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Need Wiring Diagram - 97 Eddie Bauer w/ JBL Trying to bypass amp!

Discussion in 'Explorer Audio & Navigation' started by 97 Eddie Bauer v8, April 3, 2002.

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    1. 97 Eddie Bauer v8

      97 Eddie Bauer v8 Active Member

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      Can anyone give me information as to what wires, coming off/from the factory amp, go to which speaker? Wiring colors would be great. I'm trying to bypass the amp so I can hear sound with my aftermarket head unit (Eclipse 7301) and any info would help. I realize they make harnesses and all for this, but this is just in case the harness isn't what I need since I have a good feeling it might not be (everything for me goes wrong)

      Thanks!
      Chris
       
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    3. Mike 92 XLT

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      Did you talk to Peripheral like I suggested?? You should be able to use the factory JBL amps with you new head unit. Otherwise, check out a Chilton or Haynes manual, If you don't want to buy one, your local library should have the Chilton manual.

      peace

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      With the '97 Ford/JBL system in your Explorer, you need to do more than just "bypass the amp". The tuner and all of the "guts" that would normally be in a head unit are contained in the RCU (Rear Control Unit) located in the rear quarter trim. That's why your antenna lead goes back there. This is NOT a simple amp "bypass" like you could do on a '92-'94 Explorer JBL system.

      You may as well start from scratch, right at your new head unit, and run the wires directly to an aftermarket amp, and then to your speakers.

      Good luck,

      Jeff
       
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      you should be able to buy a 12 dollar harness that allows you to connect aftermarket HU to factory amp. If you dont want to do this, the easiest thing to do is rewire the whole car.
       

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