Installation Time: Afternoon
January 08, 2016
Awesome Practical Mod that gets Major Attention!
I actually received the 05-09 Serial Number 1 unit when these were released and got Multi-color controller and the optional controller with the effects as well. The install was also on display at the 2015 American Muscle car show this past summer.
Install took about 2 hours (including running the accessory wiring and mounting the controllers under the center console). If you're not comfortable with wiring, it may take you a bit longer. If you get the non-lit version, it'll install in 15 minutes! I also modified the wiring harness by installing a connector in case I wanted to remove the deflector, and ran the wiring through the seat to hide everything, so judge your install based on your skill level.
Every where I go, other convertible owners assume it's some over-the-top custom one off mod I had made, and are shocked when they find out it works better, is higher quality, and less intrusive than the flimsy ugly mesh screens and is available off the shelf. Another major perk, these do NOT cut off the back seats! If you ever need to put someone in the back seat, you still have that option.
Since it is installed directly to the headrests, if you have a style bar, you may need to fiddle with your seat position to get it to sit even and flush without hitting the bar and keep it from looking twisted. It's a delicate balance, so just be aware.
There are some issues with compatibility on wiring up the effects controller when connecting to the brake signal, but that's because of the Ford vehicle wiring. Simply put, there are the left and right turn signal and brake wires that run on the left and right side of the vehicle separately. I did NOT wire to that feed as the turn signal ended up flashing the light controller only on one side. I ended up tapping int the 3rd brake light wire as it ONLY gets a brake signal from the SJB and remains unaffected by the turn signals.
All in all, if you have a convertible, enjoy modifying your lighting, are looking for a truly unique mod in an already stale field of mods, this is a no-brainier! Get it and enjoy!