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Discussion in 'Explorer Audio & Navigation' started by uansari, August 16, 2004.

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    1. uansari

      uansari New Member

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      Hi guys, I'm new to this forum and had a question about what options I have with my truck.

      I've got a 2000 XLS with what I assume to be the midline AM/FM/cassette/CD player. I'd like to know what options I have when it comes to installing another Ford HU. I see many 6 disc in dash changers on eBay, and would love to have the convenience of a changer in the dash...

      Is this an option? If not, what are my options?

      Thanks,

      Usman
       
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    3. BBQ_HotDogs

      BBQ_HotDogs A Man Without Wheels Elite Explorer

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      There are units out there by Ford that are 6 disks changers. Is that what you are looking for or you talking about going aftermarket. And buyer beware of E-Bay electronics.
       
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      you should not do that, you'll more than likely spend more money on the used cd player and the 6 disk cd changer than you would buying a new aftermarket cd player and cd changer. and the stock ford one sucks.

      cd changers are not so great. I would simply suggest you go get your cds, burn them all into mp3s on your computer, then go buy an mp3 cd player, and you'll be able to have organized folders, song names, file names, etc shown from the mp3, not to mention you can hold around 100-150 songs per mp3 cd. thats what I do, I have 20 gigs in mp3s, thats around 15 cds, pop one in for a long trip, and i've got enough music to last for 10 hours before changing cds.

      also, don't be afraid of ebay, it's simply a matter of understanding how/who/when to buy on ebay. a few key things to remember:

      1. check the seller's feedback (the little number in () next to his ebay name) make sure he has nearly perfect feedback from the things he's sold.
      a. if he has no feedback and is selling stuff on ebay, don't buy it.
      b. if he has over 20 selling feedbacks then you should consider him trustworthy
      2. check the price with other prices on ebay, don't get ripped off.
      3. check the shipping price
      a. don't pay much more than $1 per lb
      b. don't accept usps for shipping (things get lost), only accept ups, fedex, and dhl
      c. if nothing is listed, before bidding, contact the seller and ask how much it is to ship, supply him with your zip code in the email.
      4. never pay with money orders!
      5. never pay with cash!
      6. use secure paypal or credit card transactions.
      7. make sure nothing is misprinted, such as the product number, or wrong picture. make sure the picture was taken by the seller, and NOT a copy from the product's website.
      a. if it's used, always ask the condition, and if there are ANY cosmetic or physical defects.
      b. if it's used and there is no picture available, email the seller asking for a picture.
      8. if contacting the seller fails in any of the above cases, don't buy it.


      ebay's website has even more tips, but these are generally the rules I follow.

      I have over 40 feedback from buying and selling numerous things on ebay, with 100% positive feedback, never had one single bad transaction since i follow the above rules. and I always seem to buy stuff thats over $300, lol.
       
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      yeah, go with what member02 says or get a new HU with an AUX input jack so you an hardwire an mp3 player right into the deck. i have this old archos 5GB jukebox and i'm currently researching a good setup that will allow me to plug it in instead of using that damn cassette adapter.
       
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      yea, thats a good idea too, I believe alpine is comming out with an ipod compatible aux input, it supposedly interacts with ipod's system. cool. too bad I hate apple.

      I outta do that too, I'm getting too lazy to change cd's now days. I should buy that 20gig jukebox mp3 player.
       
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      I would positively pass on that one for sure. IF you want to stay stock, there are much better ones out there than that one. Have you looked in your local junk yards yet? Do you want to stay with the factory look or have you thought about going into the aftermarket selection of players?
       
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      I'd like to stick with the stock look, as I see many people's trucks get broken into for stereo's. I was leaning toward that Ford HU cuz I figured it would be a simple plug n play affair. I was hoping the plugs were the same and I could just plug it in and go...
       
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      Ford CDX6 Radio (w/integral changer)

      A Ford CDX6 radio would be a straight plug-in swap for your 2000 Explorer. Two important things, though - first, you need a "Premium Sound" version, NOT one from the Audiophile System (aka "Mach"). The "Mach" version has a "DSP" button (like your e-bay example), and will not sound right in your vehicle, assuming you do not presently have a "Mach" sound system. The radio for the Mach system sends all of the low frequencies to a separate, remote SW amp, without adding that, your radio will sound like it has no Bass (because all the bass is channeled to the SW line out).

      The second thing is, if you get one of these radios used, you want to get one with the shipping bracket intact! If somebody ships it across country to you without the shipping bracket, the radio's CD mechanism will likely get damaged. Here's what the bracket looks like:

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      I have a CDX6 radio in my Mountaineer, along with the Mach Audio Sound System, and a console-mounted factory Ford CD changer. With this radio, you can have six discs in the radio, six more in the console changer, and be able to use all of your Steering Wheel Controls, Rear Seat Controls, etc., without adding a bunch of adapters and such. You can even play two discs at the same time (one through the speakers, the other through the rear seat headphone jacks - Ford calls it "Dual Playback" mode).

      regards,

      cobrajeff
       
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      Thanks, that's what I wanted to know. Is there a part number I should be looking for?

      Thanks again for everyone's help.

      Usman
       
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      CDX6 Premium Radios

      The CDX6 Premium radios that would work in your application (Premium Sound W/O Audiophile, with Spring-clip mount) would include the following models:

      1C3F-18C815-AB (originally for Ranger, Escape, and F250 truck)
      2L3T-18C815-AA (originally for F-150 Series truck)
      1S8F-18C815-AC (originally for Mercury Cougar)

      Some of the radios that fit, but you should not use because they are meant for a Ford Audiophile system with a separate Subwoofer would be:

      1L2F-18C815-LA/MA (Sport/Sport Trac)
      2L2T-18C815-BB/HA (Explorer Sport)

      YL2F-18C815-BE (Ford Escape)

      3L2T-18C815-AD/BD/CD/DD (Explorer Sport and Sport Trac)

      regards,

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      Sweet! Thanks bro!
       
