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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

Overview

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

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.

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

Hands down the easiest one I've done

Chris H, Greenville, OH

What's in the Box:

  • Receiver wiring harness
  • Subwoofer wiring harness
Reviews

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness Reviews

Average Customer Review:

76 Reviews

Harness

Written by: Chris H from Greenville, OH on June 22, 2016

2003 Mercury Mountaineer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Hands down the easiest one I've done

Pros: Easy

Cons: None

A must for any install

Written by: Ray from Maywood, NJ on April 24, 2016

2002 Mercury Mountaineer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If your upgrading your audio system it make sense to use a wiring harness made for your vehicle for ease of installation and reduce the frustration.

Pros: Fit and worked perfectly.

Cons: None

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Andrew K from indianapolis, IN on February 16, 2016

2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The harness made it extremely easy to install my radio; I was able to wire the harnesses together in the comfort of my living room instead of being elbow-deep in my dashboard!

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easy wireing

Written by: Anonymous from oroville wash on January 10, 2016

2003 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

great no cons

Pros: easy

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perfect fit

Written by: cbell from Michigan on November 4, 2015

2003 Mercury Mountaineer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect fit. So much easier to bench solder the harnesses together instead of working in the dash. Made my new receiver plug and play. Good documentation as always from Crutchfield.

Pros: Easy install

Cons: none

headache relief

Written by: TerryM from Indiana on November 3, 2015

1999 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Made the wiring absolutely easy and painless.

Pros: Absolutely a must to do a good installation.

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Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Anonymous from Pennsylvania on October 26, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This harness worked perfectly in my 98 Explorer with the premium head unit.

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Makes wiring a breeze

Written by: SPINNASTER KA from RI on September 5, 2015

2000 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Wires are clearly marked just connect them to the car stereo wires and plug In to the original car radio plug your done

Pros: Easy to wire clear instructions

Cons: None

Great Product

Written by: Mike P from Alabama on September 3, 2015

2002 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I love that it was so simple. Just match wire colors, no cutting.

Pros: Easy install

Cons: None

Could have been better

Written by: Black_Coffee from Maryland on August 2, 2015

2003 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Overall worked well, however a few improvements would make it perfect. I know these kit service multiple vehicles, so I understand why decisions are made. This kit has two connectors and for my application, I had a 12V to 5V convertor (extra) for a rear OEM amp. The 12V to 5V convertor works between the two connectors supplied in this kit. The connections could have been a little cleaner (less work for me) if the adaptor already integrated the convertor and shared the power (RED) wire, power amp out, and ground connections. I had to do some stacked soldering because a steering wheel adaptor resulted in 5 ground wires soldered together.

Pros: Connectors fit, work as advertised, color coding matched receiver, good instruction. A little work, but easy.

Cons: I have a rear DVD which would be an AV input to the back of the receiver on my Expedition. Crutchfield advertises lose of this functionality, however you don't need to lose it. It all comes in on a third connector F20 (Male) which also contains the data wires for the remote commands (steering wheel and rear controls). If I had a connector that converted the output to RCA plugs, I could use the AV input on the back and retain the functionality. I will find a way to make this work in the future.

wiring kit

Written by: Harry from Edinburg, PA on June 30, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I love the fact that I didn't have to cut any wiring

Pros: Easy to read instructions Color coding matched exactly

Cons: None

Thumbs up

Written by: B Whitaker from Selmer tn on June 19, 2015

2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great

Pros: As advertised

Cons: None

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: David B from Texas on April 26, 2015

2003 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as expected. No issues.

Pros: Colors match factory.

Cons: Small plug had not catch. Had to hold together with tywrap.

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Anonymous from Florida on March 29, 2015

2003 Ford Escape
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nicely Fit!

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Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Anonymous from Cincinnati, Ohio on March 26, 2015

2001 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This made the job so much easier.

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Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Mike C from Mechanicsville, va on March 3, 2015

2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Small plug's wiring did not match my 2005 Ford truck. Had to splice another wire in.

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Perfect fit

Written by: Duanebob418 from Pennsylvania on December 31, 2014

2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect fit for my vehicle, makes for an easy, clean installation. Best of all...buy a head unit from Crutchfiled and all necessary parts, mountings, adapters are included N/C.!! Can't beat that.

Pros: Perfect Fit

Cons: None

Makes installation quick and easy

Written by: Scott S from Spring Grove, IL on December 15, 2014

2000 Mercury Mountaineer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product, makes installation quick and easy

Pros: Makes installation a snap

Cons: none

Big Help!

