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2016 PIU no-sync to sync?

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Hey all!

I recently acquired a beautiful Dark Blue 2016 PIU with 36k miles on it. The agency that purchased it originally over ordered and sent it to the auction with delivery miles and was purchased by a civilian and had an easy non-LEO life.

Unfortunately for me, its a non-sync vehicle and i'd really like the sync options. My largest client is a chain of auto salvage yards so I have access to wholesale parts but am unsure if its possible upgrade a non-sync vehicle to sync via parts replacement.

If it helps, my VIN is 1FM5K8AR0GGC44787 if that helps anyone with access look anything up.

I was willing to upgrade the radio to something aftermarket with bluetooth cell phone control (the main reason I want sync) but my research and the local stereo shops confirm nothing seems to be available.

Thanks in advance for your help. I've already ordered the teardrop spotlight (LED), Setina PB400, key fobs, remote start parts, auto headlight parts, and would really like to make the sync work!

Marc
 


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I don't know if it's any consolation, but my 2017 does have Sync, and it's not like it does much, unlike Sync 3 on retail vehicles. Essentially it's just Bluetooth and media play off your phone. You can do the latter through USB and the former through a visor-mount Bluetooth speaker for under $50 without having to tear anything apart.
 




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I don't know if it's any consolation, but my 2017 does have Sync, and it's not like it does much, unlike Sync 3 on retail vehicles. Essentially it's just Bluetooth and media play off your phone. You can do the latter through USB and the former through a visor-mount Bluetooth speaker for under $50 without having to tear anything apart.

Yeah... The 2 items you mentioned are what i really want it for and I dont mind ripping things apart if it will work but I fear your solution may be the one I end up with.

Thanks for both replies!

Marc
 




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Yeah... The 2 items you mentioned are what i really want it for and I dont mind ripping things apart if it will work but I fear your solution may be the one I end up with.

Thanks for both replies!

Marc

Now, what you COULD do is install this integrated module that will interface with all sorts of things (laptops, tablets, video feeds etc) with or without sync. That price though...

Havis Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUV Utility or Taurus Sedan Touch Screen Integrated Control System
 












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Now, what you COULD do is install this integrated module that will interface with all sorts of things (laptops, tablets, video feeds etc) with or without sync. That price though...

Havis Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUV Utility or Taurus Sedan Touch Screen Integrated Control System

Wow. Thats pretty amazing looking but wow... that price ;-)

It also seems to require Sync in some way to function fully but given its price I think I will look at other options first!
 




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Thanks - I'll look at this one as it was more in line with the solution I was looking for. Most of of the total center stack replacement w/ android OS kits lost use of of the factory back up camera and required use of their aftermarket one, which I didnt want to do. I see they offer a backup cam during my quick read but didnt see if they specifically say you need to replace yours.
 








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Wow. Thats pretty amazing looking but wow... that price ;-)

It also seems to require Sync in some way to function fully but given its price I think I will look at other options first!

There are two versions, one for Sync, one for no-Sync, but yeah, at nearly four grand, it ought to make you coffee, never mind do sync stuff...
 








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@OP Here are the details I found on the Ford Etis site Vehicle Summary


Build Date: 02.03.2016
Vehicle Line:Explorer 2011-2019
Cab Style:Explorer Police
Series:Ford Series
Engine:3.7L DOHC V6 Gas.
Transmission:6 Speed Auto Transmission 6F55
Drive:LHD 4WD (FTD)
Axle Ratio:3.65 Final Drive Ratio
Emission:With 49 State/Non Green State Req
Air Conditioning:Manual Air Conditioning
Territory:(+)"PR"
Paint:Dark Blue Solid
Interior Colour:Ebony Black/Ebony Black Interior
Interior Fabric:Cloth C / Ebony Black


