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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-13-2005, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Audio Indexes, How-To's, and Tutorials

With all the current installation tips and how to's, this should help make things easier to find and help reduce the clutter.


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How to: Door Panels and Radio bezel removal - jax

TIP: How to install a Head Unit - Halonix

Tutorial: Installing AVIC-D1 System in a Colorado / Canyon - useridzero

Fiberglass dash Screen How-To - scott011422

How to: Window Crank Removal - 91CavGT

How to run new speaker wires into front doors with pics - Hiker9

How-To Add Power Door Locks *PIX* - burn

How To: Aux Power RAP Control Mod (Members Mod Project) *PIX* - supermodulation

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Thought this might help some as well. Pretty much explains everything.

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Click on Chevrolet on the left hand side and scroll down till you see Colorado.

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It's been ask a million times so here is where to run power cables through firewall....

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A lot of you have been asking about the Big Three so hopefully this will help answer some questions.

It is important to know that all the existing wiring should stay in place. You will only be adding to the factory wires.
Shown here you can see that I dressed up the old wiring but it is still in place.


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I used 1/0 gauge but depending on your needs 4 gauge could be used instead. I HIGHLY recommend using a inline fuse to protect the new positive wire.
It should be placed as close to the Battery as possible. The fuse is there to protect the wire in case of a short.
Most 1/0 wire is rated to carry a 350 amp load so I would fuse 1/0 at around 200 to 250 amps just to be safe.
4 gauge wire is rated at 150 amps so fuse it at around 125 amps. After the fuse the new wire will connect to the Alternator using a ring terminal.


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There are many different ways to do the grounding but this is how I did mine.
From the Battery run the new wire to a single point on the body. This will be the point all the ground wires meet.
I picked this spot because I could easily drill a hole (without damage) for a 5/16 bolt to attach my wiring.



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Here's a close up showing the paint has been removed for the best possible contact.
Also note that all the wiring is protect with Techflex and/or wire loom to prevent any damage to the wires.
Use a Star Washer to dig into the body for even better contact. Again note all 3 ground wires intersect here.


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This one is a little hard to see but here is where you ground to the engine.
Remove one of the top alternator mounting bolts and again use a Star Washer between the Alt housing and ring terminal.


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The last one goes to the frame. This spot is a little tough to get to. I went through the left wheel well.
This is a spot that the brake line is secured. The ring terminal needs to go under the bracket so it is against the frame.
Removing paint here can be down right impossible so here is where that little Star Washer really shines.


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I strongly recommend soldering all the ring terminals using a mini torch for a strong, long lasting connection.
Take your time and plan everything out in advance. The results will reflect on your efforts to spend the time to do it right.
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Very Nice write up!! Thanks for all the links.
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Speaker Wire Color Codes Made Simple...

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anything special if I want to change factory tweeters? certain size or anything?

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I could not find any place to run the 4ga power wire for my new amp. It seems the usual spot used by most (see the other picture in this thread) is occupied by the clutch assembly for my manual transmission. I have seen 2 different pictures of people using the boot for the steering wheel. Seems my steering wheel doesn't have a boot - it runs thru a steel plate. Sigh.

After asking on 3 different sites and spending 20 min with a flashlight, I gave up and purchased a unibit from Home Depot, plugged in the old-skool drill (my cordless is 12V, not nearly enough to get thru the metal firewall of the truck), and drilled a hole.

I put the hole in a nice clear spot to the lower right of my steering wheel column. There was ample clear space in the engine bay, making it a safe spot to drill. I put a red circle around the hole. The unibit was expensive ($33.99). I filled the area around the hole with some silicone RTV.
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Can i use juper cables as my wires. Cutting them up of course, but would that kind of wiring be fine. the ones i have are rated for 200amps but is only a 6 gauge. as long as i use an inline fuse is this fine?

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Thanks for this info,i purchase a head unit speaks from 12vcity,there are some power wire confused me .
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every link i click takes me back to the homepage..
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True... none of the links in the OP work
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I need to upgrade my big three; what is our current amperage of the original alternator? I've heard that the Sierra altenator bolts right into ours and puts out at least twice the amperag, is this true?
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Can someone explain why you do the "Big three"? I mean, extra/better grounding i understand, but the fat wire from the alternator, guess its for the charging current? sorry if it sounds dump...i'm about to upgrade my soundsystem so i checked this thread out..and oh yes the links at the top just takes me back to homepage as mentioned above..
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links still dont work, can someone fix them
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Would like to ask a question about the big 3 upgrade, can i go from the negative terminal on the battery to the frame at the brake line holder, and from there to the engine, and does it have to be on the alternator bolt, can i use the factory grounding point, also the body dont have to be grounded does it
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If you are wiring up an amp, the best way for a ground is to ground at the frame directly. However, you need to make sure that wherever you're grounding to is directly off the battery with no splices or taps. So what many car audio professionals do is go straight from the battery to either the frame or to where you want to ground the amp. That's basically what he did and it's awesome work...love it. :)
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2005 GMC Canyon.Transfer case ignition for 4wd works but it's not making the Pop you usually hear when the gears go in and the light is flashing.it worked fine last winter I used it.the only thing I did was take out the abs fuse.any ideas
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