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Some of us knuckleheads need your help with aftermarket car stereo installation DIY instructions. It seems easy enough to me as far as popping out speakers and sticking in replacements (must be wary of the depth of the replacement speaker watch out!)...the head unit does not seem complicated either assuming Crutchfield or the like has the proper harness kit.
Where I get nervous is installing amps and subs...messing around with that always puts me in fear of giving myself one hell of a shock... The wiring is also a bit overwhelming, I'd like to have a 10" enclosed JL in the hatch BUT not sure how to wire it all.
I have an aftermarket amp already installed from the original owner and an aux input that plays through the FM radio for ipods and the like. Not great sound out of the aux in.
So with that in mind....anyone out there know of a good thread in these forums that provide step-by-step instructions for installing aftermarket stereo equipment into our 92xs? I'm assuming all models from '05 and '06 have the same basic set up in terms of speaker size, etc.
Also - how do you post pictures in these messages anyone? anyone?
Tell me you're not ready for some FOOTBALL!
Well as long as your battery cable is off, and you don't have a capacitor in your aftermarket system you won't get shocked. Wiring car stereo equipment is simple DC wiring it really doesn't get much easier, as far as wiring things goes. For the amateur its way easier then home wiring, though neither is that bad.
And as far as running to the amp you should have:
A positive cable from the battery, Red
A negative lead going to the body, or good grounding point. Black
A cable from the head unit that turns the amp on and off with the power, I want to say yellow? or green, it really depends.
2 RCA cables from the back of the headunit, that plug into the amp.
Then out of the amp you positive (Red or Clear) and Negative (Black) speaker cable going to the sub. It may sound dumb but if you are close to a library most have old school late 1980's books on car stereos that are actually really good, they make it much more simple then it is now, and its fun to see the old school equipment.
i'm not ready for some fatball.
Red wire provides power to the amp, and runs from positive terminal to amp
Black wire is ground and runs from the amp to any bolt that attaches directly to the body
Blue wire (not yellow or red) is the remote turn on...this is a thin wire that runs from the HU to the amp, and it just tells the amp to turn on
And don't worry about shocking yourself. The first thing you should do is disconnect the negative terminal on the battery, then you're safe.
Just google or search on youtube for "car amp installation" or something like that, there's got to be a million things out there.
Dont forget your fuses! Put a good one on your red/power cable. And also have a few in the glovebox as well. lol
Amateurs, I believe you can find Crutchfields instructions online. Amps are a whole other thing. I gave up on the self install. Find a local guy to do it for you. Spend the money and a day and all you Shit will be put in and no more worries. I got too old for the simple stuff.
I agree with this post
I used to love getting things torn apart, cutting my hands up, losing screws, blowin fuses.
But I think Im reaching the point where I'll pay to have it done.