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plug & play installs of factory radios....

what years will plug into my truck and work? i am going to go back with a stock head unit and 4 channel amp to power my 6x8's......

i would like to have a newer MP3 radio or a 6 disc radio if it will plug and play into my harness....
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they all should, i dont see why not, im running an 05 model in my 99 right now with no problems
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Ford made a change in the Ranger radio plugs around 98~99. Most earlier trucks used 2 separate 8-pin plugs and the later trucks used a single 16-pin. The exception is that some premium sound units may have been using the 16-pin before the general changeover.

Even if you do have the two 8-pin connectors in your dash harness, you should be able to find a simple aftermarket patch harness that will allow you to easily adapt to the later 16-pin factory radios.
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i am going to go back with a stock head unit and 4 channel amp to power my 6x8's......

you will love it. mine sounds awesome but I have an Alpine not the stock unit. the MA Audio amp that I have is nice.
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Ford made a change in the Ranger radio plugs around 98~99. Most earlier trucks used 2 separate 8-pin plugs and the later trucks used a single 16-pin. The exception is that some premium sound units may have been using the 16-pin before the general changeover.

Even if you do have the two 8-pin connectors in your dash harness, you should be able to find a simple aftermarket patch harness that will allow you to easily adapt to the later 16-pin factory radios.
would i be able to find the 16 pin patch harness at any Best Buy or something?

here is what the rear of my factory radio looks like:
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you will love it. mine sounds awesome but I have an Alpine not the stock unit. the MA Audio amp that I have is nice.
i would really like to get a factory 6 disc Pioneer or a CD/MP3 radio.....then run the speaker out puts to a RCA converter and to a 4 channel amp, then upgrade the Audiobahn 6x8's to either a Kicker 6x8 or a higher end Pioneer 6x8's....
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The amp I have you could run the speaker wires right to it. no RCAs.
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The amp I have you could run the speaker wires right to it. no RCAs.
low level inputs

i haven't decided on which amp to get yet......so that will possibly be an option...
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The RCA inputs are refered to as Low Level Input
The Speaker Wire input are known as High Level Input

But yes, many 4 chan amps accept either the Low or High Level inputs eliminating the need for a Line Ouput Converter (LOC) to connect factory headunits to amps.


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The RCA inputs are refered to as Low Level Input
The Speaker Wire input are known as High Level Input

But yes, many 4 chan amps accept either the Low or High Level inputs eliminating the need for a Line Ouput Converter (LOC) to connect factory headunits to amps.


I think

yep you are right.
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yeeeee whatever they are called......

anyone know of anybody selling a 6 disc or a CD/MP3 for a Ranger
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hit up firefighterjosh, tell him you want to trade I am sure he will not be opposed to the idea.
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hit up firefighterjosh, tell him you want to trade I am sure he will not be opposed to the idea.
trad what......my stock radio for his or my Pioneer for his stocker?
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