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Old 08-24-2008, 07:32 PM
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Help with Stereo Installation

Hi,
I know stereo installation is pretty straight forward and kinda easy, Just wondering if anyone has a guide to do this, it would come in handy.

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Re: Help with Stereo Installation

Dont really know of a guide. There is a few different ways to do so. You can in orporate the factory pocket or replace the deck and pocket with a kit you would purchase from an audio shop. I like the factory poket method but takes more install knowledge. Just make sure that when you wire up the factory harness that you buy from that same shop (dont cut your plug off!!!) make sure you hook up the blue/white wire to make your rear speakers play. If you have specific questions let us know. Many can help.
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Re: Help with Stereo Installation

Please tell us what Gen you have, and what you're planning on doing, We'll be happy to help.
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Its posted under 5th gen
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Re: Help with Stereo Installation

It also depends on if it's an aftermarket stereo - you have to make sure you get or have the correct wiring harness that plugs into the back of your new stereo.

Like neverdun said - there isn't really a "guide" but it's pretty straightforward. Remove the old stereo and then place the new one in haha
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Re: Help with Stereo Installation

Hey I currently am head of sales at Audio FX in Georgetown TX. www.audiofxrules.com I would use metra weve been using it for 7 years no problems at all. The parts you will need are as followed if its a 1997-1998 you will need a 70-1720 wiring harness if its 1999-2001 you will need a 70-1721. Both vehicles share the dash kit 99-7893. With those parts it a no brainer all color matched etc... if you have anymore question send me a PM or keep posting.
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Re: Help with Stereo Installation

I know, it's an old thread, the harness issues are still valid. Got a new HU (Sony) which came with its own harness that fits the unit. Bought it from Crutchfield which also provided (free) their Honda 1998-up harness adapter. Not all colors on both harnesses match. The Crutchfield's harness does NOT provide the connection to the rear speakers due to the presence of AFSB. They advise to run a separate speaker wires from the HU to the rear speakers bypassing the AFSB. So, as you see not all harnesses are made equal.

I have made most of the connection between both harness' wires except for the connections with rear speakers. There is also one white/blue wire of Sony's harness that should be connected to POWERED ANTENA! I don't think the 1999 Prelude has a powered antena. So, if there is no powered antena then what should I do with that white/blue wire? Should I ignore it?

The black ground wire that comes out of Sony's harness has a kind of "U" shaped washer attached to its end. This should be attached to the metal body of the car. Now, the Crutchfield's harness has also black ground wire. What should I do in order to provide proper ground to the HU? Should I attached the Sony's ground wire to the body of the car AND ignore the other Crutchfield's harness' black ground wire, OR should I splice both wires together and then attach both to the body of the car?

I have read numerous post on this subject and most people say "buy the harness for your car, match the colors with the colors of your new radio harness and that's all to it". Well, maybe that's true, but I have not been that lucky. The colors do not match perfectly, and what needs to be taken under consideration is the FUNCTION of each wire. Crutchfield provided basic info and wiring diagram which is helpful, but there are still some areas that need more clarification. Like the existence of two ground wires.

Any idea what should I do with those ground wires? If I have to run separate speaker wires to the rear speakers (in order to bypass AFSB), then what about front speakers? Should I run separate wire to the front speakers as well? Any thoughts? Thanks for your help.
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Re: Help with Stereo Installation

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I know, it's an old thread, the harness issues are still valid. Got a new HU (Sony) which came with its own harness that fits the unit. Bought it from Crutchfield which also provided (free) their Honda 1998-up harness adapter. Not all colors on both harnesses match. The Crutchfield's harness does NOT provide the connection to the rear speakers due to the presence of AFSB. They advise to run a separate speaker wires from the HU to the rear speakers bypassing the AFSB. So, as you see not all harnesses are made equal.

