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Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Connect a new car stereo in select 1998-03 Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, and Nissan vehicles

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Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Installation Note: This harness uses your factory amplifier; your new stereo must have one pair of preamp outputs to connect this harness.

This vehicle-specific wiring harness makes connections between your new car stereo and your car's electrical system.

First, attach the color-coded wires on your Crutchfield-supplied harness to the wires from your new stereo. If you're not using a soldering iron, we recommend that you purchase some wire connectors to secure the connections. Check out our handy article on three ways to connect the wiring harness here.

Now, once this harness is connected to your new stereo, you'll be able to plug right into your car's factory radio connector. This harness makes installing your new stereo easier, and allows you to put the factory radio back when you sell your vehicle or return it at the end of the lease. A detailed instruction sheet comes with the harness. Warranty: 60 days.

Please read this important note: This harness may not contain provisions for every wire needed to complete your installation, and it will not accommodate special navigation, video, or factory steering wheel control connections. You will need a special adapter if you want your factory steering wheel audio controls to work with your new stereo.

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Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts — please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so, then check here for a list of parts. You can also call an Advisor for more information.

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  • Receiver wiring harness
  • Subwoofer wiring harness
  • Instructions

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Features

Crutchfield Wiring Harness: Crutchfield wiring harnesses prevent you from having to cut your vehicle's factory radio plug when replacing your factory radio with an aftermarket head unit. Simply solder or crimp the Crutchfield wiring harness to your aftermarket head unit's harness (solder & crimps not included), plug the aftermarket head unit's plug into the rear chassis of the aftermarket head unit, and plug the Crutchfield wiring harness into your vehicle's factory radio plug.

Note: Installation tools, hardware, & accessories are not included & sold separately. Please see the Accessories tab for recommendations & availability.

Wiring Notes: If the Crutchfield wiring harness is not equipped with a ground wire, you will need to ground the aftermarket head unit's ground wire to the metal chassis of your vehicle. Some vehicle's may require you to bypass the vehicle's factory amplifier (in another location from factory radio) or hardwire certain connections. If your vehicle is equipped with factory steering wheel controls, an additional adapter is required and sold separately.

Wire Code Chart:

Wire Color Function
Red +12 Volt Accessory
Yellow +12 Volt Constant
Black Chassis Ground
Black/White Amplifier Ground
Orange Illumination
Orange/Black Not used (tape off)
White Left Front Speaker +
White/Black Left Front Speaker -
Gray Right Front Speaker +
Gray/Black Right Front Speaker -
Green Left Rear Speaker +
Green/Black Left Rear Speaker -
Violet Right Rear Speaker +
Violet/Black Right Rear Speaker -

Subwoofer Amplifier Harness

Wire Color Function
Black/White Amplifier Ground
Blue/White Amplifier Turn-on
White RCA Subwoofer Input
(plugs into receiver's subwoofer preamp output)

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4 out of 5

stereo harness

Written By chadscougar, Des Moines, IA on Monday, August 11, 2014
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easy to install with replacement receiver
Pros:
great wiring harness, easy to install, great install directions from crutchfield included with the order.
Cons:
I wish I had more $ to upgrade all my stereos :)
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5 out of 5

Excellent product........

Written By wingrg, Carolina, PR on Wednesday, August 06, 2014
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Excellent product, just plug and play, so easy to install, out of the bag, connect the plug, in less than 15 min I have my new radio working.
Pros:
Easy installation, don't have to work with wire cutter, professional installation.
Cons:
Nothing
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5 out of 5

retro meta harness

Written By dennis, Kennesaw ga. on Monday, June 09, 2014
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Worked great
Pros:
Easy
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

best product

Written By Timothy W., juliette ga on Monday, March 17, 2014
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Crutchfield is awesome
Pros:
Easy installation no problems!!
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Worked flawslessly

Written By LeeG, Mars Hill,NC on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Worked flawlessly & best part was FREE
Pros:
Free
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written By Anonymous, Navarre, Fl. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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This does make for a cleaner more manageable connection. Had to get out all 3-4 wiring diagrams and go over them several time to make sure I had covered all the multiple wire connections. If not paying attention would have been easy to miss something.
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5 out of 5

Receiver Wire Harness

Written By Pgh Bob, Pittsburgh, Pa on Monday, February 10, 2014
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Simple. Easy. Plun'n'Play.... literally.
Pros:
Perfect fit
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Good product

Written By Judas, Riverside,ca on Monday, February 10, 2014
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Good quality
Pros:
Simply
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Crutchfield Harnesses are perfect

Written By Glenn, Cincinnati on Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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This was my fourth time using a Crutchfield wire harness and they always work as expected. I crimp all my connections and make sure they are tight before committing the HU to the dashboard. The standardization of the color codes make things very easy. Be sure to have some wire stays to tie the wires into neat groups (one for speaker wires, another for power, ground, etc.).
Pros:
Worked perfectly and made for a clean installation.
Cons:
None.,
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Simple

