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A couple months ago, I picked up a used 2013 Ford Edge with 63K miles. The color is called Ginger Ale, so it soon got nicknamed 'gingie'

 

After driving Gingee around a few thousand miles, I quickly found a few things we didn't like. First, the Sync 2 and Nav is really sloooow, something the wife did not like at all  (yeah she's into new tech). Then there's those worthless dim front bumper LEDs that do next to nothing,. Currently this Edge has the parking lights as DRLs. why.

 

Photo below, Gingie on the Beartooth Highway. If you don't know about it, the Beartooth goes from Red Lodge MT into Yellowstone NP. I have ridden it many times in cages and mc's. The mc pic is when I did a coast-to-coast-to coast ride. Yeah, it is quite a road! 

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1.  Sound system upgrade.

-- I picked up a new-to-me Sync 3... sadly it was DOA, and I returned it (I posted about it on the forum).  

-- I found another new-to-me Sync 3 (from a 2017 Lincoln). This one powered right up and worked fine, so I updated the APIM with my Edge info, added the heated seat icons to the home screen (wife uses heated seats about every day), and then updated the Sync 3 with the newest software v3.4 and 2019 map. 

-- While updating the APIM, I was able to change the DRLs from 'parking lights' to the oem white LEDs.  FYI, having the parking lights as DRLs was causing the my new white LED switchback DRLs to not function correctly. It is awesome now!

-- Also turned off the turn signal "hyper-flash" function so there is no need to add resistors when I will be upgrading to LED turns.  

 

2.  Modified a phone holder [ HERE   pic below ].

 

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3. Upgraded the crappy front DRLs with some switchback LEDs. Much brighter now!

4.  Flushed entire cooling system, and did a drain and fill on the transmission and power steering

5.  Replace the spark plugs at 64k and decided to check the gap on the old plugs, 0.062, FYI, new plugs gap should be 0.051. Yeah, 10 off, so those thinking they should wait til 100k miles, might want to rethink that ;-)=  And since the covers were off, popped in a new pvc.

 

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6. Amp and speaker upgrade.  Installed a 400amp Sony 4-channel amp that fits under the oem radio (pic below), and upgraded the speakers with some polk 571's.  What a difference in sound! 

7. Tossed in a new PCB65-750CCA AGM Battery

 

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 8.  Husky weatherbeater floor liners, rear cargo net, and replaced front and rear original brake rotors and pads. Glad I did, I found (and fixed) three rusted/seized rear brake pins.

9.  Exterior lighting completely upgraded to LEDs:  headlights, switchback DRL-turns, front and rear turn signals, back up lights, brake lights, and installed some super bright 800 lumen LEDs in the oem mirror 'puddle lights'. Dang talk about lighting up the sides of the car! 

10.  All interior lights upgraded to LEDs too, and soon more LEDs in the footwell, cubby's, and doors.

11.  Interior dome light mod.  It converts the three rear passenger map lights to ALL turn on at the same time when you unlock the Edge, or open the door, or turn 'on' the interior light switch!  (mod is in this thread).  Yeah, those of you with a wife and/or kids who like to see inside the Edge will like this mod, others probably not.

12. New moog stabilizer end links

13. Flushed the brake fluid

14. New michelin crossclimate II tires. 

15. New kyb rear shocks. 

16.... TBA

 

Modman   ;-)=

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Welcome to the forum. Quite an introductory post.

 

4 hours ago, Scarrz said:

Oh, and am guessing some of you haven't heard of this mod. It's a mod I like to do on vehicles that have a rear dome and reading lights.

 

I would usually like to the opposite! On my pervious vehicle, I installed a switch to be able to prevent the front dome/map light from turning on with doors open when needed. Sometimes I'd want to exit the vehicle without showing everything inside! Thankfully newer Fords have a switch for it.

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On 9/21/2020 at 1:38 AM, omar302 said:

.... on my pervious vehicle, I installed a switch to be able to prevent the front dome/map light from turning on with doors open when needed. Sometimes I'd want to exit the vehicle without showing everything inside....

 

Makes sense... if I was doing something illegal. LoL. 

 

Hmm, am guessing you don't have kids or a wife that drives your car. 😉

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Welcome to the forum! You hit the ground running, and did not waste any time modding! I like the idea of your mods. I can see how having changing every interior bulb to LED would be beneficial in some circumstances.  Trying to find your phone, traffic stops etc.