I have made most of the connection between both harness' wires except for the connections with rear speakers. There is also one white/blue wire of Sony's harness that should be connected to POWERED ANTENA! I don't think the 1999 Prelude has a powered antena. So, if there is no powered antena then what should I do with that white/blue wire? Should I ignore it?

The black ground wire that comes out of Sony's harness has a kind of "U" shaped washer attached to its end. This should be attached to the metal body of the car. Now, the Crutchfield's harness has also black ground wire. What should I do in order to provide proper ground to the HU? Should I attached the Sony's ground wire to the body of the car AND ignore the other Crutchfield's harness' black ground wire, OR should I splice both wires together and then attach both to the body of the car?

I have read numerous post on this subject and most people say "buy the harness for your car, match the colors with the colors of your new radio harness and that's all to it". Well, maybe that's true, but I have not been that lucky. The colors do not match perfectly, and what needs to be taken under consideration is the FUNCTION of each wire. Crutchfield provided basic info and wiring diagram which is helpful, but there are still some areas that need more clarification. Like the existence of two ground wires.

Any idea what should I do with those ground wires? If I have to run separate speaker wires to the rear speakers (in order to bypass AFSB), then what about front speakers? Should I run separate wire to the front speakers as well? Any thoughts? Thanks for your help.
Dude you made that sound so complicated.....you can make your own ground with the "u" connector or wire it with the black one from the harness...i didn't run any new wires and was fine...some people take out the amp in the back of the car and rewire the wires together..idk why because i didn't have any problems with mine...match wires and done...btw just because it's Crutchfield doesn't mean it's the greatest thing out there...i used an adapter from wallmart for a bunch of different honda's without problems.
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Re: Help with Stereo Installation

Thanks for your suggestions. I know, Crutchfield might not be the greatest, but that's what I've been dealing with. I almost bought the harness from Amazon, but since I have bought a new HU from Crutchfield they have also included the new harness. But it is kinda weird that their harness doesn't support the connection with rear speakers, even though the wires on Crutchfield's harness are clearly labeled "right rear positive speaker", "right rear negative speaker", etc. Go figure ....
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If there's wires then your fine..otherwise run new ones
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Re: Help with Stereo Installation

I run new wires from the HU to the rear speakers. Upon inspection of the stock speakers (with that weird ASFB attached) I could not figure out where to connect new wires to the rear speakers. So many damn tiny cables and so little space to do anything out there.. Got fed up with it. Will be buying new "normal" passive speakers and get rid of this crap that lived in the back for so long. Thanks for your support though. It's nice to know that someone is wishing well.
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Re: Help with Stereo Installation

Update. I have connected all Crutchfield's harness wires (with the exception of the wires for power antenna and dimmer) with corresponding Sony (HU) harness wires, and everything works like a charm.

So, for those who have got a message from Crutchfield that you need to run directly (bypassing Crutchfield harness' rear speakers wires) new wires from HU to the rear speakers, I have to say, do ignore such statement. You don't need to do that in order to use your new HU with the existing stock rear speakers, even if the AFSB system is in use.

I was not interested in replacing stock rear speakers with aftermarket ones. I wanted to use stock rear speakers and it looks like you can. Heard bunch of different opinions on this compatibility issue subject. The bottom line is that you can use an aftermarket HU with the existing stock speakers, with the AFSB in place. Just make all proper connections between your Honda harness and your new HU harness, and simply forget all stuff and confusion related to the AFSB.

How the AFSB is affected by the new HU? I don't know. What I know is that everything works, and in the future, when I will replace stock speakers with new aftermarket ones, I probably be checking out the posts related to bypassing the AFSB. But until then I don't have to worry about it.

I'd like to post some pictures I have taken from this particular HU swap session, but don't know how to attach them to this post. Can anybody give me a hint how to do that? Thanks much.

Finally, thanks to all of you good people for your support and advices. I do appreciate it.

Gotta go and take a ride with my Lude and her new Sony HU. With its build-in 7 band EQ it sounds like a million bucks!

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Still made that sound complicated....just hook up the harness and your done. haha
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