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Right now I just have an AM/FM radio in my truck. It is fine for just listening to the radio, but I would really like to have a cassette player too. I looked on eBay and the AM/FM/cass double din Ford radios seem to be pretty inexpensive, so I think I will just get a factory replacement. From what I have gathered online, all that is involved in replacing one factory radio with another is removing the black radio and A/C control surround and pulling the radio out with the removal tools and of course unplugging the wiring harness, then plugging the harness into the new radio and putting everything back together. Is that it or am I missing something? I could save a lot of money doing all of this myself, so I want to know what all has to be done.
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All you have to do is pull out the radio with the tools. Then just pull out the wires, and replace it. Since a Ford radio, it should be a direct fit.
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well not all ford radios have the same plug. your best bed is to get a dual media head unit from a newer ranger or explorer, then you can get cassette and CD. if you want i can help you install it at the next NC meet
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I looked at those, but they are pricey. A little more than I want to spend. I will probably already have the radio installed by the next meet, but I am still interested in attending if I can. When is it?
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dont know yet. you could just go to circuit city and get a good stereo for a decent price. get the install kit, maybe out the door for under 200, less than that for just cassette, if they even sell those any more..
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No idea yet, just had one. But we will keep all posted of when we will have the next one:) I know it won't be too long from now, sometime in July is when I have my next weekend free.
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dont know yet. you could just go to circuit city and get a good stereo for a decent price. get the install kit, maybe out the door for under 200, less than that for just cassette, if they even sell those any more..
I can get a decent Kenwood AM/FM/cass from Crutchfield with everything I need and shipping for $85, so I will be ordering from them if I loose the eBay auction. $85 isn't bad and all I will have to do is crimp a few wires and put everything in place. Hopefully I win the eBay auction though because then I will only be paying roughly $30 - 40 for a decent factory radio. I am going with a cassette player because the CD players I have seen that are new are always just out of my price range and we already have a porable CD player car kit laying around that nobody is using.

Looking forward to the next meet if I can come!
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if you get it from crutchfield you should be getting a free install kit that will have the adapter for the dash and a wiring harness. if they dont come for free BUY THEM. the harness is WAY better than crimping wires, and im pretty sure crutchfield gives the free harness.
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I have an AM/FM/CD/Cassette radio from Ford. I'll be willing to sell it to you if it would work for what you want. Let me know. I dont know what your replacing, mine may not fit... its from a 99
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the harness should be the same from the 99, in fact im sure it is. make the man a deal!!!
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Send me a PM we can make a deal if you want it. You can have a CD and a Tape!
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Crutchfield does include the mounting kits and harnesses, everything you need. It may cost you an extra buck or two, but it really is the way to go. I spent 10 min at a soldering station here at work soldering the harnesses (Kenwood harness to Crutchfield supplied Ford harness) together and then like 5 min flat later on plugging things in in the truck. The harnesses make it idiot proof and entirely reversable if you decide to sell/trade the truck but not the deck..
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