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May 11, 2011

Stickin’ It To Da Man: Jeep Stereo Harness

Well my Jeep rarely has the doors on, no matter what the weather is like. So my stock stereo finally took a dump.

I went to BestBuy to get a new one. I asked how much install was, the guy said $50. I came back a few hours latter to get it put in. He rang up the install fee, and said it would be $104. WTF!! Apparently they charge for the install, the dash kit, and the wire harness. The dash kit and wire harness were over $20ea. So I promptly said, “no thanks” and walked out.

The wire harness would make the install a breeze. It adapts the harness from the new stereo to the stock plugs in the Jeep. But I didn’t want to pay $20 for it. Unfortunately, the dash install kit is a must, so i had to buy it. šŸ™

I got back to my shop, and begun my own install. I ripped out the stereo form the Jeep, and tossed it on my desk. Looked at it for a minute. Then thought, why not take the OEM plugs out of the stock stereo, and solder the new harness that came with the new stereo. BINGO!

I ripped out the 2 plugs from the OEM stereo, which had some nice length wires on it,Ā and soldered it directly to the new harnessĀ pigtails.Ā Worked out like a champ! Lucky for me, the pinout for the OEM harness was printed on top of the OEM stereo.

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