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 Post subject: Radio wiring
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:18 pm 
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Hello all!

My tape player has broken again. I've got an old Kenwood radio (with its own style of attachment to the back) fitted by a big mess of wires to 4 speakers in the car.

My plan is to get something like this, cut all the old wiring out, and fit any modern 8 pin radio with aux cable or bluetooth functionality.

Has anyone done this? Are our alternators capable of running regular radios? Is there a better plan?


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 Post subject: Re: Radio wiring
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:21 pm 
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Unless you're considering a huge amplifier and a boot size subwoofer A modern stereo will draw less power than an older one. I grew up with valve radios, now they WERE power hogs! The only thing you will notice, is that a modern unit of any sort has a lot of functions that need to run continuously, station tuning memory, clock and so forth which will, given enough time, (they only draw milliamps) run your battery down. But yes, when the engine is running, the alternator can handle it!

Plumbing in an iso plug is a great idea as almost any aftermarket stereo becomes plug and play instead of an electricians nightmare!

I've plumbed one in to the modified main loom I built for the Dolomega.

I have a stereo that my son gave me when he changed cars which does radio and all sorts of electronic media, USB memory stick, I-pod, MP3 etc. there is a plug in the back to connect to a CD stacker IF you still use such archaic things! It won't play vinyl or cassette tapes but other than that it can handle just about everything! It fits a standard DIN cage but is a bit shorter in depth than a standard stereo with CD built in and very light. And I think it only cost him about £50!


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 Post subject: Re: Radio wiring
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:27 pm 
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As stevie says, fit one of these and wire in the four speakers, no need for an amp etc or big fat cables.

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