1983-88 Ford Ranger

1983,84,85,86,87,88 Ford Ranger stereo removal instructions to help you remove your radio fast!

Radio Removal:
1)Remove the knobs from the radio.
2)Remove (4) screws from the top leading edge of the instrument cluster trim panel.  Carefully pry the top edge loose.
3)Carefully pry out the trim strip below the dash pocket, right and left of the ashtray strip.
4)Depress the spring clip behind light switch knob and remove knob.  Carefully pry out the trim strip from this location.
5)Remove the remaining (4) screws from the bottom edge of the instrument cluster trim panel and remove the panel.
NOTE: If the truck is not equipped with a radio unscrew the dummy plate covering the radio openings in the trim panel.
6)Remove (4) screws securing the radio assembly to the dash.  Pull the radio out.  Disconnect the power, antenna, and all speaker and electrical connections.


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The 2 main things you will need when installing your new stereo is a wiring adapter and a dash kit.

Wiring Adapter



The wiring adapter is a piece which has a plug on one end and wiring sticking out of the other end. The plug connects to the factory wiring, and the wires are connected to the matching color wiring on the new stereo. This allows for connecting a new stereo without having to cut the factory wires.

Dash Kit

car stereo wiring adapter


Stock stereos have varying sizes, and if you just place an aftermarket stereo in the hole left by a stock stereo then there will be gaps around the stereo. The dash kit is a plastic piece which fits into the hole left by the stock stereo and fills in the gaps between the aftermarket stereo and the dash.