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post #1 of 5 Old 06-27-2019, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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1998 Cherokee XJ Aftermarket Stereo Ground

Hello, first post here,

I have a 1998 Jeep Cherokee XJ and just got a new pioneer head unit in the mail from curt field with their “ReadyHarness” service where all the wires are pre connected. But, the ground wire is connected to a small loop and I cannot connect this to the existing stereo ground that connects to the original stock cassette/tuner stereo. Do I have to connect it to the stock wire or can I connect the loop ground to something else? Thank you for any and all help.

Below is a photo of the “loop ground” wire I am referring to

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-28-2019, 12:15 AM
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Find a screw in the firewall or the steel structure of the dash and put it on like a washer. If that loop is too big for the head of the screw use a washer on top of it.

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-28-2019, 06:59 AM
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The chassis is the ground. I think when I did mine, I extended the wire and used one of the screws near the trans tunnel on the driver's foot well side. I also put in an amplifier just above the radio. It was a smaller $100 one. I had planned to put components speakers in the door, so I needed an amp.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-29-2019, 11:23 AM
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Well, that ring terminal is absurdly large. Likely intended it to go under a bolt or nut under the dash. In the end, a ground is a ground. Replace the terminal with a smaller one and use any screw into the metal structure, or splice it into an existing ground wire.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-30-2019, 03:38 PM
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The OEM factory radio had a female spade lug in the black jack. Replace this ring lug with a standard sized male spade lug.
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