Written by: Mike from North Carolina on December 11, 2014

1999 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Crutchfield is great to include this with the radio. Makes the install very easy.

Pros: Big help!

Cons: None.

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Donald Wright from Alabama on December 10, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had music shop put in the radio and every wire harness they put in it didn't work properly and they didn't no what to do so I looked on Crutchfield web site and found what I needed and it still didn't work write so I called Crutchfield and they told me what to do and it works great now. Thanks for the help !

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Wires

Written by: Oldestgenxer from St Louis, MO on October 2, 2014

2001 Mercury Grand Marquis
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was the most difficult part of the installation, and the design of this made it easy. I was able to sit at the kitchen table with light and tools and connect the wires easily. Luckily I had connectors myself, because none come with it. I can see this being a real aggravation with people. You should really do something about that.

Pros: Easy to follow instructions, great help from Crutchfield Tech Support when I called.

Cons: No connectors included. People would be willing to pay for them if you offered them, I bet. Not only that, but I couldn't find my crimper so I had to use pliers. I bet a people would by a certified Crutchfield tool kit. Add that to your line of products.

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Chris L from Texas on August 29, 2014

2003 Lincoln Navigator
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product, I finally got my stereo to work and sound right after purchasing this harness, especially after purchasing several others which claim they would work.

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stereo harness

Written by: chadscougar from Des Moines, IA on August 11, 2014

1999 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 :)

Excellent product........

Written by: wingrg from Carolina, PR on August 6, 2014

2003 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

retro meta harness

Written by: dennis from Kennesaw ga. on June 9, 2014

2001 Ford Crown Victoria
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked great

Pros: Easy

Cons: None

best product

Written by: Timothy W. from juliette ga on March 17, 2014

2003 Lincoln Navigator
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Crutchfield is awesome

Pros: Easy installation no problems!!

Cons: None

Worked flawslessly

Written by: LeeG from Mars Hill,NC on March 12, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked flawlessly & best part was FREE

Pros: Free

Cons: None

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Anonymous from Navarre, Fl. on February 12, 2014

2002 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Receiver Wire Harness

Written by: Pgh Bob from Pittsburgh, Pa on February 10, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Simple. Easy. Plun'n'Play.... literally.

Pros: Perfect fit

Cons: None

Good product

Written by: Judas from Riverside,ca on February 10, 2014

2002 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good quality

Pros: Simply

Cons: None

Crutchfield Harnesses are perfect

Written by: Glenn from Cincinnati on December 24, 2013

2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.,

Simple

Written by: AJM from NW Iowa on November 5, 2013

2003 Lincoln Aviator
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install

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Eases install

Written by: Sam L from Provo,Ut on October 22, 2013

2003 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Saves time and your factory harness

Written by: Dominiator from Las Vegas, NV on September 12, 2013

2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

worked

Written by: Phil from Spokane, WA on August 25, 2013

1999 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Wire harness for 2002 Ford Explorer

Written by: GenoD from Glendale Hts., Il. on June 26, 2013

2002 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Everything included to wire the unit in, including the harness for the factory sub.

Pros: Clear instructions.

Cons: None

Receiver Wire Harness Installation

Written by: TerryM from Santa Maria, CA on June 21, 2013

1999 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Ford wire harness

Written by: Rick from Veteran, Wyoming on May 28, 2013

2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great quality, good instructions, fits and it works.

Pros: Works as advertized

Cons: None

Receiver Wire Harness

Written by: Eric from Salt Lake City, UT on May 11, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

Fool Proof

Written by: Tom R from Apopka, Fl on May 11, 2013

2002 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

explorer sport stereo harnesses

Written by: tarek from la, ca on April 19, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Not for 2003 Expedition!!!!!

Written by: Anonymous from PacificNW on April 7, 2013

2003 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Makes it so easy

Written by: Bobby c from Limerick, ME on March 31, 2013

2000 Mercury Mountaineer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Nice!

Written by: Mako from Tallahassee FL on January 25, 2013

2003 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Wire Harness for 02 Ford Escape

Written by: Tomy from Paulding, OH on October 6, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Installed in Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Written by: Robert from San Diego, Ca on October 4, 2012

2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: kw76 from San Diego, CA on May 30, 2012

2003 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

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receiver wiring harness

Written by: Pedro from Cidra P. R. on April 2, 2012

2003 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

very good item

Pros: convenience

Cons: nothing

Perfect

Written by: Captain Splatch from Lucas Ville Ohio on March 19, 2012

2001 Ford Explorer Sport
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great adapter good-quality wiring

Pros: Free with order and good-quality wiring

Cons: None

Kenwood KDC-X695 with Ford Harness

Written by: Mark C from Maitland, Fl. on February 11, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Anonymous from Rohnert Park, CA. on February 4, 2012

2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy to match to the factory harness and technical help was easy to contact and was very helpful.

