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Stock radio have rca outs?

I am getting my ranger today!!!! around 1 or 2. I sold my celica last night, I took put my system so I could put it in my ranger. I left my head unit in the celica though. I am getting an 03 ranger edge 4wd ext. cab. Do the stock head units in this (its the mp3 one not the 6cd changer) model have rca outputs? If not how can I wire up audio into my amp without rcas? Just because it will be a while before I can afford a new headunit because I don't want to get a cheap 100$ one since my last clarion was so sick. My money is going into exterior mods first, then the radio so how can I make my system work with the stock radio? Just because I doubt they have rca out. Also, is it a pain to get it out?
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no they do not have RCA outs. you can how ever buy some type of adapter that will give you outputs.
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no they do not have RCA outs. you can how ever buy some type of adapter that will give you outputs.
x2 hit up your local car audio place

my buddy had em fix up his 97 pathfinder so he could hook up a jl 10 with a 500w amp
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Walmart sells the adapater for 15 bucks
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That or, best buy, circut city, crutchfield.com will def have them
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What you're looking for I beleive is called a Line Out Adaptor.

Removing the radio is a piece of cake too. You can do it the super easy way with the Ford radio removal tools which are just 2 U shaped tools that stick into the 2 holes on each side of the front face of the radio. Stick them in and pull it straight out.

Or the more labourious,but still simple way is to remove the entire bezel (with the 12v,lighter and heater vents) by removing the 2 small bolts located just above the the heater controls.

Then,pry the entire bezel off (it just clips in,it wont break by pulling on it). Unplug the wires for the 12v outlet and pull off the plug for the lighter to give you more slack. You can then either unscrew the whole housing (2 screws,one at the top,one on the bottom) that holds the fog light button and the lighter and pull it out of the way. Do the same thing on the other size,remove the housing for the lighter etc. WIth that stuff out of the way, you can then squeeze the metal tabs on the side of the radio and slide it out.

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Walmart sells the adapater for 15 bucks
What are you talking about? Walmart doesn't sell line out converters for 15 bucks.
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with new rollback pricing,they just might. lol
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Oh ok, nice and I just splice into the speaker wires? Where do I get the special ford tools?
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probably at a ford dealer lol.

its probably easier to just pull everything apart like i described. it takes like 5 minutes if you're slow.
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You can pick up the tools pretty much anywhere that sells head units. I think there only like $5 at Walmart or and auto parts store.
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I used a line output converter for a while. I have one made by Stinger and it did the job nicely. Not as good as pre-outs, but it does the job.
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Where do you connect them to?
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I'm pretty sure I just had it spliced onto one left and one right speaker.
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Usually amps have speaker level inputs so you don't need the adapter.
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huh? this adaptor is so that you can hook up RCA cables to your stock headunit that doesnt have them. When you install an amp. you have to run the RCA cables from the headunit to the amp, because the amp gets its power from the headunit.

The adaptor splices into the speaker wires that get power from the headunit,so when those wires are powered,the amp will be powered.

Correct me if I am wrong.
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Most amps have speaker level inputs which means it basically has an adapter built into the amp.

Not a car amp but pretty much the same thing:
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If an amp has speaker level inputs you don't need a line output converter, because you can just run the speaker wires right into the amp, with no need for RCA's. However not all amps have speaker level inputs, so if his amp only has RCA inputs he'll need the line output converter.
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Most amps have speaker level inputs which means it basically has an adapter built into the amp.

Not a car amp but pretty much the same thing:

right right okay,sorry i was thinking more along the lines of hooking up a subwoofer. then you need to run the rca's from the HU to the amp. yes you are correct about the speaker inputs in this case. my bad.
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