Hi I have a 96 ranger with am/fm casset. My friend gave me his stock ford cd/am/fm from his 2001 ford explorer. The wiring harness are not the same....no one has an adapter that will work....can i make the cd player work in my ranger?
1996 ranger to 2001 explorer
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My 96 Explorer had an external amplifier as well. Unless you have that you may run into problems. I may be wrong but I don't think the Rangers(my buddy had one) have external amps. The simplest thing would be to invest in an aftermarket h/u. That way it would be easy to add a good amp(s) later. If you don't use MP3 encoded CD's then this is a great piece,
and at $99 is a great price.
You'd also need a wiring harness and install kit:
Add another $30 for those.
If your Ranger does have an external amp you may be able to just purchase that wiring harness and cut the harness off the Explorer cd player and wire it up. I guess you could try that first and stick the cassete deck back in if it doesn't work and maybe purchase an aftermarket h/u later and install it with the already purchased harness.