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Old June 10th, 2008, 04:43 PM   #1
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Those of you running aftermarket sub/amps with the stock headunit


How did you wire the amp to the HU? I want to put a sub and amp in my Expedition which has the same headunit. Did you have to buy an adapter, or did you use the stock signal wires?

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this is what you do...
you are gna need a switch to turn your amp off so get a piece of speaker wire and run it back to your amp it serves as the remote wire. run everything the same but nothing runs offf your head unit, go to your local audio shop and ask if they carry an adapter fo a stock head unit to run an amp and subs. its a little, black box has a positive and negative wire and you connect the wires to your back speakers, it also has RCA jacks so you plug that into the RCAs in the amp. not hard, my mustang has it, but i suggest getting a after market deck, my adapter fried last week. good luck. o and be sure after the install to turn that switch off after you get out of your car, killed my battery a time or six. good luck
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Originally Posted by moosenuk17 View Post
this is what you do...
you are gna need a switch to turn your amp off so get a piece of speaker wire and run it back to your amp it serves as the remote wire. run everything the same but nothing runs offf your head unit, go to your local audio shop and ask if they carry an adapter fo a stock head unit to run an amp and subs. its a little, black box has a positive and negative wire and you connect the wires to your back speakers, it also has RCA jacks so you plug that into the RCAs in the amp. not hard, my mustang has it, but i suggest getting a after market deck, my adapter fried last week. good luck. o and be sure after the install to turn that switch off after you get out of your car, killed my battery a time or six. good luck
So with the box thing there is a possibility of running the battery down? Fuck that.
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everything he said was right besides the remote wire, dont do that! just run the remote wire to fuse box under accesory so when you turn the key it will turn on. and its called a converter box for the rca's
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I may just break down and buy a new headunit.
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if you have the MACH system in your car all you need is a wiring diagram for the amps and im sure you can just grab a remote signal off that
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Well it's an Expedition but it has the same headunit as the cars with the Mach 460.




It is an Eddie Bauer so it has the factory subwoofer.
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Its pretty easy to do what he explained, but like said just run the hot wire to a switched fuse so it cuts off and on with the car. I think it is a lot cheaper and easier than buying, installing, and wiring a new head unit. The adapter is like 15 bucks. Then you just have to get the wiring kit for the amp, the amp, some connectors and the sub.
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i had mine run with a converter for a little while then i broke down and bought a head unit. it does sound ALOT better through aftermarket deck though.

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sorry i fucked up, you do need the remote wire from the head unit to the switch then from the switch to the amp, my bad, slipped my mind for some reason sorry bout that, but yea just get a new head unit it is easier. again my bad,
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well the remote wire from the stock head unit is wha ti did and thats prolly how i fried the adapter.
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we can run a line out converter from the rear amp deck... dont know if u have a rear amp deck or not
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All my speakers say they are Mach 460.. But My head unit still has a tape deck, and the CD player just below...
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I've always wanted to try the adaptor for the stock radio. This is what I have

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i have a 12 inch sub and amp with my mach 460 and it sounds acceptable. go to bestbuy and ask for a "Line out Converter." they will know what you're talking about and hook u up its about 20 bucks. then you run the wires on the line-out to your rear speaker wires and thats how it gets its signal. its very easy and if you need help with what wires to connect to PM me and i'll find my thread that explains the whole process.
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Yo I did this exact same thing and it wasnt hard at all.hardest part was mount it to look neat. If you cant figure it out let me know. All you need to do is run the remote wire to your fuse box. Your lookin for a 12v power source that come on with the key. The get a converter to hook up to your rear speakers. No power needed , just the signal from the speakers. The rca wires plug in there. Pm me your email and I will send you pics.
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help


i got a line out converter, the IEC AULOC from best buy, it rated at 2channel- 60 watts is that strong enough for the sub to work? the mach headunit pushes out 75 watts to each speaker
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