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Hello:<p>Does anyone have any advice for someone who has never installed a car stereo before, and who knows very little about the subject? Here's what I want to do....<p>I have a 1988 245 that had a Kenwood radio in it at one point; that radio has been removed, and the factory wires were cut to do it. <p>I would like to put in a simple, bare-bones AM-FM cassette unit; I've been looking at a Dual brand XC-4100 unit, 30 watts (15w per channel). I want to use the factory door speakers if at all possible. I already know I'll need an installation kit from Metra to mount the thing in the dash. <p>I have no idea if a factory pre-amp is in place, or where it would be, or if it has been bypassed. I do not know what the wiring colours on the cut wires represent. I also have no idea if the 30-watt Dual unit is sufficient to drive the factory speakers, or if it would overload them, or what.<p>Does anyone have any advice for the <I>complete</I> novice at this? I'm not interested in fantastic sound quality (just need traffic reports and the odd bit of taped music), and I do not want to spend any more money than need be on the project- OEM sound quality is fine with me. If anyone could help, I'd be grateful. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>
 

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Re: Help! Sound Systems for Dummies? (danemodsandy)

Hello, again, Sandy.<p>You could junk-yard a complete original system from a 240 that has not been open to the elements. If the salvage place allows, pull everything yourself including all wires, junctions, connectors, etc. This would give you a good idea of what is ahead for the install in your Volvo.<p>Another option is to go online to reputable electronics vendor sites and click on their install instructions for various model/makes.<p>If not already, try posting this at<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zeroforum?id=22" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zeroforum?id=22</A><p>George Dill<p><br>
 

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Re: Help! Sound Systems for Dummies? (gdill2)

Herrow, Reorge!<p>Been away for a while- major work project. Good to be back.<p>I'll check some installer sites, I guess. I've already been the used-radio route, and found:<p>Working CR-712's with the code AND an unbroken face plate are hard to come by. I found a radio with a code, but that face plate nearly always gets broken when the radio is removed; it doesn't come off like people think it does.<p>My wiring has been cut, so I have less than no idea what goes where. I did check the other forum you linked me to, and there just isn't a whole lot about 240's there; most of the posts there are for later models, and for newer tech like Sirius, Bluetooth, and GPS. I'm barely out of the 8-track era, LOL!<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by danemodsandy at 12:54 PM 5-13-2006</i>
 
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