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Sonic Installation Bay Updates & Photos

Check out the latest photos from the Sonic Electronix Install Bay! This weeks updates include NVX Sound Dampening installation in the door panels of a Dodge Charger, and a custom fiberglass subwoofer enclosure under the seat of a boat. We chose the Kicker CVR subwoofers for great bass output & durability.

Join installers Allyn R. & Anthony B. as they walk you through the 2007 Dodge Charger SRT 8 install, complete with Clarion NX602 GPS Navigation Receiver, Kicker ZX Amps, Alpine Type-R Speakers, Kicker CVR Subs, Viper 5904 Car Alarm, and a Blendmount with Escort radar detector.


Car Audio Installation Accessories to Complete your Install

Here at Sonic Electronix, we are mostly known for carrying head units, subwoofers, speakers, and amplifiers from some of the top of the line manufacturers like Kicker, JL Audio, Rockford Fosgate, MTX, Alpine, and many more. What many of you may not know is that we also carry all the installation accessories that are necessary to install and power the above mentioned car audio equipment.

Car Stereo Installation Accessories

Dash Kit

If you are installing a head unit, you will want to take a look at our Car Stereo Installation & Accessories category. This category contains everything you need to successfully install an aftermarket head unit into your vehicle. When installing a head unit, the 2 main accessories needed are dash kits and wiring harnesses. The dash kits are made for almost every make and model of vehicle and install seamlessly into your dash to fit any aftermarket head unit. The wiring harnesses are also made for most makes and models of vehicles and connect the aftermarket stereo harness to the vehicles factory harness to provide power.

Subwoofer Installation Accessories

Sub enclosure

Subwoofers are everyone’s favorite aftermarket add-on when it comes to car audio. When installing a subwoofer into your vehicle, there are a couple main installation accessories needed, a subwoofer enclosure and speaker wire. In our Car Subwoofer Installation & Accessories section, we have sub enclosures for every size, shape, and model subwoofer in today’s market. To provide power to the woofer, you will need some thick speaker wire which we carry in various gauge sizes and lengths. We also have other accessories like polyfil, subwoofer grilles, box terminals, recone kits and much more located in this category.

Car Speaker Installation Accessories

Speaker Wire

The Car Speaker Installation & Accessories category contains all of the necessary tools and accessories needed to make your speakers easier to install. There isn’t much that goes into installing car speakers, but you will need one important thing for sure, speaker wire. When installing aftermarket speakers, you may also need a speaker harness which connects aftermarket speakers to the factory speaker harness, most of these plug directly into the vehicles harness for a quick and easy installation. We carry these speaker harnesses for most makes and models of vehicles.

Amplifier Installation Accessories

Amp Kit

Last but not least is the foundation of any car audio sound system, the amplifier. The Car Amplifier Installation & Accessories section is loaded with products that will help you successfully install a car amplifier and get that system bumpin. When installing an amplifier, the first thing you need is an Amplifier Wiring Kit. We have these amp kits in various different gauge sizes and power ratings and they come with everything you need to power the amplifier. This section also contains capacitors, A/V cables, bass remotes, cooling fans, distribution blocks, fuses & fuse holders, battery terminals and much more.

So if you’re installing a new car audio sound system in your vehicle, make sure you take a gander through our Car Audio/Video Installation & Accessories category and get everything you need for a successful and easy install.


3 Basic Steps to Install a Car Stereo

Surprisingly, it is fairly simple to replace your old factory stereo with a brand new head-unit. The most important thing is to keep a clear head and take your time during the installation. If you do not, all you will end up with is a headache and problems.

1. Remove the stereo

Removing the Factory StereoTools you will need for this installation include a flat-head screwdriver, needle nose pliers, and depending on your vehicle you may need radio removal tools. To begin, set your parking brake and disconnect the negative battery terminal under the hood of your vehicle. Next, remove any dash trim that is covering the stereo with your panel removal tool and some light force. Begin to work your stock stereo out of it’s pocket by pulling outwards with the removal tools, or by angling the screwdriver behind the stereo. Be very careful not to damage any of the surrounding trim. Needle nose pliers may help to pull on small tabs or clips that may be securing the stereo. Slide the stereo out and unplug the harness and antenna. You may now set your old receiver to the side and begin preparing for the new stereo.

