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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-16-2010, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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Installing Aftermarket Radios - Get the Harness!!!

I know that radios are expensive and that we all want to save a few bucks. But passing on the adapter harness and trying to wire in the radio directly to the body wiring is quite possibly one of the biggest mistakes you can make.

A) You will lose your door chimes. Which if they are disabled, it can make it difficult to resell the vehicle or trade it in.

B) You will lose your OnStar functionality (if installed)

C) Chevy doesn't have any particular method to their madness when labelling what wire is what and more often than not, doesn't make any sense to the nomenclature used in the aftermarket schematics (which actually follow a standard!).

D) IT'S $100!!! SERIOUSLY!!

E) Installing the aftermarket harness is easier and faster.


So you may ask, "Oh great and powerful Will! How do I know what harness to get as I don't possess the infinite knowledge in your noggin!)

Here's how: Crutchfield: LCD TV, Car Stereo, Home Theater, Speakers, Digital Cameras

Go there and you'll see a menu called Car Audio/Video&GPS, and then Outfit my car.



Then it will ask you for the Year, Make, Model, Body Style (if applicable), and last but most certainly not least, what original equipment you have or had installed on the car.



It may also ask if you already have a factory or aftermarket stereo installed as well.

Then you can click on Car Receivers, In dash DVD Receivers or In dash GPS Navigation depending on what you have or want to install.



Once you find your radio, it'll tell you everything you need to know. Including WHETHER IT FITS OR NOT!!!

And if you click on Installation Info...oh HAI!



You know what harness to install, how much it costs, and where to get it from.

To see how easy it is with the adapter harness...

Everything is color coded to the standard colors that the aftermarket manufacturers adhere to. With solder splicing instead of butt splicing it took me half an hour to build the harness to get it into the car. And all I had to do was plug it in.



So before you cut into your factory harness, please do the above. Because I've seen it take upwards of TWO WEEKS to get everything working correctly otherwise. It's not worth the money to skip it.



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Suggestion: Since this is posted in the General Discussion section, you should specify up front what years/generation this is applicable to.
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Suggestion: Since this is posted in the General Discussion section, you should specify up front what years/generation this is applicable to.
This would be just about all years and makes. They'll have information on installation, whether or not the radio will fit the car and what is needed. I just pulled a 1977 Chevrolet Impala for grins. Which is why it's in the General Audio Video section.



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I just pulled a 1977 Chevrolet Impala for grins.
So what did you learn about my car? Last time I checked which is about 5 years ago they had nothing for my car. All wiring and installation except for the twin shaft radio/cassette was custom only.

BTW the only two wires I reused was the ground and hot/key. All other wiring is custom from the trunk forward. It had a single speaker am/fm radio. Now has CD/radio and 4 way speaker system.


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LOL...I learned that Dual makes a twin shaft cassette deck for yours still. Guess you're stuck with moldy oldies bro. :-P



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LOL...I learned that Dual makes a twin shaft cassette deck for yours still. Guess you're stuck with moldy oldies bro. :-P
I don't think so!

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lol...nice! Can't ever account for cars that have basic wiring. You're better off coming up with your own schematics then.



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Yeah it was about a six hour install. The key hot wire and ground wire is all I reused, all other wiring is custom. plus had to custom the mount to hold the CD/radio into the dash. I had talked to a shop once that did radio installs and was told it would cost me 600 just in labor to fit the speakers, wires, and radio into this car. Not worth it to me and I did the full install myself.

My grandfather was upset with me for even adding a different radio then came from the factory. He told me that I had ruined the value of the car, well at the time is was almost 27 years old and had 25K total miles. I laughed and told him I have no desire to sell the car and I will fix it up the way I want it. He shrugged his shoulders and never said another word about it.


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Yeah it was about a six hour install. The key hot wire and ground wire is all I reused, all other wiring is custom. plus had to custom the mount to hold the CD/radio into the dash. I had talked to a shop once that did radio installs and was told it would cost me 600 just in labor to fit the speakers, wires, and radio into this car. Not worth it to me and I did the full install myself.

My grandfather was upset with me for even adding a different radio then came from the factory. He told me that I had ruined the value of the car, well at the time is was almost 27 years old and had 25K total miles. I laughed and told him I have no desire to sell the car and I will fix it up the way I want it. He shrugged his shoulders and never said another word about it.
You're like me. I'll probably crush my car before I resell it.



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""Everything is color coded to the standard colors that the aftermarket manufacturers adhere to. With solder splicing instead of butt splicing it took me half an hour to build the harness to get it into the car. And all I had to do was plug it in.""

So with the harness, I still need to splice (solder or butt-splice) the wiring?
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So with the harness, I still need to splice (solder or butt-splice) the wiring?
You need to splice the harness to the radio side wiring. Which both are color coded to each other. Then you just plug it into the car.



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my battery died when i hooked up my aftermarket radio it came with external speaker when i cut the car off the speaker still makes noise can anyone help me
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Glad this was posted.....Now if only people searched.
I searched. Is why I'm reading this thread...and now quoting you.

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