Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 12:48:01 -0500
From: "dave" <alofusblountmaybenospamel.net>
Subject: Re: '94 9000 CSE radio replacement


"Etaoin Shrdlu" <shrdlunospamlid.net> wrote in message news:2007012212284216807-shrdlunospamlidnet... > Bought a new Clarion head unit for my wife's '94 9000 CSE. No local radio > dealer will touch it. I'm left to fend for myself. > > The car has the separate CD player/equalizer mounted directly underneath. > There was a marked reduction in volume when the CD player ceased to > function. I'm not certain if it was the amp or CD player. > > Questions: > > 1) Should I bypass the amp? If so, is there a simpler way than running new > wires? > > 2) Is there a wiring harness available? Metra et. al have no listings. > > 3) Is there a way to remove the mounting sleeves without taking apart the > dash? > > 4) Am I stupid even to attempt this? > > Thanks. > Greetings! I hope you are rather handy with wiring. The very easiest way out of this is, do a clean install of a new head unit of your choice. Use the wiring harness adapter from Crutchfield. You will need to run speaker wires from the dash or an amplifier to the rear speakers. 1. The Saab amplifier is a 20 watt unit fed from the round din plug with 6 pins on it. The audio diminished greatly when the CD unit died because the audio loops through the CD player/equalizer. Your amplifier is likely ok. Having said that, get a new one and install it in the place of the old one. The cable from the head unit to the Saab amp has 2 shielded cables for the audio and some extra wires for turning on the amp remotely, phone mute ect. If you are adventurous (sp?) you can splice into the cable. I don't know if it's worth the hassle or not. 2. Crutchfield is your friend. 3. The mounting sleeves come out if you squeeze the box in the middle of the long side. There will be some bending. That's my experience anyway. 4. When the wife is not happy, nobody's happy. dave

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