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Stereo questions... #266464 Sep 4, 6:36pm Sep 4, 6:36pm
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Stereo questions...
Someone told me that in order to install a after market stereo I'd have to re-wire a ton of stuff... if so, what would I have to re-wire? He also told me that I can only get a certain type of stereo so that it is compatible with my stock stuff.. true?

What system would you reccommend (inexpensive)?


What speakers/subs would you reccommend?


How much work would it involve doing this myself/with a friend?

Re: Stereo questions... [Re: psychomunkie] #266465 Sep 4, 6:58pm Sep 4, 6:58pm
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took me a full day. I had the premium audio and tha crappy Toyota amp. had to rewire back to where the amp was and make 2 custom wiring harnesses... not sure if anything new has come out since then to make it wasyer

Re: Stereo questions... [Re: falkkor] #266466 Sep 4, 7:19pm Sep 4, 7:19pm
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If you have a GTS or the premium stereo it might be a bit harder to wire up because you need to bypass the factory amp. If you have a GT there is nothing to it just buy a wiring harness. You plug one end to the wiring harness in your car and the other end you crimp all the wires to the corresponding colored wires on the CD players wiring harness. Really nothing to it, takes about 5 minutes to wire up. I suggest you keep your factory speakers for now because you will notice an improvement with the aftermarket stereo installed. THen you can by and amp and sub.
You can see some of my stereo pics in my sig.

Re: Stereo questions... [Re: vaio23] #266467 Sep 4, 7:33pm Sep 4, 7:33pm
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try to get JL Audio speakers/subs... slightly more expensive but well worth it...

Re: Stereo questions... [Re: Sultan] #266468 Sep 4, 8:36pm Sep 4, 8:36pm
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Thanks guys... I think once i get a stereo I will talk to the SD people and meet up with one of them to help me do it. Any suggestions on stereos? and what is the fitment like in the dash?

Re: Stereo questions... [Re: psychomunkie] #266469 Sep 4, 8:47pm Sep 4, 8:47pm
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How much do you want to spend on it??? spineyes
I installed headunit & cd/mp3 changer. unplugging the fac.radio, got harness ($10) and mountain kit ($20). Sound is better than stock... wave
Then I added amp. for a 600w subwoofer. It sounds much better now. cool
But I guess eventually I'll get new speakers... rolleyes You know, one thing at the time... happywink

Re: Stereo questions... [Re: morris] #266470 Sep 4, 8:56pm Sep 4, 8:56pm
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^^^yah... well Im a broke college student.. so I dont want to spend much.. my bf has some hookups as far as getting speakers/subs... not sure about the stereo part.. I just want to start looking into things.. and save up for something I find.. but still not too pricy.

Re: Stereo questions... [Re: psychomunkie] #266471 Sep 4, 8:59pm Sep 4, 8:59pm
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Alpine & Kenwood are really good imo. I also suggest getting a wma/mp3 cd player.


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Re: Stereo questions... [Re: psychomunkie] #266472 Sep 4, 9:10pm Sep 4, 9:10pm
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Double din single din stereos? If you get a basic single din stereo you'll need a new din mounting kit to hold your head unit in place. I use a single din mount kit. I prefer just enough bump in my trunk that won't piss of my neighbors. EC.com Link to din mounting kit. [url=https://www.celicahobby.com/ubbthreads/thread.f_57396_0_collapsed_2__1.html]https://www.celicahobby.com/ubbthreads/thread.f_57396_0_collapsed_2__1.html[/url] You can also check out these: JL, Alpine, Pioneer, Ma Audio, Audiobahn, Kenwood, Kicker, Infiniti, Eclipse, Cerwinvega. Their's a wide variety to list it will mostly depend on your preference. [url=http://www.crutchfield.com]http://www.crutchfield.com[/url] Crutchfield Website You can go here and research some name brands that fit your preference and price so you can compare around. It's also a good site if you want to know some basics about stereo systems. Here's my setup, Ma Audio- Head Unit - MA700 7''Monitor/Dvd Ma Audio- 2000W Class D Mono Amp (1 Channel) for subs Ma Audio- 800W Stereo Amp (4 Channel) for interior speakers Ma Audio- 6.5 Front Component Speakers - (Silk Tweets, Crossover) Ma Audio- 6.5 Rear 3Way Speaker Ma Audio- (2) 12'' Subs Ma Audio- (2) Bass Drivers Ma Audio- 1 Farad Synergy Cap Ma Audio- Cables, Terminals, Fuseholder, Wires, AV Cables Bunch of enclosed Fiberglass stuff

Re: Stereo questions... [Re: GOLDCELICA] #266473 Sep 4, 9:18pm Sep 4, 9:18pm
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get kenwood excelon headunit. speakers do infinity kappa front and back, go for reference if you're low on budget. subs, try rockford or polk as they're cheaper...

Re: Stereo questions... [Re: ragingpaseo] #266474 Sep 5, 5:08pm Sep 5, 5:08pm
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^^Im not too worried about speakers/subs.. as I said earlier my bf has a lot of hookups in that dept.


