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Hi peeps, sorry for this being my first post, but I've just bought a 2015 2.0 zetec and would like to look at the possibility of upgrading to climate control from normal analogue buttons. Is this possible, and what sort of a job is it to do?

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Welcome to the forum Brockster.
Lots of friendly helpful people on here to sort you out matey.

I'm sure there will be an official welcome from one of our moderators soon.

I can't help with this question, but I'm pretty sure some one will.

Have fun.
 

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Hi @Brockster and welcome to the forum. Please have a read here and complete the signature box with your car's details which will save you having to tell us what you have in the future.


I can't really help in your query but mine has climate and I never use it as it's meant to be used. If I'm hot, i turn it down and in the summer it's always on cool. I have found in most cars that setting a temperature and then pressing auto never works for me so just easier using it manually. Now if you wanted to rid yourself of that sync 1 system then I can answer a query or two.
 

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Hi @Brockster and welcome to the forum. Please have a read here and complete the signature box with your car's details which will save you having to tell us what you have in the future.


I can't really help in your query but mine has climate and I never use it as it's meant to be used. If I'm hot, i turn it down and in the summer it's always on cool. I have found in most cars that setting a temperature and then pressing auto never works for me so just easier using it manually. Now if you wanted to rid yourself of that sync 1 system then I can answer a query or two.
Yeah I'll be looking into that too, I have a thing about up-speccing cars after I buy them, driving my other half mad usually.
 

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I have retrofitted mine to sync 2 with the 8" touch screen which I am really happy with. Thanks to @andspenka with that. He may have some ideas possibly on the climate update and obviously what I said about my climate is just my opinion whilst others may have a different one.

There are a few of us who have upgraded or modified a few things from a later or different spec Kuga.
 
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I have retrofitted mine to sync 2 with the 8" touch screen which I am really happy with. Thanks to @andspenka with that. He may have some ideas possibly on the climate update and obviously what I said about my climate is just my opinion whilst others may have a different one.

There are a few of us who have upgraded or modified a few things from a later or different spec Kuga.
What are the items that I am going to need to buy to complete a retrofit please?
 

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What are the items that I am going to need to buy to complete a retrofit please?
For sync 2 or sync 3. I can't really help you with the climate function as I don't know what other items are different apart the the actual control panel.
 

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I have retrofitted mine to sync 2 with the 8" touch screen which I am really happy with. Thanks to @andspenka with that. He may have some ideas possibly on the climate update and obviously what I said about my climate is just my opinion whilst others may have a different one.

There are a few of us who have upgraded or modified a few things from a later or different spec Kuga.
Sorry, completely missed this yesterday. I honestly have no idea, but as with the Sync 1 to Sync 2 conversion, there's likely to be a lot of extra stuff that doesn't appear obvious at first. I very much doubt it will be a simple case of swapping one for the other.
 

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For sync 2 or sync 3. I can't really help you with the climate function as I don't know what other items are different apart the the actual control panel.
Sorry, for sync 2. I'm going to have a look at the climate control at a later date hopefully
The basic cd player is driving me nuts at present
 

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You my want to have a read of the link below. It's a long read from start to finish, a lot of which is my fault. Maybe have a read of the first few pages and then jump to about page 25. I may edit the thread at some point if @andspenka doesn't mind as some of my posts may drag on and perhaps not relevant to the thread.

A few of us have done the conversion with andspenka being the first and you would have both of us on hand to assist with questions.

You have to remember this is a major undertaking and is quite time consuming but the end result is worth it in my opinion, but it's not the sort of task you would want to do more than once. After you have got your head around the wiring and a loom conversion lead made, the only other thing you need to worry about is how to fix the screen in the big hole in the dash board. Parts you will need are:

Top cover - 3 parts to this - front section top hat, rear section, speaker mesh
CD bracket
ACM mounting brackets if using your old ACM
Sync 2 screen
FDIM - that's the radio control panel
Sync 2 USB media hub
Sync 2 media hub usb lead
SD map card if you want navigation

I have most if not all of the part numbers

 

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Thats great , thankyou, I'll start looking for the parts and buy them as and when, I'm guessing upgrading the information display in the cluster is probably a no no?
 

