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Accele Electronics 4-Sensor Backup Sensor System Installation - 2012 Ford F-150

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How to Install the Accele Electronics 4-Sensor Backup Sensor System on a 2012 Ford F-150


Today on this 2012 Ford F150 SuperCrew cab we're going to install part number Bu500. This is the Accele Electronics four sensor vehicle backup system. Now in this case we're putting it on the front to help the customer out with some depth perception when he's parking his truck. First off we'll go head and measure out where we're going to put our sensors. This is one of our sensors right here. We've decided we're going to put it on this edge of the bumper. To make things easy to line up, we'll use a straight edge and made a mark on the bumper right here.

We did this on both sides of the truck. This measurement actually came out right at 48 inches which is good. Then we went ahead and measured out one foot for our second mark right here. We've a total of four sensors. Once that parts done we eventually need access underneath this flange right here. We're going to loosen up our bumper to get access to the plastic rivets underneath the trim panel here.

We don't need to take the hole bumper off. When we loosen it, it will come down enough where we have working room. We're going to go ahead and open up the hood. On the inside edge of the frame rail we're going to remove this fastener here. This is the passenger side and one on the other side. This is a 21 millimeter socket to take this fastener off.

Our next bolt is going to be right here on the outside edge of the frame next to the toe hook and you're going to need a long extension to get access to it. At this point we'll go ahead and drill out our holes for our sensors. We're going to start off using a one eighth inch pilot bit and we'll make sure we're as even as possible from this edge to this bottom edge here. For our larger hole that we're going to drill out we're going to apply some tape to help protect the finish around it. Hopefully we won't peel off any paint when we drill our larger hole out. This is the bit that comes with the kit.

