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    Possible to keep certain features after replacing a stereo?

    Hey friends, sorry if this has been posted before, I did attempt to do a search and found many results for not my model car. I have a 2011 Exploder XLT and I believe it has Sync 3. There are features I like, such as getting access to climate control from the steering wheel, and getting...
  2. F

    2012 Explorer Base Stereo Diagram

    I spent the last 4 hours looking everywhere I could to locate some sort of wiring diagram for my stereo wiring. Would anybody happen to have one or know where I can get one? Thanks. This 2013 one seems to be the closest to match what I have but there are some wires that don’t make sense.
  3. willzilla

    How-To: 2nd Gen Backup Camera

    Quick walkthrough of my backup camera setup.. Not a full install or anything but gives a general idea on how I ran everything and what I used, how I wired it, etc. Kind of a PITA running a backup camera to the dash from the lift gate, lol. Maybe useful for someone :)
  4. D

    Looking for stereo wiring harness model number 98 Explorer

    Looking for a wiring harness. I used Crutchfield. They sent me completely wrong harnesses and a head unit with RCA ports in the back. Can someone help me out? My truck has no sub in the back. Produced in December of 97. Previous owner installed a disc changer. I uploaded pictures of the stock...
  5. B

    Has anyone tried the Car Navi Player head unit/dash kit?

    Hello, I've been stalking these forums for quite a bit, but am just now posting my first question... Has anyone installed the Car Navi Player head unit/dash kit on their FPIU? I have a 2015 and it is supposed to be plug and play, but I am curious how long it took anyone and how good the...
  6. B

    Swapping Explorer Stereo

    I bought a 2012 Explorer last month. It was a government vehicle, so it’s as base model as it can get. I am wanting to see if there’s a way to put a standard single/double din stereo in, because it does not have sync, usb or navigation. Is there a dash kit I could get to integrate a standard...
  7. J

    Radio Change

    A question limited to the UK owners really - for reasons which will become obvious: Now that I've got the old girl back on all fours (!) my attention comes back to the radio - which I would very much like to swap for something modern, touch-screen and with DAB/DAB+. Mine currently has the Ford...
  8. G

    Stereo Issues - 2004 Sport Trac Adrenalin

    Hey everyone. Working on my 2004 Sport Trac. Today I was going to install a radio head unit. I got one free out of a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer. I opened up the plastic cover on the front of the truck and was surprised to see that the original owner of this truck hacked up the wiring harness. I...
  9. D

    Stereo Wire Identification

    Undid the absolutely horrid wiring job that came with the stereo in my Navajo. Surprisingly, the guy who did it left the Ford 8-pin stereo harness. Lucky me! I didn't have that luxury last time. I've identified 5 of the 7 wires. Listing from left to right: Blue - Amplifier Remote Green/Black -...
  10. S

    My first Ford Explorer 03'

    Hey guys ,I'm new on here but have already gotten some useful information. So thank you! Well my lateest question is "Do some Explorers, without the premium sound system still have a factory amp?" I know I don't have a sub, because I have a lil storage area where it would be.. But I'm curious...
  11. Rhaegal94

    '94 Explorer factory amp vs bypassing factory amp

    I've read through the forums about the factory amp and know where it's located. I'm installing a new HU rated at 4x55. I bought the harness adapter for it and also bought an amp bypass harness in case I need to use it. I've also already installed new speakers. Am I going to have better sound...
  12. M

    Car Stereo Help

    Has anyone already upgraded their factory radio. There is no speakers, or aux inputs on this radio and would like to install something with apple car play, however nothing seems to be available. I've contacted Metra and they told me that the ac relocation control kit doesn't fit this year model...
  13. B

    My 2004 Explorer Project

    Hey Guys...I am a new member to the forum only picked this truck up 2-3 months ago So i just wanted to share my progress on it as i go...I am only a 17 year old kid so kind of a budget build here have done some work just need to get some pictures and ill post them some things that were...
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    Speaker wiring question

    Hey guys new to the forum. I just had a question and hopefully can advise me to success. I just got a little sound system for my explorer and wanted to put it in myself as something to keep me busy on my off day. I want to install my subs and amp without removing my head unit by using a line out...
  15. H

    Stereo Wiring Help!

