SteveP
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Illuminated Door Sills

Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:14 am

I love illuminated door sills and I had to add them to my 2017 FFE. Here is a step-by-step process if you'd like to add them yourself. I usually get the OEM illuminated door sills from Ford but they are on back order and I got sick of waiting over a month for them so I got a set from eBay. These are cool as they put on a little light show - moving back and forth. They turned out good.

Here's a shot of the completed job:

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Re: Illuminated Door Sills

Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:22 am

I went with the white LEDs but they can also be purchased with red or blue LEDS.

The first job was where to get the power - I wanted the power that turned on the overhead lights and then turned off by itself. After searching my wiring diagram book and inside the car, I found the best place to get this power was from the overhead console. But those are notorious for being hard to get into with causing some damage.

The 2017 FFE makes this a little easier, I found. The panel behind the sunglasses area opens separately and you can gain access to lots of power there - including the power that I wanted.

To open this panel, open the sunglasses door. You'll fund two areas where you can get a small screwdriver into. You push toward the rear of the car on a tab and pull the panel down. One on the left and one on the right. After releasing these tabs, the rest of the panel will pull out:

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Work gently - you will feel the tab and it's give. You should not need much force but it may take a few tries to find the right spot. Be patient.
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Re: Illuminated Door Sills

Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:25 am

Here's a close up of one of the tabs that you have to release:

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And here is the panel out - it still has the microphone and its cable holding it up. No need to mess with that - just let the panel hang.

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This shot shows the entire panel and you can see what holds it up:

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Re: Illuminated Door Sills

Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:33 am

Next, on the driver's side you'll see a connector between the console and the roof. It's gray. Pull out the connector and move it to where you can access the wires. Here it is out:

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Now you only need to tie into one wire for the power to the illuminated door sills. You can also get ground here but there are easier ground points right near where you will mount the door sills:

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I've got some test wires in the connector in the above photo - you won't need those.

You're going to tap into the violet-gray wire in position #4. If you want it, the ground is the black -white wire in position #6:

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Re: Illuminated Door Sills

Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:45 am

I ran wires from the overhead console to each door between the roof and inside headliner. Fish a wire under the curtain airbag from the door - you'll see the best spot by looking for the lower area in the roof liner. The fishing wire will be tight at first and then slide easily to the over to the console area.

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Here's the fishing wire coming out of the overhead console:

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Pull off part of the rubber molding around the door front and just put the wire into the cavity. That's pretty easy.

You'll need to pull up the middle plastic piece on the floor by the door. I pulled off another piece but you don't need to do that. You'll find three grounding bolts by the door just under the carpet. I used the one closest to the door on each side for grounds. Here's some shots:

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Re: Illuminated Door Sills

Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:48 am

I hooked up power and ran the wires over the sill lip after putting some tape down to protect the wire from the metal:

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Here's the ground completed:

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Do the same thing for both sides.
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Re: Illuminated Door Sills

Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:50 am

The passenger side all completed - the protecting plastic removed from the door sill as well:

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I solder all wire connections and use shrink wrap if I can - electrical tape as last resort.

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Re: Illuminated Door Sills

Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:51 am

Both sides all done and the connections at the overhead console completed and panel put back into place. Don't forget to reconnect the connector after tapping the violet-gray wire.

Here it is - both sides look the same. I like it!

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Re: Illuminated Door Sills

Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:09 am

Here's the three colors that are available. You can find a YouTube of these in action - the light moves back and forth. My first time with this product so we'll see how they last.

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Re: Illuminated Door Sills

Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:23 am

What a great write-up ! Thanks SteveP
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