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Mk3 Prefacelift Sync 2 8" touchscreen upgrade, How to guide with pics!!!

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Sync 1 / 1.1 to Sync 2 Retrofit Guide
Disclamer:- This guide is intended as an advice document only. You attempt the actions in this guide at your own risk. I will not be held responsible if you brick any modules or break your car. This conversion involves rewiring your existing cars wiring and should only be attempted by a competent and experienced person. 

Right! Now that’s my ***** covered lets get started! 

I couldn’t have done this conversion if it weren’t for the information available out there, sadly not much of this is in English or applicable specifically to the focus however it gave me the understanding of what needed to be done to carry this out and I will be linking to some of this information throughout the guide. 
Parts – 
Sync 2 APIM 
Sync 2 ACM 
Sync 2 FCDIM
Sync 2 Fascia 
Sync 2 Media Hub + loom 
GPSM module - DE8T-19H463-DC
Media hub bezel - finis number - 5326708
Mini USB to Mini USB cable
Nav maps 
Pins - mouser - 1924955-4 
HSD Code E plug or Fakra Z ( if you have OEM reverse camera )
Forscan ( with extended license ) and FoCCCus software 

I started by completely stripping out the car, partly because I wanted to wet vac the seats and partly because of ease of access. You don’t have to remove the seats but I strongly recommend the center console, and all the fascia panels. 

The sync 2 fascia doesn’t fit straight away, some trimming is required around the bottom, start by cutting off the locating lugs and then trim little by little until it fits nicely against the a/c panel the panel is held down by the 2 center holes in the same way the original is. 

Once your happy the fascia fits nicely then remove the fascia and a/c panel to reveal the sync unit, this is held in place by 3 screws and can be disconnected and removed. 

The sync connector needs to be rerouted to the top of the dash, there is plenty of length there it just needs to pulled back to the main loom and then directed up to the top of the dash. 

At this point it’s a good idea to tape back and secure and cables that you will no longer need, in my case it was the blue, pink and black fakra connectors from the fcdim module. 

Now peel back the insulation on the sync connector and give yourself plenty of exposed cabling to do the swaps required, unlatch the 2 clips and slide off the connector cover. *top tip* label any wires that are going to be moved or removed in case you ever revert to sync 1 or get lost with where the wire came from. 

Once you have swapped the 2 MM-can wires the unit can then be plugged in and will power up for basic testing, note that once plugged in the unit takes a few minutes to power up, it also does this everytime it reboots, don't panic!

The pin swaps are highlighted in the pdf 

After you’ve completed the pin swaps its time to add in the additional wiring for the media hub, reverse camera adaptor (if fitted) ms-can and fcdim connector. I ordered the pins for the sync connector from mouser and although they work they are a little tight and did need to be manipulated in. if I were to do the job again I would buy a sync connector cut from a loom and remove the pigtails to solder onto *top tip* For the ms-can input you can tap into anything that runs on the ms-can network, I found the wires in the blue connector for the a/c panel. 

They will be the only external connections that you need to make. 

The gpsm is to be installed under the rear view mirror cover, for me the plug was already there so make sure to check this beforehand.

To install the media hub I used 2 good quality usb to usb mini leads connected with a usb coupler. The media hub is mounted in a bezel from a mk5 mondeo, the finis part number I have attached above. 

For the fascia panel the radio controls are connected by mm-can as opposed to lin like the original. You need to add one pin and cut and solder onto the existing pin in the plug for them to work.

For the acm connector you need to move 2 wires across from the main loom and into the accessory loom this is to transmit the tmc data to the screen for the naviagation traffic.

If you’ve got this far, well done! The hard work is over. Time to tidy up your cabling, and bolt everything into place. *top tip* install the apim and screen first before sliding the acm into place. 

Pop in your nav card ( f6 is the most recent ) and also worth updating the software to the latest version (3.10)

Put the rest of the car back together and grab yourself a brew, next up is coding! 

Using forscan plug yourself into the car, *top tip* if you’ve previously used forscan on the car delete any previous profile and scan it as a new car. If you don’t it wont pick up the newly installed gpsm module.
You will likely have a bunch of dtc codes, clear them and see what comes back. 

There will be 1 dtc that definitely wont clear and that is for the central locking led in the bcm. 

There will also be errors on the acm which currently cannot have its as built data modified, however this doesn’t seem to cause any problems. 

Programmming the APIM
Here comes the fun part. The apim will need to be coded to the spec of your car. The easiest way to do this is using the ford as built data. The way to do this is find a facelift focus with the same options as yours. For example mine is a titanium x, and the facelift titanium x has the same features as mine. 

To do this hop onto ebay or autotrader and find a facelift focus with the same features as yours, make a note of the registration and go to the ford etis website ( www.etis.ford.com )enter the reg and make a note of the vin number. Then you need to go to the motorcraft service website ( www.motorcraftservice.com ) click free resources and then quick guides. Towards the bottom of the list is an option for Module Build Data ( as – built ) hit this and enter the vin number you got from etis. This gives you the module as built data that you will need to programme the apim. 

Download the file and save it to your computer.

