double din stereo install help


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So I got a used double din stereo I want to install in my truck. I have a aftermarket radio in it now. The harness for the double din has a different plug for the harness and I cannot find an adapter for this. Am I just having a brain fart and can't find what I need or do they not exist and I have to hard wire it into the existing harness? I know a few people have installed one of these in a ranger. I have installed tons of aftermarket single din's but this will be my first double din and it's just slightly more complicated than single din's and I don't want to mess anything up or fry it.... Any advice? I forgot to take pics but I know its an Dual Axxera double DIN.
 


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I'm not sure what you're asking.

You need an adapter harness for the stock Ford connector for your truck. Then you solder/splice from the adapter harness to the harness that plugs into the radio.
 

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That's the problem. I can't find the adapter. The plug on the double din is a square plug with 15-20 pins. I can't find an adapter that connects the factory plug to the double din square plug.
 

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There isn't one that connects the factory plug to the new radio.

There are two wiring harnesses involved.
1) The original harness that was sold with the radio.
2) The adapter harness that plugs into the truck's connector.

Those two harnesses -will not- plug into each other. You need to match up the wires and connect them yourself with a soldering iron, butt splices, etc.

If there's a connector on both ends of the harness that plugs into the radio, you'll just need to cut off the one that doesn't go to the radio. It's just leftover from whatever vehicle the radio was previously installed in.

Scroll down to Part 3 here if there's any remaining confusion.
 
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I missed that you already have an aftermarket radio in your truck. Is it wired in using an adapter (not directly to the truck's wiring)? If so, unplug that harness and cut off the radio connector on it, then splice it to your new radio harness.
 

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Yes I have a harness for the radio. I'm not a dumbass who cuts harnesses when adapters are $10-15 at most lol. I figured that is what I would have to do but I wanted to make sure there wasn't an adapter and I just couldn't find it. I found a really good write up on this on ranger-forums so I am going to try that since he covers the other concerns like the parking brake wire. In my mind it seemed simple but then I got looking at the two and just started getting more and more baffled. Should be fairly easy. Anyone have one hooked up to a system? If I can't run a system then I don't want it.... Wouldn't see why I couldn't run a system but some electronics are sensitive to loud bass/vibrations. Thanks man.
 

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Have you finished writing up the tech article?
 


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