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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: I have a 2000 VW
First of all I would highly reccommend you use a wiring harness such as the Metra 70-1784 or the Scosche VW01B for two reasons; 1) it will make things 10 times easier for you and 2) it will keep all your factory wiring intact.
If you want to tackle this without using a wire harness do not just go and cut off your factory plugs, leave them on in case you ever need to change out the radio to a different model/brand of if you ever decide to sell the car or trade it in you can put your factory radio back in and keep your nice new radio for the new car. Just tap into the wires behind the plugs and make sure to insulate your connections really well so you don't pop fuses or worse.
Here's the wire colors and what they do:
12 volt constant wire - Red/blue
Ground wire - Brown
Radio ignition wire - Red (thicker red wire)
Radio illumination wire - Gray/blue
Front left speaker - Red/green (+) and Brown/green (-)
Front right speaker - Red (+) and Brown/red (-)
Rear left speaker - Blue/white (+) and Brown/white (-)
Rear right speaker - Blue (+) and Brown/blue (-)
If you're using a amplified antenna adapter that has a blue wire attached to it, connect that blue wire to the thicker red radio ignition wire.
Hope that helps.
Posted on Apr 02, 2011
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