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Replacing The Radio

1998 Ford Ranger XLT:

I'm planning to replace my radio because the display does not work. It plays good, but the lack of a display kind of sucks. The radio that I will be replacing is the factory radio with CD player, cassette player, and some DJ display. I don't have the audio book on me right now, but it was the fanciest radio that the factory was installing in 1998.

I'm looking for a tutorial for this project because I don't have the money to throw at sound technician.

I'm think I might know somebody that has a few radios lying around, but if I'm wrong about that, I'm looking for suggestions for a replacement radio.

- The only thing I need is a AM/FM radio with digital tuning.
- I have no use for a CD and/or cassette player.
- It doesn't have to look original, and it doesn't even have to match up with the factory bezel. I can take of that later.
- I don't want to spend a lot money.
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You will need a mounting kit and an aftermarket harness for your truck. $20-$30. There is a tool to stick into the holes on your stock radio to release it from the dash. You can also just stick four nails in those holes and it will pull right out. Then take your aftermarket wiring harness and connect all the right colors together to your new head unit harness.
Sound confusing enough?
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Sound confusing enough?
It actually sounded pretty simple. I'll look into that.
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The ranger is one of the easiest vehicles to change up the radio in. There's 2 screws that hold in the bezel and after that the toughest part is wiring up the adapter. Like powerranger262 said up there, match up the colors. Try to solder them together if you know how, but honestly just twisting the wires together and using some electrical tape has worked fine for me.
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A few more things that I'd like to know.

- I'm probably going to yank the old radio out the dash and put the bezel back on. I can live without a radio until I find a replacement.

- In regard to the antennae, are there any compatibility issues that I might run across, or are they all basically the same?

- When I get around to removing the bezel, how much slack should expect there to be for the 4WD switch, the cigarette lighter, and the 12 power outlet?

- I really don't need a cigarette lighter. A USB charging port would be quite useful. Has anyone ever swapped their cigarette lighter with a USB port?

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Here is a thought... do you use an iPod/Phone/some sort of Digital Player.
The stock radio doesn't sound too bad for everyday tunes andIF you added one of the digital interfaces (around $129) you can play anything with the iPod type connector or a 3.5mm connector.
USA Spec makes a great unit, easy install.
Once this adapter is on place you will hear new sounds come from that radio.

Not sure if you want to spend the cash but it is a good choice.
Also, JY is the place to look for replacement OEM Radios, should be a lot of them and as said, they don't sound too bad especially with a digital hookup.

When removing the Radio Bezel there is not problems, first remove the radio using the "U" shaped tool that slides in the holes on the sides of the radio, then two machine screws just above the heater controls and then... you need to pull on it some.
Be careful there are four plastic pins with clips and they can be stuck in there and THEY BREAK VERY EASILY !
If you break one you might as well find another bezel so be careful.
Pull straight out do not bend it up or down or from side to side, NOT GOOD !
With enough outward pressure you can almost feel the clips releasing.
With the radio removed first you can get your hand inside the opening and that helps some when pulling outward.

All the wiring should be long enough, it will even handle a little tug if you attempt to pull on it some.

There is a USB Charging Adapter that will slide in the cig lighter, trick is to get one that slides in enough to go flush with the front of the bezel so it will look OEM.
There are round USB charger ports on line, not sure if they will fit the cig lighter hole but might, check them out and let us know what you find. Someone else might want to do the same thing.

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I do not use any mp3 players or anything like that. To be honest, I don't even have any music on my computer. If I don't get swarmed with stuff that needs doing, I'll try to get the radio out, tonight.

If I pull the radio, will I initiate the truck's self destruct sequence that can't be aborted? That might be a little far-fetched, but if it was going to happen to somebody, it would be me.
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Remove the bezel as said above. The unhook cig lighter, etc. The bezel will be off and out of your way. Remove radio, then hook cig lighter, etc. back up and small bezel back on.
As for the usb, I would search ebay. There has to be something out there that would work nicely.
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You can buy a USB adapter that you can plug into the cig lighter to use for USB devices I have one with two ports to charge my wife's and I's Iphones. I also have a cig extender that gives me more cig lighter plugs other then the stock two so I have one stock plus four more cause the extender plugs into one.

As for the replacing the radio it is simple to do as they said above and there is plenty of room to unplug the cigs and the 4x4 ect.

What you need
1. a new radio of your choosing
2. wiring adapter that plugs into the factory harness and then wire up to the power wires for the new radio and a radio removal tool to remove the stock radio and a install kit
3. electrical tape to tape the wires or you can get some shrink tubes which works better cause all you do is cut a peice of tub over one end then twist the wires then put the tube over the twisted wires and heat the tube with a lighter
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You can buy a USB adapter that you can plug into the cig lighter to use for USB devices I have one with two ports to charge my wife's and I's Iphones. I also have a cig extender that gives me more cig lighter plugs other then the stock two so I have one stock plus four more cause the extender plugs into one.

As for the replacing the radio it is simple to do as they said above and there is plenty of room to unplug the cigs and the 4x4 ect.

What you need
1. a new radio of your choosing
2. wiring adapter that plugs into the factory harness and then wire up to the power wires for the new radio and a radio removal tool to remove the stock radio and a install kit
3. electrical tape to tape the wires or you can get some shrink tubes which works better cause all you do is cut a peice of tub over one end then twist the wires then put the tube over the twisted wires and heat the tube with a lighter
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Here is a super clean install of a usb jack in a f150. This would be the way I would do it.

Installing your own accessory switch and USB - Ford F150 Forum - Community of Ford Truck Fans
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if you arnt looking for more power, and your stock one is fitting your needs, id just get another oem deck off of ebay. maybe a 6 disc?
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^ Also not the worst idea.
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Thanks for all the suggestions, so far.

As an extremely, introverted human, I don't go for those windshield liquifying systems that rattle your internal organs, so I don't need anything more powerful.

I like to to be able to hear myself think. Yes, I am aware that such things are frowned upon... but I do it anyway. LOL!

I might be able to get a 6 CD changer, that came out of 2002 ranger supercab edge... depending on what the person wants for it.
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you just need a car DVD player . just as the player comes with all the functions that you refered. and all the cables or wires are ready from the manufacuere. including the installation guide . so you can take a look Car DVD Player
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Since I don't have any CDs or cassette tapes, and I really don't want any, I just went with basic, AM/FM tuner.

I bought a stock, AM/FM tuner off of ebay. $25 buck and free shipping seemed like a very, reasonable price for a used box. It got here, today.

I just installed it, a few minutes ago. It plays, the display works, all four of my speakers work with it, and my wiring harness didn't even go up in a plume of smoke.

I'm pleased with it.
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sweet!
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