- This part fixes all Ford Territory models from 2004-2011 (TX, TS, Ghia, SX, SY, SYII).
If your Territory has a compartment on the top of the dash with a broken latch, this is the part you need to fix it.
- Australia: Free Express Post to anywhere in Australia (Overnight for about 80% of our customers)
- New Zealand: Discounted Standard Air Mail (3 Weeks) or Discounted Express Air Mail (3 days).
- Rest of the World: Standard Air Mail.
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- 3D Printed Black ABS plastic Latch part only (reuse the remainder of the original latch assembly)
- Printed instructions (click here to see them online)
Is this the right part?
Simple answer: Yes.
We only sell one part. All Ford Territories with a compartment on the top of the dash use the same latch. When it breaks the compartment won’t stay closed. You end up with a hook like bit that is usually still in the latch, but loose and disconnected. This is the part that fixes the problem.
If for any reason it isn’t the right part, I’ll refund your full purchase price and your postage to send it back to us. We’ve helped over 1,000 Territory owners fix this problem with our 3D printed latch, and we haven’t had a single one of our latches not fit or not fix the problem.
If you want to be certain, watch the video and pull apart your existing latch. You should end up with a broken part like the one shown in the video (and further below on this page)
What You Need:
- Skill level: Easy. See the instruction sheet, or watch me do it in our youtube video. Takes me about 5 minutes (I’ve done a few now), and Mums and Dads tell me it takes them about 10 minutes. If you can replace the batteries in a Thomas the Tank Engine, you can do this. I’ve never had anyone unable to install it.
- Tools required:
- Phillips head screwdriver (short and stubby one is best to remove the lid from the car)
- Flat bladed screwdriver (to separate the part)
- Optional: WD40 / grease or similar (to help it slide smoothly)
- Original parts: You need to keep and re-use all the other parts of the latch assembly: the upper lid, latch cover, latch base, and 2 springs (see instructions).
How Tough Is It?
- Less Holes: 3D printing allowed us to remove the holes that cause the breakage in the first place. We kept in a couple of sighting holes that aren’t in the stress area, but removed all the holes that cause the original part to break.
- Breaking point: I stress tested the part that sticks out and takes all the force, and it holds at least 13kg before it breaks.
- Repetitive use: It’s definitely kid proof. I have used one in our Territory since 2012. I gave my son the job of testing it to destruction by opening and closing the dash compartment on our Territory dozens of times every day on the way to and from school. After over 1,000 closes the hinges on the back of the compartment finally broke, but not our 3D printed latch.
- Sun resistant: I’ve had one sitting on top of a water tank in the full Queensland sun since 2012. After 3 years it started to fade slightly, but it’s still very strong.
- Returns: I’ve sold over 1,500 of these and only had 2 break. Both those were early models, and I tweaked the design and made it even stronger after those two returns.
12 Months, 100% Money Back Guarantee
We love our 3D printed latches, and we want you to love yours too. So you get a 12 month guarantee. We will happily refund your money or replace the part if it doesn’t fit, breaks, doesn’t work how you expected it to, doesn’t fix the problem, is too ugly, isn’t what you expected, or if you are in any way unhappy with the part. We will even reimburse reasonable postage costs to return it to us, and if you’d like a replacement we will pay to send the replacement part back to you.
We really want you to love this part, so if you have a problem we really want to know about it, and we really want to help. Please get in touch if you have any problems at all.
What you need to know about 3D Printed Parts:
This is a custom designed, 3D printed part you can use to easily repair your latch instead of replacing the whole dash compartment lid! It’s made in Australia, using 3D printing, so it’s a little different to a factory made product. Here’s how:
- It’s not perfect. The finish is a little rough and textured, and has marks from the support material that held it in place while being printed. We spend a while on each piece cleaning it up, but it’s never going to be as smooth or perfect as the original. It still looks fine, and my wife is very happy with how it looks in our Territory, so it passes the “Mrs” test. And if you think it is too ugly, you can return it for a full refund. I haven’t had anyone take me up on this yet.
- It’s ABS plastic. ABS is a tough, commercial grade plastic that is found in everything from TV surrounds to car bumpers. This is the same type of plastic most of the original catch was made from, except the facing part, which on the original has a rubberised finish. This replacement does not have a rubberised finish.
- Slightly flexible. Printed ABS parts are more flexible than injection moulded (factory) parts. The part flexes a little more than the original, but I think this actually makes it less likely to break. My son opened and closed one of these 3D printed latches over 1,000 times without breaking the latch (the hinges on the compartment broke instead). I have also stress tested the hook and it takes more than 13kg of direct force on the hook to snap it off. They’re proving so strong we have only had 2 returns out of over 1,500 sold – and that was years ago and we strengthened the design after those returns.
- Slightly different dimensions. I had to measure the part and then design it on a computer, so it’s slightly different to the original part. I also reinforced the design to hopefully make it a bit stronger. The printing process has a slight fudge factor as well, so it’s not exactly the same as the original. However, I guarantee the part fits and works for you, or I’ll refund the entire purchase price and your postage to return it to us.
This is what the dash compartment looks like (catch highlighted in red):
This is what the broken part looks like:
The original part from Ford breaks because of all the holes in the part. These holes are needed for support pins when using injection molding. With 3D printing, we don’t need holes! We removed almost all of the holes from our part. We left a couple of small holes in to allow you to see that the springs are in position, but they don’t affect the strength of the product. The holes in the original part around the base of the hook cause the issue, and we removed them from our design.
This is what the new 3D printed replacement part looks like:
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