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Anyone here install a late model Explorer?

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Anyone here install a late model Explorer?

Postby giguchan » Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:11 pm

Hey all,
Wondering if there any people here who've installed a late model Ford explorer. Having looked around for a used Tahoe they're almost as expensive a newer one.

The Local Pd's and other Law Enforcement teams have them. I haven't had the chance to look inside and see how easy they are to install. I Think the next time i see one at the local 2 way shop i'll have a look see. I like the idea of the Havis "no drill" system... just unbolt the center console and install theirs. I know they have it for the Chevy.. just hoping they do for the Explorer too.
Thanks.
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Re: Anyone here install a late model Explorer?

Postby FireCpt809 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:39 pm

Every day..what do you need to know? If you are talking about a non police package the console is part of the vehicle and the shifter can not be moved. The police package has the shifter on the column for this reason. There are some manufacturers who do make a console that fits in place of the flip up armrest you are limited to maybe 2 -3 pieces of equipment in there

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Re: Anyone here install a late model Explorer?

Postby giguchan » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:36 pm

Hey there,
The vehicles I've been looking at are not Police pkg equipped. I know in the case of the 14' Chevy Tahoe there was a console that slid in the place of factory one.I was hoping the Shifter was on the column of the civilian models.

I am interested in mounting 2 CDM heads and a scanner- thats it. (which model scanner?not sure of yet)I've been out of the 2 way game for a while.. I don't know what's current anymore.. I mean if there is a smaller "something" that will do what the CDM will do i'm listening. I have never had a Police pkg anything before.. I can only guess that because i see so many around that they will do the job nicely.
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Re: Anyone here install a late model Explorer?

Postby giguchan » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:39 pm

I forgot to ask.... which Manufacturers are you talking about? which will fit in the armrest?
Thanks.
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Re: Anyone here install a late model Explorer?

Postby W3AXL » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:10 am

Had to do some digging but I knew I had seen a console for the civilian package of explorer.

Here you go: https://www.havis.com/products/CON_VS_1 ... 51289.html

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Re: Anyone here install a late model Explorer?

Postby giguchan » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:57 pm

Thanks Guys,
This is indeed what i am looking for... I would've stuck with the chevy. A clean one with not a lot of miles is almost the same price as a late model Explorer.. Funny... when i'm ready to buy all the deals vanish.

Thanks again.
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Re: Anyone here install a late model Explorer?

Postby fineshot1 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:22 am

I always stay with Troy Products consoles - built like tanks and the rails are almost indestructable.
The Havis console aluminum rails crumble away after 2 or 3 times of removing the radio.
I have no ties to Troy - just have used most of them and find Troy the best not just in the
manufacturing but the support as well. Good to see ya back here gig
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Re: Anyone here install a late model Explorer?

Postby giguchan » Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:37 am

Hey Man,
Thanks for the information. It's good to know.. I think my old Volly Squad had a similar issues with their Havis Consoles. I they they continued to use them because "well we've always used them".
Great to hear from you too.
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