Scosche CFDK6 Wiring Interface
1998 Ford Expedition
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Simple and easy installation
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Item # 142C4FDK6 | MFR # CFDK6
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The Scosche CFDK6 wiring interface allows you to integrate a high-powered aftermarket receiver into select 1995-up Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda and Nissan vehicles with premium factory systems. The package includes the OEA-4 adapter and a Ford-specific harness. The OEA-4 unit has output-level gain controls for each of its four channels which can be adjusted to properly match the new receiver to the factory amplifier.
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Simple and easy installation
Anonymous, Ocean Springs, MS
Average Customer Review(s):
Simple and easy installation
An absolute must have if you want to retain factory amp and OEM under dash wiring harness connectors. Easy wiring and hook-up, with included instructions. I had a few difficulties in my own particular application but with Crutchfield's excellent tech support, those were cleared up immediately and now I'm enjoying my DOOM tunes!
Works well. Everything worked except the butt connectors were lose on the wires. Had to take all back apart to reclamp the connectors.
Pros: Easy to install.
Cons: Had to reclamp the connectors and almost not enough room for all the wires.
super useful, madetc install a lot easier.
Wow! This harness turned an impossible job into a rather straight-forward one! It is easy to hook up, and comes with ample instructions. Well worth the money!
Pros: Easy to hook up; all you need for replacement installation!
Good product and works well.
Pros: Perfect fit in right placement
I had to obtain phone instruction for constructing the wire harness that joined the adapter harness to the new radio. I had expected a wiring harness instruction sheet that defined point to point connections for my installation (1998 F150 using the stock amplifier)
Pros: Worked 1st time it was plugged in
Cons: Wiring took longer than expected
Easy to Use and adjust then gain but a little more difficult to stuff back in behind the radio in my expy
Works great!! Easy to install
Worked perfect to install a Pioneer 8100 NEX in my 1998 expedition with a Mach audio system.
Pros: Allowed me to retain factory amps and sub.
made the installation very easy. the kit even came with the connectors for the adapter to radio interface. made the system installation go easy
Pros: perfect fit and complete diagram
Not much to say about this. If you need it, you need it. You need it if, like me, you have a "premium" stereo in a 1995 Explorer, with a powered amplifier. As expected, you use this harness to control the power amp, and it provides line levels for each speaker so that you can properly set the gain for each channel separately. It works and was not difficult to install. Double Check Your Setup. I ordered the wrong harness at first because I didn't read closely enough. I thought I had a plain ol' radio when, in fact, my "auto-set" button meant that I had a powered amp and needed this.
Pros: Easy installation. As promised, allows you to retain your powered amplifier, which is nice if you're like me and just updating an old car with modern stereo features, and don't plan on replacing the whole system.
Cons: No cons with the product. The One downside is that once this is installed in a car like mine, it sits behind the installed radio (of course) and is not easy to access if you ever need to tune your line levels. Make sure you like the sound before you pop the radio in, because it's not as easy to remove the aftermarket radio as the factory one (if your setup is like mine).
I connected the system with the interface engaged and without. There was no noticeable difference in audio clarity or production. The receiver I purchased, provided more volume and individual speaker control.
Pros: Easy to adjust
Cons: Added to the physical space needed. Additional wiring protocol needed, beyond the wiring schematic provided
I like it
so easy to install , literally only took minutes
Crutchfield recommended this for my 2000 Ford Explorer but I could not figure out what in the world to do with it. After calling customer support they told me that I didn't need the part and they sent me the correct part free of charge.
Very easy to install, tech support was great.
Pros: Tech support was great, talked me through the whole installation
Cons: More wires than required, no clear directions on what to do with the extra wire
Just updated to a new JVC from an old Kenwood, this new unit and adaptor replaces a 10 yr. old setup in my Explorer.
Pros: My new adaptor replaces one that function great for 10 yrs. Very easy install and come with great instructions.
Cons: Had the top of one of the adjustment screws break. Called support, had a new unit the next day , great service.
Easy to install. I chose to drive around a bit to adjust levels before buttoning up the stereo in the dash. I suggest this to all so you don't have to take everything back out to make adjustments.
Pros: Works great
Cons: takes up a little of the in dash space behind the radio.
Worked well, easy install
I actually recieved the wrong set up. I would have really liked to see how this item would have helped.
Pros: looked cool and probably would have helped installing the stereo.
