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    Upgrading Factory system - some suggestions needed.

    1 year ago I replaced the factory speakers with some Boston Acustics

    I was hesitant to replace my factory HU because of the factory CD changer and steering controls.

    So now I have the following on order from Crutchfield
    Alpine IDA-X100 and the optional HD radio unit (not in stock yet)

    It says the Alpine is compatible with steering controls, but I am not seeing an adapter. Crutchfield shows the PAC brand adapter does not work.
    Any idea what I should be looking for? The PAC website shows that it works with the older model Alpine, maybe they do not have the webpage updated yet.


    I was given a 4 channel kenwood amp.
    KAC-748 50 watts x 4 at 2 ohms

    The Alpine is
    0dBA (Ref: 1W into 4Ohm): 18W x 4
    Max Power Output: 50W x 4

    This is just for my daily driver, I am not looking for loud, just clarity and no distortion.
    Is it worth all of the hassle to install the amp for my existing 6x8 speakers? I am thinking it is not.


    Is there a possibility I can adapt my Ford 6 disk changer to the Alpine unit?







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    Re: Upgrading Factory system - some suggestions needed.

    Are you kidding?
    It is the best thing on my car.
    It is a Crown Vic and I actually have to reach for the stereo.
    Having volume and able to change stations and CD tracks on the wheel is great.
    I am afraid I am going to wear the buttons out before the car.

    Now back to the important questions.
    The Amp and CD changer.




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    Re: Upgrading Factory system - some suggestions needed.

    I was able to find the PAC steering wheel control that is supposed to work.
    I will see what happens when I install it.

    I think I found a wiring diagram for my CD changer. I am assuming I can just splice this into the Alpine unit?




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