I use the word downgrade sarcastically, the 10.1" Display on the 20+ Explorer is HORRIBLE. I purchased a 8" Display with the associated parts (matching vent, trim pieces and APIM). I was wondering if anyone has done this before and if so, what steps did they take to reprogram their APIM to work with the 8" display? I have access to FDRS, IDS, ForSCAN and a VCMII through work. So I am fairly confident I have the tools to do the job, just don’t know exactly how to downgrade the APIM and have it play nice.
For SYNC 3 No need for an APIM. Its just a setting in Forscan to change it. Just a matter of putting in the new screen and changing the settings in the APIM. I would do the settings first before swapping the screen.
I would hope a 2022 would have 3.4 LOL. Never heard of a kit, is this something Ford offers or is it something from a 3rd party? Only reason you would need an APIM is if you were upgrading to have Nav but a higher end 2022 that has a 10" should have that.
@bill32399 yea its definitely Sync 3.4. Also I picked it up from a 3rd party on ebay so it came with the screen, APIM, vents, trim piece and a bunch of wiring harnesses out of a 2020 Explorer donor car.
@SaNdMaN I am planning on making a video on the “downgrade” because it honestly is ridiculous how useless the 10.1" screen is. I am genuinely surprised no one has already done so (as far as my search has found).
Based on your vehicle model, you will have a MY20+ APIM (Sync 3). As stated above, you will NOT be able to reformat this APIM. You need to be careful with this unit, just a warning.
Now, what are the contents of the kit and who’s kit is it? If the APIM in the kit has 2 USB ports on it, send it back, as it will not work properly in your vehicle. That would be a Pre-MY18.5, not compatible with MY20+ vehicles (completely).
You should post the listing of your parts with pics, really.
So, basically if you are going from the 10" Portrait screen…
To the 8" Landscape screen…
This should just be some trim pieces and the APIM asbuilt modifications.
Hey guys sorry I did go a little MIA there. I should have mentioned I was waiting for my package to arrive. Luckily enough it arrived today! I’ll be attempting the swap later this week so I’ll be sure to reach out if I have any difficulties.
I got it all swapped over and it’s working! Had some hiccups along the way, but if I ordered everything ahead of time the whole project would take maybe an hour.
My advice for anyone attempting this in the future, make sure you just get a replacement cable for the screen from amazon. Here is a link for the one I got.
The reason you want this cable is because the two screens have their connectors orientated in the opposite direction. The one from amazon is universal, so just go with that. Running the new cable isn’t too hard if you do it when you have the climate control removed.
As for the whole project and where to begin I suggest watching this video for understanding how all the trim pieces and stuff come apart.
Now most of the removal in the video is easier than anyone attempting this for the first time. I had to really put some force behind a few pieces to get them to pop. Some trim tools are also handy for those stubborn parts.
Once you swap everything over all you need to do software wise is update the As Built Data in the APIM and you are all set.
I updated this via FORScan. Confirmed my default was 08 which matches the 10" Portrait and then I updated it to 00 for the 6/8" display. All my features rolled over, so no updates needed for navigation or anything else.