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1996 ford mustang gt mach 460 radio question

i have a regular radio/cassette on my ford mustang gt and im replacing it with a mach 460, will it fit and work in my mustang with my stock speakers like my regular stock radio?
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Which part of the Mach 460? The entire system? Just the head unit? Clarify please.

The Mach 460 system uses external amplifiers, the head unit itself does not power the speakers. So, at a minimum, you will need... Mach 460 head unit and the system amps. Being that your car apparently did not come with this system, I have no idea how to tell you to wire it all up since the harnesses that go between the head unit and amps will be absent. Unless of course you are planning/hoping on buying a used Mach 460 setup that includes all that stuff. Good luck on that one though.

You had the faceplate thread the other day, right? Honestly, and I know you don't want aftermarket stuff, but your best and easiest option is to go aftermarket. If that is absolutely not going to happen, you're likely going to be stuck with your current setup. Finding a complete perfectly working Mach 460 system, including wiring, is going to be next to impossible.


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Which part of the Mach 460? The entire system? Just the head unit? Clarify please.

The Mach 460 system uses external amplifiers, the head unit itself does not power the speakers. So, at a minimum, you will need... Mach 460 head unit and the system amps. Being that your car apparently did not come with this system, I have no idea how to tell you to wire it all up since the harnesses that go between the head unit and amps will be absent. Unless of course you are planning/hoping on buying a used Mach 460 setup that includes all that stuff. Good luck on that one though.

You had the faceplate thread the other day, right? Honestly, and I know you don't want aftermarket stuff, but your best and easiest option is to go aftermarket. If that is absolutely not going to happen, you're likely going to be stuck with your current setup. Finding a complete perfectly working Mach 460 system, including wiring, is going to be next to impossible.
just the head unit, so what you saying that if just get the head unit, the speakers will not work?
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The Mach 460 system is powered by the head unit and external amplifiers. The Mach system has what is called a component speaker system. Separate tweeters accompany the woofers. This adds more 'space' to the sound and allows for less distortion.

Now in the mach 460 system, the head unit powers just the tweeters of the system. The tweeters are responsible for the high frequency sounds.

But the woofers -- or superwoofers -- as ford calls them, are powered by external amplifiers throughout the car. All the head unit does is supply power.

This is why some people that swap in aftermarket head units incorrectly have hardly any bass, because without the correct wiring harness the head unit is not utilizing your amplifiers.

So in all, no you cannot swap in the head unit without some sort of major modifications. Like I said in your last thread and like SoCal said, your best bet would be to go aftermarket. But if thats not an option then it doesnt seem like too big of a deal, your colors will just be a little off.

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The Mach 460 system is powered by the head unit and external amplifiers. The Mach system has what is called a component speaker system. Separate tweeters accompany the woofers. This adds more 'space' to the sound and allows for less distortion.

Now in the mach 460 system, the head unit powers just the tweeters of the system. The tweeters are responsible for the high frequency sounds.

But the woofers -- or superwoofers -- as ford calls them, are powered by external amplifiers throughout the car. All the head unit does is supply power.

This is why some people that swap in aftermarket head units incorrectly have hardly any bass, because without the correct wiring harness the head unit is not utilizing your amplifiers.

So in all, no you cannot swap in the head unit without some sort of major modifications. Like I said in your last thread and like SoCal said, your best bet would be to go aftermarket. But if thats not an option then it doesnt seem like too big of a deal, your colors will just be a little off.

ok, forget about radio, i'll somewhere on ebay for a regular ford stock radio.
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