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#1 iNath

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:27 PM

After this (successful!) upgrade yesterday I thought I'd share some helpful photos if anyone wanted to attempted the same :)

Here's what you'll need:
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Step 1: underneath the stereo in the center is a small plastic piece of trim, you need to remove this to expose the screws underneath:
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Step 2: remove the 2 screws:
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Step 3: Pull the whole unit towards you taking care then all clips are released. Try to pull out vertically as not to bend or snap anything. You'll need to unplug a cable that goes in the back of the controls so don't pull it out too far.

Step 4: The screen is held in by the 4 screws highlighted in green, the stereo by the 2 in yellow. Remove these and pull outwards:
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Step 5: Remove the plugs from the screen and CD player, then refit in reverse!:
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Here's the screen in:
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And the finished article, before and after:
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Also here's a comparison of the old (blue) and new (colour) screen side-by-side:
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I notice the colour screen has an extra input (top middle) - not certain but assuming this might be for reversing camera?

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:42 PM

Thanks Nath :D

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:42 PM

Unfortuantely the reverse camera requires not only a harness but a little black box to decode the video , so i'm led to believe , but when i took mine out i only took the stereo out and not the screen so i will take it out and have a look at the back of the screen and try an AV source on it see what happens.
i have seen guides saying to use pliers on the insert to pull out , DO NOT USE PLIERS , a small flat screw driver flips it out easy.

good guide iNath

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:23 PM

I have added this to the guide section of the club as well mate.. cheers for sharing!

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:05 PM

Hi, looks good,
where did you source the Sony unit?

any problems if you only have the low level (blue) screen in the instrument cluster? or with voice control etc???

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:21 PM

Hi, looks good,
where did you source the Sony unit?

any problems if you only have the low level (blue) screen in the instrument cluster? or with voice control etc???

Should be a straight swap and voice should be fine

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:05 PM

Hi guys, i've just swapped my metal for a 1.6 econetic, with satnav I have both colour screens and interested in the reversing camera, any sucess with the av input on the main screen.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:26 PM

Hi guys, i've just swapped my metal for a 1.6 econetic, with satnav I have both colour screens and interested in the reversing camera, any sucess with the av input on the main screen.


The is a wiring harness required with a signal converter box also required, and i'm not sure if there is also another box required in the boot

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:49 PM

Checked my friends focus earlier he has a power outlet in the boot, im guessing this can be retro fitted easily i hope.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:51 PM

Thanks, the addition of extra boxes would seem an expensive addition. :mellow:

May give this a miss, any other additions I could add, looked earlier seems foot-well lighting is a no?
I think I can change interior lights to maps lights found some on ebay earlier.

Thanks lovely the econetic, and economical driving :)

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:15 PM

Thanks, the addition of extra boxes would seem an expensive addition. :mellow:

May give this a miss, any other additions I could add, looked earlier seems foot-well lighting is a no?
I think I can change interior lights to maps lights found some on ebay earlier.

Thanks lovely the econetic, and economical driving :)

You can fit footwell lights by using a wire feed from you center interior light , you don't have to try and use the OEM wiring.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:45 PM

anyone know where you can actually get either the sony DAB or a ford SatNav unit?

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:19 PM

Ford dealer (£600+) or try your luck with breakers yards.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

Nath with your experience with IDS, have you done any mods to MK3 focus.

I have the FORD NAV system with dual colour screens, I am thinking of adding OEM parking sensors,

however a map displays on centre console, I am guessing it will have to be activated in the software.

Any advice please?



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Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:21 PM

Would be nice for a reversing camera toooo, I'm thinking this will be too costly.

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