 

I agree with Omar. I have my interior lights switched off because, I do not want everyone to see what's inside when I enter and exit my ride.  Nothing illegal about it. Simply comes down to protecting whats yours.  

 

You will find us to be a pretty much relaxed group. Just because someone doesn't agree with you, does not mean that they're trolling you.  

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On 9/21/2020 at 3:38 AM, omar302 said:

Welcome to the forum. Quite an introductory post.

 

 

I would usually like to the opposite! On my pervious vehicle, I installed a switch to be able to prevent the front dome/map light from turning on with doors open when needed. Sometimes I'd want to exit the vehicle without showing everything inside! Thankfully newer Fords have a switch for it.

How did you do this ? I hate the fact that the dome lights shine everything i have in the car at night when i turn off my edge or when i open the door

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For those readers that prefer to see inside their car... this lighting mod is really easy to do. 

For those who are single, don't tote any kids around, or those that might be involved in criminal activity and need to keep your interiors dark.... might want to just skip this cool mod 😄 

 

 

Light Mods

 

Parts: two diodes [ like here ], a couple of short lengths of 22 gauge wire, shrink tubing, some solder and soldering iron. 

Here are some of the LEDs I used:  Rear dome and map [ HERE ],  Vanity Mirror [ HERE ],  Front map lights [ HERE ], and Exterior 'puddle' lights [ HERE ].  FYI, I have read that some had lighting issues when switching to LEDs.  I have no issues, but that may be because I have all three rear dome lights turn 'on' with the door and hatch, which adds a bit more draw. 

 

Dome Light Mod:

This dome light mod changes the rear dome light so ALL three rear dome lights light up when any door or hatch is opened as well as all the other lights that normally turn 'on' when door or hatch is opened. This Dome Light Mod does NOT change the normal function of the rear map lights... except when a door or hatch is opened. So... when you are driving and a rear passenger pushes their map light 'on', only that map light turns 'on, NOT all three lights. :-)=

 

So, you will need to remove the rear dome light assembly from the ceiling. It is removed by simply pulling it off the roof or maybe use some pry tools, then unplug the dome light and take it to your bench.

 

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For the rest of the install, I'll let the photos tell most of the story....

 

In the photo below, you can see where the diodes are to be soldered, and where to solder the other end of the 22g wire. Just make sure you have your shrink tubing on the wire before soldering everything up :-)=  

Note: it is important to install diodes correctly, so make sure you install them as shown in the photo. If you are a novice using a soldering iron or don't know what to use, here is an example of an  IRON and  SOLDER.  You might want to use a heat sink too. I find it easy enough to just tin the connections and diodes first... then connect them with a quick touch of the iron.

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Below photos shows the shrink tubing on the diodes.

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Below photo shows the super bright LEDs (link is in the above parts info)

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Puddle light mod

There are other posts about this.... but in brief, the puddle light is easily removed from the exterior mirrors with a small screwdriver, then you'll need to 'crack' open the the light, remove the old bulb, insert the new and glue the lens back on. Mine were easy to open. 

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For those interested in how to install Flashing Strobe for the third brake light.... read on.

I like do something like this to all my rides, including my mc's. IF lighting mods are not your thing... just skip the post. I will not reply to any tripe about laws and LE.   FYI, it's your ride...your choice.  Oh, and I was in LE, and many of my brothers would ask me about my lighting mods, especially my mc mods ;-)=

 

Parts:  Brake flasher strobe [ like HERE ]

 

Install:

This is about a 30 min install, maybe more depending how many beers you have. lol. 

I did not see an install about a third brake light strobe on this forum. If there is, well, here's another:

 

First, unhook the power lift arm, where it attaches on the hatch door. This needs to be done to remove the upper portion of the plastic molding on the hatch door as that is where you need to access the wires. 

Removing plastic molding is tricky, no screws on my hatch, just clips.  I started by pulling the plastic, near the top of the hatch, and unclipped the top section. Then you need to stop pulling from the top and work on the sides. The sides need to be pushed IN (toward the hatch rear window glass) in order to detach the those clips. It's a bit tricky, just take your time. I only removed the upper half of the molding to gain access the third brake light wires.

 

photo below is the left side of the hatch. You have to push IN toward the rear window glass to unclip the clips in the photos.

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photo below is the right side of the hatch

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In the photo below, you can see that I left the molding hanging.  All I needed was access to the third brake light wires to attach the Strobe (circled in red below).

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Photo below,  there are two wires that go to the third brake light (pos & neg).

Simply cut the two wires and splice in the strobe.

