Installation guide: XT63xx with SDLC for light duty Ford vehicles on Reveal
Skill level: Intermediate
Installers must be able to remove dash panels and instrument clusters, and mount and secure devices safely.
This article explains how to install a Xirgo XT63xx device on light-duty Ford vehicles with an SDLC cable.
Time required: 20-30 minutes
An ECMD connection requires an updated ECM-enabled configuration script parameter file to correctly identify ignition time. (At Step 8, you will call Reveal support for this.)
In this article:
Before you install the device:
- Locate and capture the device serial number
- Identify the device LEDs
For installations that do not have optional peripherals, steps 5 is not required.
For installations that do not have a Driver ID reader and external buzzer, step 6 is not required.
- Step 1: Choose where to mount the device
- Step 2: Identify the SDLC cable and the SDLC module
- Step 3: Connect the SDLC cable to the vehicle
- Step 4: Connect the SDLC cable to the device
- Step 5: Connect the I/O harness
- Step 6: Install the driver ID reader and external buzzer
- Step 7: Route the cables and secure the device
- Step 8: Update the device configuration and verify operation
Preparing for installation
Locate and capture the device serial number
The device serial number is on the top of the device.
Capture the device serial number (you will need it later to verify the installation).
Identify the device LEDs
- Identify the location of the device LEDs.
- Note the LED colors and statuses.
Amber LED (Cellular Network)
- OFF: No power to device
- Solid: Ignition is ON, cellular network is acquired
- Flashing: Ignition is OFF
- Fast Flashing: Ignition is ON; searching for cellular network
Blue LED (Bluetooth)
- OFF: Bluetooth is not connected
- Flashing: Bluetooth is connected
Green LED (GPS)
- OFF: Searching for satellites
- Flashing: Satellite count +1
- The LED flashes once to indicate a GPS signal is acquired.
- The LED continues flashing to indicate the number of satellites that are visible to the device.
Installing the Xirgo XT63xx
Step 1: Choose where to mount the device
Mount the Xirgo behind the instrument cluster or the knee panel.
For best reception, mount the device should be label-side up and skyward-facing and have a clear line of sight out of the vehicle.
- The device will acquire signal through glass, plastic and most composites. Do not mount the device directly under large metal objects like a mounting plate which can block GPS signal.
- The mounting location should allow securing the device with zip ties, VHB tape, or Velcro.
Step 2: Identify the SDLC cable and the SDLC Gateway module
- Identify the connectors on the SDLC cable (see image below).
1. Connector for the back side of the vehicle’s SDLC module
2. Connector for the vehicle’s factory connector
3. Connector for the Xirgo XT63xx device
The SDLC cable is used to connect between the factory harness and the back of the Ford Gateway/SDLC module.
- Identify the SDLC module, pictured below.
The SDLC module, also known as the Ford Gateway, is already mounted on the vehicle.
Front view of SDLC module
Rear view of SDLC module
Step 3: Connect the SDLC cable to the vehicle
- Unmount the SDLC module and disconnect the factory harness from the back side of the SDLC module.
The SDLC module is typically located along the driver side knee panel.
- Snap the provided Y cable in place between the factory connector and the back side of the SDLC module.
The completed SDLC Y connections should be as pictured below.
- Remount the SDLC module back into place.
- Secure the cabling along its length, keeping it clear of any moving parts.
Ensure cable placement does not interfere with the driver's operation of the vehicle or with any vehicle controls (such as brakes, pedals, or steering).
Step 4: Connect the SDLC cable to the device
- Connect the 14 pin Molex connector to the device for the ECM connection.
- If no optional peripherals are installed, go to Step 7: Route the cables and secure the device.
- Otherwise, go to Step 5: Connect the I/O harness.
Step 5: Connect the I/O harness
This step is only for installations that have optional peripherals or sensor inputs.
- Plug the 24 pin Molex I/O harness connector into the Xirgo device.
- Connect the I/O harness to the optional inputs (see images below).
Wire colors may change, always verify the pin number.
Step 6: Install the Driver ID reader and external buzzer (optional).
- Mount the Driver ID Reader in a location that is convenient for the driver to use, such as to the right of the steering column.
Use consistent placement in each of the customer’s vehicles whenever possible.
- Install the Driver ID reader by drilling a 3/8" hole into a dash panel with at least 3/4" minimum clearance depth behind the panel.
- Remove the retaining washer from the back of the reader and feed the 2-pin harness through the hole. Then secure the reader in place by sliding the retaining washer back onto the harness until it is snug against the back of the panel.
- Snap the 2-pin Driver ID connector into the Driver ID Reader cable head of the I/O harness, and secure the excess cabling using a zip tie.
Powering the external Driver ID buzzer
Reminder: No 3-wire installation.
When an ECMD diagnostic harness is used to power the device, the external Driver ID buzzer requires a 12V source to operate.
- Provide power to the external buzzer:
Disconnect the 24-pin harness from the device.
Join the red and white wires together using a butt connector or crimp cap.
- Snap the 3-pin buzzer connector into the buzzer cable head of the I/O harness and secure it using a zip tie.
Step 7: Route the cables and secure the device
- Route the cables to the mounting location you chose earlier (see Step 1).
Coil and secure any loose cabling using zip ties to ensure it will not interfere with the driver or normal operation of the vehicle.
- Mount the device in the chosen location (seeStep 1).
For best signal, mount the Xirgo label-side up with a skyward-facing view and clear line of sight out of the vehicle. Do not mount the Xirgo directly under large metal objects like a mounting plate which can degrade or block GPS signal.
- Fasten the device securely to a stable mounting bracket or wire bundle using zip ties, VHB tape, or Velcro. Do not cover the ESN/Serial Number with two-sided tape. The label will peel and be unreadable when the tape is removed.
The device must be fastened securely to prevent it from moving and generating erroneous harsh driving event reporting.
- Check everything is fastened tightly, and trim zip ties if they have excess length.
Use extreme caution when trimming the zip ties. Accidentally cutting or nicking nearby vehicle wires will cause performance issues with the vehicle.
If you have removed the dash panel, do not replace it until the network connection is confirmed (see Step 8).
Step 8: Update the device configuration and verify operation
- Call Reveal Support at 866-908-1165 to update the device configuration so ignition is sensed through the SDLC cable.
- Verify operation of the device.
To verify operation:
If you’re a Reveal customer, verify your installation in Reveal.
If you’re a professional installer using Reveal, use the Reveal Hardware Installer app.
If you’re installing a device in Fleet, use the Fleet Installer Portal.
Technician installers and self-installers can contact Verizon Connect Support as follows:
Reveal Support: 866.908.1165
Reveal Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
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