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OT - Car Radio Wiring Harness

Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 10,254
edited 9:50AM in EggHead Forum
Before I buy the wrong radio/CD player for my spa, can anyone tell me if the wiring harness connector to the radio is universal? In other words can I replace a Kenwood with say a Pioneer radio and not have to replace the harness?

Spring "Real Tiny Bubbles And Lawrence Welk Music" Chicken
Spring Texas USA


  • MickeyMickey Posts: 19,006
    Leroy I just checked with our #1 mech. and he said in most cases you can swap blank to blank as they use RCA hookups. If not we run down to radioShack and for very little money you get an adeptor(?). But most in cars swap easy on the electric parts (its the brackets that are hard to fit).

    ps: watch the BIG bubbles :woohoo:
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max when they came out (I'm good for now). 

  • Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 10,254
    This connector is flat and has about 20 pins similar to an old printer cable on a computer. No RCA type plugs.

    Spring "Old Technology In An Even Older Chassis" Chicken
  • DarnocDarnoc Posts: 2,661
    What type of audio input do they have on your spa?If a multi pin molex type of connector is used you might have a problem.Most of them are wired up in a different manner.Forget Radio Shack as they stopped carrying car sound four years ago.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 19,006
    My guy said we are out as it sounds very radio specific.
    Sorry, now if your car needs changing :whistle:
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max when they came out (I'm good for now). 

  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    Leroy, take the old unit to the store with you and see if they match. -RP
  • Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 10,254
    Here's what the harness input cable looks like:


    And it fits into this:


    It's a Kenwood KDC-132.

    I can get an almost exact duplicate from Kenwood but I like some of the new features on other brands.

    May just have to contact Kenwood.

    Spring "Not So Round Peg Into A Not So Square Hole" Chicken
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 24,381
    kids at the audio places are smart :laugh: well smarter than me at this
  • Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 10,254
    Good idea Randy. Wonder why I didn't think of that? Oh yea, probably because my 'thinker' isn't working well these days.

    But my 'thanker' is. So thanks.

    Spring "A Little Bit 'a Think'n Is....... (where was I??? Oh yea!) Tiring" Chicken
  • BuffaloChipBuffaloChip Posts: 106
    I replaced the stereo in my car about 6 months ago with little problem. I got it from Crutchfield and included an adapter to go from the new stereo to the wiring harness in the car. You won't need the adapter but with very little work you should be ok.

    The radio will come with the connector which should have 5-6 wires about 8" long with stripped ends. They will be for power, ground, speakers and most likely for a power antenna. All you should have to do is cut off the original connector and splice the correct wires together.

  • Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 10,254
    Thanks. I'm learning a lot about car stereo systems and I think I've pretty much got it figured out what I need to do. Just buy another Kenwood and it will likely fit perfectly.

    Thanks again.

    Spring "Confusion Can Be Enlightening" Chicken
  • Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 10,254
    You're absolutely right. They know so much about technology that they can be intimidating at times.

    But some of them are patient around us old pharts and that's a plus. I think they actually invigorate our brains.

    Spring "I Love It When You Talk Technology" Chicken
  • DarnocDarnoc Posts: 2,661
    Your first option would be to contact the spa manufacture and see if they have a plug with bare wires coming out that plug into your existing unit.Next would be get a schematic of what the wiring diagram shows for speaker and power hook ups are.See if Crutchfield has a adapter for your make,model and year of you spa that will a universal plug for any sound system.

    More than not you will have one set of speaker wires if you just have left and right front.If you have a four speaker hook up there will be two sets of speaker wires.

    The speaker cable will have a plus and minus for each speaker. The only other wire will plus and minus for the 12 volt power supply.

    Contact the spa co and ask what color wires go to the speakers and power.The antenna is usually hooked up with a standard Motorola plug.
  • Austin SmokerAustin Smoker Posts: 1,467
    Short answer to your question Leroy is NO - all manufacturers have their own harness for speaker level outputs. Would be simplier if the whole world would go to HDMI!!
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