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    Default Help! Wiring confusion....

    So I am trying to install an aftermarket radio. I have the correct wiring kit to bypass the amplifier. The power plug is confusing to me. The car power plug has different colored wires and I have no clue what goes where.
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    And this is the wiring harness
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    Question is, which color goes to where?
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    The pinout that came with the adapter harness will tell you. It may not use all of the wires and that's fine. Connect the adapter harness and use those wire colors to match up to the radio. Looks like you have the grounds populated on that factory harness so you won't have to worry about grounding the case to the metal of the dash. No worries there.

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    But the colors on the plug don't match the harness at all. That's why I'm asking. Not even one color. If I would know what does what on the car plug, I could match it to the harness. I know what each color does on the harness.

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    colors on the harness usually will match the radio, not the factory harness. I don't happen to have an evtm in front of me to tell you whats what though.

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    Yes they do match the radio. I basically need to know which color from the factory harness matches the aftermarket harness...

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    1997 Crown Victoria: "Victoria, the Armadillo" R.I.P.
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    don't worry about the wires in the car. You only need to worry about the pin position on the plug. If the car side doesn't have a wire in that position, no worries about connecting the radio side. Use the adapter harness and match those up to the radio harness and you should be fine. Car side colors will never match. Every car maker uses different colors. That doesn't matter. The wire positions are what matters. Don't fixate on the colors.

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    Thank you very much. I guess it's my OCD flipping out over this I am almost there with the installation but I can't open the screw for the backseat (top) This needs some man-muscle that means I will have to cook a German meal for my roommate

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    1997 Crown Victoria: "Victoria, the Armadillo" R.I.P.
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    I had to use a breaker bar with a cheater stick the first time I removed the back seat from my 93. Those bolts were IN TIGHT. Impact wrench wouldn't budge it. After the breaker bar moved it... the impact managed to power it out.

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    honestly you might want to skip trying to pull that. I've broken several torx sockets trying. The bolt goes through the floor and pokes out the back side so its often pretty corroded. At a minimum I'd suggest going underneath to wire brush off the rust and give it a soak with oil for a few days before trying. When they haven't been out in 25+ years in a part of the world that deals with salt and snow it makes for not a fun time.


    you can usually fish wiring underneath of the insulation to get from the trunk to under the rear seat if you unfold a coat hanger and poke it through as a fish tape. Takes less time than trying to get the rear seat back out.

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    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    honestly you might want to skip trying to pull that. I've broken several torx sockets trying. The bolt goes through the floor and pokes out the back side so its often pretty corroded. At a minimum I'd suggest going underneath to wire brush off the rust and give it a soak with oil for a few days before trying. When they haven't been out in 25+ years in a part of the world that deals with salt and snow it makes for not a fun time.


    you can usually fish wiring underneath of the insulation to get from the trunk to under the rear seat if you unfold a coat hanger and poke it through as a fish tape. Takes less time than trying to get the rear seat back out.
    Being in the south... I always forget about this angle. We usually just have some dirt on it and that's about it.

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73
    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by dmccaig
    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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