11-13' Ford Explorer SYNC 3 Upgrade for MyFord Touch

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 Use Google Maps, Waze or Apple Maps from your mobile device on the SYNC 3 screen.

Get $50 back! Simply send us your old module. (Limited time only. Pre-paid return shipping label and free pick-up included. See below for details*) 

Our complete SYNC 3 retrofit kit contains genuine Ford parts, includes everything needed and comes pre-programmed. Please note, some of the pictures depict the kit with navigation - We offer this kit with and without factory navigation. It may also be depicted with on screen climate controls - this kit will retain existing on screen climate controls, but will not add them to a vehicle that did not have them before.

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  • Genuine Ford voice activated navigation system control module.
  • Genuine Ford 8" Capacitive Touchscreen.
  • Screen to module cable.
  • Under dash, retrofit GPS antenna (Required - existing antenna NOT compatible).
  • Replacement Media Hub.
  • Media Hub Wiring Adapter.
  • Vehicle specific programming - NO trip to the dealer required! (VIN Required During Checkout)
  • Full printed instructions & live technical support.



  • Adds Apple CarPlay™
  • Adds Android Auto™
  • Latest applicable SYNC 3 software
  • Plug n' play - hassle free installation w/ no cut or spliced wiring
  • Retains ALL Factory Features - (Backup Camera, Heated Seats, Park Assist, Climate Controls, etc†)
  • Designed for the DIY'er
  • (Optional) Voice Activated Navigation w/ Full maps for USA, Canada and Mexico**



  • Install Time: ~20 minutes
  • Install Ease: 1 out of 5



  • 2011, 2012 & 2013 Ford Explorer equipped the 8" MyFord Touch system



  • Q – “I have manual climate and the bottom right corner of my screen just has the date. Will this add the on screen controls?”
  • A – No. There is not a cost effective way to add automatic climate control.


  • Q – “My backup camera does not work, will this fix it?”
  • A – No. Backup camera failures are common. If the backup camera is not working, it will need to be replaced.


  • Q – “Will this add SYNC Connect / FordPass controls from my phone?”
  • A – No. SYNC Connect is a separate modem optioned in some vehicles. We do not currently offer a kit to add this functionality.

  • Q – “Will this kit void my factory warranty?”
  • A – No. This kit will not void your vehicle warranty. Although Ford will not warranty the components in our kit, we do for one full year! 

  • Q – “Can I still update the SYNC software when updates are available?”
  • A – Yes. You will still be able to update SYNC via USB thumb drive from our software updates page HERE. 

  • Q – “Will this kit affect my SiriusXM subscription?”
  • A – No. SiriusXM subscriptions are NOT affected by our kit - your SiriusXM ID will remain the same.

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* Continental USA only. Must have a 2013+ production date, no physical damage and in working condition. See Policies for more info.

**Regardless if your SYNC 2 system is navigation equipped or not, you will need to select "Navigation Version" option under "Kit Options" if you would like SYNC 3 to have navigation.  

† The Explorer will not display the source "Bluetooth Audio" & "USB" in the instrument cluster (All other sources will still display in the cluster). Bluetooth Audio and USB will still show as a source on the main screen. When selected, Bluetooth audio will still Artist, Title and Track information in the cluster. The only loss is the ability to select "Bluetooth Audio" & "USB" from the cluster. This caveat only found in SYNC 3 software versions 3.0 and higher. Downgrading to version 2.3 will return this functionality. 

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  • 5
    Easy Installation-Great product!

    Posted by Mike B. on Sep 3rd 2019

    I was looking for an Apple Carplay upgrade for my wife's 2013 Explorer Limited. My concern was that so many of the vehicle controls were linked to the Sync 2 system, which was great when we bought it - but the navigation system was out of date - and I refused to buy map updates at $150 a pop. by now I would have spento over $1000 on map updates. The voice system was slow and the touchscreen drove us crazy. While I know we can use the maps on carplay, i got the navigation module as well so that we could have Navigation is there was cell service loss. the instruction video was easy to follow, I did it all in less than an hour. When I powered up the car, all of our settings were still the same on the radio, and everything worked smoothly. I had not told my wife, she was so happy to have a system that allowed her to have her phone
    accessibility and maps on the screen. The voice system is almost flawless - she just has to say "tell ____ i'm here" and it goes. Directions and waypoints are easy to voice access. Tennessee just enacted a handsfree law, so this makes her legal in the state and safer overall. (What she doesn't know is that I am getting her a new Explorer, and I am going to keep hers.)

    The only complaint I would have is that it would be nice to have an 2-3 inch extension for the USB connector unit for the USB plugs. There was one for the power cable, but the USB is short in the vehicle and very awkward and hard to plug in to the back of the new USB ports. I managed it, but that was the only time during the whole installation I swore.

    Great product and service! Everything they promised.