    I write this while hanging my head in shame at my foolishness. Tonight I decided I would remove my factory CD changed in the console and wire up some power outlets from the wires in the harness... or at least determine if that was possible. So as I was working I'm listening to my AFTERMARKET...
  16. H

    Question about the Factory Subwoofer

    So I am casually pondering the idea of adding the original factory subwoofer to my 04 XLT. Most of what I've found online says I should buy a new aftermarket sub and an enclosure to fit it. I have seen various listings on eBay for anywhere from $50 to $100 for the factory subwoofer and...
  17. B

    2004 Explorer stereo problems

    Just picked up an 04 explorer... Radio stays on no matter what. Keys out of the ignition, any door has been opened. No matter what I do it stays on and drains the batt. Any helpful suggestions or wiring diagrams on the switching of the deck would be very helpful. Also the turn signal just gives...
  18. M

    2016 500 watt amp

    My wife is very disappointed in the volume output of the radio in her 2015 explorer sport. It has the sony premium package with 12 speakers. For 2016 ford and sony upgraded the sound system with a 500 watt amplifier. I think it's a couple hundred watts more than what's in the 2015. (Don't quote...
  19. A

    2005 Explorer Radio Installation

    Hello! I have a beautiful 05 Ford and I broke the CD reader, so I figured I'd update the whole stereo. I bought a SDC24USA 200 WATTS (50x4) stereo, that was listed under universal fit, but I can't install it because the wires don't all work. Are there wire adapters I'm going to need to get...
  20. M

    Replacing the stereo in my '92.

    How do I start? Can I just go to Walmart and buy any 'ol $30 stereo that has auxiliary and just take my old one out and expect it to work? Or am I looking at a bigger task than I'm expecting? The reason I want to replace it is because: 1. I would love to be able to connect my phone...
  21. T

    Is it possible to swap a 91 audiophile JBL system into a 1997?

    I have a 97 explorer with the base unit sound system in it. meaning no subwoofer in the back. I have a box from a 91 explorer with the 6.5" subwoofer, and JBL amplifier. Part Number F17F- 18C804-CA. Is it possible that I can put this into my 1997 explorer? Im looking for the more powerful...
  22. D

    Audio wiring Harness

    Forgive me, I'm sure this is explained somewhere but I cannot find it. My 2003 explorer had an aftermarket JVC radio in and the rear speakers never worked. I'm 99% sure the problem is in the radio/wiring and not the speakers themselves. I pulled it out and found a rats-nest of wire...
  23. E

    Stereo/Radio Grounding out

    when ever i take a right turn going over like 10mph my radio grounds out or when just my right tire drops like when going over a bump or hitting a pot hole. im defiantly not an electrical guy so i have no idea where to look. the turning made me think steering wheel but then with the bump i was...
  24. E

    Stereo Grounding out

    when ever i take a right turn going over like 10mph my radio grounds out or when just my right tire drops like when going over a bump or hitting a pot hole. im defiantly not an electrical guy so i have no idea where to look. the turning made me think steering wheel but then with the bump i was...
  25. E

    Looking for suggestions for a Bluetooth head unit

    I have an 08 xlt with the standard audio package ( no factory sub). I want to swap the head unit for something that has Bluetooth built in, I would also like to find something that has the mic built into the unit rather than running cable and mounting it somewhere. Any suggestions for decent...
  26. B

    Head Unit For 2000 Explorer Xlt

    Hello, I am looking at getting a new head unit for my 2000 Explorer xlt. The vehicle has every option offered for it's model. I want to put a touch screen dvd head unit in it. Does anyone have some suggestions? I also would like to put sub woofers in the truck in the near future. So any...
  27. S

    Lighting issues in my 07 Sport Trac

    I so love my Sport Trac! I have had it for over 5 years now and just now do I have an issue. I have totally lost the display light of the stereo-I can't see the time and station at all, although the rest of the buttons are lit and working. Also I have lost the light on my gear shift! I...
  28. M

    stock stereo usb?

