The Cheapest Way to Upgrade your Car Stereo
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I started installing my own stereo equipments because I ran out of money. I started doing some custom re-wiring in my car because, being a newspaper delivery man, everything had to be removable.

Sometimes the Sunday paper was so thick, I barely had any room for my coffee which I desperately needed on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

It wasn't until I started to understand the concept of car stereo installation that I realized that I even paid for things I didn't have to buy

It was so easy.

I couldn't believe I paid to have it done. I could have saved a lot of money.

Of course you can do it yourself.

Let me show you how easy it is:

  • There are about 12 wires in the back of a receiver, 8 of which are speaker wires.
  • The other 4 are very easy to figure out
One is ground (usually black)

One is constant 12v (usually yellow) - that's for your preset stations and clock.

One is switched 12v (usually red) - that's to turn the radio off when the car is not on.

One is for the power antenna (switched on and off by the radio - usually blue) - that's used as a remote for the power antenna if you have one. it's also used to turn your amplifiers and equalizer on and off.

There are 2 wires for each speaker
3 wires for the amplifier

  • 12 volts from the battery.
  • Ground - screws to the chassis of the car.
  • remote - the remote wire from the rario

3 wires for the equalizer - same as above
If you can connect 2 VCRs together, you should have no problem connecting everything together in your car stereo
Besides, I will give you all the tips you need to help you along the way.
The hardest part is taking the car apart and running the wires neatly. Any patient man - or woman - can do that.

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