  • 5
    11-13 sync 3 Upgrade

    Posted by Ivan Tam on Aug 4th 2019

    Should have done this years ago. The unit works great, it's like I have a new car now. Back up camera has better graphics too. Installation was easy, 20 minutes as advertised.

  • 4
    SYNC 3 big improvement over SYNC 2

    Posted by Scott Wynne on Mar 14th 2019

    The installation videos were perfect. Service was perfect. Everything was as advertise. I really enjoy the new interface and the Alexa interface. The only reason I cannot give it 5 stars is not 4DTech's fault. It is because the map is 3 years out of date and I cannot update it. Needing a new map is what started the whole process for me. Evidently I drive in a field to get to work. The SYNC 2 map (SD Card) came out last month for 2019. The idea that SYNC 3 has no update is beyond mind boggling.

  • 5
    Love! Apple Carplay is the best!

    Posted by Chrissy on Aug 29th 2018

    I have a 2011 Ford Explorer. I 've been looking at new cars and the ones I like were going to be $60k. My car is in great shape but I really wanted the latest technology mainly Apple Carplay. I decided to get my car detailed and ordered the new Sync 3. I'm so happy I did because I love my Sync3 with Apple Carplay. It's awesome. I seriously feel like I have a new car! I had it installed by a car radio shop and it was $150...so worth it. It is so much safer and so easy to use. I could not be happier. If you are considering this update just do it! You will not be disappointed.

  • 5
    Fantastic Upgrade

    Posted by Rod on Jun 5th 2018

    I am so glad I upgraded my 2011 Explorer to SYNC 3, it really showed me how pathetic SYNC 2 really was. The hardest part of the whole thing was getting the darn plastic pieces off of the dash. The instructions were easy to follow, making the removal of the old and installation of the new system a breeze. I am stoked I found 4D Tech's products and recommend everyone with the old SYNC systems buy an upgrade, you'll be glad you did.

  • 5
    Love the upgrade

    Posted by Farshid Farhangpour on May 11th 2018

    Watched the video in YouTube how to do it and then I installed the unit. it was very easy to install it and it worked immediately, much better improvement over the My Ford Touch

  • 5
    SYNC 2 TO SYNC 3 KIT is money well spent!!!!

    Posted by D. Barker on May 7th 2018

    The radio was easy to install. Everything worked out of the box. Similar to another review, I was a little weary about the purchase but not anymore. Previously, I had a Pioneer Avh-4100NEX in a 2010 ford focus, thus I was use to carplay/android auto and usb media sources. I bought my 2013 Explorer in 2016. I hated the myfordtouch radio in my Explorer. Myfordtouch was dated and lacked media options. Because hvac is built into the 8 inch myfordtouch screen, aftermarket radios are not an option. I thought I was stuck with myfordtouch until I found this sync 2 to sync 3 upgrade kit. It’s pricey but you get what you pay for. Carplay works great; my Sirius works great; my factory camera works great; steering wheel controls work great; etc…. I have no complaints. If you want a real infotainment experience upgrade to sync3. It is worth the money!!!

  • 5
    Sync 2 to Sync 3 Kit Easy to Install, Works Great

    Posted by Bob Pell on May 7th 2018

    This kit is easy to install. Make sure you look at the video, not just the written instructions. The Synch 3 is reliable, my AM radio now works, it is all great.

  • 5
    One of the easiest, most rewarding upgrades ever!

    Posted by Michael M. on May 4th 2018

    Can I vote 10 stars out of 5, please?

    So I'll admit it... Initially... I was pretty skeptical of this company, and this purchase.

    But I'm elated to report that in all of my years owning a vehicle, and all the way's I've used to maintain and upkeep, as well as upgrade and rejuvenate the vehicles I've had... I can without a doubt verify this was the easiest most rewarding install I have ever done.

    Not only did it allow me to cast aside the outdated, painful-to-use Sync 2, but it allowed me to do it with about as much effort as changing some poorly-designed batteries.

    A couple of screws here, a bolt or two there... And it was done. ...Complete with amazingly easy-to-follow instructional videos that make this so basic and simple, even a poorly-trained chimp can do it... ...while drunk.

    ...I can't even believe how simple this is, and yet how unwilling Ford is to perform this upgrade for owners!

    4Dtech, thank you so much for truly being able to bring out my enjoyment of my car. You (with this) made the difference between a good car with a terrible system, to a good car with an equally good system.

    Aside from the actual product, the purchase was entirely painless in being done and price was entirely comparable to competitors, and the shipping process was prompt and problem free.

    ...This is the type of company, product, and service that people look for excuses to bring up among friends because they enjoyed it so much. You didn't just make a happy customer out of me, you made a fan. KUDOS.

    ...If you're still trying to decide, JUST BUY IT ALREADY. These are REAL reviews from REAL people who had REAL amazingly-good experiences with it! WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!!!

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