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post #11 of 127 Old 01-09-2018, 01:50 PM
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I recently did the upgrade after coming across a take-off screen and apim module for $400. I got in on the upgrade relatively early before the prices on the sync 3 screens and modules skyrocketed. I did have to swap out the media connections in the dash for a new usb hub to make the apple car play function work (~$50). Overall, the newer screen is easier to use (scrolling and pinch-to-zoom) but I donít know that I wouldíve bothered if I had to spend much more than I did...
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I recently did the upgrade after coming across a take-off screen and apim module for $400. I got in on the upgrade relatively early before the prices on the sync 3 screens and modules skyrocketed. I did have to swap out the media connections in the dash for a new usb hub to make the apple car play function work (~$50). Overall, the newer screen is easier to use (scrolling and pinch-to-zoom) but I donít know that I wouldíve bothered if I had to spend much more than I did...
Just in case some of the others want to go your route, what vehicle was your screen and APIM removed from? Do you happen to have the USB hub part number?

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The sync 3 screen and apim I purchased came from a 2017 explorer.

The important things to look for are NAV or non-NAV and recessed mounting points. Itís no longer driven by a software difference as the non-NAV apims have significantly smaller storage.

There are also two mounting arrangements, flush and recessed. The 13-16 super duties have screens that are recessed on the side. If you want to reuse the existing brackets on the new unit you need a sync 3 screen with recessed sides. There are people that have successfully modified the brackets to install a flush mount screen but I wanted as much a plug and play install as possible. The recessed screens are used in the edge, explorer, F150, super duty, flex and Taurus vehicles. Hereís a link to a YouTube video from 4D Tech that goes through the differences, https://youtu.be/iitrjuVz_To.

You will also need a stand alone GPS antenna with a blue Fakra connector. Sync 3 does not use the GPS module that the 13-16 super duties have. There are several options for GPS antennas on amazon for less than $20. Just search for GPS antenna with Fakra connector. My GPS antenna is mounted to the existing GPS module under the dash and I no issues getting a signal.

You will finally need some familiarity using Forscan to program the new apim for your existing options. There was some trial and error here but there has been extensive work done in the past year that makes this slot easier. See the google doc, https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...5730/htmlview# For more info.

The USB hub part number is HC3Z-19A387-B. This is only needed for apple CarPlay. Android Auto works with the existing USB hub.
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Some of the companies offering the Sync3 upgrade ask you to send in your VIN. Was the VIN input required when you use FORScan? Have you checked to see if the Sync3 System info shows your correct VIN?

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The apim does not store the VIN. These companies want your VIN to look up your vehicle and program the appropriate options (heated seats, auto climate, backup camera, etc.)
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That makes sense about the options for the climate controls, etc.

Have you had the opportunity to check the maps as to how accurate they are? I was checking the website for updates for parents 2016 Escape. They still show it as having the latest version which I suspect now is out of date in some map areas.

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Coming from a 2016 sync 2 system, I havenít noticed any difference in the nav maps preloaded on the 2017 sync 3 unit. Since there is no SD card for maps I also donít know how you update...
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Coming from a 2016 sync 2 system, I havenít noticed any difference in the nav maps preloaded on the 2017 sync 3 unit. Since there is no SD card for maps I also donít know how you update...
I suspect if will be via a USB memory stick or maybe even WIFI.

I saw one user has a YouTube video on how to update Sync3 via the memory stick.

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Considering the newest Sync 3 can now have Waze installed this might become more popular for some folks.



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Its a lot of money but im considering it. Really cool to have the options of SYNC 3,Android Auto and plus if it does work with Waze thats a plus, I use it all the time on my Android phone. I asked them a few questions so waiting for a response.
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