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#697985 - 05/29/05 04:41 PM Re: Radio upgrade options
Islandvic2 Offline
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Registered: 01/07/05
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Here is a helpful resource for new and "B" stock car audio. You can buy a single item or by the case lot. They have head units, amps, cd changers, mobile video, speakers, alarms etc etc.

when you call, they are expecting that you are a business and not and individual.

www.davidmosesinc.com

login : dmi

password : marsha
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#697986 - 06/18/05 07:33 AM Re: Radio upgrade options
W Bain Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 30
Loc: Near Manassas Va.
I just bought a new SONY from Crutchfield and installed it in place of the cassette unit. Crutchfield included a wiring harness adapter, which I had to wire to the supplied SONY harness, DIN tools, cover plate for the radio and complete instructions. Like one previous poster, I had trouble taking the stock radio out because of bent spring clips. I used a scredriver to mangle the clips and I got it out.

There are two illumination wires on the FORD plug and one of the SONY plug. My SONY is really bright at night so I have to change the color to red from my fave cobolt blue. I'll try switching illumination wires next. The worst that can happen is the radio blows up. I'll take a pic and post it.
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#697987 - 06/25/05 12:28 AM Re: Radio upgrade options
BigTomZ Offline
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Registered: 02/24/04
Posts: 1258
best suggestion i can make to anyone wanting to upgrade their stereo systems. do yourself a favor and do not buy anything made by kenwood. everything from kenwood that i've owned has broken in one way or another.
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#697988 - 07/16/05 11:26 PM Re: Radio upgrade options
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Registered: 03/18/05
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Loc: Kansas City
My Kenwood has been running fine for about 3/4 of a year. My 2 Kenwood 6X8's in my doors are still running great at max volumes my Kenwood Head Unit puts out to them. My Kenwood 6x9s I cut into the rear for are still blasting bass like nothing else in their class. The Kenwood amp I then connected everything through is still surging power through all of these components like I never imagined.... I wonder why you'd hate Kenwood so much?
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#697989 - 07/20/05 03:46 PM Re: Radio upgrade options
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Registered: 07/04/05
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I took the stock AM/FM/CD head unit out of my vehicle and swapped for a unit with AM/FM/CD w/RDS. Added some Boston Acoustics speakers in the front and rear and the sound system looks great and sounds great.
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#697990 - 08/23/05 10:42 AM Re: Radio upgrade options
DanH Offline
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Registered: 08/02/03
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Quote:

Well If I want to change the stock radio in my CVLX 1997
for the one that has radio/cassette/CD it could be possible?




I just put in a Pioneer KEH-P2030 and a 12 CD changer.

The universal Ford wiring harness has all the wires marked as does the Pioneer harness. Soldering was easy enough, just took my time and did it right.

Now, cassette, 12 CDs, am/fm, xm (if I want to go there) Books on tape abound.

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#697991 - 09/15/05 09:35 PM Re: Radio upgrade options
fuscob Offline
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Registered: 09/14/05
Posts: 22
Loc: Chicago, IL
I am considering the purchase of a 1996 CVPI which has the stock 6-preset AM/FM radio (no cassette or CD). I would like to replace it with another Ford OEM radio to keep the stock look. I'm looking for one with a cassette player to use an adapter with for my iPod.

Here's the problem: I see some on eBay that look like they fit (1.5DIN -> 1.0DIN), have the right connectors (1997 and earlier), and have the same look to the actual face of the radio.

However, I have seen several auctions that say the radio fits 1995-1997 Crown Vics EXCEPT police models. Is this true? Do the P71s need specific radios compared to the civilian models?

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
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#697992 - 09/27/05 10:27 PM Re: Radio upgrade options
Adam Offline
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Registered: 06/21/05
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Ok, I have been thinking about putting an aftermarket mp3/CD player on my 1998 Vic. I would want to do a complete system but will take it slow. I was in circuitcity and talked to a worker and he told me that they do free instalation on indash players over 99$ but I would have pay around $50 for the instalation equipment. I think that is crazy. I rather use that $50 and put it into a better in dash deck then just the equipment. It would be much cheaper if I would just install the deck myself. The problem is that I have no experience with car audio. I did read the website p71.. about the radio instal. How easy is it to do it yourself and do you think I would be able to do it. Can anyone explain or give me information on how to? Pictures of instalations would be greatly appriciated. Thanks guys,
Adam

