I have a 96 grand caravan and it did not come with an overhead console
but I would like to install one. I went ahead and bought one off ebay
and realize that I need a receiving bracket or something else to
install it into my van [which only have the two overhead lights.]
Does this console have another piece that goes with it?
I know I have to do some cutting, I want to know if its possible to
instal this unit before I cut
Maxpower this ones for you! LOL
You're in for a lot, I mean a lot, of work ... and expense. Here's what
you'll need to make that overhead console fit and work properly:
1) A matching headliner (the one in your van now will not properly fit
your console, and cannot be made to do so). Compare a van with an
overhead console with one that didn't come with one and the differences
will be quite apparent. If you have rear air, you'll need a matching
headliner for that too.
2) You didn't say, but if your console has a trip computer, you'll need
the proper wiring harness for the trip computer, which your van does not
have. (Get a factory shop manual, and you may be able to run individual
3) The correct bracket(s) needed to mount your console to the roof.
4) If your console has a trip computer, you'll also need the correct
ambient temperature sensor and wiring harness. This sensor sits below
and in front of the radiator on the crossmember.
I've successfully put a '99 overhead console with trip computer and
built-in garage door opener in a '97 Grand Voyager SE, BUT the '97
already had an overhead console without trip computer. However, it did
have the factory-installed wiring harness. Even then, I had to change
the wiring harness of the '97 to match the connector for the '99
console, which was different, and buy an ambient temperature sensor.
I've looked at doing the same thing with my '98 Plymouth Grand Voyager
Expresso, which didn't come with an overhead console. After toting up
the hours and dollars that would be needed to find all the parts in a
junkyard (if I could be lucky enough to find a headliner for an extended
wheelbase Grand with overhead console but without rear A/C vents), I
decided I could live without a console in the '98.
I did this with a '98 Caravan Sport, but only after determining it had
the trip computer data bus harness taped back in the overhead. Even so,
it was not purely "plug and play", requiring the use of D-Sub jumpers.
o.kkkkk! THAT's THAT! I will just have to put this console back on
ebay. The van is not that great to go thru all the trouble.
Thank you for your detailed response, but man that seems like a lot of
work and expense. I did not intend to go that far with it. So the
project is cancelled.
AGAIN THANK YOU!
Jim Scott wrote:
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