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RCM relocation
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 Posted: Mon Jun 24th, 2019 02:37 am
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I really always thought this was a bad and dangerous idea until I found the one on my 99 expo. Same looking module as the ranger. It was on a mounting plate under the passenger kick panel. The "forward" arrow was there pointing forward duh. So I'm thinking the module can be mounted vertically as long as the arrow is pointing forward and it is bolted firmly to the body.

I know the normal people are going to start chiming in and say NOOOOOOOOO but can anyone find (I looked) an article that says the ranger one was specifically designed for horizontal mount and the expo one is designed for vertical mount? They have different part numbers of course but the same connectors and the same large arrow that needs to point forward.

The reason is to eliminate the hump in the carpet going under the vent so it looks better without a cup holder that I don't need. There are 2 studs coming out of the framework for the right kick panel I'm going to check the expo tomorrow and see if those are the studs the RCM is attached to.



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Not 100% someone else may want to add to it. But I'm pretty sure the RCN is vin specific. I would say relocation is possible as long as you dont have to extend any wires. Splicing may change voltage readings causing an inoperative system. But the full length expo console covers up everything



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Which I cannot find a decent one in light gray. But I decided to go flat anyway.



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"Go Flat"... meaning No RCM ?

What about the RCM Cover from an FX4 ? I think you were looking for one.

What did you do ?



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I have the RCM cover from the FX4 now, thanks to V8level2 for seeing it on e-bay.

I have pretty much decided to leave it there and use the cover, not because I think it won't work mounted vertically but because I don't want to run wires for it. I think the carpet looks better flat under the lower vents, fell in love with the look on a 98 I used to own. 98 had a different crash sensor system.

I still haven't made a decision on "use the expo carpet" or wait till I can justify the 200 bucks for a new carpet and padding. I could go with just carpet but the padding makes it so much quieter.



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How much space is there UNDER the tunnel?

Could you make a sunken box to carry the RCM so its top was level with the tunnel?



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I could have relocated it to under the right kick panel, there are actually studs to hold the bracket that the expo has, and I have the bracket. There is a huge space between the kick bracket and the plastic cover just like the expo.

I'll probably do that, I did put the expo carpet in tonight and  man did it deaden the road noise. The expo carpet pads are twice as thick or at least noticeably thicker than the ranger carpet pads. The carpet I am considering temporary till I can buy the "real" carpet.



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