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Old 11 Oct 2010, 06:44 pm
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Hello All,
What do i need to do to install a new deck, I have a 2003 PT Cruiser Touring and I'm putting in a Alpine CDE-7858
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Old 11 Oct 2010, 07:20 pm
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Hello All,
What do i need to do to install a new deck, I have a 2003 PT Cruiser Touring and I'm putting in a Alpine CDE-7858
A Install kit for the cruiser. Most likely a wiring harness. Walmart actually sells a good kit, as well as a harness. I got my harness at frys for 20$, only to find that walmart had it for 8$. So there ya go...
Heres mine with the walmart kit :

Have you installed any before? or are you going to have all the tools needed?
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Old 12 Oct 2010, 11:03 am
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I have never installed one but other then a standard set of tools, solder and a soldering station what else would I need.

Is it a standard wiring harness or is it different per car
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Old 12 Oct 2010, 12:55 pm
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I have never installed one but other then a standard set of tools, solder and a soldering station what else would I need.

Is it a standard wiring harness or is it different per car
When you take out your stock deck, you'll see the stock wiring harness.

Best way about it is buy a harness adapter (thrown in free if you buy an HU from Crutchfield and a few other places) or Walmart.

The harness you purchase will plug into the stock harness, and the other end will be bare wire. That harness will come with a color code.

Your after market HU's harness will also be the same, one side plugs into the HU itself and the other is of bare wire. It's a simple job of matching each wire. You can use solderless crimping/solder/twist+electrical tape, whatever you want.

It's much easier than you think

Been installing car stereos for years, and it shouldn't take you more than 30 minutes.

Oh and yes, different makes/models will use a different harness. You'll see one specifically for Honda models from 2000-2004, GM Vehicles/etc. Just take a trip to walmart and you'll see what I mean.

Also, the PT Cruiser needs an adapter for the antennae if you wish to listen to the radio. Just a headsup!
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Old 12 Oct 2010, 01:36 pm
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When you take out your stock deck, you'll see the stock wiring harness.

Best way about it is buy a harness adapter (thrown in free if you buy an HU from Crutchfield and a few other places) or Walmart.

The harness you purchase will plug into the stock harness, and the other end will be bare wire. That harness will come with a color code.

Your after market HU's harness will also be the same, one side plugs into the HU itself and the other is of bare wire. It's a simple job of matching each wire. You can use solderless crimping/solder/twist+electrical tape, whatever you want.

It's much easier than you think

Been installing car stereos for years, and it shouldn't take you more than 30 minutes.

Oh and yes, different makes/models will use a different harness. You'll see one specifically for Honda models from 2000-2004, GM Vehicles/etc. Just take a trip to walmart and you'll see what I mean.

Also, the PT Cruiser needs an adapter for the antennae if you wish to listen to the radio. Just a headsup!
often kits will come with the antenna adapter
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Old 12 Oct 2010, 01:54 pm
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Go to ebay. I got the mounting kit and wire harness for $14.95 shipped
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Old 12 Oct 2010, 01:58 pm
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Go to ebay. I got the mounting kit and wire harness for $14.95 shipped
Walmart sells it for the same price
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Old 12 Oct 2010, 02:24 pm
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Walmart sells it for the same price
For both the plastic mounting kit and the wire harness???

if so, then that would be the place to go. I thought I was getting a good deal on ebay...
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Old 12 Oct 2010, 02:30 pm
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often kits will come with the antenna adapter
Not saying they don't, but the 5-6 I've seen didn't.

Wasn't too worried though because I never use the radio but I used my adapter anyway because it came with my Crutchfield purchase.

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For both the plastic mounting kit and the wire harness???

if so, then that would be the place to go. I thought I was getting a good deal on ebay...
You can find anything at Walmart

Hell, you might even find it cheaper at a local audio shop. Needed some speaker brackets and online vendors/ebay sold'em for $30 bucks a pair. Found some cheaper at SonicElectronix.

Decided I didn't want to wait on shipping, so I went to a local shop and they let me have a pair for free

I didn't even end up using them, just went with 3/4" MDF and did a custom install.
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Old 12 Oct 2010, 02:31 pm
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Well, its not a bad deal. But ya, i got it all for around 15$ . But even if ebay is a couple $ cheaper. I would rather run to walmart and have it now, than how to wait.
Anywhere else though and youll get ripped off. Like i said. I went to frys and they wanted 21$ for the harness and 22$ for the mounting piece. Started interrogating the poor guy on why it takes 22$ to produce a piece of plastic. Sadly 'he just worked there' hehe
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