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15 years ago when i was in high school I was the man to come to for stereo installs. Well now that things have changed so much im way out of the loop. What i want to do is upgrade. I would like to add a sub for some base and update my speakers for better sound. possibly add some tweeters in the front pillers for the highs and power everything with amps. My question is can i do this with the factory head unit. I dont want to loose the factory 6disk in dash changer. has anyone done this?

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I didn't think that the factory changer had the pre-amp outputs, but it's been so long since I put a new headunit in a buddy's truck that I can't remember for sure...good luck and post up pics when you're done!!

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yes you can. You just need to pick up a converter. It has 4 wires comming out of it. Ones the left rear and ones the right rear positive and negative. Then it converts it to RCA ends. Bad thing about doing it this way is sometimes you get the ol motor noise. Some older and newer amps dont even require this box. Its built on to the amp. Normaly these amps aren't high grade thouugh. If you have any more questions throw me an E-mail and I'll get ya more info on this. Good luck!!

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Yes you can still use your factory headunit, you have to use an adapter. I couldn't tell you a company name or part name but any stereo shop can help you out. You might be better off going with an aftermarket head unit because the output to the speakers is higher and the music will be clearer and louder even with the amps. I have a 10" sub behind my backseat and it's perfect and loud it will hurt your ears. You might want to look into some 8" subs and get 2 behind the seat and they will hit just as hard as a real good 10".

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yes you can. You just need to pick up a converter. It has 4 wires comming out of it. Ones the left rear and ones the right rear positive and negative. Then it converts it to RCA ends. Bad thing about doing it this way is sometimes you get the ol motor noise. Some older and newer amps dont even require this box. Its built on to the amp. Normaly these amps aren't high grade thouugh. If you have any more questions throw me an E-mail and I'll get ya more info on this. Good luck!!

thats basically how it was 15 years ago, i was hoping a better solution has come available. hmmm maybe ill have to do a changer as well. that stinks .

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Yes you can still use your factory headunit, you have to use an adapter. I couldn't tell you a company name or part name but any stereo shop can help you out. You might be better off going with an aftermarket head unit because the output to the speakers is higher and the music will be clearer and louder even with the amps. I have a 10" sub behind my backseat and it's perfect and loud it will hurt your ears. You might want to look into some 8" subs and get 2 behind the seat and they will hit just as hard as a real good 10".

i think even one 8" will accomplish what im looking for. Im not trying to let everyone in the neighborhood hear me coming like i did when i was a kid. Im just trying to upgrade the "premium " stereo i paid for as an option. I never thought it deserved the title of "premium " its pretty lousy

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I picked mine up from custom sounds 100% adjustable and simple to install. If you pick up a jl amp you dont have to run a remote wire either. They use a signal detector so the amp turns on as soon as it recieves a signal on the rca's.

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