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If Ford offers a “Ready for the Road” package installed by their internal up-fitting assembly line, why do I need Crown?
Ford does a great job at installing and prepping the various pieces of the puzzle when getting a police vehicle ready for the road, but someone still must add more equipment to allow the vehicle to be put into service. Ford’s packages are missing a variety of critical components required to allow the vehicle to be ready for duty. Crown seamlessly provides the final installation of equipment to allow the vehicle to be put into the hands of the officer.
If only it was that simple. Connecting all of the electrical components is the most difficult element of integrating the aftermarket components with Ford’s prep package.
When installing these items, you want to ensure that you have a professional who knows what they’re doing. Crown has engineers, highly trained installers and years of experience working with Ford on how best to successfully connect all equipment together.
Ford’s option 67U provides the wiring to connect the lights that Ford installs, but does not provide a power distribution system that allows all the necessary additional equipment like radios, video or any additional lighting to be properly connected with the vehicle.
Crown’s offering provides a complete customized wiring harness installed into the vehicle that not only connects the Ford installed lighting and siren, but also integrates the BIT13 panel into the vehicle to support the connection of many other components required to make the vehicle ‘Ready for Patrol’.
It’s true that some dealers provide certain up-fitting services, but the complexity of vehicles and the need to invest significantly in engineering and integration is contributing to many dealers no longer offering up-fitting services. We love partnering with dealers to deliver our services to agencies.
As experts in up-fitting, we have seen it all. We have seen that some dealers are very good at up-fitting and some are not. We know that the industry is very much a “you get what you pay for” type of industry. Often products are substituted or not correctly installed. In fact, it is very difficult to examine the quality of the work as the most critical and complex work is hidden behind the reinstalled trim before you get to examine the workmanship.
By specifying an up-fit with Crown and using a Crown part number, only the fleet maintains complete control of the up-fit. It is critical that all components be appropriately specified and functionality understood to ensure that your quoted price truly meets your needs.
Crown often highlights gaps in an up-fit as the specified components will not support the intended functionality. There is nothing worse than receiving a vehicle and it doesn’t work the way you need it to. Working upfront early with Crown on the specification and engineering will ensure that you “get what you pay for”.