New stereo - do I have everything I need?

New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby AngryPunk [OP] » March 15th 2019, 8:04pm

I took the stereo out of my old Toyota and want to put it in my astro. I have a harness and some wore connectors. I assume I can take the connectors from the factory stereo and wire those to the new stereo? Or should I buy a compatible wiring kit? Pics below of what I have.
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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby AngryPunk [OP] » March 15th 2019, 8:09pm

Here are the pics.

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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby TurnNburn » March 15th 2019, 8:20pm

For the love of god... please don't use those wire nuts!
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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby The Drummer » March 15th 2019, 8:25pm

It does make life easyer to use wireing kits , but if you know wich wire goes were it should work , it also depends on wich head unit the van as , there is a few models , and an amp for the rear speaker , oHmage might mtch perfect but if your not using strong amps you should be fine ,and ya those twisters arte not your best option.
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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby akforceten » March 15th 2019, 8:29pm

I agree with turn solder all wires with heat shrink tube for any electrical connections
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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby AngryPunk [OP] » March 15th 2019, 8:34pm

I was just planning to hook it into the existing speakers. I don't have a sub or an amp. I guess I was hoping the stereo would just drive the speakers.
I do have a soldering iron but I don't know which wire goes where. I was told one can copy the colouring. Is there more to it than that?
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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby The Drummer » March 15th 2019, 8:42pm

Yes there is , you may end up with a colorful fireworks :) , go to the crutchfeild and search for both models ,you should be able to find the wireing colors for both , some colors often match but dont take a chance on the sofa ....
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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby TurnNburn » March 15th 2019, 9:39pm

When I installed my audio unit, I didn't use a fancy adapter. just solder color to color and you should be fine. Audio harness colors are pretty universal.
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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby AstroWill » March 15th 2019, 10:39pm

Personally I don't like cutting up the factory side of the wiring harness and would buy a cheap adapter for the vehicle and then solder them to the existing harness for the radio. Wiring diagrams are available online in case you need them.

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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby Leeann_93 » March 15th 2019, 10:58pm

AstroWill wrote:Personally I don't like cutting up the factory side of the wiring harness and would buy a cheap adapter for the vehicle and then solder them to the existing harness for the radio. Wiring diagrams are available online in case you need them.


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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

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AngryPunk wrote:I was just planning to hook it into the existing speakers. I don't have a sub or an amp. I guess I was hoping the stereo would just drive the speakers.
I do have a soldering iron but I don't know which wire goes where. I was told one can copy the colouring.
Is there more to it than that?


Yup - and searching on this site or using this site's address when you search in a search engine or use Crutchfield or any number of stereo hookup guides will if nothing else...

Get Your Confidence Up to make it work for you.

Properly used wire nuts/electrician's tape are probably better than those blue squeezy wire jobbies.
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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby AngryPunk [OP] » March 18th 2019, 7:58am

Update: got a wiring harness and I've soldered all the wires together. Now for the installation.
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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby AstroWill » March 19th 2019, 9:39pm

How did the install go?

Is that duct tape?

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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby AngryPunk [OP] » March 19th 2019, 10:24pm

Still working on it. Thanks for asking!

Yes that's duct tape but I have some electrical tape that I'll put around it.

Next problem: I can't get the old stereo out. It's a Delco Electronics factory stereo. There is a lever on the right and pushing it down allows the right hand side to come forward a bit. But on the left the lever won't go down . Pushing it up feels like it should work but it doesn't. Any suggestions?
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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby TurnNburn » March 19th 2019, 10:27pm

My new stereo came with the factory stereo release tools. Yours didn't?
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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby AstroWill » March 19th 2019, 10:40pm

Should be able to just squeeze those clips together and it will pull right out.

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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby AngryPunk [OP] » March 19th 2019, 10:53pm

I don't have a factory release tool. The "new" stereo actually came from my last car and I didn't install it so I didn't get any box or accessories - just what I could salvage from the old car.

When you say "Squeeze"together, which direction would that be? So on the right, I'm pushing the tab thing down and it releases. on the left up seems right (but doesn't do anything). Squeeze would mean push in towards the centre of the stereo? i.e. the left one gets pushed to the right?

I've been searching youtube but had no luck finding a video showing the removal of this particular stereo model.
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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby AstroWill » March 19th 2019, 11:04pm

Press might be a better word, yes press both of those clips, left and right, downward together at the same time and it should pull out.

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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby AngryPunk [OP] » March 20th 2019, 4:43am

The saga continues....

The Haynes manual says the two tabs are to be depressed and the radio will slide out.
I pressed and I pressed. No joy. So I pressed with a screwdriver. Didn't work. So I pressed harder and broke the clip. So now it was me who was depressed.

So I went to the stereo place and the guy lent on it ten times harder than expected. It worked bit in the process he broke the face off and the side clip off. I didn't care as I had no plans for the old radio.

Then I tried to fit the new one and found that this other store sold me the wrong frame. So now I've returned it and ordered the right one online. Arrives by Friday.
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Re: New stereo - do I have everything I need?

Postby AstroWill » March 21st 2019, 3:45pm

Damn, that looks like it took way too much effort. Someone glue it in place or what?

Glad you got it removed though, hopefully the new install goes smoothly. :thumbup:

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