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post #1 of 4 Old 02-25-2008, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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New speaker wiring

I noticed when replacing the head unit and speakers in my wife's XJ that the wiring is pretty...well, sad. The jeep was clean when I bought it, but the wiring seems to be old and pretty brittle (not surprising, was a daily driver in cold ND winters). Sound cuts in and out on some speakers, so I'm wanting to run new stuff.

Question is, I was going to simply tie new, heavier wiring to the ends of the old stuff in the doors, then go behind the head unit and HOPEFULLY just pull the old stuff out, fishing the new stuff through along with it. Anybody see any potential problems with this? Should I expect any tie or pinch points? Should this work, or will I need to tear the dash apart? I wouldn't mind if I have to, I figure while I'm at it I'll run new wires to the back plus sub sends and remote, so I'm expecting to have to pull some panels anyway to run things under the carpet.

I'd just like to same myself the effort; if there's something I don't have to tear apart I won't.

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post #2 of 4 Old 02-25-2008, 03:22 PM
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parts of the harness behind the dash may be difficult to get to, but otherwise shouldnt be to difficult a task

i have actually thought about replacing all my wire with larger gauge, so i would love to hear the results...
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Wife needs the jeep as her daily drive, but on Saturday she can take my work car and I'll tear into it. I'll update here once I find out. Will try to remember to snap some pics as well if anyone is interested.
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-02-2008, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Just wanted to follow up with what I found. Behind the head unit my wiring was spiral wrapped in old electrical tape all the way back behind the dash to where I couldn't get to it anymore. So fishing the wire was out of the question. I found out that the speaker cutting in and out was simply due to a bad connection between the harness and my head unit. Once that was fixed everything sounded fine so I said to heck with it and put it all back together. Maybe once it warms up a little more I'll have the patience to just run new heavier wire back up in there, but for now it's "good enough" and my fingers were frozen. Come on spring.
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