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I want to put an aftermarket stereo in my 87 240 wagon. Circuit City wanted a small fortune to install one claiming that the amplifier in a pre 1990 volvo would have to be bypassed. Can't I just run wire from the stereo to new speakers? Any info or tips on this would be greatly appreciated. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: aftermarket stereo in a 240 (wingnut)

I don't have an answer to your question but my Volvo came with an aftermarket stereo and the Volvo amplifier had to be bypassed. As far as I know, this requires a bypassing harness? Not sure how simple that is. Judging from what the previous owners have gone through, it didn't sound too simple to me.<p>On the other hand, I didn't like the CD player and wanted to reinstall the Volvo stereo. Well, now I need the amplifier that goes with it, and was told it would cost $ 250 to reinstall the old stereo.<p>
 

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Re: aftermarket stereo in a 240 (wingnut)

Crutchfield used to offer a pre-made amp. bypass harness w/instructions, but its recently been discontinued. I used this harness kit when I installed my Sony h/u about 4yrs ago. It wasn't too difficult to install, but I did have to disassemble a good portion of the center console to route it.
 

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Re: aftermarket stereo in a 240 (SL8Brick)

Jeffrey;<p>Given your occupation you may have to treat yourself after hanging USD under the 240 dash.<p>Are you planning more/new speakers?<p>Spending limit?<p>Rather than tear into the console/dash area consider a unit under the seat with wireless remote control.<p>George Dill<p>
 

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Re: aftermarket stereo in a 240 (gdill2)

I also ordered a stereo from crutchfield (blaupunkt) and it came with their wiring bypass kit.<p>It was incredibly easy to install now that I look back (and I was not only installing a new one, but relocating from upper dash to lower dash and fixing some wiring that got messed up when my previous stereo was stolen).<p>If you are just upgrading the headunit then I wouldn't really hesitate to go with the crutchfield kit. Anything more than that I dont really know.
 

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Re: aftermarket stereo in a 240 (jrocheunh)

I have installed 2 aftermarket stereos in 2 different 240s with a bypass kit and it is simplicity itself if all is as it should be from the factory. The kit comes with a long length of wire, because it is set up for the amplifier behind the glove box I believe. My amps were both in the lower dash behind the shifter. All you need to do is unplug the factory harness from the amp and from the radio then plug the kit harness back into them. Its beyond simple, much easier than putting the dash back together. The kit was around $20 Cdn, and the lower dash trim kit (which had both upper and lower pieces) was about $30 Cdn, so keep that in mind.
 

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Re: aftermarket stereo in a 240 (wingnut)

wingnut..<p>I have had 2 aftermarket stereos and upgraded speaker systems installed in 2 different 240's (90/91). The bypass kit was needed for both...an Alpine and a Kenwood. <br>I like GDill's idea of the under the seat w/remote....but I will also suggest that you consider going to a decent local custom stereo shop vs the circuit city route. My local custom shop matched circuit city's price and did a 1st class install..both times. I spent @ $450 for everything...including alpine 6X9's on the rear deck and 6 1/4's in the front, a 160W alpine deck w/remote and removable faceplate in the 90. In the 91 I put a 200w Kenwood deck w/remote, a removable face, 6X9 infinty's in the rear and 6 1/4 BA's in teh front...sounds great!<br>My son added a Bazooka tube in the trunk of his 90..which we now call "Thumper"! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: aftermarket stereo in a 240 (wingnut)

go to crutchfield.com, they will set you up with everything you need, under a $150.00 for a simple player, use your old speakers. Do not need the old amp. Can take it out and sell or discard or just leave it in.
 
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