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Old     (bthornton)      Join Date: Aug 2006       05-08-2007, 9:30 PM Reply   
I just ordered up some items for my stereo install which I am planning on doing myself. I looked under the dash on my boat which does not currently have a stereo in it and what a mess of wires. Is this something I can do myself or should I hire a professional? It dose not seem to be that hard if I can just find the right wires but with all the wire under their that could be real challenge. Should I be looking for a particular harness to wire into? Any advice?
Old    nwwakerider            05-08-2007, 10:56 PM Reply   
i installed a cd player and four speakers on my boat, i had to cut a hole in my dash for the headunit, i was a little nervous. but i took my time and it turned out great.
Old     (bthornton)      Join Date: Aug 2006       05-09-2007, 7:02 AM Reply   
Did you have any trouble locating the proper wires for all the connections?
Old     (awalker)      Join Date: Jun 2006       05-09-2007, 7:45 AM Reply   
There really aren't many wires you have to worry about. You just need to know how to work a DC current tester to find a constant source of power and a switched source of power. You'll tie the yellow wire to the constant source and the red wire to the switched source, which will most likely come from the ignition. Then you'll tie the black wire to a ground wire, which is usually a yellow wire. I did my first one ever just a few weeks ago and I learned A LOT. Give it a shot anyway, you'll never learn unless you try. I'm sure there are a lot of good sources on this board to help you figure it all out and I'll help when I come on.
Old     (bthornton)      Join Date: Aug 2006       05-09-2007, 7:50 AM Reply   
Thanks Adam. It can't be that hard. I just am a little intimidated after seeing all the wires behind that dash. Did the DC current tester help alot or do you think it can be done without? Where do you get one and how much do they cost?


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