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Posted: April 07, 2010 at 11:14 PM / IP Logged  

i have a 97 ford ranger xlt and i need to identify the speaker wires. the wires are

  • brown
  • white with red stripe
  • green
  •  white with orange stripe
  • blue
  • purple with white stripe
  • yellow
  • blue with black stripe
  • blue with pink stripe
  • tan
  • green with black stripe
  • black
  • grey
  • purple
  • yellow with black stripe
  • green with red stripe
howie ll 
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Posted: April 08, 2010 at 2:51 AM / IP Logged  
Assuming your speakers are connected, unplug head unit, meter set to low ohms, black lead to ground, turn on lights and ignition, black lead should read 0-2 ohms. If so that's the ground.
Now connect meter black lead to the black, set to 20VDC, turn off ignition and probe the other wires. One will give you approx. 12V+. That's your perm memory or 12V+ constant. Repeat with key to ACC. The next will be your acc. Repeat with lights on, that will be your illumination. Now set your meter back to low ohms readings, try matching pairs, e.g. the blues if you get 4 ohms or lower, this is a speaker pair. This will leave you 4 over, my guess, antenna or power amp switch if you have these or VSS or phone mute.
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Posted: April 08, 2010 at 1:36 PM / IP Logged  
1995-97 Ford Ranger Stereo Wiring
Constant 12V+ GREEN/ Purple 
Switched 12V+ Yellow/Black 
Ground BLACK/ Light Green 
Illumination Light Blue/Red 
Dimmer n/a 
Amplifier Remote Blue 
Antenna Right Front 
Front Speakers 6 1/2" Doors
Left Front (+) ORANGE / Light Green 
Left Front (-) ORANGE / Light Green 
Right Front (+) WHITE/ Light Green 
Right Front (-) Dark GREEN/ Orange 
Rear Speakers 5" x 7" Rear Corners
Left Rear (+) Gray/Light Blue 
Left Rear (-) Tan / YELLOW 
Right Rear (+) ORANGE / Red 
Right Rear (-) BROWN / Pink 
this is the wiring you go by
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Posted: April 08, 2010 at 2:19 PM / IP Logged  
I've noticed the colours given in boxhead's post don't match the colours in pin2win's post! If pin2win still has the original plugs on his car how about a Metra/Scosche etc. interface
Got to be an easier answer. They (Ford) seem to change ALL these colours every 5 years or so, even here, why?

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