2016 Ford Explorer SYNC 3 Retrofit Kit for MyFord Touch Vehicles - Kit Contents
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16' Ford Explorer SYNC 3 Upgrade for MyFord Touch

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  • Product Description

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    Save $600! Use Google Maps, Waze or Apple Maps from your mobile device on the SYNC 3 screen rather than selecting the $600 option to add factory navigation. 

    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*)  


    Want to retrofit SYNC 3 into your MyFord Touch (SYNC 2 with 8" screen) equipped vehicle? Now you can! 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.

    The capacitive touch screen has impressive functionality such as the convenient swipe, and available navigation pinch-to-zoom functionality similar to what is found on your smartphone. SYNC 3 reacts quickly to your commands. From a light tap on the capacitive touch screen to simple voice commands, SYNC 3 delivers noticeable high-speed performance.

    Via SYNC AppLink, launch and voice-control some of your favorite mobile apps or access them in the organized apps section, which automatically loads SYNC-enabled apps from your paired and connected smartphone.

    Android Auto™ enables Google voice search, maps, music and more through steering wheel and touch screen controls. Apple CarPlay™ allows iPhone users to get directions optimized for traffic, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road with Siri® or a touch screen.

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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 SYNC 3 software (currently version 3.0)
    • 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



    • 2016 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 – “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. 


  • Product Videos

    • Add Apple CarPlay to SYNC 3 | 2015 - 2016 Ford Explorer
    • SYNC®3: New Features | SYNC 3 How-To | Ford
    • SYNC 2 to SYNC 3 Upgrade | 2011 - 2016 Ford Explorer

    Add Apple CarPlay to SYNC 3 | 2015 - 2016 Ford Explorer

  • Product Reviews


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    1. Easy Upgrade

      Upgraded my 2016 Explorer from MFT to Sync 3. Very easy to replace all the required parts. The online how to videos, the instructions that we sent with the Kit was perfect. I called the Tech Line once and got ahold of someone very fast. Had my questions answered and off I went, Very straight forward conversion. Love the speed of the Sync 3 system and having Apple Car Play. Highly recommend! on Jan 16th 2019

    2. Awesome Product

      I bought the model that went with the iPhone. I love the iPhone and love the way it displays the information on the screen. I used maps in an area over the weekend that was new construction and the directions were great! I wish the iPhone had bluetooth hookup instead of using the cable, but that's on Apple. The Sync 3 is a great upgrade. The navigation is simple and the look is clean. I'm very satisfied. on Mar 26th 2018

    3. Easy Upgrade, Worth the Price

      Love the Sync 3 with CarPlay. I didn't mind the MFT but I want my 2016 Explorer to be relevant for many years & figured this would guarantee me at least a few years of updates as I doubt that MFT will have any significant changes anymore. The installation videos sold me on it. Seeing how easy it would be convinced me to do it -- no need for extra money on an install. This is how all head unit upgrades should be :-). The unit was shipped very quickly & arrived in 3 days. Thank you to 4DTech for the service, installation videos, & quality product. on Aug 10th 2017

    4. Pricey but worth every penny of it

      Very easy installation guide. Clear and easy. Exactly what I was looking for. Everything works perfect. I got my favourite Apple carplay. Excellent product. Highly recommended. on Aug 3rd 2017

    5. Very easy install!

      I am not very savvy when it comes to cars, but I decided I would take a chance on this since the tutorial video was so detailed. It definitely took me about 2X as long, but well worth the time. Everything is in perfect working order like it came right off the assembly line. I am very happy with the product. on Jul 26th 2017

    6. As advertised!

      I was hesitant to spend money on this upgrade, and doubtful that I would be able to install it. The tech support was very quick to respond to my emails with questions before I ordered it and during installation, no matter the nature of the question. I was assured it would work with all the features in our Explorer, and it does. I have never attempted an installation like this. With the help of my daughter, who has never done anything like this either, I was able to complete it in far less time than I thought it would take. The only issue we had was removing the screws once the dash was removed, but on the advice of the tech support I tried a ratchet and it was very easy. From there we just continued to follow the directions on the video, and it worked quite well!! on Jul 21st 2017

    7. Awesome Upgrade

      Recently purchased a 2016 Ford Explorer XLT with a ton of options and lower miles for way under what a comparable 2017 would cost. The only downside was my 2016 was equipped with MyFord Touch (Sync 2). I found this website on Google while still car shopping and decided it would be cheaper to get the 2016 and upgrade to Sync 3 with the kit provided by 4D Tech! The install was a breeze (especially with Scott's YouTube video)! I was going slow and it took me just about 30 minutes to swap out the system. I highly recommend getting the dash removal tools, those made the side trim pieces a lot easier to remove! My spouse has a 2014 Ford Escape also with MyFord Touch and once I save up a bit I will replace that system with Sync 3 as well; it's that much of a better system than MFT! I will highly recommend 4D Tech for anyone looking for OEM fit Ford equipment! on Jul 11th 2017

    8. Very Easy to Install

      This is truly a super easy installation. The online videos that Scott has posted, made the install a breeze! Agree with the most difficult part is removing the side trim pieces but if you use some dash trim removal tools and take your time it makes it easier. I'm very pleased with Sync 3 and it is far better than MFT. Very responsive and the addition of Apple CarPlay is awesome! Navigation is spot on too. Took me about 30 minutes to complete and that includes swapping out the USB hub that is included with the kit. All features work perfectly and I was impressed that I did not have to reprogram all of my radio and Sirius channels again.

      A shout out to the excellent support team and their fast email responses!!!

      on May 18th 2017

  • Warranty Information

    One year from date of purchase. See our policy page for more details.