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Old 02-19-2018, 12:51 PM   #1
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Default Single DIN install in 96 regular cab

I am sure there is another post like this on here. If there is, I apologize. I have been tinkering with my 1996 daily for a little bit now. Bought it from a friend to drive to work and such and keep my gas loving F150 at home. Finally got tired of the stock radio barely working and decided to do something about it. I have installed aftermarket decks in just about every vehicle I have had so I knew it wasn't that big of a task. Here is what I did and who knows, maybe it will help someone else.

1. Bought a cheap deck from Walmart because I don't need a wild stereo in this little truck. I think it was like a $20 Dual. No CD player. AM/FM, Bluetooth, and aux. cord.

2. I bought the dash kit and the adapter harness as well to make this easier and I recommend it as opposed to splicing into the factory harness. Much cleaner and easier install.

3. NOTE: You will not need everything that is in the dash kit. It is universal for many cars/trucks. I only needed the little pocket that goes under the new radio. It screws right to the factory brackets once you have your old radio out.

Now you have your new radio with the harness that plugs into it. the adapter harnesses that go from your factory plugs and splice into the new radio harness.

Honestly, it was pretty easy to know which wires splice to which. I did go ahead and connect all wires except for the "lightning ground" which is not used for some reason.

The factory radio brackets screwed into the sides of my new radio and the little pocket below it. They then got screwed back into the dash in their original place.

NOTE: I did not need the metal sleeve that comes on the radio or anything extra to mount this. At this point I plugged everything in, slid all the wires back into the dash, turned it on, and made sure everything went back together correctly.

I did not take any pictures but if a need comes up to see how everything is spliced I can pull the radio out to take some.

If this helps someone, cool. This site has helped me quite a bit already. Good day folks.
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:23 PM   #2
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Welcome to Infamous, the biggest problem most people make when installing a aftermarket radio has to do with the ground wire, since there is no ground in the factory harness, the radio's all ground to a metal point,
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:25 PM   #3
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I agree. I have had to go in and fix someone's attempt at wiring one in in the past. The little adapter harness to go from factory to aftermarket makes everything well worth it so long at the factory plugs are already there. The old factory radio sounded like it had to "warm up" when I cranked the truck. It took a couple minutes before anything clear came out of the two whole speakers I have. Now it is much better.
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my neighbor installed a radio in his Jeep and couldn't figure out why the amp was only getting power when on the tuner, every time he switched to CD he had no sound, I went over to help and discovered he wired the remote turn on wire from the amp to the power antenna wire, every time he switched from tuner to CD the amp shut off LOL
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:31 PM   #5
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Amazing. I am not a pro by any means. I have finally learned that if I will just take my time on something and do it right it ends up so much easier. Only took me 35 years to figure that out.
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yup, even if the stock radio plugs were removed it isn't hard to wire if you have a test light.
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Old 02-19-2018, 05:51 PM   #7
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True. It is just more frustrating at times. Especially if it is one of those hack jobs where they cut most of the original wires away for whatever reason. Like they need to stripe a foot of wire or something. LOL
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