It can be done without destroying your dash harness. I put an 03 radio in a 95 explorer before and its easy to do. You will need to cut the radio harness out of a 98 or newer ford and get a wiring kit from any car stereo shop or wal-mart for your 96. Splice the two harnesses together one end will plug into your new radio and the other will plug into your dash harness. The kit will explain which wires are for the adapter and you can find the other wire colors on these forums or I use installdr dot com. If you have any problems pm me and I can walk you through it.