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Photo below, I used double sided sticky tape to attach the Strobe inside the hatch frame.

Then just snap the hatch molding back in place and reattach the power lift arm.

DONE !

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On 10/26/2020 at 3:16 PM, AkMan13 said:

How did you do this ? I hate the fact that the dome lights shine everything i have in the car at night when i turn off my edge or when i open the door

 

I originally got the how-to from this post. I don't have pictures, but what I did, first pulled down the front over head console, it just pops out. Then, there is a connector with 3 wires in it, I think it was the middle wire, just cut it. This will disable the lights on with doors open. I installed a switch inline where I cut the wire so I can enable/disable it anytime I want. First used this switch and on a another vehicle used this one. Note that this will only affect the front lights. The rear & cargo lights will still turn on with the doors.

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A couple of updates...

Finally a nice sunny week here in the 'northwet', so I decided to remove what looked like 9 years worth of neglected chrome cleaning... and shined em up. As I was getting up close and personal with each wheel, I noticed a bit of weather cracking in the tires. There is a lot of tread left, and I 'assumed' tires were good. Date code is not on the outside, so going to need to pull the tire to find it, and since I was already planning on flushing the brake fluid and putting on some new end links, I'll checked it then.

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The moog stabilizer end links arrived, (best price was on amazon, and the zerks were on the side, not on the ends... much better IMO). So time to jack up the front end to replace them and flush the brake fluid. First thing I did was check the date code on the tires. For those that don't know, the date code is four digits at the end. The first two digits is the week they were manufactured, last two digits is the year. So, 2320, would be the 23rd week of 2020, which is NOT the case with these tires as the date code is 3412!

Yeah, I don't roll on old tires.  So, just had some Michelin tires shipped to my local installer (michelin has a rebate going on). 

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Moving on to the brake fluid and end links....

Grabbed my can can of PB blaster and soaked the rusted threads and the brake bleeder screws, and went back in to have a cup of coffee, then after a while back out to soaked em all again, went inside and had another cup.  

Then grabbed my mityvac8000, a 5/16 wrench, and some DOT4 fluid. The bleeder screws easily loosened, and I flushed the right front. Then some more pb blaster on all the end link nuts, and flushed the front driver side side brakes. 

Yup, new fluid looks good doesn't it? ;-)= 

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Now to see if those 8 year old oem end links were going to be a pita to remove. FWIW, this Edge only has about 70k miles on it, but my gut has been saying I need to replace em. 

I started on the passenger side and only got the nuts about 1/3 unscrewed, which seems to be pretty common from what I have read. It was enough room to use my old dremel with 1.5" cut-off wheel to cut the old bolts off.  Then I installed the moog links and greased em.

Then on to the drivers side... Hmm, much tougher to loosen, and not able to get that nut 1/3 unscrewed, but thankfully it was just enough room to get that small cut-off wheel in there.

 

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FWIW, I opted to cut the top end link nut off first, then cut the lower as I could move the link arm around to cut the lower easier.

On the passenger side, when the bolt was over 3/4 cut, I simply grabbed the link and pulled/wiggled it back n forth to break it off. Well, on the drivers side, I grabbed the link, and the link pretty much fell off the ball joint!  Wow, looks like my gut was right about replacing these links!  I also have some rear links coming soon.

 

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Got the windows blacked out with some limo tint.  Dang expensive here in the northwest... $410.  But then everything seems to be expensive here  🙄

 

 

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1 hour ago, enigma-2 said:

Looks great, but you should be aware that blacked out windows on the front and windshield is illegal everywhere. 

 

Here is a list of state-by-state requirements:

https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/glass-window-tinting/

 

Yes anything on the windshield other than the strip is illegal. The front doors and the other hand is not. Well not everywhere.  I understand in some places they don't let you have any sort of tint. I live in Texas. My county is very lenient on tint. I had 1% all the way around with 20% on the windshield and the 5% strip. 

Then again i have a medical tint exemption so 🤷🏻‍♂️

 

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3 hours ago, enigma-2 said:

Looks great, but you should be aware that blacked out windows on the front and windshield is illegal everywhere. 

 

Here is a list of state-by-state requirements:

https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/glass-window-tinting/

 

WOW.  I had no idea there was such a thing as…. LAWS…. says no one! 🙄

 

It is sad that there are people in this social media frenzied world that feel they have the right to dictate their 'beliefs' onto others, with little to no information about the subject, and without knowing the person or ever meeting them!

 

Tell me... would you walk by a someone's car and tell them that their tinting is illegal?