2. Preparing to install the new stereo

Car Stereo Wiring HarnessMost vehicles will have a wiring harness available that will convert your factory plug into bare wires that you can connect to your stereo harness. Begin properly making the connections between your vehicle wiring harness and your stereo wiring harness one wire at a time (ex. RR+ to RR+, Ground to Ground etc). Butt connectors will allow for the easiest connections for these types of installations. If you are having trouble determining what each wire does, you may check your harness packaging and manuals for wire guides, or visit our knowledge base article “Wiring Harness Color Standards”. Once all connections are complete, go through and use zip ties or heat shrink to be sure the wires don’t move around after you permanently install the stereo.

3. Installing the new stereo

Installing a New Car StereoConnect one end of your harness to your vehicle, the other end plug into your new car stereo, and plug the antenna back in. Re-connect your negative battery terminal and turn the key forward to see if your stereo powers on. You may need to press or hold the power button on your stereo if it does not automatically turn on. If it powers up just fine, try playing some music at medium volume and individually check each speaker for clear sound output. Once everything is working, you can go ahead and use the dash kit specific to your vehicle (or the DIN cage for certain vehicles) to finish installing and securing your new receiver. Don’t forget to put back any loose screws or trim panels you removed earlier!

For more complicated and integrated applications, you may need to seek technical advice from a professional. We hope this guide helps you in the right direction for your stereo installation. Remember every vehicle is different but this guide shows the basic steps to properly put a stereo into most vehicles today. For a more in-depth tutorial, you may visit our knowledge base article “How to Install a Car Stereo”.


Different Types of Wiring Harnesses

By Chelsey P. – Product Specialist

Replacing your factory radio with a new aftermarket receiver may seem like a daunting task, but if you have the right accessories, it will be a cinch. Before installing your new CD player, make sure you have the right accessories including the correct wiring harness. You may wonder about the multiple wiring harnesses some companies carry and which one is right for your vehicle and application. Well, we can explain some information that may help you in determining which car stereo wiring harness to purchase. If your vehicle has an advanced sound system, there are special accessories that required in order for you to maintain certain functions in your vehicle. For vehicles that do not include these special systems, a basic wiring harness will fit your needs perfectly.

Basic Wiring Harness:

Scosche CR02B Basic Wiring Harness – Scosche CR02B

The basic wiring harness is the most popular and used in vehicles when installing an aftermarket CD receiver. They offer a quick and clean installation without cutting your OE Radio plug. These basic harnesses can be used in almost every vehicle that does not have any specialty functions. After connecting the harness, all you have to do is color-match the wires and connect the aftermarket receiver. It is as easy as that.

Price wise these harness are extremely cheap. They will allow you to install an aftermarket head unit but will not retain any advanced sound features. If you purchase a receiver from our company, these wiring harnesses will usually come with it for free.

Specialty Wiring Harnesses:

Scosche GM09SR Specialty Harness – Scosche GM09SR

These particular wiring harnesses are used in vehicles that either have advanced sound systems, OnStar, CAN Bus or when you want to integrate a factory amplifier into your new head unit.  Advanced sound systems include those with Bose, MACH and JBL and have become more prominent on newer vehicles. In order to retain the factory sound system, a wiring harness that has been made specifically for that vehicle is necessary. If you decide to use a basic harness like the one described above, it will not work. An example of a harness that is required for Bose or Non-Bose vehicles with factory OnStar is the Scosche GM09SR. This harness is needed in order to retain the OnStar while keeping the GM Safety and warning chimes functioning throughout the vehicle. All of these great features would be lost if you decided to use a basic harness. As for CAN Bus vehicles, Scosche introduced the CR06SR which is made for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles. This harness will provide a +12V accessory power wire for the aftermarket unit. It will also auto detect the factory amplified system and even turns it on digitally. Installing these harnesses is similar to the basic wiring harnesses. Wiring involves color-matching the wires and then installing the head unit.

Price wise these harnesses are more expensive than the basic but they do so much more. They keep your vehicle functioning properly and will allow your vehicles computer to receive the correct information.