Question about Alpine CDE-121 In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA/AAC Car Receiver Stereo with iPod Cable

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I have a 1997 Ford Explorer (2dr), and was given an Alpine CDE 121 Head Unit to replace the factory radio. Need suggestions with the wiring.

Basically, the factory radio had two connections. One port was a smaller port that had (I think) 17 wires, and a larger, wider port that has (I think) 5 or 6 wires. The new head unit only has one small connection port with 16 wires (the connector that came with the head unit). I also have my vehicle's Wire Harnessing kit, which both of these are the larger, wider style port. So, I'm completely confused. I've seen wiring diagrams for the harnessing kit, the new head unit's included wires, and the Explorer's wires. They're all different color (Explorer opposed to the head unit), the explorer's smaller connection port won't fit in my head unit. And there is no large port input on the back of the new head unit. Do I have to cut and splice all the wires from my explorer and use the diagrams to wire them into my new head unit? I'm an idiot when it comes to wiring, just know the basics and trying to save $60 over going to Best Buy. Lol.

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Life could become a lot simpler by purchasing a harness adapter to match the Alpine to the Explorer.

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