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Old 03-07-2010, 02:05 PM   #1
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stereo installation

hey guys..

i want to replace the factory stereo in my 98 SE. im going to be putting in a JVC KD-G510.

been looking around at parts but im still not exactly sure about the wiring harness.

do i need to solder my own or can i just buy one?

this one looks ok to me but it says for Sony Xplod. would that still work?
SONY JW-6502 - Custom "Plug 'n Play" Wiring Harness for 03-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited with SONY® Xplōd® CD Receiver - Quadratec

i was following this walkthrough.
Jeep Horizons :: TJ Stereo Install

if you have any other suggestions for me id really appreciate it.

thanks a lot!
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Old 03-07-2010, 02:19 PM   #2
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Nope, don't get that one as chances are high it won't fit... different headunits use different connectors. Are you buying the JVC unit new? It should come with a connector that plugs into it. Then go to Walmart and buy a universal wiring kit ( - I believe they sell Scosche products so this is what you'd need) that will work for your Jeep. What you'll do is plug the wiring kit into your factory radio connections and then connect the wires from the end of the connector that came with the JVC headunit to the wires on the new wiring kit. They will be color coded...and there are some wires that may not be used.'s MUCH easier to connect all those wires on your kitchen table rather than doing it inside the Jeep. Then once you get to that step in your just plug the connectors in.

I personally recommend soldering the wires together and using heat shrink tubing over them (remember to slide the piece of tubing on BEFORE you solder the wires together). That will ensure that you have good, tight connections. If you don't have access to a solder can also use butt connectors rated for the gauge of wiring the connectors are using. Make sure the connections are good and tight and don't pull out after being crimped.

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Old 03-07-2010, 02:35 PM   #3
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I prefer splicing/soldering my own too but if you don't want to do that, Crutchfield makes custom wiring harness adapters that might make it a pretty easy job. Crutchfield: LCD TV, Car Stereo, Home Theater, Speakers, Plasma TV

One thing to know is that if your Jeep did not come with a rear sound bar (two rear speakers) from the factory, the wiring between the factory radio for the rear speakers does not exist. So even if that Crutchfield harness gets your radio plugged in, you'll have to add the rear speaker wiring on your own.
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ahh i didnt think about the speakers in the back. it doesnt have a sound bar but there are two larger floor speakers. i cant imagine they are factory installed. not sure how that changes anything..

i bought the stereo new 4 or 5 years ago. my bro took it out of the car it was initially installed in and either lost the harness or never took it out.. either way i dont have it anymore.

im sure soldering it isnt that big of a deal but if i could just get a premade harness i would prefer it. dont care how it works.. just as long as it does. [/shrug]
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