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Old 01-17-2011, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you hook up subs with factory radio? Is this a bad idea?

I am curenty happy with the cd player in my 2004 ss the speakers sound great. they could be louder but are super clear. the problem is they have no base. i have every thing i need to hook up this kicker solo barac i picked up but i don't know how to wire the amp to the factory radio and what about the remote wire? i have searched the net and not found any useable information. HELP ME?

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Old 01-17-2011, 02:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wiring factory face up with subs...

Okay.. will start from the beginning.
I assume you bought an AMP KIT, with power wire, ground wire, the blue remote wire, RCA Signal Cables, and all of the ends you need...
Here's something else you will need though...
Go to Advance Auto Parts, Autozone, any place like that... and purchase a line converter. It's about $20. I'll explain what this is for in a bit...

1st.) Take your power wire, usually red, and feed it from the POWER POINT or your POSITIVE point on your battery (LEAVE IT DISCONNECTED DURING THIS PROCESS SO IT DOESN'T ARC OUT. ALSO, MAKE SURE YOU CONNECT YOUR SUPPLIED FUSE. Hook it up within 6-8 inches from your battery or power point.) under the hood, through a grommet in your firewall or you might have to drill a hole through your firewall to push it through. Once that is through, run the wire under the panels along the side of your car back to your trunk, or wherever you desire to put your amp.
2nd.) Find a spot in your trunk, or a spot on your car where there is BARE METAL... you might have to grind paint off in the trunk area to get a TRUE, SOLID GROUND!... take the ground wire that came with your amp kit and bolt it down to your car.
3rd.) Now take your remote wire (the blue wire) and tap that up either to the PINK wire (ignition wire) under your steering column, or pop your hood and find a FUSE under your fuse box that ONLY GETS POWER WHILE THE CAR IS ON! (use a test light if you have to, and see what fuse gets power while the key is in the ON position, and NO power while the key is OFF)... pull that fuse out, wrap part of the stripped end of your blue wire around it, and replace the fuse from right where you had it.

Now it's time to test your amplifier to see if it powers up. Hook up the RED POWER WIRE to the BATT or 12V+ on your amp after connecting it up to your power point or your battery under the hood, the BLUE REMOTE WIRE to the REMOTE on your amp, and the GROUND WIRE to the GROUND or GRND on your amp. See if your amp lights up when you turn your car ON... if so, you've hooked that up correctly.

NOW comes the part with that line converter I mentioned earlier. Go to the trunk of your car where your factory 6x9s are and pull some of the slack wire down from them. Take the line converter and tap those wires into the 6x9 wires. (The line converter should have like 6 wires. 2 are worthless. the other 4 are usually in pairs of colors.. i.e. 2 of them are GREY, and two are GREY AND BLACK.. take one GREY and one GREY AND BLACK and hook those to one of your factory 6x9 wires and the other set of GREY and GREY/BLACK to the OTHER. Then you plug your RCA cables into the back side of the line converter and plug that into your amplifier accordingly. Now it's time to run speaker wire from your amp to your subwoofer. Positive to positive, negative to negative.

HOPEFULLY all has been done correctly and you will now have bass in your car.
I hope this helps. :)
I'm not responsible if you screw anything up though. Haha!
GOOD LUCK.

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Nope, not if you do it properly. I got mine done at Best Buy to the stock radio. Good luck!

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Well its already been answered well. I will say PAC has an awesome line level converter that will provide you a switched power source in the trunk, so you dont have to go huntin around for one under the dash.

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I used the Rockford Fosgate "kit"

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thanks much for the info man i have done several sub installs in OLDER cars and suv's but always with an aftermarket cd player so no big deal but this i had no idea.
I hope it all is as "easy" as you say, it would be sweet not to have to touch the dash-factory radio. I'm gonna buy the part tomorrow and get rockin' thanks tons!
by the way this impala forum is a pretty sweet deal. I'm a mechanic not an automotive electrician.

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I'm a mechanic not an automotive electrician.
I always thought they went hand-in-hand, lol.

I do mobilized auto repair and work with the electronics when I have to. What type of stuff do you specialize in?

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I used the white wire in the harness for my remote amp wire.
I dunno if this is hot %100 of the time but it worked for me, battery is still alive.

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Can I follow this guide to install a sub in my 2007 LS?

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Can I follow this guide to install a sub in my 2007 LS?
Sure can!
I have my subs wired to my factory radio face in my 06 LT. With NO PROBLEMS!
Good luck.

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For those that don’t know the stock head unit (at least in my 07 ss) turns down the bass as you turn up the volume L I found that about volume is where it starts to really drop off at….

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yeah, I've noticed same thing in my 07ls :/

does anyone have an idea how to run the power wire from the battery to the trunk iin 07LS? i still can't figure this out :( pics would be awesome if you've done it in ur IMPALA!

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yeah, I've noticed same thing in my 07ls :/

does anyone have an idea how to run the power wire from the battery to the trunk iin 07LS? i still can't figure this out :( pics would be awesome if you've done it in ur IMPALA!
I've done this in two 02's and my 07SS. I start at the fuse box under the hood, go down by the windshield washer reservoir, then stay behind the fender liner down to the rocker panel. It then runs thru the rocker all the way back to the rear fender, up the liner to a spot near but ahead of the shock tower. I drill thru there, then insert a grommet and pass the wire thru that. I use wire loom from near the fuse box to the grommet. A few tie wraps help secure it in the rocker.

[Edit: Be sure you drill thru into the trunk and not into the passenger compartment. That is, make sure you're behind the rear seat where you drill thru the fender.]

I put an inline fuse near the fuse box. You need to take extra care at the transitions into and out of the rocker - those are good places to pinch and chafe the wire. In some cases, I put lots of electrical tape on the wire to add some protection against that.

In the rear, there's a gap in the rocker at the fender. I pass the wire thru there. If necessary, that gap can be widened - you can cut the rocker a little - so that the wire doesn't get pinched.

That's the way I do it.

I've gone thru the firewall once. I know that's a popular alternative way to do it. But it's such a pain, and I'm always worried about routing the wire so close to the motor.

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Firewall Grommet

Anybody know where there is an existing hole in the firewall in 06+ ? I have installed about 5 systems, but only had to drill one hole, and that was in a '97 LeSabre....never done one of these though. I have had my system in my trunk for a while now, but not had time to hook up the amp.

Also, for the Line Converter, do you just stick the ends of the wires up into the wire harnesses for your rear dash speakers, or do you have to strip part of the wire? I am hooking it up to the factory OEM head unit also.

One more Q! some of you guys mentioned that the higher end line converters have remote turn on wires?...which converter should I get! I know running the little wire to the fuse box in the front is ANNOYING. ha.

Thanks guys.....and girls. lol.

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MTX ReQ is what I have in my 06 SS for bass restoration. Pull the carpet up on the passenger side under the glove box... you'll see the grommet...beware because it is pretty thick.

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