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Upgrading 2016 Explorer to Sync 3 - FORScan questions

Discussion in '2011-2016 My Ford Touch / In Vehicle Technology' started by PSUHammer, January 24, 2018.

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      Hello everyone. I am a pretty tech oriented guy and wanted to give it a go upgrading to Sync 3. I ordered an APIM (from scrapyard from an F150, I believe), a new screen, the cable for the screen/APIM, new GPS antenna and a new USB media adapter.

      I also downloaded FORScan and got an OBDII Bluetooth adapter. I understand I need the windows version of FORScan to make any changes. My question is do you know if all the Sync related variables are available via HS-CAN? My adapter does not see MS-CAN components. It does see the APIM, if that helps.

      Thanks for helping a NOOB!
       
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      APIM is on HS-CAN in 2016+ (can't speak before that.)
       
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      PSUHammer, I am looking to do the same to my '16 Explorer. Can I ask what the part numbers were for the APIM and screen? Love to know how the install worked out.
       
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      Welcome to the Forum Mike.:wave:
      Sorry I can't answer your question but I'm sure someone will.

      Peter
       
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      Let me see if I can grab the part numbers. The screen is a new Sync 3 8" screen and the APIM was from a 2017 F 150.
       
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      So, just went through an upgrade. All in parts cost was $425. I used the 4Dtech how to videos for physical assembly and had a bluetooth OBDII adapter and Forscan. Took a VIN from a 2017 similar asbuilt model to mimic the programming. Everything is golden, including steering heat and rear camera. Just need to figure out how to get the new sync to update properly using WiFi.
       
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      I don't believe anyone has done that yet. They have used the USB method. Also, I believe I read somewhere here that the WiFi updates are supplied via the vehicle's VIN. So if your VIN didn't come with Sync 3 from the factory, you won't received WiFi updates. Not sure if the 'as built' data you used has the original vehicle's VIN info.

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      Yeah, I am looking for the files for USB, now. Any help would be appreciated!!
       
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      There is a thread here that had the V3.0 download link and I believe also the V2.0 or V2.3. I can't recall which one. V2.3 is the latest official update for the 2016 and 2017 Explorers. Haven't found that thread yet. After I downloaded and confirmed my update, the link disappeared from my account.

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      I was able to get the 2.3 download by adding a 2017 XLT vin to my account. Then the update prompted for download. Thanks!
       

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