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Old 09-12-2015, 12:37 PM   #11
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I don't know if the Parrot will work with the 2015. I understand different wiring than the 13-14
The parrot kit does work fine with my 2015 audio system, but I'm not sure about compatibility the other stereos offered in the 2015's.
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The parrot kit does work fine with my 2015 audio system, but I'm not sure about compatibility the other stereos offered in the 2015's.
Good to know
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Old 09-15-2015, 02:49 PM   #13
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That is great news about the parrot. I had my dash apart the other day and was just looking at the touchscreen connector. I didn't think to check the CD player - I just assumed the touchscreen was the "unit" and that would be were the outputs are. SO glad I salvaged my setup out of my old truck! THANK YOU!
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Man, thanks for this awesome write up! Looked through a bunch of other threads for hours today, with everyone going back and forth about the harnesses and no real clear answers.

Fortunately I already have a JL300/4, the speedwire, and a LC6i sitting here from a previous install. Ordered up some Kicker DSeries coaxials, and the harness. Next weekend I hope I am no longer shaking my head at the abysmal sound coming from my brand new truck.

Thinking the Kicker Hideaway will be the final touch.
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Nice clean install! I have to ask though why did you go with coaxials in the front instead of a set of components? Seems like the coaxials would pull your sound stage down.
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:42 PM   #16
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That is a great question. I was originally looking at some higher cost components, but decided to go with a middle of the road coax that could later be upgraded. While the sound is generally great compared to stock, I just ordered some hertz 165xl components to install over the next few weeks. ;-)
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That is a great question. I was originally looking at some higher cost components, but decided to go with a middle of the road coax that could later be upgraded. While the sound is generally great compared to stock, I just ordered some hertz 165xl components to install over the next few weeks. ;-)
Be sure to report back on how you like them. I've been thinking about replacing my JL components with Hertz but I'm not sure if it will be worth the money or not.
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1Chad You are the man!!

Thanks so much for the pics and everything in your write up!! It will be incredibly helpful when I install my system!!
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So a few things to add after 8 hours in the sun today.
1. Running the power feed is a beast.. It was easier after I popped the battery box out, unbolted the fuse box, and could then jab a knife through the heat/sound dampening material through the hole. Then used fish tape to run into the cab and pull the power line back through.
2. No reason to remove the LCD, the connection you need is on the cd player unit.
3. Make sure you have long enough speed wire, I was shy about 6 ended up removing driver and back seat to run it down the middle of the cab. Ugh.
4. On the speaker baskets, the right side is positive when you're looking at the back soldering the new leads on. Matches most speakers, but I double checked it before soldering.
5. There is no way just speakers will really help.Yes... They sound better, but I have to crank it to 3/4 just to sound normal, and I only got 65W RMS speakers.

At the moment, I'm can't use my amp because something isn't right. I wired it all up, turned the truck on. The head unit came on, Navi works, Bluetooth connected to my phone but no sound and said "Entertainment is not available". Bypassed the Parrot wiring harness going to the back and it works. I realized as soon as I put the cd player back in I forgot to bolt my amp ground down, but it concerned me the stereo wouldn't come on. Earlier I had turned it on with just the harness, sans speedwire section, and the center channel worked. Either I pinched a wire, crossed something, or I have the in/out swapped on the line levels?

The output side *is* the one with the power wires on the harness correct? Aside from that long productive day. Just wish the amp would have worked first try, this is my first stereo failure in 20+ years. I'll blame the heat and inadequate documentation.
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Yes, speaker output from the receiver is next to the power wires on the harness. In the pictures it is the speedwire labeled as "to signal processor." In your case I assume that is going to the high level input of your amp. You might just try disconnecting the speaker output wires from the amp to see if the head unit will work. That would probably tell you if they are crossed.

I know that running the power feed through the firewall on the passenger side was really rough. I was determined, but probably spent more time doing that than any other part of the install.

Good luck with the rest.

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