Replacing factory speakers in a 2-door 97 Cavalier
I recently bought a new stereo head unit, that was fun to install but I saved myself a lot of money not letting Best Buy install it.
ANYWAY, my problem is I'm in need of replacing the factory speakers, I'm definitely going to go aftermarket, whatever I get at Wal-Mart cheapest, but a known brand to me, ie sony or pioneer, something along those lines.
So do I have to buy any kind of speaker mounting kits or rewire anything, anything crazy like that? Front and rear speakers. Somebody told me something about maybe needing speaker mounting kits, it sounds very complicated and I'm extremely illiterate when it comes to car audio and things of that nature. I'm not trying to rig anything, unless it's a sure-fire just as good as a paid installation job kind of deal. I'd prefer everything to set right and just a clean sound. One, maybe two of the current speakers are blown, just doesn't sound good when playing metal ya know?
Re: Replacing factory speakers in a 2-door 97 Cavalier
Just make sure they are the same size as your stock speakers and they should just fit right in no customizing needed. For a 1997 Cavalier it's 4X6 in the front and 6X9 in the rear. Shouldn't be too hard just a couple screws and hooking up the existing wire to your new speakers.
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I had a 97 explorer came factory with a JBL system, and had a factory amplifier, I had to get rid of the factory amplifier and by pass it to get my new radio to work... my factory amp was in the very rear passenger under the plastic...... mine worked fine until I installed a new stereo (replaced stock one) and because my stereo didnt contain whatever it was to make the amplifier turn on, had to go bypass the amplifier and I unplugged everything I could find on it. Hope this may provide some clues if any
You are correct that finding a universal harness is much like a unicorn hunt. I have been there before.
Your best bet is to bypass the harness, but use the same style female wire terminals that the wire harness holds together. I have included a link to www.mouser.com of the specific page of their catalog of these style connectors. You are looking at figure G.
What you will need to do, is use 18-20ga wire, solder the wire to these terminals & heat shrink them. You will then be able to individually connect each wire terminal & wire to each male pin on the headunit. It will be important to strain relief so they stay connected. Make sure you are not shorting any pins together, as this can cause damage.
In all honesty, i would look for a new headunit if this is a cheapo. The time & money spent for this solution can easily go awry when installed in a car. Installing the headunit back into the dash could knock them out, a bumpy road, etc.... Your headache may be much smaller with a different unit. But then again, like yourself, its what you do for fun.
1995-97 Nissan Maxima Stereo Wiring
6 1/2" Doors
Left Front (+)
Left Front (-)
Right Front (+)
Right Front (-)
6 1/2" Rear Deck
Left Rear (+)
Left Rear (-)
Right Rear (+)
Right Rear (-)
Diagram for any aftermarket head unit
Red: switched 12volt (accessory)
Yellow: 12v Constant
Orange: Illumination (Dimmer)
White & White/Black: +/- Front Left
Gray & Gray/Black: +/- Front Right
Green & Green/Black: +/- Rear Left
Purple & Purple/Black: +/- Rear Right
you should check the connections for loose fitting and proper sizing. as well check to see the eq settings on the head unit as improper settings will cause distortion. also the head unit power rating should match that of the speaker, too much power to the speakers can cause damage. hope this will help. good luck
Im sorry to tell you, but they are telling you the true. Unless you have the factory Radio that comes with those speaker they are useless to you unless your car is the same make as the one that those speaker came out of. Each speaker have four wires coming form them? If they have only two wires on them you can use them in series with other in your home theather system.
what you are going to need is the wiring diagram... either car manual might have it or a local car audio place might have it... obviously the charge you for it... usualy for newr cars you can find it for free just by researching it on google... i found this for you duno if it helps... just code the wires and cut them to make your new bridge to the unit without a harnest Have fun goodluck
1991 Chevrolet Caprice Car Radio Wiring Diagram
Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Orange
Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: Yellow
Car Radio Ground Wire: Black
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Gray
Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: Brown
Car Stereo Antenna Trigger Wire: Pink
Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: Pink
Car Stereo Amplifier Location: N/A
Car Audio Front Speakers Size: 4′ x 6′
Car Audio Front Speakers Location: Doors
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Tan
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Gray
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Light Green
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Green
Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: 6′ x 9′
Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: Rear Deck
Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Brown
Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Yellow
Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Dark Blue
Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Blue
If the unit was installed professionally no wire's will have been cut from factory harness. Yes you would need an aftermarket adapting harness so your speakers will work . Vehicle may also be equipped with a stock amp. be sure to hook remote wire on harness to head unit.
i think you might have to go right to a gm dealer to have this one fixed, i wish i could help more but my cav already had the factory stereo removed by the time i got it, try checking all over the stereo for a reset button, you never know
Regardless of whether this is an amp or a head unit, an install kit is either very helpful or necessary. If it's an amp, you'll need it for sure - you can't power an amp with 18 gauge factory power wiring like a head unit can use. You need to get at least 10 gauge power and ground wire, 18 gauge remote turn-on wire, and RCA patch cables to conduct the sound. If you have a factory head unit, you'll also need a line-level adapter to give you a source for the RCA patch cables.
If this is a head unit, you'll need the adapter harness to plug your existing stereo harnesses into the new head unit. It makes it simple - the wires on the new head unit are color-coded for what they do, and the adapter harness is identically coded. Match the colors, then plug it in. You may also need an antenna wire adapter (some cars require this).