1993 Premium sound stereo into 87-92 Mustang : Install thread

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That actual radio. The eq is designed for a different radio

Looks like this
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91TwighlightGT

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Hey Mustang5L5,

I am just curious about something. Does the 93 CD player also have the capability of running the slave cd setup? I see the "comp" button on the radio face - would that be how it switches to that input?

Ultimately, I want the stock radio look but I would like to be able to add an auxiliary input jack for an MP3 player. I have heard of people using their cd changer inputs to add auxiliary to their factory radios, and I was thinking that if this one could run a slave cd or changer then I could adapt it. Any idea?
 

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Well, I finally managed to win one of the things for a decent price! I believe it is out of an F-150, so I will have to fabricate the bracket for the cubby, but that should be doable. I may see if I can't get a junk cassette one and cut off the bracket and reweld/rivet it to my bottom plate if I can't fabricate one easily.

JB04v6, I know I could go the FM modulator route, and I may ultimately do that, but I the sound quality just seems to be so hit or miss that I am a little leery of them. I had a cheap on in my 91 Escort years back and it was a pain. If I do go that route I will probably use a direct wire one, especially because on the Fox body I would have to keep the ashtray open while I drive to keep that one plugged in.

I did see where it looks like it can be setup for a slave cd (or maybe cd changer?) as well, which should make it possible for me to hook up an aux. cable through that and have a pretty clean, factory looking install. If I am able to do that, then I will document the progress for that on this thread. Since the car is in pieces right now, though, I've got a lot of bigger fish to fry :)
 

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I did see where it looks like it can be setup for a slave cd (or maybe cd changer?) as well, which should make it possible for me to hook up an aux. cable through that and have a pretty clean, factory looking install. If I am able to do that, then I will document the progress for that on this thread. Since the car is in pieces right now, though, I've got a lot of bigger fish to fry :)
I have an ipod adapter that I bought for my '99 Focus daily driver that plugs into the CD changer outlet on the back of the factory stereo. The factory stereo treats the playlists as the CDs and you can skip songs with the seek buttons. I tried to find a similar setup for the earlier-Ford radios with the CD player option, but I was unsuccessful. My Focus has the steering column controls as well. It's really awesome having my nano tucked away in the ash tray and controlling everything without even having to take my hands off the wheel.
 

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I have an ipod adapter that I bought for my '99 Focus daily driver that plugs into the CD changer outlet on the back of the factory stereo. The factory stereo treats the playlists as the CDs and you can skip songs with the seek buttons. I tried to find a similar setup for the earlier-Ford radios with the CD player option, but I was unsuccessful. My Focus has the steering column controls as well. It's really awesome having my nano tucked away in the ash tray and controlling everything without even having to take my hands off the wheel.

I think I read about that, but I don't know if it will work for the 93 model radio. I'll check on it, though, because that sounds like the best scenario.
 

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Hey Mustang5L5,

I am just curious about something. Does the 93 CD player also have the capability of running the slave cd setup? I see the "comp" button on the radio face - would that be how it switches to that input?

Ultimately, I want the stock radio look but I would like to be able to add an auxiliary input jack for an MP3 player. I have heard of people using their cd changer inputs to add auxiliary to their factory radios, and I was thinking that if this one could run a slave cd or changer then I could adapt it. Any idea?

I think it does. I toyed around with this on the first page but couldn't get the lower CD player to fit properly inside the Mustang's radio bay.

I lacked a power plug to the slave CD to test it out but the 93 CD player does have the slave cd hookup. I beleive there was a CD changer option in the Bronco that utilized this.

I've since sold all the parts and extra radios on ebay. I can't test it out now though.
 

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91TwighlightGT

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Read Post #6

The slave unit hookup is a 6-pin connector

Okay - if I am correct, the 6-pins should be these things...

-Signal Wire
-Ground
-Left In
-Right In
-Left Out
-Right Out

Anyone know which colors are which in the harness?

I am thinking that using the signal wire and the ground should tell the radio to interrupt it's current output (such as an FM station) and instead re-route the sound through the slaved CD through the L/R input. Not sure why it has the L/R out, though...
 
Well, I finally managed to win one of the things for a decent price! I believe it is out of an F-150, so I will have to fabricate the bracket for the cubby, but that should be doable. I may see if I can't get a junk cassette one and cut off the bracket and reweld/rivet it to my bottom plate if I can't fabricate one easily.

JB04v6, I know I could go the FM modulator route, and I may ultimately do that, but I the sound quality just seems to be so hit or miss that I am a little leery of them. I had a cheap on in my 91 Escort years back and it was a pain. If I do go that route I will probably use a direct wire one, especially because on the Fox body I would have to keep the ashtray open while I drive to keep that one plugged in.

