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the 05 up dash opening is perfect fin for double DIN units. the 04 down need a little cutting.
The stock radio removal is fairly straight forward. check youtube for removal instructions.
Get a pigtail for wiring to the original factory plug, there is no reason to cut any wires, and also a Ford mounting kit from Metra or Axxess. The total for both items should be less than 20 bucks and they are all over ebay. In fact many retailers will include one if not both with a new head unit.
A few thoughts on head unit selection. Look for those that have rear USB and/or iPod plugs. I had one that only had the front USB and it was a total PITA with wires always sticking out the front of the unit. Try to find a unit with A2D2 Bluetooth 2.0 or higher control. My phone never gets plugged into my unit, but I can not only listen to music from it but control Pandora directly from the unit. If you want more integration and to use your phone nav function on the head unit look for those with built in app control. For Android you need one with an HDMI (not USB) input and for iPhone you need a dedicated iPod connector.
Lastly when looking at these, make sure you find out how much the connection cables and kits cost up front. Some are very pricey, especially for iPhone.
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