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Old 02-19-2009, 12:41 PM   #1
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2000 Mustang GT Audio Question

I have a convertible 2000 GT w/ the mach system.

I want to switch out the head unit with a gps system/tuner, found one on Crutchfield that works but none there can tell me if it will totally jack the audio system.

I have heard the Mach systems are VERY sensitive and possibly wont work if you change the head unit, system sounds great as it is, I just want to upgrade the head unit.

Anyone got any experience w/ Mach systems and crutchfields wire harnesses?
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Re: 2000 Mustang GT Audio Question

I can't understand the question. Pls explain it in detail.
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Re: 2000 Mustang GT Audio Question

Hopefully this will help:

2001-2004 Mustang Aftermarket CD Player Installation

You'll just need to make sure and get the 460 harness and it will work just fine. Any questions on install just ask.
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Re: 2000 Mustang GT Audio Question

My car has a tape deck/radio and CD player split lower, it is not a double stack unit. All the pictures/install info I've seen show a doubel stack unit. The mach system is a 460.

I would like to still run all the factory amp and speakers as they are, just want a better head unit.

If I use a wire harness how many different pre amp outs do I need? I cant really imagine that the amps are run off the wiring harness right?

I've changed out my stereo before but never in a car w/ existing amps. I've always installed them (amps) myself so im a little confused!
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My car has a tape deck/radio and CD player split lower, it is not a double stack unit. All the pictures/install info I've seen show a doubel stack unit. The mach system is a 460.

I would like to still run all the factory amp and speakers as they are, just want a better head unit.

If I use a wire harness how many different pre amp outs do I need? I cant really imagine that the amps are run off the wiring harness right?

I've changed out my stereo before but never in a car w/ existing amps. I've always installed them (amps) myself so im a little confused!
You'll need one of the ford DIN removal tools, two hooked pieces of metal, put them in the holes on either side and those will come right out. You can get a cup to go in the bottom one and just use the top din.

I don't think you're gonna be able to use a Double Din reciever now though...didn't know you had the split setup. Sorry.
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What about pre amp outs? I still want to run the factory amps so how many front and rear preamp outs do I need to run those?

It has 3 amps i think but I want to make usre i get the correct number in the correct location (front/rear) to correctly power them.

Also want to double check that hooking them up pre amp outs they will still work correctly. System SOUNDS great, but I want to use my iPod and ther stuff in it!
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Re: 2000 Mustang GT Audio Question

i have had experience with the mach 460 system with both the two deck and the six disc. you shouldnt have any problems with the sound.
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ok, but how many front pre amp outs and rear preamp outs will I need to correctly power the systems amps? thats what I really need to know
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Re: 2000 Mustang GT Audio Question

they are not connected via RCA cables. just buy the wiring harness needed for your car.
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What about pre amp outs? I still want to run the factory amps so how many front and rear preamp outs do I need to run those?

It has 3 amps i think but I want to make usre i get the correct number in the correct location (front/rear) to correctly power them.

Also want to double check that hooking them up pre amp outs they will still work correctly. System SOUNDS great, but I want to use my iPod and ther stuff in it!
to run the Dual din you will have to find someone who can fiberglass you a custom center piece to fit the dual din since the system is split. after that you need a wiring harness for your head unit and the Mach 460 wiring harness as well and your system will work just fine.... i have an alpine with mine and everything works great.
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or find a center piece out of i believe an 03 or 04 i know an 04 with a mach 460 or mach 1000 system has the bigger opening.
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Re: 2000 Mustang GT Audio Question

It changed from 2 single dins to a double din in 2001. I still don't think the swap is worth it.

Also, you do not need preamp outputs, just get the proper wiring harness and it will plug right in with the factory amps and speakers. Some people have had issues with popping or fuzzy sound but I believe it's in the quality of the harness. Get a quality harness and you shouldn't have to worry about sound.
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Re: 2000 Mustang GT Audio Question

I've got pretty much the same question about my head unit. I've got the old tape player/radio up top and the cd player directly in front of my shifter. It's a 2000 model and every wiring diagram i've looked up is for an 01-04. I've pondered switching out my tape deck for a dvd/nav combo, but of course I don't know exactly which wiring harness to go with. Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: 2000 Mustang GT Audio Question

Best write up I could find for a double din unit:

TxFrog's Aftermarket Stereo Installation Guide for 99+ Mustangs
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thanks for the find. I really appreciate it.
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Re: 2000 Mustang GT Audio Question

Do some searching, you might be able to find a double DIN to replace the two single DIN's.

Pick up some Ford DIN removal tools or just make some and pull them both out. There will be a screw behind the top radio, it is a torx screw (at least back in '98), perhaps a T20/T25. After that the whole trim piece around should just unclip out at which point you can replace it with the new trim.

When you take the radio out you'll have two (needed) plugs behind the radio. A flat gray rectangular plug with a single row of wires; these are your power, ground, acc. amp turn on, and dimmer wires. The other plug you'll need is a perfectly square plug with 8 pins (wires) which will probably be wrapped up in tape or the likes, these are the audio wires which go directly into the amps. Purchasing the right aftermarket harness makes it a direct plug in and no worries.

You'll also have a six plug harness plus a ground wire which connect the radio unit with the CD player, you can leave all that aside as it is unneeded.

There are other ways such as buying the amp bypass plug which plugs into the amp instead (or rather plugs into the output on the amp's harness) which will run the audio off the head unit instead, much lower signal and probably worse then the stock Mach system.
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Make sure you do this properly in details if you can't do this yourself take it to someone who can. Make sure they get all of it right and make sure your battery bolts tighten too you will here noise soon.
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