I did see where it looks like it can be setup for a slave cd (or maybe cd changer?) as well, which should make it possible for me to hook up an aux. cable through that and have a pretty clean, factory looking install. If I am able to do that, then I will document the progress for that on this thread. Since the car is in pieces right now, though, I've got a lot of bigger fish to fry :)

i have the cassette type oem unused if you need a piece of it, and my 04 6cd that is whacked so let me know and you can have the part you need the 03 6 cd is good I'm just going to alpine so 1 of the 3 should fit the bill, first 2 gratis, the 03 i need a few bucks or trade on injectors (not stock ones tho), for 04 v6 3.9l --ps, my walmart scocshe mp3 added to the current mach (04) sounds good
 

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i have the cassette type oem unused if you need a piece of it, and my 04 6cd that is whacked so let me know and you can have the part you need the 03 6 cd is good I'm just going to alpine so 1 of the 3 should fit the bill, first 2 gratis, the 03 i need a few bucks or trade on injectors (not stock ones tho), for 04 v6 3.9l --ps, my walmart scocshe mp3 added to the current mach (04) sounds good

Sn95 radios won't work in the Fox Mustangs....at least not without major modifications
 

Mustang5L5

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Okay - if I am correct, the 6-pins should be these things...

-Signal Wire
-Ground
-Left In
-Right In
-Left Out
-Right Out

Anyone know which colors are which in the harness?

I am thinking that using the signal wire and the ground should tell the radio to interrupt it's current output (such as an FM station) and instead re-route the sound through the slaved CD through the L/R input. Not sure why it has the L/R out, though...

Crutchfield has been good for me for wiring diagrams. All the Mustang diagrams I have don't list this because it was never a feature on a Fox Mustang. I don't have SN95 diagrams.

Best bet would be to search crutchfield for diagrams for a 94-98 Mustang Mach 460 as it will have the slave CD player. I'd do it for you but that site doesn't come through well at my work
 

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Crutchfield has been good for me for wiring diagrams. All the Mustang diagrams I have don't list this because it was never a feature on a Fox Mustang. I don't have SN95 diagrams.

Best bet would be to search crutchfield for diagrams for a 94-98 Mustang Mach 460 as it will have the slave CD player. I'd do it for you but that site doesn't come through well at my work

Okay, thanks for the tip, I will check it out. I may try to direct wire the Aux into the radio itself, but until it arrives I can't poke around :)
 

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I have a different dilema. My 93 DID have the premium radio but since is gone and a 91 radio is in its place. Can i somehow wireto the factory amp?
 

theYman

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I took care of it. The factory amp is DOA, so I bypassed it and rewired the whole system. I took OUT almost 200 ft of household speaker wire that was a huge mess. Luckily all the factory plugs were in the car. for some reason someone hooked up all the speakers with huge wires.
It rocks now after 6 hours of work.
 

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I have an 1989 GT Convertible with Premium Sound (6 speakers and the amp behind the Headunit).
I still have the Single CD Tuner from my previous 1995 GT with the MACH 460 setup (looks like your pic in post #7).
Do you know if this fits in my 89 GT?
 

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while my plan was and is to return everything to stock, including the radio, i was upset that i would not be able to play cd's (which truthfully are a dying technology). considered the 93 radio swap but that is not what came in it so no go for me. fast forward a year and my 92 has the premium tape and graphic equalizer. So i am stuck to old tapes and the radio right? wrong. this ancient piece of aftermarket equipment turned it into a viable mp3/ipod player. no static, no fm modulator to fuss with. sound is perfect. we have all used them in the 90's but who remembered to give them another chance? http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&s...nh=181&tbnw=278&start=0&ndsp=17&tx=128&ty=110
 

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MP3 can be added via a wired auxiliary port if you want a hidden look. I would also consider extending the wire from your cassette converter thing and run it back through the radio. Then you can hide your MP3 in the glove box or something and not have it hanging off the dash.
 

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MP3 can be added via a wired auxiliary port if you want a hidden look. I would also consider extending the wire from your cassette converter thing and run it back through the radio. Then you can hide your MP3 in the glove box or something and not have it hanging off the dash.


saw all the electric wiring choices people have made. not oem so no go for me. plus this is how we did it back then and these cars are more than a ride. they are a time machine to our past. i would hate to look down and see something that screws up the whole experience. i just need the portable cd player sitting on the passenger seat skipping every thirty seconds to complete the whole memory.