Published on September 1st, 2013 | by James Simpson34
Ford Focus MK2 DAB Radio Retrofit
As with anything, the digital switch over is becoming more popular, which means how much longer will FM last? That, and there are hundreds more radio channels on DAB radios, which is what makes this Ford Focus MK2 DAB Radio retrofit guide a must do for anyone who likes to listen to Digital Radio stations. This is all achievable for under £70 (minus the cost of the DAB stereo its self).
This guide is suitable for the following models:
- Ford Focus LX – 6000 CD Stereo as standard (2008-2012)
- Ford Focus Style – 6000 CD Stereo as standard (2008-2012)
- Ford Focus Sport – 6000 CD Stereo Wheels as standard (2008-2012)
- Ford Focus Zetec & Zetec Climate – 6000 CD Stereo as standard (2008-2012)
- Ford Focus Ghia – 6000 CD Stereo as standard (2008-2012)
- Ford Focus Titanium – Sony Stereo as Standard (2008-2012)
- Ford Focus ST – 6000 CD Stereo as standard (2008-2012)
- Ford Focus RS – Sony Stereo as standard (2008-2012)
As the earlier “square” type CD players do not have the DAB functionality, you will have to upgrade your stereo to the Ford Focus MK2.5 (Facelift) stereo, which can be found in the following guide: Ford Focus MK2 to MK2.5 Stereo Conversion
- Aerial to A Pillar Wiring Harness (Ford Fin: 1545793)
- DAB & FM Aerial Plug Cable Extension (Ford Fin: 1682844)
- FM/DAB Aerial Mast (Ford Fin: 1559265)
- Aerial Base (Ford Fin: 1559268)
You will also require a Ford DAB stereo (can be found on eBay)
To remove the standard Ford Focus Stereo, you will need the following tools:
- Bojo Trim Removal Tool Tools (Bojo Tools)
- Flat Head + Philips Head Screw Drivers
- T25 Torx Screwdriver / Star Allen Keys (Halfords)
Ford Focus MK2 DAB Stereo Retrofit
First you will need to follow the Ford Focus MK2 Stereo Removal guide I have already written, once the stereo has been removed, you will need to remove the interior light to remove the old aerial base and mast. This is done by using a tool such as a Bojo Tool, or any other plastic pry tool to remove the light from the headlining.
Once removed, you will then be able to see the Torx screw that holds the aerial base onto the roof of the car. Using a torx bit, unscrew the bolt until the aerial can be pulled off the vehicle.
Now using your Bojo Tool again, we need to remove the plastic A-Pillar trim, to reveal the aerial cable which runs down to behind the stereo.
This cable then goes behind the dash. The easiest way to get the wire through is to remove the clocks. This is done by first removing the top cover on the steering wheel, this is removed by pulling the plastic panel up. This will then reveal two screws that hold clocks in position. Remove these screws and pull the clocks forward to reveal the wiring behind.
You will now be able to route the following cable behind the dash, and to behind the stereo
Now the DAB stereo is all fitted and working