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Works perfect

Written by: Randy from Tampa Bay,FL on February 3, 2012

1998 Ford Crown Victoria
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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worked just right

Written by: Allan from Tucson az on September 16, 2011

2002 Ford Escape
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to use and worked perfect

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Does not fit 03' Expedition

Written by: Alex from Fontana, CA on September 6, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

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Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Anonymous from Ann Arbor, MI on August 10, 2011

1999 Mercury Grand Marquis
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

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Just what is needed for a clean install

Written by: Jim from Sunnyvale, CA on March 27, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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WIring Harness

Written by: Tim L from Hatboro, PA on March 1, 2011

2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Harness

Written by: Bill from Illinois on February 28, 2011

2002 Mercury Mountaineer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

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As expected except for the POP with Fords

Written by: kbk from Hudson, WI on February 10, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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its a snap

Written by: greg from St. louis, mo on February 9, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

use butt connectors and it doesn't get easier.

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Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Steve from Florida on January 19, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

nice both plugs good. but I wish the kit had wire conectors, to connect the two togehter

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Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Will from Houston Texas on October 11, 2010

1999 Lincoln Navigator
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Worked great, couple of suggested tweaks

Written by: Bob from Cincinnati on September 28, 2010

2003 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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).

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Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Ryan G from Bowie, Md on September 20, 2010

2003 Mercury Mountaineer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

hooks up easy. fast, free shipping.

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Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: GPL from Temperance, MI on August 29, 2010

2002 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The harness & instructions were excellent and worked without any issues on my 2002 Explorer w/audiophile sound system.

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2000 Grand Marquis wiring harness

Written by: Mark from Wallkill, NY on May 22, 2010

2000 Mercury Grand Marquis
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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2003 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR

Written by: ford power from JULIETTE GA. on 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

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Excellence

Written by: Wayne from New Jersey on May 18, 2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The harness was a perfect match with the color coding. I had no problems matching and installing.

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2000 Ford Expedition

Written by: Jarrell from Baltimore, MD on May 4, 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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Replacing your radio? Get This!!

Written by: Jamie from Charleston, WV on March 16, 2009

2001 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Wiring Harness is the Way to Go

Written by: Neil from Western Washington on February 8, 2009

2002 Ford Escape
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Wireing was right on target.

Written by: adm4unix from NH on September 12, 2008

1998 Mercury Mountaineer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

EASY Just follow the instructions and it works.

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Does What It Is Designed To Do

Written by: Kyle from Austin, TX on 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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Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: Brian from Garner, NC on August 17, 2008

2002 Ford Thunderbird
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness

Written by: pookiebear from fulton,ky on January 29, 2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

awesome set and easy to use.

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I love Crutchfield

Written by: Steve from Caribou, Maine on June 5, 2006

2000 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.<BR><BR>Thanks Crutchfield!<BR>

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What's in the box?

Download the Metra 70-5517 Receiver Wiring Harness manual

  • Receiver wiring harness
  • Subwoofer wiring harness

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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)

The Crutchfield Car Selector: Please visit the Crutchfield Car Selector for your specific type of vehicle.

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This connector is necessary to install the new radio. [ Ken  Jul 18, 2016 ]
i wanted it [ Tena  Jul 03, 2016 ]
Car kit [ ALAN  Jun 01, 2016 ]
Supposed to custom fit factory connectors. [ Thomas  Apr 18, 2016 ]
Easy website navigation and comprehensive explanation of product. [ Jude  Apr 16, 2016 ]
Why play with the wiring and take a chance at damaging something? I use the harness to make installation easier. [ Raymond  Apr 09, 2016 ]
Needed for install [ Don  Apr 01, 2016 ]
Clean install [ Paul  Mar 21, 2016 ]
required for ease of operation [ M  Mar 04, 2016 ]
Cost and fit [ carl  Feb 26, 2016 ]
I bought a radio from you several years ago, but I didn't know then my car had a subwoofer. I had to get some touch-up paint and while I was researching that, I found I had installed the wrong wiring harness. I am hoping to improve the bass now. [ Allen  Feb 19, 2016 ]
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