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#697993 - 09/28/05 10:09 PM Re: Radio upgrade options
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Registered: 03/18/05
Posts: 3977
Loc: Kansas City
Do you have a soldering iron? For the best quality install, you will need to buy the Metra (or other brand) dash kit and wire harness. The wire harness is simple. You match the correct function wire on the Metra harness with the same function on the harness that comes with your new deck. Then you solder them together, let it cool, then cover in electrical tape. Once all the connections are made, you slide in the dash kit and mount the deck in. It's that simple. The wires are color coded to match too (but check function also just to be sure). As for $50... thats a little high. Usually the harness adapter is 5-10, the dash kit is 10-15, then each speaker adapter pair is about 5-10. So I guess 50 is okay if they are priced on the high side (buy from ebay... it'll be much cheaper). As for speaker installs... you unplug factory speaker, snap adapter onto new speaker, plug adapter into factory harness, mount speaker. It's really that easy. As for your 1998 vic... the speakers are not the easiest to get to (I have an '01 and it's the same). It's not that they aren't simple to get to, but that it takes time and an occasional curse word.

Which part are you going to start with first? Deck? It will give you the most bang for your buck performance wise. After that replace rear speakers then front (if you don't do all 4 at the same time). I will recommend kenwood brand for audio components. They make some of the best speakers. RF makes speakers that work well for rap or country. Pioneer makes the best quality decks, but their sound quality isn't as full as a kenwood. It sounds more tinny. Alpine decks have the best sound quality of anything else though... superb highs, clear mid towns and fairly full bass (not as full as kenwood, but they are second to kenwood on bass).
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#697994 - 10/10/05 11:24 PM Re: Radio upgrade options
Adam Offline
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Registered: 06/21/05
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Thanks for the information. I just installed my pioner p7700MP deck. Pretty nice, have no complaints about it. I just slid it right in do i need to secure anything or just leave it the way it is? Next will be rear speakers. Thanks for your help.

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#697995 - 10/12/05 01:23 AM Re: Radio upgrade options
DodgeRider Offline
Formerly 2004CVPIDave
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Registered: 03/18/05
Posts: 3977
Loc: Kansas City
Your dash kit should "snap" into place and the radio bradio should be mounted securely to the dash kit. That radio bracket has a lot tabs that you can bend out to make it secured to the dash kit. Before buying speakers... make sure to listen to them in a local store so you know what you are getting.
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#697996 - 10/13/05 06:18 PM Re: Radio upgrade options
Adam Offline
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Registered: 06/21/05
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Thanks a lot. Yeah, I will but If I dont and just decide to buy them i will buy the Kenwoods you have 6x9's. You seem to know what you are talking about on this forum. Thanks again.

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#697997 - 10/14/05 01:35 AM Re: Radio upgrade options
DodgeRider Offline
Formerly 2004CVPIDave
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Registered: 03/18/05
Posts: 3977
Loc: Kansas City
CRAP! Now someone thinks I know what I'm talking about.... oh darn. Short research shows the 6979ie would be a good start. Retails for 100. Quick note about kenwood 6x9s versus others.... they are heavy. Don't drop them. Anywho, like I've always said, get out and listen to some in your town. Best Buy usually has better soundstages than a circuit city would. Ask if you can bring in your own cd to listen to also, it would help out some.
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2005 Chebby Malibu (2.2L) - 65K - Lady's Car (Mods: RainX, Winter Washer Fluid, Anco Wipers)

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#697998 - 10/26/05 10:15 PM Re: Radio upgrade options
Adam Offline
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Registered: 06/21/05
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Recently I'm noticing some volume change that comes from my stereo. Everything is well except that sometimes when im playing my CD i hear the volume go up slightly and go back down slightly. It will happen every now and then and yes it is noticable but it's not too bad. What could be the problem? I will try listening to the radio and see if its the mp3's that are causing this. If not could it be the connection with the wires. Maybe bad soldering in one, if so which one? Thanks.

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#697999 - 10/28/05 02:55 AM Re: Radio upgrade options
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Loc: Kansas City
It's your CD player misinterpreting the mp3s. If you listen to the same spot in the same track over and over again it will seem to happen most of the time. Mine used to do that... but then it stopped. Dunno why. Although I do use a couple of programs to clean my mp3s now so I guess that fixed it.
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