how hard to install car audio by myself and how much?

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  1. HardTech

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    Alright, I'm pretty new to car audio. I'd like to get a nice head unit, some components, and maybe a small subwoofer or two.

    Is it tough to install all of those parts by myself? I don't imagine it would be too bad unless I want to replace all of the wires and such. Also, I want to do it myself so I know that it's a quality job and I'm going to be the one listening to it most of the time.

    One more thing.. how much would I expect to pay for all of that? I'm on a pretty tight budget as I'm saving up for a lot of other stuff too (i.e. home audio, computer, etc. etc.). Would something like $600 hold me off?
     
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    U do need to replace all the wiring. Read "Need amp help" 's thread. :(
     
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    idontgiveashit I eat rice

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    easy, just take your time and do it right...
     
  4. LOUDSYSTEM

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    it really depends on the car. What type of car do you have? Then we could better explain how to remove stock panels..

    what do you want to spend for a deck, components, and the subs and an amp to run them?
     
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    5th gen Accord :o

    Hmm... Deck, I'd say about $300, components $200, subs $200, amp $300?

    a thousand dollars? damn... might be a while :(
     
  6. LOUDSYSTEM

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    those cars are easy :)

    as far as you wanting to spend that you would be 10000X happier spending then peice by peice rather than buying cheaper stuffa and not liking it then losing tons of money on it when you sell it. Just save up and by everything peice by peice :)
     
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    I don't want to keep the car. My parents bought it because it was the best deal, but they didn't take into account that overdrive gear is kinda fucked up, transmission is fucked up, brakes are really weird... and on top of that, it's an automatic!

    I want to get a 240SX or something similar
     
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    idontgiveashit I eat rice

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    you can always take it back out as easy as you put it in too....and then put it in your new car.
     
  9. if you order your gear from Crutchfield, you save money, installing the unit & components yourself -- about $100-500. All they supply you when your order the stereo is harness, install sheets, and a dash kit for your car. All you do is just borrow your dad's tools & get working.

    http://www.crutchfield.com
     
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    my dad doesn't have any tools.
     
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    idontgiveashit I eat rice

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    borrow a drill, drill bit, phillips/flathead screwdriver, wire strippers, tape, souldering gun, solder, and a ratchet set......anything else im forgetting?
     
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    well, I have all of that (except ratchet set, which my dad does), so it's all good :)
     
  13. since you're installing your head unit, make sure to disconnect the battery's "-" (negative) cable & use a multimeter.

    When the store installed my stereo in my car, they nearly "fried" my car's electrical.
     
  14. LOUDSYSTEM

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    well if he buys a wiring harness he wont need to do that ;)
     

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