This is made for the sensors. There's two layers of material that we have to go through. Now we're also going to need a little more working room. We'll go ahead and take out all of these rivets to make things a little easier if you get access to the trim panel tool. Now on the inside edge there's a few plastic rivets we can pull out as well. Now when we install our sensors they're also labeled, L for left side and there's R for right side. Let's go ahead and install our first sensor. Now we have a plug that will go through here. This will pretty much press fit into place but there's also a locking ring that goes behind it as well. What we're going to do is go ahead and put our locking ring in position since it's really close to the plastic behind it, then thread our wire through, and then go ahead and just push that into place. We'll make sure our wire is loose not pinched. Basically we'll go ahead and repeat the same thing going all the way across the bumper. Now we'll take a moment to bundle up our wires, probably leave about a foot free, and then we'll just go ahead and bundle up the rest of our wires and take up the slack and zip tie this and hide it underneath the grill of the truck. Our junction box is set right about in this area here so we'll make sure we have enough left over for that and we'll zip tie our bundle and secure it. These are all the wires for the passenger side. We'll do the same thing for the drivers side. It doesn't come with enough zip ties so you definitely will have to go out and get some more. One side done let's do the same thing to the other side. Let's go ahead and take a moment and start plugging our wires to our control box here. We'll just match up the R's to the R's and then the lefts to the left side. Now we'll go ahead and work with our monitor right here. We have to run this into the cable from the inside to the outside to the control box. We're just going to pop a grommet loose. It comes apart pretty easy. You can see it right here and we'll also make a slit over top right through here. Then we can pass the wires through. I was using ten snips just to make a groove into it. Then we'll pass our monitor cable through. Let's go ahead and pull our slack out, just enough to work with. Now we'll go ahead and add our second cable. Our second cable that we're going to run through is for our speaker and the other end. We'll go ahead and do the same thing with this. This will stay on the inside, this will go to the outside. We'll pull enough wire to get to our box. Then we can go ahead and line up the wires to the groove and the grommet and go ahead and put the grommet back into place. We'll go ahead and rout some of our wires here. We'll follow some of the factory wires here. Using some extra zip ties. Use the existing opening here. We'll tuck it behind this material here and then we'll run it out an opening right here. I think we can rout it down below behind here as well. We can go ahead and plug these into our control box. The wide one will go into our monitor and then our buzzer. We'll leave that alone for now. Let's go ahead and cut off the excess zip ties and rout our monitor and our buzzer inside the cab of the truck. First we're going to work with our buzzer or our noise maker. We're actually going to hide it behind the dash in an easy to access location. We'll pull this panel out and we'll rout this one underneath to up here. We'll use the adhesive that comes with it to attach it right here. We'll go ahead and clean of some of the plastic here, peel off the back of our adhesive, and then I think we can take our excess wiring and just wrap it around the vent right there. I think we're good to go. Now we'll go ahead and work with our monitor cable. We're actually going to take this back out and then we're going to rout it up to about right here. Now using the same adhesive to hold it in place, however in this case we're going to let the customer decide the exact location it's going to be. We'll hide some of the excess cable inside here and it will just need to sit here for now. We can actually take our wire and just tuck it behind the plastic to help hold that part up and we'll just tuck our excess back behind here and put our panel back into place. Let's go ahead to take a moment to bundle some of our excess wire outside here. Next we'll go ahead and work for our power wire. The red wire will go to our power and the black wire will go to ground. We'll go ahead and peal them apart. Now ground will be easy. It's going to go directly to the body and for power we're actually going to use our fog light circuit for the fog light to go into the bumper. That switch will turn this off and on as needed. Let's go ahead and plug this into the back of our box. Then we'll take our red wire, put a fresh end on it, and we'll use a quick splice connector to connect into our lights. Convincing our warning light circuit right here. We'll go ahead and disconnect it from the housing and then pull it up where it's easy to work with. Now to pull it apart there's a little tab on top here. You pull that and you go down. We'll rout that up. We'll go ahead and remove our tape here for our wire. Next we'll go ahead and test which wire will be our power wire. We'll go ahead and use a light tester and it looks like the brown wire with the yellow stripe supplies power. The part number for the quick splice connector that we're using is 564. Quick splice connector will just slide over the wire that we're going to use for power, slide it all the way on, and then we'll take the red wire and put it right next to it and use a pair of pliers to squeeze down the metal clip in the middle to make the connection. Let's go ahead and use some electrical tape and help protect our connector. We can go ahead and plug this back into our light. Let's work for our ground wire. It's already been pre-stripped in the factory but it does not come with a ring terminal. We're going to add a ring terminal to our wire and we'll attach it to the frame right here. We'll go ahead and use a self-tapping screw that uses a quarter inch hex head bit. All the electrical connections are made. Let's go ahead and take a few moments to reinstall all of the plastic rivets underneath here and then we'll go ahead and reinstall our bumper. At this point we'll go ahead and tighten up the bumper. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help load the bumper and then tighten it down. Now the protector control box we're going to use part number Tk2051. This is actually a replacement bolt on battery box for Tekonsha Trailer Breakaway kits but we're going to use this as an enclosure for our control box. Let's go ahead and tuck our wires towards the bumper and we're going to place it right here right where this edge will meet up against the edge of this right here. We use a couple of self-tapping screws to hold it in place. When we put our box into place it hangs up just a little bit over the edge because there's a part of the grill that comes down and will be right here. What we're going to do is we're going to cut off this back sided edge here and then that will give us more room to go down. There we go much better. Now we're just going to screw in right into the plastic in this part below here. It's pretty easy to do. Let's go ahead and open up the lid. There's a notch in the lid right here. We'll use that to rout our wires through and then we'll take this our control box and we'll go ahead and mount it to the inside edge. We'll use the adhesive right here to hold it in place. We'll tuck our wires into the slot in our box and close the lid. All this requires is maybe a zip tie right here to hold it together. Now lets take a few moments and we'll go ahead and secure our wires that are still outside the box. All right we've got everything going now. Let's go ahead and try it out by running into things. We'll go ahead and turn it on. You can see our indicators tells us how far away it is. Now you can see how it works too but you can see the individual sensors how they pick up. This one can sense the vehicle in front but the two in the middle pick it up first as you can see by the indication. We're at an angle where the one on the side here doesn't pick up at all. That will do it for part number Bu500. This is the Accele Electronics Four Sensor Vehicle Backup System on our 2012 Ford F150 SuperCrew Cab. .