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Old 06-27-2012, 09:29 PM   #91
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OK you wizards--here's a head scratcher (at least for me).

Lost the CD player in the factory unit, so I replaced it with a Kenwood system. I got everything I needed from Crutchfield.

Installed the deck, and everything works fine--except the factory subwoofer.

So, I re-check my wiring, blue/white out of the receiver goes to blue on the wiring harness adapter...yada yada. Still no subwoofer.

Call Crutchfield--we work together (GREAT tech support, by the way) and determine that the deck is good and everything that should get power is getting power.

Guy from Crutchfield comes up with an idea that I totally missed--still had the factory unit, so he suggested I plug that in and see what happens.

So we do. Still no subwoofer. Oh yeah--fuses were first thing I checked--even swapped out the subwoofer fuse for one that is for the lights. Still no go. So, somewhere between taking out the old deck and putting in the new, I did something to kill the amp and/or subwoofer.

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Folks, the complete answer is, "Connect the remote wire from the radio harness to the power antenna wire of the vehicle harness".
Mine came with aftermarket kenwood stereo when I bought it and the remote wire was blue/yellow. Is that what I should connect to the blue/white wire on harness?

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Nevermind. What I needed to connect together was the blue/white wires off the radio and harness.
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:13 PM   #94
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Really appreciate the time and effort you spent with the write up. Great job!
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:41 AM   #95
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Thank you so much for this write up! I was pretty much able to do it all by myself and my boyfriend helped me out with some things. I just have to rig my tweeter speakers with a homemade bracket cuz its too small and I had to figure out what the different color wires meant. The speakers had black and green wires while the one harness was purple and blue on the right side and the left side was green and brown. I found out that black was negative so I just matched up the colors.
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Old 08-12-2012, 02:14 PM   #96
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Thank you VERY much for posting this, I will use this to replace my fan switch for climate control. Now I just have to find a switch.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:03 AM   #97
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When I installed my new front speakers, I had to mod them to fit. These are my very successful results.
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:18 PM   #98
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I'm a newb on here and I'm not real sure how this works but I also have an alpine reciever except mine has a cd player, but your question caught my attention, because I have a factory sub in the center console but can't get it to work but the speakers are working fine, so I don't know if the sub is blown or not plug in or how I would check any of that? If there are any tips or tricks to try or ways to check the sub it would be appreciated.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:48 AM   #99
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I am installing a new system with an amp, do I need to run more speaker wire?
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:50 AM   #100
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it is really good job!!!!
the question is that why not install the OEM-Factory-Fit DVD Navigation?it is just Plug-and-Play!here is the photo,and you can click here to check.
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I am installing a new system with an amp, do I need to run more speaker wire?
My advice would be to run all new speaker wire for an amp to get the most out of the amp and speakers. Either way you do it you will need to run some wires so why not go all new for a little extra effort.

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it is really good job!!!!
the question is that why not install the OEM-Factory-Fit DVD Navigation?it is just Plug-and-Play!here is the photo,and you can click here to check.
I am positive this is spam but that thing is pretty awesome. Though I would never put that radio in an offroading wrangler, grand cherokee maybe, but not a wrangler. First I bet it doesn't do well in humidity or splashes. Second that thing would get stolen in a heartbeat with a soft top.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:11 PM   #102
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Great walk through, helped me out alot, thanks. Love my new pioneer, world of difference in comparison to the factory. I had a small gray plug on back of stock radio that plugs in rite beside main harness plug , I'm guessing that was navigation or something. I have some type of nameless antenna on driver side rollbar that's covered with velcro sleeve.

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Newtomejeep ... you sure that isn't your Sirius satellite antenna there?

