Thursday, January 17, 2008


Before you start turning the screwdriver and ripping into your dashboard, set aside time to plan out the entire installation process. It wasn’t until I was looking at a colorful fistful of stock radio wires--with no wiring diagram for reference--that I realized my confidence--er, haste--wasn’t going to get me anywhere (it turns out that the 50 feet of speaker wire I assumed would be more than enough for a tiny Mustang, is about three feet short when you finish all the splicing, meaning I had to rerun all the wiring.

For Stereo connectors, wire and more go to:

Our car radio installation guides specify Metra Wire Harness numbers when installing aftermarket car radios. These wire harnesses also have several manufacturers. We suggest the aftermarket wire harness, it saves time and headaches. Wire harnesses lessen the chance of mistakes for blown fuses, shorted wires and several other radio related installation problems. Using the aftermarket harness will also allow you to reinstall the factory car radio. You may not be happy with your aftermarket radio purchase, you may want to upgrade to a better model and you can use the aftermarket wire harness again. We have seen cut wire harnesses with many aftermarket car radio installations. There is no going back to the factory car radio unless you have the original car radio wire harness. All car radio installation shops sell the wire harness that mates to the factory wire harness. They do not sell the harness that mates to the factory car radio. There is a section of this website that may help if you feel the need to cut the factory car radio harness, Factory Car Radio Wire Diagrams and Color Codes.

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