Cons: wrong item and didnt get a chance to try it out.
Pros: Was uncertain about 1 particular wire connection, 1 phone call to Crutchfield and all was well.
Absolutely fantastic, parts and support - no problem installing the stereo (Kenwood) in a 1995 Mazda B2300 - Crutchfield is the greatest!!!
Pros: Everything worked first time!!! Support is GREAT!!!
Used this piece along with these next two items for an awesome new stereo in my 1997 Ford Ranger XLT. Pioneer FH-X700BT and Metra 95-5817 In-Dash Receiver Kit
Pros: Buy these three items for a fantastic radio
Cons: Don't have any complaints on the product
works well but for my ranger I had to cut off the green adapter and connect a different end my ranger had a different factory plug
Pros: works well
Cons: needs a few different variety adapter ends in the pack
Works great, exactly what I needed.
Pros: Works perfectly
Pros: Works good!!!!!
This connection kit worked great, made the install easy and simple.
Pros: Excellent product
Easiest install i ever made, period! Definitely made my factory speakers sound louder, and clearer (this may be due to the new head unit as well). Just be careful NOT to over power your speakers with this small amplifier. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY ITS SIZE! Follow the instructions and you'll be fine.
Pros: Ease of use. Plain and simple install. Detailed instructions.
Only needed one of the included adapters! I didn't need the RF Gain interface (due to space limitations in the dash). Ended up purchasing the needed adapter @ a different retailer. See review for the F150 dash kit. Big truck, no room in the dash for the headunit, wiring, amp interface adapter. Frustrating install, on my part!
Cons: Amp interface not needed, just the amp wiring plug!
It was confusing as to how to use this. Finally figured out I didn't have a factory installed amplifier so I only needed the one adapter. Seemed like a waste of money to send the whole package.
Relatively easy to install. Had to make one phone call since there were lots more wires coming from the car than there were wires on this unit. Turns out that most of the extra wires are not needed and the installation was much simpler than I was making it out to be.
Pros: Good sound
Cons: There was an awful lot of wires and this box to stuff into a very cramped space behind the radio.
Used this for my 1998 Explorer 4 door with basic sound system AM/FM/single CD player. Worked perfectly! Just follow the intructions. I used solder and heatshrink for lasting connections. I did use a test light to make sure I had the right wires from the vehicle (switched power, constant power, dimmer, etc.) connected to the proper leads on the adapter. I did have a problem: see below. It was not a problem with this connector, but rather a problem the connector that was recommended by Crutchfield.
Pros: Perfect fit and easy to follow instructions...along with the intructions from the JVC KWR800BT head unit.
Cons: According to which sound system was in my vehicle I should have used a different connector. This connector is for a Mach system, but my unit was box stock basic, but still had a rear amp (but no sub). So if you have the vehicle I described above, this is the connector you need...not the one it calls for according to Crutchfield. When I called Crutchfield with the issue they were very gracious and sent me the correct adapter...a good deal in my book.
This product will not work in a 2001 Ford explorer - at all - not even close. I called Crutchfield and they shipped me the right part immediately over the New Year Holiday and I was rocking in 3 days. Great service!!!
Pros: Won't work on 2001 Ford Explorer
To be fair, I guess my rating is more about Crutchfield's website functionality and advisors than this product. I wasn't sure I would need this, but according to Crutchfield's fitment guide and the phone advisor my 98 Mountaineer would need this because I had the Single CD/Cassette radio with RDS button. When it arrived the connectors with it did not fit so I called Crutchfield to find out I didn't need it and instead needed the "base" radio connector because apparently this does not have a factory amp even though the fitment guide and previous sales advisor said so. The tech support advisor first wanted to charge me $7 to return this plus the charge for the other connector. He then realized that Crutchfield sales advisor sold me the product and sent me the replacement at no charge and refunded the purchase price of this amp adapter. Best thing to do is pull your radio first, check out what type and color of connectors you have, then talk with an advisor before ordering so you don't have to wait "mid-install" for the rest of the parts.
Item works. Not sure why it was required. Instructions with it were very vague and incomplete. Lots of un-used wires that were not explained in either the Crutchfield instructons or the Scosche. The entire radio install took 2 hours of which 1.5 hours was figuring the wiring out for this device.
