Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 12:43:27 -0700
From: Justin VanAbrahams <jvanabranopsamcom>
Subject: Re: 1986 Saab/Clarion radio wire harness?


Mr. Joe J. Jakubiak wrote: > > I've got a 1986 Saab with the factory installed Clarion radio. I'd > > like to change it, but the radio wiring all comes up to a connector in > > the back of the radio frame. It's a security type that you can pull > > the radio out leaving the mounting frame in place. Does anybody make > a connector that would plug into the existing plug allowing me to > access > each wire ie.. 4 speakers, power, power antenna? Or am i going > to have > to cut the connector and try and trace what each wire is?JJJ > > JJJ Crutchfield (http://www.crutchfield.com) probably makes an adapter, but I have always just cut the wiring off the factory radio and used those harnesses. I can't remember for sure, but here's what I recall: 1. There are two connectors - one is power, the other is speaker out. 2. To figure out what speakers go to what wires, just look at the speakers. Saab uses a single pair of wires from the stereo to the speakers, so what you see at the speakers will help you wire the stereo. 3. There should be four wires (maybe five) in the power connector. Brown, grey, green, black and maybe a second black. Don't quote me on this, but I am 90% sure: The brown wire is power with key on, the grey wire is power all the time, the green wire is remote power (for the power antenna, also for amps), and the black wire(s) is ground. I may have the grey & brown wires reversed, but I am positive about the others. Hope that helps... I've wired up five Saabs so I'm feeling pretty confident about it now... :) -Justin http://www.csrtech.sac.bfp.net/jvanabra/saab.htm

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