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Installing an after market stereo
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Tools needed to remove the original stereo

Fist off you will need an old wire coat hanger. Using some wire cutters cut out four straight pieces about 8cm's long. They need to be long enough to be pushed through the four small holes on the standard stereo.

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Old 06-09-2008   #1
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Re: Installing an after market stereo

Glad you got it all sorted and working Stuart. Looks very neat indeed. No probs for the help, thats what we're here for!
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Re: Installing an after market stereo

hey, lol yeh it looks okay, bar half the pics don't show up lol, having a little trouble sending them to the support team but once their up it should be okay. Thanks for the support along the way.
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Re: Installing an after market stereo

If you want, email me the pictures - not quite sure how you have contacted support.... stuart@fiatforum.com with details, and I will amend the guide.
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Re: Installing an after market stereo

Hey, ive been in contact with Ben, i think he has all the pictures now and he told me that he will sort it out after the weekend but if we have no luck I will email them to you in the week,

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Re: Installing an after market stereo

heh i will try to fit my one tomorow hope i'l get it done correctly!
p.s. just have my stilo just for few weaks and already in love
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DONE!!! IN 20 MINUTES
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nice one mate, glad the guide has helped you out
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Re: Installing an after market stereo

Hi first of all great guide and thank you, although i have a few questions, first what does the orange wire (used in wiring option 2) actually connect to? as i do not want to overload the connection with power and blow some integral part and secondly what kind of wire did you use? any particular type?

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Re: Installing an after market stereo

hey, i am a novice at all this, i don't know what the orange wire does im afraid, i used it because its the wire that the majority of people on here have used, there are a few threads on here in the forum section which are what i used to do it myself. From the threads on here it says you can use speaker wire, i wasn't comfortable using this wire so i went to my local motor factors and not knowing which grade of wire to use my self as i have no real electrical knowledge i just looked through their collection of wires and picked one that appeared the same thickness as the orange one its self. The sticker on the reel says 5amp 9/0.3mm auto cable, i also queried the cable with a friend, we both agreed that it is better than speaker cable. I've had mine wired in for about 6 weeks now and havn't experienced any problems.

Sorry i can't be that much help,

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Re: Installing an after market stereo

if any one who reads this thread knows what the orange wire is for, i would be very greatfull if you could post it in a comment. Cheers
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Re: Installing an after market stereo

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if any one who reads this thread knows what the orange wire is for, i would be very greatfull if you could post it in a comment. Cheers
It is 12 volts + (positive) switched live. Hence, it gives power with the ignition.

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Re: Installing an after market stereo

doin an engineering degree and dads an electrical engineer, so like to think i can help, the orange is a switch live at the ignition, but to turn the stereo on you are not drawing much power from that, you are literally just drawing enough to give a signal. you will be drawing about 1000x less than the rating of the cable. speaker cable would have been fine (i used amp remote cable for my punto)if you were drawing power from this cable, firstly dont (best to get +12 from battery and use switched live to power relay), secondly you would use cable depending on what the device is.
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hey, i jsut tried the first option and finally got the radio to power up but then when i turn the engine on it does its cheeck and then reads loose connection warning and all my dials turn off. i had to move the yellow wire and the continuity wire to link up all the connectors, is that where i slipped up?
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Re: Installing an after market stereo

hey, do you perhaps have the part number for the facia plate... im having some trouble finding the part here in South Africa.

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