Ok, three things: Where can I find one of these? How much do they cost? How hard is it to install one?
SplitPortBird said:In order to BYPASS the factory amp a new cable has to be laid from the front to the rear of the car. the reason I say this is the AMP is in the trunk.. theres no way to BYPASS it from a simple adapter where the radio is.
The harness they sell at BestMuy or likewise all adapt to the factory type connector. and even if it does connect all it does is plug the HIGH inputs from the radio into the low inputs of the factory amp which leads to poor sound and being way overgained.
I believe they do sell a harness that removes the factory amp and patches the inputs and outsput together which still used the existing wiring.
I have yet to find a simple harness that allows me to plug into the Premium Harness and has Low (RCA) Inputs attached to it.
unless you have premium sound, which is indicated by a small badge next to the radio that says "Premium" then just get the appropriate harness, particularly the Ford spec one.SlowProject said:I'll second crutchfield, not sure of the price though.
They sent the cable with a stereo I bought from them years ago.
On a side note, before I tear into my cougar, does anyone know if the cables are the same from the 96 tbird trunk mount amp to the cougar dash mounted amp?
I think I am going to tint and alarm the car before I switch out the stereo stuff, and I don't want to tear into it to find out I need a different amp bypass cable.
I was just doing a little more research and though I would call first, the page on crutchfield's site before your link states that the factory amp bypass wire is included with that item.Mister_T said:As far as the thread jacking, no proble, but Crutchfield says that harness doesn't fit.I did find this: http://www.crutchfield.com/S-8TQ7rtYC1t4/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=103000&I=120705004 which it says fits. I think I'll just go ahead and order that.