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      I have a 99 Explorer XLT with the optional subwoofer installed, but the stereo it came with isn't the original so it doesn't work with the woofer. So I'm trying to get one on eBay like this guy.

      How do I tell if I have the Audiophile system and which one will work for me?

      Thanks!
       
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      Explorer Audiophile radios

      If your '99 has the factory subwoofer in it, then it would have had the Audiophile Sound System. The correct radio for a '99 with the Audiophile System would be a "T100i+" Dual Media radio, part # F87F-18C868-AD (any radio with the same prefix, "F87F", and a suffix that begins with the same first letter, like AA, AB, AC, AD, AE. AF - would work).

      Another radio that should work, but wouldn't have exactly the same EQ, would be F87F-18C868-BD. This radio is EQ'd for a 2-door Explorer (and also for the Ford Escape).

      If your plans include to upgrade the the factory CDX6 (6-disc changer/receiver) radio, the following models should fit your truck and drive the factory subwoofer:

      1L2F-18C815-LA/MA
      YL2F-18C815-BE/FA/LA
      3L2T-18C815-AD/BD

      These radios are Audiophile models for Escape, Explorer Sport 2 door, and Explorer Sport Trak. The EQ may be slightly different than for the 4 door Explorer. Ford was also playing around with radio bezel colors at that time, that's why there are so many part numbers for basically the same radio. Some of those will have black, some silver, and some charcoal colored bezels.

      regards,

      cobrajeff
       
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      I know of two colors for OEM radios, have I missed one? What is a charcoal colored unit like?

      Say Jeff, that is all good information, but what do you know of the later CDX6 units? Were any of them made by Pioneer like the first Mach and Premium HU's?

      I have a Mach with 5 RCA outputs, made for my three amps and stock location speakers. I like the factory look and features, I don't want to attract thieves to my truck. I'd love to be able to get the same quality of sound from a CDX6, but I have heard that the other OEM HU's have normal cheap stock signal quality. Thanks,
       
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      How do I find Compatible part numbers for the 6 disk radio/cd thing ?

      Hi Yall

      Im trying to find out what parts are compatible to replace my 6 disck cd player radio thingy in my Explorer ?

      Any help is greatly appreciated.

      I have a 2002 4 door XLT Explorer. the part number is 1L2F-18C815-AE

      I have seen very similar numbers that look just like mine.... but I hesitate to do the ebay thing and get it wrong. I have called the dealerships... but they have been no help.

      thanks Ya'll
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      Your CDX6 radio, part number 1L2F-18C815-AE is the standard "Premium Sound" version of the CDX6 with a "hardmount" bezel. The unique "hardmount" (it bolts in instead of using "spring-clips" like earlier version Explorer radios) limits yoyr choices for a replacement radio. Here are the part numbers of a couple units that should be a direct replacement:

      2L2T-18C815-EA (this radio is for a later production 2002 Explorer)

      2L1F-18C815-AC (this radio is from the Ford Expedition truckline)

      "Audiophile" versions of the CDX6 radio will not sound right in your application because you don't have a subwoofer in your original application.

      regards,

      cobrajeff
       
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      I also have an '04 EB that came with the Rear DVD Ent system, steering controls but no Sub-Woofer. Radio doesn’t have the extra plug for and its a 4L2t-18c868CA. When i upgraded to Polks (some 2ways, mdl number I forgot - $30 a pair) I lost the low end bass. When I listen to my friends '04 he had a CD-6 W/Factory Subwoofer and it sounded great. When I switch my radio i have AM/FM/FM2/CD/VID/AUX2.

      Hopefully someone may know what radio do i need to get the Audiophile HU CD-6 with Rear DVD and Subwoofer - the part no. I think is 4L2T-18C815-?? something something letters. So I have the subwoofer already, I can change the harness or add wire but I Don’t know what letter to look for. I'm thinking AD but I did find a AF for cheap
      Thanks for any help
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      Hate reviving old threads, but don't like making new posts unnecessarily. I have a 2000 as well, and am wondering if the newer changers fit in as well. I work in a downtown area, and don't want a crackhead popping my window for an aftermarket unit -- don't need to replace any more door locks!

      A fellow has a changer unit, part number 5L8T-18C815-CE on CL -- would this be a match for my vehicle? I think it's from an '05 Escape.

      Thanks!
       
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      Don't know if this helps but I put the stock Ford in-dash 6 changer out of my 2003 F-350 into my 99 Explorer with no problems, same plugs and mounting.
       
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      I have a radio in my 1998 Explorer with number F87F-18C868-CD. Can any one tell me if the
      1C3F-18C815-AB will work. Direct reference to the two plugs. I am not worried about the method of mounting as I can modify the mounting.

      Also can you give me a little explanation on this thing of weather there is a sub woofer or not.

      Thanks.
       
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      hi guys
      i have a 2004 ford explorer xlt . i would like to change out my single cd radio to the 6cd radio can you help? the cds get stuck in the player and wont eject them, plays fine . the single cd radio has two plugs on the rear. 4L2T-18C815-EA is the radio number. im thinking 1L2F-18C815-AE, ad, ac would fit as this the standard unit not the audiophile/ mach system with three plugs. can anyone conform this or add some imformation please. thanks ahead of time
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      Post a picture of the wiring harness, I can try to help.
       

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