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Old 06-22-2010, 11:50 PM
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Default How to install a new radio & subs?

Okay I'm have problems installing my new radio and subs into my camino... Im not sure what to do because there arnt any of the wires there that im looking for.

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This is the dash opening w/ wires
(None of them seem to match up with the radio wires..)

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Subs

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Radio

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Radio wires/connectors

I had one of my friends thats done radio installations for some of his cars and he wasnt sure eather..
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Is that a stock reproduction radio? Are the speakers in the car factory or are you also upgrading to new speakers? Also, do you have an amplifier for the sub or do they have a built in amp?

I installed a complete new system in my camino. New radio, component 6' speakers in the doors, 6x9's in the rear, dual 12in subs in rear, and two amplifiers, one for subs and one for speakers. It looks like the main problem with your system is that your trying to mix new sub technology with original technology radio equipment and speakers. I'm not a audio system genius but as far as I know you can't hook up subs to a radio like that, you need a modern radio that has propper connections to hook up to an external amplifier which then powers your subwoofers. That repo radio doesn't have nearly enough power to power those subs.

Usually when you see cars with a stock radio like that in the dash and subs in the back at car shows it because the stock radio is just a fake and they have a modern radio hidden in the glove box or somewhere else that actually runs the system. Really we need more info about what your trying to do and all the components of your system to help you out
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The radio is basicly a new radio with the old classic look so it can connect to modern equipment and the speakers in the car are stock. My main problem though is I cant figure out how to connect the radio to my car, because if you look at the picture of the dash where the radio would go there doesnt seem to be the wires to hook up the radio. (When i got the car the radio was taken out)
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you need to pick up a wiring harness adaptor that fits your car and stereo, and as pointed out you'll need a amp to run those subs.
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Okay here... is this the radio wires & plug?
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It's really hard to tell in that picture. I'm also not familiar with the wiring or your cars year. Do you have wiring diagrams for the vehicle? Your best bet will probably be to look at wiring diagrams of the stock stereo system and then you can probably sort out the wires under the dash just by matching colors to the diagram.
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I also can't tell because of the fuzzy picture, but I DO have the factory electrical manual for an '87 and the wiring is probably the same. Here it is from my manual:
Yellow - Accesssory or Ignition - hot only when key is on
Orange - Hot all the time
Gray - Dash Lights
Brown - Hot all the time
Black - Ground
Speaker Wires:
Left Front Gray & Tan
Right Front Dark Green & Light Green
Left Rear Brown & Yellow
Right Rear Dark Blue & Light Blue
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Basically all you need from the original harness is power and ground,you did run new wire for the speakers right.If your head unit has memory you will need to a wire from the lighter to the memory or some other constant source with key off.Check your head unit installation instructions,any wires not used tie them up out of the way.My harness was chopped up like that so I went to the dismantlers and found the original connectors and spliced them in,then I did my install.Does your head unit have a feed wire to support subwoofers?
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