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Hello again,
I have a 2004 Mercury Sable LS with the Mach Audio System.
The factory head unit is a radio and climate control fused together.
I assume that I can not just rip this out without disabling my climate control.
I have read something about integration units but I have no idea what that is.

Is there any way to disable JUST the radio part of this factory head unit and install an aftermarket head unit somewhere else (i was thinking in the little storage compartment or in the center console even) ???

Or is it perhaps just removing the antenna and wire connectors from the stock unit and routing those connections to the aftermarket? How would I power the aftermarket if this is the case?

I already spent decent money on an alpine head unit, 12 inch sub and an amplifier and don't want to have to spend a lot more on professional installation or some 150 dollar integration unit...

Any ideas?
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the dash kit for that car isn't cheap. when u buy it it will have the climate control in with it.

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input your year, make, and model. it will show you the parts. There are two possibilities for your car, depending on whether you have manual or digital climate controls. The kits retail for between $100-$250.
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If you put the aftermarket head unit somewhere else, the wiring harness you have would get wired to the adapter to fit the cars wiring harness and will plug right into your factory connection, it is powered, grounded, and the speakers are fed all through the one plug in the cars harness.
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I actually thought about doing something similar in my trunk. We have a group of friends that we like to have fires and stuff a lot and it's really convenient for me to back my car over by the fire and turn on my radio and let the subs play lol. We listen to a large variety and my subs are tuned down to sound good with all music, even country. But my thought was to install an auxiliary head unit and 2-4 regular speakers in the back with the "ignition" power being run by nothing more than a toggle switch. That way when we have a fire I don't have people crawling in and out of my car all night and everything is in one location, and nothing too special has to be done to do it, with the exception of installing a few wires and speakers and a toggle switch. It would function just like the main radio in the car but in place of the keyed ignition circuit would be a constant 12v source controlled by the toggle. So the time would be stored on the clock along with radio presets.
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