Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 23:19:47 -0400
From: Etaoin Shrdlu <>
Subject: Re: '94 9000 CSE radio replacement

On 2007-01-22 13:48:01 -0400, "dave" <> said: > > "Etaoin Shrdlu" <> 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 Thanks so much, Dave. Problem is Crutchfield does not deliver to the ever-less-frozen tundra of Canada. They are expanding here, but mostly in home theater. I have to hardwire. As from what I can ascertain, this is the schematic would read: White/Blue: MEM Yel/Red: Power Black: Ground Brown/White: Illumination Green: Antenna Red/Green: RF Brown/Black: RF- Blue/Green: LF+ Gray/Black: LF- Red/Yellow: RR+ Brown/White: RR- Blue/Yellow: LR+ Gray/White: LR- Any idea is this is correct for a '94 9000 CSE? Furthermore, is there a point in buying an amp if I'm not changing the factory speakers at this point? I think 40 watts per channel is probably overkill already. Wouldn't it make more sense just to bypass the amp? Remember, I'm no engineer or audiophile. I'm just a lowly graphic cum product designer. Okay, here comes the stupid question: which side of the mounting sleeve is the long one? If the front of the opening is an x-y axis, am I applying pressure to x or y? Wife is happy as long as I supply her with a couple of martinis at days end and do the dishes. Seems fair to me, but I've got to get that Clarion out of the front hall and into that Saab. The Sirius unit is on it's way. Cheers, Shrdlu

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