  • Less Underbody Protection
  • Less Rear Mudflaps
  • Front Door Scuff Plates
  • With Rear Door Scuff Plates
  • Less Body Armour
  • Less Inner Door Lock Handles
  • Less Front Mudflaps
  • Less Map Pockets
  • Centre Console Mounting Plate 1
  • Tailgate Applique - Black
  • With Manual Liftgate
  • Less Park Lock Ctrl (BTSI Man Ovrd)
  • Police Version
  • (-) Version Packages
  • Chicago Plant Build
  • Less Terrain Package
  • Less Appearance Group
  • Built-Up Vehicle
  • Feature Content Group 1
  • For Normal Temperature Zones
  • Interceptor Badge
  • With English Language Label
  • Owner Hand Book Pack
  • Equipment Package 10
  • Power Front Windows One Touch Up/Do
  • With Electric Rear Windows
  • With Privacy Glass
  • E-Marked Glass
  • With Front Side Laminated Glass
  • Less Heated Windsh/Wiper Park
  • Less Unique Console Top Plate
  • With Standard Overhead Console
  • Less Floor Mounted Console
  • Less Rear Floor Console
  • Adjustable Accl/Brake Foot Pedals
  • Interior Trim Accent Pack E
  • Rubber Floor Covering
  • Less Front Floor Mats
  • Less Rear Floor Mats
  • Non Illuminated Sunvisor - Drivers
  • Non Illuminated Sunvisor-Passenger
  • With Level 1 Door Trim Panel
  • Less Load Area Cover
  • Less Load Retention Net
  • Interior Grab Handles - Front/Rear
  • With Grille - Mesh
  • Less Active Grilleshutter
  • Less Roof Rack
  • Lower Moulding - In Colour Cladding
  • Less Door Edge Guards
  • Less Auxiliary Roof Rack Crossbars
  • With Dipping Rear View Mirror
  • With Dual Remote Exterior Mirrors
  • Ext Mirrors Moulded-In Colour
  • Less Driver Seat Back Map Pocket
  • Less Passenger Seat Back Map Pocket
  • Less Temp Control Driver Seat
  • Less Temp Control Passengers Seat
  • Less Rear Heated Seat
  • With Second Row Split Folding Seat
  • Less 3rd Row Rear Seat
  • With Driver 6 Way Pwr.Seat Adjuster
  • With Pass 2 Way Manual Seat Adjust
  • Less Programmable Driver Seat
  • Less Seat Control Program-Rear
  • Less Trailer Towing
  • With Front Towing Hook
  • With Rear Towing Hooks
  • Less Interceptor Siren/Speaker
  • Less Rr Console Mounting Plate
  • Less Decal Option 1
  • Less Decal Option 2
  • Less Decal Option 3
  • Less Special Service Vehicles 1
  • Less Special Service Vehicles 2
  • Less Special Service Vehicles 3
  • Less Special Service Vehicles 4
  • Less Special Service Vehicles 5
  • Less Special Service Vehicle 6
  • With Engine Oil Cooler
  • Exterior Door Handle - Black
  • With Moulded Gearshift Knob
  • Fleet Key
  • Less Keyed Alike Options
  • Frequency - 315MHZ
  • With Central Locking System
  • Less Door Entry Remote Control Unit
  • Less Keyless Entry System
  • Capless Fuel Filler Without Lock
  • Speed Sensitive Windscreen Wipers
  • Less Sun Roof
  • Less Tu-Tone Accent Colour
  • Front Bumper - Painted Body Colour
  • Rear Bumper-Painted Body Colour
  • Front License Plate Holder Deluxe
  • Less License Plate Bracket - Rear
  • Belt D & P Fr 1&2&3 Row/P Kne Bag
  • Less Rear Seat Belts
  • With 18" Steel Spare Wheel
  • Tyre Pressure Sensors - 315 MHZ
  • 8 X 18" Steel Wheel
  • 18" Conventional Spare Tyre
  • With Wheel Hub Cap
  • Less Immersion Heater
  • Less Remote Starter
  • With 49 State/Non Green State Req
  • Dual Exhaust Tailpipe
  • With Non Painted Brake Calipers
  • Roll Stability Control (RSC) Brakes
  • Export Fuel Fill
  • Column Shift
  • Less Manual Shift Auto Trans
  • Power Take off Unit - PTU
  • Standard Front Seat
  • Less Aux Overhead Heater And A/C
  • FFV-(Ethanol) Fuel
  • Power Steering Gear
  • With Tilting Only Steering Column
  • Less Steering Column Lock
  • Basic Type Steering Wheel
  • Less Heated Steering Wheel
  • Less Electronic Speed Limitation
  • With Speed Control
  • Redundant Controls - Steering Wheel
  • Police Instrumentation
  • Hourmeter
  • With MPH Speedometer
  • Dual Note Electric Horn
  • Outside Temp Thermometer
  • Less Compass Display
  • Less Navigation System
  • Less Emergency Call Button
  • Less Lane Departure Warning System
  • Less Reverse Proximity Sensor
  • Less Blind Spot Information System
  • Human Machine Interface 1
  • Less Anti-Theft Alarm
  • Less Front Parking Aid
  • Less Automated Parking System
  • Battery - 78AH
  • Alternator - 220A
  • Less Power Convertor
  • With Region 1 Electronic Equipment
  • Less Radio Reception Equipment
  • Group 1 Radio Frequency
  • Less Rear Seat Entertainment
  • Analogue Audio Broadcast
  • Fixed Radio Antenna-Black
  • ICE Pack 1
  • Less ICE Noise Reduction
  • With 6 Speakers
  • Front Speaker Wiring - 2 Way Radio
  • Less Radio Suppression
  • Microphone
  • Less Sync
  • Less Garage Door Opener
  • Less Wiring Prep
  • Less Smokers Package
  • With Power Point Plug - Rear
  • Rear View Camera-Fixed
  • Less Camera-Front Video
  • Less Auxillary Lights
  • With Level 3 Headlamps
  • Less Daytime Running Lamps
  • Less Front Fog Lamps
  • Less Spot Light
  • Less Right Hand Spot Light
  • Less Supplemental Parking Lamps
  • Less Interior Light Group
  • Pol Mounted Red/White Map Light
  • Less Courtesy Light Delay
  • With 3rd Row Courtesy Lamp
  • Less Glove Box Illumination
  • Less Aux Interior Lights
  • Tail lamps - Level 1
  • Less Side Marker Lamps
  • Less Rear Fog Lamps
  • Less Headlamp Levelling
  • With Conventional Headlamp Control
  • Less Wiring Harness
  • Police Power Pigtail - Non PDB
  • Ford Division Derivative
  • Generic Country Group 1
  • Less Safety Package
  • Fleet
 




