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How to Add Overhead Console

Discussion in '4th Gen DIY' started by Sideshow, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. Sideshow

    Sideshow Senior Member

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    Finally installed the console in my Express. Here is a run down for all who are interested in this mod.

    I decided to keep it simple and cheap with just the basic console, map lights only.

    Your going to need the following parts:

    Console retainer: 55365119AC
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    Overhead Console: 1PQ03BD1AA
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    3 pin connector pinout: 68064999AA
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    **Remember, these parts are for the basic no frills console. If you want to add options you will need different consoles.

    Garage Opener ONLY Console: 1PQ06BD1AA
    Garage Door and Rear Slider Console: 1PQ09BD1AA
    Sorry, I don't have the part numbers for the Sunroof control.

    If you want to add the Compass Module: 56046062AC
     
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    Start by removing the A-piller covers and sun visors. This will allow you to get the headliner down enough to get the retainer in. It is secured with the sun visor clips.
    You will have to remove the two small black clip brackets. The retainer bracket replaces them.
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    Then remove the headlight switch panel and the left side panel. These just pop out. Behind these you will see a green connector. Removing the left side panel of the dash gives you all the access you will need for the next steps.
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    This plug is where the overhead light wires and constant power you need. The middle bottom three pins. Middle one of the three is where you need to tap.
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    Black/Tan is ground
    Yellow/white is overhead light (allows console to work with doors)
    Yellow/Lt Blue is Map constant power (this is what you need to tap.
    Just pop off the inner white retainer on the green plug and use one of the connectors with the pin-out kit and push it into the green plug. Then snap the white retainer back in.
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    This is how you wire the pin-out for the console.
    I tapped the stock overhead light wires at the base of the A-piller for ground and door/switch power. When you take it apart you see a good spot. Same Yellow/White and Black/Tan wires.
     
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    I made a harness and ran it up the A-piller taped along side the OH light wires and then along the inside front of the headliner. Be sure to tape it down to prevent any rattles.

    Now the fun part, cutting the headliner.
    I made a couple paper templates to help me judge how far to cut.
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    Start with a small hole in the middle and work your way out slowly
    Use the templates and keep test fitting as you go. Cut just enough. (sorry no pics, I was on a roll at this point)

    Run your harness through the retainer, tape it down, plug it into the console and snap it in.
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    I removed the outer part of the console to make sure everything was lined up and run correctly.

    Bolt everything together, step back and enjoy your new lights!
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    Very nice work! Thanks for sharing as I'm sure others will find value in these instructions.
     
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    Nice, appreciate the time you took to lay it all out.
     
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    Thanks for the DIY, been wanting to do this but might add a compass or garage door clicker option as well.
     
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    that turned out pretty good! looks factory.
     
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    Looks great!! Thanks for the write up.
     
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    side show thanks for this write up i have been down the same road with wrong consoles just ordered another today and see it is the one you have so i finally can get this done with all of your info i am relieved. i was wondering do the wires that come in the kit go into the green connector then you add on or is the harness long enough to go from console to plug? also did you hook up the green led if so what do you tap for that? thanks again
     

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