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03 Expedition, Factory Wiring Nightmare


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mikiedoo 
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Posted: April 01, 2013 at 4:24 AM / IP Logged  

Hey guys,

I just bought an 03 Expedition with the factory amp and sub and steering wheel controls stereo. I failed to realize when I bought the suv that the previous owner stuck a slightly older style factory radio in it, which the cd changer portion was faulty anyhow. So I went to ebay and won the bid on a nice 03 expy in dash cd changer stereo head unit. I recieved it and low and behold the factory 3 plugs on the back are different shapes. I checked and apparently there are two styles, early 03 and late 03 for the expedition. I went and ordered a metra set of plugs for the new radio and they plug in, but have quite a few wires to connect now.... My factory wiring in the dash needs to be identified ( 3 plugs ) so I know what to connect to. I think I am going to just cut off my factory ( useless ) plugs and connect directly, but need wiring color code information. Can anyone help?

I have searched google style for a wiring color code diagram but really didnt come up with anything.

Thanks

Mike

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Posted: April 01, 2013 at 10:38 AM / IP Logged  
I am supplying a little more info...
I went out and sat down in the suv and wrote down all wires on all 3 plugs...here we go..
small rectangle plug (4 wires total )
Red / black stripe
Brown / orange stripe
solid black
Green / dark purple or black stripe...hard to see
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Next plug with 11 wires total
Blue / red stripe
solid black
another solid black
solid red
solid white
solid green
grey / black stripe
solid light blue
solid tan
light blue / pink stripe
light green / black stripe
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last plug with 15 wires
Green / tan stripe
white / green stripe
dark brown / pink stripe
orange / red stripe
red / dark brown or black stripe ...hard to see
solid black
light blue / red stripe
larger black / green stripe
smaller black / green stripe
blue / white stripe
orange tan stripe
tan / yellow stripe
grey / blue stripe
pink / green stripe
green / black stripe
This is 30 wires total that I am going to have to identify.
Mine does have the actory amp, subwoofer and steering wheel controls so Im assuming that Is why I have a S<<< load of wires.
Now, If any one can help, I really really appreciate it.
1993 Mustang 5.0 LX
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Posted: April 01, 2013 at 10:38 AM / IP Logged  
theres not much you can do without a factory wiring diagram and even then there might be certain things that still dont translate over, specifically the steering wheel controls. you might be able to get at least the audio working by buying both metra adapter harnesses (male and female) for both radio models, this way everything will be color coded and you can match up what you can. even then it could be a long shot because factory systems are not made to be interchangeable. even radios from the same year but of a different level(base system to premium) will not work if you switch them around. it seems like a lot of work to go through for a factory radio, i know you have already spent the money but i still think you would get better results from going to an aftermarket radio.
if you want, you can post some pictures of the plugs that you have right now and the radio you are trying to install
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Posted: April 01, 2013 at 10:44 AM / IP Logged  
the big plug will be your main plug with the power and main speaker wire connectors. the small plug should be for the factory sub, they are signal wires that feed the factory amp. the middle plug is probably for the extras like steering wheel controls and maybe audio for rear seat entertainment system if equipped.
mikiedoo 
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Posted: April 01, 2013 at 10:49 AM / IP Logged  
The last wire I got wrong...
not a green / black stripe.
It should be a Green / violet
1993 Mustang 5.0 LX
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Have you tried our application database? It will tell you the into-car and into-radio harness adapters you need.
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mikiedoo 
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Posted: April 05, 2013 at 5:23 PM / IP Logged  
Hey guys,
Thanks for the help.
I actually found out the info on metras website. Here it is just incase someone is searching for something similar.
24 PIN WIRE COLORS / FUNCTIONS:
TOP ROW
YELLOW 12V. CONSTANT
RED 12V. ACCESSORY
ORANGE / WHITE STRIPE (+) ILLUMINATION
ORANGE / BLACK STRIPE (-) ILLUMINATION
BLUE / RED STRIPE PAEN (US), AUD. SYSON (MAZDA)
BLACK / GREEN STRIPE GROUND (MAURADER), CLOCK (OTHERS)
BLACK / YELLOW STRIPE PTA (EXPEDITION)
WHITE LEFT FRONT SPEAKER (+)
GREEN LEFT REAR SPEAKER (+)
PURPLE RIGHT REAR SPEAKER (+)
GRAY RIGHT FRONT SPEAKER (+)
GRAY / BLACK STRIPE RIGHT FRONT SPEAKER (-)
BOTTOM ROW
BLACK GROUND
GRAY / RED STRIPE VSS (+)
RED / WHITE STRIPE 12V. IN START
YELLOW / ORANGE STRIPE NO FUNCTION
YELLOW / BLUE STRIPE NO FUNCTION
GREEN / RED STRIPE STEERING WHEEL CONTROL (+)
GREEN / WHITE STRIPE STEERING WHEEL CONTROL (-) (EXPEDITION)
BROWN / RED STRIPE REAR PARKING AID (EXPEDITION)
WHITE / BLACK STRIPE LEFT FRONT SPEAKER (-)
GREEN / BLACK STRIPE LEFT REAR SPEAKER (-)
PURPLE / BLACK STRIPE RIGHT REAR SPEAKER (-)
BLACK / GRAY STRIPE GROUND
16 PIN WIRE COLORS / FUNCTIONS:
TOP ROW
TAN DVD SIGNAL LEFT (+)
LIGHT BLUE DVD SIGNAL LEFT (-)
GREEN / BLACK STRIPE SHIELD
BLACK NO FUNCTION
WHITE NO FUNCTION
BLACK AUDIO SYSTEM ON
GRAY / RED STRIPE AUDIO CORP. PROTOCOL A
VIOLET / BLACK STRIPE AUDIO CORP. PROTOCOL B
BOTTOM ROW
PINK DVD SIGNAL RIGHT (+)
GRAY / WHITE STRIPE DVD SIGNAL RIGHT (-)
GREEN / ORANGE STRIPE NO FUNCTION
BLACK NO FUNCTION
BROWN / RED STRIPE NO FUNCTION
BLUE / RED STRIPE NO FUNCTION
ORANGE / BLACK STRIPE NO FUNCTION
GRAY NO FUNCTION
8 PIN WIRE COLORS / FUNCTIONS:
TOP ROW
RED / YELLOW STRIPE SUBWOOFER (+)
BLACK SUBWOOFER (-)
BLACK SHIELD
RED SUBWOOFER MUTE
BOTTOM ROW
RED / YELLOW STRIPE NO FUNCTION
BLACK NO FUNCTION
BLACK NO FUNCTION
RED NO FUNCTION
1993 Mustang 5.0 LX

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