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Old 01-17-2014, 12:59 PM
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wireing radio to theater surround sound

I just bought a 98 tj about a month ago and it has the stock radio wit a cassette player only and the stock front speakers.

I bought an old amp I think its 500 watts and a pioneer sub from my friend and my brother gave me his home theater system.

I know how I can wire everything up using the sub but I don't know if the radio has any other speaker tie ins on the back but I know there is not a pre amp output. are there any other tie ins on the back. if not how can I splice in on the speaker wires that are for the front speakers.

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Terrible idea, but if you insist.
Cut the wire, strip the wire ends back, twist-solder-heat shrink the wires back closed with new wires stuck in there for the home theater speakers.
Superglue your home theater speakers to the dash or zip tie them to the roll bars, pop in a cassette tape, crank it up and prepare for disappointment.

Splicing RCA's into rear speaker wires does technically work, however its horrible. Sounds bad, and everything associated with things being rigged together.
Home Theater Speakers were not designed with a Jeep in mind, that aside they were designed with the preamp of the receiver putting power to them to make them sound good, you will be lacking that from your factory stereo.

I'm not saying you have to spend high in the hundreds to make this a top end audio machine. Run to wally world and for $100 or so, you'll get a head unit, an adapter plate and car audio speakers that will crush the setup you are trying to cobble together.

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X2. Bad idea.
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Old 01-17-2014, 03:15 PM
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im pluging the amp into the rear wires and running the RCA thrue that. its only a temporary solution until I can afford the radio and sound system I want.
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500 watt amp? What speakers are you driving with 500 watts?
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Old 01-17-2014, 05:28 PM   #6
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On a stock radio there should be output for rear speakers.
right rear - blue/orange & blue/white
left rear - brown/light blue & brown/yellow

You would be better off waiting and doing it right. TMHO
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I'm not saying you have to spend high in the hundreds to make this a top end audio machine. Run to wally world and for $100 or so, you'll get a head unit, an adapter plate and car audio speakers that will crush the setup you are trying to cobble together.
I agree. Get an aftermarket HU. Most of them will have RCA's on the back of them. Car audio and home audio are two different beasts.

You might also look at line converters if your home system has RCA inputs. If so, that might work. But, a good line converter, to keep your stock HU, will probably cost more than a decent aftermarket HU.

Personally though, they are two different beasts. There is really no cheap way to get a great car sound system.

I spent around $1400 dollars on mine all total. I got 4-5.25 CDT speakers, Nalin front speaker adapter, a 7" DVD flip screen HU, Clarion 7-band EQ, Alpine PDX-V9 100wattsx4 + 500watts subwoofer amp, and a thunderform molded subwoofer Box with 2-10" subwoofers. Matching the speakers and tweaking the system, will probably give you the best car audio system to mimic home theatre surround sound.
Mine is really nice for car audio. I have seen other nicely built Jeep Audio systems too, but they aren't cheap.

Some people prefer to spend major money on lifts, winches and other off-road mods. Since, I'm not heavily into off-roading, I preferred to spend my money modding my car audio. (I threw in this justification for those who think I spent too much money on my car audio system.lol.)
My stock Wrangler is quite capable for my off-road use.

You can try the line converter, I think its LC6i, which would give you the channels you would need, if your home unit has RCA connections. True surround sound would normally require 4 to 5 channels, and sometimes 6.

The best solution would be to get an aftermarket HU, and see if you can adapt it to the home unit. If that doesn't work, at least you have the HU to make a proper upgrade for your Car Audio System. That stock cassette car stereo is really obsolete(I had it too), and you'll probably want at least Bluetooth, Aux-in, USB and CD player which you could get in a decent aftermarket radio for about $99. Some HU's have stereo enhancers, like mine, which even closer mimic surround sound.

You might also want to consider getting the sound bar, if you don't have it.

AudioControl LC6i (Gray) 6-channel line output converter for adding outboard amps to your factory audio system at Crutchfield.com

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Ya I did some looking and wait and do it right

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