Written By AJM, NW Iowa on Tuesday, November 05, 2013
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Easy to install
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4 out of 5

Eases install

Written By Sam L, Provo,Ut on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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This harness made the install so much easier and faster. Took a little longer than I would have liked just because not all the wires were pre stripped and the strippers I have don't go that small, but not too big of a hassle.
Pros:
Easy, fast
Cons:
A little bulky
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5 out of 5

Saves time and your factory harness

Written By Dominiator, Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, September 12, 2013
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These adaptors save a lot of time and keep your factory harness intact. Worked perfectly and a factory pre-amp harness was also included even though I did not need it for my application.
Pros:
All
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

worked

Written By Phil, Spokane, WA on Sunday, August 25, 2013
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installed on a 99 explorer, slightly confused on the grounding parts, but overall worked like a champ
Pros:
harness attaches and your done
Cons:
slightly confused on grounds, but got it figured out
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5 out of 5

Wire harness for 2002 Ford Explorer

Written By GenoD, Glendale Hts., Il. on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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Everything included to wire the unit in, including the harness for the factory sub.
Pros:
Clear instructions.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Receiver Wire Harness Installation

Written By TerryM, Santa Maria, CA on Friday, June 21, 2013
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Using the supplied information, the integration of the receiver and automobile ('99 Ford Explorer) wiring went smoothly. This is the second installation for me and both have gone well. The first Rx was ripped-off leaving some damage to the dash plastic parts. I did not replace the damaged parts so the "firmness" of the mounting is less than desired but acceptible.
Pros:
Spot-on directions Excellent fit
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Ford wire harness

Written By Rick, Veteran, Wyoming on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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Great quality, good instructions, fits and it works.
Pros:
Works as advertized
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Receiver Wire Harness

Written By Eric, Salt Lake City, UT on Saturday, May 11, 2013
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Works as expected. Would be hard to do it with out it.
Pros:
Makes it much easier to install into the vehicle. Pretty straight forward.
Cons:
Would be nice if this harness could be pre-attached to your head unit when both are purchased at the same time. This would save time on installation.
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5 out of 5

Fool Proof

Written By Tom R, Apopka, Fl on Saturday, May 11, 2013
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This kit came with everything you need to convert to your new receiver. I had one question and the Crutchfield techs were on the horn in minutes to solve my problems and make sure the installion went off without a problem.
Pros:
easy to install.
Cons:
none.
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5 out of 5

explorer sport stereo harnesses

Written By tarek, la, ca on Friday, April 19, 2013
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hooks up correctly and wires match receivers as they should
Pros:
color schematic for wires is great considering ford doesnt include an explanation for the colors of their wiring. at least the guys at crutchfield got it figured out! thanks!
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1 out of 5

Not for 2003 Expedition!!!!!

Written By Anonymous, PacificNW on Sunday, April 07, 2013
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This harness does NOT fit a 2003 Ford Expedition, you need the unit from a 2004+ Expedition. Giant waste of time soldering the harness to the new head unit's harness, then taking apart the dash only to find out that the harness is wrong.
Pros:
Probably good if it fits your car
Cons:
Doesn't fit 2003 Expedition
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Makes it so easy

Written By Bobby c, Limerick, ME on Sunday, March 31, 2013
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It's so simple to use, unplug your old radio, solder connections to new radio and plug in. Nothing to it!
Pros:
Ease of use
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Nice!

Written By Mako, Tallahassee FL on Friday, January 25, 2013
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I was amazed at how well this worked with the factory sub. I was planning on upgrading the sub but now I don't need to. You won't be dissapointed!
Pros:
Easy hookup!
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5 out of 5

Wire Harness for 02 Ford Escape

Written By Tomy, Paulding, OH on Saturday, October 06, 2012
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Nice gauge of wire used, nice quality plugs being used, standard, simple, but good harness for an 02 Escape
Pros:
Good qaulity plugs and wires being used, simple instructions
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

Installed in Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Written By Robert, San Diego, Ca on Thursday, October 04, 2012
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I Expected a jumper type set up with full plug and play. I have all the correct tools to do electrical work so no sweat with the splice job.
Pros:
It works, instructions were good
Cons:
manual splicing of the wire harness
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4 out of 5

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written By kw76, San Diego, CA on Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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Factory radio had three wire harnesses attached, but supplied kit only connected to to two of them. Directions for the 2 supplied harnesses were clear and easy to follow. Quality of the harnesses was good. Third factory harness had to be spliced into for steering wheel control module. A description of the wire functions in the third harness would have been useful.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

receiver wiring harness

Written By Pedro, Cidra P. R. on Monday, April 02, 2012
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very good item
Pros:
convenience
Cons:
nothing
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect

