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How to: Wire in Factory Sub to Aftermarket Stereo

Discussion in 'Explorer Audio & Navigation' started by stackz, March 4, 2006.

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    1. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      I already replaced the driver with aftermarket. I am not looking for audiophile quality but I would like the bass to go deeper in octave. In other words, more accuracy is the goal. I don't think the stock sub amp even does anything below 60

      In the past I connected some image dynamics 12dvc to the stock amp and it sounded just like the 8" was still playing. The amp is the weak link here--
       
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      Turdle, if I were you, I’d get a quality line out converter and wire it in to one of the factory speaker channels, and then run that to a cheap aftermarket amp. Some amps have these built in ( sometimes called “high level inputs”) This, and a mid range small volume enclosure sub and you should be in business.
       
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      I got a sony xplod 800w amp and wiring kit from a guy on fb marketplace for 25 bux. It has high level inputs, 4 3 2 capability.

      I was going to get some tweeters for the front speakers and run them off the 2 using the bridged rear for sub.
      From my understanding, the headunit does not output below 125 hz to the front 4 channels. It will not output the 125 hz and below to the sub unless it recognizes it being hooked up and powered on.
      From my reading I need a 5v relay to power the 12v remote turn on ( from switched source) The stock remote on is a 5v signal, and another wire needs to be grounded but this is where I get lost--
       
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      You could grab 5v from a USB charger wired into something that’s powered in key on. I’d assume you just need to turn on the factory amp? Not sure what you’d need to ground. For that kind of trouble I’d just swap in an aftermarket double din and get aux in, bluetooth and sub controls. But, I’ve always had a problem with factory stereo gear
       
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      I don't know the details of how the stock sub wiring works, what you've posted sounds right. I'd do what you are planning, use the stock sub signal to run to the aftermarket amp, and adjust as needed with the line converter device, and/or the amp gain etc.

      The OEM decks(the two Pioneers), can be internally upgraded to output low level signals(5). I have my one good one that way, still wired to the stock system in my Mercury. I love the OEM look and big buttons, I look forward to the better sound using RCA cables though.

      If we could find someone capable of servicing these Mach/Premium decks ... I could have mine duplicated to make me a spare, and share the modification with others. Mine is still untested(the RCA outputs), but I'm sure the Dave Miller who did this succeeded. He's retired I believe.
       
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      I think all this talk really should be in here. My bad.

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