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Old 10-05-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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Direct wiring the stereo

I have a 2003 rubi and the previous owner did the same thing as the guy who owned my 97 tj before i got it. They chopped the stock stereo plug out and connect it directly to the after market wires. (Didnt do a very good job lol) Now im gunna put my stereo in it is there anything special about the wiring for the sub in the center console or is it just a standard "match the stereo and power wires up (correctly)"

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Old 10-05-2013, 05:01 PM   #2
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you know that you can order the factory radio harness pigtail and put that on first to get it back to what it originally had. I hate when people chop up wiring hanesses like that. Good luck bro.

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I'd probably have to go with Big Sarge on that one. I hate it when people hack my vehicle, and then I have to spend a lot of time setting it right.

Another option is to search for the radio wiring diagrams for your 2003 Wrangler. I think a Clinton or Haynes manual might help best with that. Especially, if you can find the Jeep specific manual and the 2003 wiring diagram. If you buy it, you might want to scan it on a computer and blow it up. The writing on those things can be kind of small. This way you can find out which striped or solid wire carries what function.

I still haven't quite figured that out myself either. For example, there are two orange wires on my radio harness, one has a stripe and one is solid. One says its for illumination on the wire, and the other doesn't say anything on it. If Jeep is going to put writing on the radio wires, then why not put writing on all the radio wires?

Also, on my 1997 Wrangler, there appears to be more than one harness for the radio, because wires appear to be missing from it. For example, I saw only two speaker wires, instead of eight, on the radio harness. I really don't know what the heck that is all about, and I haven't taken the time to figure it out. I could make numerous assumptions, but that might cause more problems, especially when dealing with electricity.

With all these problems to resolve, it might be easier to take it to a professional installer and let them sort it out. Of course, if you are a perfectionist like me, then that could cause more problems, unless you take the time to figure out everything, and do it yourself. I did that on my Mustang and I got a Clinton's manual. I think I'm going to have to do that for my Jeep too. Good Luck.
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There are members on here that have the factory FSM's and are willing to share. They are year specific and much better to work with. I also have the wiring diagram for the 98 and it would probably be the same as your 97 ChasUGC.
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Not too long ago you could join jeeps limited website for free and once you were in as a member they had most years FSM and parts lists available

That was jeepslimited not jeeps unlimited different site
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Im very tech savvy when it comes to wiring so i have no problems linking it right to the new stereo and i have good connecters for it im just tryin to make sure theres nothing special about the wiring
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Im very tech savvy when it comes to wiring so i have no problems linking it right to the new stereo and i have good connecters for it im just tryin to make sure theres nothing special about the wiring
Well, you need to know what color wire does what, don't you?
I think I even saw a mute wire on my '97 Wrangler. And, as far as I know,
the '97 Wranglers didn't have steering wheel control, so what the heck is that for?
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Chase the sub plug from the center console and see what wires go where. Order the factory pigtail, or find someone who is parting out a Jeep and get one from them. find one at a junkyard<ha ha> and get one of those. <<<who wants that factory sub anyways.>>>
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There are members on here that have the factory FSM's and are willing to share. They are year specific and much better to work with. I also have the wiring diagram for the 98 and it would probably be the same as your 97 ChasUGC.
Thanks for the info, Big Sarge. I'll look into it.

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