Converting your vehicle from the 4” display to the 8” display is easy with SimplyMichigan! It can also save you a bunch of money since pre-built kits have the added cost of convenience. We don’t currently stock complete kits for every vehicle however we do carry the majority of the items you would need to convert and will supply you the programming necessary to make sure the job is done right.
If you would like to preview the instructions on how to program your vehicle with the files we provide, purchase this FREE item (no credit card information needed) and the link will be available to download. The instructions will be included in the email that we'll send you with the files for your vehicle as well. This is offered now before any purchase so you can gauge the difficulty level of it before you pull the trigger on purchasing any hardware.
For all conversions you will need either a ELM327 USB cable (OHP ELMConfig is a great brand) or a ScanTool OBDLink EX cable (recommended but more costly) to connect to your OBD2 port via your laptop. You will also need FORScan downloaded with at least a trial extended license activated. This is not optional, please don't think you can skip this step.
4” to 8” conversions may sometimes require wiring changes and/or repining of the connections for your center bezel, unless a custom wiring harness is purchased. We currently do not sell wiring harnesses unless it's included with a complete kit.
We will supply you with instructions on how to upload the files required for your vehicle. Don’t be intimidated! It’s a very straight forward task and requires you click some buttons a handful of times. We will email these files to you typically within 72 hours, if you don’t see the email from me please check your junk/spam folder as it may incorrectly get flagged. With certain vehicles, such as the Escape and Focus, there are more settings that may need to be changed in the CCC programming (in FORScan), we unfortunately can't provide files for this and need to be changed manually.
How much should this conversion cost?
For the items we provide you should expect to pay around $700-$900, this is dependent on the items your vehicle requires (recessed displays cost more) and if you choose a factory navigation system, which will obviously cost more as well. The rest of the cost is in your hands based on how much you’ll spend on the conversion harness, the HVAC 8” radio bezel, etc.
Parts List & General Information
For a good majority of conversions this is the list of the items you would need:
Available at SimplyMichigan
NOT Available at SimplyMichigan
This is the typical list of items that your vehicle may require to do this conversion. Your vehicle may require a few more parts not listed above or it might not need nearly as many (typical with newer 2018+ vehicles). Once you make the purchase for the hardware we can work with you and supply you an exact list of items you would need for your vehicle.
Some vehicles (typically the Explorer) will require a new HVAC module as well, especially if you're switching between manual and automatic climate controls. The replacement HVAC module needs to be pulled from a matching vehicle model that originally had the 8” display from the factory.
When you checkout with us we will need to know if the bezel you purchased has automatic climate controls (will have an AUTO button on it) or if it’s just a manual climate bezel. If you don’t know or don’t have one yet, please choose manual and we can have adjustments made later to your programming files.
Once the purchase is made with the programming, the $59 fee isn't refundable. Please ensure you have a plan ready to do this conversion and hold off buying the hardware and programming until you’re ready.
For newer 2019+ vehicles your conversion will cost slightly more as you will need the latest generation 4 module for your vehicle to ensure that the firmware will be correct. A good rule of thumb, you’ll want hardware from the same model year or newer. You may run into issues using older hardware in a newer vehicle.
We don’t sell programming for hardware you purchased elsewhere. Usually when a problem arises, most people will point to the programming being the issue when in reality (in almost every case we've had) it’s an issue with the conversion harness that was purchased or a mistake during the install (connectors not being connected properly is a VERY common issue that we've seen).