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LorainO88 Offline
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#1
Here I am again. Today. I had an appointment at BB. Problem 1. I have my own equipment. Boss Head CD unit. W/4 Boss Speakers totaling 700. I know the are not premium. Currently I have NOTHIN! HU is pushing 500 watts amp. I am replacing the original speakers and head unit. The dash speakers will stay. (Unhooked.) The door panel and rear deck are going to be replaced along with the head unit. The dude tells me he will have to run all new speaker wire because its a "Premium Sound" system and bypass the original premium sound amp. Nah. Really?
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#2
There are TWO different plugs for speakers in the dash. One is for the premium sound and goes to the POS premium sound amp on one of the drop down panels in the trunk. The other plug, which will just be hanging in the dash, goes directly to the speakers for cars without premium. The morons at BB have no clue how to install a stereo. I have seen their incredibly horrible installs more than once and had to fix up there screw ups on other peoples cars. Do it yourself.... it is easy and will save you a bunch of cash.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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anasazi4st Offline
Senior Member
#3
^^^^ +1! I would not go to Best Buy, maybe not even at gunpoint. :gun: :fear:

I am CONFIDENT replacing the stock "Premium Sound" system is something I can do myself. And--even if you can't figure out which end of a wrench to use--you probably can, too. There's tons of help on this site, if you take advantage of the SEARCH button above.

Because: I am in the process of dumping--after much consideration--my stock system. Gotta admit, Jeff (and some others) were correct--it is, uh, not very good, to be polite.

I grew to understand this after I replaced both the 3 1/2" dash speakers, then the 6x8 rear deck speakers. I either listen to the FM radio (sometimes AM sports talk shows) or my music library on the iPod Classic, through a Sony cassette adapter that plugs into the headphone port. The sound is now much better...sadly, the rest is not.

The FM radio is ancient tech and has difficulty "holding onto" a station as I travel across the city...funny, my wife's 2005 PT Cruiser has no such issues. And, it's just not feasible in 2018 to carry around enough cassettes to listen to on a daily basis, when the radio is having its problems. Plus, there's the sound quality of tapes vs. digital.

I'm also thinking about getting a head unit that includes Pandora, maybe Sirius XM, and Google Maps with GPS. A lot safer than trying to use the iPhone for that stuff.
Another proud dues-paying member.

1987 Turbo Coupe w/T5OD, 8.8 axle, grey smoke; most options. Got it in 1991 with 41K miles: 3 turbos, 2 heater cores, 1 T5OD full rebuild, 5 clutches, 1 head gasket, 2 Teves II ABS units, etc. later....
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LorainO88 Offline
Member
#4
Thank you Jeff. You are King! I thought so. Im going to try this on my own. Seems simple enough. Bit by bit. Should I change out any fuses to carry the extra power? Will the old speaker plugs couple up to the new speakers-I don’t know what I am getting into until I get into it? Thank you great people.
WRBjr
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#5
My 240 peak Watt (around 25 W RMS per channel if I remember correctly) Sony head unit works fine with the stock wiring and fusing. Of course that doesnt include the high amp wiring fused at 30 Amps directly from the battery to the sub in the trunk.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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