Articles & Videos: Factory System Adapters

Car stereo installation guide
by Robert Ferency-Viars

This installation guide walks you through the process of installing a new in-dash receiver in your car.

Introduction to car stereo
by Robert Ferency-Viars

A car stereo is the centerpiece of any car audio system. This introduction highlights the stereo's functions and makes it easier to find the right receiver for your car or truck.

CD receivers buying guide
by Robert Ferency-Viars

With so many in-dash CD receivers to choose from, how do you pick the right one? This article will help you ask the right questions, narrow your choices, and find the car stereo that's right for you.

Car Stereo FAQ
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Crutchfield's car audio experts answer some of the most frequently asked questions about buying and installing car stereo equipment.

Car Stereo Glossary
by Crutchfield Writing Team

New to automotive audio? Here's a glossary of terms you'll need to know when you're shopping for an aftermarket CD player, nav receiver, or digital media receiver for your car or truck.

Video: How to install a car stereo
by Robert Ferency-Viars

Watch this video for a step-by-step overview of a basic car stereo installation. The installation shown in this video is only one example - the actual steps involved vary from car to car.

When installing a new car stereo or speakers, you'll need specialized installation hardware to do the job. Our vehicle-specific instructions, wiring harnesses, adapters, and expertise will save you time and money, and most importantly, help ensure that you enjoy your gear for years to come.

2010-2014 Ford Mustang coupe
by Matt Holliday

In 2010, Ford treated the fifth-generation Mustang to a mid-cycle update that included subtle styling tweaks, more horsepower and better fuel economy. The factory stereos aren't bad, but if you're serious about sound, you'll want to do some updating of your own.

Alpine's Perfect FIT system lets you install certain Alpine receivers while keeping your factory look and feel. The adapters are custom-made for specific vehicles, so your new Alpine stereo will blend in beautifully with your stock interior.

Crutchfield's Vehicle Research Team has assembled a database of over 25,000 vehicles. Here's how they do what they do — and how it helps make your car stereo installation go smoothly.

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