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    5 days isnt an old thread here, but i digress.

    I don't believe the jeep had amps from the factory. Most cars don't.

    As far as wiring diagrams, tell your friend to go to autozone and get the haynes manual for his jeep. You NEED it to do this install. It will tell you how to remove the radio, seats, trim, console, door panels, speakers, everything. Wiring diagrams will be in there, but since the wires will all be bound with 16 year old electrical tape, good luck finding the wires you are looking for. My advice is to get the headunit connector for that jeep and run your wires through it. The piece I am talking about will let you connect an aftermarket stereo to the factory wiring harness. Your local car audio shop should have it for, say, $15.

    Oh, and most common car audio newbie mistake: Running the power and signal cables right next to each other. Run power down one side, signal down the other.
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    Okay, Go to www.the12volt.com for your wiring needs. You need to register but then its free. (seems to be down at the moment) There are more out there just google. No one else said it so i will. You might consider a EQ Pre amp. It would have a volume control and would only need stereo input from the computer. Most of them would then give out front rear and sub.

    I dont like the idea of the volume only being controlled through the computer. Even at home my speaker system has a seperate control for volume. And i think most EQ's have a remote out on them that could be connected to your amps. You might not want.......never mind you said no lcd. I was going to say have IE up or GPS running you might not want the amp on. But since you have no LCD

    Option 2: External usb audio box with volume control on it. Mount it in the dash. =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizardPC
    5 days isnt an old thread here, but i digress.

    I don't believe the jeep had amps from the factory. Most cars don't.
    In that case, do I really need an amp in the first place? As I've said before, I've never worked with car audio equipment, my experience with electronics lies almost entirely with desktop PCs and some server hardware.

    Quote Originally Posted by wizardPC
    As far as wiring diagrams, tell your friend to go to autozone and get the haynes manual for his jeep. You NEED it to do this install. It will tell you how to remove the radio, seats, trim, console, door panels, speakers, everything. Wiring diagrams will be in there, but since the wires will all be bound with 16 year old electrical tape, good luck finding the wires you are looking for. My advice is to get the headunit connector for that jeep and run your wires through it. The piece I am talking about will let you connect an aftermarket stereo to the factory wiring harness. Your local car audio shop should have it for, say, $15.
    I'll ask him about the manual. He's already gone through two or three aftermarket head units, so I think he already has the connector.

    Quote Originally Posted by wizardPC
    Oh, and most common car audio newbie mistake: Running the power and signal cables right next to each other. Run power down one side, signal down the other.
    I haven't made wiring plans yet (being my lazy self), but I'll keep that in mind. About how far apart should I keep the two? 3-5 inches? A couple feet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roothorick
    In that case, do I really need an amp in the first place? As I've said before, I've never worked with car audio equipment, my experience with electronics lies almost entirely with desktop PCs and some server hardware.

    Yes you need an amp the output from a sound card will not power car speakers

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    Welp, I have a pretty thorough plan, and for once in my life I have something that I think will work. There's still just one last thing to take care of.

    Instead of an LCD display, I'm opting for an in-dash unit resembling a (factory or retail) head unit. It'll have a small LCD character display (I'm looking at some Crystalfontz units) and a set of buttons, and a (slot-load) CD-ROM drive for reading and ripping audio CDs and "MP3 CDs". The only question is how I'm going to make the front of this in-dash unit. I saw one reference to fiberglas, but it didn't go into details. Has anyone made a custom faceplate for their HU or anything similar to this before?

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