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Unread 09-17-2010, 12:52 AM   #1
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can the stock radio connect to an amp to power a sub?

hi everyone, i'm thinking about getting a sub and an amp..but i want to keep the stock radio. any time in my life that i've had a good car stereo, it got stolen.

so, does the stock radio even have the ability to connect to a an amp with a sub?

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Unread 09-17-2010, 01:15 AM   #2
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It sure can. With (what we use to call a step down) don't know the technical name for it you can add a sub and amp to pretty much any radio. Just make sure you get a bass control knob for the amp so you can controll the output of the sub.
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Unread 09-17-2010, 01:21 AM   #3
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Asuming you dont have a factory sub, you will need an adaptor. Maybe this would work...

Axxess ALOC608 - Line-Out Converters - Sonic Electronix

Also there are many amps that will accept speaker level connections. Some will even turn on when detecting a signal, then you don't need a turn on wire.
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easy to tap into the front speakers with the line out converter, run he amp power wire though the p/s side of the dashboard (will post pics later), mount the amp under the p/s front seat (pleanty of room)!!!!! lock the box and sub to the car seat securing loops in the back. Makes it easy to remove if needed when not locked!!!!!

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Unread 09-17-2010, 08:18 PM   #5
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Pic of my sub! too dark to take other pics now!

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I am in the process of doing this now. What % did you adjust the line level converter to?
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Unread 09-18-2010, 11:53 AM   #7
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you are probably going to set according to your preference. sure it will be different for each onverter, amps, head units.........

per my pics, see where i ran the power wire through. puts it right by the battery.

plenty of room for amp as shown in my pic, too.

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I set mine up similar to yours, but I was able to hide all of the wiring under the carpet. The side where I made the amp connections is where the center console is, so no wires are visible.
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you are probably going to set according to your preference. sure it will be different for each onverter, amps, head units.........

per my pics, see where i ran the power wire through. puts it right by the battery.

plenty of room for amp as shown in my pic, too.

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What converter did you use?
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What converter did you use?

they were ones i picked up back in 1998 from radio shack for $15.XX i believe. no ides on brand. sorry.

can check later.

i have never been great with wire management........this is actually pretty good. you can't see them unless you bend down and look under the seats!!!!!

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Can anyone tell me the color of the 4 front speaker wires going back to the stereo
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Or a pic would be awesome
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hi everyone, i'm thinking about getting a sub and an amp..but i want to keep the stock radio. any time in my life that i've had a good car stereo, it got stolen.

so, does the stock radio even have the ability to connect to a an amp with a sub?

thanks
Mudman- When amp shopping look for one that have "speaker level inputs".

Going this route, you can locate one of the rear speaker channel wires off your roll bar, splice the speaker level input in, your're good to go. (no need to even pull the head unit.)

Then run your remote power turn on wire to an ACC power supply that comes on with the ignition.

Also, if you already have an amp and it doesnt have the speaker level input, you can purchase something like this
http://www.crutchfield.com/shopsearc...vel_input.html
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I had been told many times by many people that the factory head unit has the sound (base, specifically) frequencies tapered off, and that you can't/won't get a full range of base to amplify from the factory head unit?

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