See your vehicle manufacturer at left
for link to radio removal and installation help.
There is no standard for aftermarket car
ADD iPod, iPhone, USB, Surius, Aux-in to Factory Car Stereo.
If there was a standard, there would only be one make and model
of car, one make and model of aftermarket car radio, one kit, and one wire
harness available for purchase. There would be no professional aftermarket
installation shops, everyone would be an installer for car radios and there
would be no need for this website. Our factory car radio removal pages will
specify install help when available with "Installation", "Install", "Tech Tips"
or "Tech Help", these are only guides for help with the car radio install
process. Our posted car radio removal instructions help with many aftermarket
adaptor install projects, iPod, XM, Sirius, Parrot, Bluetooth, video and audio
when your stereo needs to be removed for adaptor installation.
There are always modifications when it comes to aftermarket car
radio installation. Filling edges of kits, radio trim panels, dash trim panels
and a variety of other modifications for proper fit and operation.
Car Radios -
There are over ten different manufacturers for aftermarket car
radios, speakers and amplifiers. Each manufacturer can have over ten different
models within their product line of car radios. Car radio models change
according to features and specifications. Most common email received, "I have no
audio after installing and aftermarket car stereo". In most cases, you have a
factory amplifier. Hooking up the blue wire from your aftermarket stereo to the
aftermarket wire harness will power the amplifier on. You may not be happy with
the sound quality and have to bypass the factory amplifier. Bypassing the
factory amplifier may cause the loss of some speakers.
Car Radio Installation Kits - Our car
radio installation guides specify Metra Kit numbers when needed. There are
several manufacturers for installation kits. Install kits are specific to
vehicle. Use radio installation kits that are available to you locally or on the
internet. All manufacturers kits for car radio installation and mounting are
basically the same.
Car Radio Wire Harnesses - 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 Pin Configuration.
Aftermarket Speaker Installation - There are also
modifications when installing aftermarket speakers when it comes to having them
fit properly. Most common problem is a loss of bass. Turning the balance left to
right will bring bass back to that speaker, but mid balance position will have
the loss of bass. This happens when speakers are out of phase, causing bass
notes to cancel. See Aftermarket
Speaker Installation, "Phasing".
We are not responsible for your attempt
at car radio installation.
Please no emails about aftermarket car radio installation, especially
if you cut the factory wire harness.
We offer some wire harness help at
For specific wire harness COLOR CODES for your vehicle, contact Installation Excellence. Click on DIY logo at right.
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Other links of interest in this site:
Instead of power windows
Speaker Installation, "Phasing"
Have you noticed a loss of bass after installing speakers?