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Old 01-19-2010, 09:32 AM
TheDangerRanger TheDangerRanger is offline
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Cool premium sound system!!!

ok here is my story. i go to my local car parts store and i pick up 2 subs, a amp, all the wiring, a aftermarket dash kit, and a wiring harness (already got a new HU from a friend). i go to the garage and start tearing apart my dash and find that my wiring harness doesn't fit what to do ? i look on the harness box again and its says 89+ ford ranger (i have a 95). well now after 2 weeks of intense googling and finding thtt i have a premium sound system in my truck i find the premium harness and there is only one made for the ranger it cost me $50 but its required... so now a week later (yesterday) i arrive home after school and notice a UPS BOX on my front porch sure an of its my wiring harness in all its glory my next thing i do is go to my local pepboys and buy a shiny new HU cause i deserve it after this month long ordeal and hopefully this after noon i will be installing my shiny new HU and the wiring harness
now the main reason i posted this thread is to help anyone out there with a premium sound system find the correct wiring harness.. and to show off my new system once i get the pictures uploaded.

i will soon have the links for the website i found posted and pictures of the install.
1995 ranger stepside 4.0L 5speed 4x4
-30" BF Goodrich All-Terrain on 15" american racing rims
-fog/running lights mounted on the front bumper
-hurst pistol grip shifter
-K&N air intake
-high flow cherry bomb extreme 2x glass-pack exhaust (empty cats)
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:52 PM
Americantruckfleet Americantruckfleet is offline
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jeez.... i hope i dont have a premium sound system in my Ranger....

Does yours just say premuim sound system on it or... how can u tell what kind it is? for those of us that are making changes to thier sound systems
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1994 Ford XLT Extended Cab.
Automatic Transmission w/ a 4.0 6-Cylinder.
2" body Lift on Front & 3" Body Lift on Rear.
American Racing Lock-Out Hubs w/ an electronic 4 wheel drive selector switch.
32 x 11.50 x 15 BFG A.T. K.O.'s for my tires with American Racing Aluminum Rims.
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:53 PM
lostsoul lostsoul is offline
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Default difrence

one radio will have just the normal harness to plug your addapter in and the other has a seprate square plug for you factory amp witch is inside the dash i just left it there
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Old 04-23-2010, 05:20 PM
Nathyrin Nathyrin is offline
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Default Re: premium sound system!!!

I ran into the same problem with my 88 ranger. Is there anyone out there that can give a tip on how to bypass the amplifier? Other than running speaker wires through the truck. The problem I'm having is that the ground on the amp is connected, but no sound. disconnect the ground and I have the front speakers, but the stereo won't turn off with the key.
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:22 PM
BigT8600 BigT8600 is offline
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Default Re: premium sound system!!!

usually a little deeper into the dash, there is a normal 90's model ford harness and you can use the cheap harness out of the store...not always the case but we often found a basic harness if we looked for a little bit.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:56 AM
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Default Re: premium sound system!!!

lol i put subs in mine but i took them really wasnt all that hard i ran the wireing under the carpet on the drivers side door and ran it up behind the molding in the dash and ran it though the drivers just have to cut open door wiring cover and head it to the yeah just throwing that out there in case some one was having problems with running cable
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:45 PM
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Default Re: premium sound system!!!

Every time I have installed a system in a Ford with the premium sound, I have removed all the stock wiring and started from scratch. It'll cost less to buy all new wire, and you don't have to worry about that stock amp failing you. Especially since the amp failing was the reason for the first one I did. You would not believe how much extra wire there is for the premium sound in a Taurus!
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