Installation Time: Full Day
January 18, 2015
Install kit and instructions could be better.
I bought this wideband O2 kit as a requiremnt for a CAI/Bama tune upgrade for my Saleen VI supercharger. My experience is for installation as a "stand alone" unit. I marked it a little low because of the lack of instruction, applicability, and limitations of the provided equipment. This will be a little lengthy, but I wanted to share my experience.
My setup required a stand alone O2 sensor to be installed which required me to remove the stock "H" pipe, take it to a welder, and have a new bung installed. The instructions specifically state for the new wideband sensor to be placed at least 24" BEHIND the engine, but FORWARD of the catalytic converter. With a stock exhaust setup (don't laugh...it's a daily driver not a drag car..ha) the cat is a little over a foot behind the engine. I ended up installing it in the only feasible place...midway between the cat and where the "H" pipe connects to the stock manifold/headers. After re-installing the "H" pipe and installing new wideband sensor, I had to remove the driver's side tire and the wheel-well splash gaurd to gain access to the firewall. I ran the O2 sensor wiring through the large grommet in this location and sealed it with a little RTV. The wideband sensor has more than enough wire to route through multiple locations.
Finding a location for the control module (red box) is tricky. You are limited by the length of the power cord (maybe 5 ft) that PLX provides, as well as the length of the connecting cable for the actual gauge itself. I highly recommend doing a dry run, to include running the wire under the dash, to ensure you have enough wiring to support your gauge install location.
The wiring instructions are minimal at best. I ended up connecting the control module power cord to my fuse box with an add-a-circuit (which should have either been included in the kit, or at least recommended). I had to modify my fuse box cover to do this. I ran the power cord under my glove box and through the center console. I mounted the control module to the driver's side of the center control panel with double sided tape. After that, I simply purchased a stand alone pod for my steering column.
Bang for your buck: I understand that this product is marketed for all makes and models of vehicles, but for the price, I expected to see some Mustang specific install procedures.
All that said, the gauge works as advertised and is very easy to operate. As Justin says in the AM video, don't be surprised if this install takes several hours. Once the review is approved, I will upload a few pics for references.