This listing includes a Radio Specialty brand wiring adapter and a brand new Ford CD radio. It will allow you to upgrade a Ford vehicle with the non-Premium Sound plugs described below. It is critical that you read this ad and check your plugs BEFORE ordering!!
This package works for Ford owners who have the single DIN radio (@ 2" tall) but do NOT have the Premium Sound System. If you've got two long, skinny plugs on your radio that look almost identical (both @ 2" long by 3/8" wide with up to 8 prongs), this package will work for you. It allows you to mount the included CD player (pictured) into your 90s Ford vehicle with the non-Premium Sound plugs. It is a plug and play set-up, as long as you DON'T have the Premium Sound System and as long as you DO have the spring-clip mounting system. (There will be two small holes at each side of your radio face and you have to stick special tools in those holes to get your radio out.) If you just have one long, skinny plug and the other is a smaller squarish plug, you have the Premium Sound plugs and this package will NOT work for you! Your plugs must be virtually identical in size to use this package.
If you've done research, you know they didn't offer a CD radio from the factory with the non-Premium Sound plugs. But we specialize in retro-fitting later model CD players in older vehicles and this is one of our offerings. It's a great way to get a newer, reliable Ford CD radio in your vehicle without breaking the bank, jumping through hoops or settling for an aftermarket unit that doesn't look right, is hard to operate and is more likely to get stolen. This radio is a rare OEM Ford radio. Found for only one year in just one model. But it's perfect for this retro-fit package. It is brand new and includes a 120 day warranty.
This kit does what we say it does for the vehicles, sound systems and radios listed. If you don't have a vehicle listed or didn't bother to make sure you have the plugs described, that's outside our control and we cannot be held accountable for it. **Older applications (especially those prior to 1993) may have dimmer/illumination issues, as delivered. See the notes after the Application List for more information.
The radio is a Ford radio and it does have the holes in the face for the special Ford removal tools but, unlike most Ford radios, they are covered by skinny 'caps' at each side of the face to give the radio a more finished look. This means it uses the spring-clip mounting system. It does NOT work in vehicles that have bolt-in brackets on the sides of the radio. It sometimes has a mounting bracket attached to the back, as pictured, but not always. If present, it may not be the one you need. There is a threaded hole with a stud that it can be attached to. You may have to re-use your rear support bracket (if applicable) or fashion something that utilizes the threaded hole on the back of this radio and you are concerned about support at the rear. We have sold nearly 300 of these kits and it hasn't been a deal-breaker yet!
This package can be used in some 1990 to 2000 vehicles that do NOT have the Premium Sound system. Please check your mounting system to make sure your radio uses the spring-clips and your plugs to make sure you have the 'twin' plugs described above. The following vehicles all came with single DIN radios but, again, you must confirm you DON'T have the Premium Sound System first. Don't assume yours isn't Premium Sound just because you have an inexpensive car or only have the base model. Ford put the Premium Sound system in A LOT of vehicles. There really wasn't anything 'Premium' about it, to tell you the truth.
The Premium Sound System had one long skinny plug and one smaller squarish plug. This set-up is not compatible with those plugs and no returns are accepted so pull your radio and check your plugs!
- Ford Aerostar: 1992-1997
- Ford Aspire: 1994-1997
- Ford Bronco: 1992-1996
- Ford Contour: 1995-2000
- Ford Econoline Van: 1994-1996
- Ford Explorer: 1993-1994
- Ford F-150: 1992-1995
- Ford F-250: 1994-1998
- Ford F-350: 1994-1998
- Ford Mustang: 1994-1997
- Ford Ranger: 1993-1994
- Ford Taurus: 1992-1995
- Ford Thunderbird: 1996-1997
- Ford Windstar: 1994-1998
- Lincoln Mark VIII: 1993-1994
- Mazda B Series truck: 1993-1994
- Mercury Cougar: 1996-1997
- Mercury Mystique: 1995-2000
- Mercury Sable: 1992-1995
**Late 80's and early 90's vehicles often had a different illumination circuit, so the button and display back-lighting may not work in those vehicles as delivered. The numbers will still show on the display though. It is just the back-lighting which makes the numbers easier to see at night that is sometimes an issue. It is possible you can change the illumination wires in the harness and make the back-lighting work with older vehicles but instructions for this are not included. Also of note: this does not support the power antenna. If you have this option in your vehicle, you will have to wire it up on it's own switch or rig it so it comes up when you turn the ignition on. Instructions for this are not included.
Enlarged photo of the adapter follows:
Back of radio without adapter inserted follows:
Plastic bracket shown is not always present. Email before purchasing, if needed.