    I have a 2008 Explorer XLT with the basic double din stereo (no sub or media). The stereo has the folder, file mp3 markings on it but no USB conection just an Aux conection in the center. Some one told me the unit most likely has the ability just not that package. Can I conect a USB cable to the...
  29. M

    2001 Sport New Head Unit

    I would like to replace my old radio with something new. Choosing a unit isn't the hard part, but finding the correct way to wire it up seems to be. I don't want to open up the dash and find out it doesn't work. I had seen this part and was wondering if it would be what I would need...
  30. A

    07 ST XLT Customization suggestions

    Hey everybody, I have an 07 XLT that I received from my parents and have been wanting to kinda make it my own vehicle. I've been looking around at some of the other posts and I was just wondering what you guys would suggest for like HID headlights and smoked out lights and stuff. Later I...
  31. T

    2005 Explorer alarm install...STUCK?

    Howdy folks.. I took an an EX projoject that has me stumped. I am installing an alarm in a 2005 EX XLS. I have seen the 2004 mountaneer install as well as many wiring diagrams. I have the relays wired and ready and a pack of 1 amp diodes waiting to be told what where to go :) I have also...
  32. 0

    Headunit Install HELP!!

    Hey guys, Im trying to do a simple head unit install in my 02 Explorer XLT, theres NO sub, all stock stereo. BUT!! the radio does stay on when i turn the car off and take the key out (until i open the door) Im starting to read that this matter (please clarify for me) Ill list out what I have and...
  33. S

    Audio System Questions

    I have 96 Explorer with the premium audio I believe with the 6 CD changer, I know that if I get a new stereo I'll have to ditch the CD changer which I don't have a problem with. First off, I need some suggestions for a new HU and some speakers, all together I would like to keep it around...
  34. K

    99 xlt stereo wiring harness?

    I am switching from stock stereo to a dvd system, and I have been looking online and in stores for 2 days trying to find a wiring harness that matches whats in my car. There are two plugs, one is rectangle with 16 prongs (2 rows of 8), the other is square and has 20 prongs (7, 6, 7 evenly...
  35. N

    Stereo Help!!!

    I am installing a new head unit in my 2003 Ford Explorer XLS and I cannot figure out what the three connections are that come out of the back... The wiring harness that is recommended only hooks up to one of the connections. Are they anything important??? If so, what is the work around?
  36. J

    Explorer Stereo system ideas???

    I have a 2000 Explorer 5.0 XLT and i was some ideas on some good door speakers, HU, 10 inch sub and box, and maybe so tweeter location.... I want the sub to be in the factory spot should i build a box or buy a premade one? i want my system to sound good with all types of music bc i love music...
  37. M

    No Power to Power Antenna

    So after years of terrible radio reception, I finally removed my power antenna module and dug-out the broken plastic cable. However, when I turn my aftermarket stereo on, no power is going to the antenna. I think it may have been disconnected a long time ago. The blue wire from the head unit...
  38. W

    2nd Row bucket seats and other questions

    Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum so forgive me if I ask some stupid questions. I have been reading this forum for some time and really like the 2011 EX. Considering all the problems being discussed, I think it is wise to buy a 2012 model rather than 2011. I have some questions that could...
  39. C

    Replace 2004 XLT Premium stereo with 2004 Adrenalin stereo?

    Hello all. I have a 2004 XLT Premium Sport Trac. It came with a stereo like this one in it: This is the type of wiring harness/plug that came built into the truck: You can see the ports on the back of this original stereo here: I have a stereo from a 2004 Adrenalin sport track...
  40. A

    Which stereo came in my car?

    So i bought my 2000 sport used and someone had replaced it with an aftermarket stereo. about 2 years ago that stereo was stolen and I am now going to purchase a new aftermarket head unit. I was planning on purchasing it from crutchfield and they ask me if it has "premium" sound or "mach" or...