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cd changer to stock headunit

Does anyone have one of the ford cd changers hooked up to their stock head units? I would like to do this so I could have green illumination all around again cuz my blue aiwa ruins my interior lighting scheme.

What does the cable look like to hook the changer to the head unit, and where can i get this?

any pics would be awesome!!!
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Do you mean the indash cd-changers or an external one? I would just buy a indash changer instead of trying to hook one up.

I may be wrong but if you are trying to use a headunit from a ranger i don't think you can hook a ford cd changer to it b/c the cd changers rangers came with is in dash.
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Do you mean the indash cd-changers or an external one? I would just buy a indash changer instead of trying to hook one up.

I may be wrong but if you are trying to use a headunit from a ranger i don't think you can hook a ford cd changer to it b/c the cd changers rangers came with is in dash.
the newer Ranger radios that have the AUX button can hook up a cd changer to them.....they have an aux plug spot in the back.....
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i am talking about an external ford 6 disc cd changer. they were in some rangers and in explorers, f150s, windstars and a few others

i want the external one so I can mount it behind my seat and it would be SO much cheaper to do
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find a '95-'97 Explorer that had one.....get the plug at the back of the radio and then match up the colors...
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I think if the weather is nice tomorrow, I will take a JY trip and try to find the wiring
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i am talking about an external ford 6 disc cd changer. they were in some rangers and in explorers, f150s, windstars and a few others

i want the external one so I can mount it behind my seat and it would be SO much cheaper to do
Most wire in through the 20-pin connector to the factory head unit. Make sure that the head unit you plan to use has the 20-pin socket - not all of them do.
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even the '95-'97 Explorers? my moms Explorer had the exact same radio my Ranger had....no extra plug.....
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i have a pic of the back of my head unit... here it is:

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that big plug NEXT to the stock wiring plug is were the CD changer would plug into......
**take a picture of the front of the radio also please!**

i got a Sirius unit that came out of an '07 that i will sell you.....it plugs into that spot....all it needs is an antenna....you can get them at Best Buy for about $15.....i will sell it, the wiring and it also has the AUX input jack for plugging in an iPod also in the wiring harness.......PM me if you are interested...
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The square socket with the pins and no connector is the 20-pin. That's where I have my 6-disc changer (Lightning) wired up to the head unit (98 Explorer). You can hit up a junkyard to get the matching connector from an Explorer or other Ford.

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Could I wire up the plug to the changer that lifted97 has?
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maybe that is were the Sirius unit plugs into then.....the larger one next to the "world" plug...
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Mine looks similar to that but Ford used several different models that looked almost identical. Most that I've seen from that era were made by Clarion or Panasonic. Some had a round plug at the changer and some square like that one in the photo. All you should need to operate the changer is fused constant power, chassis ground and an 8-conductor harness to connect the changer to the 20-pin socket.

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is there anyplace i can get that conductor?
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If you don't find one you can do this:
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-5yUYChh...00&I=581F1001I
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haha... def not doin that ^^^

dont have that kinda cash!
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your best bet is to find the older body expedition cuz they came stock with 6-12 disc changers in the center console and those radios from expeditions will also fit from the 02-below only few explorers had them cuz most of them came stock with cd players and the aux input on the front or back will not work because the wiring harness transferred the sounds. I know what im talking about cuz ive yanked so many of these things out for customers when they get a new radio. Look for the expeditions youll find it first time in the center console and its ran under the console to the carpet directly to the radio
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so the expedition ones hook up to my radio?!
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Should the expeditions used the same radio found in rangers/f-series/exploders
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