Open up forscan and click on the icon that looks like a computer chip. You will see an option that says apim ( as-built format ) run this and load the file from your download ( don’t forget to change the file type to .ab in the search bar ) click write all and follow the instructions on screen. Once done you will see sync reboot and if you have done everything correctly it should now be programmed to your cars features. 

At this point you still aren’t done, you will notice that the voice control still doesn’t work correctly. Now we need to change a few things in the bcm and ipc. 

Open up foCCCus and load up the central config for your car, save a backup before you change anything!!!
The lines you need to change are – 
123 – Audio Aux Input change the value to 01 (without)
125 – DAB Radio System change the value to 01 (without)
154 – Module USB change the value to 01 (without)
157 – bluetooth Handsfree change the value to 01 (without)
172 – Front Display change the value to 09 (DM8 with nav)
214 – ICP change the value to 09

Write these changes to both the bcm and the ipc. 
This got everything working 95% percent for me. I had to make some further changes to enable optical display for the parking sensors and the active park assist. I did this by modifying the as built data of the apim further by using this guide. ( https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uDSQ1Z5a2Wt8-kjrSiVSlDFGFHnfeuhb3RTMVz95730/edit#gid=1479139836 )

Im expecting some questions and I will help the best I can as im sure there are bits I have missed!
 

Focus Sync Conversion table.pdf

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Outstanding!

Right! I'm going shopping! Got any spare pins? :)

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I do actually! I got far more than I needed, for ease though I’d try get a plug from a scrapper, they slide in and out so much easier! 

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Woah, holy heck, this looks like a lot of work but I'm gonna do it!

 

Congrats on the upgrade and thanks for the guide! :D

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Have sync 2 for sale 

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9 hours ago, skullyi said:

Woah, holy heck, this looks like a lot of work but I'm gonna do it!

 

Congrats on the upgrade and thanks for the guide! :D

Thanks! If anyone has any questions I’m more than happy to help! 

It took me 10 hours to do but that was with some figuring out along the way, I reckon if I was to do it again I could do it in half the time. The longest I stumbled for was because once all way connected the voice control feedback and bluetooth calls couldn’t be heard, I took about an hour for me to figure that was down to programming and not anything I’d done wrong 😂 I’ve been driving with it for a couple of days now and I can honestly say it’s well worth the effort! The difference is night and day 👍🏻👍🏻

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9 hours ago, mastachaz said:

Have sync 2 for sale 

How much? And what elements do you have? I take it you upgraded to sync3 or something?

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@Luke_Anderson would it have been possible to swap over the physical air vent controls do you think? I'd like to be able to keep the look if I go for this with a fascia that doesn't have the chrome.

 

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8 hours ago, Phil21185 said:

How much? And what elements do you have? I take it you upgraded to sync3 or something?

i have facia aimp screen frame and radio , yes I did sync 3 upgrade.

 

make me offer.

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I'd love to, but until payday I can guarantee it would be lower than you'd want - like £150...

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16 minutes ago, Phil21185 said:

I'd love to, but until payday I can guarantee it would be lower than you'd want - like £150...

Yes I can do 170 delivered for whole set.

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I'll take it - assuming everything ok - no damage to fascia or anything?

Let me know how you wanna proceed re payment etc

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11 minutes ago, Phil21185 said:

I'll take it - assuming everything ok - no damage to fascia or anything?

Let me know how you wanna proceed re payment etc

there is few scratches but they are on bottom so no visible once fitted

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That sounds fine. Pm me to arrange payment?

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1 minute ago, Phil21185 said:

That sounds fine. Pm me to arrange payment?

Yes I will email you photos and payment details .

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Ok before we both completely commit, can I just confirm, what you're selling includes:

APIM

ACM

FCDIM

Fascia

But not the media hub,

Right?

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Just now, Phil21185 said:

Ok before we both completely commit, can I just confirm, what you're selling includes:

APIM

ACM

FCDIM

Fascia

But not the media hub,

Right?

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3 hours ago, Phil21185 said:

@Luke_Anderson would it have been possible to swap over the physical air vent controls do you think? I'd like to be able to keep the look if I go for this with a fascia that doesn't have the chrome.

 

I don’t think so to be honest as it seems like it’s all part of the fascia, it’s more of a brushed aluminium as opposed to chrome though 👍🏻

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If you buy that setup from mastachaz you’ll need to also get the plastic chassis for the apim / screen and acm, and the trim for the bottom of the fascia, I also bought them and found the cheapest place to be direct from ford 👍🏻

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8 minutes ago, Luke_Anderson said:

If you buy that setup from mastachaz you’ll need to also get the plastic chassis for the apim / screen and acm, and the trim for the bottom of the fascia, I also bought them and found the cheapest place to be direct from ford 👍🏻

Great! Do you happen to know the finis codes and prices? I want to do this mod but I hate not having everything I need before I decide to start through not realising!

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Stupidly I’ve put the receipt somewhere and can’t find it 😂 I think the bezel and chassis and trim came to about £36 

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I have for sale complete with bracket for radio and screen if this is the case. imply not on photo.

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Great write up  can see you busy on this one 

 

 

Chassis  1895997 @ £9.73

Bezel 1918863 @ £12.61

 

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