As promised, here's a guide to fitting an aftermarket head unit
First thing you need is a new head unit
Included in the box you get a half a wiring loom
And a cage, fascia adaptor and removal keys
However, bar the wiring loom, the rest is scrap as the fascia adaptor and cage are actually the wrong size unless you buy a different head unit surround.
Also, if you use just the wiring loom provided, you will have a hell of a lot of cutting, splicing, crimping and rewiring to do to transplant it onto your current ford wiring loom.
You'll also find that the radio doesn't work and neither does your stalk controls.
So what you'll have to do, like me, is buy a fitting kit for around 60quid. The kit will include a fascia adapter to build up to your current head unit surround, an aerial adaptor for the radio, a stalk controls adaptor, a new cage, and most importantly a head unit to ford specific patch lead (in my case pioneer to ford specific) which will plug into the loom provided with the head unit, and into the ford wiring loom making it plug and play with no rewiring required.
Now to start the installation
The kit also comes with a pair of these things
Which is what secure the head unit into the cage to stop it simply sliding/pulling out.
The two prong things are the new removal keys
First step is to put them together like this
And screw them onto the sides of the head unit itself
And the other side
So now when you slide the head unit into the cage, it will lock in place. To remove the head unit from the cage, slide a removal key down either side of the head unit and pull it out
This is the aerial adaptor
And it plugs in this big hole
Heres the loom provided with the head unit
And heres the patch lead
These plug together like this
Heres the stalk control adaptor
Which plugs into the wiring loom here
And into that plugs a 3.5mm jack
After all of that, you end up with a beast of a wiring loom like this
This beast will some how need to fit into your dash
Once you've done that
You have these 4 clips
(I know there's only 3 in my hand, I already clipped one on then thought I better take a photo first )
Which clip onto the fascia adaptor
These will clip the adaptor in place into your head unit surround
I dunno about you, but my fitting kit came with a vague diagram saying the head unit surround needs a little modification
Basically the lip around the bottom of the surround
Needs trimming off like so
Now it's time to take everything to the car if your not sitting in it already
I forgot to take a photo while it was fitted, but if you don't know how to remove your factory head unit
You require 4 removal keys like these
These will come with the fitting kit or are readily available all over ebay
There are 4 slots above/bellow the buttons of the head unit, simply slide these all the way in, with the flat edge of the key facing outwards till you hear them click in place
Slightly pull the keys outwards and the head unit will simply pull out of the dash rather easily
Then to remove the head unit surround there is just 2 torx screws then grab a hold of it and pull towards you to unclip it
Next job is to put the cage in the dash
You will notice these teeth all over it
Push/bend these out with a screwdriver like so
And they'll grip the cage in place
Now grab your wiring loom
And plug it into the ford wiring loom
Then lock it together
You will now have a great mass of wiring that some how needs to fit in your dash
The loom plugs into this black socket with a fuse above it
With the stalk controls, although in the photos above I've already got it connected to the loom, it is important not to connect it yet.
So once you've plugged the loom into the stereo, you then plug the stalk controls plug into the jack marked W/R
You now connect the stalk controls to the loom
And not before. It is very important you do it in this order. Loom into stereo, stalk controls into stereo, then finally stalk controls into the loom.
Next is the aerial so pull it out the dash
And simply push it onto the aerial adaptor in the back of the stereo like so
You now need to some how slide the head unit into the cage, this may be tricky due to the stupid amount of wiring behind it
This next step only applies to touch screen head units with a dvd player. Basically you aren't allowed to watch dvds while driving, so to make sure your not, the head unit needs to be wired to the handbrake to work, and will only work when the handbrakes fully engaged.
However, if you don't like your head unit telling you what you can or can't do, or if you plan on having a child in the passenger seat watching a dvd (like some comments I've read on google) you can cheaply source and buy a type of bypass from ebay, which you connect the wire to instead which will trick the head unit into thinking the handbrakes always on.
I wasn't fussed though as I won't have the dvd player on while driving anyway
So here's what you do
First you need to remove the demister switch surround, again it's just 2 torx screws and pull it off. Then the switches simply unplug from behind.
This long wire needs to go to the handbrake, so thread it down through the dash
Find it when it comes out where the demister switchs was
You also need to remove the gear leaver surround, this is easily unclipped by sliding a flat blade screw driving under the edges and popping it up. Or you can simply just grip your finger tips under it and rip it out like I do.
You now need to locate the wire and pull it through
Now you need to lift up the hand brake cover
Again simply grip it and yank it out
Pull it up as much as you can for the best view
Now find the wire and pull it though
You now need to locate the handbrake wire, this can be tricky to get hold of cause you have limited room to work with
Now with the splice block on the end of the wire, put the handbrake wire into the teeth
And with some pliers, clamp the splice block closed
This will splice the wires together so now the head unit will know when the handbrake is engaged and you won't get an error message telling you that you can't watch a dvd
Refit all trim pieces in reverse of how you took them off, and simply clip the fascia adaptor in place
(Don't mind the velcro, that's for another mod which is a very effective anti theft measure)
Now admire your work and work out how to use the thing
If like me, you don't want your nice new head unit getting nicked, see my guide to creating a very convincing dummy face plate. A link to this can be found in my signature.
Also, when I get round to fitting the thing I'll be making a guide on fitting a reverse parking camera. Hopefully in the near future if I get the time.