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Stereo install questions...
Posted 10 December 2003 - 12:46 AM
I've got a '95 Legacy Brighton, that still has all the stock stereo equipment in it. I've got a $20 CD player from Wal-Mart (no skip protection = balance it on leg while driving) that's got maybe three weeks of use left, and I can't stand to listen to the radio. So, since my birthday falls on December 17, I convinced my mother to do a Birthmas present to me, namely an in-dash CD player. The last time I had one of these was the first year I had my '89 Celica, which was horrible, because there wasn't enough space between the shifter and the console to change the disc when the car was in park.
I'm perfectly capable of doing the install myself (after the Celica's player died due to a poor attempt at theft, I installed a replacement tape deck), but I'm not entirely certain what's required. I understand that the size of the stock unit is weird, and I'll need to buy a kit to make it look right, but do I need a wiring harness, or are these Best Buy guys just trying to make their job look harder? What is a wiring harness, anyway?
Posted 10 December 2003 - 01:05 AM
There are kits available also to match the front of the new deck to the dash. You can check with www.Crutchfield.com to see what unit will work in your car.
Posted 10 December 2003 - 01:25 AM
They will fit as long as you do not mind looseing the ashtray. It will mount in the same spot as the original radio is
Take the console out and use a jig saw and cut that section out leaving a 1/2 bourder on all 4 sides
cut 1/16 sheet metal to cover hole and cut opening so CD player sleve will slide into it
line up new face plate you just made and drill holes in the 4 corners use pop rivets to hold in place
use scrap metal for backing to prevent pop rivets from pulling out cover with matching vinyl
insert the CD player and follow the instruction on the wireing
if you go this route you don't need to worry about the wireing harness
I have 2 = 5 1/4 200w speakers in the front one under the steering colum (Yes theres room and it will fit) cut a hole in the plastic shroud under the colum. And one just above the tray. again cutting a hole. And behind the seats there are 2 = 6"x9"s 200w and 2 = 6" 200w
mounted in speaker boxes
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