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Can you install a sub and amp to a factory explorer sport cd deck

drka

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I wanted to install an amp and sub woofer system into my 02 explorer sport. I was wondering whether or not it could be hooked up to the factory cd deck, or if i had to put an aftermarket one on. I am questioning this if anyone knows if it has auxiliary plugs in the back to plug it to the amp, thanks.
 
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Factory radios do not have a pre-amp RCA connection.
But, you can install a High-to-Low converter which can be tied into a set of speaker wires and give you a set of RCA outputs.

They can be found at most any store that sells a decent amount of car audio equipment.
They vary in price and can be found for an average of $15~$20.

Below is an example of one...
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Note: that the wattage limits are not something to worry to much about becasue your factory radio only puts out around 15 watts RMS.
 
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thanks a lot i wasn't aware that there was something like that. Just one more question, do you think tapping into a set of speaker wires with that would take away quality from the rest of the speakers? thanks
 
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Generally, if you get a good enough converter it does not have a noticeable effect on the rest of the speakers. The amplifier only requires a small amount of the power to get the sound stream it requires since all of its actualy power draw is based off it own supply.
 
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okay ill definitely have to look into one of those. I notice max input on the converter was 80 watts. My amp alone is over 1000, so do i have to get a higher rated converter or should that be okay?
 
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Your amplifier may generate that much power in itself, but that power will never see the Converter as the amplifier is a completely independent power circuit. The converters max power rating is based off of what is produced from the signal source (I.E. - Your Head Unit), and that will not be any more than 25 watts per channel on a factory radio.
 
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alright cool thanks for the help
 
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