Install A Radio In Your Pickup

car radioWhen you’re looking to add a new radio in your pickup truck, you need to get both an amplifier and a subwoofer. Be sure that you have an amplifier wiring kit to ensure you are able to make all of the connections.

You need to run the power wire from the battery to the amp. In many instances, you have to go through the firewall to do this. Don’t make the connection, simply run the wire to where it needs to be.

Get the best ground connection by staying within two to three feet of the amplifier. The bolts from the suspension are above the rear wheel in your pick up – and this is the perfect grounding point.

Next, pull the current CD player/radio out from the dash. You will see a blue wire hanging in the back of the current deck – this is the remote wire. Take the remote wire in your new amp kit and splice it with the one in the dash. Now plug the red and white plugs into the deck that reads “Subwoofer output”. If you don’t have this, you will also need an inline converter.

Run all the wires to the amplifier. This includes the power wire as well as the remote wire. Run them down the center of the truck.

Take speaker wire and connect the subwoofers to the amplifier. Ensure the wire is copper and don’t worry about the gauge. Use a subwoofer box to enclose it. Match the impedance of your subwoofer with that of your amplifier.

Place a fuse into the 12v wire in your engine bay no more than half an inch from the battery. Once you secure it, cut power wire to reach the fuse. Strip the other side and connect it on the fuse holder’s other side. Now you can connect the power wire to the battery. Finally connect the battery’s cable to the amplifier.

You should have the sound you’re looking for now. Take the time to be sure you have all the components before you get started so you don’t have to stop and start a few times. Your best bet is to get a wiring kit that has everything you need – though you may have everything inside of the amplifier and subwoofer kit. Review the instructions and even view a video online before you get started to make sure you don’t miss a step.

Within a few minutes, you can play all the music you want.

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