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Any updates on screen options? That Android screen still looks like a good alternative. Mine has the standard Sync option installed
 




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Contact (call if necessary to ask) www.4dtech.com , if the upgrade is available, they will have it, and it will be using OEM Ford parts..
 




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Any updates on screen options? That Android screen still looks like a good alternative. Mine has the standard Sync option installed
I've been lurking for a few months on this same topic...but also have the same confusion as OP...

Ford Sync is completely new to me, but given that I have a 2014 PIU, it has the MyFord deck...so no Sync. What I don't get...what is involved in adding Ford Sync? I see modules online for a few hundred...if it's just an extra module that gives me a few OEM functions that I can drop in when I put in one of those huge Android decks, definitely in for it...

There just doesn't seem to be clear details on all this...or maybe I'm just so incredibly late to Ford Sync that I lack any sort of knowledge...
 




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I've been lurking for a few months on this same topic...but also have the same confusion as OP...

Ford Sync is completely new to me, but given that I have a 2014 PIU, it has the MyFord deck...so no Sync. What I don't get...what is involved in adding Ford Sync? I see modules online for a few hundred...if it's just an extra module that gives me a few OEM functions that I can drop in when I put in one of those huge Android decks, definitely in for it...

There just doesn't seem to be clear details on all this...or maybe I'm just so incredibly late to Ford Sync that I lack any sort of knowledge...

It depends on who you ask, some say it's not doable at all, some say it's doable, but with considerable glutal discomfort. My opinion is that you're better off with an aftermarket Bluetooth system. Sync functionality on the PIU is pretty basic, at any rate nothing an aftermarket system couldn't do cheaper and easier.
 




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Not sure if this will provide any insight? Adding Sync to base explorer

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Thanks Peter, this helped crush my plans / expectations, haha. Appreciate the reply, and all I've seen you posting around as I've lurked.

It depends on who you ask, some say it's not doable at all, some say it's doable, but with considerable glutal discomfort. My opinion is that you're better off with an aftermarket Bluetooth system. Sync functionality on the PIU is pretty basic, at any rate nothing an aftermarket system couldn't do cheaper and easier.
Ya, thanks for this too. I'd even contacted a few vendor I've seen posted around, 4D Tech as an example. All in all, it really does seem pointless vs just accepting the differences of an aftermarket system.
 




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