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I have the 06 Audiophile system, and replaced all the speakers with 2-way pioneer's, I did not wire up the existing tweeters, and wonder if I should, and how would I do it? Use Bass Blockers and wire into the speaker circuit?
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I have the 06 Audiophile system, and replaced all the speakers with 2-way pioneer's, I did not wire up the existing tweeters, and wonder if I should, and how would I do it? Use Bass Blockers and wire into the speaker circuit?
They probably already had Caps in line with the door speakers. Didn't you have another speaker wire coming off your door speaker?
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Yes, I have a set of wires coming into the speaker, and a set going from the speakers to the tweeters. I have to believe in this configuration the Caps were on the speakers, and if I want those tweets, or new tweets to work correctly, i would need to block the bass. Correct?
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Yes, I have a set of wires coming into the speaker, and a set going from the speakers to the tweeters. I have to believe in this configuration the Caps were on the speakers, and if I want those tweets, or new tweets to work correctly, i would need to block the bass. Correct?
The caps block the bass from the tweeters already
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Guys and Girls,

I installed an Alpine INE W960 HDMI head-unit to bring my old, low tech 2004 up to speed tech-wise. I picked up all of the features that were missing from it being old school: XM, Back-up camera, navigation, Bluetooth and a USB port. Heck, I can play DVD movies if I'm in park and brake on.

It works okay, has no amp or sub woofer but that would be easy to add with the outputs off of the new radio. I did install 4 new Kenwood speakers and the XTM water shields. I bought the whole thing from Crutchfield. The good news having all of the features and the sound is decent not pounding (I was looking more for utility).

The other part of the equation was the AXXESS wireless steering wheel remote RFASWC. This gizmo gives you the ability to control your radio via the steering wheel as an 04 didn't have volume or channel buttons. In theory you can remap the buttons to do anything you want such as in my case, the green and red ones to do the iPhone. Neither Crutchfield nor AXXESS can help me make that happen and I'm a bit surprised. I CAN control channels, volume, and change the source of the radio bands/CD/XM off of this remote so I got 90% of what I needed. I no longer reach over to turn the radio up (which is a rocker switch on the Alpine).

Last, I bought a really nice, bright set of 3156 style back up bulbs made by JDM. I learned that while bright and nice, my back-up camera wants to stay on all the time. When I replace 1 LED with an incandescent, all returns to normal with the Alpine's camera. I brought a the 50w resister wire into the circuit in parallel with no good result. I tried to isolate the circuit with a relay utilizing a clean 12 volts off of the lighter circuit and that didn't work as long as I had 2 LED back-up bulbs installed. Here's what I learned: there is a pink with black colored wire Crutchfield had me look for in the left kick panel loom. That is the reversing circuit wire. It has almost 0 voltage on it with an incandescent bulb in the socket. Replace with LEDs and you have over **6 volts all the time whether in reverse or not. I wonder if anyone has found and solved this odd problem? My "fix" is use one LED and 1 incandescent 3156 bulb and it works perfectly, but it's kind of dopey IMHO.

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**which pulls in my isolation relay coil

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Guys and Girls,

I installed an Alpine INE W960 HDMI head-unit to bring my old, low tech 2004 up to speed tech-wise. I picked up all of the features that were missing from it being old school: XM, Back-up camera, navigation, Bluetooth and a USB port. Heck, I can play DVD movies if I'm in park and brake on.

It works okay, has no amp or sub woofer but that would be easy to add with the outputs off of the new radio. I did install 4 new Kenwood speakers and the XTM water shields. I bought the whole thing from Crutchfield. The good news having all of the features and the sound is decent not pounding (I was looking more for utility).

The other part of the equation was the AXXESS wireless steering wheel remote RFASWC. This gizmo gives you the ability to control your radio via the steering wheel as an 04 didn't have volume or channel buttons. In theory you can remap the buttons to do anything you want such as in my case, the green and red ones to do the iPhone. Neither Crutchfield nor AXXESS can help me make that happen and I'm a bit surprised. I CAN control channels, volume, and change the source of the radio bands/CD/XM off of this remote so I got 90% of what I needed. I no longer reach over to turn the radio up (which is a rocker switch on the Alpine).

Last, I bought a really nice, bright set of 3156 style back up bulbs made by JDM. I learned that while bright and nice, my back-up camera wants to stay on all the time. When I replace 1 LED with an incandescent, all returns to normal with the Alpine's camera. I brought a the 50w resister wire into the circuit in parallel with no good result. I tried to isolate the circuit with a relay utilizing a clean 12 volts off of the lighter circuit and that didn't work as long as I had 2 LED back-up bulbs installed. Here's what I learned: there is a pink with black colored wire Crutchfield had me look for in the left kick panel loom. That is the reversing circuit wire. It has almost 0 voltage on it with an incandescent bulb in the socket. Replace with LEDs and you have over **6 volts all the time whether in reverse or not. I wonder if anyone has found and solved this odd problem? My "fix" is use one LED and 1 incandescent 3156 bulb and it works perfectly, but it's kind of dopey IMHO.

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All you can do is put a switch in the power line for the back up camera and turn it on when you want it on.
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Yeah,

That switch occurred to me but just not my plan.

I do think an isolation relay that won't pull in until it receives 11-12 volts on the control coil would work but that's about it for a fix.

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Id install a load resistor on the LED + lead.
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Maybe this has been asked already. Where have people tapped their LOC's to in an 08 Screw F150? I found this plug under my rear seat on the drivers side. I assumed it was the factory amp harness?




After tapping in to the orange and red wires I was not receiving a signal. Spoke with a car stereo guy and he instructed me to tap in to the rear speaker wire inside the drivers side rear door via the B pillar near the seat belt. (This is also the guy who instructed me to tap in to the harness pictured above.)

Was hoping to get some info from people who have done this with success and maybe even a photo of the wires they tapped in to?
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Id install a load resistor on the LED + lead.
Yeah I did the resistor first and that made no improvement in my condition, a back up cam that stayed on at all times.

I'm actually breaking two rules: installing an LED in a non-LED truck and removing a load off of the back up circuit which confuses the Alpine head unit. My fix (is a compromise consists of one LED and one incandescent...I'm done).

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