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Old 01-03-2014, 06:53 PM   #1
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Newby EVERYTHING Needs speaker wiring help!

Have an 88 Jeep Wrangler with what I believe is the original speakers. Trying to replace, but new speakers don't have the same connector on the back. New speaker came with wiring harness with two pre-stripped wires to connect to vehicle wiring, but connector IN Jeep has FOUR wires leading into the stock wiring harness. Do I need different speaker that have the connector? Do I cut the connector off the existing wires in the vehicle, and splice four wires in vehicle into two wires leading from speaker (two to one times two respectively)?

Looking for advice....if you can't tell, not exactly mechanically inclined. But I have a book, a few tools, and a willingness to learn (and be scoffed
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:49 PM   #2
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Hey a few months back my gf got me a set of pioneers that incidentally were the wrong ones lol. anyway i just cut off the connectors coming from the headunit and spliced the wires just make sure that you look at the connector first and connect the proper wires or it'll sound like shit "aka look at factory and new speakers as they are fundamentally the same and make sure that you put it back together in the same way minus connectors if you try and it doesnt work maybe post some pics

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Old 01-06-2014, 12:32 PM   #3
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All aftermarket speakers are just spade connections on the back. Fat one is positive. Skinny is negative.

When doing factory splicing, you have a few options. 1. Go to Metra Online and get the proper factory speaker harnesses. Best Buy may carry them in their shops but we didn't when I worked there. Also your best option. 2. Get a wiring diagram. This will ensure you're keeping polarity of speakers the same on both speakers. Obviously factory wires aren't marked with positive or negative markings. 3. Just be consistent with whatever color you choose. Factory wiring will always be one light colored working and one dark colored wiring. Or one solid wire and one striped wire. Just make sure when splicing you use the same on both. Doesn't really matter.

If they're not hooked up in the same manner your speakers will be out of phase. Meaning they'll move in opposite directions at the same time. It's not the end of the world and most people can't tell the difference. Especially with a couple little 4x6 pioneers that are only seeing a whopping 12 watts each. You can't blow them by hooking them up wrong is the bottom line. So just get in there and try it.
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:04 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Jeeprich25 View Post
All aftermarket speakers are just spade connections on the back. Fat one is positive. Skinny is negative.
for some reason mine were just stripped about a quarter inch at the end... no idea haha maybe bought used? although they looked pristine
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