Whether you love doing things yourself or your wallet just isn’t brimming with extra cash there are plenty of reasons to install your own car stereo.
1. Before you embark on installation make sure that the new head unit is going to fit into your dashboard. How disappointing and inconvenient to get your new toy into the car only to find that it doesn’t quite fit. Check out the accessories that come with the head unit, they may offer a mounting kit that is custom made for your car.
2. To ensure that you get the best system for your money don’t be afraid to ask around about it’s quality. You may be surprised to find that the 500watt system you were about to purchase sounds more like a 100watt.
3. Do yourself and your car a favor and skip the duck tape. Of all the wonderful things duct tape can be used on wires isn’t supposed to be one of them. You’ll encounter less problems later if you spend the extra buck on a roll of electrical tape, after all that is what it was made for.
4. This next tip is extremely simple but so many people forget to see it through. Do not, I repeat do not forget to disconnect the ground or negative cable from your car battery. Receiving a nasty shock should not be on the list of things to do for your day.
5. Determine the best place in your car to run all the wiring before hand. One of the worst things that could happen is if it is crimped or disturbed at some point then you’ll have to check every connection again when the connection is no longer there.
6. When running the power wires and the RCA’s, make sure that you separate them properly. If this isn’t done correctly there is a chance you could end up getting some engine noise from inside your speakers.
7. If in the event that you are also installing speakers with your head unit run your wires a little bit long. Long wires can always be trimmed and shortened but if you end up not having enough wire you’ll have to rewire the entire thing.
8. Make sure that install an inline fuse protector. It may cost a little more up front but it will save you a ton of money in the end.
9. To increase the sound and performance of your new system you may want to look into sound damping your doors and your dash. This will decrease the rattles and vibrations that are allowed to travel through the car and reduce the extra noise associated with high base.
10. Last but not least don’t be afraid to ask for help from family or friends if you run into a problem during the install. They might also have some incredibly helpful tips that could save you time and money.