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Great how to!!!
Thank you!!!!!
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Great how-to, thanks! Used it to install new stereo yesterday. However, after putting everything back together I couldn't start the engine - the battery was drained. Frustrated, i pulled the new deck out and now i'm recharging the battery. Apparently I did something wrong, but have no idea what. My only guess would be I spliced wires wrong but I connected all of them by color. The battery seems to be fine - started engine every day this winter with no problem. Any ideas? Thanks
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Great how-to, thanks! Used it to install new stereo yesterday. However, after putting everything back together I couldn't start the engine - the battery was drained. Frustrated, i pulled the new deck out and now i'm recharging the battery. Apparently I did something wrong, but have no idea what. My only guess would be I spliced wires wrong but I connected all of them by color. The battery seems to be fine - started engine every day this winter with no problem. Any ideas? Thanks
Definatly sounds like a short. I suggest you reinstall your old radio and go back over the wire harness. You can't just match same color wires for all of them. As there are no real controlled standard for wire color. Other than the universal red for power and black for ground. Some times white and yellow are substituted for power.

Check the instructions for the wire harness and the radio for the wire diagrams.
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I'm having some trouble getting the security bolt to come off, any tips?
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When you remove the cover on top of the dash there should be two bolts that are holding the security bar in place. Removing them may make it easier to reach the bolt on the back of the radio
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I can reach my hand behind the dash but I can't get the bolt to come off, I'm kind of nervous about putting some wd40 on it though. I can't get my vice grips back there either
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Try with a 10mm socket
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Well after working on it all day I finally got it working right and put it all back together only to find that it didn't work now. I checked it out and the ground wire had come loose, so I hooked it back up and put a wire nut on it and now nothing. The stock radio isn't even working. Checked the fuse and it's fine too, so now I'm at a bit of a loss here.
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That is a little confusing. Is there anyway you can bench test the radios? Apply 12v to the red and yellow wire, black to ground. If you can test the radio to make sure it is still working you can isolate the problem to the jeep or wiring.
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I hooked up my aftermarket stereo to my other car that I took it out of and it works fine, so there's that. My plan now is to get an in-line fuse holder and route the power from one of the unused fuses, hopefully that should do the trick
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Before routing extra wires you can test the radio wires with a multimeter with the jeep off and on.
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All my wires were correctly wired... But my sound pods don't put ANY sound out, any help? 2003 Tj with kenwood kdc bt555u
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All my wires were correctly wired... But my sound pods don't put ANY sound out, any help? 2003 Tj with kenwood kdc bt555u
A quick check is to make sure your fade and balance are centered.

I am assuming you are talking about the roll bar speakers. Well if the only thing you changed is the radio, I will have to say either the radio is bad or a wire is not connected. If you used crimp connectors on the wires I would double check they are tight with enough insulation striped off the wires as they can come loose when reinstalling the radio.

If you're talking about add on speakers you're going to have to describe how they are wired for me to be able to help.
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A quick check is to make sure your fade and balance are centered.

I am assuming you are talking about the roll bar speakers. Well if the only thing you changed is the radio, I will have to say either the radio is bad or a wire is not connected. If you used crimp connectors on the wires I would double check they are tight with enough insulation striped off the wires as they can come loose when reinstalling the radio.

If you're talking about add on speakers you're going to have to describe how they are wired for me to be able to help.
Lol I'm smart enough to check fade and balance I've figured out that the roll bar speakers work when I plug my USB in, but not over Bluetooth.
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I didn't mean to insult you in any way if I did. I worked in IT for a time and you would be surprised how many people call in that sound smart and missed an easy detail.

That is very odd if it works for one thing but not another. I would consult Kenwood as it is a feature of the radio. Some radios have separate volume controls for different modes.
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Alright so ran into another problem, I finally got around to replacing the soundbar speakers and the left one works fine but now the right one doesn't work at all, even with the stock speaker plugged in. It was working fine up until I plugged in the new speaker and now nothing.
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Ok, so stupid question i am sure... But, i connected everything right to my Sony MEX BT4100P from Quadratec, i am not getting ANY AM/FM signal. Everything on the Stereo works great, bluetooth, phone, lights, cd, ipod, pandora, but no AM/FM... I think it has something to do with the Antenna wire, but i dont know what the problem is. Help would be greatly Appreciated.

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