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If the cluster on the Kuga is anything like my old MK3 Focus I had then (which I am fairly sure it is) then it's a straight swap if you have the cluster with the small display.
Mileage would need adjusting on it as that is stored in the cluster.

What does your current one look like?
 

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@Brockster - I forgot to add that you will need a ford compatible OBD reader and FORScan software to programme the sync 2 screen. I would only advise using a decent OBD reader for programming such as the OBDlink EX.

With reference to your query on the cluster I am only familiar with mine. Does your instrument cluster show N, S, E or W in the display.

EDIT. I see your picture now and it's different to mine. An IPC swap on the Kuga would be a first that I am aware of on this forum.
 

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That's like what my old Focus had.

I won't be back in my Kuga until tomorrow night but will have a look for you to see how it comes out.

If it is anything like the my Focus then its lower the steering wheel to the lowest point, remove the cowling above the steering steering wheel and this will reveal a couple of torx screws. Undo those, cluster pulls out and disconnect cable on the back.

Again, if like the Focus, the one with the bigger screen would be plug and play with the mileage needing adjusting to suit.

I may not be correct as my experience of swapping the cluster was on the focus but being the same platform I would guess it is similar
 

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@Brockster - I forgot to add that you will need a ford compatible OBD reader and FORScan software to programme the sync 2 screen. I would only advise using a decent OBD reader for programming such as the OBDlink EX.

With reference to your query on the cluster I am only familiar with mine. Does your instrument cluster show N, S, E or W in the display.

EDIT. I see your picture now and it's different to mine. An IPC swap on the Kuga would be a first that I am aware of on this forum.
yes it displays compass
 

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That's like what my old Focus had.

I won't be back in my Kuga until tomorrow night but will have a look for you to see how it comes out.

If it is anything like the my Focus then its lower the steering wheel to the lowest point, remove the cowling above the steering steering wheel and this will reveal a couple of torx screws. Undo those, cluster pulls out and disconnect cable on the back.

Again, if like the Focus, the one with the bigger screen would be plug and play with the mileage needing adjusting to suit.

I may not be correct as my experience of swapping the cluster was on the focus but being the same platform I would guess it is similar
Thanks, I'm hoping the cluster can be adjusted using forscan.
 

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That's like what my old Focus had.

I won't be back in my Kuga until tomorrow night but will have a look for you to see how it comes out.

If it is anything like the my Focus then its lower the steering wheel to the lowest point, remove the cowling above the steering steering wheel and this will reveal a couple of torx screws. Undo those, cluster pulls out and disconnect cable on the back.

Again, if like the Focus, the one with the bigger screen would be plug and play with the mileage needing adjusting to suit.

I may not be correct as my experience of swapping the cluster was on the focus but being the same platform I would guess it is similar
The Kuga clocks come out exactly the same. That top cowling was extremely tight on mine and it comes off by pulling it towards you. Don't forget to undo the little piece of flexible material.
 

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The Kuga clocks come out exactly the same. That top cowling was extremely tight on mine and it comes off by pulling it towards you. Don't forget to undo the little piece of flexible material.
I knew I was forgetting something!

Thanks, I'm hoping the cluster can be adjusted using forscan.
If the mileage is higher then it can only be adjusted downwards using UCDS as far as I am aware.

I am not 100% sure if forscan can adjust upwards but Focccus software does and might work on the Kuga.
 

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yes it displays compass
That's good as it means you have the GPSM module

Thanks, I'm hoping the cluster can be adjusted using forscan.
As far as I know you can adjust mileage upwards using FORScan but not down obviously. If you purchased some clocks with a lot higher mileage you would need to go to a specialist to have it adjusted.
 
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