Aftermarket Radio install - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
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Aftermarket Radio install

Greetings to all. New member with a quick question, well I hope it is quick. I have a 2005 Crew Cab Colorado and the stock stereo has run it's course. I have purchased a Kenwood unit from Crutchfield and they sent me all the needed parts, including an Axxess wire harness that plugs into the existing plug in the truck and supposedly keeps the door chimes and all that rot. I have got it all wired up to the radio, but after reading another forum, I am a bit confused. Somebody posted that by installing a new aftermarket radio, I might lose all the computer functions for the truck and it might leave me stranded. He said something about a "tuning" process that needs to happen. Am I being paranoid? I am a weekend warrior with mechanics, but these new fangled trucks get me confused.

Also, I am replacing the rear speakers for now, and when I took the door skin off, the speaker was glued to some plastic dohickey (Yea, that's the official name of it, LOL). Do I need to reuse the dohickey? If I don't, the speaker is going to sit inside the door too far I fear and hit the window.

Anyway's, hope this is all fairly clear to read and easy to answer. Any help would be much appreciated.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 08:54 AM
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There should be nothing about your install which could lead to losing computer functions or truck functionality, I'd like to see where you saw that.

I've gone through a couple different headunits in my '04 and had no issues at all with the installs or any functionality of the truck being accidentally lost. I'm currently running a Pioneer head unit that's been in that truck for over 10 years.

As for the dohickey on the stock speakers, I'm guessing (though I don't recall, it's been a long time since I replaced the stock speakers) that it was just a mount. I'm assuming you also got the speakers from Crutchfield? I wouldn't expect there to be a fitment issue, but it's worth giving it a try before you put everything back together - stick the speaker in and slowly roll down the window to see how much clearance you end up with.
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Naskie,

Thanks for the response, yes it is a plastic piece that seems to extend the speaker away from the door so it does not stick into the door panel as far. I am going to try and pry the old speaker off and reuse the plastic piece behind the new speaker. It just seems like it would fit better.
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The link you provided is talking about people that used aftermarket tunes on their vehicles having issues with certain wiring harnesses (the crappy Schosche ones) Like @naskie18 said, the changing of the head unit will not impact your vehicle in any way, shape of form.

Both my 2005 and my 2016 Colorados got new head units soon after I bought them, and it was not much different than doing it to my old 67 Chevelle.

As for the plastic spacer, I do recall having to use different (longer) screws than what they gave with the speakers since they did not consider the thickness of the spacers but, I did re-use them at least 3-4 times that I blew the speakers every couple of years.

I'm sure your Collie is just fine. Now crank up the tunes and enjoy.

PS, the spacers I used were the stock ones....a little work and they do come right off the stock speakers. Just do it in a warm garage or bring them into the house to warm up as the cold weather might make them a little brittle.

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Oh and @Redrocker65 the other forums you linked are owned by the same people that own this forums. The 355 net site is moreso dedicated to the 1st Gen Collies and Canyons while the bulk of the current topics here are for the 2nd Gens.

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Thanks for all the info Toughsox, I appreciate the info. I was hoping it was not something that was going to mess up the truck as lots of folks have done it. The speaker issue was as I thought, but just needed a bit of confirmation that it was ok to try and get the plastic spacer off the speaker and reuse it.

I did not realize both sites were owned by the same group. I have posed many questions on the other site and gotten some great info, but thought it would not be a bad thing to get a second opinion, so to speak.

Thanks for all your help.
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That isn't really about the radio replacement, it's talking about issues the forum members are having when trying to re-tune the PCM/TCM of their trucks (engine/transmission controllers) using HPTuners (also called HPT in that thread).

When that thread refers to "tuning", it's nothing audio related - it's talking about reprogramming the engine and transmission control modules.
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Thanks for the info. I thought so, but just needed confirmation from somebody who knows. I am going to start with the rear speakers first. Then the radio.
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