Splices were not crimped; wiring instructions were not correct relating to the powering of the remote amplifier
The pre-crimped wires were separated upon delivery. This is not needed in a 1999 Ford Explorer XLT w/o MACH system.
simple to use and works flawlessly. Great product came wired for the perticular app. thanks Keep up Great work
This amplifier integration kit was a really big help when I installed an aftermarket radio in my 1997 Expedition, almost a necessity. Very simple to splice the wires together with the supplied instructions that identified all the wires and the connector adapters fight right in to the existing harnesses on the vehicle. I would definitely recommend getting this product if you have a factory amplifier in your vehicle's stereo system.
I have the '98 Eddie Bauer edition of the Ford Expedition and this was just the part I needed. I received a similar kit when I bought my radio (from Crutchfield) but it was not the right one. It seems the Eddie Bauer edition is yet another radio option beyond stock and MACH.
This unit works good. Dont forget to hook up the blue/white strip wire from the grey plug to a positive signal if you have a factory amplifier, or you will get no sound at all. This wire works as a factory amplifier turn on signal. The black box is just to bulky and is a pain in the butt to fit into a small dash pocket.
I soldered all my speaker connections because past experience over the years I found them to come loose through vibration. I used the connectors on the tuner connections plug. The directions would be more helpful if they explained or told the individual how to inspect and check the OEM system out prior to hook up. Such as having an AMP that was factory installed and where it may be located and that it has to be connected in order for the system to send sound to the speakers. You have all the wires you want in the adaptor but you need to know how to inspect your unit to see what is applicable. I used a repair manual to find what all the Expedition has and how to find it. Other wise the adaptor is a great help compared to installs we did with 8 track players back in the 60's and 70's. We had to install rear seat or door speakers, amplifiers and all those wonderful things that are now installed at the factory or sold as a kit. Crutchfield was a tremendous help in making sure I received the correct mounting hardware and kits and answered questions for me in a very timely manner once I decided I had to ask because I could not figure it out including a Sunday Morning. Thanks everyone, I appreciate the promptness in answering my questions I had.
I purchased the Dual XHD-6425 head unit and purchased this to connect it to the factory amps & speakers in my 1997 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer. Install was quick and easy with the instructions from Crutcfield (about 30 min), but when I tested it my factory main amp and rear subwoofer amp didn't appear to be working. I turned the Gain up all the way on the Scosche adapter and though I could hear the speakers, they weren't getting the same amplification the got from the factory radio. The subwoofer, just replaced with a MTX Thunder4500, didn't work at all (it worked fine with the factory head unit). Called Crutchfield and they worked with me for 30-40 minutes and suggested cutting the gain out of the loop. When wired directly from the headunit speaker out leads to the Scosche adapter without the Gain module it appears to work. I don't know if the Gain module was bad or if its just a poor design.
Compatibility: The OEA-4 (model C4FDK6B) is a non-electronic interface that allows an aftermarket high-power stereo to integrate into select 1995 and up Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda and Nissan vehicles with premium factory systems. Please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector for compatibility for your vehicle.
Adjustment Gain Controls: Four rotary gain controls (front left, front right, rear left, rear right) are located recessed inside the adapter chassis. There is a small flat-blade screwdriver attached to the adapter's case, and its use is recommended. The controls are very fragile and sensitive, and a slight adjustment will change volume dramatically.
Harnesses: The adapter's input wires are approximately 5-1/2" long with bare ends. These splice to the new receiver's speaker output wires. The adapter's output wires are approximately 11" long and terminate into a green rectangular Molex plug. There is an additional gray rectangular Molex plug with 6" wires with bare ends (These 6 wires splice to the new receiver's power/ground wires). The two Molex plug ends are molded to match with factory wiring harnesses. Crimp caps are provided for wire splices.
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Crutchfield has some available items that can't be found or purchased anywhere. Fabulous knowledgeable people helping to solve my issues even with older vehicles. Wonderful. [ Ira Feb 20, 2017 ]
Crutchfield said I needed it. [ Alva Feb 09, 2017 ]
Needed for easy interface to factory harness - recommended by Crutchfield [ Karl Oct 11, 2016 ]
replace factory stereo [ Mike Sep 08, 2016 ]
Seems to have features I want. Replacing 2 yo single din Alpine unit. Want rear view camera. I'm very pleased with the Alpine. I'm hopeful this will work as well. [ RUSSELL T Dec 14, 2015 ]
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy Apr 13, 2014 ] Staff