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Navigation Radio???

I was thinking about maybe seeing if the 2006 Explorers Navigation or even the Expeditions navigation radio would fit in my ranger...I have the 6-Cd Changer in Dash...and am thinking it will..but havent checked into it to much...but didnt know if any of you know if it will work or not...I can get one for about 800 or so at the most...the dude at the Ford place is friends with us and said that the price will prolly go down on it...but he was already givin me a discount...Tell me what u think and if it would work or not...Now i dont want any of you takeing my idea!!! LOL!!!JK...just give me what u think!!!
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the way the new explorer and exp radios mount wouldnt fit your style dash. Your radio has the key locking system with the 4 holes the new explorer radios mount with two brackets above the bezel expedition radios have 4 widely spaced brackets on the side. It would be cool but alot of modification would have to be done.
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thanks...yea thats what i thought that it would be different and cool and real nice...but do u think it could be done??
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modification is 7/8ths of the fun...
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Whats the rest of the fun???
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Yea true that y I kinda want to do it...It would be one of a kind...I will keep yall up to date on what happens...I will check into it more and see...keep giveing me ideas and what yall think...
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Build a carputer... you can get navigation, wireless internet, mp3, dvd, and bluetooth connectivity in your car. Probably cost you about 800 total for that too, and it'd be oh so much cooler.
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Build a carputer... you can get navigation, wireless internet, mp3, dvd, and bluetooth connectivity in your car. Probably cost you about 800 total for that too, and it'd be oh so much cooler.
What the hell is a carputer?????Or did u just make that up!!!
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Hey u think maybe someone can photoshop this for me if someone gets some time...???
Just if someone wants to...and if u do it...and u need a better pic of the radio thats in there now let me know...I can get a closer shot...
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carputers are real google them and you'll see
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Okay I will google it...see what they are all about...so yall think I should just get one of those instead of a whole replacement for my radio!!
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Um.. the nav system in the 06 Explorer will not even come CLOSE to fitting in the factory radio location, the new Delphi (*cough*JUNK!*cough*) are significantly larger than the old Visteon double-din. Even if you custom-cut a center console to fit, you'd need the computer and antenna that go with the system, and you'd need the entire entertainment wiring harness out of the explorer, which you'd have to figure out how to integrate into your truck.

In short, while its possible, when people want to put that system into another explorer, we tell THEM that it can't be done for a reasonable price (I'd guess it would start at around $6000 if you used Ford retail prices and labor rates,) trying to put it into a Ranger would only complicate things exponentially. It would be much cheaper to get Pioneer's new touch-screen double-din head unit/navigation system. I only saw it briefly (in our sales guy's car) but it looks like a cool piece.
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I was going to try to make the Navigation system from my old Expedition work in my Ranger but decided its too much work.. i'd say Carputer as others have said.
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if the radio doesnt have a gyro internally that means they are somewhere on the vehicle. you would have to locate a gyro and factory harness. that harness may need a VSS wire connection and so on so i would say it can be done but without proper electrical experience it would cost as much as a carputer and a laptop for yourself
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What the hell is a carputer?????Or did u just make that up!!!
Check out www.mp3car.com and do a little reading.

I'm gathering parts for mine right now.
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Thanks for the info...I really had no clue what all it would take...I will look in to some of the things yall mentioned...I was just woundering if it could be done...
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Check out www.mp3car.com and do a little reading.

I'm gathering parts for mine right now.

Hey what all do i need to get from here???
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FYI the new expedition radios are double din The one you have pictured is double din. The ranger is a din and 1/4 So you would have some heavy modification ahead of you. Spend the extra couple hundred and go on ebay and buy an avic n2
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Yea i have been looking at someother ones...there are more out there than I thought...they are all running about 1500+...will let yall know what happends
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FYI the new expedition radios are double din The one you have pictured is double din. The ranger is a din and 1/4 So you would have some heavy modification ahead of you. Spend the extra couple hundred and go on ebay and buy an avic n2
Unless they've changed for 06, the Expedition radios have the same size face as the 98+ Ranger. They mount differently (bolt in vs. clips) but the face is the same size, and most expeditions come with the same style CD6 as the 01-03 Ranger (although with slightly different software, esp. to deal with the factory DVD entertainment system.)

(cliffnotes: Expedition and Ranger Radios are the same size, but not interchangable.)

The new explorer uses the "biggie size" Delphi radio first seen on the 04 F150, now standard in the Focus, 500, Fusion, Freestar, Freestyle, and Explorer (and their Lincoln and Mercury badge-engineered cousins.) The Expedition still uses the bolt-in smaller radio, and the Ranger, Excursion and Crown Victoria are the hold-outs with the clip-in radios, and the lonely 06 Taurus will die off at the end of the year, still firmly clutching its "Integraded Control Unit" pod. (theres an idea I can't forget soon enough!) Lincoln LS and Thunderbirds use the older small radio, but have "wings" on the face to fit the width of the dash cluster. (This makes them a pain to stack and fit into my shipping/storage bins.) I can't wait to take apart one of the new Lincoln Zephyrs, the audio control buttons and the display and changer appear to be in seperate pods in the console, but I bet its one big unit with protruding buttons that poke through holes in the bezel. I wonder how moany model years that will make it before they change it to a standard ford square radio painted silver.
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Lincolns radios might be crap...but there sounds systems are AWESOME!!!!
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I'm not sure that made any sense. The THX system is very good as far as factory stereos are concerned (discounting high-end luxury cars, everyone knows Lincolns are every-mans luxury car.) The balance of the Lincoln audio line is nothing you can't get in a Ford.
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Yea u made since..thanks for the info...
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...the lonely 06 Taurus will die off at the end of the year, still firmly clutching its "Integraded Control Unit" pod. (theres an idea I can't forget soon enough!)
Is that anything like the setup in the Mazda 3. I had to get into it on my GF's 3 to install the bracket and splice in the power tap for her satelite radio setup. They've got a seperate LCD display in the dash, then the controls under it in a substantially non-standard way. I've seen people put aftermarket decks in 3's.. but there's a lot of plastic and you still end up w/ the old LCD just sitting there doing nothing.

In short: it sucks!
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