Do you carry leaflets with local state laws to hand out after telling the owner their tinting is illegal?

 

I highly doubt you would!  So then why do you feel it is appropriate to dictate your beliefs to someone on a forum that you have never met?


I am sure you are not the only one lurking in the shadows on this forum, so please, take this advise before you post another thing, and do us all a favor and simply ask yourself this before you post a reply...

----"would I say this to a persons face, especially someone I have never even met? "

 If not, then don't post it.

 

By the way,  if you had posted in a more tactful and appropriate format,... you would have gotten more information on what was actually done. Unfortunately you and other trolls get your jollies without getting a complete picture... and instead make huge assumptions of themselves.  

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34 minutes ago, Scarrz said:

 

WOW.  I had no idea there was such a thing as…. LAWS…. says no one! 🙄

 

It is sad that there are people in this social media frenzied world that feel they have the right to dictate their 'beliefs' onto others, with little to no information about the subject, and without knowing the person or ever meeting them!

 

Tell me... would you walk by a someone's car and tell them that their tinting is illegal?

Do you carry leaflets with local state laws to hand out after telling the owner their tinting is illegal?

 

I highly doubt you would!  So then why do you feel it is appropriate to dictate your beliefs to someone on a forum that you have never met?


I am sure you are not the only one lurking in the shadows on this forum, so please, take this advise before you post another thing, and do us all a favor and simply ask yourself this before you post a reply...

----"would I say this to a persons face, especially someone I have never even met? "

 If not, then don't post it.

 

By the way,  if you had posted in a more tactful and appropriate format,... you would have gotten more information on what was actually done. Unfortunately you and other trolls get your jollies without getting a complete picture... and instead make huge assumptions of themselves.  

I have some advice to offer you - read the forum rules, specifically the part about personal attacks.

 

No, he was not "dictating his beliefs", he was drawing your attention to laws regulating window tinting,  and even provided a link.

 

Refrain from personal attacks on this forum.

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1 hour ago, Scarrz said:

 

WOW.  I had no idea there was such a thing as…. LAWS…. says no one! 🙄

 

It is sad that there are people in this social media frenzied world that feel they have the right to dictate their 'beliefs' onto others, with little to no information about the subject, and without knowing the person or ever meeting them!

 

Tell me... would you walk by a someone's car and tell them that their tinting is illegal?

Do you carry leaflets with local state laws to hand out after telling the owner their tinting is illegal?

 

I highly doubt you would!  So then why do you feel it is appropriate to dictate your beliefs to someone on a forum that you have never met?


I am sure you are not the only one lurking in the shadows on this forum, so please, take this advise before you post another thing, and do us all a favor and simply ask yourself this before you post a reply...

----"would I say this to a persons face, especially someone I have never even met? "

 If not, then don't post it.

 

By the way,  if you had posted in a more tactful and appropriate format,... you would have gotten more information on what was actually done. Unfortunately you and other trolls get your jollies without getting a complete picture... and instead make huge assumptions of themselves.  

 

Wow!

 

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3 hours ago, handfiler said:

 

Wow!

 

2nd, The hypocrisy is strong with this one! 

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On 7/8/2021 at 7:40 PM, AkMan13 said:

Then again i have a medical tint exemption so 🤷🏻‍♂️

 

Definitely the way to go. I can't imagine what it's like in the southwest this summer with temps hitting 130° in the shade. I've worked in Texas and Arizona during the summer and would have killed for window tint. So hot I couldn't open the car door because it burned my fingers. (But nothing like this year ...)

 

What surprised me concerning the legality of window tint, was how its enforced all over the world. In in places you wouldn't expect. For example I was reading about how the cops in Saudi Arabia hit you with a fine of SA 500 for tint, and make you peal it off before allowing you to leave the scene. (Man, that's tough)! The UAE just changed their laws to allow 50% on the windshield and front windows. What's wierd is the fines go up based on the % of tint over the legal maximum. (I would have expected the Middle East to be more lenient because of the heat and sun).

 

Here in Indiana, a cop friend of mine told me they don't stop anyone for tint, but definitely check it if the stop for any other reason (they have a gauge they carry that can determine the % of tint). He told me he has no hesitation in ticketing for tint as it's a safety issue for cops. Said it really puts the hair on edge walking up to a car where you can't see whats going on inside. 

 

I just have factory tint, but if I had legal tint like you and ever got pulled over, I'd put the windows down so the cop didn't get nervous. 

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