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va_muddy_ranger 05-28-2009 02:58 PM

need wiring help
i want to put a cd player in my 84 but i need some wiring diagrams. some of the wiring has been rigged up so i'm trying to clean it up the best i can.

also would like to know what radio adapter and wiring harness adapter i should get. part# would be nice if you have it.


jeffb502 05-28-2009 07:07 PM

Have you looked at the sticky above with the wire colors? That's all I needed to install my new cd player in my 98. One of the previous owners had hacked off the stock wiring harness so I just wired it straight up wire by wire to the new cd player using the wire color sticky. I had bought one of those wiring harness adapters but couldn't use it since the stock wiring harness was gone lol.

va_muddy_ranger 05-28-2009 08:23 PM

wasn't sure if that covered all years.

jeffb502 05-29-2009 12:23 AM

Hmm I guess it may not...just found some more info here if you hadn't seen it: Ford Ranger Radio Wiring Diagrams

That page only seems to go back to 1990 though...but it shows different colors for different years. I guess maybe I just got lucky lol.

What color are the wires you're looking at? Is there currently a stereo installed? Maybe somebody that actually knows what they're talking about will speak up also heh.

va_muddy_ranger 05-29-2009 02:31 PM

double post. stupid work computer.

va_muddy_ranger 05-29-2009 02:34 PM

well the wiring i have is hacked up. the connector for the speakers is there but the connector for the power is gone. i have a yellow wire that is spliced into another yellow wire in the dash. i have a red wire with a huge fuse on it(not sure where it goes to) and i have a ground wire.

the old stereo was hooked up like this:

yellow to yellow
red to red
black was grounded to the dash frame
only one wire of each color for speakers(i'm assuming the (-) wire for each speaker was grounded)

my new stereo has a plug like this:

yellow- constant 12v
red- switched 12v
and has a (+) and (-) for each speaker.

should i ground my new radio to the dash like the old one or should i hook it to the ground wire that is in the dash?

carbuff1991 06-06-2009 07:55 PM

use the ground wire in the wire harness, the dash is not a very good source of ground.

NATEFX407 06-07-2009 10:31 AM

It would be worth your time to run new '-' wires from the speakers. The '-' speaker wires should NEVER be grounded.

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