So I was in contact with AdmiralSparklez and did the swap in my 13 SHO. What I did first was swap just the wheel. The button functions were backwards like Admiral mentioned a while back in this post. So I went ahead and added the Explorer clockspring into the car. Here is where it gets interesting. The explorer clockspring made no difference what so ever. This tells me there is not much of a difference electronically between the taurus and explorer clockspring. For giggles, I put the Taurus wheel in with the explorer clockspring and everything works 100% as if I never did anything in the first place. So there is definitely something different between the taurus and the explorer. I do not know if it is wiring, or programming. Admiral would probably be able to answer that though. Figured I would put my info in here. If anything, I ended up getting a new clockspring out of this project that didn't need to be replaced to begin with. Oh well. I am keeping my taurus clockspring just in case.
Well that answers that potential solution. Interesting.
So this would tell me that it's programming which I was almost to the conclusion of. I know the exact block in the SCCM that controls the left and right switch pack. I also know the exact values the Explorer has to match the steering wheel. Unfortunately, whenever I try to write the correct values to that block, the module refuses to accept the change as it's "not compatible". That tells me the module is literally too old in a way to accept that configuration. I might actually swap the SCCM to that of a new Explorer which WILL solve the issue, however I'm curious as to if it would piss off any other modules within the car knowing that there would be an entirely different SCCM in there.
I'm going to now research the SCCMs in both the Taurus and Explorer and see if they can be swapped. If so, that solves the issue. My poor Taurus has been a strong ginnie pig so I'm curious as to what will happen if that works.
Well I just woke up so I'm a little hazy and after looking at pictures for 5 seconds I just remembered that an SCCM is legit the entire steering column with the wiper and turn signal controls soooooooooo......
I wonder if it'll fit in the Taurus...
Okay good news. This may be one hell of a retrofit. After comparing pictures, the Taurus SCCM and the Explorer (2016-2018) SCCM look... absolutely identical... now there are some minor differences but otherwise, the shape and connectors are the same. That's fantastic news.
Other than the extra control stalk sticking out the other side, this may actually work.
Part number for clock spring: GB5T-14B522-DEW
***HEY GUESS WHAT ANOTHER EDIT***
Okay so the only issue that will be had is the shroud on our steering columns. It's not constructed to accommodate another stalk sticking out the side. I'm looking into if an Explorer shroud will fit. If so, that leaves the question of where in the world is the power adjustment for the steering column.
So far here are the part numbers I've found:
SCCM (No idea if there are different SCCMs for different features): GB5T-14B522
Left Stalk (Turn signal) (again, I think there are different kinds for different features): GB5Z-13341
Right Stalk (Wipers): DB5Z-17A553
Power Adjust and Tilt Switch: BA1Z-3B504-AA
Pedal Adjustment Switch: GB5Z-9G604-AA
Steering Column Shroud (with power adjust and tilt): FB5Z-3530-DA
Should I state, the 2018 or 2017 seems to use newer versions of these model numbers. Therefore, these model numbers I have found might be hard to find as they aren't made anymore. I'll further investigate when I'm off work and see what else may be required.
Only thing I'm worried about is the steering column shroud. I'm sure it'll fit around our assembly, but I'm skeptical of how it'll want to clip in or fit in the car. I don't want it looking awful.