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Questions and Answers
Instead of cluttering up guests books, I thought I would make a page dedicated to answering questions. This page would be just such a page.
By the way, if you want to e-mail me, my address is blindwig at hotmail dot com, but the spam filters are on pretty tight, so if you e-mail me then also tell me in my guest book so I can look in the spam box for your e-mail.
buckaroo16: "hey nice truck really nice i have a question how do u use the Home-Link system how do u set it, what all can u do with it"
If your Explorer has a home-link system in it, you will have a small button panel in the drivers side sun visor. It has 3 blank buttons, a little light, and 2 more buttons labelled "REC" and "PLAY". The REC and PLAY buttons let you record and playback voice messages, which is good for if you're on the phone and someone is telling you a phone number or directions or something and you're driving and can't write it down. The 3 blank buttons are hooked up to a learning RF remote that can learn codes from things like electric garage door openers, electric gate openers, etc. They also have lamp modules for you to be able to turn your lights in your house on and off. For more info, check the Home Link Website
pdhaudio83: "Lookin good- the car that is! How much do you have into it? I gave you 5 stars across the board! If you want to return the favor and let me know what you think of my MP3, that would be AWESOME!"
What a generic message! It seems that pdhaudio83 is a guest book spammer! But that is a good question - How much $$$ have I put into this baby? Hmm.. Without digging though my years of receipts, here's the best I can remember:
- Bug Shield, Spoiler, Side window visors, Custom badges, Custom paint - probably around $800-900
- Receiver, hitch, wiring, bike rack, hitch lock - probably around $400-500
- Muth signal mirrors, wiring and connectors, replace passenger side mirror, add defrost - about $400
- In-built tilting/sliding moon roof with one-touch control panel - about $1200
- Wipers - Current ones were only about $30, but I've spent $200 trying different sizes and brands and styles, etc
- My gas cap was probably $25-30
- Headlights: Probably $50-60, but I've spent $250 trying different brands and styles
- LED kits I have in the domes, etc: $25 each and I currently have 8 installed, but I also destroyed 2 of them modding them to fit (the puddle lights and license plate lights have very small openings), so I guess $250 for 10 total.
- Cell phone charger: $20, plus another $20 in LEDs I tried to mod it with until I found one I liked.
- Reverse Lights: Probably about $50
- el-glow face gauges: I think I got these for $150
- Dash, Wheel, Floor covers: $250
- Seat covers: $150
- Replaced the radio bezel: $45
- The inverter, tools, flash-lights, blankets, umbrellas, and other emergency and convenience items I keep in my car: Probably about $250
- Viper Alarm system: Probably about $700-800, but I went through 2 alarm systems before I settled on this one, so probably another $800 on top of that. Plus it's about $150 to replace a remote, and I've been through 3 of them so far - I really need to stop losing/breaking them!
- Nokia 3360 cradle that I never actually installed: I think it was $150-200.
naxel86: Tell me about your moon roof. Is that a kit or something? What did it cost...I am intrested in getting one, but my budget is very limited however being in college and all.
Yes it is an after-market kit so to speak. It's made by a company called ASC, and no I didn't install it myself. I don't trust myself to cut a hole in my roof and seal it good enough to not leak on me, so I paid a shop $1200 for the moon roof installed. What I like about it versus the stock moon roof is that it has a one-touch open/close/vent control, and automatically closes when you turn off the ignition so you don't forget to, but you can turn that feature off. Unlike the stock moon roof, it doesn't have a bezel on the interior - the headliner just wraps up into the hole, so it looks cleaner. The control panel doesn't take up half of your overhead console like the stock one - you can put it where ever you want. I put mine in the drivers door just above the mirror controls. I've seen some people put them in the dome light lens, but I image that blocks some of your dome light. The only thing that I like about the factory moon roof better than this one is that it has vents in the cover shade. But I guess if I wanted them badly enough, I could install them on this one too.
If you're considering an in-built tilting/sliding moon roof (that means that the moon roof is installed in the headliner) be aware that you lose 2-3 inches of head room - if you are tall or wear tall hats (cowboy hats, fedoras, etc) you will definitely notice the lost room.
I noticed that you used the proper terminology - many people talk about their sun roofs, so for their sake I will clear this up: A sun roof is made out of metal so you can only see through it when it is open. A moon roof is made out of glass (usually tinted) and usually has a cover shade.
bigdaddy98hb: What type of bulbs did you use for the interior? Do they still put out the same light output?
The "bulbs" I used are LED panels that have bulb socket adapters. See my Lighting Page for details. As for brightness - I would explain it like this: i think that if you were to get some kind of machine and measure the brightness of the yellow stock lights versus the white LEDs, the yellow lights might be putting out a brighter yellow light, but since the white lights cover a bigger color spectrum, they seem a lot brighter because the light is more full looking.
I guess the only way to see for sure would be to take pictures and then switch back to the old bulbs and take pictures and then compare them, but I don't really feel like doing all that! ;) I'm happy with the white light, it really makes the interior feel more bright and clean.