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Old 06-20-2010, 06:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How do I connect new head unit? Which wires?

Bought a new head unit for my honda prelude 1998 Vtir. The car currently has the normal stock radio/cd changer. I took out it out and realised I'd have to cut the wires behind it and join it individually with my new deck.

The problem is, I dont know which wire correspond to what function. So I cant match it with my new decks wires. Does anyone have a diagram or something for the stock deck ? So i know which wire goes where?
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Go to wal-mart, autozone, or kragen or anyplace that sells car audio stuff and buy a Wire Harness Kit for your car. It is no more than $10-25. You connect the wire harness to the STOCK wires in the car and the other end of the wire harness should be some wires. Just match color with your stock deck and you are done.

It should look something like this


BTW, never cut stock wireless on the car.
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thanks for the reply aznmienxsir.

But isn't there a honda prelude stock radio diagram? showing which stock colour wires are for what purpose? I mean "matching the stock colour wires with the new wires" sounds risky. I just dont want anything to blow up. lol. Having some sort of diagram would be handy for double checking.

As you can probably tell, this is my first time putting in a deck. I'd rather learn than to have someone else do it.
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Buy the harness. Match the colors. Don't worry about what wires goes where. Don't hack up the factory wiring.
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thanks for the reply aznmienxsir.

But isn't there a honda prelude stock radio diagram? showing which stock colour wires are for what purpose? I mean "matching the stock colour wires with the new wires" sounds risky. I just dont want anything to blow up. lol. Having some sort of diagram would be handy for double checking.

As you can probably tell, this is my first time putting in a deck. I'd rather learn than to have someone else do it.
He means matching the colored wires on the plug-n-play harness to the colored wires on the headunit. Then, simply plug it into the car's factory harness.

Sure there are wiring diagrams, and I'm purposely not going to tell you where you can find them so you can save yourself a lot of trouble. Stock wires are either 22 gauge or smaller. This will make you regret your choice when you go trying to splice a dozen, thread-thin wires. Wires on these PNP harnesses are 18 or 20 gauge, and so are the wires on aftermarket headunits. Making them much more convenient to splice.
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Your stock stereo should have a diagram of what wiring does what e.g blue wire = left speaker it should have it mine did and matching it with the pioneer head deck was easy as the pioneer stereo wires where already labelled too. I just used initiative and brains and soldered the wires together then heat wrapped them. Make sure you test it too and possibly take some fuses if you screw it up. I forgot what the fuse rating was too :S . Good luck! I would buy the adapter by the way it makes life easier!
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Ok i have the problem where someone already did that in the car i got cause it was a dumb ass that didn't know what he was doing. I really need a wiring diagram if possible.
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actually if the connectors are the same i'll just go to a junk yard and pull one off a gen 4 honda does anyone know if the connectors are the same for a gen 4 and gen 5 prelude for the car stereo?
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Honda changed the wiring connector in 1999. I was hoping to just plug and play my head unit from my 98 Civic into my 99 Prelude and found out they changed em that year.
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yes thank you it did show me what i needed to know i need to find another 99 prelude and get the stuff out of it. God i need to kill me the guy that i bought this car from. It was cheap but damn how cheap do you have to be. Is that the same for any honda for those years or specific for preludes?
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