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I am changing my factory stereo with an aftermarket one. I

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Customer: Hello.... I am changing my factory stereo with an aftermarket one. I have the 5701 wiring harness, so that I can use the steering wheel buttons. I have everything figured out except for the RCA plugs on the 5701 wiring harness. Do I just plug those RCA plugs into the subwoofer output plugs in the back of the aftermarket radio, or do I just wire the white one into the HU subwoofer output?
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 11 months ago.

Welcome, I'm Chris (aka Moose) I'm an independent contractor here at Just Answer.

OEM does not use RCA jacks, so try the RCA's in the back of the radio first.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
1998 Lincoln Town Car with premium JBL sound. Putting in a Sony, using a Metra 70-5701 harness
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
There are three jacks in the back of the Sony: one marked rear output , one marked front output, and one marked sub output....which do I use? and do I use both red and white jacks, or just one?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I was told to use 1K resistors to prevent pop and over wattage to remote started, but just don't know about those jacks.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 11 months ago.

You use both jacks red and white, that is left and right, if your wanting to send a signal to a left and right speaker. If you are using the OEM amp and sub woofer there is a good chance the signal your radio sends out will not be compatible with the signal the OEM parts requires.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Are you talking about the lower signal? REM OUT MAX 0.4A shows on the blue/white wire for remote signal, so
I thought that's what I was doing with the 1K resistors, lowering it. The wiring on the HU has wires for both left and right speakers already and those are already wired together. But I thought the subwoofer/amp harness, with the jacks, would have needed to wire the jacks to the subwoofer. I guess that's why I was confused. I don't see a wire for the subwoofer on the main HU. I thought that was because Ford had them separate.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I am using the OEM amp and sub, tho.....
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 11 months ago.

Below is a link showing the connector at the radio for the only wires going from the radio to the amp.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/90220402/radioamp.png