I did an interior #LED conversion on my 2000 #Ford #Explorer 8-10 years ago… The heat and age finally degraded everything so with this video I go over the conversion and repair everything and get it all shining bright once more!

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My 8-10 year old mediocre LED interior lighting conversion has seen better days and the choice of using hot glue worked well until recently when almost a decade of Tennessee and Texas heat and sun had weakened the glue enough to begin to liquify back and things began to fall apart once more!

I originally did the LED swap because the OEM flex ribbon style cable had become brittle with age and broke and finding a replacement proved difficult so I swapped to LED’s and traditional wires. I lacked most tools, money, and time so the original swap was kind of just hacked together. I go back in and clean things up somewhat and get it all back together and working nicely once more! Hopefully this lasts even longer (though, I can’t really complain to much with 8-10 years out of the last attempt, lol).

Items used:
* NTE ECG mini HEAT GUN – https://amzn.to/3L3sdkw

* The Original X-Tronic 3020-XTS • 75W Soldering Iron Station – https://amzn.to/3tsckOv

* Pro’sKit 900-015 Helping Hands Soldering Aid – https://amzn.to/3qoBbRs

* G4-base10-LED discs – https://www.ledwholesalers.com/

* Makergroup 12V G4 LED Bulb 3W Bi-Pin LED Disc Light Bulb 6pcs (white) – https://amzn.to/3qq83JD

* iBrightstar Newest 9-30V Super Bright T15 912 W16W 921 LED Bulbs with Projector – https://amzn.to/3ina3xB

* 921 Superstar Wide Angle LED’s – http://www.autolumination.com/906.htm

I have an old LED converison thread on explorerforum at https://www.explorerforum.com/forums/threads/2nd-gen-overhead-interior-led-swap.387684/

Useful OEM bulb size reference chart:

Low Beam Headlight Bulb Size: 9007 (H1 bulb for projector housing)
High Beam Headlamp Light Bulb Size: 9007 (H1 bulb for projector housing)
Parking Light Bulb Size: 3157NALL
Front Turn Signal Light Bulb Size: 3157NALL
Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb Size: 3156LL
Tail Light Bulb Size: 3157LL
Stop Light Bulb Size: 3157LL
High Mount Stop Light Bulb Size: 912
Fog/Driving Light Bulb Size: H1-55W
License Plate Light Bulb Size: 168
Back Up Light Bulb Size: 3156LL
Front Side Marker Light Bulb Size: 916NA
Ash Tray Light Bulb Size: 161
Glove Box Light Bulb Size: 194
Map Light Bulb Size: 168 or 579 or PC579
Dome Light Bulb Size: 906
Step/Courtesy Light Bulb Size: 168 or 912
Trunk/Cargo Area Light Bulb Size: 211-2 or 562
Under Hood Light Bulb Size: 906
Instrument-General Light Bulb Size: 161 or 194
Check Engine Indicator Light Bulb Size: 194
Hi-Beam Indicator Light Bulb Size: 194
Seat Belt Indicator Light Bulb Size: 194
Brake Warning Light Bulb Size: 194
Directional Signal Indicator Light Bulb Size: 194

See the Xploder overview video for more info on the mods and things done to the car.

I plan to do many more videos as I continue dabbling on my Xploder, work on repairing and restoring my 82 El Camino SS, doing some maintenance stuff on the Nissan NV3500, and maintaining (and more?) my wife’s 2019 Ford Mustang Eco-Boost Premium… Stay tuned!


00:00 – Start
00:19 – Intro
00:40 – Front
01:52 – Middle
02:33 – Remove Lamp Console
03:26 – Repairing Front Setup
12:33 – Installing Front & Testing
15:57 – Repairing Middle Setup
17:08 – Installing Middle & Testing
19:25 – Remove Rear Lens
20:09 – Repairing Rear Setup
24:32 – Front & Middle Night View
25:35 – Repairing Rear Setup Continued
28:38 – Installing Rear & Testing
29:58 – Full Night View of LED’s
30:47 – Wrap Up
31:50 – The End 😀

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