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Re: Stereo questions... [Re: psychomunkie] #266475 Sep 5, 5:45pm Sep 5, 5:45pm
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I never been a fan of MA audio. I worked with a couple guys that were sponsored by them so they had all the top stuff. It just doesnt have a clean sound. If you db drag they do very well though. thumbsup

If you need help installin it let me know. I could help ya out. thumbsup


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Re: Stereo questions... [Re: Lucky_317] #266476 Sep 5, 5:53pm Sep 5, 5:53pm
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i used the stock brackets to hang my after market stero, i couldnt find any single din stero kits that looked "good" so i fabbed out an "enclosure" from plexi glass and it looks good. the stero is a sony xplode headunit, linked up to a 10 changer in the trunk, the install was dumb, cause i didnt figure out how to take the front piece of the dash off till like an hour into trying to go from the side footwell by taking off the glove box, and a whole bunch of crap.

The harness was the easiest part, got mine for 13 bucks, and the color codes were listed right on the packaging... spliced the wires together, and soddered them for less radio fuzz, shrink wrapped each wire with electricle tape. and put it all in, the stero is great!! just wish it had an mini disc slot instead of a cassett deck (worthless!!!)

Re: Stereo questions... [Re: CelicaRacer05] #266477 Sep 5, 6:11pm Sep 5, 6:11pm
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josie dont you have the 6spd gts though? Didnt all of them come with a factory amp? cause the ones with the amp dont have a harness available. at least I couldnt find one when I looked (not very hard) lol I just rewired it the long way lol


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Re: Stereo questions... [Re: Lucky_317] #266478 Sep 5, 11:00pm Sep 5, 11:00pm
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use a rodeo/passport harness at the factory amp, One it will save time and two, if you reinstall your factory it will be easier. The colors do not match up just use a meter to test the wires and connect them seperatly. Just run the front mids and tweets in series so the current wont overload your deck.


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Re: Stereo questions... [Re: silverOOgts] #266479 Sep 6, 12:06am Sep 6, 12:06am
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Not much got a steal at Sema during a Vegas show through some contacts. I can not disclose a specific amount right now since I am still under a contract but I wouldn't spend more then $500.00 for speakers/subs. If you just want a complete basic setup in the celi and you love your tunes then consider spending more $$$. Competition is rough nowandays unless you got a good contact that backs you up and you offer them 100% of your marketing to pay off for your sponsor. Anyway I love my setup makes me happy. I've competed at many Tweeter Slapshows in the Southern Cali area over the last years where you win cash prizes so pays off in the end. Good way to start building your portfolio/proposals if you decide on making it a serious hobby. thumbsup


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Re: Stereo questions... [Re: Lucky_317] #266480 Sep 6, 4:44pm Sep 6, 4:44pm
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Originally Posted by Lucky_317
josie dont you have the 6spd gts though? Didnt all of them come with a factory amp? cause the ones with the amp dont have a harness available. at least I couldnt find one when I looked (not very hard) lol I just rewired it the long way lol


we can pretend i have a 6sp gts.. haha.. no.. im an Auto GT..

Re: Stereo questions... [Re: psychomunkie] #266481 Sep 6, 5:05pm Sep 6, 5:05pm
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hmmm my bad lol


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Re: Stereo questions... [Re: Lucky_317] #266482 Sep 6, 10:05pm Sep 6, 10:05pm
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JVC KD-LH300. I still rave about this thing!

13 W RMS (50 Max) x 4 channels
4 v line output
motorized fold down face (sic! thumbsup)
3-D graphics
dedicated subwoofer outputs with line level
PICT picture uploading software
Sirius Satellite ready puke
CD/CD-R/RW and MP3/WMA compatibilty
(other really cool stuff I can't remember thats not really important)

Best Buy for $249.99, but you can get them cheaper off eBay. rofl

BTW, sucks you missed the San Diego meet Josie. Who works on Sundays? confused


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Re: Stereo questions... [Re: Sancho] #266483 Sep 7, 1:07pm Sep 7, 1:07pm
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Did you guys change to stock wires for the speakers?
Im planning to put 0 gauge to trunk.
I think its better the replace all the wires.
Can you guys help me out how to do the wiring I dont want to pay to cartoys 300 bucks lol


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Re: Stereo questions... [Re: johnsm] #266484 Sep 7, 2:03pm Sep 7, 2:03pm
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I found a kenwood player.. I think it was $241 at best buy.. forgot the model # though.. and I can get a discount on it cause my friend works there.. hehe.. but it was really nice so I may save up for that. My bf has a bunch of speakers and subs already.. and I think a spare amp.. we'll see if it all works together...

Re: Stereo questions... [Re: psychomunkie] #266485 Sep 7, 4:17pm Sep 7, 4:17pm
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josie... i'll install it for you if you buy me beer. grin

Re: Stereo questions... [Re: spaztikid] #266486 Sep 7, 4:43pm Sep 7, 4:43pm
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ha.. we'll see.. I gotta get me some $ tho.. to be able to get it 1st.. grin

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