Written By Captain Splatch, Lucas Ville Ohio on Monday, March 19, 2012
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Great adapter good-quality wiring
Pros:
Free with order and good-quality wiring
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Kenwood KDC-X695 with Ford Harness

Written By Mark C, Maitland, Fl. on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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5 stars for connection but 0 stars in end due to issue somewhere between the radio, Crutchfield knowledge of Expedition and harness. Issue was when all connected the turn on for the subwoofer amplifier was close to blowing my subwoofer due to a huge spike of noise and then continuous noise from Sub. Excellent and 100% correct solution from technical support but required me to go to Radio Shack and build a IC based voltage regulator by attaching a IC chip to hobby box, soldering wires to IC chip and then connecting between radio and amp. Way beyond amateur level of install. One negative for not knowing about this issue and a second for not having any solution expect IC chip fabrication.
Pros:
Radio wiring was dead on.
Cons:
Total system did not work as wired with extensive circuit modifications.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written By Anonymous, Rohnert Park, CA. on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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Very easy to match to the factory harness and technical help was easy to contact and was very helpful.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works perfect

Written By Randy, Tampa Bay,FL on Friday, February 03, 2012
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Fit just like the factory one. My car had the premium sound system at one time. But did not have it when i bought the car. So if you get the premium sound system wire harness, just disregard the small one with the RCA end on it. You wont need it if you are getting an after market head unit.
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5 out of 5

worked just right

Written By Allan, Tucson az on Friday, September 16, 2011
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Easy to use and worked perfect
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Does not fit 03' Expedition

Written By Alex, Fontana, CA on Tuesday, September 06, 2011
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I have an 03' Expedition and Crutchfield sent me this one. It did not fit. So had to wait another week to finish installing my radio after waiting a week already. But in Crutchfields defense, they remedied it and sent me the right one free of charge.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written By Anonymous, Ann Arbor, MI on Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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I puzzled over two connectors to three connectors until I remembered that the trunk-mounted CD changer would be abandoned, I looked at the RCA plug for the auxiliary amplifier and so brainlocked on looking for a socket on my car that i did not read the instruction to plug the RCA into the new radio's aux. outputs. Five stars for the wiring harness; two stars for me. This is my first radio installation which has not involved soldering two dozen connections while jammed upside- down beneath a dash panel. I am stunned to have done all the soldering on a bench. I should have trusted the harness and instructions more.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Just what is needed for a clean install

Written By Jim, Sunnyvale, CA on Sunday, March 27, 2011
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The wiring harness is exactly what is needed to have a clean install. Don't even
think about starting the installation without it. The installer should measure
the available space between the radio and the dash first as it may be necessary
to cut the wiring short. Be sure to leave enough length to allow the pull out
of the radio completely in case you need to have it removed.

Car: 2001 Ford Sport Trac
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5 out of 5

WIring Harness

Written By Tim L, Hatboro, PA on Tuesday, March 01, 2011
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This came as part of my new head unit for my Ford Sports Track, When I first looked at it
I became a "little overwhelmed" - had visions of cutting and spliceing,soldering and
crimping - after a call to tech support - it all fell into place - I used the solder method and
shrink tube - followed the diagram - just to make sure - did not want to botch it up took
my time and all went well- any questions were answered by Crutchfield quickly and
explained easly. thanks you.
Tim L
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5 out of 5

Harness

Written By Bill, Illinois on Monday, February 28, 2011
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The hardest part of the whole process. Putting the wires together. Not so hard as time
consuming, but no sweat. Heck, even a cave man can do it.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

As expected except for the POP with Fords

Written By kbk, Hudson, WI on Thursday, February 10, 2011
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Works as expected but there should be an included converter to handle the sub wattage difference with Fords so you don't hear a POP when you turn on the radio.
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4 out of 5

its a snap

Written By greg, St. louis, mo on Wednesday, February 09, 2011
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use butt connectors and it doesn't get easier.
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4 out of 5

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written By Steve, Florida on Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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nice both plugs good. but I wish the kit had wire conectors, to connect the two togehter
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5 out of 5

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written By Will, Houston Texas on Monday, October 11, 2010
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Excellent product fit perfectly. I would recommend purchasing vehicle specific wiring
harness. The included instructions were accurate and easy to follow.
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4 out of 5

Worked great, couple of suggested tweaks

Written By Bob, Cincinnati on Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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Wireing harness worked as expected. I chose to solder the wires together and it was handy to do that outside of the dash board. And, of couse, everything just plugged right in and the Expedition master sheet that came with the radio was key to a simple install job.

