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I've spent the weekend checking out the various audio offerings at several of my local car stereo places. Can't be that tough to replace the stock B]NON-Bose[/B] system in my '95. I haven't decided exactly which route I'm going to go but I figured I'd take it a step at a time. Ya know - replace the control head with a new receiver and see how that works out, then probably onto speaker replacements and perhaps an amp at some point.With that in mind, I grabbed a 1 DIN dash kit, antenna adapter and extension for now. Questions I have are:

1) Is the so-called "standard" GM harness adapter for that year is useable or is there one specific to a 'vette? No one locally seems to know the answer to this. If not standard, where can I get one (Ecklers or Mid America doesn't seem to have 'em)

2) I believe the actual guts of the stock system (receiver, amps) are in the storage compartment in the back. My question is, I have found nothing relating to the install of an aftermarket stereo that even mentions this piece. Seems to me it does need to be removed but then what of speaker connections, etc? It would be nice not to have to rewire the car!

3) Is there a source of wire identification regarding the sound system?
 

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KenHorse,

I did the same thing you are planning on my '90 quite a while ago. The harness is not corvette specific I found mine here http://www.installer.com/wires/

The hardest part for me was finding the radio receiver, on the 90 it's tucked up under the passenger side dash and the adapter and antenna extension runs from that to your replacement head unit. I also added a 12disk CD Changer and mounted it in the rear. I ran it like that for years until I finally replaced all four speakers a couple of years ago.

I think they moved the receiver to one of the rear compartments in 94, so you'll be running a bit more wire than I had to. Still it was one of the easiest mods I've ever done to the Vette.

I found the wiring diagram/schematics in my service manual.
 

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Thanks for the helpful info! 2 more questions if you don't mind.

1) Did you rip out the receiver/tuner unit as well? (yes, in my 95 it is in one of the rear compartments)

2) Did you pick up the speaker connections for the new unit where the receiver/tuner unit was or did you simply run new wiring to each of the speakers?

(I can figure out power and the power antenna control line)
 

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I left the radio receiver where it was. I connected the adapter from the aftermarket head to the receiver and that was it. When I went back and swapped out the speakers/amps, I ran the speaker wires directly to the headunit (it was easier than messing with the radio receiver again).

I thought about installing an amp and all that but I enjoy listening to the Vette rumble more than the stereo! Maybe one day...
 

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KenHorse,


I found the wiring diagram/schematics in my service manual.
Final question - which service manual are you referring to? Factory or aftermarket (like Chiltons or Haynes)?
 

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The helms manual, in the electrical volume.
 
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