||08-07-2013 08:25 AM
Originally Posted by WhiskeyMike
I've got everything on order for a total rip and replace of my stereo and I plan to do it pieces. Please let me know if you see any issues or extra items I'd need to do it this way.
First replace headunit, use harness and steering wheel packages, run stock speakers through harness. Test.
Then change out all 6 speakers. Test.
Then add amp, switch speaker wires from harness to new runs going to amp, capping harness speaker wires. Test
Then add basslink. Test. Then backup camera.
My thought is that this allows me to do it piecemeal so I know all the pieces are working in stages, as opposed to ripping everything up and praying. I also thought about using a measuring app on the ipad to track the differences. It's not a solid way to know which sounds better, but which is producing the broadest hertz ranges. I don't see much rework in this process.
I haven't installed a radio in 20 years, so I think slow and steady is best. :)
Radio replacement is easy and won't take you long. While you have the center of you dash opened up, you may want to run the wires for you amps (RCAs, turn on wires) and leave them there until you are ready to install the amps.
You can do all 4 speakers on the same day. The front speaker pods aren't as bad as people suggest. The passenger side is easy - take it out through the glove box opening. The drivers side takes more time and guts because you have to pull out on the lower dash to the point of it almost breaking and tumble the pod forward and out. The tweeters are simple and the sound bar even easier. Of course if you plan to run new speaker wires with the new amps, you will have to repeat these steps again.
Amps will depend on where you put them. If you plan to use the factory location, do it while your speaker pod is out or you will just have to repeat the process. Some people put them under the seats, but I ultimately used that space for subs. I put all three amps inside the dash since there is quite a bit of room up there if you get a little creative.
I will say this, if you budget 4-6 hours for each stage, it will take you double because of little snafus like connectors, wire routing, trimming and connections. And if you do it piecemeal, you will be doing your teardown and rebuild multiple times in some cases because of access. I bet I have pulled my radio 5-6 times as I changed, added and tweaked my system
Your method works fine if you don't mind tearing apart, testing, tearing apart again, re-testing, tearing apart again, etc. I did mine all at once. Jeep was torn apart for two and a half straight days in late December. Once all the wiring was done, I built the sub enclosure and added the sub (just had to connect the speaker wires). I have since redone the subs, put in a larger sub amp and then added a second sub and second sub amp. Third time around was a charm and I learned a lot in the process.