I have two suggestions to make this better for those of us that already have an OEM subwoofer and amp, which is probably getting more and more common. First, to keep the subwoofer from "popping" when the radio was turned on/off I needed to add a converter to convert the 12 V kick-wire from the radio to the 5V kick wire that ford uses on the stock subwoofer amp. The tech guys pointed me to this quickly, it is common in Fords (and some other makes), and there is also a Q&A on this with a picture on the website, so it was an easy fix, but seems like something simple that should be added to this kit, rather than having me make the call. The other suggestion is to include an RCA y-splitter as the radio had a left and right subwoofer out, but the wiring kit only had a single RCA plug. Again, the tech guys pointed this out quickly and it was a quick fix. I'd suggest adding this to the pack (or at a minimum, pointing it out when ordering as a suggested add-on to make a few more bucks).
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written By Ryan G, Bowie, Md on Monday, September 20, 2010
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hooks up easy. fast, free shipping.
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5 out of 5

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written By GPL, Temperance, MI on Sunday, August 29, 2010
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The harness & instructions were excellent and worked without any issues on my
2002 Explorer w/audiophile sound system.
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4 out of 5

2000 Grand Marquis wiring harness

Written By Mark, Wallkill, NY on Saturday, May 22, 2010
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Worked as advertised, good, clear diagram. Extra amp connection not necessary in this application (wasn't exactly sure what it connected to on head unit).
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5 out of 5

2003 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR

Written By ford power, JULIETTE GA. on Wednesday, May 20, 2009
 
SUPER EASY AND GET THIS... I CAN STILL USE MY FACTORY AMP AND SUB THIS PRODUCT IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST .THANKS CRUTCHFIELD
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellence

Written By Wayne, New Jersey on Monday, May 18, 2009
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The harness was a perfect match with the color coding. I had no problems matching and installing.
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4 out of 5

2000 Ford Expedition

Written By Jarrell, Baltimore, MD on Monday, May 04, 2009
 
This wire harness kit is a good product. Along with the instruction sheet, it definitely makes the splice easy. I would like to have seen this product accompanied by a crimp tool and wire crimps, because I don't install radios for a living; consequently, I had to go out and purchase these things before getting started.
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5 out of 5

Replacing your radio? Get This!!

Written By Jamie, Charleston, WV on Monday, March 16, 2009
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I've installed several car stereos and I wish I would've had one of these every time. Following simple instructions and some easy slicing would have saved me hours of tracking down the right wires with a multi-meter. Each wire has a label printed on it telling you which wire on your stereo to splice it into. Then just plug both ends in and turn it on. That's it!! Took me about 30 minutes from opening the package to listening to my new stereo.
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4 out of 5

Wiring Harness is the Way to Go

Written By Neil, Western Washington on Sunday, February 08, 2009
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These wiring harnesses are the way to go. I have installed about a dozen car stereos in my time and this sure beats trying to round-up the stock car stereo wiring schematic and cutting the stock harness heads. Some of the wires were not explained and did not match-up on the new stereo, but with a quick call to Crutchfield, we diagnosed it rapidly and I was on my way. Most of the wire gauge is larger than that of the stereo wiring and had to do some creative crimping. It's in and working great!
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5 out of 5

Wireing was right on target.

Written By adm4unix, NH on Friday, September 12, 2008
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EASY Just follow the instructions and it works.
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4 out of 5

Does What It Is Designed To Do

Written By Kyle, Austin, TX on Thursday, August 21, 2008
 
This is a nice setup. As mentioned in a previous review, the kit doesn't have that third plug, but that might be a good thing for most people. The only wire I used from that third plug was the speed sensor wire for my navigation unit and when you get to a having the amount of wires behind your deck needed to hook up everything for your navigation system, it can get a little tight so not having that extra plug didn't both me so much. It would probably make things easier, but for most applications, the buyer wouldn't need it. A couple of the connections could have been simplified somewhat by combining the two units, but I am sure there were reasons to leave them apart - maybe added flexibility or something.
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3 out of 5

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written By Brian, Garner, NC on Sunday, August 17, 2008
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Pro: Fits most of the plugs behind the dash. I was grateful for the sub hookup. It came free with my order so I got what I paid for.

Con: Doesn't have a plug for the third plug behind the dash so it's not really a "complete" kit.
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4 out of 5

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written By pookiebear, fulton,ky on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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awesome set and easy to use.
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5 out of 5

I love Crutchfield

Written By Steve, Caribou, Maine on Monday, June 05, 2006
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This wiring harness is awesome. I love that they were able to include the sub output as well as the main speaker wiring. This allowed me to utilize the factory subwoofer amplifier with the new system that I set up. This is the smaller connector with the red RCA connector. It also provided the remote turn-on for the amp. You will likely need a Y cable to merge the L/R subwoofer outputs of your head unit into the one sub.

Thanks Crutchfield!
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