For anyone thinking about buying this. I have a 12v solutions no honk kit on my F150. It's a good quality product.
Aren't late model Fords already pre-installed with remote start and just need a hood switch and some programming to activate it? On my 16 Taurus I used Forscan to activate and got two remote keys off Ebay.
It sort of depends ...
I did something similar to what you did, with my truck. I have a 2018 F-250 that is an XL; pretty darn basic truck. The OEM remote start does require that a hood switch be present, but that may or may not be in your vehicle depending upon vehicle build sheet. My truck had one because I had the upgraded Power Equipment Group (power windows and locks, under-hood light) and it included the hood switch. I added the OEM remote start kit to my truck; I had to buy the OEM intercept/program module; it plugs in between the OBDII port and the harness. Then I use the OEM key fobs in a specific sequence. But to make the OEM hardware active, I also did what you did; I had to go into the truck BCM program (using the "ForScan") and toggle some permissive inputs to acknowledge the hardware as being present, and then instruct certain options to display on the dash for selection modes.
Our 2018 Taurus SE (the one I'm offering the kit from) did not come with a hood switch, but the aftermarket kit (12volt.solutions) didn't require that to be present like the OEM kit does. That is why I chose the aftermarket kit for the Taurus; less cost and stuff to add. But, the aftermarket kit installs in a similar manner (not exactly the same, but close to it). And then you have to program the module to the BCM recognized key list via the OEM key introduction task. It may sound complicated, but it's super easy and there are plenty of vidoes out there how to do this. The installation takes longer than the programming; the programming only takes about 30 seconds if done right. I looked into using the Ford OEM remote start, but there were several things I'd have to buy (hood switch, hood switch harness, RS module). I didn't find anyone with good info as to how/where the hood switch was located or where the harness should be routed. In the end, I just determined it was easier to use the aftermarket kit instead; less cost and complexity of install. Was your Taurus a model that included the hood switch? SEL, Limited, etc? The SE's didn't come with the hood switch nor the RS module, at least not in the 2018 models. if you had a premium Taurus model, it's quite likely that it may have come with that stuff and just needed to be activated. But if that stuff is not present (and it's not in all Taurus models), it's just cheaper/easier to use the aftermarket kit. And for those not familiar with ForScan, or uncomfortable in modifying their BCM, the aftermarket kit is "plug-n-play" with no need to enter the vehicle BCM language, because the aftermarket kit uses the multi-key program mode to accept the aftermarket module as a permitted transmitter unit.