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Speaker wiring for a 1993 dodge dakota

How do you know which colored speaker wire to use when installing a new head unit. all i would need is some sort of diagram, or just finding out which colored speaker wire is which.

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    i have the same problem but mine is a 94. would this still work?

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    need to know how to wire a stereo

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Hi,

To my knowledge a 1993 Dodge Dakota would have the below wiring arrangements for its stereo/head unit:
Constant 12V+ Red/Blue
Switched 12V+ Red/White
Ground Chassis
Illumination Black/Yellow
Dimmer Orange
Left Front (+) Dark Green
Left Front (-) Blue/Orange
Right Front (+) Purple/White
Right Front (-) Brown/Blue
Left Rear (+) Brown/Yellow
Left Rear (-) Brown/Red
Right Rear (+) Blue/White
Right Rear (-) Blue/Red

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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Posted on Mar 18, 2008

  • matakibud May 08, 2011

    OK so, all this wiring seems to match up to MY '93 dakota, but instead of a red/blue, I have a pink wire. Would this be the constant?

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Step 2 Know that the core of any car stereo is the head unit, which is the cassette or CD player that goes in the dash. All the other components are connected to the head unit by at least one pair of wires.
Step 3 Know about car speakers. The main speakers are usually 2 in the front and 2 in the back, although with what are known as component speakers, each speaker is broken down into two speakers: one for the highs and one for the bass. Each speaker or speaker set (known as a channel) connects to the head unit via a pair of wires. Generally if you are installing a new head unit you want to install new speakers.
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Step 1 Be properly prepared. This is extremely important since you do not want to realize you're missing something in the middle of the installation.
Step 2 Purchase the following: A car stereo wire harness which connects the existing wiring for your old head unit to your new one (this will be specific to BOTH the model and year of your car AND to the make of your new head unit); an amplifier wiring kit which will contain all the wires to get power and signal to your amplifier; six feet of 14-gauge speaker wire for the subwoofers. Your speakers should have come with their own speaker wires.
Step 3 Obtain a guide to removing the dash, doors panels (or whatever compartment the speakers are in), and floor molding of your car. You may be able to find a guide for this online. If not, you can get a repair manual for your car at most automotive stores and online).
Step 4 Gather the following tools: Screwdrivers to fit the job, pliers, wire cutters, wire strippers, a utility knife, sand paper or a file, electrical tape, a 9-volt battery, and any other tools that the instructions for installing the head unit and your car guides specify.
Installation Process
Step 1 Disconnect the ground (negative) cable from your battery first and foremost. NEVER work on the electrical system of your car with this connected.
Step 2 Install your new speakers. Start by removing the paneling of the speaker enclosure. Unscrew and disconnect the old speaker.

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