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03-25-2016 02:34 AM
araujobrian721 Alright guys i have a couple questions. Im gonna try to put an aftermarket radio into my car. Taking it apart seems easy enough to do. But the things that are confusing me are the wiring harness for the stock radio to an aftermarket radio. And the rest of the stuff on the kit itself. Do i just take everything out of the old kit and put it onto the new one? I am currently running a loc from my rear speakers to my amp and sub but im getting really bored of the stock radio. And im tired of having to remember to turn my amp off everytime i get out of my car. I was to lazy to find an accessory with out destroyi g everything to find it
01-28-2016 09:16 AM
mysticfocus I have a 2011 SES with factory sub, if I was going to add an amp and subs is there something to tap into that runs to the factory sub to make it easier. I had 2 12" rockford P2's in my old car and wired it myself so I can, just looking for an easier route if possible...
01-27-2016 12:37 PM
firebirdude No..
01-27-2016 12:30 PM
djorijun
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Originally Posted by pbrennan View Post
also, will pulling off the cover where the airbag is cause any problems with the airbag or cause it to deploy? I see in previous years, "how to's" will tell you to disconnect the battery to prevent the airbag from going off. is this something I should worry about??

thanks!
I know this is a really old thread, but I'm trying to fix the aux port that finally gave up on my 2009 Focus SE and am worried about the airbag part. I've always been good with working on sound systems, but just curious if I should worry about the airbag going off or breaking because I popped this panel off.

Thank you
10-25-2015 05:57 PM
8thDay Ok, thanks. I just had him order the correct harness kit.
10-25-2015 04:55 PM
firebirdude
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Originally Posted by 8thDay View Post
Installing a double din head unit in my son's 2008 Focus SE. We have the Metra kit, but the harness doesn't work. The 12v ignition switched wire mates into a blank spot on the Ford harness.
Like everyone else I have read online, I am having trouble finding a 12v accessory wire that I can run it to behind the dash. Does Anyone have a wire color and location that they can direct me to?
Technically, you should have used Metra XSVI-5520-NAV. As you found out, there's no ignition source behind the factory head unit. The factory radio turns on/off via a data signal on the CANBUS. The XSVI-5520-NAV can read this data and convert it into a +12V ignition source you can use. Additionally, it keeps the retained accessory power feature working and gives you outputs you'd use for double-din touchscreens/Navi such as parking brake status, reverse trigger and vehicle speed sense. It also comes prewired for the steering wheel control retention module (ASWC-1). Which is darn nice if you're trying to keep factory steering wheel controls working.

Yes, you can use the cheapy harness. But you'll have to find your own ignition source and you'll lose the features discussed above. If it were me, I'd just go right to the key cylinder. Should be brown/yellow. Make sure you put a small fuse inline. Last thing you need is for the wire you run to get pinched/chaff and short to something blowing the main ignition fuse in the car.....making that car dead in the water and leaving your son stranded somewhere. 3A is more than enough.
10-25-2015 04:43 PM
8thDay Installing a double din head unit in my son's 2008 Focus SE. We have the Metra kit, but the harness doesn't work. The 12v ignition switched wire mates into a blank spot on the Ford harness.
Like everyone else I have read online, I am having trouble finding a 12v accessory wire that I can run it to behind the dash. Does Anyone have a wire color and location that they can direct me to?
10-20-2015 08:28 PM
firebirdude
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Originally Posted by rhgop08 View Post
08s do not show the temperature. I believe PAC makes a SYNC harness as well.
If they do, it's probably better than Metras. lol
10-20-2015 06:57 PM
rhgop08 08s do not show the temperature. I believe PAC makes a SYNC harness as well.
10-20-2015 09:03 AM
firebirdude
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Originally Posted by araujobrian721 View Post
I have a 08 Ford Focus ses coupe, with sync, I want to put in a touch screen aftermarket if I can but never messed with something like this.. I'm used to jus taking out the old stock radio not the entire dash... Unless really needed to. So I need some help. One, I obviously I need a new dash kit to fit the radio (hoping they have a double din kit). Two I need a new harness but that's what's confusing me.. What do I do with sync and the top screen?? Cuz my top screen doesn't even show the temp like I see alot of other focus's, same year as mine have the temp shown.... so some help and maybe a video that I can't find to save my life would help
If you really want to retain the factory Sync system, you'll need Metra 99-5816 kit which is both single din and double din. Your choice. The harness will depend if you have a factory amplified audio system. If you have a factory amp, you'll need Metra ADFD01 harness AND the ADBOX2. If you don't have a factory amp, you'll need the ADFD01 harness AND the ADBOX1. Now then, Metra supposedly has the ADFD100 bundle which is suppose to be an all in one solution for any 08 Focus regardless of what you have equipped. But I see it has that stupid separate LCD screen. I've installed one of those before and IT SUCKED. It worked maybe 25% of the time and even then it was hokey and cheesy. You might give Metra a call and ask them what they recommend.

With that said, your new double-din will come with hands free bluetooth and, depending on which one you buy, it may also have voice control to switch sources, etc. So screw all the special interfaces, separate displays, and expensive harnesses. Wire you isht up with a $20 Ford harness and to hell with Sync. Which head unit were you looking at buying? Check out the Pioneer 4100NEX.
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