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By: b.traweek
Outlaws Car Stereo
MR2 success story initially in '97... Small businesses rule! Pep Boys asked for over $100 for an install. Today I was pleasantly surprised to have wiring issues cleared up on a newly purchased and misused Dodge diesel 2500 pickup...The $40 installation fee circumvented the dreaded trip to have the vehicle's wiring looked at. The truck's radio ultimately quit after it tried to knock out the truck's temperature gauge and balked at working unless the lights were on. Also fixed was the dome lighting, which had only come on when the lights were on, and the mirror motors, again, which only worked when the lights were on... I opted for the 21st century Clarion VZ401 for the old '97 truck. Retractable touch screen interface for the iPod, DVD, CD, Sirius, backup cam, bluetooth...it's NICE. Additionally I got money off and Johnny also yanked out the shoddy aluminum pigtail hack and fixed the "goofy" electrics- as he called it. I had a good feeling about them when I went in and I was right. Take that Pep Boys!
Tips & Advices
A capacitor is a two-terminal electrical component that is able to store energy, thus they are often found in power supplies. They can be especially important in a stereo system because they can exhibit frequency dependent behavior. What this means is they can be tailored to be used as noise filters to reduce the appearance of a frequency, or they can be used to enhance it. This is particularly effective in differentiating and isolating the ranges in a subwoofer and a tweeter, and in filtering out the potential noise or feedback from the power source.
Most aftermarket speakers are compatible with your factory stereo system. There can be exceptions, for instance, if you have speakers that need extra amplification to drive them to maximum performance, such as large subwoofers, your factory deck may not have the power to drive them adequately. They will play, but not to their potential. Basic speakers should be able to plug right into most standard decks. Factory stereo systems have evolved dramatically over the years and can even meet or exceed aftermarket products.
To install a basic car stereo you will need a minimum of tools. First you may need a puller to remove the existing deck (if there is one). Usually it’s just a thin bar that hooks onto the unit to pull it out. Once the unit space is established, you will need crimpers and wire cutters to strip, connect, and crimp the wiring units (to the speakers and to your power source). It’s a good idea to use connectors for the wiring contacts. It is a simple and basic process. In some cases, you might need some additional basic tools like screwdrivers if you are mounting anything or customizing the dash.
With a basic knowledge and minimum of tools, it is not theoretically difficult to install a car stereo. It is even easier is you are replacing the old deck because the wiring for the speakers and the power source are already in place. Most existing units can be pulled easily from the dash and replaced quickly. This of course depends on the sophistication of the system and the skill of the installer. If no modifications are necessary, it is not an overly difficult or complicated process. There are many sources of information and instructional videos available on the internet to guide you.
A subwoofer is a speaker that is designed to produce sounds on the low end of the audio scale. Subwoofers are usually paired with tweeters, speakers that produce sounds on the higher end of the audio scale, to create a balanced sound.

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