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How can I install 2 amplifiers to the original radio in a Chevy Silverado 2004? I need to know from which wires I have to take the power and the ground for those amps. I want to make the installation by myself. Thanks for your help.

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Hello alfonso_ordo,

Here's a link to the wiring color code for the 2004 Silverado. It appears that there is not a 12V+ switched lead in the factory wiring.

Anyway, you really should not take the power and ground directly from the OEM wiring. The wiring itself is not big enough to provide the current that will be drawn by an external amp. And the fuse will not support the additional current either. You'll end up with blown fuses and burnt wiring at a minimum, and perhaps other damage to the vehicle electrical system.

It's best to power external amps directly from the battery and ground them as close to the amps as possible. Here's a link to an excellent amp installation video: http://www.crutchfield.com/Learn/learningcenter/car/amplifiers_movie.html

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Hope this helps.

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