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I have a cheap VRCD400-SDU receiver I bought on ebay. Im trying to install it in an 87 samurai. I have no harness whatsoever. Not a factory one in the dash, nor the 16-pin receiver harness that attaches to the head unit. Am I screwed here, or is there a way? I have solder, I have speaker wire, I have time and patience. I just want to make this thing play tasty jams in my project truck. My mecahnic friend says there is such a thing as a "universal" harness. I'd like to know more about these unicorn-like myths because everything seems to be tailor made. Whats my next move here stereo guru? I'm frustrated, and this is supposed to be what I do for fun... -Denny

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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.

http://www.mouser.com/catalog/catalogUSD/643/1514.pdf

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.

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