
    Check out the Audicontrol products to convert your line level inputs if necessary.
     
    Have fun and welcome.
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