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Old 06-15-2012, 03:06 AM   #1
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converting manual windows and locks to power?

I cant stand crank windows plus im about to put a remote start and alarm on my car. How hard is it to convert to power windows and locks? Is the wiring already in the doors or will i have to wire everything myself?


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Old 06-15-2012, 11:45 AM   #2
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On manual windows, there is no wiring in the door. I suggest buying a set of doors from a junk yard the same colour as yours and swapping them in because the kits for electric locks, and windows can be expensive and are never as reliable as the stock electric window and lock mechanisms. Plus, swapping in the aftermarket stuff is a very time consuming proposition and if you have never done it, it can be daunting. Especially (or even if) you know DC electronics. There are a lot of voltage (amperage) and relay issues that can crop up not to mention where to put the switches and how quality the switches are. Getting a set of doors with switches and the central switch and wiring it will be a TON easier. And probably a LOT cheaper!
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BTW, when I was looking for a Focus, I was HAPPY mine was all manual. I have gotten sick of slow or inoperable electric windows over the years so much I wanted manual windows. I also wanted the much lower weight of the manual windows, the doors (without electronic motors and actuators are about 25lbs lighter (total) than manual doors so there's that as well. On my BMW I have been looking for a set of manual seats for this reason as well. Even thoughmine look good and work, they actually weigh 230lbs each! If I pull them out and swap in manual Recaros I drop about 350lbs off the weight of the car, and it is unsprung weight so beneficial to everything, like handling, mileage, acceleration, stopping. I may install a door lock actuator for the doors for the alarm to interact with to lock and unlock the doors for me though as they don't weigh but about 2lbs.
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Thanks for the info. Now that i sit back and think about it i do want to eventually use this car for road courses and i would have to shed that extra weight. So i may just install power locks to go with the alarm and remote start which would only add 20lbs at the most. Plus the thought of replacing both doors entirely sounds like to much work.
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I just did a door swap.

You will need the wiring that comes from the car into the door. If you didn't get the option, your car doesn't have the wiring. The interior parts are easy enough to swap though.
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Thanks for the info. Now that i sit back and think about it i do want to eventually use this car for road courses and i would have to shed that extra weight. So i may just install power locks to go with the alarm and remote start which would only add 20lbs at the most. Plus the thought of replacing both doors entirely sounds like to much work.
It wuld be a lot of work and money and for a door that weighs a lot more and is (in the long run) possibly more problematic. And you do know that WHEN the drivers window gets stuck down, what is the weather going to be doing?
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I wonder how much more weight the power regulator vs the manual set up? Coming from an 80's car to this one I noticed power window regulators have come a long way. The one in my Focus is a whole lot lighter than the one in my old Mustang.

On the second gen Viper they used power windows because they're lighter than manual, which I though was interesting.
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It's not really that much more weight. I would say an extra pound per window. The motor doesn't weigh that much and the track system is the same weight.
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I'm doing that crazy thing right now

I'm putting the door of my scrap ( 280 000 KM ) ford focus SW 2003 on my girlfriend 2000 focus sedan ( 120 000 KM ) , I've used part of the focus 2003 harness , so the power windows and power mirror work fine , I'm just having problem figuring out the door lock system because the 2000 does not have any anti theft system , so I'm trying do rewire so it can work without it . any help would be appreciated .

And this week end I'll install the rear door , more complicated because i need to cut the top of the door of the 2000 and weld it to the door of the 2003 so i can install them on the sedan 2000 because they are not the same height
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