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I'm going to try this on my own...

CntrySngr72

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Hey guys and gals...I'm going to be a brave soul this weekend and attempt to install this unit that I purchased from a member of this site.  :9:

Any tips?  Any help on where to run wires, mount the amp, connect to the VSS (BIG one!) etc. would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!  (y)
 
Your a brave soul alright may want to give yourself a little more time or call some friends.
 
MichiganSilver03 said:
Your a brave soul alright may want to give yourself a little more time or call some friends.
Either brave or stupid...dunno yet!

I've installed many in-dash systems before, just never to this magnitude!
 
There is a VSS connection in the fuse panel under the dash in a 03-06, I'll see if the 02 has the same one.
 
My stock radio has the speed sensor volume control...makes me wonder if there's a VSS connection at the connector to the stereo.  ???
 
Usually the stock radio uses the bcm for veheicle speed, It's different from the VSS
 
if all you've done is basic stereo installs, its gonna be a long weekend.  it took me the better part of 7 month to install mine.
 
Yeah B, but he doesn't have any sanding to do or trips to Truckxs and More. >:D
 
grnxnam said:
if all you've done is basic stereo installs, its gonna be a long weekend.? it took me the better part of 7 month to install mine.
:eek: :eek: :eek:

That's a scary thought!!!  I have everything I need ready to go...but you are scaring me!  :D:
 
You could do it in a weekend. ?There's plenty of tips but who knows what you don't know. ?I would suggest your first step is to take everything out of the car first. ?Seats, carpeting, door panels. ?Actually after looking, I don't know what you're installing, looks to be an amp and a couple head units but I don't know why you're installing an amp if you're not installing speakers. ?I would do almost everything at the same time. ?If you're doing speakers/tweeters, you should do that when you do the amp and then you can run all the wiring at the same time. ?Assuming you want it hidden.

If you're just doing the head units, then it shouldn't take more than a day. ?I'm guessing, haven't done my av yet so I don't know if anything makes it extra complicated. ?and personally, I don't really care if the volume goes up with my speed.
 
My best advice is to take one step at a time and don't $%#@& too bad if something goes wrong. Take a deep breath and troubleshoot. You'll work it out. Remember...it's supposed to be fun, and you're making your AV better! Good luck, take pictures if you can, and let us know how it goes.
 
since the 02 didn't come with Bose and the On* is on the way out, I say just bypass everything factory.  All I'm using from my factory wiring is a ground and power.  Everything else was ripped out, bypassed or ignored.  i ran all new speaker wires and everything.


it can be done in a weekend as long as you have a general idea whats going on with the install.

I always tell friends to at least assist with the install just in case something goes wrong later.  If you take it somewhere for an install, you have no clue where the fuses are, how to remove the HU to check for wiring issues or whatever else might go wrong.
 
Here is your VSS connection did not think 02 's had on but from what I read they do. The MDEC  is under the dash and has a cover on it the VSS is in the upfitter connection
 

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Thanks guys.  I'm actually a bit scared to do this now!  :cautious:  Here's my fears:

First, I wasn't planning on replacing the speakers just yet.  I was going to run speaker wire from the amp to the harness I bought to connect everything. (personally I like the wire harnesses rather than splicing into the lines)  Since I plan on using the amp as a 4 channel, I THINK the stock speakers should be ok.  ??? I pulled the door pannel off on the driver side and they are 4 Ohm speakers.  My amp is an Alpine MRV-F340 and states:

@12.0V, 20 Hz to 20 kHz - Per channel into 4 Ohms is 35Wx4
@14.4V, 20 Hz to 20 kHz - Per channel into 4 Ohms is 55Wx4

I plan on using the 3/4 on the output.  Does anyone know what the factory speakers are rated for?  I dont' really want to spend any on new speakers right now...this system has already damaged the wallet.  I wouldn't think that 35W or 55W would be too much for stock, but I wasn't sure.

Second, since I have an '02, I don't think I have any kind of factory amp.  Is there a way to check for this?

I thought about trying to bypass the amp and get some RCA connector wires to plug into the head unit, and the other end stripped to connect to the speakers...but then what do I do with the amp? ???  I could always try to sell it, I guess...but would like to use it.

I'm really nervous about doing this...I mean, I'm confident in my abilities in doing stuff with electrical, wiring, etc., but since I've never gone to this level its a bit scary!

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!  I'm going to go out and look for a place to run the AMP power through the firewall...hope someone has some answers before I get cracking in the early AM.  :help:
 
Let me just say, take your time and when you get to that point of  :7: :8: ?walk away and have a beer, then come back to it (y)

Good luck and I can?t wait to see it installed  :D
 
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ok, mabe not that extreme.  If you're installing an aftermarket amp, go ahead and bypass the factory amp.  nope, cant help with the most common way.  As I said, I ran all new everything.
 
Absolutely, you need to take it all out and start over not a weekend project
 
MichiganSilver03 said:
Absolutely, you need to take it all out and start over not a weekend project

unless you have a team of installers :p :kidding:  You're looking at a week at best
 
A week!?!?  :eek: How am I supposed to get to work!?!?  :E:

Dang...maybe this wasn't such a good idea...  :needhug:

I took out the stereo and the tape player...didn't follow the wires from it yet...are y'all saying there is an amp already?  If so, I may skip the amp install and just install the HU, Nav, CD changer and XM.  Sell the amp and extra DVD on e-bay or something...

I feel  :D:
 
Depends on how prepared you are. ?Installing the amp and CD changer will be the worst part but it's definately doable.

I wouldn't go as far as installing everything completely professional yet, as you will probably put in new speakers and that will make a world of difference. ?I mean it makes too much sense to put in speakers because they will sound a lot better with an amp especially and they don't cost that much in contrast to everything else. ?I would say to install it right now with some wires showing here and there because you don't want to have to tear everything out 2x over. ?And make sure you have plenty of speaker wire because you will need a lot. ?And don't run the power wire next to any speaker wire. ?One side of the truck should be speaker wire and the other side the power wire. ?
 
I plan a GTG, you have friends here
 
CntrySngr72 said:
A week!?!?? ?:eek: How am I supposed to get to work!?!?? ?:E:

Dang...maybe this wasn't such a good idea...? :needhug:

I took out the stereo and the tape player...didn't follow the wires from it yet...are y'all saying there is an amp already?? If so, I may skip the amp install and just install the HU, Nav, CD changer and XM.? Sell the amp and extra DVD on e-bay or something...

I feel? :D:
if no noe will be in the Av with you, gut it then replace just the driver seat until you can finish.

Trust me, its tons easier to get it all done at once instead of going back in and adding to it later. ?You'll save yourself hours of work in the long run. ?At the every least, when you have everything out for the install, go ahead and run the RCA cables for the future amp install. ?If you know you'll need it in there later, run it now and label the ends so you'll know where they go later.
 
Huh...I really didn't think it was going to require all that...

I wonder what it would cost to have professionals do it...  :rolleyes:
 
grnxnam said:
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ok, mabe not that extreme.? If you're installing an aftermarket amp, go ahead and bypass the factory amp.? nope, cant help with the most common way.? As I said, I ran all new everything.
What about step 2.  Your pic shows the dash still intact! >:D

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CntrySngr72 said:
Huh...I really didn't think it was going to require all that...

I wonder what it would cost to have professionals do it...  :rolleyes:

Lots of bucks, but I think you have friends here that can help you out
 
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