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Replacing AM Radio

Discussion in 'Tips and Tricks' started by Duke Selinium, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. Duke Selinium

    Duke Selinium New Member


    Can anyone out there help me? I have purchased a new Alpine cde-151 am/fm/usb radio and a set of speakers for my 1990 Suzuki Carry Truck but I don't know how to install all of it. I was told that there is no adapter harness for the truck. I have looked all around for threads on how to install a new radio, but I haven't found anything that is specific enough to instruct me on how to do this.
    Can anyone tell me in detail about what they did to hook up the new radio? tanks in advance.
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  2. ttc

    ttc Active Member

    if you have a meter you can test the original plug to see which pins are which and a bit of looking at the wires. On my hijet i cut the stock plug off and soldered in the plug for the cheap mechless deck i got from china.
  3. Old Ironsights

    Old Ironsights New Member

    I'm on my phone, so linking is problematic, but I postes what I did to my HiJet over on the HiJet subboard. It took me a while to find the correct connector pin-outs, but I was eventually able to google it.
  4. Duke Selinium

    Duke Selinium New Member

    Thanks, I was able to install it without much hassle. Once I took out the old am radio, it was pretty clear as to what was the ground, power, antenna and speaker wire. That was all there was to it. All I had to do was connect them using bud connectors to the appropriate wires following the new radio's schematics, and presto. I also ran a wire from the red wire on the radio harness to the ignition fuse to receive constant power. it really was quite simple.
  5. Manny Tamay

    Manny Tamay New Member

    Since you are new to taking care of your mini truck, you need to get the services of expert mechanics. This is to make sure all are put in place.
  6. Duke Selinium

    Duke Selinium New Member

    Already did it. Ben using it for a year. It was a piece of cake.
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  7. Stan

    Stan New Member

    This is what I ended up with for my 1990 suki, added a volt gauge and a USB hub too.

    Attached Files:

  8. Bones13

    Bones13 New Member

  9. roland schoenke

    roland schoenke New Member

    I am a professional installer, I've done about 6 mini trucks now. What info do you need?
  10. GGS

    GGS New Member

    Any tips on getting lightbar wiring into the cab on a 2005 Nissan mini truck?
  11. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    If your talking about mounting a light bar on top of the Cab, why wouldn't you just mount it, drill a hole, install a rubber grommet, so you don't ground out the wires, run the wiring through the grommet, and on the roof of the cab, tuck it inconspicuously out of the way, so it's hidden, down the corner post, to underneath the dash, where all the electrical, switching, and power comes from! I would think that you would want to mount your switch on the dash! Make sure that you have a good ground when you do it, and test it before install! Good Luck!
  12. Jigs-n-fixtures

    Jigs-n-fixtures Well-Known Member

    Limestone is right, except I’d do a cable gland instead at of a grommet, and teh glands are waterproof: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RHJM435/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_6ZLvFb32ZWSX1

    The other option is to run the wiring down the back of the cab, through the deck of the bed, and into the engine compartment, and form there into the cab, and hide the wiring there and go forward to the dash under the rubber mat. My Hijet has two sets of factory wires routed under the mat from the center of the front of the engine compartment.

    On mine I wired the lights through a relay box mounted behind the cab, and the controls wire bundle comes into the cab at the bottom of the B-pillar, And then up the B-pillar, and into the little over fold at the top of the cab which hides the Edge of the headliner, and around to the inside mirror to a control box mounted next to the mirror. This is what I used:
    Nirider 6 Gang Switch Panel, Universal Circuit Control Box Button Switch Pod Touch Switch Box for Truck ATV UTV SUV Car
    by Nirider
    Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QP5TQDK/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_r.LvFb93Q6KRE

    I have a pick/tipper, scissors lift/dump bed, so I have a space to mount the relay box right behind the cab, but it you have a standard bed you should be able to mount it under the bed.
  13. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    Yeah, cable gland is a good idea too! I think we agree on protecting the wire, even using a plastic, or similar fabric loom around the wire, with black cable ties to secure the loom! With Rubber, wrapped cable clamps where needed along the way!
  14. GGS

    GGS New Member

    Well, I finally completed the job. I used a wiring kit, and after much looking, I drilled a hole in the front part of the floorboard to bring in the switch wire. The wiring has a plastic shield on it, and I am protecting the wire through the floorboard even further with Flex Seal in order to protect the wire and seal the opening. Thanks for all the kind comments. Much appreciated.

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