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Da Experimentor
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i bought a 94 explorer as a DD to drive to work till i find a new truck. it had a tape deck in it and that just doesnt work for me. so i bought a kenwood deck from best buy just to have so i have cd/mp3 capabilities again.

now, evidentaly my explorer has "premium sound" (might of been "premium" back in the day) ive got everything connected correctly and everything powers up, but i have no sound. does anybody know if these come from the factory with a amplifier i need to bypass, AND IF SO, by chance any idea where it is?

all help is GREATLY appreciated and much needed!

TIA,
Nick
 

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did it have the antenna at the deck?
Did it have the grey plug and a square black one for speaker wires? If so did you hook up the amp turn on wire?
 

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Da Experimentor
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yes it does have a grey plug and a smaller black square one. the anntena was right at the back of the deck. I heatshrinked all the radio connections and the power, ground, and 12V constant. didn't know I needed to wire up a remote wire. I figured if it did have an amp I'd ha e to by pass it so theamp in the deck didn't fight it. I'm I wrong?

the pack of wiring adapters they gave me wired right up and they gave me an adapter to 'bypass' the factory amp as well if I needed.
 

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you need to bypass the fact amp
not pos on the years but my dad's exploder had the amp behind the plastic pannel on the pass side cargo area
 

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i used to drive a '93 Explorer... before that, i drove a '82 Ford...both of which i used the same CD player. A jvc arsenal...

Let me tell you though, trying to get that player to work in the explorer was a major PITA... if it wasn't 1 thing..it was another. I had the same problem as you @ first with the sound. I believe i had some wires crossed somewhere along the line. (i didn't have a harness... just a knife, electrical tape, and a lighter) lol.

Actually.. come to think of it... i never really figured out the problem with the sound..(i read in the owners manual about the amp...but i couldn't find it). So all i did was re-run some speaker wire from the speakers to the headunit... viola. It worked. A simple 2 hour job turned into a 5 hour nightmare though... -_-

Hope that helped ya some...
 

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Da Experimentor
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found the amp, bypassed it with the harness. deck fired up perfectly.

ran all the wires for my amp, fired up right away. now i just need to get some specs for a box for my 3 L7 8's or possibly sell all of my 8's and find some 10's or 12's.

Suggestions? And thanks for all the help guys!
 
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